This week’s Coaches Corner: February 6th
Spring Season games officially start this Thursday evening with our first game against a North District DII opponent, Prestonwood Christian Academy. I thought I’d take the time to go over the Spring Season’s goals and expectations and remind players and parents about our Coach Constitution, which is attached at the very bottom of this email.
As we discussed at our HS Team Meeting last September; “Congratulations! You made the Varsity Team”. We are only fielding a Varsity team as our player enrollment would not support both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. Every player will be held to a higher standard during the Spring Season. This includes attendance and effort in the practices, which will affect playtime this Spring Season. Recall the take away of the Coach Constitution “We don’t play for ourselves, we’re here for our team”. We need everyone’s attendance at practices so we can confidently put players into the game.
We recognize that with a large Varsity roster that is heavy with freshmen, sophomores, and several new players that would typically field the JV team, play time is one of the challenges for the coaching staff. A normal Varsity season would have included 8 to 10 games, so to address the playtime challenge we have booked extra games, 16 games in total, against teams of all skill levels, with the expectations that over the course of the season everyone will get plenty of play time. So, please recognize that not everyone will get playtime against our tougher District opponents, but we’ll have plenty of opportunities for playtime over the season. We want our players to practice hard and strive to develop their skills, all positions are earned each week.
During our games, Coach Ward will be running our Offense and Defense, Coach Ryan and Coach Shayne will be assisting with the maintenance and organization of lines, as set and approved by Coach Ward, as well as with running the box making sure substitutions move flawlessly. Lines and those players in special situations like man up and man down have been pre-determined by taking into account tangent and intangible variables for each player. Collectively, our coaching staff hopes to use our game situations to continue the learning process about the game of lacrosse as well as make Plano Lacrosse competitive in the DII North District.
We have had some great practices, but we’ve been sloppy on attendance and providing coach 24hrs advance notice if a player will miss an event. This is our spring season with a young team that has been told by the league there is a good chance we’re moving up to D1 next year. We need to make the most of next 2 ½ months of the season play to develop our full potential. So, please make attendance at our practices and games your priority.
Parents, we need your help with setup and breakdown after our 7 home games, working the gate, taking stats, ball layout at game start and between quarters. We also have stat duties on our away games. Ask our HS Admin, Kevin Gould, how you can help.
Please take a moment to read or reread the Coaches Constitution attached below.
Let’s renew our focus on good sportsmanship on the field and in the stands and we’ll have a great season.
Coach Ward at
OR Contact Kevin Gould
Coaches Corner February 1st
Winning the Hustle Stats.
What are they?
They are the keys to winning games. It's the small battles throughout the game that win the war. First time ground balls, boxing a man out on a face off, beating an opponent to the end line on a shot out of bounds, playing defense with your feet first, all of these are hustle stats.
Why are they important?
Because they have to do with more than skill. They are based off heart, effort and determination. When a player decides to bust his gut to beat someone to the end line on a shot, we get possession. When a players gets a first time ground ball, we can create number offensive situation. Without getting possession of the ball in the "trenches" of the game, we cannot run our schemes on either end. When a player gives it his all to back check on a fast break we can potentially kill an opponents offensive situation.
How do we improve on them?
Going 100% all the time. Perfecting the way you practice. PRACTICE DOES NOT MAKE PERFECT; PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Take the time in practice to improve your ground ball technique. Go hard against your teammates in one on one drills. Take No drills off. When you have a mentality in practice to never quit, and want to be the best version of yourself, it will carry over into the games.
Win the hustle stats. Win the game.