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Mar, 2021

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Why did you get involved with Mudsock Boys Lacrosse and what do you like about the sport? I got involved with Mudsock Boys Lacrosse as both a coach and a board member three years ago as my son (now a 6th grader) started in the program.  As a kid who grew up playing baseball, and didn’t have lacrosse as an option, the thing I love about the game is the constant action that it offers; very fast-paced, high scoring.

Why should someone play lacrosse? What I love about lacrosse, is that it’s a sport that combines a number of facets from other sports such as hockey, soccer, basketball and football.

What would you say to a parent who is hesitant to have their child play lacrosse because they didn’t play lacrosse growing up? As a parent who grew up playing baseball and basketball and never picked up a lacrosse stick as a kid, I would just tell other parents in the same situation to give lacrosse a try with your child.  It is a very exciting sport and offers a great opportunity, with many different positions that can fit your child’s skill level.

 What do you think the best age is to start? Are the athletes in your league mostly “seasoned” players or do you have lots of boys new to the sport? Much like every sport, we offer a kindergarten/ 1st grade age group (8U) within our Mudsock Boys Lacrosse club.   The most important skill for young lacrosse players to develop is very basic; passing and catching.  The sooner they can begin developing these two important skills, the more success they will have as lacrosse players moving up through the program.  That said, every Spring, we always have many new players who come out for lacrosse.  There is no age in our youth program that we ever consider it to be too late to try the sport.

 Which sports have the most transferable skills that apply to boy’s lacrosse? I would say hockey, basketball and soccer would be the sports that we see many players have easier transitions into lacrosse.

Are there opportunities for boys to continue playing after they graduate from the league? With our youth program ending at the 8th grade level, many of our players move onto their high school teams, as well as Summer clubs.  Mudsock Boys Lacrosse overs 12U, 14U and high school Summer lacrosse seasons, which many of our players participate in.

 Who can coach and what skills do they need? My first experience coaching was at the 10U age group.  Having never played or coached lacrosse before, I was able to translate my experience coaching youth baseball and basketball into coaching lacrosse.  If a parent has coached another sport, is organized and dedicated in learning about the game on their own, there’s no doubt they will be a successful coach and enjoy themselves.  At our younger age groups (8U an 10U), so much of the practices and instructions with these players is based on developing the basic skills or passing catching, groundballs, playing good fundamental defense (like basketball), that the need to have in-depth “Xs and Os” knowledge really isn’t necessary yet.   I often tell people that if you jump in and volunteer to coach your child at the 8U or 10U age group, that you can learn the game along with your child. Over the past 3-4 years, my son and I have bonded over attending or watching on tv numerous high school, college and professional lacrosse games and is time with him I wouldn’t trade for anything.




 






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