Hello 2017 K-2 Webster Players and Parents,
Our first day of Lacrosse is fast approaching! We hope you're as excited as we are to shed winter (and all of these cold snowy days) and get to spring and the fastest growing team sport in America!
Opening day of K-2 Spring Lacrosse is Monday, April 10. For the beginning of the season, practice days and times are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Dewitt Rd School.
As we get a little further into the season, practice will stay at Dewitt on Wednesdays but we will play games on Mondays at the Ridgecrest fields (fields behind “The Box”) The games on Mondays will be in “The Box” and on “The Fields”. Games will be at 6 PM, 7 PM. The teams and game schedule will be posted as we get closer or just after the start of the season.
In regards to the weather, it is likely the first week or two will be chilly so please make sure your son has appropriate clothing for the weather. Long sleeves clothing and pants are recommended. If for any reason the weather is unacceptable during the practice, we may end a little early.
Also, if the weather forecast or the current weather for that day does not look favorable, I will try to make a “go or cancellation” decision by 4 PM that day. Please look for communications to come in your email or check the scrolling banner on the WLC page for any updates to that days practice (when the weather is questionable). You can always contact me with questions regarding the status as well.
Lacrosse Team Details:
Teams will be formed and communicated (and posted online) as we get closer to the season or just after the start of the season. We will evaluate skills and try to make the teams as even as possible so we have fair competitive play, equal opportunity, and a fun experience all around. We feel this is the best way to introduce or continue to develop the skills and confidence of each child.
The goals of our K-2 youth lacrosse program are to:
1. Teach players the fundamentals of the game while honoring it's deep tradition
2. Enable all players to participate equally during practice and games
3. Teach concepts of sportsmanship, teamwork, respect, and inclusion to all players
4. Make it a positive experience for all players and ensure all players have FUN!
5. Have a safe practice environment for everyone
The 4th goal is the most important as these players are young and have tons of potential in the sport. So if we make it fun the kids will want to come back next season. And that's what youth sports is all about, the kids. Our club philosophy is to make the experience educational, competitive and fun. If we achieve all of them, we all win.
We do lots of station work (especially in the beginning of the season) to focus on the skills and fundamentals of the sport. Lacrosse is a unique game in that you are using a stick to catch, throw, cradle, and more. There are many motor skills involved, so we try to break down each skill into fun learning stations and as we go week to week, we build upon the skills we are learning.
As we get a little further into the season (typically a few weeks in), we start to incorporate scrimmages and games (in the box and the fields). This is great time for the kids as well as the opportunity to put all that we have learned into action, all while continuing to learn more and have fun.
Expectations of our coaches are to:
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First, I would like to say thanks you to all of our coaches and volunteers. You are all instrumental in making our program a success. This is all completely voluntary, so we appreciate your help and dedication to this great sport and program.
1. Be prepared each practice with a plan and have a whistle
2. Teach fundamentals and game concepts to all players
3. Provide equal touches and game time to all players
4. Teach sportsmanship, teamwork and respect (by word and example)
5. Focus on making the experience fun for all
6. Always take the time to praise the positive
7. Correct mistakes in a positive way (body language and verbal communication are significant)
We will be focusing on a lot of station work this year. Station assignments and practice plans for each station will be communicated weekly. The goals of the station are:
1. Build on the fundamentals from week to week
2. Focus on the skills and maximize the number of touches each kids has.
3. Have all coaches and volunteers involved in the stations
4. Practice plans will be sent out, so if you signed up to coach or volunteer, you should see your name next to a team and station.
5. If at any time you have a question, please feel free to email me.
We as coaches have such a privilege to work with these boys at a time that they are getting started on their Lacrosse Journey. We need to make it a positive and fun experience. Some great points to keep in mind:
1. Praise more than correct.
2. Be that coach that kids want to come up to when they see you at Wegman’s.
3. Be influential, not the last coach that kids have!
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
If anyone else would like to coach, volunteer, or help in any manor, please let me know. We can always use extra help during the season.
