It was last Sunday night (and way past my bedtime being 2am in Barcelona, Spain). I’ve stayed up and watched…
I was excited to have found this game on Youtube, the 1990 world lax championship final, arguably one of the…
Our first defensive clinic with Eric Loomis went very well. I had wanted the team to get a taste of…
April 5th, 2014 – Barcelona to Alicante The second week and the final round robin before the end of the…
Top row from left: Oscar Hernandez, Albert Olive, Mark (BamBam) Bamford , Kepfra Frolich, Pol (Speedi) Lluca, Oriol Bonet Bottom row:…
It’s been some time since last I’ve logged in and updated, lot’s have happened—from now on I pledge to update as often as possible no matter how short the content, for history’s sake. The men & the women teams this year are both fielding teams into the national league. In fact for the men’s first ever game for Barcelona & Catalunya is this Saturday in Alicante. We will play 2 games in a modified pitch with 5 vs 5 set-up. The number is in fact weird for lacrosse as it is usually 6 vs 6 or 8 vs 8 if not the normal official 10 vs 10. It’s a matter of balance on the field to set up key points and positioning. The league is growing and the rationale is to make it car-friendly for teams traveling far—you can fit 5 passengers into a single car as 6 would be an issue.
Last saturday we had a scrimmage and it was indeed fun. The complexion of the play was definitely different to the ones of the past, the helmets & full contact does bring that factor of competitiveness. I absolutely loved it and was glad to see that the smiling faces validated it also as a team. Alas, we’re getting there! In the warm-ups, we walked through some set plays to run ( keeping it just 3 was intentional), I would dedicate a whole blog post one day celebrating if we actually run it during our games rather than a drill, that would be a huge milestone. Daniel, captain from the Argentian national team, managed to make it down and played with us, such great timing that was, even scored a few goals himself as an attackman. Late in the final seconds I had a scare where trying to do a roll-dodge, had hit a funny divot and almost turned my ankle in a bad way. I did fall but no harm done—had I ‘d injured and missed the first ever game with the Bandits…that would’ve just crushed me. The lacrosse spirits overlooking us were kind to this journeyman middie–at least for that day. Thanks a million!
In Bcn we play mixed lacrosse rules, mostly based on the women’s rules with extra add-ons. Until most of our guys have full gear to play men’s lacrosse, it will stay this way. Men can take tons of learning from this opportunity. Here’s why:
And please, let the women pick the ball up before tackling her from behind—ahem! this is a penalty—better to move your feet and play position defense. Our time with the mixed game may be limited once we reach our goal of getting our all our kits ready by this December, let’s make the most of it and save the aggression for the men’s games. We have Bea who joins us from Roma lacrosse who can help us adhere to the rules, listen and support Aina & Bea on that please— it’s safer for all. Thanks
con la llegada del verano muchos de vosotros estaréis disfrutando del mar y de unos pocos pases en la arena mientras llega el camarero con bebidas refrescantes en el chiringuito de la playa. Por mi parte, los meses de verano supone volver a mi tierra de origen, Ibiza, dónde sigo practicando lacrosse con mi escuela de verano que organiza el Ajuntament de Sant Antoni de Portmany. Que puedo deciros de Ibiza? Pues que tenemos un gran clima, buenas playas y mucha mucha alegría!
Durante los meses de julio y agosto, los participantes de la escuela pueden aprender los primeros pasos de éste maravilloso deporte que cada vez es más conocido. Además, en el centro se explica la historia, la cultura o el cuidado de un stick. Quizás, lo que más me sorprende es que durante los patios algunos de ellos practican ”wall ball” conmigo o lanzamiento en sus pequeñas porterías con la ilusión con la que les enseño el cradle o los face offs. Sólo puedo decir que me llena de orgullo disfrutar cada instante con ellos y espero, que si es posible, un día algunos de ellos juegue a lacrosse como todos los que amamos éste deporte.
With the Summer’s arrival many of you are enjoying the sea and you will make a few passes on the sand meanwhile the waitress is arriving with cold drinks on the chiringuito. For me, Summer means come back to my homeland, Ibiza, where I keep practicing lacrosse with Summer’s school which are settle up by the City Hall of Sant Antoni de Portmany. What I can tell you about Ibiza? Well we have a great climate, good beaches and a lot lot of happiness!.
During the months of July and August, participants can learn first steps of this wonderful sport that is increasingly known. Perhaps what surprises me more is that during the break some of them play wall ball or shoot towards the small goals with the illusion that I usually teach them to cradle or to make some face offs. I can only say that I am proud to enjoy every moment with them and I hope, if it is possible, one day many of them play lacrosse in a good team.
Sticks up and sand!!