Girls’ Lacrosse 2018 Rule Changes

US lacrosse announces changes in the 2018 rules for girls’ lacrosse.  Collaborating with the National Federation of State High School Associations, the US Lacrosse Rules Committee developed these rules and points of emphasis:

  • Illegal Defensive Positioning: Emphasize the three second and shooting space rules to ensure that offense has the ability to create safe shooting opportunities.
  • Contact in the Midfield: Deliberate illegal contact (cross-checks/pushing) made to the body on players in a defenseless position must be carded.
  • Crosse in the Sphere: Stress that it is the responsibility of the defender to keep her stick out of the sphere and throat area of the ball carrier. Violations are a major foul, and repeated violations may be carded.
  • Professionalism: The rules committee continues to encourage all coaches, players, officials and administrators to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and immediately following all contests.

For details please read more:  US Lacrosse Announces Girls Rules Changes for 2018

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Please Don’t Be ‘That Dad’!

Peter Schwartz, sports anchor, shared his thoughts on USA Football’s blog on what kind of dad he wants to be for his kids when they are on the field. Peter’s son made a comment about a dad with famous athletic sons that got him thinking about his own behavior when he watches his children play.  Peter shares his own misgivings about behavior that he’s not proud about and also contributes some suggestions on how to be involved with supporting your children and not crossing the line.

“My advice to other dads is to enjoy every minute of it because it goes by very fast. Let your kids have fun and be supportive, because playing sports is a very important part of life. Take a moment to look around and see how other parents are acting. If there’s something you don’t like, make a mental note of it so you can avoid doing the same thing in the future.”

Read more:  How to make sure you’re not acting like ‘that dad’

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How Speed Enhances Your Basketball Skills?

Inspirational Basketball shares a blog by Jason of Workout HQ that discusses the importance of speed in basketball.  Here are a few reasons why you should include speed drills in your basketball workout:

  • Will improve your dunking skills
  • Increase your quickness
  • Will be able to cut harder
  • Create opportunities for fast breaks

Jason also shares details on the 5 factors you need to work on:

  1. Maximum strength training
  2. Maximum speed
  3. Plyometrics
  4. Coordination and Range of Motion
  5. Nutrition

Read more:  Why Speed is Important in Basketball?

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Feeling Lost After a Great Performance?

Rehearsals were intense and stressful.  The show was magnificent and everyone, cast, crew, directorial and management staff, and most especially the audience were enthralled by the performances.  So then, why so glum?

“After the show blues” are common, and more often than not, a natural part of the performance process.  After weeks of dedicated rehearsals, preparation on and off the stage, it’s strange to have all this free time again.  Performance prep time is filled with building team rapport and a rigorous personal and group schedule to meet a common artistic goal, and when the performance is done – all those activities come abruptly to an end, after the last curtain has fallen, and hopefully, a cast party.  Kerry Hishon of Theaterfolk has a few suggestions on how to cope with this seismic schedule change:

  1. Give yourself time to kick-back and relax
  2. Spend some time really delving into your theater experience, take pride in what you did, play around with aspects that you could consider trying in another performance, and perhaps start a journal about your experience
  3. Take the time to spend with family and friends that you might have inadvertently neglected due to your hectic calendar
  4. Catch up with the things that you have left undone while you rushed around for the last few weeks
  5. If you miss your theater friends, stay in touch with them and really catch up outside of the crazy theater timetable, and always remember to thank those who helped make the event memorable
  6. Create a scrapbook of memories or make an Instagram collage

Before you know it, you will be well past the post-show blues and onto another adventure!

Read more: How to Deal with Post-Show Blues

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Refocus Your Child’s Worries About Letting Down Teammates

Most people exhibit a reasonable amount of concern around not letting those who are counting on them down.  Hopefully, most adults are able to process that they can only control a limited amount of variables.  Children are not so amply equipped, so how do you help your child who worries about living up to their teammates’ and others’ expectations?  As a parent, consider it one of your responsibilities to notice when your child feels overburdened by the responsibility to over-perform to please others.

Most importantly, refocus your child’s attention from what other people are thinking about them to how they can only control the quality of their game.  Call to their attention that If their mind is encumbered with worry, they will not be performing at their best level during the game.  Advise your child that clouding up their thought process with worry, impacts their performance negatively. Instead, encourage them to think about how well they will play, if all they are concentrating on is game strategy.

If these suggestions don’t seem to be helping your child, you may need to delve deeper into how much your child needs social approval.  Help them with how they view themselves and how they view themselves within a group.  If there is little improvement, there is always time to consult a trained professional, to help you and your child traverse this self-image journey.

Read more:  Help Sports Kids Who Worry About Disappointing Teammates

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Have You Done Torpedo Kicks with Fins, Lately?

Swim Smooth shares that the most underused yet one of the most constructive swim drill for swimmers of all levels is the torpedo kick with fins.  Here are the reasons why they feel that this drill can be very valuable for you:

  1. Develops flexibility in all the key muscle groups.
  2. Develop a good kicking technique with a straight leg kicking from the hips with pointed toes.
  3. Helps you engage with that feeling of stretching through your core.
  4. Helps you to practice your streamline tuck which you should use at the beginning of every lap of pool swimming off the wall.


Read more:  Torpedo Kick With Fins – The Most Overlooked Drill In Swimming?


Ace a Card Trick on a Cold Winter Day

Artic cold days are ahead. Learn a new magic trick and share it with your family and friends. 52Kards has been a resource for students interested in magic since 2011.

“It’s important to remember that we all have magic inside us!” – JK Rowlings


Are Your Kids Learning 21st Century Skills?

Think Fun shares a review on games that teach your children skills that they will use and need in the 21st century.  One such skill is learning to be a systems thinker, Waters Foundation says  “The Habits of a Systems Thinker describe ways of thinking about how systems work and how actions taken can impact results seen over time.  They encompass a spectrum of thinking strategies that foster problem-solving and encourage questioning.  Though “habit” is defined as a usual way of doing things, the Habits of a Systems Thinker do not suggest that systems thinkers are limited by routine ways of thinking.  Rather, the Habits encourage flexible thinking and appreciation of new, emerging insights and multiple perspectives.”

See what Think Fun has to share about these games that encourage users to be systems thinkers:

  • Rise of Nations
  • Plague, Inc.
  • Sim City
  • Explorable Explanations
  • Simulating the World (In Emoji)
  • Parable of the Paragons

Read more and find out how game hacking can introduce other necessary 21st century work skills like design thinking and team collaboration:  Games, Hacking, and the 21st Century Skill of Systems Thinking

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Student Athlete Resolutions That Can Stand the Test of Time

Even though this blog was written in 2016, these suggested resolutions do stand the test of time.  Student athletes have a lot on their plates filling out their collegiate applications and ensuring that they stay on top of their college roster openings and scholarship opportunities.  New Year resolutions are often based on great goals but often fall short of expectations, perhaps the problems lies in that they are not as “user-friendly” as they should be.  Here are some suggestions to make your resolutions attainable:

  • Make a list of tasks that include due dates, figure out the most effective way for you to meet the deadlines
  • Break up your goals in to mini-tasks
  • Use baby steps to help you proactively improve your time management skills and minimize your procrastination
  • Work on setting up  yourself with a daily schedule for one or two things to accomplish
  • In your resolutions, include mini-goals for self-improvement and self-reflection

You are more than a student athlete, you are a person with goals and ambitions that include your sport and other personal goals.  Manage your time and improving your abilities to be a better person/athlete is the best gift that you can give yourself.  Happy 2018!!

For more details:  How Will Your New Year’s Resolutions Impact Your Life As a Student-Athlete?

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