Whew! What a month it's been...the start of school craziness seems to be perpetual! When will things settle down? When will we get back to normal? Who knows! All we know is, these young players have been improving their mental and physical game and we are so proud of them!
In sessions with Coach Abdo and Coach Ponchione, they have been showing greater lax IQ, physical fitness, and have gracefully incorporated championship mindset into their daily lives. They have seen the impact and effects of their hard work on & off the field. They have locked in on various elements of the "why." Why are angles important, why do we need to use our right hand versus the left in certain situations, why, how and when we stay ready in the triple threat position, why the little things matter, why we need to organize and plan, and why we have to commit to improving ourselves. It's been amazing to see their ability to focus on all of these things at once-- in drills and in their every day.
Keep up the great work, everyone!
The last two Saturdays have shown improvements in each player's capability. It's been great to see their lax IQ improve as well as their fitness. This past Saturday, the players ran the 300 yard shuttle test again, with every single person finishing the test and most improving their times. I was very proud! After that, we returned to fundamentals and worked on our anticipation and game sense in various situations. We continued our interactive lecture on mental strengths and our organization/preparation for life, school, and lacrosse.
With Coach Ponchione, the players worked on a number of skills in various drills; they focused on intentional thinking, game sense/awareness, deliberate movements, and how to bring a competitive spirit in each drill through dynamic passing, shooting, man-up/man-down situations, strength work, and conditioning. All players reported back they had a blast and learned a lot! Thank you, Coach!!
See you all this Saturday!
This week, the players came out tougher and more ready than ever to crush another PD session! They held strong in strength & conditioning and graduated from dynamic passing to shooting on cage! Sounds simple enough, right? Not exactly. These players had to prove they were doing all the "little things" right in order to move forward. That includes constantly moving their feet ("on the hop!"), talking to their partner, hustling on each ground ball, getting their elbows away from their bodies, following through, keeping their shoulders and hips from squaring up, using both hands...and then some!
In shooting, we went over some lax IQ points like which hand to use on which side, not playing to the drill and cutting away/cutting to, moving our feet as feeders, and changing our levels.
To wrap up the day, we worked through some of the championship mindset building blocks, like attentional control, confidence, and routines. So much of being a great lacrosse player and person involves making sure you've got all your ducks in a row on and off the field. We talked organization, planning, and preparation for the week and the girls even got some HW to ensure they're following a good routine to get everything they need to do, done! They are now armed with 3 "power statements" to keep them motivated & feeling good throughout each day!
We've got a long way to go on all these "little things," but we are getting there and these young players should be so proud of themselves-- they are incredible kids!