The Collier County Lacrosse Association (“CCLA”)
Philosophy of Play
CCLA's primary purpose is to promote the game of lacrosse in a safe and sportsmanlike environment. CCLA wants kids to grow up playing a game of speed, position, and finesse. The goal is to conduct all of our activities in a fun, puposeful manner that will set an example of good sportsmanship and excellent competition for our youth players.
CCLA advocates Heart and Hustle, respect for all participants with a focus on teamwork.
Accordingly, the following goals and policies are adopted:
1. Our goal is to teach and promote the game of lacrosse, skill development, sportsmanship, and to honor the game.
2. Design grade-level programs focused on teaching fundamental and advanced level skills and promoting skill-appropriate competition.
3. Engaging the community’s volunteerism including, but not limited to, parents, lacrosse professionals, and experienced high school players, to teach, coach and referee the scrimmages and games.
We believe children should have the opportunity to experience more than one sport while they are young. Lacrosse is a distinctly Spring sport. Our coaches operate on fairness. No player will be “benched” for an entire game for not making a full commitment to lacrosse, but fair is fair, and players should not expect to play a lot if they haven’t been to practices, no matter how skilled they are. We ask that if your child has more than one commitment in the spring, please clearly communicate to your coach ahead of time when and if your child will miss a practice or game.
Playing time is not equal. We do not count plays or minutes played. Each coach determines substitutions and rotation of players. Lacrosse is a social sport. It's about children and families and teamwork and having a great time. As parents, it's your responsibility to make sure your child is having fun. Be positive about your child's participation. Encourage. Support. Volunteer. Listen. Pay attention to your child's progress. Remind you child, and yourself, that winning isn't everything. As your child's coaches, it's our responsibility to do the same, while providing quality instruction, emphasizing solid fundamentals, teamwork, sportsmanship, and an overall appreciation of the game.