We strive to provide an opportunity for the boys of our community to learn and participate in the great sport of lacrosse, while developing a sense of teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship in a safe and enjoyable environment.
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Wissahickon Boys Youth Lacrosse Club Inc., a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation, (Wisslax) is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association (SEPYLA) which arranges competition between Wisslax and neighboring community clubs.
Wisslax is a non-profit youth lacrosse organization which strives to teach the sport of lacrosse to boys who reside within the boundaries of the WissahickonSchool District that are in grades 1 – 8 (youth programs) and 9-12 (high school programs).AT ALL WISSLAX LEVELS THE COACHES EXPECT WISSLAX TO BE YOUR SONS PRIMARY LACROSSE TEAM DURING THE MONTHS OF MARCH, APRIL AND MAY, with the only exception being middle school lacrosse teams. Coaches have the right to move a player down to a less competitive team that do not honor their team commitment through attending practices, SEPYLA game schedules and team scheduled tournaments without refund if the conflicts are because of another lacrosse related commitment.
Boys whose home address resides within the Methacton & Norristown School District boundaries are also permitted by SEPYLA to participate in Wisslax youth programs but because of space limitations and need for coaches at all levels NEW (have not participated with us in the past) non-wissahickon school district residents will be placed on a waitlist and then released once we can confirm our numbers and ensure we have the proper program support and potential coaches. This allows Wisslax to ensure the proper player to coach ratio for a more enjoyable experience. Boys living in the Methacton school district, per SEPYLA rules, can also sign up for neighboring leagues in Perkiomen Valley, North Penn, Collegeville, or any other neighboring school district lacrosse program
Currently, Wisslax high school programs are subject to availability or invitation only and are limited to boys in grades 9 through 12 who attend Wissahickon High School.
Boys in grades 5 - 8 play a travel schedule, organized by SEPYLA (www.sepyla.org), and are placed on teams based on ability.
All boys in grades 1 – 4 participate in Wisslax’s intramural program which is designed to introduce new players to the game by integrating them with veteran 1st - 4th grade players.This format has been proven in some of the most successful lacrosse communities to be the best way to increase level of play for beginners and get them up to speed at a rapid pace.
The primary season for Wisslax youth programs (grades 1-8) takes place in the spring from February to June, any fall or winter type programs are usually secondary and not part of the normal Wisslax program.
Wisslax is truly a community organization with a community focus of teaching the sport of lacrosse to the boys in our community. Wisslax is always looking for volunteers so please let us know how you are willing to help.
1st – 4th grade Wisslax, We will be having our annual ‘face-off’ meeting on Monday March 2 at the Lower Gwynedd Township building to go over the upcoming season, equipment needs and what to expect moving forward. If you have been with our program for many years and have the format and schedule down you don't necessarily need to attend as I will email out the schedule shortly after the meeting.
Please do email me though, if you haven't already done so, if you are willing to help coach an intramural team. That is much appreciated and a necessary part of our program.
1st – 4th Grade Wisslax Lacrosse Face-Off Meeting
Date: Monday March 2
Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Lower Gwynedd Township Building - 1130 N. Bethlehem Pike, Spring House PA 19477
There aren’t many changes from last year. The one big change that none of us are happy with is that we will no longer be doing the Saturday morning intramural lacrosse at Germantown Academy. GA decided not to rent their fields on Saturday mornings and retain them for school purposes, which is totally understandable. We will be doing the intramural portion of our program at Temple University - Ambler Campus, which is where our program initiated 6 years ago. I look forward to getting the kids back on grass fields.
We are hoping to start our normal practices the week of March 9. More details to come at our meeting…….
3rd & 4th graders will have an initial practices and evaluations on Saturday March 7th from 2 - 3:30 on the Wissahickon High School Turf field. This won't be our last evaluation practice so please don't email me if you cannot make it, every kid will be evaluated. Evaluations will continue through the first several practices. We will discuss this topic at our meeting.
See you on March 2 at the 'Face-Off' meeting.
Also, If anyone is in need of borrowing a youth lacrosse helmet I will have several at this meeting that you can borrow for the season. Please return it to me at the end of the season.
If you cannot make the meeting please feel free to review the attached handouts below.
Thank you to all who were able to participate this past Saturday. It is a shame we weren’t able to use the turf time on Sunday. We are going to continue to piece together the beginning of the season in order to select teams and evaluate players. Below are our next steps:
Next Weekend Practice and Evals – ALL 5th & 6th Graders
We are going to have another practice / evaluation on Saturday 7th from 3:30 – 5 on the Wissahickon Turf Field.
