Bernhardt’s Football Mentality in a Lacrosse World

by Laurel Pfahler Preston Mack Jared Bernhardt recalls his dad advising him and his brothers to play lacrosse with a football mindset. The U.S. U19 midfielder says doing so has a lot to do with his success on the lacrosse field.An all-state quarterback at Lake Brantley (Fla.) High School, Bernhardt brings his skills running the Patriots' triple option ... More

USA Women Set for Foreign Tour

by Megan Schneider Scott McCall SPARKS, Md. — Today, the 24-player U.S. women's national team departs for a week-long tour in England, where Team USA will compete against England’s development and senior squads, plus Germany, Scotland, and Wales. Following the tour, a three-day tryout will take place August 5-7 at the national team training ... More

Alive and Well: First Stick Success Stories

By Paul Ohanian Mitch FentonAlexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles recently completed a successful spring season for both its boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, with the girls’ losing by one goal in the semifinal round of LA City Championship, and the boys finishing as championship runner-up. VIDEO.A great season for any school, but even more ... More

College Players Earn Their Stripes

By Brian Logue Liz Brush As lacrosse continues to grow, the need for qualified officials grows hand-in-hand with the jump in participation. And who better to officiate the game than the people who have played it? That’s the thought of US Lacrosse and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, and both groups are working with ... More

A Trip Through the Recruiting Cycle

By Wyatt Naylor Wyatt Naylor, a recent graduate of Glenelg Country School (Md.), completed a two-week internship with US Lacrosse earlier this spring. On the lacrosse field, he helped Glenelg to a runner-up finish in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) B Conference while earning all-league honors as an attackman. As part of his ... More

Making the Fastest Game on Two Feet Faster

By Brian Logue Brian LogueLacrosse fans have long embraced “the fastest game on two feet” slogan to help sell the excitement of the sport. But for new players learning the sport, the fastest game on two feet isn’t always so fast.If you've ever been to a youth lacrosse game, you've seen something similar to the ground ball scrum in the picture above. ... More

Is The Time Right?

By Paul Ohanian How much time does your family spend in activities related to youth lacrosse? There are practices and games, of course; add in tournaments, camps and clinics. Some also have private lessons, skill training and conditioning.How does your family’s lacrosse time commitment compare to other families? About the same, much more, or significa... More

Team 8. Play for More

By Kate Leavell | @kateleavell I’ve been to enough club tournaments that I expect the expected. Screaming coaches. Parents yelling at the refs. Trash talking between players, often mismatched in size. Parents in the stands cheering, parents leaning over the fence yelling not quite as cheerfully. Cranky officials who haven’t had a break in ... More

Brain Targeted Teaching for Coaches: Evaluating Learning

By T.J. Buchanan Introduction In 2012, Dr. Mariale Hardiman published a book entitled “The Brain Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools.” Dr. Hardiman and her team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University spent several years conducting and reviewing neuroscience research on how children’s brains function in the ... More

Can the Ball Make the Game Safer?

By Brian Logue An often-overlooked piece of equipment related to safety is the actual lacrosse ball. Original research in 2005 by Trey Crisco, a member of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee, led to the development of a NOCSAE ball standard. In 2014, the NOCSAE standard became required for all games using NCAA/NFHS/USL rules.Now, the ball ... More