Football and LacrosseFootball and Lacrosse
“The Perfect Match”
October 27, 2010
By Tom Scordato
Football and Lacrosse
“The Perfect Match”
In Memory of Coach Tom ScordatoIn Memory of Coach Tom Scordato,
a football and lacrosse player.
“Th i f h h i h bl d I“There are two times of the year that stir the blood. In
the fall for football, and in the spring for lacrosse.”
The Love of FootballThe Love of Football
The Love of Lacrosse
That is why we are here tonight.That is why we are here tonight.
f l i b hf l i b hProponents of playing both sports.Proponents of playing both sports.
For the good of the participant,For the good of the participant,
and the mutual benefit of each sport.and the mutual benefit of each sport.
Goals of PresentationGoals of Presentation
1 High school & youth football players consider spring lacrosse1. High school & youth football players consider spring lacrosse
on its own merit and for the benefits it brings to your football game
2. High school & youth lacrosse players consider fall football on
its own merit and for the benefits it brings to your lacrosse gameits own merit and for the benefits it brings to your lacrosse game
3. High school & youth football coaches consider lacrosse on its
own merit and for the benefit it brings to your players’ football
4. All Coaches of lacrosse & football will come away convinced of
these merits and suggest players take part in each game
5 Hi h h l l & f tb ll h ki t th5. High school lacrosse & football coaches working together
coordinated weight room and other practices for off season and on
King – Scordato
L F tb ll C tiLacrosse-Football Connection
• Both played high school lacrosse and football
• King played for NCAA college lacrosse power house Hobart
• Scordato played NCAA college football and lacrosse, Mass. Maritime
• Both coach the Nittany Keystone State Select Team together
• Both coach and lived through starter high school lax programs, King since
2000 at State High Scordato since 2007 at Bellefonte2000 at State High, Scordato since 2007 at Bellefonte
• Both can attest to how one sport helps the other…we lived it
• Both attribute success in lacrosse to what was experienced on the football
field and visa versa
• Both are high school multi sport proponents
• Both proponents of “seasonal boundaries”
• Both agree, football players should pick sticks up early.
History of the GamesHistory of the Games
• Lacrosse been played on American soil for 1,000 years; Native American
M d l ' l 1935• Modern lacrosse men's rules 1935
• Lacrosse now fastest growing field sport in USA
• Football roots from soccer and rugby and has grown to be the most popular
fan based sport in the countryfan based sport in the country
• Princeton and other Schools played “ballown” as early as 1820
• Walter Camp father of modern football game 1880.
What Makes These Sports Mesh?What Makes These Sports Mesh?
• Both are steep in rich historyp y
• Both are played on same size field and in all weather
• Football eleven; Lax ten players - per side on the field at once
• Both require a high degree of teamwork and agilityq g g g y
• Both are the only PIAA “field” sports which allow legal body contact
• Played in opposite seasons, fall & spring
• Both require emotion and intensity, appeals to players of that natureBoth require emotion and intensity, appeals to players of that nature
• Both require extreme conditioning and practice.
Wh Pl B th?Why Play Both?
• Both are extremely fun to playy p y
• Many of the attributes, needs, tools and abilities that make you a football
player are the same for lacrosse
• Communication agility, athleticism, team work, intensity, emotion, love of
game, body contact these are things that drive a lacrosse player. These
happen to be the very things that drive a football player!
• Dedication, hard work, part of a special “fraternity” that is lacrosse and
f tb llfootball.
Lacrosse Gaining Steam Western PA
(Wh t th th f lk i i f th l t f tb ll h tb d i th U S ?)(What are the other folks saying in one of the largest football hotbeds in the U.S ?)
Clair Altemus, Pine-Richland's athletic director:
• "It's a newer sport, and it's like football with a stick."
• "It's got running, hitting and passing," Altemus said.
• "I allow my kids (football players) to play lacrosse "• "I allow my kids (football players) to play lacrosse."
Chris Stiles, Franklin Regional head lacrosse coach :
• "What you learn in other sports helps you in lacrosse,"y p p y
• "Lacrosse is a fairly simple game. It's fast and fun and there is very little
standing around. There’s also a decent amount of hitting, too."
Chris DeMichie i player on Talbot High lacrosse team and football team:Chris DeMichie,i player on Talbot High lacrosse team and football team:
• "Even the college opportunities have grown tremendously," "Especially the
D-II and D-III schools."
• "Lacrosse is a combination of all sports,…I have the most fun playing
lacrosse, and all my friends are out there too.
