Commissioner David Gross was particularly pleased with the huge player interest when Major League Lacrosse formed a partnership with PlaySportsTV.com to produce a web-based library of lacrosse tips. The world’s top professional lacrosse league had to turn away many players who wanted to volunteer their favorite lacrosse drills, skills and tips.
MLL All-Stars are among the players whom Gross likens to pied pipers of the sport for helping it grow through instruction to youth lacrosse coaches, parents and players. The video instructional library has an easy-to-use, web-based format as PlaySportsTV.com is the leading on-line youth sports coaching and instructional resource in the United States.
“We think it’s incredibly important,” Gross says. “One of the goals of Major League Lacrosse is to expand the participants in the game. And what better way than to have the absolute best players in the whole world showing kids that want to play the game of lacrosse the proper way to do it?”
PSTV works with top coaches and athletes in numerous sports, and its MLL instruction focuses on providing the best lacrosse training. The many videos include stick work, footwork, passing, catching, shooting, dodges, defensive concepts and goalie play. The MLL/PSTV lineup is a virtual Who’s Who of top lacrosse players, including Jesse Hubbard, MLL’s all-time leading goal scorer; Long Island Lizards attackman Matt Danowski; Denver Outlaws goalie Jesse Schwartzman; Toronto Nationals defenseman Dan Cocoziello; Chicago Attack teammates Liam Banks and Mike Leveille; and legendary scorer Mikey Powell.
“I think they have the ability to teach the players anything from the most basic move to the most complex move out there,” Gross says. “I think our guys have the greatest knowledge of the game – what it takes – and I think the kids can relate to them better than anyone else.”
The release of the Major League Lacrosse library of lacrosse tips coincides with PSTV’s continued commitment to youth lacrosse, which includes many other boys’ and girls’ lacrosse instructional videos and articles, and the web-based lacrosse training plan Coaching Youth Lacrosse, which delivers an entire season of youth lacrosse drills, skills and tips, for beginner through intermediate players.
Founded in 2006, PlaySportsTV (playsportstv.com) is the leading on-line sports coaching resource for youth coaches, parents and athletes. Named a Great Site for Kids by the American Library Association, PSTV has produced over 2,000 instructional videos and articles in a wide range of sports. PlaySportsTV has worked with Major League Soccer, the United States Tennis Association, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball players, along with great coaches at all levels. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of sound coaching and instruction, PSTV addresses important youth sports topics like sports parenting, health and safety, and character and skill development.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse, the premiere professional outdoor lacrosse league, commenced play in June 2001. The MLL is comprised of six teams located in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Long Island, Toronto, and Washington. The league was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.