My Coaching Philosophy
A word from Coach Koz
I love the game of lacrosse and I hope you do too! Lacrosse has a long history and is one of the fastest growing sports in America. A lot of great things happen on the lacrosse field. I feel that it is an honor and privilege to be involved with the sport. Than’s why I want to talk to you about honoring the game. Now, I am sure you have had many coaches and parents talk to you about sportsmanship, or what is means to be “ a good sport.” What dies it mean to you to be a good sport? Sportsmanship is important but in order for you to get the most out of the lacrosse season, I want you to “Honor the Game.”
We say that honoring the game goes to the R-O-O-T-S of this lacrosse season. Each letter in R-O-O-T-S stands for an important part of lacrosse that we must respect.
R is for Rules:
The rules of lacrosse are what allow us to keep the game fair. Respect for the rules is important, even when its possible to break them without getting caught. I want you to play by the rules, even if you think you will not get caught. Breaking the rules dishonors the game, even if it means we win.
O is for Opponents:
Without Opponents we would have no game. A good opponent makes us strive to play our best. I want you to respect your opponents and remember they are out there to have fun just like us. I want you to try your hardest to win, not because you dislike your opponent but because you want to play your best. I promise that I will show respect for opposing coaches and teams and I expect the same from you.
O is for Officials:
It is very important to respect officials. Often, this can be the most difficult part of the game. Officials have been selected and trained to enforce the rules of the game. They have a very hard job. Without officials the game would be unsafe and unfair. Officials are not perfect, ( just like coaches, athletes and parents!), and sometimes make mistakes. I want you to show respect for the officials even when you disagree with a call. I promise I will do the same.
T is for Teammates:
A big part of lacrosse is the TEAM. Being with your teammates should be fun. Later in life you will often be apart of a team and it is important to learn to work together. I hope you will feel a commitment to each other as teammates and that you will always play as hard as you can in practices and in games. Please encourage and support one another on and off the field.
S is for Self:
Some people only honor the game when their opponents do but I want us to honor the game no matter what. I want us to be the kind of team that honors the the game and ourselves even when others do not. We set our own internal standards and have a great deal of respect for ourselves, each other and the game that we would never do anything to dishonor it.
I look forward to a great season of fun, respect, learning and an Honor of the Game.