"I have a theory that has been brewing for some time. It involves the current lacrosse culture.
I believe lacrosse has become too fun. I know kids are supposed to enjoy sports and "it's just a game" etc.... however, sports to me are about competing; becoming the absolute best you can be and testing yourself in a hard fought game setting.
Sports, and specifically lacrosse, are so much more enjoyable when you have a solid base of fundamentals, are well coached and play extremely hard.
There is a difference between having fun (fooling around) and getting satisfaction out of competing.
We live in a time of inclusiveness and equality, but isn't it fun to set yourself apart?
Isn't it fun to be a highly skilled and accomplished player?
Fun comes from hard work, a level of seriousness, focus and dedication. It is a lot more fun to work toward accomplishing a high level of skill than it is to play just to say you play.
If you call yourself an athlete and a lacrosse player, you should strive for perfection and to be a gritty hard working player, not someone who just steps on the field to be cool.
Cool is hard work. Cool is dedication. Cool is nasty skills. Cool is testing yourself against someone better than you and succeeding. Cool is a relentless pursuit of perfection. Cool is confidence knowing you've gone against someone better than you and came out on top- if only for a moment: winning a ground ball, taking the ball away, forcing a turnover, scoring against a tough d man...
So to me, fun comes from the little things, the little victories. They all add up to much more than the fun of just being a participant.
Coaches, please do not cheat your players by allowing them to act like fools. Challenge them, give them opportunities to succeed as well as fail. They will remember you because you didn't let them just get by with being a bro. You let them become who they are supposed to be with the accumulation of little wins, little moments of satisfaction that will last a lifetime.
Go out and make great players and people. They will be passionate about the sport and will dedicate themselves to being awesome players."