Coaching is a method of directing, instructing and training a person or group of people, with the purpose to achieve some goal or develop specific skills. Now when I was little I would think of a coach as my dad just out there telling us what to do, but I never thought about all the hard work he put in after practice. As I found with working with the 7/8 grade lacrosse team, is that once the team breaks it down at the end, it doesn’t stop there. I could be at home relaxing watching TV then start thinking about what if we moved a kid here and put another one over there. This is what a coach should be doing if he cares about the team he is trying to put together.
Shelly Field is one of the greatest motivational speakers when it comes to coaching. When becoming a great coach she talks about how you have to understand the fine lines of becoming a friend and a coach. To become the best you have to earn the respect of your team and fellow coaches, and in return they will work harder and become more of a family than just normal old team.
DomStarsia’s method of coaching is unlike other top coaches in college. He Is more of a father figure to his players then he is as a coach. He teaches the players on his team to become more of a family than just a team. Shelly Field relates to him because when she gives her motivational speeches on becoming a better coach, she talks about the exact way coach Starsia coaches his team. The reason why he coaches in such a way he says is because he feels like he earns and gets more respect than to just be a coach. He teaches than about life lessons because even though all of his players are outstanding not all of them will go pro.
Coach Beardmore was an All-American goalie at the university of Maryland, where he was awarded NCAA goalie of the year, first team All-American, and player of the year. He coached a few college teams and then became the head coach of an MLL team. When he talks about creating a winning atmosphere he is talking about how you have to start with there attitudes and make sure the players know that you have to be the best to win. He would push his players to the limits but in return they would dominate teams because he made practices hard but fun. Beardmore tells his players he will receive respect from him when he sees them giving their all in practice and in games.
Ray Heitzmann is a professor at Villanova University, and wrote the chapter, Sports and Athletics, in the book Careers for Sports Nuts. In the chapter he writes about how to become the best at any sport you have to work on and off the field. Off the field starts with taking care of your body by eating correctly so your body can recover and be in better shape than it was from the beginning of the day to the end of the day. He has made up different diets for all different kinds of sports because every sport is different and use different body parts. Professor Heitzmann talks about when a person takes care of their body they are more unlikely to get hurt and be in much better shape.
When Alvin Roy brought his team into the weight room and started making them work out to become stronger and faster people laughed at him and called him crazy. Once people saw a major difference in lifting weights the new idea of Alvin Roy exploded to colleges, and high schools all around the country. This changed every sporting event because people were becoming faster, jump higher, and a lot stronger. Another thing lifting weights did was make injury’s less prone to athletes because it toughened them up so they could take harder hit or recover from injury’s faster.
Everyone has to start somewhere and learn how to catch a ball, to kick a soccer ball, or even to shoot a basketball. Well as a little kid we didn’t know all of the sayings as we do now, for instance post up in basketball is to seal your defender off so you can catch the ball in the low post and lay it in. In baseball a double play, if it’s a throw to second, then first base. As little kids someone had to teach us the basics, and the way they did this was to come up with funny sayings so we could relate to it. When I interviewed Kevin Flansbury, he talked about when he went to a baseball coaches clinic they taught him to relate to the kids. To teach a kid to throw the ball to first base before the runner gets there, you want to throw the ball then release the ball when you hand is pointing at the target, or another way to tell a kid this is to throw the ball as hard as you can to knock the first baseman head off. There as so many different ways of relating things to kids all of have to do is think back to when you were a kid and remember what they could relate to.
The very first day I showed up to the Factory where we were starting indoor practice I was extremely excited. When I got there myself and the other coaches were ready to get out on the field and start to have real practices, but the problem was we still had about two feet of snow still on the ground, so we had to work with what we had. It wasn’t the greatest place to play but you could tell every kid there wanted to be there and have fun playing lacrosse. Now we had all of our different skill levels from having a left and right hand to just having a right, but there was this one kid who never played before and walked in look very nervous but eager to play the game. After the coaches and I where watching them do ball lines we could tell that he needed some help, so I offered to teach him how to catch and throw for a little.
