Dear Red Hawks Parents,

Welcome to the 2019 season.  This email should provide you with information about what you can expect this season.  Our Boys Director (JT Wheeler) and Girls Director (Keith Janosky) will follow shortly with their own welcome letters which will provide details of practice times and locations, and final rosters.

Club and Team Comms: We use Teamsnap for all club communications.  Please ensure that the emails of any family members who would like to receive announcements are registered in Teamsnap against your Red Hawk’s name.

Placement and Play Time: The club fosters camaraderie and a love of the game, and we want to see all Red Hawks have a great experience this season. Playing time will vary by age group and skill level, but we adhere to club-wide playing time and placement philosophy.  Please review to ensure that you, your Red Hawk, and our coaches share the same expectations.  If you should have issues, please speak to the coach first, and I am always available to consult thereafter.  One exception is at the 14 level, where we expect players to self-advocate directly with their coach in the first instance, in advance of their high school experience.

Uniforms: Everyone should have ordered a uniform, or be using their uniform from last year.  In the unfortunate event that you missed the boat, please contact Sarah Ratinoff <> and we’ll see what we can do.  New uniforms will be delivered to the club in March and distributed centrally.

Team Managers: We require a Team Manager for every team to ensure the season runs smoothly.  Duties are primarily contacting the opposing team in advance to confirm games, contacting parents if a practice or game is rained out, and supporting the coach in minor admin duties.  When your coach asks, please consider helping in this role. It’s easy to divide duties between two team parents. The Red Hawks is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization and we welcome and require your contribution and participation at every level.

Coaches Celebration & Fundraising Benefit: We’d like to repeat the success of our charitable dinner and drinks event last year. This end-of-season event celebrates our coaches’ contributions during the season, and raises funds to close the the funding gap between the cost of registration and the real cost of running the club.  Last year we raised essential funds at the event which contribute directly to securing excellent coaches and providing clinics, purchasing equipment and paying for facilities, and underwriting the exorbitant field rental costs the club incurs every year. Please let me know if you, or you and a friend, are available to help organize.

Concussions: Knocks are rare but they happen, and our club follows a strict procedure before a player is allowed back into the game.  You read the concussion protocol as part of the registration process, but please ensure you are familiar with concussion symptoms and the process for getting your Red Hawk cleared for play.  

I’d like to extend an especially warm welcome to our new Red Hawks families.  This is a great game and a great group of kids and families — in my eleven years with the club our family has made some wonderful friends and seen very happy kids play great lacrosse.  I wish all Red Hawks parents and players that and more in the 2019 season.

Play On!

-Tyler Bell
President, West Valley Red Hawks Lacrosse