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The Role of Parents

You, the parent, are equally as important to your child’s positive lacrosse experience as
the coach of the team. In order for your child to get the most out of playing lacrosse, it
is important that you do the following:

1. Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in
his/her team. Positive reinforcement encourages learning and fun. Research has
shown that a ratio of 5 positive statements (compliments, positive recognition) for
each negative statement (criticisms, corrections) is ideal for helping athletes do their
best. Try to maintain a 5:1 ratio in your comments to your child.

2. Attend games whenever possible. If you cannot attend, ask how your child did,
not whether the team won or lost. Some questions that you might ask before asking
about the final score include: “Did you try as hard as you could? Did you have fun?
Did you learn anything today that might make you a better player in the future?”

3. Be a positive role model by displaying good sportsmanship at all times to
coaches, officials, opponents and your child’s teammates. “Honoring the Game” is
an important part of what US Lacrosse stands for. Help us by honoring the game in
your behavior as a spectator.

4. Let your child set his own goals and play the game for himself. Be your child’s
“home court advantage” by giving him or her your unconditional support regardless
of how well he or she performs.

5. Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is
playing. Use positive reinforcement with your child’s coach. Let the coach know
when he or she is doing a good job.

6. Respect the decisions of the referee or umpire. This is an important part of
honoring the game. Your child will pay more attention to how you act than to what
you say.

7. Read the rulebook. A full understanding of the rules will help you enjoy the game
and educate others.

8. Get to know who is in charge. Meet with the leadership of the program to
discuss topics such as cost, practice and game scheduling, insurance coverage,
emergency procedures, etc.

9. Get involved. Volunteer.

10. Sit back and enjoy the game. Remember, lacrosse is played for FUN.



A great way to support your child’s lacrosse experience is by becoming a volunteer for
the lacrosse program. Volunteers are always need to do the following:

• Ask the the coach what help is needed
• Bring healthy snacks for players, keep water bottles full
• See if players/coaches need sunblock
• Keep score
• Run the clock
• Line the fields
• Manage equipment
• Chaperone trips
• Organize a booster club and manage booster activities
• Organize coach and player clinics
• Hold cookouts and social events
• Organize carpooling to practices and games
• Assist during registration night!
• Photograph players and games
• Create a yearbook or program
• Take children to lacrosse games and events