“…one of the most significant obstacles nearly everyone in the lacrosse community acknowledges is the lack of experienced coaches…”
“It’s truly the reason my program hasn’t grown, the lack of coaches,” Tyson says. “This is about training the kids and learning life lessons through the game. We (Los Angeles County) are slow to get our youth programs going, so (a team in) our league will go undefeated and win a championship, but we go play other areas at get beat 12-4.”
“As it is right now, being the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., there’s no indication that will stop,” says Joshua Christian, the managing director of sport development for US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. “One of the things we need to focus on is trying to equip coaches with experience, to give them that base of knowledge that will be passed on to the players and parents.”
Tyson, who played at Division III Bethany College in West Virginia, cites the lack of coaching as the main reason why the sport hasn’t progressed much at the youth level locally.
Rossi and the Los Angeles Chapter are so concerned with the lack of coaches that they held a convention in November, partnered with the Orange County Chapter, to aid the progression of coaches and game officials.
“We can help them start a team, but if you don’t have the experienced coaches, it’s not going to be productive,” Rossi says. “There isn’t any problem with the sport growing, but one of the things that is important for the L.A. chapter and the U.S. as a whole is that the goal is to develop, not just grow.”