Practices

Practice is a crucial part of learning and mastering any task. It's importance can not be overstated. However, more practice is not always the best thing for a developing athlete. Most of our athletes start the club season immediately after at least a full school season. This is a lot for a body to endure without injury. Charmers practices are three days per week, with at least one day of rest in between. We believe that these "rest" periods let the body and brain to grow, learn, and recover at a much faster rate and larger magnitude per time spent.

Charmers' practices are designed to be mentally intensive with conditioning built in to the process. All conditioning is sport specific. We focus the conditioning on 60 minutes of burst and recovery cycling.


Travel

Club sports can be a burdensome endeavor. In addition to practices and weekend tournaments, there are often travel obligations that make the experience prohibitive for many deserving young athletes. We hope to help. We make every effort to participate in tournaments that are within driving distance for a weekend experience. We try to ensure that hotel stays are not necessary. We are fortunate to be located in an area where you can experience intense competition in the country. Some of the best talent in the country comes to the mid-Atlantic region to compete every summer.

We hope these efforts, in some way, reduce the burden on parents and make the game more rewarding for all involved.

Tryouts

Tryouts are an integral part of travel/club sports. It is an event that lets coaches decide who would best benefit, and contribute more to the team. Tryouts are not to determine what is best for the athlete. The process can be a hugely rewarding affirmation or a lifelong trauma.

The player selection process at Charmers is quite different. We ask the player and parent to tell us as much as possible about the prospect. We also ask them to provide references that can tell us more about her past performance. In many cases, before even touching the field, we can tell who we are a good match for and who would be better served by another club.

There are certain attributes that we look for in a player:
Respectfulness
Selflessness loyalty to the team
Speed
Field sense
Athleticism (coordination, agility, etc.)
A desire to get better
A love for the game

In situations where we cannot make a clear determination of the fit, we will invite the player to practice with the team. We hope that avoiding the make-or-break situation of a tryout will let the player show her best game and possibly make a few new friends in the process, regardless of the outcome.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Charmers operates under key philosophies that guide the parents, players, coaches, fans, and administrators. We believe that first and foremost, the game should be enjoyed and respected.


WE ALSO BELEIVE:

Relationships matter:
How we interact with others shapes the course of our lives. Special focus is placed on the relationships between players. Respect, inclusion, comprimise, support, and recognition are all characteristics of a successful person. This is the underlying key to most of lifes challenges and rewards. It is our most significant lesson to teach.

No two players are alike:
This fact makes it important that each player be encouraged and pushed to acheive a goal that is their own. Players are evaluated and pushed to levels that they probably didn't think possible. Rather than getting discouraged or impatient, each player should thrive and expand their skills at their own pace. This eliminates burnout and depression that is often associated with club lacrosse at high levels.

The concept of TEAM:
Charmers places a high emphasis on the unit. Players learn that each of them are a factor in the success or failure of that unit. Each player is assigned specific roles in the games. How well they execute the roles has an immediate impact that is quickly recognized. It soon becomes apparent that individual actions impact the entire team. We beleive that this is a life lesson that shapes the character, focus, and YES, success, of a person throughout their life.

Mental Stress vs. Emotional Stress:
The challenges facing the high school children are enormous. In addition to school and friendships, kids are facing decisions that will have an effect on their lives in profound ways. Additionally, sports are fast becoming a detriment to their well-being instead of the character-building activity that it has traditionally been.

Charmers recognizes the difference between emotional stress and mental stress. In the Charmers environment there is a high amount of mental challenge. Players are taught to think through their field options and make decisions. They learn that these decision impact, not just them, but the entire team. No actions are free of consequence.

The players also understand that when mistakes or bad decisions are made there can be temporary disappointment at that action but they are expected to immediately learn from it, move forward, and start fresh. When the game or practice is over, we analyze, correct, and leave together - as a team.

What Charmers is NOT:
- a place to prove that you are better than your peers
- a tool to win popularity contest
- a forgettable childhood experience
- another thing to stress over
- a degrading or demeaning experience to regret
- a place where the win is more important than the lesson

Charmers - We Care!
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