MBLBC Coaching Team posted 9/28/2012
We recently saw this list posted in an email from The Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store and thought that it is so good that it is worth sharing. Players always ask "what can I do to get better?" Until you can say that you practice and play every day following these 50 commandments focus your time and attention here. You will be a better player, teammate, and person for it.
The 50 LACROSSE COMMANDMENTS
Thou shalt never hit the goalie in the chest when shooting.
Bounce shots are best.
Listen to your stick and talk to your stick; this will ensure good stick protection.
A goal proves that you can beat the goalie; an assist proves that you are smart
Always look to make the extra pass.
Thou shalt never pass the ball close enough to the goalie such that the goalie intercepts your pass.
Thou must have the ability to catch and throw with both hands.
Thou must move whenever you do not have the ball; in other words, keep your defenseman thinking and occupied; remember the words of wisdom from the cavemen: He who stands still, is lunch!
Never "telegraph" a pass.
Thou must practice "on the wall" in order to be good.
Thou shalt always move towards a passed ball; never stand still.
The best players pick up ground balls.
"Vee in and Vee out" in order to be open for a pass.
Never be slow getting back on defense.
Cross-check and slap check on the hands and gloves of your opponents.
Always congratulate your teammates; you are nothing without them.
Thou shalt always keep your head up; don't look at the ball inside your stick.
Always stay in front of your fellow teammate on a fast break. They will not be able to pass to you if you are behind them.
If the goalie comes out of the goal, turn him to his weak hand by shutting off his strong hand side.
Never, never, never hang your stick.
Always be alert of your man and the ball's position on defense.
Play the Ball-You-Man triangle
Always be ready to slide to a teammate to help him on defense.
You have a stick, use it: check, slap, push.
Use your stick not as a caveman's club or ax, but as a surgeon's scalpel.
Don't lunge at the offensive player, be balanced, check, wait for his move.
Do not allow the offensive player to crowd or push you. If he is too close, push him out.
Thou shall be intimidating on defense.
If your man beats you and there has been a slide, go to the hole and pick up a player.
Always talk and communicate. The best players are talkers.
Choke up on your stick if you have difficulty handling the ball.
After picking up a ground ball, tuck it in, and run to an open area while looking to pass
Stay wide on the fast break.
Every time the ball moves, you must move.
Stay intense by anticipating what the team will do next.
If you double team, do so with authority; ask yourself, do I want to be a hammer or a nail?
Great defensemen, like great offensive players, see the entire field: keep your head up when you're clearing the ball. Impress fans with your smarts.
Keep players out of the middle.
Be economic with your checks.
Great defensemen do not take the ball away, they prevent their opponent from scoring. Simple!
Love the game and play and practice with passion. Ask your coach for magazines, books, and tips. Be a student of the game.
A great man once said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." In other words, give everything your all.
The saying "Practice makes perfect" is incorrect. "Perfect practice makes perfect!
When in a game, never dispute a call or argue with an official for any reason.
Always know the score of the game.
Always congratulate your teammate. As well, encourage and uplift your teammates who are not playing well.
When coached or told to do something in a practice, ask yourself why? You may then come to a better understanding of the game.
Always have your equipment ready prior to a game.
Accept the responsibilities of being an athlete: work hard in school, represent your family,
community, and team with pride and honor.
Practice, practice, practice, then practice some more.