|Learn To Play|
Welcome to KP Learn to Play (LTP) lacrosse 2013.
LTP is designed to teach the fundamentals of lacrosse - catching, throwing, cradling, ground balls - over the course of 7 weeks. We only practice - there are no games. However, as the season progresses we will increasingly work on small group drills and then 1/2 field scrimmages to expose the kids to game situations.
The format of practices is drill based with kids learning a skill through demonstration and then practicing that skill in multiple different drills. Our goal is for them to have fun while learning the skills of lacrosse all while using a lot of energy. We split the kids up by age and gender for drills.
Practices are on Sundays from 11:30 to 12:45 for 7 weeks starting April 21 and ending June 2 – we skip the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend on May 25. We play at the Rice Complex, Rice East Field #2. Please arrive 20 minutes ahead of time to check in. Directions can be found under the directions link of this website.
For equipment boys will need a stick, gloves, helmet and mouth guard at a minimum - arm pads are highly recommended, shoulder pads at your discretion. We do not hit in LTP. Use of hockey helmets for LTP is fine. Girls need a stick, mouth guard and eye goggles. We recommend the lightest plastic ones you can find ... lots of girls don't like wearing them in the beginning. Players will not be allowed to play without helmets or eye protection. All players will receive a practice pinnie.
If you've never had exposure to lacrosse make sure to ask the clerk at the store how to wear the equipment and how to deepen the boys stick (loosen the back and side strings by untying the knot and adding slack). We will obviously help kids with gear but with nearly 70 kids in the program showing up ready to play is a huge help. All kids will receive a reversible pinny (hopefully the first day) that they get to keep.
If it is pouring rain or thunder/lightening we don't practice ... light drizzle, we play. When in doubt, check your email. Unfortunately I cannot call everyone Sunday mornings for updates…I will email. If there is another email address besides this one that you’d like information sent to, please email me at email@example.com with that information and I will add that to the list. When in doubt feel free to call my mobile: 617.694.0761.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with the LTP program for that last 6 years and my third child is participating this year. My older daughter and son started in LTP and now play on the U13 and U11 teams respectively which both my wife and I coach. I was fortunate to start playing lacrosse in 3rd grade, played through college and still get the opportunity to play on a club team in Boston now - coaching is a small way for me to give back to a sport that has taught me so much. All the coaches involved at KP will work hard to provide a fun, instructional and safe experience for your child. Feel free to ask questions about the game and don’t be afraid to ask a coach to teach you how to catch, throw, or scoop a groundball - your son or daughter needs someone to play catch with!
Lastly, volunteers are a huge part of the success of KP Lacrosse. As you can see there are lots of teams in the program and a ton going on during the spring. Though lacrosse is rapidly gaining in popularity in this region, there are not that many parents who have played the game. We need volunteers to help coach, regardless of past exposure to the game. With the number of kids we have in LTP we need at least 8-10 parents on a consistent basis to keep an optimal player to coach ratio. It doesn't matter if you've never played ... if you've ever thrown a football or baseball the throwing motion is the same; catching is like catching a baseball; defensive position is like basketball; and field spacing is like soccer or basketball. We hope you can help.
Welcome again to LTP 2013.
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