Coach Steve Kaatz answers the question "Why pay for summer lacrosse?"
I’ve been with Coalition lacrosse for three years, and there is always change: New players, new coaches, new tournaments and most importantly, new jerseys and swag. One of the very few things that doesn’t change is that summer lacrosse costs money, period. Sometimes, the amount spent on getting to and from tournaments, hotels, meals, replacement equipment or new equipment can be overwhelming. As a coach for Coalition Lacrosse's Blue Crew, this monetary cost is constantly on my mind. Am I providing enough value to my players, to my team, to my organization to justify the amount of money spent on summer lacrosse? Do parents feel that this is a good investment of their money . . . or of their time . . . or of their kid’s time?
These thoughts about money, time investment, value, and everything included in that conversation weighed on me . . . until I saw this conversation:
One of the parents asked another parent "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports”? Well I have a confession to make, the first parent said; I don't pay for my kids to do sports. Personally, I couldn't care less about what sport they do.
So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for?
- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but their coaches don't quit on them.
- I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are "too tired" to go to training but they go anyway.
- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused, and dedicated.
- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body and equipment.
- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good teammates, gracious in defeat, and humble in success.
- I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't win their game or get the playing time they'd hoped for, but still they go back week after week giving it their best shot.
- I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my kids to respect, not only themselves, but other athletes, officials and coaches.
- I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.
- I pay for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.
- I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.
- I pay so that my kids can be out on the field instead of in front of a screen...
- I pay so my kids can see that when they think that they are completely alone, there is always, always someone that cares about them
...I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for sports; I pay for the opportunities that sports provides my kids with to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment!
~ Anonymous Parent
This is the embodiment of Coalition Lacrosse. As a coaching staff, we put in additional hours specifically to create a positive community and culture for your players to learn more than lacrosse. We want the players to learn social skills, tenacity, compassion, respect, and on and on. So the next time you start to question “Is this worth it?” like I did, reread this, and know that Coalition Lacrosse is striving to provide all of that to your player, and more.