The Upper Merion Lacrosse Club was founded by three amazing people John Harris, Kate Bowes, and Joe Shannon. They put started up a lacrosse program for this town, and gave kids like me who weren't the greatest baseball players in the world hope to knock the heads off of kids and whack people with sticks. They built the club from starting with one team and then expanding to 2 teams, and now from k2 to a high school sport. Still today they are running the club and doing one heck of a job! They have been such a big part of making me a better lacrosse player and awesome friends that I had to recognizing them in my project because if it weren't for them I most likely would not be playing lacrosse or doing this topic.
I don’t want to use his real name in here so I am going to use the name Joe. So I took him out to the open area in the Factory and I asked him questions about catching and throwing and he said he has never even picked up a stick before. So I knew there that this was perfect to start a kid out learning how to use their right and left hand the proper way instead of developing bad habits. I started teaching him the box method, and the box method is how we teach new kids where to have their head on their stick when catching and throwing. (explain to the class where and what happens in the box area) I then had to teach him how to cradle and pick up ground balls, and let me tell you I forgot how tough it was when I was first learning but watching him made me remember how difficult it was. I started to show him the way to pick up the ground balls and saying I will never forget two butts down. Two butts down means exactly how its said you get the end of your stick or known as the butt, and you butt as low as you can to the ground and scoop threw the ball and tuck. Then I had to teach him how to cradle and oh boy was this a sight to see. I asked him to cradle for me and when he attempted the ball flew out before I could correct him on how to do it. I then explained to him how to do it. (teach kids in class how to cradle) Joe is learning very fast and picking up the sport faster than what I thought he was going to do.
When I did my research I kept reading the same thing over and over again, make sure they are having fun! Have fun was the biggest thing the authors kept preaching in their books. They said when kids have fun they want to come back and have more fun. Well in practice there are games you can come up with that are fun and make kids better at the game. In baseball there is a game called pickle, where one kid is bunting and three kids and on tossing the ball to him and the kid with the bat has to bunt the ball back to the person who threw it. In soccer there was a game like money in the middle where there is a box and three kids who are on the out side of the boxing moving around with the ball, then there is a person in the middle where they have to try and steel the ball from them. In soccer we use to play would cup where there would be 4 or 5 kids on a team and would have a tournament between the whole team. This game not only gave you a conditioning work out but also help you communicate with the kids on your team. Making kids have fun at a young age is huge because they will make friends and want to keep coming back to play some more the next year.
I know sports are just for fun and all but, come on who doesn’t love that feeling when you win. Well yes having fun is a big thing but when you get older having fun is winning. When your team is winning games or competitions everything is connecting and people are having fun! But when you team is losing and cant seam to pull things together things at practice are terrible, team chemistry just is not there. Well during my interview with Kevin Flansbury, he said he could see at a young age that the snacks after the game were more important than the actual game, and I think we can all agree on that we all loved the snacks at the end of games. Well when the kids got older he could tell that the kids who didn’t win during a season would slowly stop showing up and not play the next year. This is a could be terrible thing to happen because this could be the start of the kid just stop playing sports and just sitting at home becoming over weight, but also maybe this could be a good thing too for the kids because they might pick up a different hobby something they are better at like painting or an instrument.
In out township we have BIDDY basketball or UMBA baseball, where there is a draft almost where kids go out for two weekends and be evaluated. Then all the coaches sit down one night and have a draft to see what team gets what kids. This is a great thing to do because it keeps the kids split evenly and makes the games fair. Also everyone on the team has to play the same amount of playing time to be fair. I think the township out together outstanding programs for the kids so they get to be able to play in a fair environment and test out and see if they like the sport or not. This allows everyone to come out and try and see if they enjoy the sport and prepare for middle school and high school where they have cuts.
