Coaches know that a successful team requires many ingredients. Talented players, solid fundamentals, and effective strategies are all part of the blue print.

One other important factor is having players who genuinely care about their teammates. 

“It’s important to be a great teammate,” says Rick Fried, head coach of the world champion U.S. Women’s National Team and Georgetown University women’s team. 

And being a great teammate includes looking out for somebody who may be injured.

That’s the core message being shared by lacrosse coaches throughout the country as part of National Team Up Speak Up Day

“I expect my players to speak up to myself or an athletics trainer if they think a teammate has a concussion,” says Jen Adams, head coach at Loyola University Maryland.

Take the online pledge and join the movement today as lacrosse coaches and players help to change the concussion culture.