OUR MISSION STATEMENT Through responsive and effective coaching, Reading Lacrosse Association will promote the participation of all children, of every athletic ability and experience in the exciting game of lacrosse. We emphasize fun, positive sportsmanship, healthy competition, and love and respect for lacrosse.
PHILOSOPHY The goal of the Reading Lacrosse Association is to provide a constructive and positive experience for young athletes, while advancing and supporting the sport of lacrosse in the town of Reading. The program puts a priority on the interests of the participants while providing an enjoyable environment in which to learn the sport of lacrosse.
The following core values will guide the Reading Lacrosse Association (RLA) both now and in the future. RLA believes its programs have the potential to develop more than lacrosse skills - we develop character values that will benefit today’s players now, and in later years and in other endeavors. It’s not just about lacrosse.
Foremost of all values is to learn a sense of fair play. We will not gloat in victory, and we will be gracious in defeat. We will promote friendship with teammates and opponents alike, and we will respect officials.
RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL
We will treat all others and all players as we would want to be treated and as we would want our children to be treated.
We seek to foster honesty and fair play in accordance with the rules of the game.
Each member of RLA, whether player, parent, or volunteer staff, should try to do his or her best. We recognize that young athletes develop at different rates and stages, and not everyone may have the same ability in any given age group, but everyone can try to perform to the best of his or her ability.
We want the lacrosse experience to be fun, satisfying and rewarding for all participants. We want each child, at the end of every season, to look forward to playing lacrosse again the following year.
We value the strength of learning to work together. Teamwork is reinforced and rewarded by success in the lacrosse experience. We will not value individual exploits over team success and we will promote trust in teammates over selfish play.
We are loyal to teammates and to other parents because we understand that teamwork and overall success cannot be achieved without mutual appreciation and a desire for all players to do well and enjoy success.