Published on YourSewickley.com
Same story in 2010, 54 years later!
May 28 1956 “Sports Illustrated”May 28, 1956 Sports Illustrated
Article Asked Coaches And Players
“How Would You Compare Lacrosse
T F tb ll?”To Football?”…
Same story 2010, 54 years later!y y
•F. MORRIS TOUCHSTONE, Lacrosse coach U.S. Military Academy at West Point:
“Both appeal to the athlete who enjoys rugged competition. Both are highly developed
team efforts, but the skills of the two differ. In football, the emphasis is on blocking and
tackling. In lacrosse, ball handling with the stick, dodging and accurate shooting are
•CAPTAIN ROBERT J. STROH, Captain U.S.S. Saratoga:
“There's great similarity. Both are body contact sports requiring great physical vigor.
Good team work is a prime requisite in each sport.”
•FERRIS THOMSEN, Lacrosse coach Princeton University:
“Unlike football, with its break between plays, lacrosse takes more stamina due to
continuous running. Like in football, speed, general athletic skill and the ability to give and
take punishment is important. Fans who know both games like lacrosse better because it'sp p g
•HOWARD MYERS Jr., Lacrosse and football coach Hofstra College, N.Y. :
“Lacrosse helps develop speed and maneuverability and is every bit as exciting as football.
Lacrosse practice sessions are more fun than football practice and therefore lacrosse
comes off the favorite. Men who play both both sports prefer lacrosse almost
Same Story in 2010
Two Great GamesTwo Great Games
Respect Seasonal Boundaries
“Isn’t That a Fall Sport?”… “Isn’t That a Spring Sport?”
•Organized sports should respect traditional US seasonal boundariesg p p
•That is why we have seasons!
Respect Seasonal Boundaries
“Isn’t That a Fall Sport?”… “Isn’t That a Spring Sport?”
•PIAA and Youth Lacrosse
~Spring seasons runs approx. March 7- May 25 (minus post season)
•PIAA and Youth Football
~Fall season runs approx August 15- Nov 6 (minus post season)Fall season runs approx. August 15 Nov. 6 (minus post season)
•Summer approximately June 10-August 1st
~That is the Time for Camps, Tournament Play, Off Season Training.
Bob Scott, Player/Coach
h h h k OThe Man Who Wrote the Book On Lacrosse
The great athletic director and great coach of John Hopkins when asked about favorites and
multiple sports, football and seasonal boundaries:multiple sports, football and seasonal boundaries:
Seasonal Boundaries “In each season, you know…
•I'm not big on watching fall lacrosse or, we don't have spring football, but were we to have
had spring football, I don't care about what happens at spring football…had sp ing football, don t ca e about what happens at sp ing football…
• During the fall I like to watch football…
•Come spring, I'm ready for lacrosse.
• I had as much fun and enjoyed coaching freshman football just as much as I did coaching
My Coach Does Not Want Me Playing Other
• It is the students’ choice not the coaches• It is the students choice not the coaches
• Coach should not put a player in a position of feeling
guilty/threatened if he is a multi-sport athlete
O h h h ld l / b l i• On the contrary they should always encourage/embrace multi-sport
• The “athlete hording” philosophy flies in violation of PIAA and
h l thl ti h db kschool athletic handbooks
• Coaches can’t “save” his player from other sports for fear of injury
or lack of time allotment detrimental to “his” sport
• No TEAM - No sport - No coach’s will to win - Is greater than
the student’s right to participate.
My Coach Does Not Want Me Playing Other Sports
• The interest of the student athletes’ high school experience and
development as a man should be at the forefront of every coaches
• There was a time when the multi letter high school athlete was held
in high esteem…that time never left this coach’s heart
• Question any coach who does not see the advantage of multiple
sports for the development of that player as an individual and an
• Big reason Joe Paterno was convinced Evan Royster was such a
good recruit was because of his ability to play another sport well.
Those that Experienced Bothp
Football in the fall, and Lacrosse in the
spring…what a deal!
The following few slides show players who added to their abilities and life
lessons by playing both sports.lessons by playing both sports.
Rhamel and Shamel the
Bratton Brothers, Players
• Huntington (N.Y.) High School, both excelled at football,
lacrosse and basketball
• Top scholastic lacrosse players in the US• Top scholastic lacrosse players in the US
• Both playing for University of Virginia.
