CYL COACHES MANUAL Revised 3/1/12 CYL MISSION STATEMENT At practice (L2P, CYL School, etc…) our goal is to get every player as many “touches” as possible. CYL School (indoor) is intended for individual skill building (ball in stick as much as possible in 60 minutes) and L2P (outdoor field) is focused on team skill building in ‘small games’ (2v2, 3v2, 3v3, 4v3, etc…).
CYL COACHING GOLDEN RULE Coach as if it were your own child
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF CYL COACHING 1.) Safety first, enforce the rules. Players are never too young to learn them. 2.) Respect, mentor, discipline and earn the trust of every player 3.) Give respect, expect respect, and respect all officials, coaches and players 4.) Coach each player on their level, not your own. 5.) If you ever find yourself not having fun, step back, and remember your youth 6.) Keep it simple, keep it repetitive (progressive intensity) and keep it fun 7.) Remember the game is easy; catching, passing, shooting, groundballs are difficult 8.) You play a role in every athletes life you coach – leave a lasting positive impression 9.) Never forget how lucky we are to have played, coach and been part of this game 10.) Stress the fundamentals every practice and every game Groundballs A.) Two hands on GB’s, butts down, bring ball/stick to ear B.) Get low directly over the ball, run through ball not to it C.) Front foot forward next to ground ball, using body to protect stick Passing/Catching A.) Catch the ball like it’s an egg or water balloon -‐ soft hands B.) Throw with legs and body, deliver the stick with the arms C.) No alligator arms on throwing or shooting (elbows up) Stick Protection A.) Stress stick protection (one/two handed), minimize hard/power cradling B.) Players body is always between stick/ball and defender C.) Accelerate through check, never slow down D.) Stick is protected by body and kept in tight, parallel to spine Shooting A.) Shoot in lacrosse just like you throw/pitch a baseball (w/ body, step to) B.) Shoot with the legs and body, step and drive to target C.) No alligator arms, get elbows up, keep stick up D.) Overhand & 3/4 shots only
KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL LACROSSE COACHING THE FOUR LAWS OF LEARNING 1.) Explanation 2.) Demonstration 3.) Imitation (correction when necessary) 4.) Repetition SAFETY AND RULES! stick is never a weapon, support your fellow player, never push from behind, there is no hitting body to body (boxing out is good!), and no raking/trapping a groundball! EQUIPMENT CHECK! every player is properly equipped (or they don’t play, period), check sticks, make sure stringing is good for throwing/shooting, is the coach wearing a smile? STICKS UP, ALL THE TIME (ALWAYS)! when passing, when catching, when shooting, when receiving a pass, and, anytime not picking up a groundball! TWO HANDS ON THE STICK! when passing, when catching, when shooting, when receiving a pass, and, when picking up a groundball! MAKE IT PERSONAL! correct the little things, form good habits now, don’t wait, give 30 seconds of undivided attention to each player at every practice, show your love for the game to the kids, and they’ll love it too! CYL SCHOOL (Indoor) vs. LEARN 2 PLAY (L2P, Outdoor) CYL School is focused on individual skill building: Groundballs, ball possession/dodging, carrying stick, shooting, using both hands, etc… Learn 2 Play, or ‘Small Game Scenarios’ use the whistle/freeze technique (players are instructed to ‘freeze’ on the whistle, coach teach esfor 30 – 45 seconds, and then game resumes. Coaches are to leave the crazy adult world behind at every practice, be a kid again! ALWAYS HAVE FUN.
BOYS, K – 5th GRADE COACH INSERT
(use discretion for 6th and older, make sure they are aware this is a game of speed and skill first) Due to the newness that so many of our young players are to this game all CYL Learn 2 Play Programming, there is to be absolutely no body checking. RULES -‐No body checking (this DOES NOT include “boxing out”, “screening/picking”, etc.. For GB’s, picking off ball, etc...) -‐Immediate 2 minute non-‐releasable penalty to any player (K – 8th) who “takes a run at an opponent”, hits opponent with elbow, any hit to the head or below the hips or reckless swinging of the stick -‐Immediate review of legal checking in the game of lacrosse – At this level we only want to see “boxing out”, screen/picks, poke checks -‐Remind the players every day that this is a game of speed and skill, not “knock your opponents block off” Unwritten Rule of CYL Coaching: -‐A small rule that should help in avoiding long standing GB’s that the girls game has – wish the boys had this same rule – ABSOLUTELY NO TRAPPING/COVERING/RAKING of the ball – this to many times sets a kid up to get hit. Stress running through the ball and if it turns into a rugby scrum, blow the whistle and get the ball moving, using alternating possession. Lacrosse is a physical game but that will come in time, let’s continue to focus on the 10 Commandments of CYL and specifically #10 of the list. CYL wants to stress the skill it takes to play this game, not the kids who come to hit somebody. Don’t hesitate to pull a player out of the game immediately if you think he’s playing opposite of what this game and CYL wants to see.