Helping with stations, setup, backing up errand passes, helping with game and scrimmage substitutions, etc… are just some of the ways to help. Just let me know if you would like to join in the fun and I am sure myself or one of the other coaches would welcome the addition.
Expectations of parents are to:
- Bring water for your son. A water bottle that has a straw to fit through the helmet works best, but any water bottle will do.
- Ensure your son has all his gear each practice (Helmet, Gloves, Shoulder Pads, and Elbow Pads) – Safety is very important, so at any time your son is on the field, he should have all of his equipment on – properly.
3. Ensure your son has a protective cup and mouthpiece and uses them.
4. Bring appropriate attire for the weather conditions.
5. Be on time and prepared so we can start practice on time.
6. Stay present during practice.
7. Keep a positive attitude on the sideline. Remember the coaches are volunteers and the players are just kids.
Equipment and Pinnies
As mentioned above, all kids should must be be fully equipped (all equipment on) when entering the practice or game fields, including the box.
I had a few questions in the past about wearing cleats or sneakers. Either is fine and it really depends on what your son is comfortable in. The kids are not really running and cutting that significantly so there is no real need for them to wear cleats. Although in the beginning of the season when the ground is still soft, wet, and sometimes muddy, cleats may help. Overall, I would say what is comfortable for them is good.
If you need to rent equipment (helmet, gloves, arm and shoulder pads) there is an additional rental cost of $25.00. Equipment rental pickup will be held on TBD at "The Shed" located next to the Box on Ebner Drive.
Also, all players are required to have a reversible pinney with a dark and light side. If you don't have one and would like to purchase a WLC pinney for $15 and can be picked up during equipment piclup.
Teams, Schedules, and other information
Schedule and team information will be posted on the WLC website under that same tab called “K-2 Program” and then you can select the team or schedule pages. Here is where you can check what team your son is on and the schedule for the entire season.
Practice at home or watch instructional videos
Some great practice opportunities are right at home. Kids can practice cradling with a lacrosse ball or tennis ball in their stick for a few minutes a day and that can make a tremendous difference. I personally suggest about 10-15 minutes a day of just cradling around the yard. If you have an area they can throw the ball, have them practice that as well. For a more advanced ways to practice, playing “wall ball” is probably the single best practice technique any player of any ability can do. It basically involves throwing a ball against a wall and catching it. You can eventually add more advanced techniques to it, but just the basic throw and catch against a wall is fantastic.
We also have a great custom built “Wall” that you can practice on at any time. Just visit the The Box location and you can’t miss it.
If you would like any additional practice ideas or techniques, please ask and we would be happy to suggest some things.
You can also search YouTube for any other lacrosse type videos to see, instructions, games, highlights, practice techniques, and just about anything. Sometimes watching the college and pros play and practice is a great way to spark interest, learn skills, and just get excited about lacrosse.
Travel / Tournament Team
For those who have not played on the travel team before, it is in addition to the WLC K-2 Season (the House league). We will travel and play in several local lacrosse tournaments including our very own Webster Classic. This is an amazing experience for the young lacrosse player and really helps build a great team spirit and team unity as well as continue to build on the fundamentals of lacrosse while playing in real games and having a great time.
This opportunity is open to 1st and 2nd graders and it is suggested that the player have at least one year experience.
There are additional practice sessions (usually on Saturdays) and the local tournaments are typically Saturdays and Sundays and the teams will play in several games on the day of the tournaments. Parents and coaches help coordinate the events and bring food, snacks, and drinks for all, so everyone involved has a great time and can even relax between games before rooting their kids on as they take the field to play against other teams and schools.
Cost: TBD -- This is a one-time charge that covers all tournaments that we play.
In addition, new players would need to order a Jersey and Shorts. Shooter Shirts are optional. Cost for each is $35 and to be honest, it is a very cool design that all the kids (and their competition love). Uniform fitting will take place during the first travel team practice schedule for: TBD
I am truly looking forward to the start of the season as well as a great overall spring session of lacrosse. Watching this kids grow in this sport is an amazing experience and something we should all be proud of.
If at any time anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Webster Lacrosse Club K-2 Program Director
Cell/Text: (585) 259-0995