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    Naofumi "Udo" Suzuki, Japan Lacrosse - Going Offsides

    Naofumi "Udo" Suzuki, Japan Lacrosse - Going Offsides

    On the fourth leg of Going Offsides goes overseas, Nick and I sit down with Naofumi "Udo" Suzuki, a college professor and Japan national team staff member. Coach Udo discusses various topics regarding lacrosse in Japan, ranging from his own experiences in the game as a player and coach. We talk about his time traveling to the United States to observe lacrosse practices to his current roles working with the national teams.
    His experiences and passion for the game are unlike anyone I've spoken to in the past and it speaks volumes to Japans ability to become a power on the world scene. Membership in JLA (Japanese Lacrosse Association) stands at nearly 17,000 players, a far cry from the 21 players the country had in 1986.
    “The history of the Japanese Lacrosse starts in April 1986, when a few students of Keio University, spurred by an interest in the sport of Lacrosse, visited the American Embassy," Udo explained. "Both American and Japanese businessmen and lawyers were introduced to these students and the genuine promotion of lacrosse began.“
    "Through lacrosse the interaction of the younger generation in the world will foster friendship which will lead to mutual understanding” was the aim of these volunteers. For the first time in Japan, 10 sticks were donated by Mr.Ross Jones, Vice President and Secretary of Johns Hopkins University, and Mr. Bob Scott, Director of Athletics of Johns Hopkins University, to Keio University.”
    Is anyone shocked that the legendary Bob Scott played a pivotal role in growing the game in Japan? The following year Don Zimmerman, again no surprise legends are involved, held the first ever lacrosse camp in Japan (1987).
    Lacrosse is huge in Japan and the results are paying off as they consistently press the top countries in the world at international events.

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    Aleš Golob, Slovenia Lacrosse - Going Offsides

    Aleš Golob, Slovenia Lacrosse - Going Offsides

    Meet Aleš Golob, a passionate lacrosse fan who is doing everything he can to grow the game of lacrosse in Slovenia. A former swimmer, Aleš found the game later in life and took to it like a sponge to water.
    Slovenia is an absolutely stunning country in eastern Europe known for its vast mountain ranges to the north and beautiful beaches to the south. Ales encourages people to come visit the country and enjoy all that it has to offer.
    Lacrosse is in its infancy in Slovenia with less than 100 players in the country, but those who do play are extremely passionate. The primary focus of the countries players is field lacrosse at the moment.
     Aleš credits foreign coaches for coming to Slovenia and spreading their knowledge and passion for the game.
    International fame and prestige isn’t an immediate goal for the players in Slovenia, they play simply because they enjoy it. This isn’t to say they don’t want to win as bad as everyone else in Europe, they just don’t mind focusing on fun. If all goes well you should expect to see them at the 2021 European championships in Poland.

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    James Robertson, Denmark Lacrosse - Going Offsides

    James Robertson, Denmark Lacrosse - Going Offsides

    On the second leg of Going Offsides goes overseas, we discuss lacrosse in Denmark.
    Meet James Robertson (@jnrobbo) an Australian transplanted into Denmark. James explains his ties to lacrosse in Australia, how he ended up in Denmark, and the state of lacrosse in Denmark.
    The history of Denmark lacrosse has seen phases of tremendous growth and retraction. In its current state James estimates that there are maybe 50 people playing lacrosse in the country at any given time.
    Lacrosse in Denmark is as much about the game as it is about friendship. James mentions how big the social impact of the local lacrosse clubs can be.
    What in the heck is a Fighting Pastry?
    When you take a fighting dane, and you add a pastry, you get a fighting pastry, but there’s much more to this story, listen to today’s episode to hear the full story.
    The Road to Worlds
    The World Championships are the pinnacle of the international game for our sport, however with the number of teams globally increasing each year, teams must qualify for a chance to play. In the case of Denmark, this means they must finish high enough at next years 2021 European Championships for a chance to compete at Worlds.

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    Jake Silberlicht, Israel Lacrosse - Going Offsides

    Jake Silberlicht, Israel Lacrosse - Going Offsides

    Episode 11 begins our exploration of lacrosse in other lands and the first international guest is Jake Silberlicht, captain of the Israel field and box national teams, coach, and game grower. Jake gives a background on the game's growth in Israel as well as a lay of the land. After playing at Hobart, Jake moved to Israel, joined the IDF and helped launch the program. This man lives and breathes Israel Lacrosse.
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    Darry Thornton, Brevard College

    Darry Thornton, Brevard College

    Meet Darry Thornton, longtime NCAA coach and current head men’s coach at Brevard College. He is an excellent man, coach, and is also a proud Black man. In this episode of Going Offsides Ryan will speak with Darry about his experiences in lacrosse, the role that race plays in lacrosse and lacrosse culture, and what can and should be done to address issues of race in the game.
    Episode 2 was originally published on June 23, 2020.

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    Hutton Jackson, Pro Lacrosse Talk - Going Offsides

    Hutton Jackson, Pro Lacrosse Talk - Going Offsides

    In Episode 10 of Going Offsides, we’re joined by Hutton Jackson of PLT to talk offseason trade options, the draft, box lacrosse, and wrap up the PLL Championship. We also look at the major differences in the corporate structures around the MLL and PLL, as well what the heck Atlas are going to do with the first overall pick in next years draft. Will we see the first pick traded, will Chaos use Ward and Fields as trade bait? Could Brodie be on the move?
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