Role of Parents 02/18/2016 Please remember these positive points and help us all to enjoy a...
Open Board Positions - Volunteers Needed!
MALA depends entirely on volunteers. It is essential to keep our board positions filled for each season to run smoothly. In particular, there are two essential positions which need to be filled as soon as possible for MALA to operate properly. Please forward this to all of your club members.
We hope you will consider running for a board position by replying with your interest before the scheduled September MALA board meeting.
Terms are two years (unless filling a partial term) and began August 2016. The MALA Board meets once a month.
MALA has the following Board positions open:
Section 2.09. The Vice President- Boys’ High School.
The vice president shall perform the duties of the president at the break-out meetings for the boys division of MALA and such other duties as maybe assigned to him or her by the MALA membership or the president. The Vice President-Boys’ High School shall oversee the high school leagues and the officials of their respective divisions and shall work with the high school coordinators and the director of officials to schedule games. The Vice President-Boys High School shall work with coaches’ representatives, and Referee Coordinator to schedule games / enforce rules / recruit and maintain teams. $125 stipend. Working with the Vice President-Boys’ High School will be the following:
Coaches’ Representative – recruit coaches / keep all coaches aware of MALA decisions
High School Coaches
Section 2.13. The Secretary.
The secretary shall record all the votes of the directors and the minutes of the meetings of the MALA membership and of committees of the board in a book or books to be kept for that purpose; shall see that notices are given and records and reports properly kept and filed by MALA as required by law; shall be the custodian of the seal of MALA and see that it is affixed to all documents to be executed on behalf of MALA under its seal; and, in general, shall perform all duties incident to the office of secretary, and such other duties as may be assigned by the MALA membership or the president. The secretary will set dates, times, and locations for board meetings, distribute board meeting dates and notes to board members and member representatives to the board and compile and maintain MALA directory of board members, member representatives, member parent representatives, coaches, and other persons related to the business of MALA.
The Role of Parents
You, the parent, are equally as important to your child's positive lacrosse experience as the coach of the team. In order for your child to get the most out of playing lacrosse, it is important that you do the following:
One: Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Positive reinforcement encourages learning and fun. Research has shown that a ratio of five positive statements (compliments, positive recognition) for each negative statement (criticisms, corrections) is ideal for helping young athletes do their best. Try to maintain a 5:1 ratio in your comments to your child.
Two: Attend games whenever possible. If you cannot attend, ask about your child’s experience, not whether the team won or lost. Some questions that you might ask before asking about the final score include: "Did you try as hard as you could? Did you have fun? Did you learn anything today that might make you a better player in the future?"
Three: Be a positive role model by displaying good sportsmanship at all times to coaches, officials,opponents and your child’s teammates. "Honoring the Game" is an important part of what US Lacrosse represents. Help us by honoring the game in your behavior as a spectator.
Four: Let your child set his own goals and play the game for himself, herself. Be your child’s "home court advantage" by giving him or her your unconditional support regardless of how well he or she performs.
Five: Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is playing. Use positive reinforcement with your child’s coach. Let the coach know when he or she is doing a good job.
Six: Respect the decisions of the referee or umpire. This is an important part of honoring the game. Your child will pay more attention to how you act than to what you say.
Seven: Read the rulebook. A full understanding of the rules will help you enjoy the game and educate others.
Eight: Get to know who is in charge. Meet with the leadership of the program, whether it’s school sponsored or recreational, to discuss topics such as cost, practice and game scheduling, insurance coverage, emergency procedures, etc.
Nine: Get involved! A great way to support your child's lacrosse experience is by becoming a volunteer for the program. Some of the ways you can get involved: keep the scorebook, run the clock, line the fields, manage equipment, chaperon trips, raise funds, organize clinics and team social events, update the team web site, photograph players and organize carpooling.