What I have learned for the past three years of playing high school lacrosse is that it takes more than just skills to partake in the fast moving game. Dedication is defined as being committed to a task or a purpose. One of the first things that lacrosse takes is dedication because when practice is over you still have to work on the fundamentals of the game. It is also very time consuming with practice everyday and games mixed in there as well. The next thing that it takes to become a high school lacrosse player is motivation. Motivation can be described as an inducement or an incentive. Motivation to lacrosse players is the chance of being able to receive a scholarship to a college to play there. Inspiration is another key to be able to play high school lacrosse because the player gets inspired to work harder and become a better lacrosse player and a better person.
Weather a coach wants to think it or not he is a role model in tons of peoples eyes. If the coach wins a lot and does things for their community and interacts with the public, people are going to look up to him, wanting to be exactly like that. When I watch Dom Starsia coach his Virginia Men’s Lacrosse team, I look to him as a person who I would love to be like by accomplishing all the things he has done plus more.
I chose to do my senior grad on coaching because of my coach. Last year when I got in trouble one of the people helping me out and talking to me everyday was my lacrosse coach Brady McCormick. He was disappointed in me at first but knew that I was going to be getting yelled at and having the same talk with about a million other people on why I did it, so he never asked me that question, instead he started to help me out by thinking of ways to make it up to my family for putting them through what I did. Then he started to help me out think of ways to make it up to the team. I let the team down because they made it to the playoffs and I was unable to participate in the biggest game of Upper Merion Lacrosse history.
Now for the real reason why I did chose this topic. My coach showed me that there are more important things out there than just winning a lacrosse game or playing the game. He taught me a life lesson that I would have never learned from the incident if it never happened, and it is that you cant worry about what you did in the past its what you do in the future to make up for what happened in the past. To me that is a outstanding coach. A coach who can not only help one of their players through the game but can also help them outside of the game. I thought if I could be like him I would, so I choose coaching to be able to teach kids how to play lacrosse and to teach them some life lessons.
Carl Runk was a very successful coach, he coached from high school lacrosse to college lacrosse. In this book he talks about how in youth lacrosse to be a great coach is to stay calm. They are just leaning the game and are trying to figure out that the game is a lot of thinking and knowing where to be then just running around hitting kids. He also stresses a lot about fundamentals and how they have to learn to throw left and right handed, so they become naturals throwing and catching lefty and righty. This stage of lacrosse should be fun for them so they want to keep playing and become better.
High school lacrosse is a lot different from youth lacrosse because now kids are fully developed and work out. So they are a lot stronger and faster than they were in middle school. The players also get smarter by knowing where and when to go to a spot or by knowing what to do in a situation. When you get into high school the coaches should push the players very hard because they should know what to do by now. Into college lacrosse the players are usually recruited and expect to have a left hand, right hand, be able to know what to do on the field all the time, and being able to keep good grades. In this book Carl Runk talks about how a lacrosse player can not only be a great player they have to be a great student and a great person in the public.
Now you wouldn’t really think about parents being a problem as a coach. Well one of the things he talks about is that he never thought parents would be a problem until it did. He said in youth lacrosse you will have more parents complain about there kids and playing time than you would ever think. The best thing he said was to walk away if they start to become heated and tell the president of the club or the athletic director. Also Carl Runk said as the players get older from youth age to college parents stop coming over and complaining about there kids and in college he only had one incident with a parent.
In every coaching book I read about lacrosse there has been a chapter stressing about how important ground balls are in lacrosse.-Explain why a ground ball is so important -What happened when you get a GB-The expression the team with the most GB’s wins the game
Also in every book when teaching youth lacrosse they say to make sure they develop a left hand and a right hand.-Explain why you need a left and right hand -If you can’t switch hands then the defense will figure that out and get the ball every time
Explain what the field looks like and where the players have to be.
