ADRLN Club Spotlight: Chaos Lacrosse (Texas/Oklahoma)
June 2nd, 2015
Club Spotlight: Chaos Lacrosse
Interview with Jason Gildea, Chaos Lacrosse Managing Director
Chaos Lacrosse is a perfect example of the growth of the game in non-traditional areas as they are an up-and-coming, talented and competitive club out of Texas and Oklahoma. We are proud to call them an Adrenaline club affiliate and can’t wait to see their players take their skills to the next level as the club continues to grow!
What was your purpose in starting Chaos Lacrosse?
To help boys and girls understand how to understand transition lacrosse at it’s truest form and most importantly, how to have fun while playing the game.
How did you go about building the program?
We built the club from within the Frisco Lacrosse recreation program and expanded regionally as Chaos Lacrosse gained notoriety in Texas.
How did you select your coaches?
We specifically looked for coaches with both coaching and playing experience that valued the importance of dodging to score and placed emphasis on promoting athletes at every position.
What is your club motto?
You Call It Chaos, We Call It Family
Our program’s name, CHAOS, means Constantly Harass And create Opportunities to Score. It was created by current Roanoke Head Coach Bill Pilat and Assistant Coach JB Clark (now Head Coach of Limestone) in 1992. The system heavily promotes fast break opportunities, taking chances and pushing creativity.
What will kids remember after they are done playing for Chaos?
We allowed players to try new things. Creativity is the essential element in finding new and exciting things within the game of lacrosse.
How do you purposefully go about developing players on and off the field?
We hold a high standard when we travel to tournaments, that includes arriving at hotels in proper attire and respecting others when not on the field. We promote players that advance their game through positive feedback and access to Adrenaline events, helping them achieve a higher level of playing and learning.
How do you evaluate players?
Specifically on footwork (defense), stick skills (offense), athletic ability and intangibles like heart and hustle.
How do you handle criticism from parents or other coaches?
We feel communication is the key to success within our organization. If we have the opportunity to receive feedback from parents or other coaches, we listen carefully.
What are three attributes you think make your program effective?
We provide a sense of community (family), a sense of pride, and most importantly our coaches ability to understand that our players failures will help them learn.
How do you motivate your athletes?
We allow them to make decisions for themselves during games. Our coaches train at practice.
What role does academics play in your program and in your role as a coach and how do you help ensure your players get the most out of their abilities as student-athletes?
We make sure our player profiles highlight academics first and all lacrosse awards second so they understand what a recruiter is really looking for in an athlete.
What do you hope athletes gain from being part of your program?
Very simple for Chaos Lacrosse. We hope they understand the value of working with a team and the importance of holding each other accountable.
Do you have any committed kids in your program this season?
Chaos Lacrosse was formed in 2013 and we have boys and girls gaining the attention from NCAA and MCLA coaches nationally today. We will be excited to announce our first commitments very soon.
With the big win for Denver this weekend…How do you feel about lacrosse growing in the West?
We had the opportunity to see the power of the game out west when we participated in the Adrenaline Challenge in January of 2015. This was the best tournament we attended for both the competition and the atmosphere. It will only get better.
Learn more about Chaos Lacrosse at: http://chaoslax.com/go/enter-site/