Our club is made possible by YOU - our parents, coaches, officials, volunteers, sponsors and board members. Thank You! We have a big responsibility to make sure that our children get the best lacrosse experience from our club.
One way to do that is to ensure we learn as much as we can about the sport. Knowing the rules of the game, the requirements on our players, safety protocols, our roles as parents, coaches, officials and administrators, is something we should strive to learn all throughout the season and years of involvement in our club.
Here are some information that we encourage all of us parents to read:
As US Lacrosse members, you are sent a copy of these guidebooks on your first year of sign-up. It is very good book that includes the history, equipments, rules, difference between boys and girls games, official signals, etc... I still carry it with me everywhere I go.
- Proper Hydration Guidelines
Always bring water or Gatorade for drinking. Have the kids hydrate before, during and after the clinic.
* 2-3 hrs b4 exercise - drink 12-20 oz
* during - drink 6-12 oz every 15-20 mins
* after ex - drink 24 oz fluid for every lb of weight lost thru sweat
A summary of it is here -
- Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his team.
- Attend games whenever possible. If you cannot attend, ask about your child’s experience.
- Be a positive role model by displaying good sportsmanship at all times to coaches, officials and opponents. “Honoring the game” is an important part of US Lacrosse.
- Let you child set his or her own goals. Be your child’s “home field advantage” by giving your unconditional support regardless of his or her on-field performance.
- Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is playing. Also, let the coach know when he is doing a good job.
- Respect the decisions of the officials. They are the authority on the field.
- Read the rulebook. For a quicker look, check out this year’s rule changes and points of emphasis for boys and girls.
- Get to know who is in charge. Meet with the leadership of the program, whether it is school-sponsored or recreational, to discuss topics such as cost, practice and game scheduling, insurance coverage, emergency procedures, etc.
- Get involved. Coach or assist, keep score, run the clock, line the fields, manage the equipment, raise funds, coordinate social events, develop an online picture book, help manage the team website, or volunteer in some other way.
- Enjoy the game. Remember, lacrosse is played for FUN.
US Lacrosse has a lot of good articles in their website. You can subscribe to the blog and get periodic updates in your email.
- The Positive Coaches Alliance organization also has lots of good articles to apply to all sports. Here are some good ones -