New York (and Pawnee) State of Mind
The NYC Park and Recreation Department is offering FREE eight-week into lacrosse clinics for kids
between 8 and 17 in every borough. Now if you’re reading
LaxMagazine.com in the first place, you are perhaps not in need of
an intro clinic, but if you know of someone in the NYC who is,
please pass this along because it sounds like an excellent deal.
Equipment is even provided! The Manhattan one starts on April 27,
and the others start on April 30. Another great resource in the NYC
area is, of course, the local US Lacrosse chapter.
Speaking of parks and recreation, Parks and Recreation
has lately become one of my favorite shows. I got hooked in large
part thanks to a subplot related to youth sports in the Season 3
Big or Go Home.” In the episode, macho libertarian Ron
Swanson is pitted against loveable idiot Andy Dwyer as coaches in a
kids’ basketball tournament. It was a terrific vignette about
the extremes adults can go to when involved in youth athletics,
something you see playing out on basketball courts and lacrosse
fields all over the country. On one end, there are the coaches who
are so easygoing that the kids don’t learn anything. This is
Andy, who’s sweet enough to spend practice helping little
kids dunk, and dumb enough to douse himself with Gatorade after
victories. On the other end of the spectrum are the tough guys like
Ron, who resorts to mid-game chair-throwing and indoctrinates his
players with the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness, which includes
such building blocks as Teamwork, Selfishness, Welfare Avoidance
and Facial Hair. Excellent comedy, terrible coaching.
If you can’t access the full episode, here are some key
US Lacrosse has lots
of resources to help you find that sweet spot between being an
Andy and being a Ron, FYI. Best of luck to everyone who’s
still trying to figure it out.