First Steps Lacrosse is an early childhood development program offered by the American Indoor Lacrosse Association. The American Indoor Lacrosse Association has set out to develop the game of indoor lacrosse for all ages across the United States. First Steps Lacrosse is offered for children ages 2 to 7. It is the aim of the AILA and First Steps Lacrosse to teach children fundamental movements and skills. While we do want to develop excellent lacrosse players, we also recognize the importance of Physical Literacy and giving every child the opportunity to be Active for Life.
- Physical Literacy is the development of fundamental movement and sport skills that will permit a child to move with confidence and control in a wide variety of sport situations. It also includes the ability to “read and react” appropriately in sport situations.
- Adult confidence comes from having learned fundamental movements as a child. Not having the skills is a major reason for children and adults to withdraw from physical activity and sport.
- Just as parents/guardians ensure that their children develop skills in reading and mathematics, they should also pursue their development in Physical Literacy.
- One sport alone cannot provide all the fundamental movements for physical literacy. The movements in swimming or skating are very different than those in football.
- Physical literacy should be developed before the onset of the adolescent growth.
- Team sports provide the wider variety of fundamental movements and of the team sports; lacrosse offers the greatest variety of fundamental movements.