The COYLL season is right around the corner! Here is a list of things ALL young players should be doing right now to put themselves in the best possible position to have an impact on and off the field this spring.
IT ALL STARTS WITH GOOD/CONSISTENT OFF FIELD HABITS
o Get enough sleep. The best sleep occurs before midnight!
o Fuel your body with the right foods. Leave out the fast foods, sodas, sugars, and empty calories. o Lean protein, fruits and veggies, and carbs before workouts.
o Hydrate consistently throughout the day. Have a water bottle with you at all times
BE AN ATHLETE 1st AND A LACROSSE PLAYER 2nd
o Get yourself in playing shape. Sprint work, footwork and agility, weight room, resistance work.
o Stretch multiple times a day so that your muscles are ready. Different sports use different muscle
groups so even if you are in a winter sport, you need to get your lacrosse muscles ready for peak
o See the trainer if you need added help. Rest your nagging injuries, and ice if you need treatment
CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
o Go through your bag and make sure that your pads and cleats fit properly. If they do not, research
new equipment and find something that compliments your style of play.
o Wash your things. Start new seasons with fresh equipment and avoid things that are moldy and
o Make sure your sticks are legal and throw properly. Do not start off behind the 8-ball by having a
messed up stick to start the season.
WATCH AND DO
o YouTube is your friend. Find games from last year, expert skills demonstrations, highlights, and
stick work routines. Watch them and practice them.
o Set short term goals that you can pursue with purpose. Write them down, have them visible to
remind yourself and have a plan to get better.
o Prepare at game speed and do your stick work when you are tired.
BE A LEADER WITH YOUR TEAMMATES
o Get teammates together for 1v1 practice, shooting, film, and footwork. Workout with a group
and hold each other accountable!
o Start to focus on attitude and positivity. Be the example of how to prepare like a champion.
COYLL members will receive an individual $20 discount on program registration. COYLL communities will receive a $100 program donation if six or more players from the program register and $200 program donation if more than 12 players from the program register.
The Lacrosse Academy has been building confidence, skills and motivation in young players for 30 years. The Lacrosse Academy is the preferred camp among high school and youth lacrosse coaches throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, because of a proven and progressive teaching program for ages 10 to 17. The Lacrosse Academy focuses on teaching the game with coaches who teach the game.
For more information about The Lacrosse Academy click this link: http://www.thelacrosseacademy.com