Review and Reflect – Blog post number ten

Hello student athletes,

After playing in a tournament where so much is happening over such a short period of time, it is important to review our process and try and figure out how we might improve.  This process of reflection is important everywhere in your life.  Whether you are considering your performance on the lacrosse pitch, or your preparation for a Math, English, or Science test, reviewing the process by which you achieved a result is vital if you wish to improve a skill.

With this in mind, our final blog post this term asks you to review your process as a lacrosse athlete.  Complete the two questions below in full sentences and submit them before Christmas break:

1.  What did you do this year that made you more prepared for our time at Claremont? What skill or strategy that you learned in the academy stands out for you when you think about Claremont? (If you didn’t go to Claremont, what skill or strategy stands out when you think about the past three months)

2. Considering what you did well, what do you think you could have improved in preparation for the Claremont competition? (If you didn’t go to Claremont, what skill or strategy stands do you think that you could improve when you think about the past three months)

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Fast forward to better – Blog post number nine

This week we are thinking about what it takes to be lacrosse athletes at a high level.  As an athlete, it is always important to have your mind centered on your purpose.  You must make certain that you understand what it takes to be successful and, once you are certain, you must execute a  plan toward that success.  So, this week’s blog asks two questions of you:

Part 1 – If you had the opportunity to talk to a professional lacrosse player what 3 questions would you ask? Part 2 – If you had the opportunity to talk to an NCAA lacrosse player what 3 questions would you ask?

As always, please submit responses to Coach Neumann before Friday.

It was a great weekend of lacrosse at Claremont ladies and Gentlemen.  Let us work to build on what we have achieved.

 

Sincerely,

 

Coach Campbell

Coach Hannah

Coach Neumann

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On Pace for Better: Pacer Standouts at the Spartan’s Shootout

This month’s post finds the members of Delta’s Lacrosse Academy recovering from a riveting weekend of lacrosse in Victoria.  The academy’s athletes played a staggering eight games in two very long, very cold, day’s on Victoria’s Topaz fields.  After completing such a strenuous feat, the Athletes are now reflecting on what our Coaching staff views to be an extremely positive outing.

The Academy played four games on Friday, with a record of 2-2, an impressive feat, considering the level of competition and preparation they faced on the other side of the field.   Then, after a night of rest, the athletes then played four more games on Saturday, where wounds and weariness lead them to a record of 0-4.

Although their record would seem to indicate a less than favourable outcome, our Coaches are extremely impressed with the efforts of our athletes for two important reasons.  First, our students played against teams who have practiced as teams for a considerable amount of time.  This means that our athletes were playing against teams with set plays, strategies, and systems.  Our academy’s students have no such plays and had never played as a team prior to this weekend, making our efforts seem far more impressive.  Second, our students played against many lacrosse athletes who were much older and more experienced than them.  What’s more, our athletes managed to play as a team, providing their more experienced competition with a considerable challenge in their games against Claremont and Mercer Island.

In any case, this weekends festivities set the stage for our discussion of impressive Academy achievements in the Month of November.  Each year in this tournament, the academy endeavors to set a higher stander of competition in the Lacrosse community by focusing on one specific aspect of the Lacrosse game.  This year, our coaches have attempt to promote strong, team-based competition both in competition with other teams, and in competition with each other.   So, this month, our coaches would like to take the time to recognize two individuals that have embraced the credo “There is no ‘I’ in T.E.A.M.”  Without further ado, I present to November’s “Committed to Better” athletes:

 

Cody Hoegg

DSC_5558Cody showed his Senior squadmates his dedication to the winning cause this weekend by being one of our most consistent all-around player.  He was a force to be reckoned with running the wing on face-offs, he was a committed defender both at the midfield and the “long-pole” positions, and he was a talented goal scorer when the team needed to gain some momentum.

Cody has showed that he is committed to the principles of team through his tirelessly consistent play.  Whether the Pacer squad was winning or losing this weekend, the coaches could count on Cody to put forth a fantastic, well-rounded effort. Whenever Cody he stepped on the field, he was committed to making his team better.  Strong work Cody.

 

Mitchell Godlonton

IMG_8339Similar to Cody’s effort this weekend, Mitchell was a dependable “unsung hero” on the Pacer squad.  What is dissimilar, however, was that Mitchell was pulling double duty between the Junior and Senior squads.  In total, Mitchell played seven games this past weekend, most of which he played at the Midfield position.

This weekend, Mitchell was so committed to his team that he ran the length of a lacrosse field more times than many players run all season.  What’s more, Mitchell was a threat whenever he was on the field.  Defensively, he stopped several potential goals; transitionally, he ran fast breaks to perfection, and offensively, he was a threat to score whenever he was near the ball.

Mitchell showed that he was committed to better by playing a game that emphasized team tactics and team cooperation.  His valiant efforts are recognized this Month because he showed tremendous resiliency throughout seven games this weekend and because he modeled the attitude of a true team champion.  Fantastic job Mitchell.

Thank you all for reading.  There will be more to come soon.  Have an excellent month.

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Be the goal you want to achieve – Blog Post number Eight

Hello Pacers,

No matter what you are doing in your life (or what you will end up doing in your life) the act of setting a goal is an important of part of success.  Whether you are talking about accomplishing a small task, like doing your homework, or a large task, like wining a provincial championship, the act of setting a goal makes a thought materialize; it makes the unreal, possible; it makes dreams, reality.

