2024 MAYO BOYS’ LACROSSE TEAM PHILOSOPHY
1. Be honest. Be honest in everything you do. This includes giving honest feedback to your teammates, coaches, and yourself.
2. Be a team player. We cannot succeed as a group of individuals. Trust and rely on one another.
3. Be good at the things that don’t require talent. Being on time, working hard, hustling to a ground ball, learning a play, and caring do not require talent. If we all do these simple things, it becomes easy to constantly improve as a team.
4. Be mentally tough. Mental toughness is a requirement to excel at anything. Know the difference between being hurt and being injured, have resiliency in the face of setbacks, and do not be afraid to make mistakes.
Beyond the school mandates for eligibility, we have concrete rules and expectations around the following:
- Missing practice: Other than immediate emergencies (e.g., family member admitted to the hospital), missing practice is not tolerated unless the absence has been approved by the head coach. Absences must be requested at least one week prior to the absence date.
- Being late: If practice starts at 6:30pm, that means you are fully dressed and ready to start the first drill at 6:30pm. Similarly, to missing practice, the only exception to this will be if a player has already communicated they will be late and the coaches have given the thumbs up.
- Uniformity: All players will be wearing either full pads, or just helmets and gloves based on the location and components of the practice plan.
- Injuries: If a player believes they are injured during a practice or game, they need to see the trainer prior to the next practice. The coaches will then take the recommendation of the trainer.
- Talking back to coaches: Players are encouraged to ask questions to better understand why we're doing something, or even suggest a different way to execute something, but when coaches ask you to do something, do it.
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalties: If a player receives an unsportsmanlike penalty in a game they will miss the first half of the next game. A second offense will result in missing a full game. A 3rd will warrant a discussion with the AD, Player, and Coaching staff to decide what the next course of action should be.
If these expectations aren't met, the consequences are as follows:
- Missing practice: Not playing in the first half of the next game for a first offense. Missing an entire game for a 2nd offense.
- Late to practice: Extra conditioning. If any players are late the entire team will conduct extra conditioning.
- Injuries: If a player comes to practice, and says they can't play, or calls/texts saying they can't play, but has not seen the trainer or a physician, it is a missed practice, and thus follows the missed practice disciplinary schedule.
- Talking back to coaches: If a coach has instructed a player to do something twice, and he still hasn't done it, the player runs a full field “Herbie”.
- Play in at least 50% of all Varsity games