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Parent Handbook

Prepared February 2010

Portions taken from US Lacrosse web site: www.uslacrosse.org




Table of Contents


Page                                    Topic


  1.                      Table of Contents

  2ii.                             Governor Mifflin Lacrosse Club Officers and Coaches

  3.                      Welcoming remarks and Mission Statement

  ii4.                             Parent Letter

  6i.                     Behavioral Policies and Parent/Player Signature Page

  7.                      History of Lacrosse 

  8.                      The Role of Parents

  9.                      The Role of the Coach

10.                      Glossary of terms for Boys’ Lacrosse

12.                      Glossary of terms for Girls’ Lacrosse

14.                      Boys’ Lacrosse Game Overview

16.                      Girls’ Lacrosse Game Overview

17.                      Personal and Technical Fouls for Boys’ Lacrosse

19.                      Major and Minor Fouls for Girl’s Lacrosse

20.                      Official Rules for Boys’ Lacrosse – Game, Field & Equipment

25.                      Official Rules for Girls’ Lacrosse – Game, Field & Equipment           

Governor Mifflin Lacrosse Club (GMLC)

2010 Officers and Coaches


President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Craig Dupell

Past-President/Founder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Christine Allen

Vice President

         Girls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Joanne Cannon

         Boys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Ellen Mitnick

Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Amy Auwaerter

Co-Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa McCoy

Registration Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Bram

Co-Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Kiersten Elia

High School Booster Representatives

         Girls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Pam Ellenberger

         Boys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Renee Morehart


         Girls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Allen

         Boys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Chris Dikos


High School Coaches

            Girls:  Chris Allen, Pam Ellenberger, Jess Garcia and Ellen Mitnick

         Boys:  George Schmidt, Chris Killinger, Bill Rush, Kyle Shuker,

                   Ian Wingate, and Kent Yanchek


Middle School Coaches

         Girls:  Diane Brett, Joanne Cannon, and John Muenster

         Boys:  Craig Dupell, Chris Dikos, and Richard Yelk


Grade 5-6 Coaches

         Girls:  Dany Curtis and Renee Morehart

         Boys:  Dave Suchoza and Dan Schnovel


Grade 3-4 Coaches

         Girls:  Sean McCullough

         Boys:  Linda Bram and Ryan Bram



Welcome to the 2010 season of Governor Mifflin Lacrosse

We are glad to have the opportunity to share our knowledge of the game of lacrosse with you and your children. The first practice of the season will commence on March 8 on the grounds of Brecknock Elementary School. All practices and games for the elementary and middle school teams will take place at the Brecknock field.  Game schedules will be given out by the coaches on or before the first practice. Since we are all sharing field space at Brecknock, we ask you to drop your child off and pick up promptly at the times indicated below. Please drop your child off 5-10 minutes prior to practice in order for the players to get their equipment on and so that practice can begin on time.  We must insist that you pick up your child from practice promptly at the end time.  The coaches will only wait 10 minutes past practice end time for parents prior to calling the police.  Please show respect for the coaches, their families and your child by picking your player up promptly.  If you know that you will be late due to an unforeseen circumstance, please call your player or the coaches’ cell and leave a message. Cell phone reception at Brecknock is not the best. The following is the schedule for practices:


Grade 3-4

Boys:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 PM sharp until 6:30 PM

Girls:  Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 PM sharp until 6:30 PM


Grade 5-6

Boys:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 PM sharp until 7:30 PM

Girls:  Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 PM sharp until 7:30 PM


Middle School

Boys:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 sharp to 8:00 PM

Girls:  Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 PM sharp until 8:30 PM


Mandatory Equipment:

Girls:  Goggles, mouth guard, gloves, cleats and stick (Crosse).

Boys: Helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, rib pads (optional), gloves, athletic supporter & cup, cleats and stick (Crosse). 

All Goalie equipment, for girls and boys will be provided by GMLC





GMLC Mission:  To bring the love and respect of lacrosse to the Governor Mifflin community.  Our club was founded on “Honoring the Game” of lacrosse through positive coaching, player skill development and positive sportsmanship. By honoring the game we respect the rules, our opponents, the officials, our teammates and ourselves.  


