Contents at a Glance Introduction Part 1: Essential Lacrosse Chapter 1: The Faceoff: Getting Started Chapter2: Fundamentals of Playing Lacrosse Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Coaching Lacrosse Chapter 4: Rules of the Game Part II: Following Lacrosse: The Fan's Point of View Chapter 5: How to Watch Lacrosse Chapter 6: Keeping Up with the Pros: Following the National Lacrosse League Chapter 7: The Future of the Game: Minor and University Lacrosse Part III: Playing Lacrosse: What Your Need to Know to Succeed Chapter 8: Getting the Ball into the Goal: Developing Offensive Skills Chapter 9: Putting the Ball in the Goal: Shooting Fundamentals Chapter 10: Keeping the Ball out of the Goal: Developing Defensive Skills Chapter 11: Goaltending Chapter 12: Practising Team Offence and Defence Chapter 13: Becoming a Better Lacrosse Player Physically and Mentally Part IV: Coaching Lacrosse: Winning Strategies Chapter 14: Developing Your Coaching Philosophy for the Offence Chapter 15: Coaching Defensively Chapter 16: Calling On the Special Forces: Special Teams Chapter 17: Preparing Your Players Chapter 18: It's Game Time Chapter 19: Coaching Kids and Having Your Kids Coached Part V: The Part of Tens Chapter 20: Ten Reasons to Get Excited about Lacrosse Chapter 21: (Not Quite) Ten Resources for Discovering More about Lacrosse Chapter 22: The Ten Greatest NLL Players Appendix A: Glossary Appendix B: Contracts for Coaches, Parents, and Players Index
Jim Hinkson has been involved in the game of lacrosse since he was 19, his first season of play coming under the tutelage of legendary coach Jim Bishop in 1962. Hinkson played lacrosse for 11 more years, participating in 9 national minor championship games and winning 6 tittles. He also played for a season in the 1970s version of the National Lacrosse League, and represented Canada as part of the national team competing in the 1974 World Lacrosse Championship in Melbourne, Australia. Hinkson has coached at every level in lacrosse from house league to professional, participating in two Canadian junior championships, winning one. His coaching stints have included teams in Toronto, Whitby, and St. Catharines, Ontario; and the New York Saints and New Jersey Storm of today's National Lacrosse League. And he is the author of four books on lacrosse and coaching. Hinkson grew up on a farm in Oshawa, Ontario, and he still lives in nearby Whitby, Ontario, with his wife Cynndy and their three children, to whom he dedicates this book. Lacrosse is an all--Hinkson family activity. Daughter Maggie, a first--year teacher in Whitby, played women's field lacrosse at the University of Western Ontario; daughter Kate attends Brock University in St. Catharines and plays for its women's field lacrosse team; and son James, who attends St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has played box lacrosse for the Darlington Green Gaels, who just won the Founder's Cup emblematic of junior B lacrosse for Canada. John Jiloty is the editor--in--chief of Inside Lacrosse magazine and a 2000 graduate of Syracuse University, where he covered men's lacrosse as the sports editor of The Daily Orange. John was recognized in The Best American Sports Writing 2002 for a story he did in 2001 on fighting in the National lacrosse League. Robert Carpenter is the founder and publisher of Inside Lacrosse magazine. He played lacrosse at Duke University, from which he graduated in 1996. Inside Lacrosse is the sport's only media outlet that has been honored for coverage by both the men's and women's college coaches associations. Inside lacrosse also publishes Face--Off Yearbook, an annual glossy preview of men's college lacrosse, and operates a lacrosse camp Web site call USLaxcamps.com.