GREECE LACROSSE MISSION STATEMENT:

“Greece Lacrosse Association shall, first and foremost, work to develop the sport of lacrosse throughout the country of Greece for both men and women and at all levels, from youth to adult. The Greece Lacrosse Association, as sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) shall oversee, manage and support the Greek National teams – for men and women at all levels of play.”

In line with the Greece Lacrosse Association’s Mission Statement, our National Teams are closely linked to the growth and development of Lacrosse in Greece. This growth and development is not solely about generating greater awareness and increasing player numbers, but also about improving the lacrosse ability of those selected and, as a consequence, the wider lacrosse playing population of Greece.  We recognize the contributions made to our mission by all members of the Greek community, both on and off the field.  We believe in promoting unity among all those interested in supporting the mission of Greece Lacrosse, in all its facets.

Due to the rotating nature of the annual World Games held by FIL, our commitment to the National teams is as follows:  Starting in 2019 with the Women’s U-19 Games, and continuing in 2020 with the Men’s U-19 Games, the Greece National Teams will be selected directly from tryouts held annually in Greece, and overseen by a combination of the Men’s or Women’s Directors, Coaching Staffs, Greece Regional Directors, and the General Manager of Greece Lacrosse. The pool of players will be derived from the introductory and development programs started in both Thessaloniki in March of 2017, and Trikala in June of 2017, and further developed in other regions of the country.

Prior to that, the Men’s Senior National Team for the World Games of 2018, will follow the guidelines below to select players who qualify under the FIL guidelines listed at the end of this document. The mandatory tryouts for this team may be held in both the United States and/or Greece.

 

BACKGROUND:

Greece Lacrosse Association was established in 2015 as a way to promote the game in lacrosse through two ways: The first step in Greece is infiltrating the Greek schools through physical education classes, and also physical education teachers and future coaches, thereby building a solid foundation from the bottom up. Secondly and simultaneously, we are using established & experienced Greek-American players in the United States to bind together wearing a Greek uniform and promoting the game, showcasing the game, teaching the game, and financially supporting the development of the game in Greece at the same time. In this way, we can take advantage of the many Greek-Americans playing the game in the United States, and using their generosity and influence in the sport of lacrosse to support and develop the game being introduced in Greece through the school systems.

 

OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of the Greek National lacrosse teams are as follows:

  • To represent the Greek nation, in all its diversity;

  • To represent Greece in major European and international tournaments, demonstrating commitment, sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for fellow players, coaches, officials, administrators and fans;

  • To increase the number of lacrosse players in Greece – men and women and of all ages – by generating greater awareness of and publicity for the sport among the Greek public. To increase the quantity of domestic players participating in the first Greek Lacrosse Leagues, national team events, weekend clinics, training camps, individual club teams, etc.

  • To increase the quality of domestic players participating in the full range of Greek National team events by providing coaching, instruction, support, training, encouragement and opportunity for domestic players to become better players, as provided by quality coaches.

  • To contribute to an increase in the number of domestic lacrosse coaches in Greece by creating opportunities for domestic coaches to be part of the staff of the various Greek national teams;

  • To contribute to an increase in the number of domestic lacrosse officials by identifying opportunities for individuals to get involved in officiating in conjunction with participation by the Greek national teams in various tournaments and other events;

  • To contribute to an increase in the number of administrators involved in supporting all facets of the mission of Greece Lacrosse, including but not limited to the Greek national teams;

 

OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of the Greek National lacrosse teams are as follows:

  • To represent the Greek nation, in all its diversity;

  • To represent Greece in major European and international tournaments, demonstrating commitment, sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for fellow players, coaches, officials, administrators and fans;

  • To increase the number of lacrosse players in Greece – men and women and of all ages – by generating greater awareness of and publicity for the sport among the Greek public. To increase the quantity of domestic players participating in the first Greek Lacrosse Leagues, national team events, weekend clinics, training camps, individual club teams, etc.

  • To increase the quality of domestic players participating in the full range of Greek National team events by providing coaching, instruction, support, training, encouragement and opportunity for domestic players to become better players, as provided by quality coaches.

  • To contribute to an increase in the number of domestic lacrosse coaches in Greece by creating opportunities for domestic coaches to be part of the staff of the various Greek national teams;

  • To contribute to an increase in the number of domestic lacrosse officials by identifying opportunities for individuals to get involved in officiating in conjunction with participation by the Greek national teams in various tournaments and other events;

  • To contribute to an increase in the number of administrators involved in supporting all facets of the mission of Greece Lacrosse, including but not limited to the Greek national teams;

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