PLAYERS & PARENTS > STATE OF THE GAME

December 3, 2014
My holiday wish list
Jaffe: Lacrosse is a great game; with a few gifts, it could be even better

October 1, 2014
Cannons' wake-up call
State of the Game column: Disappointing season a turning point for Boston lacrosse fans

August 27, 2014
Choose your own path
Successful trails for lacrosse players have lots of different starting points

July 22, 2014
Respect beyond the refs
Youth parent’s unwarranted rant at officials carries unforeseen consequences across many levels

June 22, 2014
Reality trumps recruiting
As she graduates from Babson, Misha Beatty’s story reminds us that not all endings resemble fairy tales

April 27, 2014
State of the Game: You can't legislate safety
Chuck Jaffe column

March 20, 2014
State of the Game: Olympics: Snub or favor?
As a child falling in love with the sport of lacrosse, I longed to see my game be part of the Olympic Games.

February 16, 2014
State of the Game: When less can be more
If you’re not excited to start your college or high school season, your offseason likely needs more ‘off’.

December 9, 2013
State of the Game: It's not just a handshake
The postgame handshake is a ritual that should be treated as sacred because that is precisely why it was started.

September 30, 2013
State of the Game: Protect the goalie
Coaches, teammates and parents need to stop abusing their goalies — in games and during practices

September 2, 2013
State of the Game: Avoid broken promises
Credentials and promises often are overblown; what matters most is the customer’s experience.

August 5, 2013
State of the Game: Measure heart, not feet
College recruiting today focuses too much on a player’s genetics and not enough on his or her makeup.

June 17, 2013
State of the Game: Don't play blame game
Your failures are rarely the fault of refs, weather, conditions, so you ought to acknowledge your own role.

May 25, 2013
State of the Game: Respect and responsibility
No matter what the Transportation Security Administration says, a lacrosse stick is a weapon.

April 16, 2013
From NELJ: Two crashes, one lax family
Pair of recent fatal bus incidents involving lacrosse teams illustrates how tight-knit our community is and makes us appreciate our game.

February 28, 2013
State of the Game: Four keys to a great year
There’s a difference between a great lacrosse season and a great lacrosse year.

December 22, 2012
State of the Game: Life lessons from dad
This is a story about a man who never liked lacrosse, not from the moment he heard about it through the last time we talked about it.

September 19, 2012
State of the Game: When recruiting works
State of the Game: When recruiting works

August 17, 2012
State of the Game: Image consciousness
There’s no question how it looks. The coach is gripping the player’s helmet forcefully with two hands, nose inches from the goalie’s facemask, veins in the neck popping while giving ...

July 20, 2012
State of the Game: Sportsmanship is right call
Dear players, coaches and fans: On behalf of referees and umpires everywhere — and as the rare official who has worked both men’s and women’s games — let me say, “I get it.” There ...

June 12, 2012
State of the Game: Ready for its closeup
Hollywood at its best can make almost everything look its worst. It’s a part of the storytelling process that fictionalizes, sensationalizes or simply changes reality so that a story can move along ...

May 17, 2012
State of the Game: Parents need control
You’re on the sideline or in the stands, watching your child and his or her friends play. There are moments when your kids and their team make you proud and happy, and others when you are disappointed. Then ...

March 17, 2012
State of the Game: Back to the future
The Johns Hopkins-Delaware game was starting; I was settling in to watch. The Blue Hens won the opening faceoff, got the ball into their offensive zone … and stalled. It wasn’t some failed ...

February 14, 2012
Statistics don't always add up
When it comes to numbers in lacrosse, there are, as Mark Twain once noted, “lies, damned lies and statistics.” That struck me as New England Lacrosse Journal got into season previews, which ...

January 13, 2012
State of the Game: Cheating takes many forms
There’s a fine-line difference between playing at the edge of the rulebook and trying to beat the rules. One is competing; the other is cheating. Increasingly, however, at all levels of lacrosse ...

