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Open letter to Lacrosse Parents

Wappingers Warriors Youth Lacrosse Players/Parents,

 

I am often asked what do we need to do to improve our teams, move us, or my son forward to the next level of lacrosse.  So I decided to give my input and address these questions in an open letter to the league allowing all who may have the same thoughts, but never had the chance to ask.

 

After 20+ years of coaching at all levels and seeing the world of lacrosse change, some for the good of the game, and some for the bad, there is one consistent denominator to be successful. SKILLS.  When watching high level teams play at the youth or high school age, all players are very skilled.  Skill in my mind is not only defined as the ability to throw, catch, cradle, shoot the ball at a high level, but also understand the skill of moving with/without the ball (dodging, evading pressure, defending a ball carrier, having your eyes up while dodging, defending a cutter, etc.).

 

How does a lacrosse player learn to do this?  The obvious way to build skills of throwing, catching, cradling is to find a wall and work on those aspects of your game. However, to learn the individual skills of movement for your position, the best way is through CAMPS.  

 

With the early recruitment, prestige of playing for a top club team, or whatever reason we sign our boys up for travel teams, I believe we’ve lost sight of the benefit of camps. Camps offer many hours of position specific training that you WILL NOT get from playing travel lacrosse. Travel lacrosse is team based and is focused on winning tournaments NOT developing you/your son as an individual.  Now I do see some value in travel lacrosse like playing for different coaches, making new friends through lacrosse, playing against high level teams, and family travel time. The idea that these teams are the ticket to college is now gone with the new rules on early recruitment allowing players to develop longer into high school.

 

So how do we move forward? In my humble opinion, if we as a lacrosse community commit to developing our son’s individual skills by utilizing outlets such as summer camps (day or overnight), not only will we see improvement of our own son’s lacrosse skills, but an overall improvement of our teams.  And they will even have fun doing it too.  Some of my best memories growing up are of the times I spent at sleep away camps with my friends, playing this great sport.  

 

Yours in lacrosse,

Coach Brian Kuczma

 

P.S. There are many options of camps that can be found on the league website.  Locally there are great choices with Trilogy Lacrosse at Millbrook, WestPoint, and Marist.

 

Click here for a list of camps on WWYL website

 
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