Great stuff this past weekend in the world of 6th grade lacrosse:
Ella plays for two LAX teams; ADK Lacrosse and Saratoga Youth Lacrosse. We feel so fortunate to have outstanding coaches for both teams — dedicated, caring, and knowledgeable.
On Sunday, Ella’s ADK team played three games in a tournament up north in Lake Placid, NY. Many of the girls had already played on Saturday in another tournament, so it was a physically demanding weekend.
On Monday morning, I opened my email to find this follow-up message from our ADK Coach:
“… We asked the girls what their favorite game was and they all agreed game ’2′ was (still cheering as they said it). Ironically, happens to be the game that we lost by 2 points to a U15 ‘aggressive’ team. That tells us that they would rather play the more competitive teams and lose respectfully. They cheered more during and after that game than the two games they won. We believe this was the game that they really came together as a team. It was a great moment to be a part of and witness. We win games and lose games. Either way, it’s about the effort and learning each time. Most importantly, playing as a team.” – Coach Mike Ballard
The Team: ADK Class of 2019 with coaches Heather and Mike
Ella in “the draw”:
Here’s to kids playing sports for all the right reasons — to be challenged, to come together, and to strive. “Thank you” to all of the dedicated coaches who recognize what’s most important, and who work so hard to instill that in their players and communities. What you are doing is a beautiful thing. These lessons continue, and they matter! This is why we play.
Next-day edit: Ella’s coach, Heather, just sent an email remarking on one other aspect of this team — that these girls are coming together from 7 different school districts. They are on competing teams on a Saturday; and then teammates on a Sunday. Way to go, girls!