The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has developed Positive Coaching Scripts to help coaches introduce positive coaching principles to their teams. Scripts should not be memorized or recited word-for-word. Read through the script and then put the ideas into your own language, words you feel comfortable using when talking to your team.
NOTE- The script below is adapted from the Positive Coaching Alliance.
1) POSITIVE COACHING SCRIPT FOR HONORING THE GAME AND ROOTS
I love the game of lacrosse, and I hope you do too. Lacrosse has a long history and has been played for many years in the United States, starting with Native Americans. A lot of great things happen on the lacrosse field. I feel it is an honor to be involved in the sport. That’s why I want to talk to you about Honoring the Game.
Now I’m sure that many of you have had parents or coaches talk to you about sportsmanship, or what it means to be a “good sport.” What does it mean to be a good sport? (Answers may include “play fair” ,”don’t cheat” etc.) Sportsmanship is important, but in order for you to get the most out of lacrosse I want you to honor the game. We say that Honoring the Game goes to the ROOTS of the matter-----R-O-O-T-S.
Each letter in ROOTS stands for an important part of lacrosse that we must respect. The R stands for Rules. The first O stands for Opponents. The next O is for Officials. T is for Teammates and S is for Self.
R IS FOR RULES The rules of lacrosse are what allows us to keep the game fair. Respect for the rules is important, even when it’s possible to break them without getting caught. I want you to play by the rules, even if you think you won’t get caught if you break them. Breaking the rules dishonors the game, even if it means that we win.
O IS FOR OPPONENTS Without opponents we could have no game. A good opponent makes us do our best. Sometimes your opponents are friends of yours. I want you to respect your opponents, and remember they are out there to have fun just like the rest of us. I want you to try your hardest to win, not because you hate your opponent, but because you want to play your best. I promise that I will show respect for the opposing coaches and teams, and I expect you to do the same.
O IS FOR OFFICIALS It is very important to respect officials. Often this can be the most difficult part of Honoring the Game, so we need to remember to keep it as a focus when we play. Officials have been selected and trained to enforce the rules, and they have a very hard job. Without the officials the game would be unsafe and unfair. Officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes, and parents) and sometimes make a mistake. However, there is no excuse for treating officials with disrespect when they make errors. I want you to show respect for officials, even when you disagree with a call. I promise I will do the same thing.
T IS FOR TEAMMATES A big part of lacrosse is the team. Being with your teammates should be fun. Later in life you will often be a part of a team, and it is important to learn to work together. I hope you feel a commitment to each other as teammates and that you will agree to always play as hard as you can in practices and games. Please encourage and support each other on and off the playing field.
S IS FOR SELF Some people only Honor the Game when their opponents do, but I want us to Honor the Game no matter what the other teams or its fans do. I want us to be the kind of team that Honors the Game even when others aren’t because we set our own internal standards, and we live up to them no matter what. We have so much respect for ourselves that we would never do anything to dishonor the game.
So what do we mean when we say that Honoring the Game goes to the ROOTS of the matter?