As our spring season draws near I wanted our Mom’s and Dad’s to understand a little different part of the game and how to feel about seeing your son get checked with a stick.
I have seen many things in our beloved-ed game. I used to hear people say ” I can hit that kid with the stick” or “I love this game, it’s just like Football with sticks”. I detest comments like these because that is not what the game is about.
Growing up as the youngest of four boys and in a neighborhood of thirty or so boys in a two block radius I got roughed up quite a bit. My oldest brother would pound my second oldest brother who would pound my third oldest brother who would pound me. This was a daily occurrence in our house as well as the Sunday afternoon boxing matches in our garage where our Dad played referee. My Mom hated it and refused to watch and my Dad’s response was “the boys need to learn how to protect themselves”. I always wondered about my big sister who never had to strap on the gloves… How come she did not need to know how to protect herself. I love my sister dearly but boy I would have loved to get a few punches in. Those were sure different times.
Today there is more structure growing up and more social awareness of rough housing.
In the game of lacrosse you will see players get pushed, slashed, tripped and cross checked. All of these are fouls in the game of lacrosse but sometimes the officials do not see every infraction and the call is not made. As a coach and parent you worry about your players as well as your children. No one wants to see a player injured. That being said Lacrosse is a very rough game and these infractions will occur regardless of the official.
All of our coaches are instructed to teach the proper fundamentals to each and every player as well as penalties. We are always looking to help make sure the game is safer for all of our players.
The link below from the Georgia High School Officials Association has some great videos of the rules and fouls that occur in a game. This is a tremendous resource if you would like to learn more about the game.
I try to tell young kids and older players that you will get pushed, slashed, tripped and cross checked and you have to deal with it. This is what I call being “tough enough”. All to often we want to retaliate or question the official. The best course of action is to walk away and keep playing hard. That’s what a gamer does (please understand, I am not talking about a video gamer). A gamer is someone that plays aggressive hard nosed lacrosse and never gives up constantly pushing himself and his teammates to succeed.
Every child/player is different. Some players are more aggressive than others. So when you are watching your child play and you see him get roughed up a little, don’t get on him for not being tough. Let him understand that you just need to be “tough enough”
The web site below is a humorous way of describing roughhousing and how important it is for children.
I wish my parents had this resource when I was growing up it would have saved me several trips to the emergency room.
See ya on the field,