Q: What does my son or daughter need to play at a Team 24/7 Lacrosse program? A: Unless your son is particpating in an Intro Academy (stick only), all boys will need full equipment. This includes; helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, stick, cleats, athletic supporter, and a mouthpiece. Please have them bring water as well. Girls will need a women’s lacrosse stick and a pair of goggles.
Q: Where can my son or daughter purchase lacrosse equipment?
A: Lacrosse equipment can be found at a number of online retailers, Play It Again Sports and Dicks Sporting Goods. We also work very closely with Lacrosse Unlimited in the Arboretum (8020 Providence Rd. #1000, Charlotte, NC 28277).
Q: My son is going to miss a session, do I need to let anyone know?
A: No. We understand there is life outside of lacrosse.
Q: It is raining and I don’t know if I have lacrosse.
A: You probably do. We rarely ever cancel. If there is lightning and we are going to cancel, we will send you an email or you can check our twitter handle (@Team24_7Lax) but the rain will rarely stop us. All of our coaches have great raincoats.
Q: What is my role as a parent and how can I help my son and Team 24/7 Lacrosse?
A: Be patient. This is a process. We spend a ton of time and energy working with all of the athletes we coach and they are not going to radically change their game over night. If they work at it as hard as they can and they listen to our coaches, they will continue to improve. You will see a heavy amount of instruction early on with all of our programs and you will see it pay off in the future.
Be supportive. You are bringing your son to us to teach him how to play lacrosse and grow as a young man/lady. We have some very good coaches and role models. Please let our coaches’ coach and be realistic with the expectations you have for your son or daughter. Regardless of what they do well or poorly, recognize you as a parent are lucky that you got to watch them play a game and run around with friends. In 10 years, they are not going to remember whether they won or lost a game. However, they will remember the relationships they developed with coaches, other athletes and you as a parent.
Here is a great article for those interested in the role of parents in athletics: http://growingleaders.com/blog/what-parents-should-say-as-their-kids-perform/
If you are interested in supporting Team 24/7 Lacrosse, the best thing you can do is talk about your positive experience with other families. We believe in what we are doing and hope you do as well. The greatest compliment you can ever give us is telling someone else about your positive experience. Thank you in advance for all of your support.
Q: Outside of the Team 24/7 programs, how can my son or daughter improve?
A: If your son or daughter wants to improve as a lacrosse player, they should have their stick in their hands as much as possible. They should start by playing wall ball for 30minutes to 1hr every day. After wall ball, your son or daughter should be working on their speed and athleticism by running sprints and jumping rope. If your son or daughter can catch, throw and run. They will have much more success on the lacrosse field. We regret to inform you that we have not found a way for athletes to become better lacrosse players without working as hard as they possibly can to develop better stick skills and become a better athlete.
Most of our coaches are also available for private lessons everyday of the week for all positions and ages. If you are interested in scheduling a 1on1 session or a small group session, please contact us at Info@Team247lax.com.
Q: What does my son or daughter need to do to make a Team 24/7 select team?
A: Please see above. It is expected that all of the Team 24/7 Select team members spend hours on the wall every day and have advanced stick skills, speed, athleticism and strength.
Our goal is to field the most competitive teams in the southeast. If you want to play for the Team 24/7 Select program, you are expected to compete as hard as you can every time you step on the field, be coachable and have a positive attitude.