PIEDMONT COMMUNITY LACROSSE ASSOCIATION
Mission: Our mission is to teach, grow, and honor the game of lacrosse in your town/city/ and every community/county throughout the Piedmont Triad by providing leadership, guidance, training and structure to all our town/city /county/community member programs participating in PCLA’s spring game schedule and the annual PCLA Lax Fest tournament held at the end of our season.
Philosophy: Our philosophy in the PCLA recreational program is that all players participate equally (i.e. quality playing time) in all games on evenly balanced teams based on a player’s grade, age, skill, size and experience – (Boys U14, U12, U10 and U8 / Girls Elementary - 3rd,4th 5th grade and Middle - 6th,7th, 8th grade) playing a local game schedule around their area. There are NO ‘A’ or ‘B’ or ‘stacked’ teams, nor standings or playoffs, at any level playing in the PCLA recreational league.
We constantly evaluate every team and game to strive for fair and competitive games throughout our season.
We play our games on Saturdays allowing those players who wish to participate in “travel programs” to do so without interfering with their recreational practices and games. We expect all PCLA players to make every effort to attend all practices and games.
Our coaches are certified and trained to be teachers of the game and role models focused on character development, teamwork and players learning the fun-damentals, especially the ‘fun’ part. PCLA is an inclusive organization open to all Piedmont Triad communities where, collectively, we strive to always provide a safe, enjoyable, learning experience for all participants in an environment NOT swept up in the pressure filled, win-at-all-cost mania still too common in youth sports today.
Goals: Our primary goal is for players, coaches, parents, officials and program leaders to have fun, rewarding experience while always demonstrating sportsmanship on and off the field as together we learn, share/teach the fundamental skills and teamwork required to play the game well. Program growth and greater participation at all levels are key secondary goals.
PCLA provides training, certification and grade+age-specific rules of play for all member programs, coaches, players and officials with a particular focus on player safety, sportsmanship & fair play for a positive, fun experience for all participants.
Honor the game: We honor the game by practicing positive coaching, teaching life lessons beyond the playing field and by developing a strong community among all players, coaches, parents, officials, program leaders and fans that will last a lifetime.
As PCLA member programs, we continue to improve our lacrosse knowledge and program capabilities each season as together we learn, share and teach the game based on speed, stick skills, athleticism and teamwork – NOT physical intimidation.
Your League: Piedmont Community Lacrosse Association (PCLA) currently represents nine town/city/county/community based members. In 2015 those nine members fielded 48 teams consisting of 800 boy’s and 150 girl’s participating in weekly games and practices from Mid-February through Mid-May. We currently have over 120 coaches coaching PCLA member teams. We are entering our 3rd season under the PCLA umbrella and continue to improve the experience for everyone involved. We can only grow with your help! Volunteer, spread the word and help us grow the game! This is your league.