Frequently Asked Questions about Olde English
Olde English Lacrosse is a year-round, tournament travel and player development program for boys in graduation years, 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027 living in the greater Philadelphia region. The program brings together like minded players (and their families) who have fallen in love with the game of lacrosse and desire to develop their individual and team skills in a challenging and fun environment.
Olde English is a three-season lacrosse program. Our players come together from clubs as far east as Doylestown and as far west as Chester county, fielding competitive, grade-based travel teams for the advanced player as well as progressive, development squads for the emerging youth player. When the springtime returns, many of our players return to their respective clubs to be leaders both athletically and personally. W strive to keep fees low and to make the program as accessible for as many families as possible.
While there are many legends, there really is no history. When the founders first came together, they wanted the program to truly be a coalition of youth clubs so they chose a name that couldn't be tied back to any individual youth program.
Olde English serves two needs in the youth lacrosse community - provide a competitive opportunity for players to maximize their potential as players and to cultivate the growth of youth lacrosse in Southeast Pennsylvania. As a result, we offer both competitive travel programs for the advanced player and a innovative player development programs for the progressing youth player.
As part of the annual registration process, players and their parents agree to abide by the Olde English Code of Conduct outlined below.
- I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
- I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
- I will learn the rules of the game and all related policies and procedures.
- I will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
- I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing, taunting, harassing, or intimidation; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures. I will report any acts of unsportsmanlike behavior to the appropriate authorities for proper disposition and resolution.
- I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and wellbeing of the athletes.
- I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
- I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
- I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
- I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also deemphasize games and competition, particularly in lower age groups.
- I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
- I will respect referees and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches or club officials at the game or practice field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
- I will respect decisions of the coaching staff regarding playing time; substitutions; game and tournament management, strategies, and tactics; practice organization, coordination, and emphases; and other matters that pertain to teaching the sport of lacrosse. I will bring any concern(s) directly to the coach and or/director, and I will not be a disruptive, negative influence on the sidelines during practices or games regardless of opinions or outcomes of coaching decisions.
- I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
- I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
Ideally yes. Our program is structured to run from October through eJuly and our goal is to help our players evolve their skill sets over this period, building on fundamentals every week and adding more structured team concepts over time. But, we also recognize that every family is different and purposefully structured our program into seasons (Summer, Fall, Winter) to allow players to enroll at different points in the year and for different lengths of time.
Each player commits to their team for the year and our coaches and families collectively re-evaluate the fit of every player annually during the tryout process. Because we commit a defined position to each player for the season, payment is due at registration and there are no refunds for players that choose to leave the program during the season.
Olde English Lacrosse is open to boys in graduation years 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027.
While there is some variation based on season, tournament and game schedules, the regular commitment is one just day per week.
Olde English is a player development program first. Tournaments are the reward for the weeks of effort that the boys put into practices and a chance to put new concepts to work in a game environment. When we attend a tournament, we go to be successful but the tournament itself is secondary to seeing the players progress. Not being able to attend a game or practice should never deter a family from joining.
We believe it's important to teach our players to be competitive but not at the expense of seeing each and every one of them progress. Games are an opportunity to put to work the lessons learned and apply the skills they have honed - and for that reason we adopt a "best and balanced" game approach. We will always play to be competitive but more than anything we play to provide another learning opportunity.
To be a good lacrosse player, it's important to be good at other sports as well. We encourage our players to find and experience different sports, different coaches and develop new and different skill sets. During the fall and winter months, our sessions are generally held on days with the least conflict with other youth sports programs (Typically Sundays).
The next enrollment and player evaluation period is for Winter 2016 and Summer 2017 and applications are being accepted now. If you need more information, please call (302) 690-2187 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal is to make the sport of lacrosse accessible to any player, regardless of their families financial position. Annual player fees are around $1,600 per calendar year and financial assistance is available based on player need.
Practices are held in centrally located facilities to make the program as accessible as possible to players and their families. Updated information for the 2019 Summer season will be available soon.