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Favorite Drills: Stickwork

With our most recent release now allowing our users to build their own drills, I wanted to give you all a quick look at some of our favorite drills. We'll start this series with a quick look at stickwork drills. Be sure to comment below with your favorite stickwork drills!

L-Passing:
We often start our practices with L-Passing. To setup, we set stations along the sideline with groups of 3 players, each 10 yards apart. Set up a cone 5 yards out from the line of players. The ballcarrier will sprint to the cone and complete a maneuver before turning back to the line, passing the ball and filling the back spot of the line. We like L-passing because we can run any number of maneuvers to improve footwork and stickwork.
Top Variations (all can be flipped): -Carry righty, turn to the bottom hand (left), pass righty.
-Carry righty, drop-step and fade to the right, pass righty.
-Carry righty, turn away to the right, pass lefty.

Partner Passing:
This is another top drill that we will use as …
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Share Public Plays with Free Accounts

Want to see a trick?



We're excited to announce that plays can now be shared and even embedded (like above) with your free Lacrosse Lab account. Sharing can be done by selecting the play options drop-down in "My Playbook." Select SHARE PLAY and navigate to the PUBLIC tab.




For now, you can share directly to Facebook and Twitter. You can also copy a direct link to share anywhere that you please!

For those of you that might be a little more "techy," you can also embed our play viewer on your site, just like I've shown above.

As always, let us know what you think and start SHARING!

-Eric

Create Play Overview

Creating plays with Lacrosse Lab is quick and easy using our drag-and-drop interface. Check out this infographic for a brief tutorial:

New Release: Roster Management Overhaul

We're starting 2020 off with a bang and pushing a pretty big release! We hope to simplify your communication with your team and have enhanced our roster capabilities. In our new release, you can now:

1. Assign multiple contacts to a single player. Now, when parents login on behalf of their children, multiple accounts can be associated with a single roster slot. This will keep your roster and depth chart cleaner!
2. Send Invitation Reminders. In addition to tracking which players or parents have registered for Lacrosse Lab, you can now simply send reminder emails to any contacts stored in your roster. Just select INVITE PLAYERS on the roster screen to start the invitation process.


3. Use Roster as a contact list. With all of your player and parents' contacts stored in the Roster list, you can trigger emails directly from Lacrosse Lab. When you want to send an email to your whole roster, select EMAIL TEAM. If you only want to email the contacts associated with a single player, …

Referrals: Refer a team, have a free month

Since we launched almost two years ago, we have found that word-of-mouth referrals have been our greatest source of growing our user base. Now, we want to give back to those that have been such outspoken advocates of our tool! We are pleased to announce our new referral system.

For the Referrers: You will now see on the MANAGE TEAMS screen, a small dashboard highlighting your referral history. As your referral code is claimed by new teams, your account will be automatically credited $10. There is no cap to your referral balance. On your payment date, we will first deduct your available referral balance before charging your credit card. If your referral balance exceeds your monthly balance, enjoy your free month!


For the Referred: We don't want new users to feel left out! For claiming a friend's referral code, you will also receive a free month for each team that you create. You will be immediately eligible to begin building your own referral balance. To claim a friend's r…

5 Keys to a Successful Deadball Clear

Clearing and transition is arguably the most critical aspect of a successful lacrosse team and yet, likely one of the least practiced phases of the game of lacrosse. Practicing clears requires long reps, a whole field, and enough players to give a realistic look. All three requirements (time, space, full rosters) are likely not available at the early levels. What doesn't get practiced leads to a lack of preparation and a last-ditch game time plan: give the ball to your best athlete and let them run. This strategy usually leaves your top players completely gassed when it comes time to play in half-field situations.

Rather than expecting one player to beat ten, let's talk about the 5 keys to a successful team clear.
1. Proper Field Spacing Improper field spacing is the biggest contributor to failed clears at earlier levels of the game. As the clearing team, we want to make sure to spread the riders as far as possible. Good field spacing will ensure that an outlet is always avail…

Introducing: Daily Workouts. 10,000 Hour Rule Not Required

Summary: We are excited to announce that we will be offering free, short workouts throughout the summer. Each workout will be approximately 20 minutes with a portion dedicated to developing lacrosse skill and another portion to athleticism or conditioning. With the right focus, we believe major progress can be made with only a short, daily commitment.
10,000-Hour Rule Have you ever heard of the 10,000-Hour Rule? It has been popularized in a number of studies led by Anders Ericsson, professor of psychology at Florida State and went mainstream likely thanks to Malcolm's Gladwell's "Outliers." The rule states something along the lines of:

With 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, you can reach a level of mastery in any skill.

It's a Myth (Partly) I don't think anyone can deny that putting in deliberate practice is a bad thing. In fact, it is essential to developing skills toward a mastery level. Still, I think 10,000 hours of deliberate practice is overkill and …