As an athlete in any sport, the opportunity to improve oneself is presented to you in so many ways. Some qualities and behaviors to help you improve are listed below:
• Conditioning oneself to be healthy, strong and successful
• Conscientiously applying oneself to drills and exercises to promote coordination, strength and endurance
• Pushing toward one’s limits
A Positive Mental Attitude
• Seeking to improve one’s skills by welcoming advice and guidance from coaches and more experienced players
• Focusing on your successes rather than your mistakes, but working to improve those shortcomings
As a team sport, lacrosse demands the following:
Cooperation with and respect for:
• Opposing team members
Winning and losing is not as important as how you play the game, and we want you to feel good about your involvement in lacrosse. We want you to feel good about your skill improvement, your level of effort and your personal growth. And YES, we want you to have fun!
During practice, you must always remember to:
• Have necessary equipment including mouth guard
• Wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather
• Bring a water bottle – it doesn’t matter what the temperature is, you can still get dehydrated without proper water intake
• Mark all of your equipment and uniforms with your name
During practice, you will be expected to participate in:
• Warm up exercises
• Lacrosse drills
• Scrimmage games
It is extremely important to attend practice. If you have to miss a practice, you MUST inform one of your coaches of your absence, regardless of the reason (by email, or by phone). Please encourage the PLAYER and not the parent to make the call.
If there are behavioral issues that are disruptive to the team especially those that risk the safety of others on the field, the coach will contact the parents directly.
“lacrosse is a unique combination of individual skills and team performance. Two teams try to score by advancing the ball toward their opponent’s goal with a combination of running and passing. The game allows for fast-break opportunities as well as set offensive plays. A team can’t score if it doesn’t have the ball, so keeping possession of the ball is integral to the game. The team without the ball plays defense, and it tries to gain possession by intercepting a pass, retrieving a ground ball, or blocking a pass or shot. When the team gains possession of the ball, it becomes the attacking team and creates a transition to attack the opponent’s goal. All players must develop throwing and catching skills because the ball moves faster through the air than it does when a player runs with it. The objective for the offensive team is to develop a one-on-one advantage to make scoring easier.”
(Taken from Coaching Youth Lacrosse by the American Sport Education Program)
Before a game, you will always:
• Arrive on time, and no less than 30 minutes prior to the start of the game
• Have ALL of the necessary equipment, water bottle and uniform
During a game, you will always:
• Strive to play to the best of your ability
• Stand on the sidelines with your teammates and cheer your teammates
• Play any position for which you are needed
• Display a positive mental attitude
• Treat your teammates, coaches, opponents and referees with the highest level of respect
• Pay attention to the game on the field and learn from watching
• Give your absolute attention to your coaches when they are speaking
During a game, you will NEVER*:
• Argue with a referee, no matter what the situation
• Argue with your coaches, no matter what the situation
• Exchange unfavorable dialogue with anyone
• Use offensive gestures or language
*PLEASE NOTE: If your coaches determine that you are demonstrating behavior that is detrimental to your team, you will be removed from the game.
After a game it is always important to:
• Thank your referees
• Shake hands with the opposing team
• Clean up your garbage
• Gather your belongings
Parent Expectations During Games
(Excerpts taken from US Lacrosse Coaches’ Education Program)
Please strive to:
• Offer your child praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best
• Don’t give instructions to your child during the game.
• Cheer good plays by both teams.
• IF an official makes a “bad” call – be silent.
• Don’t do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game.
• Remember to have fun.