FAQs & Helpful Links

Q: Can kids play up in age group? For example can a clinic age player play Tyker level?
A: Short answer no. We need kids of higher skill level to play with their peers and it will make those around them better is my simple answer and not meant to be a stubborn one. So happy to discuss as needed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Q: Are we going to field “Club Teams”?
A: We will. There will most likely be added costs for league fees for the HOCO league…..in addition to those for the MYLA league. More to come on this…
Q: How Do you Evaluate Players?
A: Through a very fundamental lens. Players that exhibit a more consistent pattern of applying the fundamentals – scooping, cradling, throwing, catching – would be considered at a higher skill level and would be placed as such. Application during the “pace of play” is also evaluated. Understanding space and positioning is helpful but not key at the younger age levels (Tyker). Lighting and up is when we will start to really focus on position skill sets in addition to game IQ, and overall fundamental skill set level.
Q: What days of the week will games and practice be?
A: Varies across age groups. But soft stick will be Saturday AMs. The other age groups play games on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Practice nights and frequency during the week will vary depending on the coaches discretion.
Q: Will Lacrosse and Baseball schedules allow for the boys to play both sports?
A: Yes, particularly at the younger levels. We have coordinated with CMRC Baseball that all age groups through machine/kid pitch will end at 11 AM on Saturday mornings. This will allow the Soft Stick and Clinic age groups to play both where they want to as we will start at 1130 or later most likely for those age groups.
Q: I’d like to coach, how do I get involved?
A: Please check the website for more information about coaching opportunities or contact Mikey Norton by email – mnorton14@hotmail.com.

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Volunteers:  As of July 1, 2015, Baltimore County is requiring that all Rec Council volunteers who interact with children, pass a Background Check.

Volunteers (coaches, assistant coaches, coordinators and anyone who has “Custody and/or Control of Children”) are required to register for this Background Check.  Anyone who fails to register will not be allowed to participate in CMRC activities where interaction with children takes place.  You must complete a separate online submission for each sport you are volunteering for.  To begin the process, please visit:

www.BaltimoreCountyMD.gov/RecreationVolunteers

Use the access Code “BCGREC16” (without the quotes).

Other Info

Coaching Opportunities

I have heard from a number of you…..may have already coached with you.  So, if you are on that list you will be hearing from me.  For those of you I have not heard from….and are interested, don’t hesitate to reach out.

This really will take a village.  I think we CAN compete with the best Rec. Programs AND Club Programs in the area.  We just must be willing to put in the time and effort…it’s not about money.

So, the more the merrier…and I want to hear what you have to say.  Please see below on some more information and details on upcoming coaches meeting.

PS – Those that want to “help” with the program in some way but not as a coach, we have room for you too!  Please reach out too and see below….

Sincerely,
Mikey Norton
CMRC Boys Lacrosse Commissioner

  • Coaching Philosophy/Curriculum – I would like to develop a lacrosse curriculum for us to leverage across the entire program. We have access to US Lacrosse and other resources we can use to help develop age appropriate drills across all age groups.
    My goal will be to provide you with the necessary resources – videos / cheat sheets – to help aid in this process. All of which will be based around fun. And all with your INPUT!  This is not to over engineer things, but more so to enable us to get better and LEARN the game in a more methodical way.  Which is what everyone else is doing too.  I think we can do it better.
  • Additional Coaching Resources
    • I want to reach out to some local HS Lax coaches to see if we can secure some HS players to come join the staffs.
    • This may be a reach based on their schedules…. but there have to be kids in the area – maybe CMRC alums – that can pitch in a couple days of week….and maybe show up to games too.
    • The idea behind this is to have another set of hands and VOICE to teach the boys.  I will plan to tell them to stick to fundamentals……just what they hear all day themselves.
    • Biggest plus…. community service hours.
    • So, if you know if anyone…. or have son/daughter that wants to come on out…. let me know.
    • No administrative stuff…. just show up and coach.
  • Age Group Coordinators (AGC)
    • I would like to ask for volunteers to help be age coordinators for each age group – Soft Stick/Clinic/Tyker/Lightning/Midget/Junior
    • We may combine some age groups….or may not need one if there is a single/no team.
    • I will admit this is a new role I will need help forming.  But below are some areas I have contemplated delegating to the age group coordinator:
      • Roster Oversight – You will be the owner of the master rosters for your age groups.  So once teams are made…..any changes or tweaks to said rosters will start with you and then up through Commissioner.  Non-skill-based decisions – kids moving between B teams for example is something you can own.
      • Schedule Oversight – I would ask for your assistance with managing the “master” schedules for your age group.  I would assign you as the contact for CMRC for all Recs/Refs for scheduling purposes.  Pushing out changes to your coaches as needed would also be required.
      • Parent Point of Contact – For questions related to your age group, I would ask parents to start with you.  Team specific questions would go to coaches obviously…. but something that needs escalation would start with the AGC.  I would clearly get involved where necessary.
      • Uniform Point of Contact (if applicable) – Depending on where we land with a vendor…I would ask the AGC act as point person for all coaches across age group.  Helping collect and aggregate orders….and collect money (sorry).
Volunteer Opportunities
One of my main goals of the program is to really bring the community together.  The easiest way I can think of doing that is through fundraising events or anything of the like.

The below ideas are just that.  They can’t become reality unless we want them to.  So, if you have any interest in this type of thing and want to get involved reach out!

Some of the funds from these efforts would ideally go right back to the kids across the program.  I would love to use the funds to bring in “professional coaches” to help aid in our learning efforts.  And this may be one way to do that….and so much more.  So please see below and keep me posted!

  • Pre-Season Fundraiser – I have connected with a few folks from the girl’s program to put together a pre-season fundraiser.  If you have interest in getting involved in something like this, please let me know.
  • Game Day Fundraisers – I am contemplating having a few play days at Hydes…..we can look to hold a food truck day or some other fun fundraiser during these events.  The LGVFC snack bar can assist with this too…but not sure how we gain from that…so need more ideas here.  But this keeps people around Hydes (I know people are crazy busy) …. but with multi-sport kids maybe this works a weekend or two….
  • End of Year Picnic – I’d like to start an annual picnic with the girls program…..maybe play a boys versus girls game across different age groups (swap sticks is always fun)….stuff like that.  And come up with a way to do a fundraiser during this….maybe just an old school 50/50.

Completely open to any and all ideas as well.  So keep me posted with any questions or thoughts and ideas.

Sincerely,
Mikey Norton

Boys Lacrosse Program Philosophy
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
Pele

The focus of our program will be on the development of the fundamentals of lacrosse from the ground up. Leveraging a “teaching” mentality, our goal will be to create a fun, hardworking, and high character environment to learn the game of lacrosse.

The focus of CMRC Lacrosse will not be about winning or the outcome of the game.  Rather the focus will be on learning the elements and fundamentals of the game that enable us to get better every time we strap it on.

The byproduct of following a philosophy like this will lead to great results in the long run. I want the boys in this program to fall in love with this game and learn it along the way.

Like many of the youth programs in this area, Carroll Manor too has produced a LOT of GREAT lacrosse players over the years……and it was no accident. It was the hard work of those around this great program in addition to the boys that have come through it. We will continue with that same tradition in 2020 and beyond.

Please feel free to take a look below at the additional information provided around the following:

  • Age Group Breakdown and Descriptions
  • Coaching Philosophy and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Frequently Asked Questions – (will be updated over time)

I want to thank all of you across the community for your continued support of CMRC Boys Lacrosse Program and look forward to a great Spring season in 2020.

Sincerely,
Mikey Norton
CMRC Boys Lacrosse Commissioner