2018 Handbook

Lacrosse Handbook – 2018
Downloadable .pdf can be found at the bottom of this page

This handbook is intended to inform participants and their families about the TRI-LAKES YOUTH LACROSSE, INC Lacrosse Program.

We hope that you find information contained within helpful.  Your continuing support of this program will make it strong and continue its growth.

TRI-LAKES YOUTH LACROSSE, INC Lacrosse fields are located at the Town of North Elba Athletic fields adjacent to the Airport.  Currently there are six fields at this location.

Mission Statement:
The Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse, Inc exists to introduce, instruct and promote sustained participation of boys and girls in North Country youth lacrosse. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors that meets annually. Tri Lakes Youth Lacrosse, Inc is registered with the IRS as a Not for Profit Corporation and maintains audited financial records open for public view.

Statements of Purpose:
To provide a safe and healthy environment for the youth in our community to enjoy the game of lacrosse. “Community” is defined for the lacrosse program as Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Keene and other adjacent towns that do not currently have youth lacrosse programs

To provide qualified coaching which gives all participants the opportunity to learn and play and have fun.

To promote, to the best of our ability, positive experiences for all children participating in our programs by supporting a "kids first, winning second" philosophy of competition.

Lacrosse Program Philosophy:
To teach the players proper sportsmanship and to honor their fellow teammates, coaches, parents and the game of lacrosse

To encourage players of all levels and abilities to participated in the game of lacrosse

To provide safe and fun exercise and instruction to our children

To provide support to non-youth scholastic players (7th grade and above).

To provide support to post season (summer) teams for tournament play.

General Coaches Guidelines:
Be a positive role model to your players.

Place the safety and well being of the players above all else.

Understand that the game is for the youth players and not the adults.

Base every decision made and every behavior you display on what you think is best for your players and the team and second on what may improve the players or teams chance of winning.

All Head Coaches are recommended to take the North Country Referee Certification Program, The US Lacrosse level 1 coaching course and the NYS Youth Coach Certification course

All Assistant coaches are recommended to take the US Lacrosse Level 1 on line course or the NYS Youth Certification course.

All Coaches are to sign the Parent/Player Code of Conduct agreement form


Responsibilities of the Coaches:

  • Talk slowly and clearly
  • To be on time for practices and games
  • To plan practice sessions and to plan for the games (pre-game instructions, substitute system, etc.)
  • To give players equal opportunity (does not mean equal game time)
  • To encourage and be positive in correcting faults
  • To be prepared with needed equipment
  • To know emergency procedures – ambulance phone numbers, etc.
  • To welcome other coaches and parents
  • To identify parents to assist in team communications
  • To be courteous to umpires
  • To listen to the players and be generous with your praise
  • To know the rules of the game and pass on that knowledge to the players and parents
  • To be consistent, honest and fair
  • To work with program leaders and parents for resolving conflicts away from practices or games.

Coaches must be concerned with the overall development of the players.

Verbal or physical abuse of a player, umpire or spectator by a coach is unacceptable.

It is encouraged for coaches to be experienced in the game of lacrosse. In cases where and experienced volunteer parent is not available for coaching a team, a compensated coach may be used.


Parent Responsibilities:

  • Sign the Parent/Player code of conduct and explain the document to their children who are playing.

  • Make sure your child is at practice on time and communicate with the coaches if there are planned absences in advance.
  • Support your child’s participation and remember that the game is for them and not the adult.
  • Refrain from using abusive language.
  • Smoking, consuming alcohol and drug use at any Tri Lakes Youth Lacrosse activity is prohibited.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship by supporting all players, coaches and umpires.
  • Recognize that all coaches are volunteers and they are doing their best. Treat them with respect.
  • Help your child by volunteering to help the team in any way you can – get involved.
  • Parents need to control their non participating children during practices

The TRI-LAKES YOUTH LACROSSE, INC program discourages player movement above set age groups. In the event that a player requests to move up, the request must be made in writing from the player and the parent(s)/guardian(s). The request will be heard by the Officers and Coaches and after review will make a decision to approve or disapprove.


Players Responsibilities:

  • Agree to the Player code of Conduct (Younger players by parents explanation)
  • Play for the fun and enjoyment of the game. Be a team player and have self-discipline.
  • Attend and be on time for the games and practices. Notify your coach if you cannot attend.
  • Treat coaches with respect. Listen and do your best to learn from my coach.
  • Respect the opposite players, coaches, and umpires at all times. Treat them as you would like to be treated.
  • Understand that disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and that your actions may cause you to take a “time-out” or even a suspension.
  • Treat all TRI-LAKES YOUTH LACROSSE, INC equipment with respect and return all loaned equipment at season end

Boys and Girls Program Details

  • The program is designed for boys and girls from kindergarten to 8th grade. Post season teams for older players will be assembled depending on participation.
  • Only registered players with TRI-LAKES YOUTH LACROSSE, INC are allowed on the field and all players must have proper equipment. Coaches will monitor this safety issue and not allow others to participate in the program.
  • All players will have a mouthpiece
  • All female players will have approved lacrosse goggles. Women’s gloves optional
  • All male players will have an approved lacrosse or hockey helmet, lacrosse gloves, elbow pads, and shoulder pads with integral chest protector. Rib pads optional.
  • All goalies to have proper throat protectors. Girl goalies will have approved lacrosse helmets, girdle shorts, lacrosse gloves and may wear other protective gear.
  • All players are encouraged to play different positions
  • Program goals are to teach basic fundamentals of Lacrosse – throwing, catching, dodging, field position and basic strategy.
  • Coaches are to instruct basic rules of the sport and to honor the game.
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Chris Grant,
Mar 14, 2014, 7:01 PM