The PYL Mission:
Poway Youth Lacrosse is a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer effort that is dedicated to developing the game of the lacrosse in the community of Poway. Through guiding principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance we teach the players to honor the game of lacrosse. We aim to develop the skills of the lacrosse player and create an environment where the players develop a lifelong love of the sport of lacrosse. Our goal is to develop strong student athletes that learn the proper way to play the game of lacrosse with a culture of dedication and respect for the Rules, Officials, Opponents, Teammates, and Self.
We offer competitive and developmental programs for 1st through 8th grade boys who will attend Poway High Schools.
Honoring the Game:
n the Poway Youth Lacrosse organization we believe it is important that all coaches, players, and parents Honor the Game of Lacrosse. This is the standard by which we compete and it has a clear definition that is easy to remember. We have partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to train our coaches. The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) says that Honoring the Game goes to the "ROOTS" of positive play. Each letter in ROOTS stands for an important part of the game that we must respect. The R stands for Rules. The first O is for Opponents. The next O is for Officials. T is for Teammates, and the S is for Self.
R is for Rules
Rules allow us to keep the game fair. If we win by ignoring or violating the rules, what is the value of our victory? PCA believes that honoring the letter AND the spirit of the rule is important.
O is for Opponents
Without an opponent, there would be no competition. Rather than demeaning a strong opponent, we need to honor strong opponents because they challenge us to do our best. Athletes can be both fierce and friendly during the same competition (in one moment giving everything to get to a loose ball, and in the next moment helping an opponent up). Coaches showing respect for opposing coaches and players sets the tone for the rest of the team.
O is for Officials
Respecting officials, even when we disagree with their calls, may be the toughest part of Honoring the Game. We must remember that officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes and parents!). Take time to think about how to best approach an official when you want to discuss a call. What strategies do you have to keep yourself in control when you start to get upset with officials" calls? We must remember that the loss of officials (and finding enough in the first place) is a major problem in most youth sports organizations, and we can confront this problem by consistently respecting officials. Lacrosse is relatively new sport in San Diego and there are not a large number of experienced officials. Each year and season they gain more experience. Without the officials we could not play the game.
T is for Teammates
It"s easy for young athletes to think solely about their own performance, but we want athletes to realize that being part of a team requires thinking about and respecting one"s teammates. This respect needs to carry beyond the field/gym/track/pool into the classroom and social settings. Athletes need to be reminded that their conduct away from practices and games will reflect back on their teammates and the league, club, or school.
S is for Self
Athletes should be encouraged to live up to their own highest personal standard of Honoring the Game, even when their opponents are not. Athletes" respect for themselves and their own standards must come first.