Dear Parents,

            To fulfill our mission, we need to ensure that every coach, player and parent maximize the learning experience by providing an atmosphere appropriate for learning both on and off the practice/game field.  Our players must conductive themselves in a respectful manner in action, tone and language appropriate for young men and women.  Players, parents or coaches will not tolerate abusive or foul actions/ language. Our goal is to provide your child with a safe environment to learn and enjoy the game of lacrosse. 

            It is our belief that every player has the right to achieve his/her own potential without interference from other players or misinformed parental comments. Your knowledge of the game will help your child get more out of this fast-paced and exciting sport. We need you as the parent to partner with us so that together we can help your child develop their knowledge of the game as well as their lacrosse skills. Our players have a diverse spectrum of lacrosse knowledge and skill. Some players play lacrosse all year round whereas some are joining us for the very first time. Every player should, and will have game time opportunities. Perhaps this will not occur during every game. However, each of the coaches will certainly strive toward this end.  None of the coaches at GMLC have a “win-at-all-cost strategy.”  We want each player to be a winner of his or her own capabilities. The only way to accomplish this is to allow all of the players to play.  Mistakes will be made, sometimes at critical times. This may be disappointing if the opponent scores. However, a mistake is an opportunity to learn. We must learn from the mistakes so that the team will be stronger both in spirit and skill. Only then are we honoring the game. As parents, you can help by:

            1.  Encouraging your child regardless of what happens at practice or in a game

            2.  Telling your player it is OK to make a mistake.

            3.  Asking questions about your child’s play rather than telling them what they should do.

            4.  Not providing your child with a lot of advice. This may be perceived as criticism.

            5.  Discussing how to honor the game.

            6.  Being a good role model at games. Recognize good effort and good plays from both                         teams.

            7.  Not condemning the call of the coaches or officials.  Mistakes aren’t only for players.

            8.  Taking part in fundraising activities: candles, Giant Food cards, Cloister car wash                            coupons, donate baked goods or drinks for concession and helping at Governor                        Mifflin Community Days GMLC Booth


            Please read the chapters on the role of the parent and the coach with your player. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s coach or one of the GMLC Officers. Should you have any concerns about a coach’s decision during a game, please wait until after the game or perhaps the next day.  Game time is very stressful for everyone, and questioning the coaches call may be well meaning, but inappropriate during game time or practices. Furthermore, it undermines the coach’s authority in the eyes of the players.  Please read this manual and familiarize yourself with its contents.  We are requesting that all parents return the bottom half of page 6, indicating that they have read the manual and agree to abide by the rules of lacrosse and the GMLC conduct policies discussed on the following pages.

            Lacrosse is the “fastest sport on two feet” and may be very physical at times.  All of the coaches are trained in CPR and have basic knowledge of first-aide.  Our goal is to minimize the potential for injuries such as; bruises, sprains/breaks, and concussion.  If you have special requirements about how you would like the coach to handle these issues please communicate them to your child’s’ coach. We look forward to a safe and exciting spring season of lacrosse.

Thank you in advance for your support.  Go Mustangs!


Yours in lacrosse,

GMLC Officers and Coaches                                                                                             
GMLC Policy on abusive or foul language/actions

Ø    The first offense by a player during practice will bring a penalty of two laps. If abusive or foul language/actions occurs during a game, the official has the authority to impose a penalty or ejection from the game. 

Ø    Should a second offense occur, the player would be asked to leave practice.

Ø    Expulsion from GMLC, without REFUND, will result if a third offense occurs.



GMLC Policy on general disrespect to fellow teammates, opponents, coaches


Ø    The first offense by a player will bring a penalty of two laps

Ø    Should a second offense occur, the player would be asked to leave practice.

Ø    Expulsion from GMLC, without REFUND, will result if a third offense occurs.








We are requesting that all parents return the signature portion of this page indicating that they have read the manual with their children and agree to abide by the rules of lacrosse and the GMLC conduct policy discussed above.  Please return to your child’s coach ON OR BEFORE March 8, PRIOR TO PRACTICE OR YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND PRACTICE.

