Hit the Sled

I couldn’t believe it. The five-man football sled was sitting right in the middle of our practice field for the second week in a row. I turned to one of the other coaches and asked, “In light of that massive sled, how heavy it is, and the fact I have never played football or moved a sled like that before, …

10 Man Ride

As a lacrosse goalie, I could tolerate many things. Standing in the cold in early season games, opponents running their mouth after they scored on you, being slashed because you did not wear arm pads, and taking hard shots of your shins were a few of them. However, there is one thing I could not stand. More than anything, I …

Prepared

Sunday marked the beginning of a new lacrosse season, which is always an exciting time for me as I get to know the players.   As part of the practice plan, which includes skills development and fundamentals, I will install our offense, start game preparations, and plan the direction of where we want to be.  During the boys’ first team-builder …

And

As the timeout broke, the objective was clear to everyone on the team: possess the ball until the game ends. I relayed the same message to my players three times over as the huddle broke: “Be sure the game ends with the ball in your stick.” We are up one, with under a minute remaining and no timeouts left. Coming …

Dusk

As everyone knows, I am a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. Their legendary coach Vince Lombardi was famous for saying: “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” Our family has many traditions and activities where we often find ourselves running out of time. During the days of summer at the point where dusk begins to set …

Profitable Disappointment

It was one of the first warm nights of spring as I drove home from a playoff game that I could not believe we had allowed to slip away. As Anna and the kids were fast asleep, I decided to visit Byrne Dairy and buy myself an ice cream cone. When we arrived home and I sat down on my …

A Heart for Our Neighbors

In 2003 I had the privilege of helping Canadian U19’s lacrosse team prepare for the World Games in Baltimore. I was given this opportunity because my coaching friend Dave Huntley knew my passion for training lacrosse goalies and asked if I wanted to volunteer to help prepare the goalies for the upcoming games. Although my role was minimal — as …

Earning Trust – The Book of Daniel Chapters 2-4

In reading Daniel 2-4, there are so many great lessons to be learned from the life that Daniel lived. As leaders or coaches, we want others to trust us, yet we live in a world where trust and credibility have to be earned over time. In a world that often opposes Christianity, we often have to earn the right to …

The Penny Jar

There are a lot of things that people do as they prepare for games. For some people it’s superstitions, for others it is routines, and over time, they come to believe in the things that they feel they must do to prepare for each game. I do not have any things that I currently do or feel need to be …

Do You Even Care?

Recently, I enjoyed some people watching at an intense youth lacrosse tournament. It was interesting to watch the emotional reactions of the parents as the two teams — of whom I knew none of the players or families — competed in a very hard fought, intense game. There were moments when the parents were so incredibly emotionally invested in the …