12 DAYS OF VLC, BONUS #2

27 DEC 2017 | BY JOHN LEE

In the spirit of the holidays, useful advice from the Blue Crabs to all.

12 Days of VLC, Bonus 2. Competitiveness, Character and Coachability by Coach Dico (VLC HS Coordinator, VLC 2020 HC, played at Ohio State).

Three of the most important aspects of a young player’s makeup are competitiveness, character and coachability. If your goal is to play in college, these traits are paramount.

Competitiveness is simple. When the whistle blows, there will be a winner and a loser. Not just for each game, but for every groundball, face off, offensive possession, etc, there is an opportunity to win. Drive to win and compete is extremely important not only in games, but also to simply get up everyday and work at the level college lacrosse requires.

Character is hard to define but on the lacrosse field, it equates to leadership and handling adversity. Anyone can be a good teammate when things are going well, but when you are down a couple goals or on the wrong end of a questionable call, can you be that same good teammate who is able to support and inspire your teammates to keep competing?

Coachability is closely related to character. Being coachable and being able to take criticism and apply it quickly to your game is one of the intangibles that college coaches ask about all the time. College coaches desire coachable players who allow their coaches to install principles quickly and effectively, freeing time to focus on other areas.

Everyone says they want to play in college, but you don’t develop these traits the week before a recruiting event. These traits – and the associated work entailed – is either innate or developed over time. Take an honest look at yourself if you truly want to be on the path to playing college lacrosse. #crabnation

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