Even More Small Game Support

I wanted to title this Same Sh _ _ , different day. Seems most good coaches in every sport are saying the same thing. Take a minute and read this piece on Box Lacrosse vs. Field Lacrosse. Of course, the evidence once again shows that the small game produces the better players. Unfortunately in the US the idiot parents insist that everything be done on a “real” surface. I guess we can take some solace in knowing that it’s not just hockey parents that are crazy.

Is Box Lacrosse the Key to Success?



5 Responses to “Even More Small Game Support”

  1. joshneumann Says:

    Thanks for sharing this article coach Boyle, I will be passing it along to the parents of my lacrosse academy. In BC (where I coach) and Ontario lacrosse parents are slowly turning into hockey parents with their kids playing on 2-3 field lacrosse teams and 1-2 box lacrosse teams which leaves little if any time to play another sport or to learn the ropes in the weight room as both box and field run year round. I am in a fortunate situation where I run a school based academy and see my athletes during school hours with no league to play in and have decided to only play in 1 tournament per year. We will spend the 9.5 months of the school year teaching fundamental lacrosse skills (catching, throwing, scooping and carrying) through small sided games and drills. The games and drills are set up to incorporate the strategies required to participate in any invasive team sport, starting with 2 vs 1 and building out from there. The parents have noticed huge improvements in their sons skills and are starting to understand that a better than 2:1 practice to games ratio is where real improvement will take place.

  2. It is to bad that americans take a prima donna approach to training. Sometimes the best training comes out of adverse or altered conditions like small sided games, or dungeon like weight rooms. Take basketball players from inner cities, playing out doors even in the rain, wet slippery ball and asphalt court. Never mind Icehocky on the local frozen pond (well maybe global warming is hurting this). And forget that you should alter your method of training and conditioning from inseason to out.
    I think it forces you to hone skill and athleticism.

  3. Understood, however a surface like that could be multi-functional, ie not only for inline hockey skills development, but for box lacrose as well, even volleyball or Basketball.

    Inline hockey is non-existent in the New England area. But inline hockeys value-add is dotted all along the NCAA Division 1 level with players who either got their start on inline skates or used inline as a way to develop their skills in Non-Traditional Hockey markets.

    People trust Mike Boyle’s training advice, its time they listen to your coaching advice as well 🙂

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    Not sure that is the direction I want to go. I just wish the hockey people ( parents) would figure it out.

  5. So how soon before a Mike Boyle’s Location adds a small rink w/ a sport-court tile surface to be utilized year round w/ no investment needed for ice?

    Players can use Inline skates & either inline ball or pucks and play on this surface year round, honing their skills.

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