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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Sadness for the seniors . . .
I am writing to confirm that our lacrosse season has ended for this spring.
While I cant says it was unexpected, and certainly small in comparison to what is going in in my home state of NY and across the world, still it is tough news to absorb.
With Social Distancing expanded to April 30, schools closed for the remainder of the year and the AIA (Arizona Interscholastic Association) cancelling the spring season for all school-sponsored extracurricular sports and activities the decision is inevitable.
Both the HS and youth leagues are finalizing the communication so know that this is an advanced notice but it will be done.
Moving forward we canceled our May programs but my hope is we can resume lacrosse in June. “Hope” is the operative word. Failure to plan is planning to fail, so know we have the outdoor rink at Arizona Sports Complex booked for June 6 for early morning and after sundown.
Tentatively still on the agenda;
Pacific Lacrosse Tournament, San Diego CA. June 27-28 (Field)
Denver Elite Battle in the Box, Denver, CO. July 13-14 (Box)
USBOXLA Nationals, Huntington Beach CA. July 31-Aug 1 (Box)
Advanced Skill & Agility Development: Montara Park, Monday mornings, June 1 – July 27
Open Competitive Box League: Arizona Sports Complex, Saturday mornings, June 6 – July 18
Team Zona Travel Box: Arizona Sports Complex and other locations, June 6 – August 3
Just a quick update on what our respective lacrosse leagues are discussing as of today:
Youth league is focusing on a potential jamboree / Cactus Cup tournament in mid April
HS is looking toward a revised game schedule or tournament style also in the mid April time period.
Please know that both leagues are determined on a return to the field at the earliest and safest time possible.
We will keep our eyes on the AIA, local and federal government directives to maintain social distancing until further notice.
“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
― John Wooden
Make no doubt lacrosse will return. Will you be ready? Will you be better than the last time you took the field? Now is the time to work to become the best lacrosse player you can be. Individual training is highly encouraged. Below are some resources that I compiled for you. Know I am available at anytime for questions or specific help and drills for the asking:
The score at the end of a game commonly determines a “winning” and “losing” team, but what does winning mean after all? Does winning mean having the better score in a U9 league game? Does winning mean a team that goes unbeaten in Division 1 in their U11 group?
I submit that “winning” is a long-term proposition. Too often we look for short-term gain and therefore miss the opportunity to reach the higher goal. In our case that means more time spent developing ALL players with a well thought out LTAD approach, ensuring that we have avenues for new players to learn, recreational players to enjoy this great game, and finally training and travel programs for those that wish to reach their highest potential.
Although “winning over development” survives to this day, the keepers of the flame are losing steam based on solid research. We know that by the age of 13, 70% of kids involved in organized sports drop out of the game. The main reason for this is kids aren’t “having fun anymore” and they’ve lost interest. By maintaining the short-term “win at all costs” mentality, many youth players are lost in the fight to win meaningless games. Far too often over my years I’ve heard comment that youth players have to “win” or they will be upset, or even depressed. This is simply not true.
In fact in a study conducted in 2014 by George Washington University found, when kids were asked why they participate in sports over 90 percent of children responded that they did so because it was fun. Fun, however, means a lot of different things for a lot of different people. The children were asked to describe what fun meant for them, and 81 different explanations arose throughout the study. 81 different explanations for what fun means, ranked in order of most important as a response.
Winning ended up 48th on the list.
The top fun factors were; Being a good sport, Trying hard, Positive coaching, Learning and improving, Game time support, Games, Practices, Team friendships, Mental bonuses, Team rituals, and Swag.
Trying your best is essentially the idea of giving 100%. It’s that winning mentality, and if we can continue to foster it, we are one step ahead of the game in helping to create “winners.” Kids generally forget about results soon after the game is over. The game is really won or lost, however, in the car ride home. As Project Play explains, kids often forget about the result ten minutes after a game is over, but are often reminded of it constantly in the car-ride home and at dinner that day.
Winning is important, but development is more important. Develop the winning mentality, see kids take ownership of their own technical development, understanding that one hour of practice a week is not enough, and watch the results come, eventually. Eventually is the key word here. Don’t expect this to happen over the course of a week, a season, maybe even a year. Development is not a straight line. Ups will come with downs, and development does not mean constant, unchecked progression.
So this is great but how do we develop skills in youth players and keep them playing sports?
I will summerize here, but encourage you to read the a complete solution, and our model, from The Aspen Institutes Project Play here;