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Your “Best Friend”

Posted by Barry Marenberg on August 19, 2012

Your lacrosse stick is your “tool”. When you step out on the lacrosse field you have a role, a job, a responsibility to your team and yourself to play the best you possibly can. In the game of lacrosse you can’t do that without a necessary tool: your stick. Your stick should become your “best friend”.

For your tool and best friend to function as well as it possibly can, you need to take care of it!. It very often requires a fair amount of TLC. Don’t take it for granted. First off, you have to love it. If you are not happy with the way your stick is strung, have it restrung. Ask your coach or your teammates who are happy with their sticks and get their recommendations for someone to restring your head for you. If your top or side strings are torn – replace them. If your shooting strings have loosened and your passes and shots are not flying the way you like them too, then fix your shooting strings. Many times the weather doesn’t cooperate and we are forced to play games in the rain. Rain can really affect your mesh and the pocket in your stick. After a game in the rain, take a good look at your pocket and make sure you are happy with the way the mesh has dried. If you don’t like it, fix it – but fix it before the next practice or game! Different types of mesh are affected differently by the rain. Anyone playing with traditional stringing (bonus points for you! ūüėČ – on the right is the stick I am currently playing with) also knows that you need to care for your leathers and adjust them periodically. Additionally, make sure your pocket hasn’t sagged to a point where it is or is close to an illegal pocket. You surely don’t want your goal wiped out in a crucial game and your stick removed because of an illegal pocket that you could very well have fixed if you just gave your stick a little tune-up.¬† For some tips on getting a good pocket in your stick, see my post of February 23, 2011 Is Your Stick Ready?

Remember also, it’s YOUR stick. It doesn’t matter if your teammates think it throws badly, as long as it works for YOU. Everyone’s stick is different, but serves the same purpose. It’s kind of like the lacrosse flip flops all the players seem so fond of – even with the exact flip flops, two people will break them in differently, to make them uniquely theirs.

I actually started this article back in the Spring and shelved it when I got busy with work-related stuff.¬† As many boys (and girls) begin to get ready for tryouts for next summer’s elite teams, I felt this article was now timely.¬† Best of luck to everyone in their upcoming tryouts.

A big shout out to my friends at Lacrosse Allstars (  If you are not already doing it, be sure to find some way to Grow The Game!

See you on the field!

– Coach B


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Full Force Lacrosse – Fall/Winter 2012-13 Tryouts

Posted by Barry Marenberg on August 17, 2012

Full Force Lacrosse is planning to field Fall and Winter lacrosse 7th/8th grade teams for 2012-13.  We will be holding our tryout on Friday August 17 from 7:15-9:30pm at Snyder Avenue Turf Field in Berkeley Heights.  Please arrive at 7 PM for check-in and to receive your pinney.  There will be a $10 tryout fee to cover the cost of the field.  You must bring all your equipment and plenty of water. A make-up tryout will be held on Wednesdsay August 22 at Aircast field in New Providence for those who are unable to make it to the A
We realize that some players will not be able to play in the Fall due to commitments to other sports.  HOWEVER, if you plan to play for Full Force Lacrosse in the Winter, you must still attend this tryout. 
The tryout is open to any player entering 7th or 8th grade this Fall and is not limited to Chiefs players so please feel free (we actually encourage you) to forward this e-mail to any of your son’s friends in surrounding towns who may have an interest in playing for the team this Fall and/or Winter.¬† We hope to field a small and highly competitive team, and hope to have a large turnout from which to select the team.¬†
Our plan is to enroll the Fall team in the Rutgers league.  This league plays its games on Sunday afternoons/evenings between 5pm and 9pm on the Rutgers campus in Piscataway.  Games are not typically played on any other days and at any other location.  We do hope to hold a few local practices prior to the start of the game season. We are also considering entering the team in a Fall tournament.  For the Winter we will again enroll in the ISP indoor league up in Randolph.  The Force 7th/8th grade team won this league last Winter.
Once the tryout is complete, those who are informed that they have been selected will be provided with the information to register with the Rutgers league as a member of the Full Force Lacrosse team.  We anticipate that the fee for the Rutgers league will be $150 per player and we intend to order shorts and shooter shirts (we are searching for a cost effective package for the shorts/shirt).
We are very excited about the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons and look forward to seeing your son at the tryout.  Once again, check-in on on August 17th is 7pm and the tryout will commence at 7:15pm sharp.  We will, of course, have frequent water breaks and will have an EMT on-site.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email and we will respond as quickly as possible.  Full Force Lacrosse maintains a website at: so be sure to check it frequently for additional information.

