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You Have To Ask

When NFL star Peyton Manning was growing up, his day, Archie Manning, a former NFL great, used to say, "If you want to learn to be a quarterback, I'll teach you.  But you have to ask."

Peyton asked again and again. And because his dad never pressured him to practice or learn more about football, it was fun for him.

When children feel in control of their own development, they are more likely to have full Emotional Tanks.

Fill your child's E-Tank by putting them in charge of their own development as athletes.  Let your children know you are willing to give them advice if they ask for it, but they need to ask you.

Then... and this is the hard part... don't offer it unless they ask!


adapted from The Double-Goal Coach by Jim Thompson
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To assist parents and players in understanding the sport of lacrosse, the Canadian Lacrosse Association has developed the Parents and Players Guide to Lacrosse.  This guide will provide you with general information to help your child get the most out of participating in lacrosse.  As a parent, you will:

1.  understand how this truly 'Canadian game' is played;

2.  grasp the basic skills;

3.  comprehend what your child needs to fully enjoy playing the sport;

4.  find out where you can obtain further information on programs and competitions.

Lacrosse is about having fun.  As a parent you can play a vital role in the development of your child while having fun.  Be positive about your child's participation.  Encourage. Support.  Volunteer.  Listen.  Pay attention to your child's progress.  Be a positive role model.  Remind your child, and yourself, that winning isn't everything.

Link CLA Parent/Player Guide

Parent/Player Resources

The Canadian Lacrosse Association has many resources that can assist both parents and players in the game of Lacrosse.  Within this area you will find information on player nutrition; fairplay within the sport; starting a new club; and so much more.

Link CLA Parent/Player Resources


To excel in any sport, athletes must develop and then continually practice various skills. Initially, athletes spend countless hours developing their physical, technical, and tactical skills required by their particular sport. Lacrosse players typically improve their physical and endurance; work on cradling, shooting and stick skills; and learn defensive and offensive strategies. After an athlete has become competent at these sorts of skills, performance in both practice and competition will be enhanced if psychological skills are used.

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The Debrief
There was a family with seven children and the parents couldn't attend all of their kids' sporting events.  When a child came home after a game, the father would ask:
"What was the most fun today?"
"What worked well?"
"What didn't work well?"