Our Mission, Methods, & Philosophies
Our mission is to provide the absolute best developmental lacrosse experience imaginable in Utah. Using a tier/level structure and a primary coaching staff that is simply unmatched from extensive lacrosse experience both playing and coaching, we provide the resources and opportunities to develop lacrosse coaches as well as kids at all skill-levels into higher-level lacrosse players.
What is most important to us?
1. Development. Our primary focus is player development, as lacrosse players and as people. We want players to have fun for sure, but not at the expense of getting better. The personal desire to become better lacrosse players and the willingness to focus and work hard at it is absolutely a requirement of Utah Warriors players. Players who aren’t participating with the primary reason of learning and getting better, and perhaps are just playing to be with their friends are likely not the right fit with our program.
2. Fun. Our second main focus with our players is that they have fun and enjoy the sport of lacrosse. Only if kids are having fun will they develop a true love the sport and be motivated to put in the time and effort it takes to become the best they can be. The process of getting better is a lot of fun.
3. Competition. We believe competition brings out everyone’s best, and blowouts and lop-sided competitions are a waste of everyones time. Caring more about winning a random game or tournament than player development is a disservice to all players, especially at the youth level. When kids are challenged, they grow and they learn that competition brings out their best and regardless of the outcome, simply being their best is always the most fun experience.
As an affiliate of 3d Lacrosse, our club is excited to be able to provide unparalleled teaching resources to players at every level of the game. While we can provide our players with limitless options to get recruited through the 3d lacrosse network (see some of the results here) we remain focused on player development as priority 1. Simply put, the best way to get recruited and play at the highest level is to become a really good lacrosse player and that’s what we help players do. While 3d teams have a very strong reputation of playing at a very elite level, we are not focused on just being elite teams. Rather, we focus on developing elite players and as a byproduct of that process our teams are often very successful.
A few methods we use to help us develop players most efficiently:
– All our players are lacrosse players first, and their respective position(s) second. This means no matter if players think they are just an offensive player, defensive player, goalie or face off specialist, they are playing lacrosse and we have them participate in all the stick-work, footwork, and theory drills together. Our players do learn to play multiple positions and all specialization work is done in addition to this.
– We do not allow players younger than 5th grade to use sticks longer than 42″. Starting in 6th grade, players may be allowed (by a coach) to move to a “modified long pole” but the length of the stick may not be longer than the measurement from the players feet to their nose. It is extremely important that young players learn to play the game with a short stick first and only move to a long pole once they are physically ready, and have the core skills to use it correctly and effectively.
– The terminology we use is consistent with the 3d Lacrosse curriculum. We do this because players having to essentially learn another language every time they age a year or play for a different team is inefficient. In the 3d program, all coaches use the same concepts and terminology from our local recreational league coaches to the National Coaches.
– While we provide countless verbal teaching points with our players, we focus more on running players through extremely effective, well-designed drills and getting them maximum repetitions because through this process players will naturally figure out the physical techniques that work best for them.
– We use the “box-field hybrid” system which teaches players indoor lacrosse concepts as well as field lacrosse. Statistically, players who grow up playing box lacrosse are more successful lacrosse players and this isn’t a fluke. The spacing, physicality, and speed of the indoor game makes field play seem much easier.
– We use “levels” in our program to set benchmarks and use them to challenge players to achieve the next one. For this reason, we operate our teams as both “recreational” and “competitive” teams for different experiences. All players participate equally in the recreational experiences, but for the competitive experiences there is no guarantee of players making rosters or getting playing time. At our “comp” level, we limit roster sizes, have more specialization with player positions, and playing time is much more selective and this is designed to push players and reward progress.
– We are against sports specialization. We encourage players to play as many sports as possible because they all help the player become a better athlete. We not only teach concepts from multiple different sports (primarily basketball, Soccer, football, and ice hockey) but we will occasionally have our players play other sports as well in order to best teach a concept that translates to lacrosse.