2018 Program Overview-
Our goals for this year are to have the boys improve their skills and knowledge of lacrosse and to have fun playing games/scrimmages against other towns.
•Format: There is a big step from the K-2 program the boys were in last year to the 3rd grade program. Last year there were 6 one hour clinics, this year there will be three to four hours of lacrosse each weekend for approximately 10 weeks. We will also have multiple scrimmages with other towns.
•Practice Times: Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00PM – 4:30PM at Haas Turf starting on March 24 and concluding June 3rd. We do not practice on Mother’s Day or on Memorial Day weekend. Please have your boys at practice at least 10 minutes early so they can get their equipment on and we can start on time. Please monitor your emails for updates to practice times, locations and potential cancelations to account for weather, etc.
•Teams and Playing Time: We will be separating the boys into equal teams, with the goal of having 3 or 4 games/scrimmages per child. You will be receiving a separate e-mail with a detailed schedule for your child’s practices and games. Additionally, similar to last year we will end the season with a ‘Chatham Play Day’ with music and ice pops. Regarding playing time, we cannot guarantee perfection, but over the course of each individual game and the season we will target equal playing time across all players. Understandably, it will be impossible to guarantee 100% equal time.
•Scrimmages/Games: Scrimmages/games will mostly be played Away at our opponents field and are intended to be fun opportunities for the boys to enjoy playing the game of lacrosse. The games/scrimmages will be played 7 x 7 with a goalie. We are always looking for boys to volunteer to play goalie, in the absence volunteers coaches will select kids at random to play one half of one game/scrimmage in goal. Game days will mostly be Saturday and Sunday (basically instead of practice), but may also fall on weekday evenings depending on schedules of other towns. We will do our best to minimize conflicts with other activities, but please keep in mind that every conflict for every player cannot be avoided/resolved.
•Communication and Changes: Team communication to the parents as well as any changes to times or locations will be handled via email to the group based on the contact information you provided when you signed up. There will be changes to times and locations. For any questions or issues you would like to discuss with the coaches.
•Coaching and Volunteers: We are always looking for parents to volunteer their time to help with the success of the program. You do not need lacrosse specific knowledge, but you will need to complete the Rutgers Safety Training and the Chatham Background Check.
•Sportsmanship (“Honor the Game”)
•ROOTS: Respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self
•Team development and competition
•Individual development and competition
Code of Conduct
·The essential elements of the "Code of Conduct" must be adhered to.
·Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
·The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, teamwork or the skills of the game.
·Derogatory comments are unacceptable. Use positive reinforcement with players and adults alike. It should be remembered that criticism once made can never be retracted.
·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 with adults.
·Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties, while exercising their authority on the field.
·Adults involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official.
·Knowledge of the Rules of Lacrosse must be respected and adhered to by all who participate in the game of lacrosse, both in letter and the spirit of the game. Attempts to manipulate the rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.
·Eligibility requirements, such as age and previous level of participation, must be followed. These requirements have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety
•Read and abide by the Code of Conduct (“ROOTS”)
•Have fun and be a source of support for their teammates
•Arrive on time to all practices and scrimmages and deliver their best effort
Each player is required to have and wear the following at practice or game
•Helmet (NOCSAE approved) ,
•Youth supporter w/ cup
•Full water bottle
•Read and support the Code of Conduct and review the Player Expectations with your son
•Open communication with the coaches especially with respect to any medical issues
•Be a positive influence at scrimmages
•Maintain proper equipment for your son and monitor its status
•Help out whenever you can
•Medical Conditions: If your son has a medical condition that requires any close monitoring, please let us know. All injuries will be reported and processed according to the rules of Chatham Recreation. If your son has special needs please let us know prior to the beginning of the program and we will make sure he is properly taken care of and will enjoy his lacrosse experience.
•Baseline Concussion Testing: You should perform the baseline concussion test for your son on the CLC website, it takes less than a half hour and could provide critical information when it is needed most.
•Grievances: If you have any grievance relating to the program, the program has a mandatory 24 hour cooling off period prior to speaking to a coach, any other member of the program or a league official about the grievance. The full Grievance Policy is on the CLC website.