Tear on dotted line and return to your child’s coach.


I, ___________________ (parent) and my child(ren) ____________________________________ agree to honor the game and abide by the rules of GMLC.  Furthermore, I understand the consequences of the policies indicated above.

                                                                                                            Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Youth participation in the sport has grown over 500% since 1999 to nearly 250,000. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 200,000 high school players. Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last six years at the NCAA level, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 500 college club programs, including nearly 200 women's teams that compete at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates level. 

Brief History

            With a history that spans centuries, lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America. Rooted in Native American religion, lacrosse was often played to resolve conflicts, heal the sick, and develop strong, virile men. To Native Americans, lacrosse is still referred to as "The Creator's Game."  Ironically, lacrosse also served as a preparation for war. Legend tells of as many as 1,000 players per side, from the same or different tribes, who took turns engaging in a violent contest. Contestants played on a field from one to 15 miles in length, and games sometimes lasted for days. Some tribes used a single pole, tree or rock for a goal, while other tribes had two goalposts through which the ball had to pass. Balls were made out of wood, deerskin, baked clay or stone.  The evolution of the Native American game into modern lacrosse began in 1636 when Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary, documented a Huron contest in what is now southeast Ontario, Canada. At that time, some type of lacrosse was played by at least 48 Native American tribes scattered throughout what is now southern Canada and all parts of the United States. French pioneers began playing the game avidly in the 1800s. Canadian dentist W. George Beers standardized the game in 1867 with the adoption of set field dimensions, limits to the number of players per team and other basic rules.

            New York University fielded the nation's first college team in 1877, and Philips Academy, Andover (Massachusetts), Philips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire) and the Lawrenceville School (New Jersey) were the nation's first high school teams in 1882. There are 400 college and 1,200 high school men's lacrosse teams from coast to coast.

            The first women's lacrosse game was played in 1890 at the St. Leonard's School in Scotland. Although an attempt was made to start women's lacrosse at Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1914, it was not until 1926 that Miss Rosabelle Sinclair established the first women's lacrosse team in the United States at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland. Men and women's lacrosse were played under virtually the same rules, with no protective equipment, until the mid-1930s. At that time, men's lacrosse began evolving dramatically, while women's lacrosse continued to remain true to the game's original rules. Men and women's lacrosse remain derivations of the same game today, but are played under different rules. Women's rules limit stick contact, prohibit body contact and, therefore, require little protective equipment. Men's lacrosse rules allow some degree of stick and body contact, although violence is neither condoned nor allowed.

            Field lacrosse is sometimes perceived to be a violent and dangerous game, however, injury statistics prove otherwise. While serious injuries can and do occur in lacrosse, the game has evolved with an emphasis on safety, and the rate of injury is comparatively low. Ensuring the safety of participants is a major focus for US Lacrosse and its Sports Science and Safety Committee, which researches injury data in the sport and makes recommendations to make the game as safe as practicable                                               

The Role of Parents


You, the parent, are equally as important to your child's positive lacrosse experience as the coach of the team. In order for your child to get the most out of playing lacrosse, it is important that you do the following:

One:  Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Positive reinforcement encourages learning and fun. Research has shown that a ratio of five positive statements (compliments, positive recognition) for each negative statement (criticisms, corrections) is ideal for helping young athletes do their best. Try to maintain a 5:1 ratio in your comments to your child.

Two: Attend games whenever possible. If you cannot attend, ask about your child’s experience, not whether the team won or lost. Some questions that you might ask before asking about the final score include: "Did you try as hard as you could? Did you have fun? Did you learn anything today that might make you a better player in the future?"

Three: Be a positive role model by displaying good sportsmanship at all times to coaches, officials, opponents and your child’s teammates. "Honoring the Game" is an important part of what US Lacrosse represents. Help us by honoring the game in your behavior as a spectator.

Four: Let your child set his own goals and play the game for himself, herself. Be your child’s "home court advantage" by giving him or her your unconditional support regardless of how well he or she performs.

Five: Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is playing. Use positive reinforcement with your child’s coach. Let the coach know when he or she is doing a good job.

