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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.    


(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.      

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