|Suzanne Tokar||Girls Director||girlsdir at parklandposse dot com|
Girls Vision - In each girls division we want to promote the enjoyment of the game and challenge our athletes to grow in self-confidence, skill and competition. The coach's goals will change slightly by division:
Novice - Kids are enjoying the game but feel challenged to improve their individual technical skills and begin to have an understanding of team systems.
Peewee - Kids are enjoying the game but feel challenged to improve their individual technical skills and demonstrate an understanding of team systems. Coaches are encouraged to work with the Posse Coaching curriculum to ensure they are teaching transferable skills and utilizing drills that will serve as a foundation to build from in Bantam/Midget.
Bantam - Players will be exposed to a more physical level of competition in Bantam. Given the physicality, the coach's goals should continue to promote enjoyment of the game but also include individual technical skill development, team systems and some form of dryland strength and endurance training. Coaches are encouraged to work with the Posse Coaching curriculum to ensure they are teaching transferable skills and utilizing drills that will serve as a foundation to build from in Midget.
Midget - Players in Midget will be challenged to play a fast-paced, physical style of lacrosse. The coach's goals should continue to promote enjoyment of the game but also include technical skill development, Team systems and some form of dryland strength and endurance training. Coaches are encouraged to work with the Posse Coaching curriculum to ensure they are teaching transferable skills and utilizing drills that will serve as a foundation for continued success in Junior.
**As in all levels of play, the ultimate measure of a coach is not the win/loss record, but athlete retention; where all players return to register the following season.
Team costs should be planned for in a team budget and agreed to by the parents. Collecting seed money or fundraising to cover tournament fees etc. is acceptable but funds should be deposited to a bank account opened for the team. Families are not obligated to participate in tournaments or any additional fundraising beyond their registration fee so it is important to present a proposed plan at your parent meeting early in the season to gain support. All parents must sign off on the budget at the outset of the season, with copy sent to division director, and again at the conclusion of the season. Any leftover seed money must be returned to the members by July 30th and a final copy of the budget forwarded to the division director. Any funds remaining after the seed money has been paid back to parents; becomes the property of the Parkland Posse Lacrosse Association and a check clearing your account should be turned over to the Posse Treasurer by July 30th.
Coaches and bench staff require different coaching credentials at each level of play. It is the volunteer's responsibility to complete the required course and the subsequent workbook before the end of the playing season. More information on coaching requirements can be found on our website.
Managers should familiarize themselves with all the information on our website.
Although the minimum requirements can be found on the equipment page of our website we strongly recommend that by the time a player reaches Bantam/Midget they have now invested in lacrosse specific padding/equipment which provides superior protection than the oft used hockey/ringette gear.
Goalie selection/development - The ALA LTAD supports players committing to the position of goalie at Novice and the Parkland Posse will supply goalie gear up until a player graduates to Bantam.
Development tactics for Novice goalies:
- Understanding the 5 shooter angles
- Centering themselves in the net, completing a post check after each shot
- Stand tall, shoulders back and step out to block the net
- Shooters must avoid head shots (will create flinching and fear of the ball)
Development tactics for Peewee goalies:
- Outlet passing, short and long throws
- Aggressive to bring in loose balls, command their crease
- Understanding of delayed penalties, running to the bench
- Ownership of communication in their zone, leadership for defenders, alerting teammates to ball location
As an association, we are hoping to see every one of these players commit to lacrosse as their spring sport. As such, we place a priority on trying to keep friends together year after year and honor such requests as best we can. If girls are coming from ringette we would entertain importing a whole team together to help us grow our program. Team sizes are subject to GELC guidelines:
Novice - Midget rosters of 12-18 runners, with 2 goalies are permitted.