LEARNING/GROWING PAINS OF CYL (examples) This is hard to share, but the coaches mentioned below are still coaching with us today as we are always learning, and we can continue to learn from one another.
Concern #1: I have been to 4 of the 5 practices. 2 of 4 were run well and that is when all 3 have helped (which they do some times). Today, not only weren't they instructing they were not even helping to organize things. They spent most of the time taking practice shots and talking by themselves. The problem if they are not helping then the reps are few and far between. Your older kids coaches look much more organized as all 3-‐4 coaches are helping and giving instruction.... We won't be at the last practice, but I thought you should get some feedback. Concern #2: My son is in the Monday night L2P class at Diversey Park. This is my son's first class and for the most part, it has been very enjoyable. He plays hockey in the winter and this is a great summer sport for him. However, yesterday's class as well as parts of others, I have been a little disappointed in the lack of professionalism shown by some of the coaches. Some of the coaches seem more interested in practicing their own lacrosse skills rather than assist the younger players. There are 3 coaches helping the 6 and 7 year olds but only 1 of them is actively engaged with the kids. I have to point out that the 1 coach is very good. But he can't do it all by himself. In general, this has been a positive experience but it could have been far better if some of the coaches could give the kids their undivided attention. Thank u for your attention. Concern #3: I wanted to voice my concern about 2 of the coaches at the learn 2 play classes at Diversey field on Monday nights at 6pm. Let me preface with the fact that I understand these are 5 and 6 year olds, and their attention spans and skills are minimal. I'm not expecting huge skill gains or complex drills, I just want my son to enjoy lacrosse and start to learn a little about the game. XYZ first picked up a stick a month ago, so I understand it's hard to teach at the very beginning, and my husband plays with him several times a week also, but it's not his lack of skills I'm concerned about. My son is in the above class with the K-‐1st grade boys. Two of his coaches, Ben? and the other brunette (very short brown hair, broad build) are great. They are involved with the kids, trying to adjust their form for throwing and catching and handling the stick, and actually coaching. Now the other two coaches (i'm sorry i never got their names, but it's the tall thin blonde and the redhead) are honestly often setting bad examples for the kids. They check their phones frequently, don't get involved with the kids and just let the other 2 coaches run practice. Last night, they were off the side practicing golf swings with their lacrosse sticks and chatting with each other for the majority of the class. Now I have trouble keeping my son somewhat focused on hot summer nights at lacrosse after a full day of camp. XYZ often wants to drag his stick around or tries to use it as a light saber with the other boys as he's waiting his turn for drills. I have implored him to keep his stick up and ready and only use it for lacrosse skills, but when two of his coaches are goofing off with their sticks that's a tough lesson to enforce. If the guys don't want to teach young kids, which I understand is not easy, or they aren't invested in coaching, then the kids would be better off with just the other two coaches. It also makes it less fun for the kids b/c the group is big for 1-‐2 coaches to teach. It would be so much more fun for the kids if they could be running more than one drill at once or split them into smaller groups for man on man drills so that they're not just waiting in line and bored (which happens very easily when you're only 6 y/o.) The group drills run more smoothly, but again it's tough for the involved coaches to actually teach/correct/help any individual kids. My two sons have been in numerous different sports classes (soccer, tae kwon do, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc) and this is the first time my husband or I have ever had concerns. The other classes have also broken down the skills more simply to the younger child so that they can build a good foundation for the sport or made games out of the individual skills. For example, it's great to have the kids throw and catch with each other, but the newer players need specific pointers and corrections, often many times over, in order to learn a complex sport like lacrosse. The two good coaches try to do this, the other two just fetch balls and watch. I hate to see any of the kids become frustrated b/c they're so new to the sport and can't get the gist of the skills. I'm NOT expecting private coaching, I just want all the coaches there to do their job.