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Rose Tree - Media Optimist Youth Lacrosse Club
Jeff Pettit
731 Farnum Road
Media, Pennsylvania
Program Philosophy
   Native Americans believed that lacrosse was given to them by their Creator to prepare them for life's challenges. Optimist Lacrosse believes too that this marvelous sport offers a unique opportunity to be tested and to build character, pride and commitment. To achieve these goals, Optimist Lacrosse conducts its program with certain fundamental precepts that you may find to be contrary to other youth sports programs.
   While we believe that playing sports should be fun, it should also be played with one's maximum effort to reap the true rewards of participation. Thus, while we do not "play to win", we insist that players play as if they want to win.
   Optimist Lacrosse's goal is also to develop players who will compete successfully at the high school level. We know that players change dramatically and that players who may lack such physical attributes as size and speed today are likely to acquire them in the future. Thus, we seek to encourage the participation and enthusiasm of all players and not promote only those players who are the "best" at this age.   Winning is important, but not as important as seeing that every player has the opportunity to play.
    One of the unique aspects of this sport is that the lacrosse stick can be a great leveller. The slow,small player who has superior stick skills can be successful against the bigger or faster player. Thus, development of these skills is a way that every player can enjoy the sport.
    Our long term view also means that recognize that our players have other interests, including other sports. Players should have the opportunity to pursue these other interests without penalty to their role on the team. We only ask that lacrosse be treated equally and receive the same commitment. Having said all that, players most realize that those players who devote substantially more of their time to lacrosse are likely to be much more successful at it than others who do not.
   Finally, if you or your child chooses to be involved with Optimist Lacrosse, you will see that we practice less than other sports because we encourage players to practice on their own or with friends so as to develop stick skills at their own pace. Players who constantly have a stick in their hand are well on their way to finding success in high school lacrosse.

Registration Information
    Registration forms were mailed to returning players in January and should be returned by January 20. We are still accepting new players. Any new players who wish registration forms can request them by e-mailing or downloading forms from this site (see "Handouts"). You may also request by phone (610-565-1645).Be sure to provide your name, telephone, mailing address and grade.
    Registration fees are listed under a separate section. New players require a uniform (jersey and shorts). 7th and 8th grade players are required to be members of US Lacrosse. The form for joining Us Lacrosse will be provided with the registration packet. All or part of registration or uniform fees may be waived due to unusual circumstances.

Required Equipment
Boys Program:
   All players are required to have a stick, helmet (see rental program below), shoulder pads, armpads, gloves, cleats (soccer shoes are fine)and mouthpiece. Intramural players only need a stick and gloves for the first month of indoor practices.
   Helmet Rental: Optimist Lacrosse will supply a helmet upon deposit of $100.00. The deposit is returned in full when the helmet is returned.

Girls Program:
   A stick and mouthpiece is the only equipment required.

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