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Coaches on Coaching: Cat Thoreson September 26, 2019 11:13Cat Thoreson is the founder of the Little Lacrosse Academy that has partnered with Coppermine in Baltimore, MD. Cat has played D1, coached at the collegiate level, and has a marketing and communications business background. She has a passion for coaching and a unique vision for Little Lacrosse Academy and how it will help build not only players’ minds but the game of lacrosse.
Coaches on Coaching: John Bodnar July 2, 2019 00:00Coaches on Coaching: Meet Coach John Bodnar creator of 1st Start Lacrosse, a positive, super-fun starter lacrosse program for young players in Philly area.
8 Places to Train Outdoors With a Swax Lax Ball June 28, 2019 00:00This summer is the perfect time to put a lacrosse stick in your hand, grab a Swax Lax training ball, head outdoors, and train. #trainanywhere
Coaches on Coaching: Dara Packer June 3, 2019 00:00Coaches on Coaching: Dara Packer, lacrosse coach and co-founder PeaceLax, a company that makes a positive impact on the well-being and mental health of athletes.
ECD Is a Big Fan of Weighted Lacrosse Devices May 13, 2019 00:00Greg, ECD Lacrosse, likes the Swax Lax Power Weights. They’re easy to install-puts the weight on the head not shaft & doesn't get in way of your hands.
Coaches on Coaching: Matt Belson April 30, 2019 00:00Coaches on Coaching: Coach Belson founder and Chief Scoops Officer of Scoops Lacrosse, a former D1 player who teaches young players about lacrosse and life.
Sideline Behavior April 16, 2019 00:00Be a positive influence with on-field and sideline behavior. Players play with passion and energy but take cues from coaches. Be a role model.
Swax Lax Partners with US Lacrosse as an Official Training Partner March 25, 2019 00:00US Lacrosse is pleased to announce a multi-year partnership with Swax Lax to be an official training partner of US Lacrosse. As part of the partnership, each of the participants in the US Lacrosse TryLax clinics, geared towards beginning lacrosse players, will receive a Swax Lax soft training ball.
How Coaches Turn Fear to Confidence Through Lacrosse March 19, 2019 07:52It’s our coaches' job to do everything we can to turn fear into confidence and ensure that our players have a successful first day of lacrosse camp. Here are a few of the simple yet effective ways we do this at Swax Lax Lacrosse, including: wearing name tags, awarding stickers, greeting by name.
Coaches on Coaching: Kevin Meany March 18, 2019 00:00Coaches on Coaching: Coach Kevin Meany gets philosophical about the sport of lacrosse and his tells about his unique approach to coaching.
A Coach’s Thoughts on Lacrosse Positions March 7, 2019 00:00Coaches have two main responsibilities when “guiding” players to specific positions on a lacrosse field: 1) Putting the most effective team on the field to compete with and defeat the opponent and 2) Putting your players in the best possible position for personal success.
Adapting Lacrosse for Blind Players February 27, 2019 00:00Marty Delaney and his team had an event with the Maryland School for the Blind, with kids that need attention and can benefit from exposure to lacrosse. Marty’s vision is to bring innovation with balls and equipment to get the visually challenged closer to the game through sound.
Perfect Drills for Middle School Lacrosse Players February 7, 2019 00:00These lacrosse drills are excellent for middle school players and work perfectly when confined to the close quarters of a gymnasium or on a small field. We recommend using Swax Lax training balls to make practice time most productive, as the balls are softer and don’t bounce or roll.
11 Drills for High School and College-Level Lacrosse Players February 1, 2019 00:00Lacrosse drills for high school and college-level players: perfect in any available space, even if confined to close quarters of a gym or on a small field. Use Swax Lax training balls, as the balls are softer and don’t bounce or roll; players can quickly move from drill to drill or rep to rep with confidence.
7 Tips for New Lacrosse Coaches January 31, 2019 14:52Here are 7 tips coach Kevin Meany gives new lacrosse coaches: Have a plan, have a back-up plan, have an emergency plan, ask for help, be a positive role model, get good reps, have fun. As a coach, you can be an inspiration for someone by sharing a bit of yourself. The more you give the more you get.