In lacrosse there are tons of different strategies coaches have to figure out. It could be as easy to even out the midfield lines where if our first midfield line is to strong and our second one is weak, we would have to switch it up by moving kids around. Another way is by subbing kids on and off the field to take a breather (explain how to sub faster so we aren’t wasting anytime.) Finding out the other teams weakness and exploding it by setting up a game plan around it. Or if they have an outstanding player we could lock him off so he never touches the ball.
I stumbled upon one of David Urick’s greatest books that he wrote. I wanted just to give you a little information on him to show you what a great coach he is and that everything in his book is an out standing source read and try and be like David Urick as a coaching.
I was looking for the final book that I wanted to read and I came across the book called The Fundamentals of Lacrosse. After reading this book it blew my mind on how great this book was written. This book have everything about the sport of lacrosse and anything you need to do know on how to coach on all different levels. It covered all of the different topics I have read over my senior year and couldn’t put the book down. It has ways to become a better attack, midfield, and defense all on different chapters. Anything you need to know about the game is in that book to become the best coach. The only thing David Urick does not have in this book is off the field and how to change people and to become a better person.
These are the main chapters in one of the greatest books on lacrosse. Explain all of the boxes and what David Urick says about them in the outstanding book.
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Coaching<br />Ryan Flansbury <br />
Personal Relevance <br />I have always admired my father since I was a little child. Before I can remember he was coaching me to become the athlete that I have become. I want to follow in his foot steps but bring it to a whole new level by becoming a college lacrosse coach. I love the game of lacrosse so I think if I can learn the different strategies that other coaches use from all sports I can become a fantastic coach. <br />
What is Coaching?<br />What exactly is coaching?<br />We have all had coaches before, but what do they do besides just go to practices and games?<br />http://coachlacrosse.com/<br />
Styles of Coaching<br />There are multiple styles of coaching from being a friendly coach who doesn’t really yell, a coach who is all about yelling, or a coach who is in between. <br />Shelly Field talks about a fine line between a friend and a coach in her award winning books, and her motivational speaking engagements she is a good example of someone who is a friendly coach.<br />http://www.simplylacrosse.com/lacrosse-coaching.html<br />
Coaches View Points<br />Shelly Field talks about Dom Starsia the head coach of Virginia's lacrosse team, and how he uses a strange method of coaching. <br />http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=1133557<br />
Jim Beardmore<br />Jim Beardmore was an outstanding goalie who won tons of awards and is now a head coach of an MLL lacrosse team.<br />Coach Beardmore talks about how important it is to create a winning atmosphere while coaching any lacrosse team.<br />http://www.examiner.com/a-833721~Controversial_Beardmore_important_atmosphere.html<br />
Proper Nutrition <br />Its not all about skills when it comes to being the best.<br />People have to take the right steps by eating correctly and by working out everyday to become the best.<br />http://books.google.com/books?id=LrMjRXtmcFUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Ray+Heitzmannutrition&source=bl&ots=jQSmMvYLHV&sig=jAS--9Q_G07Hp6DG04RRPbWEG1o&hl=en&ei=xrSPS7vgLZT98QaznLGoBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CBMQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=&f=false<br />
Hitting the Weight Room<br />Alvin Roy was the first coach to bring his players into the weight room and everyone laughed at his foolishness.<br />Lifting weights is essential to becoming stronger and faster making you a better player.<br />http://www.gaylehatch.com/HatchingAChampion.htm<br />
Young Athletes<br />When you were little how were you thought to play a sport? <br />Did the coach use something that you could relate to at a young age?<br />
