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Rose Tree - Media Optimist Youth Lacrosse Club
Jeff Pettit
215-208-2823
731 Farnum Road
Media, Pennsylvania
19063
HONOR THE GAME

        Welcome to Optimist Lacrosse, a community lacrosse program sponsored by the Rose Tree-Media Optimist Club for boys and girls, grades 1-8, who reside in the Rose Tree-Media School District.  Founded in 1987, we are a charter member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association (“SEPYLA”) for boys and a member of the Philadelphia Area Schoolgirls Association (“PAGLA”) for girls.

      Through teaching and playing competitively the Native American game of lacrosse, we strive to instill in our players a sense of dedication, self-discipline, self-confidence, appreciation for hard work, teamwork and other values expressed in the Optimist Creed.  Lacrosse, by its very nature, demands much in the development of the skills to be able use one’s stick effectively and in physical effort. At all times, we seek to “Honor the Game” of lacrosse by effort, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. While we do not always “play to win”, we always demand that players play like they want to win.

    Current news about registration and events is on "My Site News" which can be accessed from the menu on the left. Specific information about our programs, equipment and the sport itself can be found under “Handouts” , also on the menu on the left. We hope that you will, at least, encourage your son or daughter to give lacrosse a try.

    



Thursday, January 7
Penncrest - Optimist Lacrosse Social



Third Annual Penncrest - Optimist Lacrosse Social

Welcome in the 2016 Lacrosse Season by joining Penncrest and Optimist Lacrosse coaches, parents, alumni and friends for a night of dinner and music at the Media Borough Community Center on April 8, 2016 from 7:00 - 11:00 pm.. We will be serving a buffet dinner, along with beer and wine. It is BYO liquor. Live entertainment will be provided by the well-known and versatile performer, Jerry Watkins. The event is for anyone 21 years and older. Tickets are $50.00 per person. This covers the costs of the event and is not intended to be a fund raiser. We will have raffles and a 50-50 to support our lacrosse programs. Purchase tickets at    http://rtmoptimistsports.leagueapps.com/pages/



Monday, February 1
Free Clinics for First, Second and Third Grade Boys and Girls

Optimist Lacrosse is offering free lacrosse clinics at Springton Lake Middle School on the dates below to first, second and third grade girls and boys who have registered for the Spring season or who just want to give lacrosse a try. This is a great way to learn or improve your passing, catching, shooting and cradling. Sticks will be provided if needed and walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Saturday Feb.13 1-3 PM Boys Grades 1-3

Sunday Feb.14 1-3 PM Girls Grades 1-3

Saturday Feb.20 1-3 PM Girls Grades 1-3

Sunday Feb.21 1-3 PM Boys Grades 1-3

Note: Registered players who bring one or more unregistered friends to a clinic will receive a lacrosse ball as our thanks.



Saturday, December 28
Click Here to Register for The Spring Lacrosse Season



This link will connect you with our on-line registration system offered through League Apps:

 http://rtmoptimistsports.leagueapps.com/ 

 

You will first need to create an account, add your son or daughter and then select the appropriate team or program under the "Club Teams" tab. Any questions, please email Optimistlax@aol.com.

 



Tuesday, January 19
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Lacrosse Program



LAX FAQ's FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR LACROSSE PROGRAM

1. What is included in the registration fee? All players pay the basic registration fee. Since all girls in 3rd grade and up and all boys in 4 th grade and up are automatically on a "travel team" (see #3 below), each must pay an additional fee to cover the cost of officials, field rental and other expenses.

2. Do I have to purchase a uniform? All girls 3 grade and up and all boys 4th grade and up must have a uniform. If you are a new or returning 3 rd grade girl or a new or returning 4 th grade boy, you need to purchase a jersey and shorts. If you are a girl in 3 rd grade or up or a boy in 5th grade and up who played last year, you can use your uniform from last year. Players in the intramural programs receive a reversible pinnie.

3. How are players assigned to teams? Optimist Lacrosse is organized by grades and generally we place all players in the same grade on the same team regardless of experience. There are no tryouts unless required where there are too many players in a particular grade. First and second grade boys and first and second grade girls play together in our intramural program. Teams of girls in 3 rd grade and up and of boys in 4th grade and up are considered "travel" teams, meaning that they play games against teams from neighboring communities. This will involve local travel for about a half of the games. In situations where a team does not have enough players or a team has too many players, we may assign players to a different grade level particularly where it fits the player's level of skill and experience.

