WE NEED YOU! Volunteer opportunities and needs:
As you all know the Mount Anthony Lacrosse Association is run by volunteer coaches who put in countless hours coaching Lacrosse for your children. Without your involvement the Mount Anthony Lacrosse Association will cease to flourish. So there are many ways to help out:
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How you can help
Become a team parent/manager:
This is an invaluable position for every coach. This position allows the coach to concentrate on teaching the athletes the game so they do not have to worry about carpools, scheduling timers, coordinating snacks, planning the end of season picnic, etc. Team parents responsibilities include:
scheduling timers, scorekeepers and cleaning up for home games, coordinating post game snacks and drinks, and basically acting as the liaison between the coach and the parents on things that are not directly elated to coaching. If you are interested in becoming a team parent, please contact your child’s coach.
We now have a few fund raisers during the season for several reasons:
This is to help keep registration fees as low as possible and to be able to purchase as much lacrosse equipment as possible for those who can’t afford to pay the cost. We are truly the only lacrosse program in the state that provides lacrosse equipment for our players at any team level. Every year our 3 major fund raisers solicit sponsorships from locals businesses or individuals who will get an ad posted in the MALA booklets and on our website, a cash calendar where every player will be required to sell to friends, family and neighbors, and a bottle drive. We truly hope that everyone will take part in these fundraisers. If you are interested in helping out on any of these fund raisers or you have an idea about raising funds, please contact Barbara Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org
The game of lacrosse is one that is fun to learn and play; it is also challenging. We need folks who may already have knowledge of the game and may have coaching experience or at least a strong desire to learn either. Knowledge of the game can be taught and learned, so the most important ingredients for coaching are really a passion for teaching, enthusiasm and discipline. The later is important because without it, the first two may get lost in the shuffle! If you are interested in coaching or helping your child’s coach, please contact Chris Shea at email@example.com.
The Club is responsible for lining and generally taking care of the fields during the season. The fields generally need to be laid out and lined early in April and then relined as needed during the season. While the laying out of the fields is for the experienced, lining and relining can certainly be done by anyone – it is really easy – if you can walk in a straight line! And it does not take very long! If you are interested in helping with the fields, please contact Chris Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equipment pickup in March and equipment returns at the end of the season.Contact Chris Shea at email@example.com.
This is a paid position. (But you can donate your time for MALA, if you like)Candidates should know the basic rules of Lacrosse or be willing to learn what is necessary.Training is offered (usually held on a Saturday in March). Referees must be available to ref during late April to mid June. You have a choice to ref boys or girls or both. If you want more information or are interested, please contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fluid Consumption – One of the most important things that you can do for your lacrosse player is to be sure that when they go to practices and games, they have a sufficient amount of water packed with them. Follow these guidelines for proper hydration. During prolonged lacrosse matches and practices in the heat, body fluids lost as sweat must be replaced as frequently as possible to avoid dehydration and possible thermal injury. Drinking 12 to 20 ounces (1 -2 cups) of fluid 10 – 20 minutes prior to practice or competition is recommended; it is extremely important to maintain the fluid intake by replenishing fluids during practices or games. During prolonged exercise at least 8 ounces (1 cup) of fluid should be consumed every 15 – 20 minutes.
The best diet for anyone, and this goes double for an athlete, is a balanced meal consisting of protein, complex carbohydrates and ‘good’ fat. Proteins such as fish, eggs, chicken, lean red meats, dairy and pork are great muscle builders. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, brown rice, other grains, fruits and vegetables are great energy suppliers. ‘Good’ fats include omega three fatty acids found in fish, olive oil and some fruits and vegetables like avocadoes to help to maintain the body’s immune system and ward off colds and disease. A combination of these foods the night before a game and then a few hours before a game will help your athlete perform to the best of his or her ability. It is also important that an athlete eats regularly- every 3 to 4 hours. This will eliminate any energy lows or highs and help the body to build lean muscle mass while burning fat. Skipping meals and then ‘back-loading’ to make up for it has been shown to actually decrease lean muscle and build fat stores in the body. So the moral of the nutrition story is to eat well-balanced small meals throughout the day and drink plenty of water.
It is also vitally important to recharge the body post game. Nutritionists recommend that a small meal or snack be consumed about a half hour after the completion of a match and certainly no later than an hour and a half. This is especially important during tournaments or round robins when multiple games are played during a day or weekend. By refueling the body with a wholesome snack or small meal (and plenty of water and good liquids), the body will better recharge and repair itself for the next match.
NOTE: Half time snacks are discouraged. Hydration is most important at this stage in the game. Snacks such as oranges actually dehydrate the body because of the sugar content.
Post game beverages:
- Gatorade (NOT Powerade – too much sugar!)
- Low fat chocolate milk (find containers in juice aisle) – good protein, liquids
Post game snacks:
- Cheese sticks – mozzarella or cheddar
- Cottage cheese
- Whole grain crackers
- Cut up veggies
- Cut up fruit
Post game meals:
- Whole Grain Breads
- Peanut butter and jelly
Hard boiled eggs
Cut up fruit
www.positivecoach.org -Access this great website for tips and tools to be a supportive parent.