Parent & Player Expectations

PLAYER EXPECTATIONS:

 

Overall Expectations:

  • Players are expected to learn the rules for their age group games and play by these rules.

  • We are here to have fun, but not at the expense of other participant's fun. Play hard, try your best!

  • Players are to show proper respect and sportsmanship to others involved in the game including other players, coaches, spectators and especially the officials.

  • Do your best always, so you do not let the others of your team down and so your opponents enjoy the best you can give as well.

  • Showing up on time consistently with proper equipment to games and especially practices shows you care about the well being of your team.

  • Come prepared to play, with a good attitude, water bottle, goggles, mouth guards, stick, and appropriate clothing/shoes

  • If you have a concern with a referee, voice it through the coach and if it is with a coach, discuss it privately after a game or practice or at some other mutually convenient time in a positive, calm manner.



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:

Physical Discipline

  • 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 cooperation with and respect for:

  • Coaches

  • Teammates

  • Opposing team members

  • Officials


Practice Expectations

It is extremely important to attend practice. If you have to miss a practice, you and your parent MUST inform one of your coaches of your absence, in writing 24 hours in advance, regardless of the reason. If there is an emergency and you cannot attend a practice/game/tournament, please let the coaches know ASAP. 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, goggles, and stick

  • Wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather

  • Bring a FULL water bottle

  • Mark all of your equipment and uniforms with your name

During practice, you will be expected to participate in:

  • Warm up exercises

  • Conditioning

  • Lacrosse drills

  • Scrimmage games

  • Interactive "chalk-talk" with coaches and players


Behavior:


If there are behavioral issues that are disruptive to the team, especially those that risk the safety of others on the field, the coach reserves the right to dismiss an athlete from the practice/game/tournament and no refund will be given. (Please see refund policy for details.) The coach will also contact the parents directly to explain the situation.

Game Expectations:

"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."
-Coaching Youth Lacrosse by the American Sport Education Program


Before a game:

  • 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

  • When it is time to warm up, cell phones are put away and you are focused on the game.


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 in a positive and classy manner

  • 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:

  • Thank your referees

  • Shake hands with the opposing team

  • Clean up your garbage

  • Gather your belongings


SPECTATOR/PARENT EXPECTATIONS:
 

  • All spectators are expected to know the basic rules and expectations for children of the age group they are watching. A good idea is to spend a little time getting familiar with the game by reading, watching lacrosse or using the internet.

  • All participants are here to have fun, including spectators by enjoying their child's successes on the field. Be positive and supportive to all participants.

  • Show support for your child's team by volunteering for duties and responsibilities associated with the game.

  • This is not a babysitting service. Parent are expected to attend practices and games, and be on time to pick up a child if you are unable to attend.

  • Notify the coaching staff, in writing, at least 24 hours in advance with any schedule conflicts.

  • Be on time for games and practices with the proper equipment. This shows appreciation for the time and efforts of the coaching staff.

  • Be willing to get actively involved in the practices and games if the coach provides the opportunity.

  • Reinforce techniques and "homework assignments" given to your child to complete or practice on their own time.

  • Sportsmanship is taught by example. Your children learn this from you, the most significant individual in their lives.

 

Communicating with Coaches:

  • Communication of an idea or concern is necessary at times, so be constructive and respectful and encourage your child to approach the coach if they are having difficulties. We strive to teach all of our athletes how to articulate themselves. Please encourage them to approach us, rather than dealing with it yourself.

  • Try to focus on what is being done well and not yelling about mistakes of other participants, coaches, or officials.

  • Let the coach, coach! Yelling/giving instructions during practices or games, even if meant well, can confuse and frustrate players.

  • Avoid public conflicts. More can be accomplished by communicating to the coach and through the coach to the referee. Other parents and spectators are there to enjoy the game as well without unnecessary stress.

  • Please express any major concerns to coaches directly. We are unable to help solve issues unless they are brought to our attention.

 

Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches:

  • The treatment of your child, mentally and physically

  • Notification of any scheduling conflicts (24 hours in advance)

  • Specific concerns in regard to a coach's philosophy and/or expectations

Inappropriate topics/issues to discuss with coaches:

  • Playing time (Playing time is determined by attendance, performance, and effort.)

  • Team strategy and play calling

  • Other student-athletes or parents

Appropriate procedures for discussing concerns with coaches:

  • Have your child contact the coach to schedule a time to talk about their issue/concern. Again, one of our top focuses is to teach your child how to articulate themselves, even in an uncomfortable situation. 

  • During your child's meeting/call with the coach, have them take notes of the conversation to reflect on. 

  • Email/Call to set up an appointment with any of our Directors (see contact page for contact information).

  • Do not confront a coach before/after a game or practice without previously contacting them. All conversations about issues/concerns need to be scheduled in advanced. 

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