Lacrosse the Nation’s life skills curriculum is an integral part of each domestic and international program. Because of our focus upon sustainability, this curriculum variably changes based on the needs and desires of each location.
LtN’s goal is to connect lacrosse and life skills, bringing a direct application from learning the sport in class to their lives outside of the safe school environment.
”The importance of helping”
Each class is divided in two. The first part focuses on a particular lacrosse skill, with the second half utilizing that skill to teach a particular life lesson. For example, a class about taking care of the ball and cradling, teaches responsibility and taking care of yourself.
The school year’s curriculum is split up into 4 units, each consisting of 9 classes.
- Unit 1-Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other- Classes emphasize taking pride in oneself and talking positively about teammates and classmates.
- Unit 2-Teamwork and Cooperation- Unit 2 builds off the previous because individuals need to feel comfortable with themselves before they are able to fully appreciate the power of a group and realize strengths in each other.
- Unit 3-Respect and Sportsmanship- As the lacrosse program builds into small sided games and strategies of the game, Unit 3 focuses on how to respect all others in the community. Respect starts with oneself, builds to the team, and ultimately all others in one’s community. Coaches discuss how to win and lose appropriately, while being a hard-working, respectful member of a community.
- Unit 4-Health-The final unit emphasizes basic health topics like nutrition, vaccinations, hand washing. Each life skill is coupled with small-sided games and more elaborate lacrosse skills as basic skills have grown throughout the year.
We constantly seek ways to measure the effectiveness of our curriculum and make necessary changes so that the program can have the biggest impact on the communities in which we’re working.