Six: Respect the decisions of the referee or umpire. This is an important part of honoring the game. Your child will pay more attention to how you act than to what you say.

Seven: Read the rulebook. A full understanding of the rules will help you enjoy the game and educate others.

Eight: Get to know who is in charge. Meet with the leadership of the program, whether it’s school sponsored or recreational, to discuss topics such as cost, practice and game scheduling, insurance coverage, emergency procedures, etc.

Nine: Get involved! A great way to support your child's lacrosse experience is by becoming a volunteer for the program. Some of the ways you can get involved: keep the scorebook, run the clock, line the fields, manage equipment, chaperone trips, raise funds, organize clinics and team social events, update the team web site, photograph players and organize carpooling. 

Ten: Sit back and enjoy the game. Remember, lacrosse is played for FUN. 




The Role of the Coach


US Lacrosse is committed to the principles of "Honoring the Game" and works in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to provide tools and resources to the lacrosse community for this purpose. PCA is a national non-profit organization based at Stanford University with a mission to "transform youth sports so sports can transform youth."

US Lacrosse wants all players to enjoy their experience with the sport of lacrosse and to learn positive character lessons that will help them in every aspect of their life. Coaches are expected to embody the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance, including the following:

One:  A Positive Coach is a positive motivator and refuses to motivate through fear, intimidation or shame. He establishes order and discipline in a positive manner.

Two: A Positive Coach works to remain positive even through losing streaks. She recognizes that it is often when things go wrong that a coach can have the most positive impact and teach the most important lessons. Regardless of the adversity involved, she refuses to demean herself or her players by resorting to fear, intimidation or shame. She always treats athletes with respect regardless of how well they perform.

Three: A Positive Coach coaches for mastery rather than victory, which he sees as a by-product of the pursuit of excellence. He focuses on effort rather than outcome, learning rather than comparison to others.

Four: A Positive Coach recognizes that mistakes are an important and inevitable part of learning and encourages an environment in which players are willing to risk making a mistake.

Five: A Positive Coach sets standards of continuous learning and improvement for herself and her players. She encourages and inspires her players, whatever their level of mastery, to strive to get better without threatening them. She is committed to becoming the best coach she can be and continually seeks to improve her own effectiveness.

Six: A Positive Coach "Honors the Game." He feels an obligation to the sport he coaches. He loves his sport and shares his love and enjoyment with his players. He feels privileged to be able to take part in his sport.

Seven: A Positive Coach respects her opponents, recognizing that a worthy opponent will push her and her team to do their best.

Eight: A Positive Coach understands the important role that officials play and strives to show them respect even when he disagrees with their decisions.

Nine: A Positive Coach values the rich tradition of her sport and works to honor the spirit as well as the letter of its rules.

Ten: A Positive Coach demonstrates personal integrity and would rather lose than win by dishonoring the game. Dishonoring the game is worse than defeat. 

Glossary of Terms for Boys’ Lacrosse


Attack Goal Area:

The area around the goal defined by the end line, the Goal Area Line and the two broken lines located 20 yards on either side of the goal. Once the offensive team crosses the midfield line, it has 10 seconds to move the ball into its attack goal area.

Body Check: Contact with an opponent from the front - between the shoulders and waist - when the opponent has the ball or is within five yards of a loose ball. At no time should a player initiate or receive body contact with his head.

Box: An area between the two-team benches used to hold players who have been served with penalties, and through which substitutions "on the fly" are permitted directly from the sideline onto the field.

Check-Up: A call given by the goalie to tell each defender to find his man and call out his number.

Clamp: A face-off maneuver executed by quickly pushing the back of the stick on top of the ball.

Clearing: Running or passing the ball from the defensive half of the field to the offensive half of the field.

Crease: A circle around the goal with a radius of nine feet into which only defensive players may enter. Defensive players may not take the ball into the crease.

Crosse (stick):The equipment used to throw, catch and carry the ball.

Defensive Clearing Area: The area defined by a line drawn sideline to sideline 20 yards from the face of the goal. Once the defensive team gains possession of the ball in this area, it has 10 seconds to move the ball beyond the Goal Area Line. Once beyond

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