Nutrition: The Benefits of Preparing Your Body for Practice

Written by Lydia Nader, Sports Dietitian at IBJI Is this you? You roll out of bed, throw on your jersey and some shorts and socks. Grab your gear and run out the door to get to practice on time. The grab and go routine is common for many young athletes. You want to sleep in, which is important for your … Read More

Minnesota Stars Bring Home the Gold: Box Lacrosse

Written by Aime Caines, Minnesota Stars Box Lacrosse Club Director This summer I gained a greater appreciation for the USBOXLA Nationals after missing it in 2020 as a result of a cancellation from the pandemic. I learned to embrace the moment and celebrate the little things throughout the tournament. It wasn’t as much about winning as it was about watching … Read More

The Art of Shooting

Written by: Coach Mike Faith, Girls National Teams Director Everyone loves to shoot, attackers, midfielders, defenders, and even goalies! Becoming a great shooter is going to require hours and hours of training and self-discipline. The best shooters that you see and play with have many different ways to shoot in lacrosse. They can shoot overhand, sidearm, behind the backs, risers, … Read More

Why Box Lacrosse Matters

Written by: Jack Spallone, Illinois Box Lacrosse Director  Simply put, there is no faster version of the sport. Lacrosse finds its developmental roots in the physical and frenetic play style box occupies. The confined spaces and tighter windows develop your lacrosse skills and IQ at an exponential rate. A staggering percentage of the field lacrosse world and the most prolific … Read More

Should Athletes Play Multiple Sports or Not?

Written by Devin Cruz, IL Boys Premiere Director When it comes to athletics and the development of children and adolescents, there are 100 different ways to approach the idea of kids venturing into multiple sports. Some may advocate that too many sports can hinder a child’s ability to excel at the sport they perform best at or prefer. Others would … Read More

Tips for Communicating With Your College Recruiter

Written by Emily Considine, PA Valley Girls Regional Director Writing an email to a college coach can be daunting. How is it possible to set yourself apart from the hundreds of other recruits emailing the same coach expressing that they want to be considered for their program? This part of the recruiting process is one of the most important steps … Read More

How Changing Your Mindset Can Lead to Success

Written by Courtney Genovese, Maryland Girls Director Your mindset is everything. As an athlete, student, coach, parent and human being, our mindset can either make or break us. Growing up on the field, I was my own worst critic. Looking back now, the one thing I wish that I had worked on earlier was my mentality of the game. I … Read More

How to Gain a Competitive Edge

Written by Kylor Berkman, Illinois Boys General Manager  Everyone always asks, “Coach, what can I do to get better, to start, to move up, etc.,” The answer to this is easy, but the process is tough. Simply put, the answer is: You need to gain a competitive edge over your opponents. Your competitive edge comes outside of practice. Everyone practices … Read More

JV vs. Varsity: Finding Your Why

Written by Katie Coleman, Girls Program Director Illinois What is your why? The reason you bring yourself to practice every day, the thing that pushes you through your last sprint during conditioning, the feeling you get on game night before the first draw. Why finding your why or your purpose may seem like a difficult question to ask yourself. It … Read More

What It Means To Be a True Family

True Lacrosse shapes young lacrosse athletes across the nation to be contributing members of both the game and their communities. We believe that we are all part of the True Family, and we represent this everywhere we go. On and off the field, the True Family mentality is what drives and inspires us. We help individuals discover their skill sets, … Read More