Jim Brown, Player/Coach,
• Massapequa (N.Y.) High School lacrosse and football stand out
• Top scholastic lacrosse player in the US
• Syracuse University football and lacrosse All American
• One of the few inducted into both the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Baltimore
and the Football Hall of Fame in Canton
• All Pro football player considered by many to be the finest back there ever
Nick O’Leary PlayerNick O Leary, Player
• Dwyer High Florida State Champs in Lacrosse and Football
• Top football player in the United States
• Looking to play football and lacrosse in college
• Football Nick’s “main” sport but…
• Lacrosse helps him stay in condition for football
• One of the top rated lacrosse players in Florida
• Being heavily recruited by Maryland for both sports.
Will Yeatman, Player,
• Notre Dame football and lacrosse player
• Football tight end and Lacrosse attack
• Transferred to Maryland
• Will play one more year of football at Maryland in 2011.
Dr Miles Harrison Pl /US L B dDr. Miles Harrison,Player/US Lacrosse Board
• Lax was introduced to him his sophomore year at high school by his football coach
• Asked, what are you doing in the spring, “I think I have something you will love as a
• 1964 fell in love played three years in high school
• 1968 as a student athlete helped create a Division I lacrosse program at a traditionally• 1968 as a student athlete helped create a Division I lacrosse program at a traditionally
Black College, Morgan State University
• 1971 played in the North-South Allstar Game
• Life long advocate and author on the game of lacrosse
• Father of Hopkins All-American and MLL lacrosse player, Kyle Harrison
“There is a spirtual element to lacrosse that I do not find in other sports.”
How Do You Want to Spend Your Springs?How Do You Want to Spend Your Springs?
Do This? or Do This?
How Do You Want to Spend Your Springs?
Do This? or Do This?Do This? or Do This?
How Do You Want to Spend Your Springs?
Do This? or Do This?Do This? or Do This?
Spring Training for Football
Many believe lacrosse the best way
• Most football coaches recognize it is far better to be running up and• Most football coaches recognize it is far better to be running up and
down a field in the spring than to be stuck in a weight room or
running skeleton plays
• Lacrosse will do more for a football player by working the core/legs• Lacrosse will do more for a football player by working the core/legs
and creating, perfecting field vision, than weights will in the spring
• Lacrosse and football can work together to share off season
regiments to help obtain optimum training to help players in bothregiments to help obtain optimum training to help players in both
• A summer lifting/training/plyometrics regiment can be utilized.
Summit High School, NJg ,
Marriage of Lacrosse and Football
Th S it S StThe Summit Success Story
• 40+ players involved at some level in both programs
• Two such highly successful teams, NJ State lacrosse / football
champs: football 2009, lacrosse 2010
• This would create conflicts at most schools, not at Summit,
• Just the opposite seems to be true at Summit, where:
• Football coach John Liberato and lacrosse coach Jim Davidson work
closely togetherclosely together
• Scheduling team functions 1st day after school is over
• Developing a common year-round strength and conditioning
Summit High School=Results!Summit High School=Results!
Wh t b t th l thl t ?What about the regular athlete?
• NCAA College playing opportunities abound in lacrosse
• Even if no scholarship money, lacrosse can help those academically
borderline get into college
• College football coaches like athletes who play lacrosse. Joe Paterno and
E R i lEvan Royster is an example
• Positive life lessons. To be able to commit and play two sports so rich in
tradition and in many was so similar
• Learning a game that in many football rich areas of the US is recognized as• Learning a game that, in many football rich areas of the US, is recognized as
the best spring sport option to help football
• Lacrosse players should play football as well
• Your sporting experiences are much richer the more activities you shareYour sporting experiences are much richer the more activities you share.
Football is a GREAT GAME
TEAM, both sports can only win when the good
of the TEAM is at heart!
Youth Lacrosse in the SpringYouth Lacrosse in the Spring
• Youth lacrosse in Centre County since 2008 - Centre Lacrosse
• Like baseball, lacrosse skills of stick handling are vastly improved if
learned young (How many players make varsity baseball squads who
never threw or batted before playing high school baseball?)
• 3&4; 5&6; 7&8 grade teams are playing every spring
• Bellefonte will be sponsoring two teams to practice/play in
Bellefonte in 2011 5&6; 7&8 grade, as part of Centre Lacrosse; g , p
• Open to expansion county wide.