November 11, 2011
State of the Game: Support the sport
The failure of the Boston Blazers professional lacrosse team diminishes all of us as New England lacrosse fans. While you can’t blame the move on the fans — in both of its incarnations, the ...

September 23, 2011
State of the Game: Hazards of commitment
Twice during my time running a youth lacrosse program, I coached the best sixth-grader in Massachusetts. Yes, every coach thinks they have special players, but these were can’t-miss kids, one boy ...

August 9, 2011
State of the Game: All-American elitism
As lacrosse has become the fastest-growing sport in America, it has been trying to shake its image of being elitist, a game for kids of privilege. Alas, within the sport, there remains a different type ...

July 8, 2011
State of the Game: Tarnishing the Golden Rule
My tongue hurts from biting it so much. All season long — as an official, parent, player, father and spectator — I have seen and heard outrageous things that made me want to speak out. Mostly ...

June 14, 2011
State of the Game: Chillax, lax bros
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the June 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. Yo, bro, just stop. You’re not chill (translation = cool), you’re lame (translation ...

May 13, 2011
State of the Game: C'mon Coach, let them play
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. It was a simple, plaintive cry as soon as the whistle blew. “Let them play!” It ...

March 18, 2011
State of the Game: How young is too young?
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of New EnglandLacrosse Journal. A few weeks ago, I saw something in my local town newspaper that had me contacting some terrific ...

February 16, 2011
Still playing for love of the game
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. I hadn’t even gotten to the recovery room, when the cardiologist stopped the gurney ...

January 13, 2011
Coaches cash in on recruiting
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. With a child who is now a college recruit, I pay for and attend recruiting showcases, camps ...

November 12, 2010
A holiday wish list for lacrosse
A holiday wish list for lacrosse

September 6, 2010
The time for coaching is at practice, not games
It was a blistering July morning at the Club National Championships tournament in Maryland. To beat the heat, tournament organizers smartly added one special rule: midway through each half, officials stopped ...

August 3, 2010
Pick-up games are a valuable tool
Pick-up games are a valuable tool in building a lacrosse community.

July 7, 2010
'Playing up' can be detrimental to players
'Playing up' isn't as beneficial as many parents and coaches believe.

June 9, 2010
It's tragedy, not lacrosse
The tragic story out of Virginia shouldn't turn on the game of lacrosse.

May 7, 2010
Pay-per-goal isn't the way to go
An early start to youth lacrosse, at any cost, isn't always worth it.

April 1, 2010
Picking the best camp
Catherine wants to send her son “to a great lacrosse camp this summer.” With many camps to choose from, she wrote asking for help. “How is the Navy camp for 10-year-old boys,” she ...

March 3, 2010
Supporting growth
As the game grows, so does the need for solid coaches and officials.

January 29, 2010
An alarming attitude
Poor habits, work ethic promoted when training becomes a video game.

January 2, 2010
Keep college goals within reason
Parents and players must adjust expectations for what lacrosse can do for them

November 4, 2009
Video leads to coaching changes
In the wake of a high school coach's resignation, many mentors probably will alter practice standards, sucking some fun from the game.

September 11, 2009
How to choose a club team
A friend recently asked what he thought was a simple question: “What is the best club team for my kids?” I couldn’t answer. Sure, my daughter plays for a select program for which I ...

August 2, 2009
Sweet nothing at Duxbury
Editor's note: This article was written prior to reports that Chris Sweet would retain his job at Duxbury High School. See here for more information. Maybe, just maybe, the problem is the kid. You love ...

July 2, 2009
Equality in tourney seedings
The only sure thing in the Massachusetts high school lacrosse tournaments was that someone would get the shaft. And I’m not talking about a lacrosse stick. There were accomplished boys teams that ...

June 3, 2009
Idiot fans on the rise at lax games
The exponential growth of lacrosse has been great for the sport, but it also has brought a lot of knuckleheads, jerks and idiots off the couch or baseball bleachers and put them on the sidelines. As a ...