Dear Lacrosse Family,
Boys will be boys—so the saying goes. Adventure, testing the limits, pushing the envelope, experimentation: it’s all part of growing up. Indeed, it is to be encouraged and supported as part of normal and healthy individual and social development. But, as we all know, there is a perfectly clear line that can easily be crossed by boys and girls who are striving to become young adults while their brains are still developing, their personalities still maturing, and popular culture and peer pressure push and pull them in every direction. If an activity is illegal and if the risks inherent in it have been proved to be dangerous and unhealthy while also being preventable and avoidable—as is the case with teenage use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs—then such behavior is unacceptable to the MBLBC and needs to be addressed.
Over the past couple years we have heard from parents, players, teachers, and coaches pretty much what one would expect to hear: the kids in our community are pretty much the same as kids everywhere. While that might be comforting on one level, when it comes to tobacco, drugs and alcohol, it demands a response.
If you’re like us, we’re not satisfied being the same as everyone else. We want better for our organization and our players and we know that it is within our individual and collective reach. We know it because we’ve seen it time and again: students, players, parents, coaches striving to be their best and setting the standard of excellence for everyone else. That takes discipline, commitment, honor, love and respect for oneself, others, and the game—and we want to reinforce that in our growing lacrosse organization. The MBLBC wants to be the kind of organization that helps players and parents make the right decisions now so that everyone can rise to their very best in the future, both on and off the field. We want to sow the seeds of tomorrow’s successes today and leave nothing to chance.
So, we’ve decided to do something about it. Starting with the 2012 Fall Ball season, we are kicking off an anti-tobacco, alcohol and drug campaign. We invite players, coaches, parents and families to support our efforts by
- Taking the MBLBC pledge on tobacco, alcohol and drug usage. The pledge will be presented to players by the coaches, who will ask the players to take the pledge and to live according to it. Players will then be asked to take the pledge home to encourage open communication with their parents, who are also welcomed and encouraged to participate. The pledge will then be returned by the player to the coach, completing the circle.
- Wearing our LAX Drug & Alcohol Free wristband as a visible reminder that you personally support the pledge.
We also invite players, parents, and coaches to find ways to participate over time to help build and sustain our initiative. We believe we are all in this together. We know that good choices require individual courage and responsibility, but we also know that strong families, organizations, and communities that are unified, well-informed, and pro-active make responsible choices much easier and much more likely for our kids. So, going forward, here’s what you can do:
- Get involved with the MBLBC’s Conflict Resolution committee by helping to produce a seasonal MBLBC flyer, drawing on your personal and professional experience. We are not specialists; we are parent board members who need your experience, wisdom, and help to make our players and organization successful.
- Get involved with the MBLBC Fundraising committee; we all know that a well-funded organization has better chances at success.
- Get involved with other MBLBC committees that are essential to the success of our players and organization, such as the Concessions Committee. Visible parent involvement not only sends the right message to players, it supports the growth and development of lacrosse in our area.
MBLBC Board, its program directors, coaches, and assistants.