Tolland Lacrosse Club Policies
This page contains the following policies adopted by Tolland Lacrosse Club:
Concussion Management Policy
Player Age Bracket Policy
Concussion Management Policy:
The Tolland Lacrosse Club (TLC) is very serious about protecting our players from all injuries, but in particular, we are aware of the very serious dangers of concussions.
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or even a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head.. Even a "ding," "getting your bell rung," or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions range from mild to severe and no loss of consciousness is required to sustain a concussion. You cannot see a concussion. The signs and symptoms of a concussion may show up right after the injury, or may take several hours or even days, to fully appear. For this reason, the cooperation and understanding of the player’s parents and/or guardians is critical.
USLacrosse, the national governing body for youth lacrosse in the country, is leading the way to ensuring concussion awareness and prevention in youth lacrosse. In conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who partnered with numerous leading experts in the medical and sports field, the CDC has compiled concussion related resources to assist youth sports programs, parents and players. The TLC strongly recommends that ALL parents/guardians familiarize themselves, as well as their sons or daughters who are participating this year, with this information which can be found on the CDC website, links for which can be found below.
The TLC is committed to educating its coaches, the parents and the players themselves about the seriousness of concussions. All of our coaches will be provided information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.
Recognizing the signs of a concussion and the proper treatment of a concussion requires the cooperation of the parents, the player, the family’s medical provider and the coach to ensure that the best information and decisions are made for that player’s safety. The TLC policy for any player that is believed to have sustained a concussion no matter how severe is for the coach to remove that player from participation and seek medical attention: "When in doubt, leave the player OUT !"
Furthermore, NO player who the coaches believe has sustained a concussion – whether by exhibiting signs of a concussion or having sustained a blow to the head - will return to the field for practice or a game without the express written medical authorization/permission from the child’s medical provider stating that the child is cleared to participate in youth sports, and in particular lacrosse.
After a player has been cleared by a trained medical professional and written authorization/permission has been provided to the coach, the player should be gradually returned to play commencing with light aerobic activity on the first day of return and slowly progressing into sport specific conditioning and running drills then on to non-contact drills such as line drills, shooting drills, passing drills and only then to full contact practice drills. The Coach shall monitor the player to see if he/she remains symptom free through the activity and throughout the night/day until next practice. If symptoms arise during a day of activity, activity should be stopped immediately and that day would be repeated the following day.
No player who returns from a concussion, after proper written authorization has been provided to the Coach, shall participate in a GAME until that player has participated in a minimum of THREE (3) practices.
To assist in the effort to protect our players most important asset – their brains – we ask all parents to spend the time to review the Concussion Information Video and the articles in the "Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports" tool kit, links to which are listed below:
Concussion Information Video
ConCCDC Heads Up Printable Coaches Fact Sheet
CDC Heads Up Printable Players Fact Sheet
CDC Heads Up
Tolland Lacrosse Club POLICY ON PLAYING TIME
There is no expectation for equal playing time. Players that miss practices don't get equal playing time. This would send a wrong message to other players that make the commitment. Tolland Lacrosse Club will leave these decisions up to the coach. As a Board of Directors, we would intercede if there was some egregious act by the coach (such as not letting the player play at all... sitting him/her for a full game).
There are always special circumstances that should be considered but all players are expected to be committed to being a team member. When a player is at practice or a game, that player demonstrates commitment by the effort he/she puts in.
There are too many factors in a game that impact available playing time; clock “run time” vs. “stop time”, substituting on the fly, special teams such as Extra Man, Man Down, penalty times, specialty positions such as goalie, face off, and long stick middie. However, the coach’s goal should be to provide equal playing time over the course of the season.
As the season progresses, some players will see less playing time because they have a difficult time understanding the concepts. That could be due to missed practices or level of difficulty of lacrosse concepts. Players that best understand concepts such as Extra Man Offense, and Man Down Defense may get more playing time.
In the last few minutes of a game, the coach may want to keep certain players on the field if:
· If the TLC team is down, but it’s close
· If the game is tied
· If the TLC team wants to stall
· If the TLC team wants to break the stall
· If the outcome of the game affects the team standings in the league and position in playoffs.
In the league playoffs where teams are eliminated for the season, the coach should communicate to the players his expectations for playing time and that some players may see limited or possibly no game time.
Tolland Lacrosse Club POLICY ON “PLAYING-UP”
The purpose of this policy is to define the exceptions and procedures that would allow any TLC player to be moved to team that is different than the one the player’s age dictates (ex: allowing a child in who is age eligible for U12 level to play on a U14 grade team [following the US Lacrosse age guidelines).
US Lacrosse Position Statement:
“Due to the increased potential for injury and lack of evidence supporting any benefit in the long-term development of a youth level player, US Lacrosse strongly discourages allowing children below 8th grade to “play-up”.
It is the policy of Tolland Lacrosse Club that, subject to the exceptions listed below players are not permitted to play on a team outside the child’s grade level as defined by US Lacrosse for a given season.
- When the parent is asked by Tolland Lacrosse Club to coach a different team: If so desired by the parent-coach, a player may move up one grade level if the parent who is also a TLC coach is asked by TLC to coach a team that is different than the one the parent-coach’s child age dictates. (ex: If the parent of a U10 player is asked to coach a U12 level team) In the circumstance the child is permitted to play on the U12 level team as an accommodation to the parent-coach.
- When a coach of the older team extends an invitation to play in a game: A player is permitted to play in a game for a team above age level if invited to by the coach of the older team. The game must not interfere with the player’s age appropriate team’s schedule. Typically, this is done when the older team is missing their regular players.
- When approved by the TLC Board: The TLC Board reserves the right to allow a player to move up an age level permanently if requested by the parent/guardian, is agreed to by the coaches of both the age appropriate team, older team, and approved by a majority vote of the TYL Board.
- “Playing-Up” Request Procedure: No requests will be considered until the player in question has registered, paid in full, and been assigned to an age appropriate team. Once that criterion has been met the following procedure must be followed.
- The player’s parent or guardian needs to make a formal request in writing to the TLC board of directors. Request must include the rationale for why it is in the best interest of all parties to have the child play-up.
- The appropriate age level director (boys/girls) along with the coaches will review to decide if a move it warranted. Criteria used may be but not restricted to the following:
- Input from parent/guardian
- Feedback from previous coaches
- Input from both head coaches of the impacted teams.
- Impact on team sizes
- Player’s size and maturity level
- If the appropriate age level director and coaches do not support the request, the request is denied.
- If the appropriate age level directors and coaches support the parent’s request they will present to the TLC Board for formal approval. Simple majority approves or denies the request.
- Any board members that are the parent must abstain.
- Following the vote the TLC Board will provide formal written response of the final decision to the parent/guardian requesting the move