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Archive for March, 2011

“Are you doing everything that you possibly can to be the best lacrosse player that you can be?”

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 30, 2011

If you are anywhere near a regular reader of my blog you would know that I am a huge fan of the LACROSSE ALLSTARS (LAS) website at http://www.laxallstars.com.  The writers and posts on LAS are always top-notch.  The site is a must-read for any lacrosse player and fan!

Yet another fantastic article was posted yesterday.  It was a guest post written by Ryan Powell.  For those of you not in the know, Ryan is part of the triumvirate of Powell brothers (Casey and Mike are the other two) who were all All-American lax players at Syracuse.  Ryan currently plays for the  Boston Blazers of the National League Lacrosse.  He also owns and operates both Rhino Lacrosse and Powell Lacrosse.

In his post which can be accessed by clicking the link at the end of this paragraph, Ryan tells about how his Assistant lax coach, after a tough loss this week, asked the team “Are you doing everything that you possibly can to be the best lacrosse player that you can be?”  That question resonated strongly with Ryan and he proceeds to discuss his work ethic and what any lacrosse player must do to be the best he can be.  Discussing how important it is for lax players to work on their own when not at practice, Ryan says “I put in more hours on my own than I do at practice or in games. This is the time that lacrosse players can separate themselves from the rest.”  AMEN!! – My repeated protestations validated!! In his post, Ryan also provides a link to the Wall Ball routine that he has been doing 3-4 times a week for years.  Here’s the link to the article: ryan-powell-play-hard-work-harder .  If your son plays for me, I implore you to show him Ryan’s article!

Lastly, if you haven’t already seen it, read my earlier post immediately below this one for the opportunity to purchase a wicked pair of short that supports a great cause.

See you on the field.

– Coach B

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Awesome Shorts to Support Autism

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 25, 2011

We all know well how crazy lacrosse players go for the funky sublimated shorts that are all over the place these days. I’d like to draw your attention to a wicked new pair of shorts that I know our lacrosse players will love AND which support a great cause.

For those of you who don’t know Zack Greer, he is a former All-American lacrosse player from Duke and Bryant University and currently plays professional lacrosse for the Minnesota Swarm.  Not only is Zack a great guy, and extremely passionate lacrosse player, he is also passionate about supporting families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism. The Zack Greer Foundation was set up with the commitment to help improve the quality of life for those affected, and their families, by raising funds and awareness for the Austism Spectrum Disorder.

In order promote the cause and raise money, Zack Greer and the Zack Greer Foundation have teamed up with LaxAllStars.com and Pro Athletics to design a LIMITED EDITION custom pair of lacrosse shorts that are now being offered in a pre-sale through the LaxAllStars Store by clicking this link:  http://bit.ly/ZackGreerShorts .  The profits generated from the sale of these shorts will be donated to the Zack Greer Foundation to assist in providing assistance to those in need and awareness to the lacrosse community, and the general public.

The design incorporates the Zack Greer Foundation logo, an 88 with a puzzle piece inside it, as well as the LacrosseAllStars logo. The colors are those of the ZG Foundation (blue) and hot pink with navy. The honeycomb is a fantastic background layer that reminds us of all the strength required to do the right thing.

Please join Zack, LacrosseAllStars.com and me, in supporting this worthy cause by purchasing a pair (or two, or three!) of the Zack Greer Foundation Shorts and wearing them as much as possible! They are awesome shorts. By spreading the word and getting involved we can all make a difference in the lives of those affected by autism.

The  pre-sale ends Monday, April 11th so don’t delay!  Shorts will take up to 6 weeks to manufacture and ship.  Order Now! Click here to order: http://bit.ly/ZackGreerShorts

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Games Start This Weekend!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 23, 2011

After a month of practices, our games finally start this weekend.  Everyone’s adrenaline should be sky high!

Half of our squad will play on Saturday vs. Old Bridge – 2:30pm at GL H.S.  Those playing on Saturday should arrive at GL no later than 1:45pm to warm-up, etc.

The other half will play on Sunday at 1pm vs. Bridgewater at Basilone Field at Bridgewater-Raritan H.S.  Those players playing on Sunday should arrive in Bridgewater by 12:15pm. 

