Hi All, As you begin your spring cleaning please keep the Exeter Youth Lacrosse program in mind. Each year we outfit a small group of new players with used equipment. Without this equipment they would not be able to afford the game. This year we have depleted our supply of gently used gear. As you clean out the garage or closet in the playroom please keep us in mind. If you have any equipment that you feel would benefit a new young player please consider passing it on to the Exeter Youth Lacrosse program. If you have used equipment you may drop it off at 7 Granite Street in Exeter. Just leave it on the front steps if no one is home. Also, if you have an old goal sitting in your back yard that you would like to get out of the yard please let me know. I will happily make arrangements to come by and pick up the goal. This season we have over 325 players playing on 8U, 10U, 12U, & 14U boys and girls teams. We also have our Little Guys (K-2) playing our Saturday morning program. We need more playing space and more goals than ever before. Thank you for your consideration and come watch our teams play. The NH Youth Lacrosse Association season (10U – 14U) begins on April 8ththis year and the Seacoast Area Youth Lacrosse League 8U season begins on April 7th. Wayne
If you are new to lacrosse coaching and would like to ask some questions please feel free to contact Wayne Demers (603-778-8411), Greg Lefebvre (443-255-8466) girls, or Michael Del Sesto (603-365-0970) boys.
Below you will find some dates to put on your calendars in preparation for the 2018 season. The Board has been working all fall to prepare for the upcoming season and we wanted to give you an update on where we are with preparations.
Uniforms have been designed and we are preparing the orders. Before we can order we need to close registration so if you haven’t registered your player yet, please get it done. Also, it would be helpful if you could send out a note to your team from last season reminding them that registration will be closing on (February 17th). We have to commit to the league by March 1 as to how many teams we will field and we will only allow late registrations (after February 17th) to those teams who NEED more players. At this time we have 138 10U-14U boys registered for the season and 109 10U-14U girls. At the 8U level we have 5 boys and 22 girls.
In case you have not heard the league has changed from age to grade in deciding eligibility plus the division language has changed. The new look is U15 is now 14U = 7th & 8th graders, U13 is now 12U = 5th & 6th graders, U11 is now 10U = 3rd & 4th graders, and U9 is now 8U = K-2nd graders. We will field boys 10U, 12U, & 14U teams and girls 12U & 14U in NHYLA. 8U & 10U girls and 8U boys will play in the SAYLL league. Dates for NHYLA games this season are as follows: April 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 22, & June 3, 2018. The NHYLA tournament is scheduled for June 9 & 10, 2018. SAYLL dates are still not finalized but will follow a similar lineup: April 7th (opening Jamboree at Portsmouth High School), 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 2018 with an end of the year Jamboree at Exeter on June 16th, 2018.
Coach’s certification continues to be a requirement for NHYLA coaches to be on the sidelines. If you have not become a US Lacrosse certified Level 1 coach you should begin that process now. To register go to uslacrosse.org, click on Participants then Coaching Education Program and follow directions from there. The process includes an on-line course followed by an on-site course. You will also need to become a member of US Lacrosse to begin the process. The final step will be to successfully complete the background check. Exeter Youth Lacrosse will reimburse you for any expenses that you incur with your US Lacrosse course work (USL membership, courses, and background check).
Exeter Youth Lacrosse will once again host a US Lacrosse Level 1 on-site training at Exeter High School on Sunday March 18th, 2018. If you need to get certified please go on line and register at US Lacrosse now. Last year we hosted the largest training that US Lacrosse had ever held. We hold this in Exeter so that our coaches don’t have to travel out of state to become certified. This training does sell out so please don’t wait for the last minute. I also have some good news for those Level 1 certified coaches who were waiting for the Level 2 course to be held in State. On Saturday March 17th, 2018 Exeter Youth Lacrosse will be hosting a coach’s Level 2 on-site training at the Seacoast School of Technology on 40 Linden Street in Exeter. Both the Level 1 & Level 2 training have an on-line course component and I encourage you to have the on-line course completed prior to the on-site training. Both the Level 1 and the Level 2 trainings can be registered for now by going to the US Lacrosse web site.
Our boys stick skills trainings are now being held on Monday & Thursday nights at the PhanZone in Hamstead, NH. Mike could use some help so if you have some time please come by and give them a hand.
Monday, April 2nd, 2018is the date for the annual Rules Interpretation meeting. This will be held at the Seacoast School of Technology on 40 Linden Streetn Exeter. We will have official’s trainers (men’s and women’s) on site to update the new rule changes and to review Personal and Technical fouls. This is for the both the boys and girls rules updates. By NHYLA rules all coaches must attend a Rules Interpretation training prior to the beginning of each season.
Finally, we would once again like to thank you for stepping up to help us make this 2018 season a great time for the children in our care.
As you are aware the Exeter Youth Lacrosse Association is a volunteer program and it takes many hands to make this a great experience for your players. We are always looking for head coaches, assistant coaches, timers, score keepers, field liners, and an assortment of other positions each season.