7/8 Grade Lacrosse<br />In order for someone to coach 7th and 8th grade boys lacrosse you have to understand the concept of having fun in order to keep the kids interested in the sport so that they may pursue it longer. <br />The different techniques of coaching young adults. <br />
Upper Merion Lacrosse Club<br />TOGETHER!<br />Together is what the Upper Merion Lacrosse Club yells at the beginning of a game and at the end of every practice <br />http://uml.uppermerionsports.com/images/UM_Viking_Logo.JPG<br />
Teaching Joe the basics <br />Two butts down <br /> The box method<br />Cradling with the lacrosse ball <br />Motivation techniques <br />
Having fun<br />Importance of having fun <br />Brings kids back again<br />Excites<br />
Winning <br /> Our world thrives upon being the best. Why do you ask? <br />Examples: <br /> Olympics <br /> War <br /> Power/ Money <br />(Flansbury)<br />
Township <br />In our township we give kids so many different programs to do. <br />UMBA<br />BIDDY basketball<br /> Prussian’s soccer team<br />Summer camps <br />Upper Merion Lacrosse Club (UMLC) <br />
High School<br />What it takes to be a high school lacrosse player<br />Dedication<br />Motivation<br />Inspiration <br />
Role Models<br />Coaches have to live up to many things, and one thing that is huge is being a role model. Kids of all ages look up to coaches as inspiration.<br />This means coaches have to act their best on and off the field, or court.<br />http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=1133557<br />
Thesis Statement<br />Lacrosse has been such a huge part in my life and without it I don’t know how I would have gotten into college. I want to be able to figure out the best way to coach lacrosse so even if I don’t make it to be the best college lacrosse coach, that I can hopefully help make young athletes become better players, and better people off the field. If I can help one young athlete become a outstanding person in life because of the game of lacrosse, than all the time and effort I put into it has been well worth it.<br />
3 Activities <br />Go down to the lacrosse nets and shoot on them.<br />Go to the gym and spilt them into groups and have them play a sport.<br />Instruct them on how to pick up ground balls. <br />
Why?<br />Everyone has a reason why they chose their topic<br />My reason is because of my coach, Brady McCormick <br />http://www.380lacrosse.com/art/staff/coach_McCormick.jpg<br />
The Real Reason<br />Not just a game<br />Taught me a life lesson<br />http://umhsboyslacrosse.webs.com/<br />
Carl Runk<br />Carl Runk wrote the book Coaching Lacrosse<br />Talks about the best ways of coaching from youth lacrosse to college lacrosse and what you have to do<br />http://pressboxonline.com/upload/131_gps_200.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.pressboxonline.com/story.cfm%3Fid3D4413&usg=__DAbo2pdJu2feluVOfb2sd5J6E88=&h=300&w=200&sz=18&hl=en&start=4&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=TRMUeHTBQfdtXM:&<br />
High School/College<br />Carl Runk then talks about high school and college lacrosse and the difference from youth lacrosse <br />http://www.mhprofessional.com/covers/Jpeg_140-wide/0071588434.jpeg<br />
Parents<br />Carl Runk explains how to deal with problem with parents in one of his chapters<br />What to do and what not to do<br />http://www.rankopedia.com/CandidatePix/42661.gif<br />
Lefty and Righty <br />http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I00002NpQu8j9.n4/s<br />
Layout of a Field<br />http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/51/Mens_lacrosse_diagram.svg/400px-Mens_lacrosse_diagram.svg.png<br />
Different Strategies <br />In the game of lacrosse there have many different strategies<br />How to sub faster<br />What’s the other teams weakness<br />Lock down on someone<br />Who should run on what lines<br />
David Urick<br />David Urick can go down as one of the best division 3 lacrosse coach ever. <br />Head coach of the 1986 world champion USA lacrosse squad. <br />Award as Division III Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1981.<br />
The Fundamentals of Lacrosse<br />The Fundamentals of Lacrosse by David Urick <br />David Urick, one of the most successful and respected coaches in the game today wrote the best book I have ever read about coaching <br />http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://server40136.uk2net.com/~wpower/images/product_images/9781589790834.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.word-power.co.uk/category/WSJJ/0/&usg=__5sY8ttt6i1VeRUEOw7qzeTZfC5o=&h=400&w=311&sz=29&<br />