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Respecting the Game
Consider including these positive attributes into your program to demonstrate & promote respect for the game with:
 
Players: 
  • When the coaches talk, players stop, look and listen
  • Ensure your gear is ready BEFORE practice / game begins; Gear on 5 minutes before practice begins
  • It’s OK to make suggestions / ask questions…..not OK to be rude or talk back
  • Be respectful to all coaches / teammates / opposing players / refs / parents
  • Say “Yes Coach” not “Uh Huh” or “Yeah”
  • Look out for your teammates; help them on and off the field (changing pennies / loose balls / better techniques)
  • Never take a misplaced item…turn it in to a coach (a lax player does not take from another lax player)
  • No showboating following big plays
  • No bad mouthing/language or arguing with refs following penalties or missed calls….just keep playing
  • Win or loose, remove glove, look opponent in the eye & shake hands (no fist bump) to show respect at games end; it is unique and special to lacrosse (Glen Miles Team USA ’90 / Victory Lacrosse)
  • No diss’ing another player on either team
  • No laughing at another players ability/mistakes…we’re all developing players and all made mistakes
  • Respect yourself as a player and person….it will go a long way
  • Most importantly: Work your hardest and have FUN!  If a coach continues to reiterate these two traits throughout the season, the players will be giving the ultimate level of respect to the sport…..and wins frequently follow.
 
Coaches:
  • Be prepared; Lesson plan for each practice / Game plan for each game / Player roster to scorekeeper
  • Bark to motivate, never to humiliate
  • “Coach” during the practice so you can let the players “play” in the games
  • If you leave a game hoarse from yelling, reconsider your coaching philosophy
  • Don’t teach illegal checks or inappropriate techniques
  • Employ ROOTS concept. Last thing to cover before every game. “Respect the Rules, Officials, Opponents, Teammates, and Self.” (Scott O’Donnell, Navy ’93) 
  • Clean field / player’s area after each use….leave better / cleaner than you found it
  • Welcome opposing coaches/teams to your field; ask what they need (they will hopefully do the same for you)
  • Shake coaches hand and wish opposing team well just prior to the game; the players will take notice
  • Consider hosting “tailgater” with opposing team; Promotes the “Fraternity” of the sport
 
Parents:
  • Be positive of the team and the program
  • Always encourage and be supportive of your player / child
  • Tell them “You’ll not hear me yelling at a ref….I expect the same of you”
  • Tell them to “Cheer good plays and leave missed plays / calls alone.”
  • Encourage them to be ambassadors of their program and the sport
  • Inform them of the “5:1 Rule” when talking to their child; 5 positive comments for each constructive comment
  • Introduce the USL Sportsmanship Card….the fact that they know it exist will prevent them from crossing the line (and you can always hand a Tootsie Pop to the loudest spectator…they’ll get the message)
 
Refs:
  • Welcome refs to your field; ask if they need anything
  • Conference with refs / both coaches prior to game. Cover “spirit” of game, standards, and definition of “judgment calls.”  Diffuses poor behavior BEFORE it happens.  
  • Talk to them; don’t yell at them
  • Say it once and let it go; don’t nag on the ref
  • Make your point at a time out or change of quarter, not in front of everybody
  • Ask for their interpretation of a rule; don’t tell them yours
  • Influence calls as they happen; ref almost never changes after the call is made….so let it go
 
As you ready for the season, take these positive examples of respecting the creator’s game and incorporate them into your pre-season game plan.  The positive examples that you set will influence your players / parents / refs / visiting teams.  More importantly, the examples that you establish and reinforce throughout the season will help to establish a pattern of respect in your players that will last a lifetime.  And more than Wins & Losses isn’t that what’s really important?