As coaches, it is our job to help you realize your dreams.  It is our goal to help you realize your potential success.  It is our job to help you grow to the form that you imagine yourself to be.  But sometimes, it is difficult for athletes and people to imagine their potential.  Sometimes, it is hard for them to see the progress that they have made, and sometimes, it is hard for them to imagine the progress that is necessary to achieve their goal.

 

It is with this idea of “potential progress” in mind that the coaching staff would like you to consider this week’s blog post:
Imagine the school year is over, the date is June 28, 2016, and you have just completed 10months of training with the Delta Lacrosse Academy. Write a short letter to the coaching staff detailing what you have accomplished over the course of the 2015-16 school year.

Due Date: Email a link to your published blog post to deltalacrosseacademy@gmail.com by Nov 20, 2015 at 9pm.

Thanks,
Coach Neumann

Coach Campbell

Coach Hannah

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Compete for Better – Blog Post Number Seven

Hello Pacers,

At the beginning of the Academy year we talked about what it takes to be an athlete. Athletes COMPETE. Against themselves. Against their teammates. Against their opponents. Competition happens during games and practices, it is where you find out what your strengths are and areas you need to improve. Games and practices are a great place to improve your skills. It isn’t the only place to get better. What you do outside of games and practices plays a huge role in improving as an athlete.

Elite athletes strength train. Elite athletes do conditioning. Elite athletes sleep and eat well. Elite athletes take care of their bodies. Elite athletes visualize. Elite athletes practice on their own!

Being part of the Delta Lacrosse Academy means you are COMMITTED TO BETTER.

Blog 7 – List 1 thing you are doing outside of practices and games to COMMIT TO BETTER, describe it in as much detail as possible. Please include the following in your post: when you do it, how often you do it, and how it makes you better.

Due Date: Please email the coaching staff a link to your published blog post by Nov 13, 2015 @ 9pm.

Thanks,
Coach Neumann
Coach Campbell
Coach Hannah

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Wall Ball For Better – Blog Post Number 6

On any given day you can still find Vancouver Stealth Star forward Logan Schuss playing wall ball at the Ladner box, the same spot he developed his skills at a young age. Even while playing lacrosse at the highest level, Logan still uses the wall to hone his stick skills.

 

He isn’t alone in this regard, other pros like Paul Rabil and Joe Walters consistently play wall ball to keep their sticks sharp. Here is a great clip of Rabil playing wall ball in an unconventional spot.  Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiEF5Mv21KI.

So here is your assignment this week:

Find a video of a wall ball routine that you’d like to try and share it on your blog.  Maybe even try it out yourself.  That is, after all, how we wall ball to better.

Due Date – Email a link to deltalacrosseacademy@gmail.com by November 6, 2015 @9pm.

See you at Sportstown,
Coach Neumann, Campbell and Hannah

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Blog Post Number Five

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Delta Lacrosse Academy,

Halloween is a time to dress up as a super hero so that is our theme for this weeks question. This week our blog is a three part question: First, what is your Lacrosse Super Hero name? (Example: Josh the Looseball Vacuum Neumann). Second, what is your Lacrosse Super Power? (Example: winning loose balls). Third, what are three Power Ups that get your Super Power going? (Think power ups from video games – Example: winning the first Loose ball on a faceoff, extending an offensive possession with a big loose ball battle, and listening to the Offspring before a game).

Send your responses to Coach Neumann before the end of the Week on Friday and make sure that you have a happy, and safe, Halloween!

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Blog Post Number Four

This week we feature story time with Coach Neumann.  His story is his response to a question that I think burns in all lacrosse players.  Think long and hard about your response and, submit it before 9:00pm on Friday October 23.

Coach Neuman writes:

“I started playing lacrosse in grade 6. My hockey coach asked me to join his team. I said yes and my dad and I went to Canadian tire to pick up a stick. I got a red Brine shotgun.

I spent hours throwing a ball against the wall with it that summer. I couldn’t get enough. I got a little better after each session on the wall. I was hooked.

I would continue to play wall ball throughout my lacrosse career. There was always something to work on with my stick. The only way I knew I could truly fix it was going to the wall.

You see I love to practice. Practice is where I got to work with my teammates so we could be better as a group come game time. And game time was competition, a chance to see which team was best prepared. Being prepared to compete is why I play lacrosse, why I play sports and why I coach! I love the process of being an athlete!”

BLOG 4: WHY did you join the Delta Lacrosse Academy?

 

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Blog Post Number Three

Good morning Pacers,

I hope everyone’s thanksgiving weekend was enjoyable.  Now, to business.  This week, it’s time for you to reflect on your attitude, your game, and what what makes you the player that you are.  For this week’s blog post,  complete five sentences that start with: I am…

As always, please submit your response to Coach Neumann by Friday at 9pm.  Enjoy your weeks.

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Blog Post Number Two

It’s the week of  October 5, 2015 and your blog assignment this week is to think about what kind of player you are.  As lacrosse athletes it is important to know your strengths and then build off of them to become a better athlete.  So this week, answer the following question:

Blog Assignment #2 – What are your best traits as a Lacrosse athlete.  List your three strengths as a lacrosse athlete.

Coach Neumann Example: Good at winning ground-balls, I am a supportive teammate, I compete in the defensive zone.

Coach Campbell Example: I see the field well and work to develop and make plays, I am committed to defensive strategy, I want to win and lose as a team and not a group of individuals

Please submit the blog online and email it to Coach Neumann at deltalacrosseacademy@gmail.com.  Thank you athletes and have a great week!

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