But the game was over…

Posted: April 19, 2012 in US Lacrosse
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Recently our first year boys high school team played in an awesome game against an undefeated well established team. The game saw several lead changes after our team overcame a 3-0 deficit early in the game to ultimately end up at one goal ahead with a little over four minutes left in the game. With a little more than a minute to go we gave up the ball to our opponents who were able to score two successive goals leaving a little under thirty seconds left in the game on what turned about to be the last face-off of the game. On the last face-off the ball went out of bounds and the ball was awarded to the opposing team. Time ran out and the opposing team won by a goal.

Now for all the parents, players and coaches of lacrosse out there I am sure that you can all understand how exciting that kind of ending can be for everyone concerned and all of the commentary that can come from an ending to a game like this. But in the end, whether you support the officials call or not it is the officials job to make that call, so I will not make any commentary on that call. Unfortunately, one of our players made a negative comment directed at the official to a teammate when the game ended which was overheard by the official. The official threw the flag and the player quickly responded “but the game was over”, subsequently the player was reported to the league and was reprimanded by receiving a one game suspension.

That player is my son and I am part of the coaching staff. I have spoken to our league commissioner and I am totally supportive of his decision and as such I will serve the suspension with my son. I believe that parents should be responsible not only for our own actions but that of our sons. It is inappropriate for any player to make negative comments about the players, coaches, and officials before, during, and after the game and by serving the suspension with my son I am hopeful that we can bring attention to the fact that we all should respect the values of the game and exercise good sportsmanship at all times on and off the field.

Good sportsmanship does not end when the game ends. Honor the Game!

To learn more about the game please click here or the USL Official picture at the top of this post.

  1. Trevor Rubel says:

    Great way to honor the game. Thank you.

    • Trevor,

      Thank you for your supportive comment. We all want to work everyday to Honor the Game and if this helps get the word out it can’t be a bad thing.

      Have a Great Lacrosse Day!

  2. Krieg says:

    Great post! I’d like to talk with you about it more, would you mind shooting me an email at Krieg@lacrosseallstars.com?

  3. Kevin says:

    So was it a bad call?