Physical Education Lacrosse
Physical education lacrosse, also known as soft-stick lacrosse, is a co-ed version of lacrosse that utilizes modified equipment and rules, and is designed for youth to achieve quick success executing the basics skills of lacrosse (cradling, scooping, passing, catching, and shooting). The rules of soft-stick lacrosse and the modified equipment also make it a version of the sport that does not require protective equipment to learn and enjoy.
It is our hope that the co-ed version of lacrosse can inspire participants to seek opportunities to play the traditional version of the game if they enjoy the soft-lacrosse experience.
Soft-stick lacrosse is well suited for youth in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The US Lacrosse Physical Education Curriculum guide provides age specific unit plans, lesson plans, drills, games, educational handouts, cross-curricular activities and more. The curriculum will introduce and develop the tactical, technical, and cooperative skills needed to enjoy success and the knowledge to continue participation for those who become interested in the sport of lacrosse.
The comprehensive teacher’s manual aligns with national standards and was developed in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). It contains three 10-day units for Elementary (grades 4-6), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) students. All three grade levels are included in the manual so that teachers may customize and utilize resources from the entire curriculum to meet the unique needs of their students. Curriculum also includes a packet of reproducible masters for each unit.
Each unit includes:
- Cognitive, psychomotor, and affective objectives
- Unit overview chart with National Standards identified
- 10 comprehensive lesson plans, including teaching cues
- Skill diagrams and illustrations
- Modified rules for safe play at all levels
- Reproducible handouts for students
- Cross-curricular connections and recommended resources for enhancing the unit
- Drills, games, assessment charts, quizzes, study guides and more
The US Lacrosse Teaching Soft-Stick Lacrosse DVD provides a complete video-based instructional workshop on teaching and playing soft lacrosse, which complements the US Lacrosse Physical Education Curriculum. Video clips from this DVD are available free on the US Lacrosse YouTube site!
By watching these videos, viewers will learn:
- The origins of lacrosse and the variations of the game
- The basic skills of lacrosse
- How to teach these skills to players
- Fun drills and activities
- Rules and execution of soft lacrosse game play
US Lacrosse annually offers two (2) grant programs that help educators: the Soft-Stick Equipment Grant Program and the Physical Education Workshop Program.
If an individual school wants to start a lacrosse curriculum in PE class, we encourage the school to apply to the Soft-Stick Equipment Grant Program. The annual US Lacrosse Soft-Stick Equipment Grant provides a set of equipment to individual schools or community-based organizations that want to start a soft-stick lacrosse program. The grant includes 30 soft lacrosse sticks, 30 soft lacrosse balls, a copy of the Physical Education Curriculum and Teaching Soft-Stick Lacrosse DVD.
If multiple schools from within a school district (i.e. all the elementary and middle schools) want to start a lacrosse curriculum in PE class, we encourage the school district to apply to the Physical Education Workshop Program.
The Physical Education Workshop is for adults educators with little to no prior lacrosse experience. The objective of the workshop is to provide a standard in-service-style training for adult educators who want to learn how to introduce and safely teach the sport of lacrosse to their students using the soft lacrosse equipment, rules, and skills. This fun, co-ed, high energy, non-contact, hands-on workshop is designed to teach basic lacrosse fundamentals, in an effort to help educators understand how they should teach lacrosse in the physical education classroom.
The Physical Education Lacrosse Workshop is limited based on resources available and trainer availability. It is designed to teach educators from multiple schools within a school district. US Lacrosse strives to award school districts that already approve of this workshop prior to applying. In addition, we prefer to work with whoever oversees the PE curriculum for the entire school district when hosting this workshop (i.e. the Health & PE Curriculum Specialist).