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I'm not sure constantly losing your best players to another centre encourages developing and retaining hometown talent, especially when it starts happening at the tyke level. How can you ever develop into an A team if it's starting right from the beginning? In your example, if you are just an A calibre centre, and you've got AAAA, AAA and AA centres all around you, how likely are you to even field a team at that point?She:kon!
I think your first point speaks to a re-org of minor lacrosse similar to how hockey is organized. Get rid of zones and go with leagues.
If a Centre can field a AAAA team, it can invite all players from 'local' non-AAAA centres to try-out. AAA centres can invite all non-AAA players and so on. Example: Whitby and West Durham and Markham. Let's say that Whitby has a AAAA team, a AAA team, AA, A, etc. WD has a AAA, AA, A, and Markham has AA, A. All players in Whitby, WD and Markham can try out for the Whitby AAAA team. If they are cut, then they can try out for the nearest AAA team, but IF their centre has AAA, the residence rule is in effect. Etc. All the way down. This allows a fair chance for all players to play at their level if they can and if not, they go to the highest level in their home centre. The incentive of course is for the local club to want to retain local talent over imports as parents will begin to demand it. Sort of the opposite of your counter-point. It also encourages local centres to develop and retain hometown talent.
For head coaching emergencies = have all registered head coaches registered to the club, not the team. This way a head coach can fill in on any team if need be. Also, retain the registration of coaches from year to year so that if their CIR is clean, they can come out of retirement and fill in if need be. Finally, each club could have a few spare head coaches on hand for such emergencies.
The point of this is not to say that every contingency can be covered, but that problems can be resolved with the right minded group.
She:kon!Here is the thing.
Lacrosse is a sport we are trying to build. I have been trying on that front since the mid 80s.
Because we want growth, we have to adapt and can't always follow the norm.
Coaching. Follow the nccp, ok, but by doing that we are losing good coaches and it will kill the game. Since i started coaching and instruction no matter where i go, what organization i am around and watch the level of technical know how and its almost always extremely poor. Bad habits are either taught or never corrected. Why? because there are not many coaches around that know better. So how about get certified as a technical coach so you can teach kids properly.
How can someone who has never played the game or played at a low level teach a Midget A player to improve. They can't.
Every bench should have a head coach (organizer) and a technical coach (obvious) especially from Bantam up. Not doing this will only hurt the kids.
The coaching program has to be redesigned. They need to get rid of that stupid point system they added, that will guarantee the sport goes to hell. They also need to redesign the books so they are different for each sport and not identical. You are there for field and answering questions that relate to box. its idiotic and poorly thought out.
For me, i am giving up after 25 plus years, the hassle is too much, the abuse is too much and the lack of anything that resembles respect is too much.
Organizations. To comment on what Derek said, where would they come from. So many people stay away because of the toxic behaviour of many executives. I would bet this is the norm not the exception. Many of these executives act like they are a reality show trying to destroy anyone that questions their knowledge (which in most cases, they have little)
I bet we all know an organization where the people in charge know very little about the sport and yet never consult the experts on it. What is worse is, many times when someone who is very experienced comes in to help, they are treated like they are the anti Christ coming to take over when all they want to do is help. Executives get so protected its just stupid.
There is so much to be done with the sport but nothing will be improved until the toxic, egotistical attention starving parasites are in charge, and there is a lot of them.