Steps

While it seems like yesterday, it was eight short years ago when I reluctantly decided to take a step, not knowing the impact it would have on my life. As our son Luke was beginning his journey into youth lacrosse, I committed to do whatever it took to not coach his team.  I managed to maintain this stance and opinion …

Delays

As with all sports, when there is lightning in the area, players are typically required to wait thirty minutes from the last observed lightning strike before they retake the field.  During an important early season game, a lightning delay became an opportunity of private preparation for our team.  As we anxiously sat in the locker room awaiting the opportunity to …

Integrity

Oftentimes, someone’s words can profoundly impact the decisions we make.   Such was the case at the start of one of our biggest tournaments of the year, when it came to my attention that one of our players was in a different grade than what he had originally told us. This player, who was one of our smaller players, shared with …

My Voice

A few years back I wondered what my voice sounded like as I coached, so I embarked on something I had never done before.  Half scared, I put a voice recorder in my pocket and hit “record” as the game began.  As the game went on, I eventually forgot that the device was in my pocket. It was incredibly humbling …

Equipping

Having coached sports for many years, it’s difficult for me to overcome my aversion to having coaches on the field while the kids play.  Often I would see coaches pacing the sidelines as they yell at their players the entire game, believing they are instructing them, but completely distracting the players from having fun and enjoying the game. I often …

Winter

As the new year begins, the prospect of spring seems a long long way off. Of the four seasons, winter may be the least appreciated, yet it is a season with a purpose.  In winter God does incredible things through the nature around us, as He also prepares for the beauty of what is to come in springtime.  Although the …

Empowered

During the final days of 2018, sports fans will be watching the highlights and debating which is the greatest moment of the year.  When I reflect on this past year, for me, November 7 is the uncontested “greatest moment of the year.”  On that day when FCA’s Northeast staff gathered for our annual staff retreat, they committed to intentionally invest …

Weave

In my earliest days as a coach, I had the privilege of working a clinic alongside a couple of hall of fame coaches who had been coaching lacrosse longer than I’ve walked the earth. These true legends of the game were late in their years and no longer active coaches. As an over-confident 25-year-old, my peers and I snickered at …

Wait

Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.” Numbers 9:8 Nothing can slow a game down more than the moment when the coaches’ challenge flag comes out. As the red flag hits the ground, the players look at each other, then stop to wait for the instant replay. As frustrating as this can be …

If

As a young coach I thought I knew best how the players needed to be instructed so we would win. I remember one game where I became overly emotional on the sidelines as I told the players that we needed to score the next goal. Our head coach quickly responded by saying: “Even IF we do not score the next …