to promote girls youth lacrosse in an environment that emphasizes fun while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity

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Mission Statement

 

The Mission of Marblehead Girls Youth Lacrosse is to promote girls youth lacrosse in an environment that emphasizes fun, while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity.  We follow all rules and regulations as set forth by US Lacrosse.  We strive to always “honor the game.”

 

Guidelines for Honoring the Game

 

The key to preventing adult misbehavior in youth sports is a youth sports culture in which all involved "Honor the Game." Honoring the Game gets to the ROOTS of the matter and involves respect for the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and one's Self. You don't bend the rules to win. You understand that a worthy opponent is a gift that forces you to play to your highest potential. You show respect for officials even when you disagree. You refuse to do anything that embarrasses your team. You live up to your own standards even if others don't. Here are ways that parents can create a positive youth sports culture so that children will have fun and learn positive character traits to last a lifetime.

Before the Game:

  1. Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do.

  2. Tell your child before each game that you are proud of her regardless of how well she plays.

During the Game:

  1. Fill your children's "Emotional Tank" through praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best.

  2. Don't give instructions to your child during the game. Let the coach correct player mistakes.

  3. Cheer good plays by both teams (this is advanced behavior!)

  4. Mention good calls by the official to other parents.

  5. If an official makes a "bad" call against your team? Honor the Game—BE SILENT!

  6. If another parent on your team yells at an official? Gently remind him or her to Honor the Game.

  7. Don't do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game. Ask yourself, "Will this embarrass my child or the team?"

  8. Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.

After the Game:

  1. Thank the officials for doing a difficult job for little or no pay.

  2. Thank the coaches for their commitment and effort.

  3. Don't give advice. Instead ask your child what she thought about the game and then LISTEN. Listening fills Emotional Tanks.

  4. Tell your child again that you are proud of her, whether the team won or lost.

Taken from the Positive Coaching Alliance http://www.positivecoach.org/subcontent.aspx?id=2446

 

 

Marblehead Girls Youth Lacrosse and the Overscheduled Player:


In recent years, MGYL has seen a growing number of overscheduled players. Some players are involved in 3 or more sports during the spring season in addition to their school work and other additional extracurricular activities. As a result, we have more players who have overuse type injuries, who are exhausted when they arrive at practices and games, and who come to practices and games with little time for warm-up because they have rushed to the field from a prior event. Many youth sports seasons now overlap and run into each other with no break. A number of sports at the youth level have become year-round or close to year-round activities. MGYL feels strongly that it is important for a player’s physical and mental well-being that they have downtime.

 

MGYL requires players to attend at least one of two practices each week. If players miss more than one practice a week, it may limit their playing time in games at the discretion of the team coach. This requirement is to provide fairness to players who regularly attend practices. Players who do not regularly attend practice then lag behind others in lacrosse skill development and miss important individual and team lacrosse concepts introduced by our coaches during the season. This not only negatively affects a player, but also negatively impacts his/her team. Players can’t count on their teammate to be there at practices and games. Coaches also are affected because it is difficult to plan practices, count on full rosters for games, and instill many life lessons such as commitment and teamwork.

 

Therefore, MGYL urges parents and players to pause before registering for the upcoming season. Please review your player’s spring schedule and her commitments and make sure that your player can attend the majority of the games and a minimum of one practice per week. We would be happy to discuss further the MGYL player attendance requirements and expectations with parents as necessary prior to registration. 

 

As always, MGYL appreciates the support from our parents and realizes that overscheduling has become an issue with many families, but we want to help you understand its impact on the player, his/her team, and the commitment that MGYL asks of each player.