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Winter Training
by posted 10/25/2019


Tuesday, November 5th will be our first Indoor Training session at Harford Sports, located on 121 Industry Lane in Forest Hill.  These sessions are free with your 2020 registration.  The age group breakdown is listed below.

          - Tuesday’s in Nov - Feb from 6-7pm will be for Pee Wee and Tyker boys
          - Tuesday’s in Nov - Feb from 7-8pm will be for Lightning, Midget, and Junior boys

All boys must bring all their equipment, a stick, and are encouraged to bring a water bottle.  The boys should wear tennis shoes, not cleats.  

           Future Dates:  November 12, 19, 26
                                   December 3, 10, 17
                                   January 7, 14, 21, 28
                                   February 4, 11, 18, 25

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An Open Letter to Parents and Coaches from the Chairman
by posted 05/10/2019

An Open Letter to Coaches and Parents:  READ THIS!

 

In light of  a few incidents I think it is important to keep what is written below always in our minds.   How we behave on the field, and off the field, effects how we are perceived and our boys interpret right from wrong.  Please take the time to read it carefully.   We owe it to our boys and each other.   Always “Honor The Game”.

 

Our organization is committed to the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance and against a “win-at-all-cost” mentality. PCA calls a Positive Coach a “Double-Goal Coach.”  A win-at-all-cost coach has only one goal – to win.  A Positive Coach shares that goal (wants to win) but has a second goal that is even more important – to use the sports experience to help young people learn “life lessons” and positive character traits that will help them be successful throughout their lives.

 

Help us promote the three PCA principles which have the power to “transform youth sports so that sports can transform youth.” The three principles, explained in this letter, are:

 

1) Redefining “Winner”

2) Filling the Emotional Tank, and

3) Honoring the Game.

 

REDEFINING “WINNER”

 

In professional sports (which is entertainment), there is only one goal—to have the most points at the end of a contest. However, in youth sports (which is education), there is a SECOND GOAL: to produce young people who will be WINNERS IN LIFE.

 

To help our children get the most out of competitive sports, we need to redefine what it means to be a “winner.”

 

Winners are individuals who:

 

• Make maximum effort.

• Continue to learn and improve.

• Refuse to let mistakes (or fear of making mistakes) stop them.

 

This is called a Mastery Orientation. PCA says that the Tree of Mastery is an ELM Tree where ELM stands for Effort, Learning, and rebounding from Mistakes.

If our athletes keep these things in mind, they will develop habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

 

 

There is an added benefit.  Athletes who are coached with a Mastery Orientation tend to have reduced anxiety and increased self-confidence.  And when athletes feel less anxiety, they are more likely to have fun playing their sport and to do better!

 

Here’s how you can help:

 

1) Tell your child that it’s OK to make a mistake.

 

2) Let your child know you appreciate it when they try hard even if unsuccessful.

 

3) Ask rather than tell. Try to get your child to talk about their play rather than telling them what you think about it. Ask open-ended questions to get them to talk (e.g., “What was the best part of the game for you?”)

 

4) Recognize that Mastery is hard work. Let the coaches criticize your child’s play. Tell your child you are proud of him regardless of the outcome of the game.

 

FILLING THE EMOTIONAL TANK

 

Research shows that the home team wins about 60% of the time because of the emotional support a team receives when it plays in front of its own fans. Like gas tanks in cars, athletes have “Emotional Tanks” that need to be filled to do their best.

 

There will be times when you need to correct and criticize. Research has shown that a “Magic Ratio” of 5:1 (praise to criticism) is ideal. Help us achieve this Magic Ratio with your child.

 

Here’s how you can help:

 

1) Your #1 job is to fill your child’s Emotional Tank.

 

Encourage them regardless of what happens in the game.

 

2) Try not to give your child a lot of advice (Which after a tough game can seem like criticism, which drains a person’s tank).

 

Remember, it’s difficult to do well with a low tank.  When they make a mistake, you might say,“ Don’t worry. Let’s get the next one. You can do it.” After tough losses, it’s often helpful to acknowledge feelings of disappointment. For example, you might say “I can imagine you must be disappointed to have lost.”

 

3) Use the “3-Pluses-and-a-Wish” technique. Before you give advice, find three good things about your child’s performance. Phrase the advice as a wish:

 

Plus #1 - You really tried hard in the game today

 

Plus #2 - I also saw you filling your teammate’s Emotional Tank after they made a mistake.

 

Plus #3 - And that play you made toward the end of the game shows how much you are improving.

 

Wish - I wish you wouldn’t get down on yourself when you make a mistake. (If you can’t come up with three pluses, don’t say the wish. It may drain his emotional tank rather than fill it.)

 

4) Remember the Magic Ratio*. Praise your child about 5 times for every time you criticize. If you do, they will be better able to hear your criticism without becoming defensive. It’s called the Magic Ratio because great things happen when we get close to it with our children.

 

HONORING THE GAME

 

Honoring the Game gets to the ROOTS of positive play, where ROOTS stands for respect for:

 

• Rules:               We don’t bend the rules to win.

• Opponents:       A worthy opponent is a gift that forces us to play to our highest potential.

• Officials:           We treat officials with respect even when we disagree.

• Teammates:     We never do anything that would embarrass our team on or off the field.

• Self:                  We live up to our own standards regardless of what others do.

 

Here’s how you can help:

 

1) Let your child ke.now that you want them to Honor The Game. Discuss the meaning of each element of ROOTS with your athletes.

 

2) Be a good role model. Honor the Game when you attend games. Cheer both teams when good plays are made. If, in your opinion, an officiating mistake is made, be silent! Use this as an opportunity to think about how difficult it is for a referee to call a perfect game.

 

3) Encourage other parents to Honor the Game

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Five Big Things Every Lacrosse Parent Should Know
by posted 05/10/2019

Lacrosse coach ties player's shoe

Forest Hill Lacrosse believes in not only teaching our boys the game of lacrosse, but also how to enjoy and honor the game. As parents there are several things we need to keep in mind. This article does a good job of laying out the big 5.

Click here to view the article: Five Big Things Every Lacrosse Parent Should Know

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Join US Lacrosse Now
by posted 11/06/2018


Our Mission - As the sport's national governing body, US Lacrosse provides national leadership, structure and resources to fuel the sport's growth and enrich the experience of participants.
Who We Are

  • More than 450,000 members nationwide
  • More than 80 full-time staff members
  • More than 300 volunteers serving on national boards and committees
  • More than 7,000 donors to the US Lacrosse Foundation

While primarily serving the youth level, US Lacrosse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is committed to providing a leadership role in virtually every aspect of the game.
 

Our Impact

  • Make the Sport Safer – Since 1998, we have invested more than $1 in funding for lacrosse-specific research to make the game safer.
  • Train and Certify Coaches – More than 15,000 coaches annually participate in US Lacrosse online training or in-person instructional clinics.
  • Train and Certify Officials – US Lacrosse has more than 700 certified officials trainers and 350 certified officials observers to help improve the quality of officiating.
  • Create Opportunities to Play – US Lacrosse awards more than $1 million annually in resources through the First Stick Program.
  • Elevate the Sport's Visibility – Our 30-time world champion U.S. National Teams set the standard for excellence in the sport.
  • Pioneer National Standards – US Lacrosse youth rules and the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model are designed to create the best experience for all participants.
  • Educate the Lacrosse Community – The US Lacrosse National Convention has grown to bring together more than 7,000 coaches, officials, administrators, and fans together each year.

    Join Today - https://www.uslacrosse.org/ 
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