3 Favorite Indoor Drills for Intermediate to Advanced Lacrosse Players January 25, 2019 19:31Here are 3 favorite indoor drills for intermediate to advanced lacrosse players (Rainbow Shooting, 3 Man PAPA, Triangle Passing). They can all be used either indoors or out, for boys or girls. Each drill, in its most basic form, should be able to be executed by an average middle school player.
#LaxCon2019 Recap and Highlights January 17, 2019 00:00Here are some of Swax Lax's favorite moments, products, and highlights from the LaxCon 2019! More than 7,000 lacrosse fans, parents, players, pros, coaches, athletic directors, officials, and fellow vendors gathered for US Lacrosse's annual lacrosse convention in Philadelphia.
How to Use a Rebounder with Swax Lax Balls January 3, 2019 15:06Rebounders can be used indoors to practice lacrosse drills during winter months. Try Throw and Catch drills, the Give and Go Pass and Catch drill, the Catch and Shoot drill, Passing and Throwing on the Move drill, or the Off-Hand Catch and Throw drill.
How to Play Piñata Lacrosse November 17, 2018 00:00
Piñata Lacrosse is a fun game we use a lot during lacrosse camps with young players. It can get your childrens' artistic side going, as well as their athletic side, and who doesn’t love the anticipation of cracking a piñata?! And it's easy to set up and play in your own backyard! Here's how:
Round-Up: End-of-Lacrosse-Season Gift Ideas May 8, 2018 00:00Lacrosse coaches, I’ve spent some obligatory time on Pinterest thinking this through a bit. I’ve gathered some of my favorite lacrosse gift ideas for coaches to say “thank you” to the kids who always go the extra mile for your team...
A Coach’s Tourney Time Tips (HINT: Listen up, Rookie Parents!) May 2, 2018 00:00
It’s coming. It may not seem like it, but very soon school and rec teams will be finishing up and it will be “Tourney Time.” The hottest (or stormiest) six weeks of the year that our lives become totally focused on the success of our child’s club lacrosse team.
Bennett Blazers Blazing Wheelchair Lacrosse April 6, 2018 00:00Gwena Herman runs a sports program known as the Bennett Blazers for children living with physical disabilities. The Blazers are a part of the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Physically Challenged Sports Program, which provides year-round, competitive, and recreational activities to those in the greater Baltimore area. The Blazers offer a multitude of sports including ice skating, swimming, football, volleyball, and, of course, lacrosse!
How to Do the "1v1v1 To Goal" Lacrosse Training Drill March 25, 2018 00:00Here's a competitive, high-energy ground ball lacrosse drill that will teach young lacrosse players how to react to different situations.
Helicopter Parents: Take Flight March 23, 2018 00:00Helicopter Parents: We have all heard of them. Most of us have experienced them. Some of you might even be one. These are the parents who are hyper involved in their child’s life. Perhaps what you didn’t know is that there are different types of helicopter parents. I have identified three major types and they are not all bad. However, I am sure there are plenty more types out there waiting to be discovered by intrepid coaches and teachers.
An Interview with Midfield Lacrosse Player Mary Kate O'Neil March 6, 2018 00:00
Mary Kate O’Neil (Boston College 2017, Midfield) was born and bred on the lacrosse field. She’s been playing lacrosse since childhood and took her talent to Boston College in 2013. As a senior at BC, she competed in the NCAA Division I Final. Mary Kate recently discussed her tips for success and her college lacrosse career with us.
Harlem Lacrosse: Always Aim High February 2, 2018 00:00The impact of Harlem Lacrosse goes well beyond the lacrosse field. Students of the Harlem Lacrosse program show higher regular attendance than their in-school peers, have higher passing rates, have lower college dropout rates than their peers, and earn more academic scholarships. The Swax Lax ball helps them achieve lacrosse success.
Rehashing Good Times at LaxCon 2018 January 30, 2018 00:00Swax Lax training balls are so good for indoor applications that a bunch of different exhibitors were using our product for their interactive product demos.
250K Balls and 3 Candles Equal a Very Happy Birthday January 29, 2018 00:00Help us raise a stick in celebration of Swax Lax’s 3rd birthday! We wouldn’t be where we are today without the enthusiastic support of our early adopters and fans. Thanks to the coaches who came up and hugged me at LaxCon for "building a better mousetrap," to the parents who told me they no longer yell at their son or daughter for playing in the house, and to the players who are now allowed to practice in the gym. We could not have done it without you!