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Wolverine plays lax?!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on July 24, 2012

I am a huge fan of comic books and have been a collector since I was a kid.  When I saw this recently I told myself I have to post it to my blog!!

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Fall Lacrosse is Rapidly Approaching – Full Force Lacrosse

Posted by Barry Marenberg on July 22, 2012

After a very successful Fall 2011 season and a Championship at ISP over the past Winter, Full Force Lacrosse will again be fielding a 7th/8th grade team for Fall 2012.  Keep checking back here for information about tryouts (to be held mid-August).  Full Force Lacrosse


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Coach B Is Back!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on June 30, 2012

Hello everyone!¬† I’m back.¬† First I should apologize for my long absence from this blog.¬† Writing this blog has always been something that I truly enjoy doing.¬† It allows me to combine my passion for the sport of lacrosse and my enjoyment for writing.¬† There have been so many changes in my life since my last post back in March and those changes caused (forced?) me to lay off my writing to attend to so many other priorities.¬† New job, coaching a spring 7th grade Chiefs team of 40 boys, watching my daughter in her first year of lacrosse, etc.¬† Well, its summer now and Zander has already played in 2 of his 4 summer tournaments and I finally have some time to sit down and write.

I’ll spend some posts catching you all up on things that took place through the Spring and some posts on some new things.¬† Stick with me.¬† I hope not to have to take these extended absences again.


– Coach B

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Full Force Lacrosse 7/8 Wins 2012 ISP Winter Lacrosse League Championship

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 4, 2012

The Full Force Lacrosse 7th/8th grade team that I coach along with John Shahpazian, Jim Slater and Richie Shahpazian won the ISP Winter Lacrosse Championship Last night against Summit.¬† It was a great game and an awesome way to end a very exciting inaugural winter team for Full Force.¬† We are very proud of all the Full Force players and hope they take what they’ve learned from this winter right into the Chiefs Spring season!

Great job boys!!

– Coach B

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A Public Service Announcement: Protect Yourself!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 2, 2012

With lacrosse season here, my good buddies at Lacrosse AllStars (Lax AllStars) put up a very timely and important post from the great Ryan Powell.  Basically its about the importance of wearing a protective cup.  Seems like a No-Brainer!  Read the post by clicking the following link: ALWAYS WEAR A CUP!

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2012 Chiefs Lacrosse 7th Grade Season Starts Tonight!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on March 1, 2012


It was great to see all the returning parents last night and meet parents of our new players at the Team Parents Meeting.

Our first practice is tonight from 6:30-8pm on the Snyder Avenue Turf in Berkeley Heights.  I am looking forward to getting the team started on what promises to be a very fun and competitive season.    All players should arrive by 6:15 to get their equipment on and sized properly, etc. 

Still not sure about a time for Saturday’s practice.¬† I’ll keep you posted.

Go Chiefs!

– Coach B

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Coach B’s Full Force Lacrosse Winter Team Makes It To Finals!!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on February 26, 2012

Big news!!  

The Full Force Lacrosse Winter lax team that I co-coach with John Shahpazian defeated Tewksbury last night by the score of 9-2.  We are now slated to play Summit Gold on Saturday night (3/3).

The Full Force team played phenomenally well last night.  Every player on the roster contributed and the win was a complete team effort.  We are looking forward to a great Championship game.  All Chiefs  who are around on Saturday night are invited to come out and cheer us on!

– Coach B
Full Force Lacrosse website: Full Force Lacrosse website

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So you want to play lax in college…?

Posted by Barry Marenberg on February 22, 2012

I haven’t had much time recently to write any new/original stuff for the blog but when I see a great post elsewhere, I want you all to know about it!

Recently, my good friend, Connor Wilson over at Lacrosse Allstars ( for whom I write occasionally put up a great article post about what it takes to play lacrosse in college. ¬†I know my son, and the players that I am coaching this Spring (7th grade) are five years away from starting college, but it’s never too early to learn about what it takes. ¬†Connor’s tongue-in-cheek post can be viewed by clicking this link:¬†So You Want To Play Lacrosse in College.

Give it a read.

– B

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