It is that time of year again and registration for the 2015 season opens tomorrow, Monday, December 1. There are going to be some changes in the league that I am excited to share with all of you. It is important for all of you to know that these changes came from multiple meetings of the WHGL Board where we looked closely at our current state and thoughtfully discussed changes that we feel strongly will continue to make our league an even better experience for our girls.
One of the first areas we looked at was our player assessment and team selection as our goal is to put balanced teams on the field whether we are playing in house or in the CVGYL. To that end we have decided to implement assessment days in March, so the coaches can assess the players and have that information to use when team selection happens to ensure our teams are balanced. We have currently designated the weekend of 3/21 and 3/22 as our assessment days for the bantam, junior and senior players with a backup date of 3/28-3/29. That will allow us to have our team selections completed by early April, our target date being 4/4. We will send out reminders in late February/ early March with the specific date and time for the different levels. The season itself will not begin officially until late April with practices only and then games will run from May 1 to June 8, which keeps us in line with the CVGYL season. There will be no changes to the instructional level.
Another area we spent significant time discussing was the select options at the junior and senior level. I am pleased to announce that the WHGL Board voted for Jamie Czajkowski, former WHGL President, former CVGYL President and most importantly WHGL coach of 11 years to lead the Select Program. Jamie came to us with a proposal that we believe will best serve our committed players at the junior and senior level. The Junior Select team will take the same approach it has for the past ten years; the Jr Select Team will be in addition to the player's regular team. The Senior Committed Team, however, will have significant changes. The Senior Committed Team will now be a separate, carved out team where players will only play for the Senior Committed Team. They will play a more aggressive game and jamboree schedule and travel a bit more than the WHGL/CVGYL Senior Teams. We will conduct a variety of assessment practices early next year and interested players will need to attend two of the three tryout sessions that will be offered in Feb and early March. All coaches for the Select teams will pass certain levels of US Lacrosse coaching certification as well as youth lacrosse referee training. There will be an extra charge assessed to players that make the Select Teams to offset the extra games and practice clothing that will be given out (both Select Teams will wear the same uniforms as the WHGL teams). IMPORTANT NOTE: Every player must register with WHGL in their age division FIRST and then will be eligible to try out for the Select/Committed teams. So, please register for WHGL now at www.whgirlslax.com and click on REGISTER ONLINE on the left side of the page starting DEC 1.
Finally, we voted to have new uniforms that are a significant upgrade from our former reversible top and shorts to a racer back top and skort for only $5 more than the old version. Our girls are going to look as amazing as they play!
Parents, your help makes this league what it is, so I am asking you to please consider volunteering to coach. We have discussed ways to enhance the coaching experience with more support and training, which will be implemented this season. Moms, I am going to make a special plea to all of you because it is important for our girls to have female role models, especially ones with previous lacrosse experience to help them develop as players and young ladies. I began coaching in the league 11 years ago, yes, Jamie and I began together, and my oldest was only 4 at the time and she did not begin until 2nd grade, which was the year all players began back then. She is now a WHGL graduate and I still have a 5th grader in the program. I can honestly say it has been my privilege and pleasure to work with all of the girls who came through my teams at all levels and I hope that you will join us and see what a rewarding experience it can be. Please go to the website and register as a coach, which you need to do separately from your daughter(s) registration. If coaching is not your thing we are in need of a volunteer to fill the treasurer position for the league. John Buyak has been the league treasurer for the past 10 years and we owe him a tremendous thank you for the wonderful job he did in this position! His daughters are now both graduates of the WHGL, so he is stepping down. The system we use is a turnkey system with an already established bank account and merchant account (for billing online for registrations). The role is pretty easy as you are just monitoring inflows and out, but the weekly thing we will need during the season is cutting checks for jamborees and referees. The treasurer is part of the WHGL Board and will need to attend the 3-4 meetings held throughout the year. Please contact me if you are interested in taking on this position.
Lastly, players and parents we rely on you to spread the word about our league, even reminders to current players go far as some of us forget when registration is. Registration will remain open from 12/1 to 2/1 or until a level is full. We will have late registration from 2/1-2/15, but that will involve a late fee charge. We will shut down registration fully on 2/15. We are currently looking at 80 spots for the Instructional and senior divisions and 110 for the bantam and junior divisions, so sign up soon before the spots fill up.