During the summer and fall of 2014, the RHAM Youth Lacrosse board conducted a comprehensive review of our entire program. With our goal of developing our players’ lacrosse skills and love of the game, and our desire to provide a more uniform experience for all RYL players and coaches, we have made a decision to partner with 3d Lacrosse, a professional lacrosse coaching, training and consulting organization, and to integrate their systems into our teaching curriculum for our boys’ and girls’ programs. Please read below for more information about 3d and how this partnership will help us to develop our lacrosse program.
3d Lacrosse is a comprehensive, full service lacrosse coaching and training group that assists programs in further developing their players and program. Their main goal is to enhance and develop systems, streamline practices and bring a higher knowledge base of cutting edge skills and tactics to our youth program. All RHAM youth Lacrosse coaches will be trained in their “Field/Box-HybridTM Development System” and “Part Whole” methodology. To learn more you can go to https://3dlacrosse.com/.
RHAM Youth Lacrosse will adopt the 3d development system across our entire program in 2015. 3d will work with all players enrolled in our program from the Lightning through Senior levels. Their approach to working with players age 10 and under is:
Understanding their physical capabilities
Focusing on teaching skill and lacrosse IQ
Making lacrosse fun
Our older groups (junior and senior levels) will also focus on the fundamentals and more grade-appropriate instruction including more advanced session on footwork, stick work, cutting/movement and defense. RHAM Youth Lacrosse will be constructing practice plans that teach multiple variations of these skills with small-sided drills and games and maximized repetitions. You will hear much more about 3d Lacrosse as the season approaches.
How it Works:
3d will provide one Master Coach that will be present 2 days a week for RHAM throughout the spring season. Each team will get 4 practices with a 3D lacrosse Master Coach present. The Master Coach will prepare practice plans and work with our teams and coaches. RHAM youth lacrosse volunteer coaches will work with the Master Coach to run the drills with small groups of players. The benefit of this system is that all RHAM Youth Lacrosse players will receive uniform instruction from a skilled, professional lacrosse coach. Another benefit of this methodology is that our volunteer coaches will receive training throughout the season as well as have access to all of 3d’s training materials.
Additionally, 3d coaches will train ALL of our volunteer coaches prior to the season through both classroom and on-field training sessions.
Utilizing the 3d master coaches and systems to improve the program does result in an increased overall program that has to be reflected in an increased registration cost. In this first year, RHAM Youth Lacrosse is able offset more than 50% of the increased cost, and so our registration cost will increase by $40 to $180 for 2015 season (bantam, junior and senior players; our lightning registration will increase to $100). We believe that you will find the additional benefits to be well worth it. As point of reference a 3 day camp run by 3d costs $300 for roughly 9 hours of instruction. Your player will receive 9 hours with a 3d Master Coach on our field for $40. Our hope is that people will make every effort to attend these practices.
We are very excited for this opportunity to partner with a well-respected and highly experienced organization and we believe that you will find these program changes to have a positive effect on our young athletes.