Franklin Youth Girls Lacrosse Teams in grades 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th Franklin Recreation Department 150 Emmons Street Franklin, MA 02038 (508) 520-4909 http://www.franklin.ma.us/recreation
Agenda/Topics To Be Covered • History of Franklin Youth Girls Lacrosse • Who’s who: Coaches, players, parents • Goals of the program • Rules of the game • Equipment • Expectations • Practices • Games • Questions
History of Franklin Youth Girls Lacrosse • Started in 2001 with vacation clinics and summer programs through the Franklin Recreation Department. • In 2003, the Recreation Department ran a February & April vacation clinic with 11 girls stressing the importance of basic fundamentals. • That summer, we initiated the first team in Franklin Youth Lacrosse, 26 players taught by Laura Sanford of FHS. • In 2005 we joined the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League and enrolled one team at each level 62 players (3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th). In 2006, 72 girls participated • In 2007, we have 96 currently registered.
Who’s Who: Coaches, players, parents • Ryan Jette, Director of Recreation • Hank Versprille (5th & 6th Coach) Scott Anderson (5th & 6th Coach), Lindsey Kirshe (7th & 8th Coaches), Roger Jette, Steve Ellin, Jim Edgehill, Michael Adiletto, Keith Kotifca (3rd & 4th Coaches) • Players are on the field to play. Please respect our coaches during practices and games. Parents are there to support the children. During games, we ask that parents enjoy the game respectfully from the bleachers. Not on the track. This is a league rule. • Referees and opposing players are to be treated with respect. Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated.
Goals of the program • Because we are teaching to a varying age group (7-14 years old), our goals will be different for each team. However, our goal for the entire program is to teach the game of lacrosse and have fun. Winning is important, but our athletes and the life lessons that present themselves in competitive sports will always be the highest priority. • We will teach the rules of the game, team work, sportsmanship, and respect. • We will try to become better players and coaches by dedicating ourselves to the team and to learning the game. • We will work as a team to achieve our common goals
Rules of the game • You should familiarize yourself with the girls rule book which can be found on http://www.lacrosse.org/ US Lacrosse website. • US lacrosse is the leader in promoting youth lacrosse at a fundamental and educational level. They fully support the beginner player and nurture their development. • Different rules will apply to different levels (ie: field size, number of players on the field, 3rd -6th grade does not allow stick checking) • Legal sticks (different from boys sticks) and protective eye wear are required by all players.
Equipment • As part of the program, we will provide all team equipment; nets, balls, goalie equipment, team bags, mouthpieces for players, etc. • Players equipment must be purchased separate. Sticks & eye protection (goggles). This equipment can be purchased through us or Commonwealth Lacrosse in Franklin. Gloves are optional. • Uniforms will be provided and may be kept after the season. • Jackets orders will be placed on request. • Cleats are recommended, but not necessary.
Expectations • We expect that all new players will fall in love with lacrosse after they experience a practice or game with a stick in their hand. • We expect all returning/experienced players will make every attempt to improve their skills and make themselves a better player as well as setting an example for the newer/young players. • We expect that other commitments (school work, religious commitments, family functions, etc.) may interfere with practices or games, but courtesy should be given to the coaches. • We expect that our players will have fun this season.
Practices • Practices will “officially” start on Thursday, February 27th. • Practices will be held every Tuesday & Thursday evening, 6:00-7:00 pm for U11 and 7:00-8:30 pm for U13/U15 • Practices will be held at the Franklin High School or Carpe Diem indoor facility at Aubuchon Hardware. • All teams will practice together (same field, same time) • We will consistently review the basic principles of lacrosse (cradling, ground balls, passing, shooting, aggressive defense). Repetitions are critical (craddling, ground balls, passing & catching, etc) • We will scrimmage intra-squad during late March.
Games • Games will begin on April 1st as Franklin will host the Metro-west Jamboree (24 teams) all day at Franklin High School • Our league scheduled games begin on April 15th. • All U11 games are 8 v 8, U13 & U15 are 12 v 12. • Home games will be played at Franklin High School and road games will be played in the Metro-west area. • We will play 1 game in the local Jamboree, 8 regular season games and 3 games at the MBGLL Jamboree at the end of the season. We may schedule games during weeknights throughout the year
Questions? • Any questions? • Equipment, schedule, rules, practices, games, coaching opportunities, team parent • We will be planning on attending a game at BU (preseason #3 nationally). Also, the NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held at BU Memorial Day weekend.