4. What if my son or daughter does not want to be on a travel team? Unfortunately, we do not have enough players to run an intramural program in those grades where there are travel teams. Furthermore, we do not see a difference between playing intramural games and games against teams from other programs.

5. How long is the season? Travel teams typically begin practice in early March and start their league schedule at the end of March and play through the first weekend in June. The intramural programs start the first Sunday in April and run through the last Sunday before Memorial Day weekend.

6. When are practices and games? Most girls' travel games are on Saturdays. Boys in grades 7 and 8 play on Saturdays and in 6 th grade and under on Sundays. The intramural program for boys and girls are on Sunday.

7. Where are practices and games? Boys teams practice and play at Penncrest High School, but some teams may practice at Indian Lane Elementary School. March practices will be at Indian Lane. Girls' teams will play at Penncrest or Springton Lake Middle School or a combination of both.

8. What if my son or daughter plays another sport? We recognize that your child is involved in numerous activities and other sports. Most players have not found lacrosse to be a significant impediment to participation in other activities. School always comes first. For other sports, we ask only that your child's commitment to lacrosse be equal to other sports. Generally this means that a conflict between a game and a practice should be resolved in favor of the game. Conflicts between practices should be resolved by attending on a rotating basis. Please recognize, however, that when your child misses a game or practice, he or she is one step behind the child who attended. Since Boys A-1 and B-1 teams are in a very competitive divisionand have a limited roster, we expect A-1 and B-1 players to make lacrosse their number 1 sports commitment.

9. What equipment do I need? Boys participating in the non-contact intramural first and second program need only a stick. Loaner sticks are available. Boys participating in the 3rd grade contact program and who are on travel teams require a stick and a full complement of equipment: helmet, shoulder pads, gloves, arm pads, mouthpiece, cup, and soccer or football shoes. Helmets are available for use with a $100 deposit and we have a limited supply of other equipment on a first come-first serve basis. Girls need only a stick and mouthpiece. Protective eye ware is required for all girl travel team players.

10. Do I have to live in the Rose Tree-Media School District to participate in Optimist Lacrosse? If you are playing on a travel team, which includes all girls in 3rd grade and up and all boys 4th grade and up, you must be a resident unless (a) if you are a girl and obtain a waiver from the youth lacrosse organization in the school district where you reside; or (b) if you are a boy and are granted a hardship exception from our league.

11. I would like to coach, but I know nothing about lacrosse? We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who can motivate children in a productive way and treat each player fairly. Since our coaches are usually spread very thin, we can use the help of parents to run drills, pick up equipment, and make phone calls and send emails. Such parents usually can pick up enough after a year to coach defense and run midfields in and out of a game. We will offer opportunities for formal training. Please don't be shy in offering to help.



Thursday, August 13
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Optimist Creed



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Promise Yourself-
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble


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Message From Onondaga Redhawks



The Onondaga tribe is one of the six members of the Iroquois Nation. In 1994, Optimist Lacrosse players and families hosted Onondaga players in a weekend of friendly competition. The following Statement appears on their lacrosse website. It explains why lacrosse is more than just a game.
Lacrosse is a game that has been played by the Onondagas and the Haudenosaunee people for countless centuries. The Onondagas consider the game to be a very spiritual game given to them by the Creator and is still played at Onondaga as a spiritual and healing game for the people. In the late 1800's at Onondaga, the Haudenosaunee prophet named Handsome Lake requested the game of lacrosse be played as one of his last wishes before he made his journey back to the Creator's land. The game was played in his honor and assisted him to fulfill his journey.
The Onondagas call the game Dey-Hon-Tshi-Gwa'-Ehs which translated to mean, "they bump hips". The young people are told by the elders that the game is to be respected and to respect your opponent as they also have been given the gift to play the game. Players of all ages from Onondaga participate in an annual spiritual game. The game is played for the spiritual benefit of the Nation and for all those who play the game.
The Onondagas have a long and proud tradition of playing the game and extend their hand to everyone to join them in preserving and playing the oldest team sport in North America,
Dey-Hon-Tshi-Gwa'-Ehs


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