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RESPONSIBILITIES


Get involved. Offer to help keep score or keep time, raise funds, organize carpooling, line fi eld, photos, websites, etc.


Spectators should positively cheer for both teams.


Confi rm start times and game’s location well in advance.


Be your child’s “home fi eld advantage” by giving him unconditional support regardless of how he performs.


BEST PRACTICES


Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement. Show interest in his team. Positive reinforcement promotes learning and fun.


Research has shown that fi ve positive statements (compliments, positive reinforcement) for each negative (criticisms, corrections) are ideal for helping athletes do their best.


PERSPECTIVES


Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving players advice during games.


Sit back and enjoy the game. Remember, lacrosse is played for fun.


PARENTS


Parents should attend games whenever possible. If they can’t, only ask about the score after fi rst asking about their child’s experience; did they play hard, learn anything new and helpful, and have fun?


Hold a preseason meeting with all parents to cover roles, responsibilities and expectations, especially sportsmanship.


Offi cials should stop the game and address any misconduct of parents with both head coaches.


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