My views on sports – Character Development and Fun
- First, sports are a great way to learn important life lessons. Second, sports should be fun. I don’t believe there are any “must wins” in sports. World War Two was a “must win”. I will keep your athletes’ s safe enjoyment of this sport as a top priority in all my coaching activities.
- Sports can help develop men and women of character. Youth sports teach respect for authority figures (coaches, refs, and parents). Lacrosse teaches accountability for one’s conduct during practices and games. This season will provide our athletes opportunities to recognize their own physical and mental toughness. With the right climate and culture, our athletes will strengthen their self-esteem and improve their self-confidence.
- I define this season’s success by the individual improvement each athlete makes and the team’s ability to play lacrosse as a unit. Winning games is nice but not my metric for success.
What you can expect from me:
- I will create a positive and enjoyable climate in which everyone is treated with respect.
- I will teach your athletes teamwork, lacrosse skills, and develop their fitness in a fun safe environment.
- I will have a plan for every practice and games.
- I will communicate to you any schedule or rule changes.
- I will NEVER bench a player for poor performance – poor attitude is a different story...
- I will NOT TOLERATE any player/fan who gives up on the team or disrespects the refs, opponents, teammates, coaches, and/or fans. The club has my back and will support my decision if this becomes a problem.
What I expect of parents:
- Arrive at practices and games with your athlete ready to begin on time however…
- I understand when competing priorities prevent punctual attendance, when life happens, just let me know by text so I can adjust practice and game plans accordingly.
- No side-line coaching. Let me do the coaching during practices and games. Too many adults providing direction during these times will only confuse the athletes.
- Do not yell at the refs, opposing teams, coaches, or parents. Remember, this is only a game… played by children… for their enjoyment. Anything other than positive encouragement only makes us as adults look like fools and reduces your athlete’s opportunity for growth and enjoyment.
What I expect of the athletes:
- Respect the teammates, coaches, opposing team, refs, parents, and fans.
- Pay attention during practice. We do not have a lot of time to get ready for games.
- Work as a team. Become proficient at passing, shooting, recovering ground balls, and defense.
- Max effort at practices. Never give up during a game.
- Practice individual skills and work on fitness at home.
- You, not your parents, are responsible for your equipment.
- Have fun.
Gear Checklist – No Safety Gear, No Practice, No Game time
- Mouth guard - Have a back-up available.
- Helmets [helmets must be National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) approved]
- Protective gloves
- Shoulder pads
- Arm pads
- Protective cups
- Sneakers or cleats
- Cold compress for injuries
- Lacrosse stick-
- Regulation "short sticks" (used by attackmen or mid-fielders) must be between 40 and 42 inches long (measured from the bottom of the shaft to the top of the head).
- Regulation "long sticks" (used by defensemen) must be between 52 and 72 inches.
- The shaft may be constructed of wood, metal or synthetic material and must have a cap covering the bottom end .
- The head may be constructed of wood, metal or synthetic material shaped in a roughly triangular or slightly hour-glass shape, and has a pocket made of gut, rawhide, linen, or synthetic material to hold the ball. The head of the stick must be 6½ to 10 inches wide.
The pocket of the stick shall be deemed illegal if the top surface of a lacrosse ball, when placed in the head of the stick, is below the bottom edge of the side wall. Ref randomly check sticks during the game. Infractions result in a 3 min penalty.
ILLEGAL POCKETS, LOOSE STRINGS, AND/OR MISSING ENDCAPS RESULT IN A TWO MINUTE PENALTY DURING GAMES
Please go over this US Lacrosse Code of conduct with your athlete
US LACROSSE AND THE POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE
Lacrosse is the oldest American sport. Native Americans played lacrosse centuries ago, long before our colonies were settled. Through lacrosse, Native Americans celebrated and emphasized their spiritual and cultural values. In an effort to promote appropriate values in the modern game, US Lacrosse has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to promote positive coaching and good sportsmanship at all levels of the lacrosse. US Lacrosse has included the following "Lacrosse Code of Conduct" as part of its membership application to encourage and foster appropriate values in players, coaches, parents, officials and spectators. US Lacrosse believes that it should be a priority of every lacrosse player, team, program and league to "Honor the Game".
US LACROSSE CODE OF CONDUCT
Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents and fans. In becoming a member of the lacrosse community an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of lacrosse and its participants. The essential elements in this "Code of Conduct" are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team and their organization. It is only through such conduct that our sport can continue to earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to amateur sports in the United States and around the world. US Lacrosse supports the following behaviors for those who participate in the sport or are involved in any way with US Lacrosse.
The following essential elements of the "Code of Conduct" must be followed:
- Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught at all levels and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
- The value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, and the skills of the game should always be placed above winning.
- The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
- Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players. They are to strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people, as well as adults.
- Coaches should always demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them to players, parents, officials and spectators alike. Players should be specifically encouraged and positively reinforced by coaches to demonstrate respect for teammates, opponents, officials and spectators.
- Coaches must be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of the rules of lacrosse, and should adhere to the rules in both the letter and the spirit of the game.
- Coaches, players, parents and spectators are expected to demonstrate the utmost respect for officials and reinforce that respect to players / teammates. Coaches are also expected to educate their players as to the important role of lacrosse officials and reinforce the ideal of respect for the official to players/teammates.
- Coaches should provide a basic knowledge of the rules to both players and spectators within his/her program. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.
- Players should always demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents and spectators.
- Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials or any other parties involved with the sport should be communicated through the proper channels and procedures, never on or about the field of play in view of spectators or participants.
- Officials are professionals and are therefore expected to conduct themselves as such and in a manner that demonstrates total impartiality, courtesy and fairness to all parties.
Spectators involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize badger, harass or threaten an official, coach, player or opponent.
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