US Lacrosse has announced that the U.S. men's training team will play defending national champion Maryland and semifinalist Towson as part of the Team USA Fall Classic Oct. 7-8 at Tierney Field in Sparks, Md.
Tickets are on sale now for just $10 per day, and proceeds will benefit the US Lacrosse National Teams Program.
The Team USA Fall Classic will include a 9/11 Memorial Game featuring first responders from Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, and an abbreviated scrimmage between the Israel national team and Towson.
Saturday, Oct. 7
6 p.m.: U.S. Men's Training vs. Maryland
Sunday, Oct. 8
11:15 a.m.: 9/11 Memorial Game – Pentagon vs. Twin Towers
2 p.m.: U.S. Men’s Training Team vs. Towson
4 p.m.: Israel vs. Towson (abbreviated scrimmage)
The 49-player U.S. men’s training team is led by Duke head coach John Danowski. The Fall Classic is one of two training weekends remaining for the U.S. before the final training camp leading into next summer’s FIL World Championship, which will be held July 12-21 in Netanya, Israel.
Maryland won the NCAA championship in May and features five returning All-Americans from that team. Towson reached the NCAA semifinals last year before falling to Ohio State. The Tigers have two returning All-Americans.
The 9/11 Memorial Game will feature first responders representing the Twin Towers and Pentagon teams. US Lacrosse has a 9/11 Memorial on its campus to remember the victims from the lacrosse community that died during the 2001 terrorist attacks, and a separate exhibit in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum, including a piece of steel from the World Trade Center donated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to US Lacrosse, will be unveiled.
Open for all Manheim Township families with Boys entering Grades K-3.
MT Lacrosse First Goal Program
Sunday Sept 10th - Oct 15th
Introduction to the game of Lacrosse. Your son will use a full size stick and soft rubber ball to learn to pass, catch, cradle and shoot in these fun and active clinics. Coaches along with current players affiliated with MT Lacrosse will use a variety of drills to teach your son the fundamentals of lacrosse.
Be a part of the fastest growing team sport in America!
Register in person or by contacting:
Manheim Township Department of Recreation & Park Planning
1241 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
Day of Registration possible however limited number of stick may be available.
Fee: #319.4001 - R - $30 Bring your own regulation size stick;
Many parents and players often ask, "How can I/my son get smarter as a player?"
The answer may seem complicated: extra coaching, reading books, watching videos.
While all of these will help, they are very time consuming, complicated, and expensive. Luckily, we live in a digital age and there are options available. Every high school, college, and club coach I talk to recommends that you watch more lacrosse. Watching lacrosse played at a high level will improve the Lax IQ of everyone.
2. ESPN3 - if you have ESPN, you can use your cable access information to access espn3 on your computer or Roku. They will carry over 100 games this year. They will also archive 1-2 weeks of games for viewing later.
3. Kudda.com - broadcasts select Baltimore and Philly High School games. Booker Corrigan is the announcer and the kids find him hilarious.
What to Watch For:
1. Accuracy of ball movement - all the passes are accurate, there are few dropped balls. This is why we push wall ball and line drills. This should be possible at 5/6 and older.
2. Off Ball Movement - watch how when a play starts, everyone is moving, not just the player with the ball. Most goals come off of a pass to a moving player near the goal, not a dodge and shoot play.
3. Defensive Positioning - watch how the defenders all approach from the top side to take away the middle of the field.
4. Clears - watch how the defenders and defensive middies spread out and move to open lanes to clear, primarily the way the attack men come up to midfield to provide a release.
5. Communication - listen how the players talk constantly.
Even in small doses, you can learn a lot about lacrosse fundamentals from watching it on TV. Most of the announcers are trying to grow the sport and their commentary will be appropriate for our age groups and parent levels.
Below is a video sent out by US Lacrosse to all of their coaches and referees. They suggest that all parents watch this prior to the season as well to help understand some points of emphasis that the referees may be looking for this year.
This is the first year that we have been pleased to offer the Wednesday Wall Ball Clinics.
Wall Ball is the quickest way to establish the proper fundamentals of throwing and catching. Many kids practice well but it does not translate to field play. A large part of the reason for this is that they have to concentrate to perform the basics of throwing and catching. Wall Ball takes these fundamentals, and through allowing for a large number of repetitions in a short time, makes these skills automatic. This allows the players to focus on game strategy, lax IQ, and situational awareness.
The use of Wall Ball is a critical component to advancing stick skills in every player, regardless of level of skill or age. It is promoted as the most important practice tool of every professional and college coach/player. To see what it entails, I have included links (such as the one below) to multiple Wall Ball programs touted by many different professional players in the instruction section of the website. You can access these by hovering over the Home tab > Instruction > Wall Ball Programs.
We look forward to improving the stick skills of all of our players through this extremely beneficial program.