How to Go from "Good to Great" in Preseason Training

Feb 10, 2022

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller


So many players mistakenly think that the season starts in March–after tryouts and just before the first game. 

It’s a mistake I see over and over again, at all levels. Players take it easy at the beginning and say: “I’ll turn on the jets when it matters”. 

Unfortunately, “when it matters” is before the season even starts.

The preseason is where the best players separate themselves by keeping their heads down, working hard, and making...

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The Relaxed Superstar

Jul 13, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I regularly write about the different “buckets” that require attention and action to become a better lacrosse player.

One HUGE bucket that rarely gets discussed is studying.

As many of you know, I’m a big Cal Newport fan.

His first books were geared to students wanting to develop better studying habits.

How to Be a High School Superstar will be the focus of my next few articles.  

Early in the book, Cal introduces his term relaxed superstar.


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Becoming a Better Student

Jul 06, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

My articles usually focus on mindset, training tactics, and lacrosse.

But I’m gonna switch gears and address how to become a better student.

I’m a big fan of Cal Newport.

(He’s an author and a computer science professor at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.)

He published his first book when he was an undergrad at Dartmouth.

HIs first three books focus on becoming a better student while relieving stress — both in high school and college.

I started, “How to...

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Never Give Up On Yourself

Jun 23, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I belong to a boxing gym — there are three locations.

Sula’s my favorite coach...

(He’s at the gym furthest from my house, but the commute is well worth the drive.)

Sula’s also a professional fighter.

He fought on the undercard for the Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr fight…

His classes typically start with 3 minutes of jump rope followed by 3 minutes of shadow boxing with light dumbbells.

Then it’s the warm-up… a total killer.

There are 5 stations (...

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My Jumbo Story

Jun 10, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

There’s a cluster of small colleges in New England with strong academics and very competitive athletics.

The league is called the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

Many know about it.

A lot don’t.

I’m gonna shed some light...

I played at Tufts — a NESCAC member.

Here’s my introduction to the league — and in future articles I’ll dive into each school.  

So for this article, I’ll dig into my memory...

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Getting In Work (When Most Others Don't)

May 25, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

Going on vacation should never be an excuse to skip workouts.

(I understand that a vacation could coincide with a lifting off week, but even then, you can still run and do stick work...)

It’s easy to justify skipping workouts on vacation.

It can be a hassle to find a gym.

Maybe your vacation itinerary is super busy...


Those are just excuses.

Let's me tackle the “finding a gym on vacation” topic...

It’s an adventure, and you should have fun with it. 


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10X Your Footwork With This Underrated Exercise

May 18, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I jumped rope back in high school.

Didn’t do it much in college… that was a mistake.

In graduate school, I’d regularly see this guy jump rope for 25 minutes… non-stop.

I never talked to him… probably a mistake.

Many years passed and my buddy bought a jump rope.

He never tried it before.

I did a workout with him.

That got me hooked...

That was two years ago, and now it’s a regular component of my workouts.

It’s actually hard to find a good jump...

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Shifting Laziness to Spur Motivation

May 11, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I’ve been reading about people’s ability to focus on their single most important task.

I finished Jobs by Walter Issacson.

Jobs had a powerful ability to eliminate the noise and focus on his most important task.

I've also been reading Quanta Magazine.  It’s heavy into computer science, math, physics and biology.  

(A lot of the articles are over my head...)

Quanta had an article about Alan Turing.  Turing was an influential engineer (among other...

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The #1 Hack for Athletic Competition

May 04, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I'm sticking with the theme of how playing multiple sports is VITAL to becoming a better lacrosse player.

I recently discovered the importance of a proper warm-up.

Here’s the backstory…

A tennis buddy told me to read Brad Gilbert’s, “Winning Ugly”.

I took his advice.

It’s all about effective strategies to win tennis matches.

Brad is a former tennis professional, but the book is for amateurs.

Today, I'm gonna focus on one topic inside the book...


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Stayin' Loose to Generate More Power

Apr 27, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

An advantage of playing multiple sports is discovering how sensations can be "cross-applied".   

Let me explain...

Currently, golf and tennis are my favorite sports to play.

I try to do both a lot.

Here’s a secret...

The most effective golf and tennis is played when the body is loose. 

The goal is to eliminate tension.

Tension kills swing speed.

When athletes become obsessed with mechanical execution, this causes the body to tense up.

Zach — my bud and one of my...

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