Before I started lessons with Coach Joyce I was unsure of my playing ability. I felt like I couldn’t compete with players who were “better” than me. I didn’t have the mentality to get out the rut I was in. After lessons with Coach Joyce I’ve made great strides in my playing ability and I have a winning mentality. I’ve improved my game from the combination of great coaching and building my skill set against other players. I’ve never had a lesson were I didn’t learn something new and improve my techniques.
That was a great lesson… I’ve been doing the fake step for hours walking around my house… I learned sooooooo much to improve my game. I’m very happy we found a way to add a whole other half to improving my game…. Thank you so much for training me today!!!! I am very excited to expand my game… I feel like I have developed 1/3 of my potential and I can grow the next 2/3 from you… Let’s go to work!....This will work out very well if I continue hard work driving me to success and keep training with you!! This will be great… thanks for all the help and encouragement… love everything about the sport and the mental side of learning… I am also very excited… can’t wait… thanks again! There is a lot involving training but I think there is more importance involving the motivation to learn and grow which I learned from you all last season.
Throughout my years of playing lacrosse I have trained with a countless number of coaches and personal trainers. This being said, Coach Joyce is by far one of the best coaches I've had. Coach Joyce's knowledge of the game combined with his energetic personality allows him to develop lacrosse players with remarkable efficiency. Coach Joyce has a lacrosse background that is second to none, playing at Syracuse with some of the best lacrosse players to ever live. By training with Coach Joyce I have developed not only as a lacrosse player but also as an athlete and I am confident that he can replicate these results with just about any player in the country.
As a parent I have been extremely impressed with the three lessons James has had with you. My goal for James tactically has been for him to improve his dodging and passing skills as an attackman. We had been unable to schedule your "Ultimate Attackman" course, and I wanted training that would be more specific to his skills and needs. Strategically, I expected you to challenge him with more "grown up"/"black belt" expectations; e.g., note-taking, "homework". To me skills like preparation, concentration, and exertion are even more valuable long term than the lacrosse skills.
In the three sessions my expectations have been very pleasantly exceeded. From the beginning, you have spoken to him with respect and strong, but clear, demands. James knows that he must be completely engaged mentally and physically from the first minute to the last. I appreciate your attention to detail - James repeats the skills over and over, and you correct even minor deviations until he does it right. Only when he does it right do you move on to another skill. I like that you are teaching him how to think as player as well - he must recognize the situation and adjust rather than simply apply a move regardless of what the defender does.
I was skeptical about being outdoors in early January, but we have been lucky with the weather, and the sessions are better for being on a field. I also like how you have made efficient use of available resources; e.g., Mitchell and me. I am grateful for your efforts to teach me so that I can reinforce the lessons as part of James's homework, and I also appreciate how you are able to use me as defender, feeder, or ball boy to maximize the time on task and the repetitions.
I credit Coach Joyce as being one of the most influential coaches in my 18 years of athletics. I also credit him with helping to give me the self-confidence to excel as an athlete and a person and to move from being the last cut on the varsity squad to one of the first to be selected for Division-I collegiate lacrosse. To me a good coach would make for a great mentor. Coach Joyce is the reason I came up with this philosophy.
I don't know if you know this already, but someone by the name of Andrew Joyce has sent in his resume for lacrosse coach at Morristown-Beard. I just wanted to take the time out to email you telling you that he is one of the greatest coaches I have ever met. He joined the coaching staff at my club team, Building Blocks Elite (BBL), and I have had the chance to get to know him pretty well. I first met him at a leadership course that he was teaching for the players on BBL. I thought it was amazing how he intertwined leadership with the mental and physical game of lacrosse. I felt like just that course helped me improve and I didn't even pick up my stick. Since I was so impressed with his methods, I came in contact with him about doing some lessons. I have done one hour lesson so far, and I feel like I have learned as much in the one lesson than I have since I started playing lacrosse. Not only did I learn new physical moves that would work, but I also learned mental strategies that will improve my game. I definitely think he would make a great coach for our team, or any team because he specializes in making teams grow stronger as a whole. College programs from all over ask him to come in and do a class for them. Colleges like, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Canisius, Goucher College, and his alma mater, Syracuse University.