Exeter Youth Lacrosse Association 2016 Welcome Letter
Welcome lacrosse players and parents, REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 season is now open. Please read to the end for the particulars.
The coaches and staff of the Exeter Youth Lacrosse Association (EYLA) welcome you to the 2016 lacrosse season. For those of you unfamiliar with our program, the EYLA is a total volunteer organization. We are not sponsored or funded by the school district or the town recreation department. The program is run by a Board of Directors and a volunteer coaching staff along with the assistance of the parents of all players. We are dedicated to the instruction of the game of lacrosse, sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play. The EYLA is open to all students who reside within the boundaries of the SAU-16 school district and those surrounding towns that do not currently field a youth lacrosse team.
Once again this year we will field a Seacoast League open to all U9 boys and U9/U11 girls. While the Seacoast League teams will not travel statewide, as the NHYLA league teams will, there will be some local travel to surrounding towns with other teams interested in playing U9/U11 games. Seacoast League practices will be 1 hour long two times each week with games on Saturdays. Lacrosse is a game that is played in all weather conditions (except thunder and lighting). EYLA reserves the right to cancel practices or games due to inclement weather. We also give each head coach the discretion to cancel a practice due to weather. At all levels we want to provide a positive experience for the children and it is towards this end that coaches will occasionally cancel a U9 or U11 practice while the older children U13 & U15, will still have practice. Since we have limited field use we are seldom in a position to reschedule practices. It is also critical that parents supervise what players wear to practices and games. Players improperly dressed for cold weather practices can seldom focus on the task at hand. It is always easy for a player to add or remove layers as the practice progresses. So send the kids with too many layers!Coaches will help emphasize this practice with the players as well so it’s not just mom and dad …
This year our U11 (boys), U13, & U15 (boys/girls) travel teams will be part of the NH Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA). These teams will travel statewide and play in the end of the season tournament in Londonderry the second weekend in June (11th & 12th).
It is always our goal for all players, at each level, to play in each of their games. However, it is also important for each player to attend each practice every week. Players who fail to attend practice during the week will play in games at the coaches discretion. It is not fair to the players who attend each and every practice to give equal playing time to players who fail to attend practice during the week, for whatever reason.
EYLA plans to field travel teams at the following levels: U11 – boys, U13 – boys & girls, and U15 – boys & girls. If we have sufficient players in any of the U11, U13 or U15 groups we will field A & B/C level teams. When we have enough players to field two or more teams we will hold tryouts. We will announce a place and time for tryouts once it is determined that we have enough players to field two teams at that particular level. Players who try out for an "A" team and do not make it are automatically placedon the "B/C" team in their grade bracket.
The EYLA teams will begin to practice, weather permitting, at the end of March or the beginning of April 2016. Some of the older players may begin indoor practice early in 2016. The New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association requires us to notify them of the different teams that we will field by mid February. Therefore, we ask that you make your decision regarding your player’s participation in the spring lacrosse program as soon as possible and no later than the end of January 2016. There will be a $25 processing fee for those players who chose to withdraw for the season once they have registered.
Where to go to Register! Website:www.exeteryouthlacrosse.org
To determine your player’s level (U9, U11, U13, or U15) please use the following updated chart which is based on grade this year: If your child is in grade: K - 2nd – then your player is U9 3rd or 4th – then your player is U11 5th or 6th – then your player is U13 7th or 8th – then your player is U15
If your player is in 9th grade, was 14 on August 31, 2015, and does not play for his/her high school program then they are still eligible to play youth lacrosse at U15.
The following forms must be completed on-line and the registration fee received in order to establish your player’s membership on a team roster. Early registration has begun and will continue through the end of October 2015 at a reduced cost. Registration will reopen on January 1st, 2016 and will end by a deadline of February 20th, 2016:
· Early Registration for all U15, U13, and U11 players – Begins September 2015 and ends October 31, 2015.
Regular Registration for all U15, U13, and U11 players - Begins January 1st, 2016 and closes on February 20th, 2016.
Registration for ALL U9 players will begin in September 2015 and close on February 20th, 2016.
The registration fee this year for U11, U13, & U15 boys and girls is $255. Players who are registered by January 1, 2016 will pay an early registration fee of $215. U9 fee is again $215 for boys and girls. Payment must be made online at the time of registration. Note, this includes uniforms for each player, field rental, officials fees, supplemental insurance, field supplies (goals, nets, paint, lining equipment), lacrosse balls, goalie equipment (lower level teams), and league fees.
· Parents Consent for Treatment of Minor Form -- Online
This form gives the hospital and doctors permission to treat your player in the event of an accident and the EYLA coaches are unable to get in touch with the parent/guardian.
Team rosters will be established in early March 2016. Players who missed the February 20th, 2016 deadline will be placed on a waiting list and assigned a team if there is space available. Team size for boys U11, U13, and U15 teams will be 22 players. Team size for girls U13 and U15 teams will be 18 to 19 players. When necessary we will field more than one team in an age bracket (U11, U13, U15) as long as we have the parent volunteers to help manage and coach the team.
All families will be contacted in mid-March 2016 to learn the status of their player.
Please note the following dates:
September 2015 On-line Registration Begins:
In order for your player(s) to be part of a team, you must register on-line at the following:
Once you get to our web site click the Register Online button which is on the left hand side of the page, then click on the program that you want to register for (2016 U9 Boys, 2016 U9 Girls, 2016 U11, U13, & U15 Boys Spring, 2016 U11, U13, & U15 Girls Spring). All registration will be conducted on-line. Players will not be assigned to a team or allowed to participate in a particular activity until all fees have been paid. If you have difficulty with registration or with a particular fee please contact Wayne Demers at 778-8411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A mandatory parent meeting for all families participating in the spring season program will be held at the Cooperative Middle School at a date to be determined. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm and will be over no later than 8:30pm. The goal of this meeting is to give the parents and opportunity to meet the coaches, ask questions about the program, and hear about the various volunteer opportunities that need to be filled to assure a successful season for the players.
Equipment for the 2016 Spring Season:
Each player will be provided with a jersey and shorts. Each player must provide his or her own equipment. Girls will need a stick, goggles, and a mouth guard. Boys will need a helmet, shoulder pads, arm guards, gloves, stick, mouth guard, and athletic supporter. All players should have rubber cleats for traction on the fields but sneakers are acceptable. Sneakers should be worn whenever we use indoor fields. All boys’ team players must wear regulation lacrosse helmets. (We recommend a silver body with navy blue visor and chin piece.)
Finally, we are sure that the Exeter Youth Lacrosse experience will be a positive one for you and your player. If you have additional questions contact Wayne Demers at 603-778-8411 or e-mail at email@example.com. Please make a note of this contact information for future reference.
Sincerely, The Exeter Youth Lacrosse Association Board of Directors and Coaching Staff
As you begin your spring cleaning keep the Exeter Youth Lacrosse program in mind. Each year we outfit a small group of new players with 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 278 players playing on U9, U11, U13, & U15 boys and girls teams. We also have an additional 55 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 at their home field behind the old Exeter High School. The NH Youth Lacrosse Association season (U11 – U15) begins on April 14th this year and the U9 season begins on April 20th.
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!!!
2010 Exeter High School
Girls Youth Lacrosse Night
Each year the players from the EYLA girl’s teams are invited to attend a special high school varsity lacrosse game. After the game the youth players are invited onto the field to participate in drills conducted by the varsity girls. All players are welcome and we hope to have a full turnout for the 2011 High School Youth Night. Game date will be announced in the spring once the team’s schedule has been announced. A boy’s night will also be scheduled.
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.