The Fall season is for many programs the beginning of preparation for the traditional spring season. Where as summer provides an opportunity to break away from local play and to explore various challenges the Fall is a time to focus on the ultimate goal of representing your local community or high school to the best of your abilities. If we were to make a comparison it is similar in many ways to the spring football period in the state. Schools are not granted and off season preparation season for lacrosse and this void is filled by the club model and the inherent guidelines for club participation.
Here is a quick summary of the value that can be achieve in the Fall Season:
*Knock off the rust, especially if a player stopped participation in June or earlier
*For many players below the 9th grade this is the first time they will ever pick up a stick and start the journey
*Allow coaching staffs to define systems and coaching roles
*Start to inculcate team chemistry
*Get back to basics on skills, lacrosse IQ, and general expectations both on and off the field
*Identify areas of play that need development and also to identify strengths per player that can be built into a future teams systems