Love the game. Be your best. 6 things.
Every one of these points has exact parallels in the game of life too.
1: Love the game. In order to get better at something, you have to love doing it. You have to have passion and energy for it. You have to have joy when you play. That has to come from within and drives you to want to be the best.
2: Put in the work. You have to be willing to work at your game on your own. This can mean practicing on your own before school, on weekends or after practice ends. If you just rely on adults/outside influences to push you to get better, you won’t do enough. If you love the game, you love the work. Because the work will seem fun.
3: Master the fundamentals. You can do this on your own. Play wall ball as much as possible, and do change of direction/footwork drills. Just like you learn to master multiplication tables to do math, or the sounds of letters to learn to read, so it is with lacrosse training. You have to master one level to go to the next. If you put in the work, you master the fundamentals.
4: Be a great team member. Lacrosse is a team sport. So is life. Success depends on how well team members work together. This depends on unselfishness. Practice being unselfish – on and off the field. The best teams are full of unselfish team oriented players. Take unselfishness to the next level – compassion. It will make you feel good.
5: Learn the game. Be curious about how the game works. How does settled offense work? Transition? Team defense? How do these systems work, what are we trying to accomplish? Study the game and learn it as a coach would. Einstein said “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”
6: Never Give Up. Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about anyway. It’s about the striving, not the wins and losses.