The RADDSports Lacrosse Academy is a state-of-the-art, player-centric, high-touch, training experience for youth athletes interested in optimally developing their skills and capabilities. Based on the precepts and principles of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model, the approach uses a variety of tools, techniques and concepts that promote fun in learning, and build physical literacy (athleticism), technical competence, and emotional and intellectual proficiency. Our lacrosse program is designed and structured to serve the needs and interests of youth athletes who aspire to play collegiately as well as those who chose to play the sport purely for enjoyment and social engagement.
INTRODUCTION TO THE LACROSSE ACADEMY
“Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase”
Regular, progressive enrollment in our LTAD-based system offers a safer and more productive methodology for each youth athlete to reach their own level of capability, passion and, purpose. Because there is no such thing as an “elite” 10-, 12-, or even 14-year-old athlete, parents often discover too late that elite/pro programs are extremely expensive, time-wasting, and unproductive mistakes.
Be assured that enrollment in a RADDSports Lacrosse Academy program will build skill and competency through high-touch techniques, speed in play, precise decision-making, friendly fun, and unimpeded risk-taking.
All programs and activities offered by the RADDSports Lacrosse Academy are based on the multi-stage framework of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD). The model guides each athlete through the elements of training, competition, and recovery in sport, and provides a pathway for physical activity from infancy through all stages of adulthood. In essence, our program encourages lacrosse participation for life.
It is important that athletes and their parents understand that there are stages of development and specific factors that influence the type, rate, and frequency of activities that are applied for each individual athlete’s development. Unlike the “elite/pro” model which fails to properly train and safely protect youth athletes, our LTAD program carefully constructs and delivers a player-centric set of techniques and modalities designed to promote fun in learning and growth in skill and athleticism.
We have re-imagined and re-designed youth lacrosse training by emphasizing the following principles:
- Developing skills can and should be fun;
- The ratio of practices to competition/games must be at least 3 to 4 times higher;
- Physical literacy (athletic development) must be integrated with technical skills development;
- Peer relationships must be strengthened at every age and stage;
- Small-sided games are preferred as a training tool to teach competition;
- A sampling of multiple sports is essential and encouraged;
- Unstructured free play builds physical, technical, and strategic IQ;
- The funnel to enter sport participation must be widened to encourage more involvement in sports;
- Late developers must not be penalized and instead must be recognized and developed along with early developers.
Our coaches are trained to maximize the potential of each athlete while helping them achieve the best results possible. RADD lacrosse coaches constantly monitor, implement and enhance the tools and opportunities to help our athletes grow and develop.
They do this by:
- Periodizing training and rest time for athletes to cut down on overuse injuries and burnout.
- Promoting physical literacy (i.e. agility, balance, coordination training) at every practice at every level.
- Using developmentally appropriate drills and practice plans at all levels.
- Operating with an athlete-focused philosophy by creating fun, engaging, and challenging sports experiences across all levels of development.
- Providing quality feedback and age-appropriate development benchmarks to parents and athletes.
- Focusing on effort and development over outcomes to reinforce physical, technical, and tactical advancements over winning.
- Maximizing athlete potential and retention at all stages of development.
Regular, progressive enrollment in our LTAD-based system offers a safer and more productive methodology for each youth athlete to reach their own level of capability, passion, and purpose. Because there is no such thing as an “elite” 10-, 12-, or even 14-year-old athlete, parents often discover too late that elite/pro programs are extremely expensive, time-wasting, and unproductive mistakes.
Be assured that enrollment in a RADDSports Lacrosse Academy program will build skill and competency through high-touch techniques, speed in play, precise decision-making, and friendly fun.