Groton Dunstable Youth Lacrosse

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Coaching Philosophy
Our organization is committed to the Principals of 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 has only one goal – to win. A Positive Coach shares that goal (wants to win) but has 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 to 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.
 Principle: Redefining Winner
To help our children get the most out of competitive sports, we need to redefine what it means to be a “winner”. Winners are people who: make maximum effort, continue to learn and improve, and refuse to let mistakes stop them.
Principle: Filling the Emotional Tank
Like 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.  
 Principle: Honoring the Game
Honoring the Game gets to the ROOTS of positive play, where ROOTS stands for respect for: Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and one’s Self. 
 Goals and Hopes for the Season
1. Every athlete will enjoy the sport throughout the season.
2. Every athlete’s skills and tactical knowledge of the sport will improve.
3. Every athlete will get chances to test himself in game situations.
4. Every athlete will want to play the sport again next year.
5. The parents will enjoy the season as much as the athletes.
US Lacrosse Parents Youth Parents Guide
This is the official guide from US Lacrosse and contains everything you need to know about the game of lacrosse at the youth level:
Lacrosse Equipment
Lacrosse equipment is highly customizable and subject to personal preference.  Here is a nice basic guide that does a nice job listing various pieces of equipment with relevant details:
There are numerous sites on the internet dedicated to lacrosse equipment and apparel, as with any online shopping interaction be certain that you are dealing with a reputable seller.  For local shops, the following have been proven to be knowledgeable resources:
  • Lacrosse Loft - Wilmington
  • Hit the Net - Store in Acton
  • Brine's Sporting Goods - Stores in Concord and Sudbury
  • Lacrosse Unlimited - Burlington and Wellesley
Indoor practice starts the first weekend in March! See detailed schedule listed below. GIRLS LEAGUE: UNIFORMS: The U13 and U15 girls have new uniforms and everyone will be required to purchase the new uniform. The U15 girls that plalyed last year already have the new uniforms so you dont have to order new ones. The old uniforms will no longer be used. Beginning January 1, 2020, all protective eyewear must be SEI certified to the current ASTM lacrosse standard F3077 in order to be regarded as legal for play. The product listing for SEI certified models is available here. USL Memo on Girls’ Lacrosse Eyewear Compliance