Games Next Sunday – only players listed below
For right now, pending any additions, the following players are being asked to go play for Coach Lehman & Rossi’s team on Sunday March 8 in the Battle of Ft. Washington at Sparks Field. Game times are 9:00am and Noon. Please arrive at 8:15 with last years pinnie. Please email Coach Lehman if you unable to make it…
For right now, pending any additions, the following players are being asked to play for Coach Repko & Baker’s team on Sunday March 8 in the Battle of Ft. Washington at Sparks Field. Game times are 2:00 & 3:30.Please arrive at fields at 1:15. 6th graders bring your prior years Wisslax pinnies and pinnies will be provided for 5th graders. Please email Coach Repko if you are unable to make those games…
We will see ALL 5th & 6th graders on Saturday at 3:30 on the Wissahickon Turf field for continued practice and evaluations.
We will also let you know as we get more practice time availability. In a perfect world we would be on grass the week of March 9th although that doesn’t appear to be possible at this moment. So we may need to wait till the following weekend to get on the turf field again to further evaluate and separate teams. Once we separate onto teams and establish dedicated coaches and team contacts we will then have a set practice schedule.
Game schedules are several weeks off. First game will be weekend of March 28.
LACROSSE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS - found on laxallstars.com
We've compiled a list of 25 things every young laxer should know and keep in mind. From the beginner to the aspiring Division I recruit, there something here for everyone.
1)When shooting with your friends, don't stand around. Practice shooting on the run coming out of dodges. Time and room shots in games are few and far between.
2)Work on your off hand. Only the elite talent/athlete gets by with one hand. Chances are you do not fall into that category.
3)Celebrate with class. Thousands of players before you have scored more clutch goals than you. Act like you've been there before. Same thing goes for dog piling on the field after a win.
4)Get low and use two hands on ground balls. Nothing makes you look softer than a failed one-handed scoop in traffic.
5)Just put the ball in the net. You can be the kid with 3 goals in the box score or the the kid with 1 goal, a missed behind the back, and a sweet crank that missed top cheddar. Overhand and off hip work well.
6)Respect your coaches. You may not be the All-American you think you are. Make eye contact when your coaches are talking and keep your mouth shut. You might learn something.
7)String yourself a nice gamer and a good backup if possible and be done with it. Don't try to keep up with the Jones's and feel like you always need the next best thing. Spend that time and energy working on your fitness and skills.
8)If you are on a budget, buy last year's head and shaft on sale. You'll get great deals on products that are not much different than the latest and greatest. Spend your money on a good pocket.
9)If you limit your circle of friends to only other lacrosse players, you're doing yourself a disservice. The lax bro culture isn't very cultured at all. Be your own person.
10)Be responsible for your gear, uniform, cleats, mouthpiece, etc. Take inventory well in advance of practice and make sure you have everything you need. Police up your gear after the game. Mom and dad work too hard to pay for replacement gear you lost track of because you were too busy squirting water on your teammates after practice.
11)Getting stripped of the ball creates a sinking feeling. It happens to everyone. Don't sulk, work to get the ball back. There's nothing worse than seeing a kid hang his head and kick rocks instead of getting after the ball that is five feet away.
12)Recognize that lacrosse is a team sport. When a teammate is open, get the ball to that player regardless of who it is. Make good decisions and let the coach worry about who he puts on the field.
13)Take pride in the little things. If you're an attackman, ride hard. If you're a middie, play tough "D". If you play defense, move your feet and value position over the home run check. Hopefully, you're trying to help your team, not make a highlight reel.
14)Respect your parents. Being disrespectful to your parents reflects poorly on you and embarrasses your family. Your parents don't owe you anything.
15)Don't be a twit on Twitter, Facebook, etc. It is mind boggling what kids will put out on the internet for public consumption. Don't let a screenshot of an ill-advised internet rant ruin you. It has and will continue to do just that to all too many kids who post before thinking.
16)If it were up to most kids, they would always have new gear and clothes. Not everyone is in a position to indulge in the latest and greatest. Be deeper than judging a kid based on their appearance. Judge kids for what kind of teammate or person they are.
17)Don't be a black hole. No matter how good you think you are, your teammates don't want to see you dodge through double and triple teams while passing up good looks to open players, whether you score or not.
18)Show up to practice (on time) with the mindset that you are going to work to get better, not just because it's what you have to do. Push yourself.
19)Lacrosse is a small community. Act the fool, be un-coachable, or have meddling parents and you'll find it tough to shake that reputation.
20)From time to time, a coach is going to correct, yell, or bench you. Justified or not, get used to it and be open to the fact that you may not be as good as you (or your parents) think you are.
21)Stick tricks will do wonders for your game. You'll wonder where your playing time went because you were wasting time trying to perfect the "Triple Lindy" or something equally ridiculous, instead of working on actual skills.
22)Don't twirl or spin your stick. It's a horrible habit that some kids can't shake. A kid who can't move the ball quickly because he has to twirl his stick every time he touches the ball will be twirling his flow on the sideline instead.
23)Put as much time getting your body in shape as you do on honing your stick skills. Those stick skills don't mean a whole lot if you're gassed after 10 minutes.
24)Play other sports. This has been said before, ad nauseam, because it's true.
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