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East Meets West Lacrosse Academy Hosting 5 Clinics to Utah This Winter

East Meets WestThe East Meets West Lacrosse Academy will be bringing coaches from the Denver Outlaws and Syracuse University for five clinics focusing on individual skills.
“Each clinic is designed to deep dive the individual position focusing on fundamentals and specific skill sets unique to that position which often get ignored when working within the greater team setting,” said East Meets West Founder Drew Searl. “These 5 clinics work as an adjunct to the different club teams in Utah with a goal of coaching the high level fundamentals necessary for lacrosse players to make it to the next level within their organizations. These clinics are also designed to give lacrosse players the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming 2014 Lacrosse Season under the eye of some of the best and most accomplished lacrosse players ever to play the game. The coaches are not local coaches so they can provide a new prospective to the game (Hence East meets West).”
Each clinic is $100 and many of the local club teams have discounts available.
MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
Face Off Clinic Option 1
December 27, 6pm-8pm – Basin Recreation Center, Kimball Junction
Coaches: Drew Searl (Syracuse)
Available Spots: 14
With the exception of the goalie, the face-off man is the most important person on a lacrosse team. A dominant face-off man can control the game by continuous offensive possessions. Just ask Syracuse who found out the hard way in last year’s National Championship game against Duke. Much like the goalie position, facing off is an individual job requiring a technical skill that is separate from the rest of the team. Participants in this clinic will have the opportunity to work directly with former Syracuse University midfielder and face-off specialist Drew Searl. This clinic specializes in the “A to Z” of face-off fundamentals and proper technique. Participants will be drilled on proper execution, stance, positioning, moves/counter moves, foot work, wing play and all the general tricks of the trade. In addition players will get to sharpen their skills for the upcoming 2014 season under the expert eye of Coach Searl in some of his favorite face-off drills.
Midfielders Only Clinic
January 10, 8pm-10pm – Basin Recreation Center, Kimball Junction
Coaches: Drew Searl (Syracuse), Scotty Clarke (Syracuse) and Walker Bateman (BYU).
Available Spots: 20 – Players must be age 14 or older with playing experience.
If attackmen are the brains on the field, then midfielders are the workhorses. This clinic will provide high-level in-depth instruction specific to the midfield position and focus heavily on the little details which often get ignored when practicing within the greater team setting. Participants will work directly with Syracuse University midfielder Drew Searl who played 4 years for the Orangeman on a team that appeared in 4 Semi-Final games and a National Championship. Coach Searl will take the group on a deep dive into the defensive and offensive fundamentals that are unique to the position and are essential to master if one aspires to become a dominant midfielder and an impact player for their team. Players will participate in drills designed to simulate game situations and will be critiqued on their execution in order to better understand and master their craft. In order to maximize learning experience, participants will be divided by age and skill level when engaging in drills. To participate in this clinic you must be 14 years or older and have prior playing experience, this is not a beginners clinic. Space limited to 20 participants.
Face Off Clinic Option 2
January 16, 4pm-6pm – Spence Eccles Field House, Univ. of Utah
Coaches: Devin Ockerman (Syracuse), Drew Searl (Syracuse)
Available Spots: 14
Defenseman Only Clinic
January 24, 6pm-8pm – Spence Eccles Field House, Univ. of Utah
Coaches: Sean McCarthy (Denver Outlaws)
Available Spots: 16
The focus of this clinic is in-depth defensive fundamentals for close defenseman and long-stick midfielders. Participants will be taught a higher-level of defensive strategies and drilled on the techniques that many younger players lack because of early adoption of bad habits, particularly poor foot work and lack of an understanding of defensive field position. Working with the defensive players will be current 8 year MLL defenseman Sean McCarthy of the Denver Outlaws. Coach McCarthy will break down the concepts and skills required to become a dominate defender and work to identify and eliminate bad habits. Specific topics will be addressed such as foot work, field position, stick checks, slides/double teams and communication, etc.
Attackman Dodge & Shoot Clinic
January 24, 6pm-8pm – Spence Eccles Field House, Univ. of Utah
Coaches: Ethan Mills (Syracuse) & Drew Searl (Syracuse)
Available Spots: 24
A necessary skill that all attackman must possess is the ability to become a scoring threat at any time against a defense. Therefore the focus of this clinic is to provide in-depth offensive instruction on 2 specific skill sets: Dodging and shooting. Participants will be taught the key aspects behind how to effectively dodge in order to become an offensive threat. The second part covers how to develop power & accuracy in a shot so as to capitalize on a good dodge by goal scoring. Attackman are the brains of the offense and must be smart so many topics will be covered such as communication, defense/goalie manipulation, shot placement, fakes, when to shoot/when not to shoot, etc.  Working directly with the players will be Syracuse University attackman Ethan Mills and Syracuse University midfielder Drew Searl. Although this clinic is geared for the attackman, midfielders are welcome and encouraged to participate as well.

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