Philosophy For Grades 3-4
The goal of 3/4 lacrosse is to continue to develop a passion for the sport of lacrosse by focusing on further development of the fundamentals – passing, catching and ground balls. We will also spend time building stick skills with both hands and increasing “Lacrosse IQ”.
Practices will be designed where approximately 33% of the time is spent on foundational skill training (and instruction) and 67% will be focused on fun activities, games, scrimmaging, and simulations of game situations.
Girls are encouraged to play fearless and take chances. To this end, there is absolutely, positively no focus on winning or outcomes. This is not a cliché – it is the foundation of how youth sports should be played. Teamwork, sportsmanship and supporting each other like a lacrosse family will be at the center of everything we do.
Parents are encouraged not to measure success by wins or number of goals scored. Here are the questions coaches will repeatedly ask and parents should reinforce these on the car ride home from practice and games:
- What was the bravest thing you did/tried to do today?
- How did you help a teammate out?
- What areas did you improve the most in today?
- How can I help you get better?
Asking these types of questions can really help your child improve as a player by shifting their focus to development as opposed to individual accomplishments.
As a rule, “playing up” a grade is not allowed. Loveland Lacrosse is already a 2-grade sport, so allowing kids to play on an older team means they could be facing girls several years older. There are, however, circumstances that may require it as a last case resort.
- First, anyone “playing up” must practice with and prioritize their own grade level. We do not allow playing up under any circumstance simply to accommodate a schedule. Additionally, our opponents want their experienced players to compete against kids of equal ability, and if ours are playing on an older team, we have disrupted the balance unilaterally.
- Second, there must be < 10 girls (as lacrosse is 7v7 at the 3rd/4th grade level) available in the corresponding grades available to play before we would allow anyone younger to join. 3rd and 4th Grade girls need as much time as possible on the field to prepare them for their impending rise to 5/6 lacrosse, where checking is introduced.
Girls Playing Multiple Sports
Loveland Lacrosse encourages and is committed to girls playing multiple sports. For 9 months a year, girls are 100% free of any lacrosse commitments or obligations. During our very brief season, however, we do ask everyone to make a concentrated effort to attend all practices and games. This helps the girls gain confidence in their skills and increases their chances of enjoying the sport. ***However, Girls who are available for games will play equally regardless of their ability to participate in practices.
- Practices start mid-February
- Practices are scheduled for 2 evenings a week for 1 hour each
- Practices are held in Loveland
- Games will begin early March and end before Memorial Day
- There will be a tournament added April or May
- Games are typically played on Saturdays between 8AM and 5PM
- Please arrive 30 minutes early for games
- Most early season games are played at away locations on turf fields
- Home Games are played at Home of the Brave Park
- Arrive early enough so we can start on time
- Bring water – there is no water at the practice field
- Do not forget your equipment – you cannot practice without a mouth guard and goggles and I do not carry extras
- All parents will receive an invitation to “Teamsnap”
- All communication will be run thru this app, so please make sure to fill out your information as detailed as possible and sign up for “alerts”
- Please make sure to update your child’s availability in the app ASAP for practices and no later than Tuesday evenings (of game weeks) for games.
- Weekly team assignments and lineups are created on Wednesdays and girls not marked as available may get left off a team.
- Regulation, full length GIRLS’ stick
- Approved goggles
- Mouth guard – no designs on mouth guard – 1 color only (NOT white)
- Most girls prefer cleats (soccer cleats are fine though they do sell lacrosse-specific pairs)
- Equipment can be purchased at Velocity Lacrosse (West Chester), Play it Again Sports (go early or it’s gone) and most major sporting goods retailers.
Games are 7v7 (plus a goalie) and played on a shortened field. We play:
- 1 Goalie
- 3 Middies
- 2 Defenders
- 2 Attacking Players
In most games, girls will play one half at attack and one at defense. Middies may stay in the same spot the entire game. Girls will play a variety of positions throughout the season to ensure maximum exposure and understanding of the entire game. We do not assign positions at this level.
The biggest differences between K-2 and 3/4 are the size of the field and the introduction of a goalie.
Loveland Lacrosse fully supports the US Sportsmanship initiative demanding all rules, opponents, officials, teammates be treated with respect. Our first objective is to be known as the classiest and most respectful organization in town.
“Blue Cards” will be given to any parent acting contrary our beliefs which will serve as a warning. Subsequent behavior will result in removal from the game or even termination of the event.