Dear East Lyme Lacrosse Players and Parents:
Welcome to the 2021 East Lyme Lacrosse Season. It should be a fun and exciting spring season. As a member of East Lyme Lacrosse, you represent our town and our association everywhere we go to play or practice. Below are a list of expectations and behaviors that we will expect you all to display at all times. I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new players and parents. I believe we are at a very important stage in our skill development. Not only developing the skills that are used in lacrosse, but the skill sets that will help define your child in many future social and athletic situations. Here is some of the basic information for this year's team:
The season normally runs from April 17th through June 5th, possibly June 12th. However these dates are weather-dependant. Generally, we hold developmental practices only, every Saturday morning on Firehouse Field at Bridebrook Park from 9-10:30am. These practices are designed to teach the game of lacrosse using fun games and small group station-based drills. There may be game or round robin tournament opportunities with surrounding towns that we’ll provide advance notice if and when scheduled however generally games are not the focus at this stage. We look to engage the girls with fun games and lacrosse specific drills that will keep them interested and excited to want to continue to learn and play the game of lacrosse.
ELLA has developed a COVID-19 (C19) Action Plan which takes into account player, coach, and officials' safety in returning to the play this lacrosse season. This plan was developed according to CDC and US Lacrosse guidelines. I will forward you the Action Plan in a separate email. Additional information on US Lacrosse's Return to Play guidance can be found on the ELLA website. If you have any questions about C19 as it relates to this lacrosse season, please reach out to me at my contact information below.
If practice or a game is canceled, we will send out notification via text and email. If you have not received an email cancellation, the practice or game is still ON. Don’t worry, if the weather is not conducive to staying engaged and having fun, we’ll cancel.
A majority of team communication including practice and game reminders, updates or schedule changes will be sent via broadcast texts and emails from Coach McCaffrey or using the ELLA website (www.ELLA.uslaxteams.com). Please check out the ELLA website and update your players profile with additional emails/cellphone #s to which you would like to receive team emails and texts.
As an athletic sport, this activity offers the opportunity to become or improve oneself as an athlete. This involves the following qualities and behaviors:
- Conditioning oneself to successfully compete on the field
- Conscientiously applying oneself to drills and exercises to promote coordination, strength and endurance
- Pushing toward one’s limits
- Developing physical responsiveness, quickness and awareness
- Being physically alert
A Positive Mental Attitude
- Seeking to improve one’s skills by welcoming advice and guidance from coaches and more experienced players
- Participating in all levels and rigors of the workout
- Focusing on your successes rather than your shortcomings, but working to improve those shortcomings
As a team sport, lacrosse demands the following:
Cooperation with and respect for:
- Team Captains
- Fellow teammates
Putting aside personal interest for the good of the team:
- Solid attendance
- Following the coaches’ directions as faithfully as possible
- Supporting others
- Seeking to be used productively by the team
- Absolute and undivided attention to coaches when they are speaking to the team
You owe your team the following:
- Actively encouraging others
- Your full effort during practice
- Your honest effort at solid attendance
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 your mouth guard (they are inexpensive – it’s a good idea to have three or four on hand as they are easily lost)
- Have your eye protection
- Have your lacrosse stick
- Wear clothing that is comfortable for the weather
- Bring a water bottle – it doesn’t matter what the temperature is, you can still get dehydrated without proper water intake
- Mark all of your equipment
During practice, you will be expected to participate in:
- Warm up exercises
- Lacrosse drills
- Scrimmage games
Please let us know if your player cannot attend practice.
Before a game, you will always:
- Arrive on time
- Arrive to the field 30 minutes before game time
- Have your stick, mouth guard, equipment, water bottle and uniform
During a game, you will always:
- Play to the best of your ability
- Stand on the sidelines with your teammates
- 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 (keep socializing to a minimum)
- Support your teammates on the field
- Give your absolute attention to your coaches when they are speaking
After a game, you will:
- Thank your referees
- Get in line for the “slapping of the sticks” with your opponent
- Clean up any of your trash
- Gather your belongings
Parent Expectations During Games
(Excerpts taken from US Lacrosse Coaches’ Education Program)
Please strive to:
- Offer your child praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best
- Don’t give instructions to your child during the game.
- Cheer good plays by both teams.
- IF an official makes a “bad” call – be silent.
- Don’t do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game.
- Remember to have fun.
-Coach Rich McCaffrey