Congrats to the boys for all their hard work in the assessments. It is a stressful time for everyone.
Registration is OPEN! Please register your player ASAP. I'd like to have our team to be the first fully registered group (bragging rights for coach) You do NOT have to pay yet, just register.
Thoughts about the change to AYL, and what it means to our team:
We WILL be playing red level this spring. We considered it last season, but CYLA only had 3 teams in red for age group. In contrast, AYL had 11 red teams across 2 divisions for our age group last spring. Our boys are ready and honestly this is the only way for us to grow as a team. We need to see better teams to force us to play the game the right way. I am looking at spring of 2020 as a development and learning season for our guys. We will be exposed to things we haven't seen and need to learn to react on the fly. We will need to be prepared to step up to a new level of competition.
PLEASE, PLEASE have your son get his stick in his hand before the season. I cannot stress enough how much wall ball/bounce back helps in becoming a competent player. Many of our guys are playing box lax this winter and that is very helpful in sharpening the stick skills.
You may not realize this, however there is one other activity that significantly helps in developing your Lax IQ: BASKETBALL. For our hoops players, as your season winds down try to think about the similarities between your basketball offense and what we run in lax. Setting picks, using the pick, rolling off the pick to the goal/hoop looking for a pass, backdoor cuts, in close finishing/layups, moving without the ball, communication with your teammates. On Defense: moving your feet, doubling the ball, hands/stick in passing lanes, calling out picks for your teammates, and stopping the ball- sound familiar? Let your hoops playing son know that he has been secrectly preparing for lax this winter- and it's all part of my evil plan!
I will be emailing with impromtu throw around and wall ball sessions when we get good weather weekends. Keep an eye out.