E an Ro sterEvan Royster Accolades
As a PSU Running Back…As a PSU Running Back…
Successive1,000 yard rushing seasons
All American and *Doak Walker Candidate and Winner
First Team All Big Ten Recipient
Lacrosse PlayerLacrosse Player…
Westfield (Virginia) High School All State
Highly recruited by power houses John Hopkins and Virginia among others
Luckily for PSU he is here on the grid iron
As a Man…
Working on a Degree in Management Information Systems
Mature, hard working, no nonsense,TEAM player
Here tonight to promote the love of both football and lacrosse.
*Doak Walker Award:The prestigious Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation's premier running back
for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate footballp , p y y j g
award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of th
Evan Royster A l dEvan Royster Accolades cont.
College stats PSU- 2007 to 2009
•2007 season he was named to "The Sporting News" Big Ten All-Freshman Team
2008 d t th All Bi T•2008 named to the All-Big Ten
•Semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award
•One of the finest college football players in 2008 when he ran for 1,236 yards
•He helped lead the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten Football championship and the Rose Bowl
•Royster announced in a press release by Penn State that he'll be returning in 2010 to finish his degreey p y g f g
and play football.
Evan RoysterEvan Royster Accolades cont.
High School Football:g Sc oo ootba :
• Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia where he totalled 6,384 yards on 750
carries (8.5 avg.)
• Won three Concorde District Championships
• Sophomore 1 690 yards and 22 touchdowns• Sophomore, 1,690 yards and 22 touchdowns
• Juinor, 2,160 yards and 30 touchdowns
• Senior, 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns.
• First-team all-state selection
• Washington Post first-team All-Met.
High School Lacrosse:
• One of the most coveted lacrosse prospects in the country
• Scored 33 goals as a senior• Scored 33 goals as a senior
• Played in the prestigious North-South All-American Lacrosse all-star game
• Heavily recruited by Virginia and Johns Hopkins
• First team all-state for Westfield High School in Fairfax, Virginia.
Welcome Coach Jeff Tambroni,,
Player/Coach/Advocate and Lover of the Game
“He is the perfect person to take our lacrosse program to the next level andHe is the perfect person to take our lacrosse program to the next level and
establish Penn State as a national presence in one of the country's fastest
- Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley
• 10 superb seasons as head coach at Cornell University
• Awarded the 2009 Morris Touchstone Award as the USILA Coach of the
• Led Cornell to three NCAA semifinal appearances in the past four seasons
(2007, 2009 and 2010) and one NCAA title game (2009)
• Currently ranked fifth among active Division I coaches in winning• Currently ranked fifth among active Division I coaches in winning
percentage (109-40 for .732)
• 10th-fastest coach in men's lacrosse history to reach the 100-win mark when
he did it in his 134th career game in March of 2010
Welcome Coach Jeff TambroniWelcome Coach Jeff Tambroni
• An assistant at Cornell from 1997 to 2000.
• Assistant coach at Loyola College during the 1997 season
• Assistant at Hobart for three seasons, helping the Statesmen to the 1994 NCAAAssistant at Hobart for three seasons, helping the Statesmen to the 1994 NCAA
Division III championship game.
• A 1992 graduate of Hobart with a bachelor of arts degree in American studies
• 1992 first-team All-America as a senior, after scoring 33 goals and 24 assistsg g
• Second-team All-America selection in 1990 and 1991, Hobart Statesmen won
the NCAA Division III championship
• Most valuable player of the 1990 championship game
• Left Hobart tied for seventh on the school's all-time scoring list with 202 points
• He left Hobart ranked sixth in assists (99) and 12th in goals (103)
State College High Football / LacrosseState College High Football / Lacrosse
Bellefonte High Football / Lacrosse
State College Bulldog Youth FootballState College Bulldog Youth Football
Bellefonte Youth Football
Penn State Football / Lacrosse
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“The Perfect Match”“The Perfect Match”
Dear Players, Parents, Athletic Directors and Coaches,Dear Players, Parents, Athletic Directors and Coaches,
If you are receiving this you are personally and cordially invited to attend aIf you are receiving this you are personally and cordially invited to attend a
presentation on the game of men’s lacrosse, its advantages and the beneficial
relationship lacrosse players and football players share to add to their
enjoyment of sport, athleticism, success and expansion of life lessons at the
youth and high school level.
DATE: Wednesday October 27 2010; 7:00PM 8:30PMDATE: Wednesday October 27, 2010; 7:00PM-8:30PM
WHERE: PSU University Park East Area Locker Room Lecture Hall (Across from Holuba
•PSU Running Back EvanEvan RoysterRoyster
•PSU Head Lacrosse Coach JeffCoach Jeff TambroniTambroni
•PSU possibly others from football staff. No charge for admission