Lacrosse: The Old and The New January 23, 2018 00:00Tom Bileski, came by our booth at LaxCon 2018 to share photos about what he did last summer. Last summer isn’t the past we were referencing. Tom, among other things, collects, restores, and restrings old wooden lacrosse sticks. He then uses them at the camps he runs, allowing young players to experience playing with traditional wooden crosses.
Redefining Girl Power—Spotlight On Megan Douty, Team USA December 17, 2017 00:00This girl is on fire. Megan Douty won two National Championships and three ACC Championships at the University of Maryland, took home two gold medals with the Women's National League, and was named one of the best 11 players in the world! She started All Lax, a company focused on training young female athletes both on and off the lacrosse field.
The Best Holiday Gift Guide for Every Type of Lacrosse Player December 7, 2017 00:00Here's the best holiday gift guide where you'll find gifts for all types of lacrosse players.
Breaking Barriers November 29, 2017 00:00
Breaking Barriers Lacrosse pride themselves on being adaptive and breaking down the game of lacrosse into the most basic components to facilitate learning. They provide a customized program to each of their campers highlighting their abilities and focusing on areas that require improvement.
Because their campers do not wear any kind of padding or protection from the traditional hard rubber lacrosse balls, Swax Lax balls are ideal in helping their campers experience the real feel of lacrosse balls without the uncontrolled bounce.
How a U.S. Navy Sailor Taught Us What It Means To Be Thankful November 21, 2017 00:00Coaches and players are often complaining about the constraint of practicing indoors or on a small field. “There’s no room. The balls are bouncing all over. There is no grass. The grass is too long. I can’t scoop off the gym floor…” Well, boo-hoo. Suck it up buttercup and be thankful you have the opportunity to get in a gym or that you have any space to practice at all.
Swax Lax recently got a letter from DC3 Brandon Manus, who is currently deployed in the Pacific Ocean. He was thanking us for developing our Swax Lax training balls. Apparently, they seem to work better than regular lacrosse balls when you’re aboard a ship.
Why It’s a Good Idea to Practice Lacrosse Indoors During the Off Season November 20, 2017 00:00I do not think kids should completely stop skating when hockey season is over or stop lifting when football season is over. Just tone it down a little. The same goes for lacrosse. Keep playing soccer, football, basketball, hockey, skiing, wrestling, swimming, or whatever is in season. But playing a little wall ball or doing a one- or two-hour lacrosse clinic once a week is not going to hurt either.
Taking Lacrosse to Other Nations November 14, 2017 00:00Lacrosse the Nations is a non-profit organization that uses the lacrosse field to teach life skills and promote education, while creating opportunity for children in impoverished communities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Their after-school lacrosse programs focus on the principles that they as athletes learn and acquire from playing sports—often outside the specifics of the game. These include work ethic, motivation, response to failure, teamwork, and confidence. Moreover, they use their lacrosse programs to help increase attendance and promote the importance of education by providing annual university and high-school scholarships to their coaches and student athletes.
5 Tips to Become a Supportive Lacrosse Parent November 13, 2017 00:00The sport of lacrosse is growing, and parents of lacrosse players often have high expectations for their children. The competitive nature of the sport can lead to pressure and burnout.
Here are five tips to channel your high expectations and provide your child with the support he needs to take his game to the next level.
In Support of Our Troops — Shootout for Soldiers November 10, 2017 00:00Veterans Day is just one day set aside to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces. But many honor our soldiers year-round and at fundraisers such as Shootout for Soldiers.
Build a Program You Can Be Proud Of — Bridge Lacrosse November 5, 2017 00:00To show our thanks for non-profit organizations who support our mission, we’ve donated Swax Lax soft lacrosse training balls to give new players in underserved communities the chance to feel successful and grow to love the sport. Today we're highlighting Bridge Lacrosse . . .
One Knee Shooting Lacrosse Drill July 27, 2017 00:00One of the most important aspects of having a great shot in the game of lacrosse is being fundamentally sound. This drill teaches athletes how to correctly shoot an overhand lacrosse shot. That being said, having an efficient overhand shot will lead to scoring goals successfully at a high rate.
