Our local coaches and program directors implement The Life Skills Curriculum during lacrosse practices two to three times a week.
LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM
Lacrosse the Nation’s life skills curriculum focuses on the principles that we as athletes learn and acquire from playing sports—often times outside the specifics of the game. These include work ethic, motivation, response to failure, ability to work with others, confidence and self awareness.
The curriculum serves to teach life skills through lacrosse as well as a series of games, team building activities, challenges and reflection—consciously intertwining the playing field with the daily routines of the children who participate in our programs.
Lacrosse the Nation’s life skills curriculum is an integral part of each domestic and international program. To ensure success, our curriculum is adapted based on the needs and desires of each location.
Practice is offered before and after school to children and youth ages 8-21 in the communities where we work and is designed to provide our student-athletes a safe space to play.
How practices Are Organized
Each class is divided into three sections:
1. Introduce the Lesson.
Our Coaches and Program Directors introduce a topic with our students, for example Goal Setting. Discussing the importance of goal setting and the steps students must take to reach their goals.
2. Utilize lacrosse/games to reinforce the lesson.
Afterwards, we take the field to practice shooting techniques through a variety of drills and games, such as Give & Go’s and the “Power & Finesse” game.
The group comes together to discuss what they learned, what they liked, and what we could do better to improve (as players, classmates, and as a team). Typically each lesson is taught and reinforced over a series of classes.
How Our Curriculum is Structured
The curriculum is divided into 4 units, each consisting of 9 classes:
Unit 1 – Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other
Unit 2 – Teamwork and Cooperation
Unit 3 – Respect and Sportsmanship
Unit 4 – Health
We constantly seek ways to improve the effectiveness of our curriculum and make any necessary changes so that the program can have the biggest impact on the communities where we work.