DOVER, N.H. — In a New Hampshire ice hockey arena that was bereft of Ice, Wheelchair Lacrosse USA held its first official coach development clinic over the weekend. A mixture of local lacrosse coaches, physical therapists and lacrosse enthusiasts attended the two-day event.
The clinic was put together by USA Lacrosse regional manager Shawn Maloney. Maloney, who also plays for a Wheelchair Lacrosse team in Colorado, helps to run that same Wheelchair Lacrosse team in Denver.
His passion and ability to communicate were evident from the outset. Maloney has a calm and relaxed demeanor that allowed him to communicate with everyone in attendance. Whether he was teaching the proper technique for scooping the ball, chair skills or how to play defense, his instructions were clear and concise.
The first session focused primarily on disability awareness and the different adaptations that the game applies to and for the athletes. It’s important to know that wheelchair lacrosse is a modified and inclusive version of the game of lacrosse. It’s not an offshoot or a derivation; it’s lacrosse made more accessible to differently abled athletes.