“It is our hope that parents and coaches can use this information as a guide and standard when making decisions about how best to encourage a young athlete’s participation and development in lacrosse. In changing times, we want to ensure that future generations will enjoy the game as much as we all have in our lifetime.”
-Dom Starsia, 4x NCAA championship coach, National Hall of Fame member
The current youth lacrosse development model rushes to identify the best players at early ages, and leaves potential players behind with limited opportunity to play. The LADM aim is to keep more players engaged with the sport longer, allowing the best players to emerge as they reach physical maturity.
Stages of Development in LADM
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Participate and Succeed (19+): Athletes who pursue a less intense path than high performance but have the ability, confidence and desire are able to compete at a level appealing to them. Athletes can focus on performance excellence, fitness preparation, and maximize sport and position specific skill performance for the level of competition. Athletes may choose lacrosse as the primary sport or may still engage in other competitive endeavors.
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