2019 Welcome from the Girls Director

Red Hawks,

I hope you all received the email from our club President, Tyler Bell, welcoming you back for the upcoming season. I’ve copied it at the bottom of my email for reference.

Welcome back! Registration is now open! http://www.redhawkslacrosse.org/registration/

I hope you all had a great summer and being back in school is going well.

As always, I hope you’ve kept a stick in your hand. It’s been exciting to see many of you on Facebook playing on summer-fall teams like NorCal, Tenacity and Verve. I can’t wait to see many of those skills you’ve continued to work on put to use this fall season. If you did not participate in an offseason program, there is plenty of time to dust off the stick and shake off that rust this fall.

For everyone, including those that did not participate in summer programs, we have continued to look to ways to bring you more lacrosse before the season starts in January. We started the fall clinics last year and will continue that offering. The dates and times are being finalized, but expect the first clinic in October at Creekside.

One of the cornerstones of the Red Hawks is to provide a local developmental, yet competitive club. It is a delicate balance of promoting the development of all players with striving for excellence at the highest levels of competition within the NCJLA. Whether your child is just trying the sport for the first time, is simply looking to have fun on a team with their friends or whether they strive to be a collegiate athlete, there is a place for them on the Red Hawks. The ultimate barometer of that is whether or not the player signs up for lacrosse again the following season. If they do, then we’ve done a pretty good job. However, there is always room for improvement.

The board agreed that we need to do more and earlier to prepare our players for success in 2019. Hence, this email to you now.

Rest assured, this is not a lacrosse 24/7 mindset. We understand and support that Red Hawks players should have time for other sports and activities. We encourage that and will continue to ensure that is accepted going forward.

On to the preseason improvements:

Registration is now open! http://www.redhawkslacrosse.org/registration/

Preseason calendar https://www.redhawkslacrosse.org/2019-preseason-timeline/

Preseason Clinics starting in October, dates are being finalized

Registration

Avoid the last minute drama of being on a waitlist and get your player registered now! As Tyler noted in his Email, early registration helps us know how many teams, coaches and fields we need. The earlier we know the better the chances that we can field every player. We expect to have an A and a B team at U14, U12 and U10. If the numbers permit, we will add a 3rd team, but there is not guarantee of that, so please sign up early and take advantage of our lowest pricing in years.

Registration fees increase $100 on the 15th of each month:

  • October 15: +$100
  • November 15: +$200
  • December 15: +300

Preseason Clinics

The dates and details are still being finalized, but expect approximately 4 fall clinics in addition to our usual preseason clinics in January. Our goal is to progressively develop your skills with each successive clinic, try to attend them all.

Player Grants

We never want a child to miss out on playing lacrosse due to a monetary reason. We have player grants available on a confidential basis. Please apply in confidence at: http://www.redhawkslacrosse.org/registration/player-grants/

I’d like to remind all parents that the club warmly welcomes used equipment donations: please give us your gear as your child ages up or ages out, and we’ll ensure that another Red Hawk makes the best possible use of it.

Volunteerism

The Red Hawks is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. We’re able to keep costs low and dedicate your registration fees to coaching, fields and equipment through the extensive work of our volunteers. I can’t thank them enough. However, we need more. Our club has grown and each year we face greater challenges of managing the club. You wouldn’t believe the time and effort dedicated to obtaining something as simple as getting a practice field. We need help. Just as there is a spot for every skill level of player, there is a spot for various time commitments of parents. We don’t just need coaches, we need help in multiple areas and most require zero background in lacrosse. Please consider volunteering some of your time.

THREE IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. You must be REGISTERED to attend the clinics. Clinic details to follow.
  2. If your player wants to be on an “A” team they should attend these clinics to ensure the coaches are aware of your skills early and often.
  3. Take advantage of these clinics. If you wanted to attend a 4 day clinic/camp like this, it would probably cost a few hundred dollars, this offering is included in your registration.

Can’t wait to see you all out on the field!

Regards,

Keith Janosky
West Valley Red Hawks Director of Girls’ Lacrosse