MVSA Girls Lacrosse
MVSA Lacrosse 2018
Spring Program Information:
- The MVSA program is open to all 4th through 8th graders living in Montgomery County.
- The basic premise of the program is to have FUN and to teach basic skills to inexperienced players and to enhance skills and game knowledget of experienced players.
- Clinics are scheduled on Saturdays at 4:30 and Wednesdays at 5:30 for ninety minutes each.
- Stan Kryjak is US Lacrosse certified. He has 14 years coaching with MVSA youth program, club teams, and at Quince Orchard high school. His daughter Allie played for the 2016 NCAA Division II national champion. She began her playing career with MVSA.
- Bob Schaefer is US Lacrosse certified. He has 16 years coaching MVSA youth program and Gaithersburg high school winter and JV programs. He also has coached Good Counsel boys fall and winter teams. His son Ben was a former first team all WCAC and NCAA Division I college player and his daughter Liz was the first team 4A North goalie in 2008.
- We anticipate former MVSA players currently on high school teams will assist coaching the 2018 clinicss as their schedules permit. We are certain the youth players will be encouraged knowing that at one time these former MVSA players were no more skillful the current players are.
- Fall clinic registration fee is $25 to cover program costs and potentially remunerate high school and college coaching assistants.
- Each player must also have a current $25 one year US Lacrosse membership.
- The Montgomery Village Foundation requires each player be covered by catastrophic injury insurance as a stipulation for use of Huson Field. This insurance is included in your US Lacrosse membership.
- The link to US Lacrosse membership is found on the right side of the MVSA lacrosse registration form.
- Returning players must renew their membership if their registration occurred during the fall of 2017 or prior to ensure it remains in effect.
- Another benefit of US Lacrosse membership is that it's a requirement for most summer clinics and tournaments. Because US Lax membership is for a calendar year, each player will be covered not only for the current fall season but also for 2019 summer, fall, and winter programs, camps, tournaments, etc..
- GIRLS stick (Women's sticks differ from men's. Ensure stick you purchase is labeled for girls)
- MVSA will provide loaner sticks to new players upon receipt of a 25 refundable deposit. Checks are preferred and will be returned upon return of the stick at the end of the clinic season.
- Players are urged to bring loaner sticks home so they can refine stick skills between clinic dates.
- Eye protection (wire mesh or solid lens goggles) MVSA will provide loaner goggles to first time players to be used during clinics and scrimmages. We have only 16 pair of goggles so they must be shared both at practice and during games. Therefore goggles may not be taken from the clinic location to ensure future availability.
- Mouth / tooth guard may not be white or clear. MVSA does NOT provide these
- Players may wear whatever type of shoe they desire. Either sneakers or soccer clears are recommended.
- Girls may not wear hard shell helments (except goalies) or men's lacrosse gloves.
- Girls lax gloves are similar to golf or batting gloves but with quilted padding on the back of the fingers. These provide minimal protection and, in the opinion of the MVSA coaches are not worth the cost. Although not recommended they are not discouraged.
- Girls may wear soft helmets but these are not recommended by MVSA. They do not provide concussion protection although concussion is very unlikely at the youth level. US Lacrosse has provided equipment manufacturers with criteria for helmets and a few brands have been approved by US Lacrosse. However, these are expensive running approximately $150 to $200 so are only for serious players intending to play at least eight years of lacrosse (youth and high school)
- Men's sticks, pads, helmets, gloves, etc. are illegal for girls lacrosse. Girls may not use hand me downs from brothers, male cousins, male neighbors, etc.
- Goalies: MVSA has sticks, pads, and helmets available for girls wishing to learn to play in goal. This equipment is provided without charge but may not be taken from the field.
- COLD WEATHER: There will likely be cold during the final few autumn clinics. We recommend players dress in layers. It's easier to discard a layer when the player becomes warm than to suffer the cold because their clothing does not provide sufficient chill protection. Hats are a good idea. Gloves are essential. We recommend gloves with (simulated) leather palms or leather gloves. Wool palm gloves will slip on stick shafts which is both frustrating for players and potentially dangerous.
- PERCIPITATION: If it is raining, sleeting, or snowing during scheduled clinic hours or if the field is a muddy quagmire we will cancel the clinic. An email will be sent to lax distribution at least two hours before scheduled clinic start time and a notice will be posted on the MVSA Lax Facebook page. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL, TEXT OR PHONE COACH BOB FOR CLINIC STATUS. He will potentially be busy and may not see your email or be in position to receive your inquiry. We don't want you to arrive for a clinic only to realize it has been canceled.
- Coach Bob Schaefer - firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-518-9187 (NOTE: Coach Bob is reluctant to answer calls from unfamiliar numbers presuming they are from solicitors. Please leave him a voicemail and your call will be returned as quickly as possible). You may also text with the understanding that a lengthy discussion will likely ultimately by done on the phone.