MVSA Girls Lacrosse
MVSA Lacrosse 2020
MVSA WILL NOT CONDUCT AUTUMN LACROSSE CLINICS IN 2020
Excerpt of letter from Jack R. Smith, Ph.D., MCPS Superintendent of Schools
“Our district is to remain in a virtual-only instructional model through the first semester—January 29, 2021; or until state and local health officials determine conditions in our county allow for students to return safely after the first semester. This decision includes the cancellation of all fall and winter sports.”
While my personal perspective is that following social distancing guidelines, mandating masks be worn and all clinic participants would have temperatures taken at the start of each clinic would provide the necessary safety it seems counterintuitive for MVSA to sponsor an autumn youth lacrosse program when classes will be virtual and all fall sports will not occur. For these reasons and with substantial reluctance I am announcing there will be no 2020 autumn lacrosse clinics. I sincerely hope on site classes and high school sports will resume for the spring semester enabling MVSA Lacrosse to conduct clinics beginning in mid March.
Coach Bob Schaefer
Fall Program Information:
- The MVSA program is open to all 3rd 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 a US Lacrosse certified coach. He has 16 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 a US Lacrosse certified coach. He has 18 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.
- Fall registration fee is $25 to cover program costs. Click the "Register Today" button at the top of this page to access the registration form. NOTE that the US Lacrosse membership link is on the right side of the MVSA registration form display.
- 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 hand side of the MVSA lacrosse registration form dispay.
- Returning players must renew their membership if their registration occurred during the fall of 2019 or prior to ensure it remains in effect.
- Another benefit of US Lacrosse membership is that it's a requirement for most fall 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 2020 winter and 2021 spring and summer 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
- 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 be used during clinics and scrimmages. We have 16 pair of goggles which must be shared during practices and clinics. 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 determined criteria for hard 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.
- Before each clinic begins all players will have their temperatures taken. Those with fevers over 100.3 will be asked to go home. Also, players should not attend clinics if they are unwell.
- COLD WEATHER: It will likely be cold during the final few fall 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 and slide 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 readying the field 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.
- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: Fall clinics are scheduled to end the day before resumption of standard time. It will probably be necessary to end the final few Wednesday clinics before the scheduled 7 pm end time to ensure player safety in diminished light. Emails will be sent to parents covering this contingency.
- 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.