I would like to suggest yet another way for you to become involved in your players lacrosse experience. It is our plan this year to provide more games and scrimmages at all levels. Often, the key to being able to hold a game or scrimmage is the availability of certified lacrosse officials. Each year we train a number of youth officials, boys and girls 15 years of age or older, to officiate our games. Unfortunately, all of our youth officials are also players. Since they also have a practice and game schedule, along with a school work load, they are usually only available on Sundays. We would like to hold games on weeknights and Saturdays, as well as our Sunday League schedule. To accomplish this we would like to have a group of parents train as lacrosse officials. Training consists of classroom and on field training, see details below. Officiating is not gender specific. Women officiate the men’s game and men can officiate the women’s game. It is your choice to choose one route or the other. Officiating can be a very rewarding experience and an opportunity to stay in shape. Officials also receive payment for their services.
Please review the requirements below and call me with any questions. Some training’s will begin right after the holidays.
To All Interested in Becoming a Boys Youth Lacrosse Official
To become a boys lacrosse official you must be 15 years of age or older by April 1, 2018, become a member of US Lacrosse with an Officials designation (Officials memberships expire on September 30th of each year), pass the 2 required test with an 80% or better, and attend ALL required training sessions. The boys training includes 12 hours of classroom training and an additional 3 hours of on-field training. New youth officials, once approved, must market themselves to local youth programs in order to secure youth games to officiate.
Each year returning youth officials must attend a 1 day Rules Interpretation meeting and pass all required test with an 80% or better in order to re-certify for the upcoming season. This meeting for returning boys youth officials is scheduled for March 4, 2018 at the Londonderry Middle School. The training will begin at 9am and be over by 2pm.
On the boys side cost include an annual fee of $75 for new officials and $65 for returning youth officials. New youth officials are also responsible for purchasing the correct uniform and equipment required for all boys lacrosse officials. Uniform and equipment specifics will be outlined in class.
There will be 2 options for the boys classroom trainings in 2018. The first option will be 5 classroom sessions at the Londonderry, NH High School on Thursday nights (6:00 to 8:30pm) in February (8, 15, & 22) and March (8, & 15) 2018. The second classroom option will be in the Wolfeboro, NH area on 2 Sundays (9:00am to 3:00pm) on March 11th & 18th, 2018. Attendance at all classroom sessions (either all 5 Thursday nights or both Sundays) is mandatory.
On-Field training opportunities will be held on Sundays in late March and early April. Dates, times, and locations for classroom and on-field trainings will be posted on the www.nhyla.org web site. Registration is open. Click on Home then Officials Registration on the drop down menu.
If you have further questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 603-778-8411.
To All Interested in Becoming a Girls Youth Lacrosse Official
This year training to become a girsl youth official there will be 3 different training site opportunities. See the imformation below for the particulars.
Training Session 1 - 6 Bow Center Road - White Rock Community Center, Bow, NH
Sunday February 11, 2018 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday February 18, 2018 9:00am-12:00pm
Sunday February 18, 2018 - Youth Rules Module 12:30pm-2:30pm
Field Date to be determined
Training Session 2 - Londonderry High School
Thursday nights February 8, 15, and 22, 2018 5:45pm-8:15pm
Sunday February 18, 2018 Youth Rules Module 12:30pm-2:30pm at White Rock Community Center, Bow, NH OR Sunday March 4, 2018 Youth Rules Module 10:30am-12:30pm at Derryfield School, Manchester NH
Field Date to be determined
Training Session 3 - Crescent Lake School - Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Nike sticks are made by STX so basically the same, just different colors.
The final analysis seems to be that when purchasing a girl’s stick you are better off buying a better stick. The better stick will make catching and throwing easier and unlike the boys sticks which get broken on a regular basis the girls sticks can last for a number of years. The boy’s game is much more physical with more stick checking which results in more broken sticks.
On May 4th the Exeter High School varsity girls hosted the Exeter Youth Lacrosse girls teams and the CMS team to a night of excellent lacrosse and a clinic after the game. A good time was had by all!!!
Once again this season Dr. Churchill is offering Custom made Mouth Guards free as a community service to any player in our program. I cannot stress the importance of using mouth guards to protect against concussions. If your player is baulking at wearing a mouth guard because it doesn’t fit correctly, this may be for you.
You should also be aware that league and US Lacrosse rules require all players to wear mouth guards. A change to the rule this year requires all mouth guards to be colored – so that officials can easily determine whether a player does, in fact, have a mouth guard in place.
I have talked to one parent who took advantage of this last year and she was very pleased with the service that she received.
My name is Dr. Katherine Churchill and I am a dentist in Exeter. I have just recently started a youth mouth guard community service program that has been approved by the ExeterParks and Recreation department. I know that the Exeter Lacrosse program is an independent organization and would like to invite your program's athletes to join as well. The program provides one free custom fit mouth guard to each athlete age 5-18 per year. Additional mouth guards and or duplicates are $10 each within the same year. To have a custom mouth guard made, a quick impression of their upper teeth takes approx. 5 minutes. We make the mouth guards in our office so turn around is fairly quick. We can even make mouth guards that can be attached directly to helmets as well. Please let me know if you would like to participate in this program. You can call me any questions at my office or discuss details at: (603) 772-3351 (M-Th 8am- 5pm). Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from you soon.