In 2011, Lacrosse Victoria wants YOU!
It may be anticipated that adherents and administrators of any
sport are passionate about the activity with which they have had a
long association. Lacrosse is no different and it is not hard to
find people who play the sport who think that lacrosse is the best
sport of all. Those of us who have been around for a very long time
know that this passion is only part of the motivation which drives
us. We recognize that there are other dimensions which are even
more compelling than thinking the lacrosse is the 'best thing since
As with many others we recognize that lifelong physical activity
can be shown to contribute to better health and longevity. Even a
quick review of research supports this view. Once we subscribe to
this view we then think about the strategies which could be adopted
which could sustain lifelong physical activity. Again the answer is
not difficult to find. If a child has not attached themselves to a
sporting body (and in most instances this means a club) before they
complete secondary education there is little likelihood of an
attachment beginning after having left school.
The result? No continuing commitment to play sport and less
motivation to apply self discipline to physical activity.
Our competitions for under 11, under 12 players are the starting
point for the activities which lead to better health and longevity.
Children starting at these ages don't understand this physical
activity / longevity equation. That's the responsibility of
So when the kids have to be taken to lacrosse and there are jobs
to do around the club you are helping your child to:
- By habit, practice continuing physical activity
- Learn how to 'fit in' with others on the team and being
comfortable with being a team player
- Appreciate the good fun of being in the open air that this
country has in abundance with mates who share a common view and
- Appreciate mum and dad being around and for sport to be a
- Learning on the field and off the field to become
- Understanding that the balance of sport, school, family life
(and all the 'add ons') assist in making the 'rounded person'
- Have the opportunity to represent, club, state and country and
of course themselves
These views could be heard from just about anybody associated
with sport. However I am committed to lacrosse and know that as a
sport we offer to our beginning players challenges which are
available throughout and beyond school age.
As with all seasons, 2011 is shaping up to be full of lacrosse
activity with Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 national competitions
occurring early in the season. We'll all end up exhausted at the
end of the season but loving every minute of our passion for
Play well, be involved and enjoy.