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Update to the 2021 East Lyme Lacrosse Girls Instructional Progra
by posted 04/08/2021

I wanted to give you all an update 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. 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 will run from April 17th through June 5th.  Generally, we hold developmental practices only every Saturday mornings on Firehouse Field at Bridebrook Park from 9-10:30am. In the past, there have been game or round robin tournament opportunities with surrounding towns however that may not be possible this season. Also 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.

Cancellations:
If practice or a game is canceled, I will send out notification via text and email generally as soon as possible but no later than 8am on Saturday morning.  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.

Communication:
A majority of team communication including practice and game reminders, updates or schedule changes will be sent via broadcast texts and emails from me 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.

Equipment:

What your daughter needs to have at every practice:

  • A Girls Lacrosse stick:  (I don’t recommend you spend a lot of money on a stick
  • A mouth piece
  • A facemask
  • Water bottle
  • Make sure they dress in layers, especially in the early part of the season when it is cold.  They will run around a lot and will need to peal some clothes off as practice progresses.
  • Sneakers are fine, but if your daughter has soccer cleats, she should wear them however they are not necessary.
  • Please put your daughter's name on EVERYTHING!  
  • For returning players, please bring your East Lyme Lacrosse pinnie.  For new players, I will provide you a new pinnie that WILL BE USED EVERY PRACTICE!!!

With respect to COVID restrictions, the guidelines are still changing as we speak.  Attached is a release document that you will need to sign prior to your daughter participating in practices. I am sure all of this information is clear in you minds, but please take the time to read it and print out a copy of the page that requires your signature.  If you have a problem signing this document, please call me directly PRIOR to showing up to practice on next Saturday. We will have a chance to discuss as a group if there are any questions.  

 

IMPORTANT- I encourage parents to participate and some have already offered to help (thank you!). I do this for a couple of reasons.  At this age group the more guidance and instruction does wonders for how fast the girls learn in a comfortable environment.  Also, if the parents learn the skills and drills, then when you are home practicing, you can reinforce the proper skills without them learning bad habits at an early age.

 

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!

 

On a final note, our roster is quite thin at 4 players, if your daughter has any friends interested in player, they can still sign up! 


 
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Girls Instructional Team Welcome Letter and Expectations
by posted 03/09/2021

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.

 

COVID-19 Precautions:

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. 


Cancellations
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.

 

Communication

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.

 

Overall Expectations

 

As an athletic sport, this activity offers the opportunity to become or improve oneself as an athlete.  This involves the following qualities and behaviors:

 

Physical Discipline

  • 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:

  • Coaches
  • Team Captains
  • Fellow teammates
  • Officials

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

 

Practice Expectations

 

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
  • Conditioning
  • Lacrosse drills
  • Scrimmage games

 

Please let us know if your player cannot attend practice.

 

Game Expectations

 

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


 


 
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