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Welcome to the 2017 Spring Season

 

Program Overview

Goals: The main goals of the the program this spring is to improve individual skills sets and have the boys become more familiar with different player positions and game situations.  Practices will be focused on stick skill development and improving technique at both the offensive and defensive sides of the field.  We will play games against other towns and in tournaments that will begin in late March or early April. The first practice is scheduled to start Sunday, March 5 weather permitting.

Practice Times: While practice times have not yet been finalized, we imagine that practices will last 90 minutes and will most likely not start any earlier than 5:30PM.  We do not practice on Mother’s Day or on Memorial Day weekend. Please be have your sons 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/game times, locations and potential cancelations to account for weather, etc.

Teams and Playing Time: Currently, there are 30 boys signed up for fifth grade lacrosse.  With our current roster, we intend to split the group into two ‘squads’ that are roughly equal in size and intended to be as even as possible. For any single game/scrimmage, we will invite one of the squads to play.  The remaining squad will be off or will practice. If we do not feel we have enough players for a given game then we will invite players from the other squad. We cannot guarantee perfection but over the course of the season our goal is to have each player be invited to an equal number of games/scrimmages. As far as playing time within individual games, the league guidelines require each player to play for one quarter or for three midfield rotations. Over the course of the season we will target even playing time across all players but it will not be possible to guarantee 100% equal time.

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. 

Team Priorities

  • Safety

  • Fun

  • Sportsmanship (“Honor the Game”)

  • ROOTS: Respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self

  • Team development and competition

  • Individual development and competition

Code of Conduct

Parents and player Code of Conduct should be signed and handed in at the first practice. Print out and bring these signed forms to the first practice. 

http://www.sportsmanager.us/.%5CDocuments%5CManchesterNHPAL%5CUS%20lax%20code%20of%20conduct.pdf 

http://www.positivecoach.org/common/cms/documents/Coach%20Tools%20-%20Public/PCA_Parent_Pledge.pdf 

Link to CLC Code of Conduct is also provided below:

http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/9825/CLC Code of Conduct.pdf 

Player Expectations

  • 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

 

As in all team sports, every member of the team plays a part and has a role.  We will need, expect and demand that all 10 players on the field work together as a unit and contribute to the overall success of the team.  Each and every player has a big responsibility and will be expected to:

  • Consistently show up for practices and games 10-15 minutes early, ready to go with all the proper equipment and safety gear.Please let the coaches know if you have any questions.

  • Come prepared to be mentally and physically engaged during the duration of the practice/game.

  • Spend time outside of practice honing their skills.It is important that all the boys become at least comfortable with, and preferably confident in, the basic skills of the game such as passing and catching (with both hands), as well as carrying/cradling/possessing the ball (with both hands).CLC has built and installed a fantastic wall at Lum field where the boys should do wall ball.  CLC has also put a brief but great instructional video on the website demonstrating how the boys should be practicing on their own.  Cradling can easily be practice at home in the basement or in the backyard.

Equipment

Each player is required to have and wear the following at practice or game:

  • Helmet (NOCSAE approved) ,

  • Mouth guard

  • Shoulder pads

  • Arm pads

  • Gloves

  • Youth supporter w/ cup

  • ‘Proper’ stick

  • Cleats/sneakers

  • Full water bottle

 

Parent Expectations

  • 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 and games

  • 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:

http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/9825/CLC - Grievance Policy.pdf