Is this how you coach YOUR kids to play this great game?
I wrote just last Friday about high egregious hits in youth lacrosse. These are little boys, their equipment isn’t built for it, their brains aren’t ready, and with their hands tied up with the stick they are sitting ducks. The targeting incident you see in the video occured Saturday to a 6th grader. The white teams coaches, two high profile personalities in lacrosse, argued with the officals that this hit was a NOT a penalty. Neither coach EVER asked if the player was ok. The ref deemed this to be a one minute penalty. Watch the video a few times, turn up your sound, these kids are 11 and 12 and this is a one minute penalty? This is not met with a game ejection? NHL hockey? This is a 6 game suspesnion plus fines. NFL? $50,000 fine. NCAA football? Ejection. Youth hockey? Instant 10 minute penalty plus they take another player off the ice (10 and 2 penalty). This hit should not even be in the realm of youth lacrosse, yet it’s a one minute penalty. This sport needs to get this right. We need to get it right for health and safety and we need to get it right to grow the game. Coaches need to get it right, if you want to win that bad, fine. Next time I’ll give you the W rather than risk kids well being.