Unintended Uses for Swax Lax Balls March 31, 2017 00:00This blog is a story about one of our Swax Lax enthusiasts, Emily Forbes, coach and mother of three laxers, who used the ball in a way no one at Swax Lax ever could have imagined or intended. Read Emily's story...
The Number One Goalie Training Tool — Swax Lax Goalie Balls March 6, 2017 00:00Swax Lax has created a training ball specifically for goalies. Created and introduced by well-known goalie coach, Ted Glynn, at LaxCon 2016, the training tool makes it possible to improve a goalie’s focus by forcing him or her to call out the number and color of a ball while it’s in the air.
Happy Birthday To Us! January 23, 2017 06:00Swax Lax celebrated its second birthday last weekend at LaxCon. I realize people try to be extra nice to you on your birthday, but we were totally unprepared for this level of niceness. We were inundated with fans (yes, apparently Swax Lax has fans) coming to our booth to tell us how wonderful our product is — and we didn’t even tell them it was our birthday.
Swax Lax Heading to LaxCon 2017 January 18, 2017 00:00Lacrosse’s largest educational event, LaxCon, is being held this weekend, January 20–22, in Baltimore Maryland, and Swax Lax is looking forward to their third visit. Be sure to stop by to say “Hi!”
New Year, New Game January 12, 2017 00:00
Swax Lax was fortunate to receive lots of attention from reputable lacrosse magazines, countless fans on Instagram and Youtube, popular retailers, and awesome bloggers. Whether a college student stuck indoors for winter training or a third grader learning lacrosse basics in a gym, reviewers highlighted the indoor friendliness of the Swax Lax balls.
Can I Use a Swax Lax Ball with a Rebounder? January 6, 2017 00:00
We’re often asked how Swax Lax balls work with rebounders (or pitchbacks, as some lacrosse players call them). You’ll be glad to know, they work perfectly.
Swax Lax balls are designed to be bounce-resistant, and while this no-bounce quality might seem like it would make Swax Lax balls hard to use with rebounders, the truth is, the balls work really well. Players may just need to stand a little closer to the rebounder when using a Swax Lax ball instead of a traditional lacrosse ball.
All We Need Is One Love October 11, 2016 00:00
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, Swax Lax and the One Love Foundation have teamed up for "All We Need Is One Love," a social media campaign to raise awareness about the warning signs of relationship abuse.
The One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love. The foundation works with young people all around the country to educate them about the warning signs of abusive relationships and motivate communities to work to change the statistics around relationship violence. Currently, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience relationship violence at some point during their life. Swax Lax is helping the One Love Foundation change these statistics by spreading the word through our “All We Need Is One Love” campaign.
How To Show — and Share — Your Love
Here's how you can show — and share — your love and join the campaign:
- Buy a limited-edition One Love Swax Lax ball (unless you already have one!).
- Post a picture of your One Love Swax Lax training ball on Instagram.
- Add #SwaxLax4OneLove to your post and tag a friend to do the same.
- Tag Swax Lax (@swaxlaxball) in your picture so we can watch the love grow!
The more people who post, the larger the One Love chain will grow! Swax Lax will donate a portion of the proceeds to the One Love Foundation once we sell out of our One Love Balls.
Have fun spreading the love!
The #SwaxLax4OneLove campaign runs through 11/20.
That Hit's Going to Leave a Mark! October 4, 2016 00:00Most of us have said this while watching a lacrosse game or practice when a player gets hit with an errant pass or shot. We make light of the incident but the pain and discomfort to the player can be significant, maybe to the point of discouraging players from continuing to play the great game of lacrosse.
It’s Ridiculous There’s No Lacrosse in Rio August 4, 2016 00:00
On August 5, the 2016 summer Olympics kick off in Rio, and we’re eager to watch our favorite athletes represent the USA! But wait, where’s lacrosse on the roster of events?
Lacrosse was an Olympic sport in the 1904 and 1908 summer games. Canada, the USA, and Great Britain competed in men’s lacrosse, and Canada took the gold each year (although Great Britain only competed in the 1904 competition).
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