Both games promise to be challenging and all our players need to rise to the occassion of the first game.

GO CHIEFS!   HONOR THE GAME!

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Lacrosse Players MUST Use Their Feet!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 14, 2011

Over the weekend I was watching the Cornell vs UVA lacrosse game on ESPNU.  During halftime of the game they had the Warrior Lacrosse pros talking about what they felt is needed for each to play their respective position.  When they came to Ken Clausen, the former All-American defenseman from UVA, he didn’t say that defenseman needed to be huge and powerful to make big hits.  He also didn’t say that a defenseman needed to have stellar stick skills.  Now, undoubtedly, to be a great defenseman some size and aggression helps.  Top notch stick skill are surely necessary as well.  But what Ken Clausen said resonated with me in a big way.  He simply said that to be a successful defenseman, a player needs great footwork.

No matter what position a lacrosse player excels at, he needs to be quick, fast and demonstrate great footwork.  On that same halftime segment, although the other position players (Danowksi and Crotty at Attack, Geoff Snider at Middie and Jesse Schwartzman at Goalie) mentioned other essential skills for their positions, all alluded to the need for having great footwork.

An Attackman must be quick and shifty to beat his defender, find space and get his shot off.  Middies who run up and down the field obviously need great speed and the ability to accelerate quickly but also need to master great footwork skills to be able to dodge.  Goalies need to be quick and light on their feet to stop shots coming at lightning fast speeds and at odd angles.

To this end, enhancing foot speed is a big part of the work I do with my team every practice.  We do spend a great deal of time on drills that work all the fundamental skills but we also try to incorporate footwork drills within everything we do.  We use a lot of cones at practice and we have players at all positions doing a lot of stop and go and cutting drills to increase their foot speed.  We also use speed/agility ladders as part of our conditioning drills.  The speed ladders and the footwork drills we do help our players not only become quicker but also more agile and increase their stamina and endurance.  Another way we help our players to increase their foot speed is to have them run as many drills as possible without their sticks.  This forces them to use their  feet and their speed to position themselves properly rather than rely on the length of their stick.

My players often complain about the amount of footwork drills we do but when the games start, they see almost immediately see the value of doing these footwork drills.  So… my players endlessly hear me and my coaches telling them to “play with their feet!”  It sure worked for Ken Clausen!

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NOTE: Saturday Practice Changed to Sunday!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 10, 2011

We will not be practicing on Saturday this week but instead will have our practice on Sunday morning from 9:15am-11:15am on the indoor turf field at The Center Circle at 1255 Main Street in Rahway, NJ.   This is a great facility where the Chiefs have practiced in the past.  We will have the full field to practice on and will be able to scrimmage.   Please arrive by 9am to dress so we can take the field on time and get as much work in as possible.

Travel time to the facility is about 30 minutes.  Directions can be found here: http://www.thecentercircle.com/Code/GeneralDirections.asp 

IMPORTANT: NO CLEATS – SNEAKERS ONLY on Sunday

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To Improve – Lax Players Must Practice On Their Own!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 2, 2011

I repeatedly tell my players (and their parents) that its essential that they practice their game on their own.  We meet only 5 hours a week for practice.  On non practice days, the players should work cradling, scooping and throwing/catching/shooting on their own.

Whether a player teams up with some other teammates, practices with a parent or just works on his own, the benefits of working fundamentals outside practice will pay dividends as the season progresses.  Trust me!

Self practice can be nothing more than standing and cradling a ball in the stick (on both sides) for a few minutes.  It can be nothing more than tossing a ball on the grass, running and scooping it up over and over.  Any little thing helps.  At the top of this page you can click a link that opens a document that describes a bunch of different drills that a player can do on his own and with the participation of a parent, sibling, or friend.  The link is entitled “Individual & Parent Assisted Drills for Players”  Take a look!

See you all on the field.

– Coach B
GO CHIEFS! – HONOR THE GAME

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It all starts now! The 2011 season is here!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 1, 2011

Chiefs Lacrosse is set to begin!  Our first practice is Tuesday night March 1 at 5pm.  All practices will be held on the turf at New Providence H.S.

All boys should bring all their equipment and be ready to go.  Its going to be a great season!

See you tomorrow!

– Coach B
Go Chiefs – Honor the Game!

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