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Player Commitment



Lacrosse is a great game. It’s fast-paced, dynamic, and above all, fun to play. Lacrosse is also a team game and a game of skill that requires individual practice and individual commitment from all players to achieve team success. Every player’s experience on the Dulles South Lacrosse team should be rewarding and fun. We want all of our girls to finish the season loving lacrosse more than when the season started.  In order to achieve these positive experiences we expect the following from all players:

 

  1. Players play lacrosse because THEY want to play lacrosse.

  2. Players will be respectful towards themselves, all teammates, coaches, opponents, referees, spectators and anyone else that they may come in contact with during Dulles South Lacrosse events.

  3. Players are expected to be at practice dressed and ready to play, in full equipment, at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to scheduled practice time.

  4. Players must be at the field 45 minutes prior to the scheduled game time.

  5. All players are responsible to bring all of their equipment, (stick, goggles, mouth-guard, appropriate shoes and water).  If a player does not bring all of her equipment, the coaches will decide if that player plays that day.

  6. Players must bring their own water or sports drink, marked with their names, to all practices and games.

  7. Players are expected to give coaches 100% effort and attention at all times. Players who continually “fool around” during conditioning, practices or game situations will be excused from practice or participation in that game. A player who continues to violate this rule will lose their practice or game privileges for a specified or indefinite period of time based on a review or ruling by the lacrosse coaches.

  8. Players are encouraged to ask questions to the coaching staff during practice sessions. There are no stupid questions.

  9. Players will not throw any equipment in frustration. NO EXCEPTIONS. Players will “honor the game” and always practice good sportsmanship. We will not tolerate cheap-play or a player intentionally trying to injure another player. Fair, aggressive play, is encouraged.

  10. Players (not parents) are responsible for notifying their Head Coach if and why they are going to miss or be late for a practice or game. Players who repeatedly miss practices should not expect significant playing time.

     

    "AAA, AA, A" Team Commitment Expectations:

     

    1.  Players and their families will commit to making 90% of practices and games - including the first weekend of spring break. Absence for family and school obligations is permitted.  We understand, and fully support, that girls in our program are active in other sports, after school activities, music, dance, etc.  We ENCOURAGE every family's 'full-child' development efforts! There is more to life than sports. That said, a commitment to an A-team is a commitment to all rostered players on that team and their families that your daughter will place the spring season with Dulles South Lacrosse as her sports priority.  If she can not do so, there is a likelihood that she will see reduced playing time. This is not a punishment of the player or family. Far from it. Rather, teams will will be running certain plays and schemes that will require practice and use of a common language. If a player isn't at practice, they don't get the reps. Lacrosse is a team sport and no matter the amount of individual practice a player engages, they must spend time with the team to understand what the team is doing. It's that simple. By example, certain plays will be triggered based on where a player is on the field or a call that is made. We can't put a player who does not know the triggers on the field if they don't know what to do, or how their play may impact the outcome of a particular play or scheme. 

     

    2.  If a player can not, or does not want to commit to this, that's OK. They can play at a very high level on another team in their grade-level if this is their choice.

     

    3.  A-teams will be practicing 3x/week and attendance is tracked. We will work within the confines of the fields that Loudoun County provides and work very hard to have equitable distribution of fields within all Dulles South communities north and south of Route 50.

    4. If a player commits to their A-team invitation but misses practice and/or games consistently, her playing time in games will be curtailed. In extreme cases, the player will only play the league minimum of 25% (12.5 minutes) per game.

    5.
    A-level players are competing at the highest level of play in NVYLL and against the most skilled players in the area. While we will strive for equal playing time, playing time will not necessarily be equal. All players will have an equal opportunity to earn game minutes based on their attitude, coachability, game-IQ and (of course) skills.

     

    "Upper B" Team Commitment Expectations:

     

    1.  Players and their families will commit to making 80% of practices and games.  Absence for family and school obligations is permitted.  We understand, and support, that girls in our program are active in other sports, after school activities, music, dance, etc...and we ENCOURAGE every family's 'full-child' development efforts!  There is more to life than sports.  That said, a commitment to this team is a commitment to the other players and families that your daughter will do her best to make it to practice and games.

     

    2.  If a player can not, or does not want to commit to this, that's OK.  They can play at a very high level on the Lower B team if this is their choice.

     

    3.  We will be practicing 2x/week.  We will work within the confines of the fields that Loudoun County provides and work very hard to have equitable distribution of fields within all Dulles South communities north and south of Route 50.

     

    "Lower B" Team Commitment Expectations:

     

    1.  Players and their families will commit to making 80% of practices and games.  Absence for family and school obligations is permitted.  We understand, and support, that girls in our program are active in other sports, after school activities, music, dance, etc...and we ENCOURAGE every family's 'full-child' development efforts!  There is more to life than sports.  That said, a commitment to this team is a commitment to the other players and families that your daughter will do her best to make it to practice and games.

     

    2.  We will be practicing 2x/week.  We will work within the confines of the fields that Loudoun County provides and work very hard to have equitable distribution of fields within all Dulles South communities north and south of Route 50.


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    If you have questions or concerns please contact:

    -Dulles South Lacrosse Girls Commissioner: Doug Firestone   
    -Dulles South Lacrosse Girls Assistant Commissioner: Kere Knapp 
    -Dulles South Lacrosse Board President Greg Rominski: 

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