Waterford Youth Lacrosse Association (WYLA) is dedicated to providing youth boys and girls of Waterford with a positive experience in Lacrosse. WYLA supports equal and fair play in providing the players with a fun and challenging opportunity to learn the

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WYLA is committed to providing a high-quality lacrosse experience where equitable treatment of players and fundamental skill development take priority over winning and where every player feels like an important part of the team, learns life lessons of value beyond the field, and improves in the fundamental skills of lacrosse.
2021 WYLA Registration

After endorsement of HS spring sports by the CIAC and the town we are planning for a spring season starting early April.  

 

Registration for the  2021 season closes Monday March 1st !!  Register today !!

 

Waterford Youth Lacrosse registration is now open through March 1, 2021. Late registrations will be accepted until March 8, 2021.  All late registrations will be assessed a $20 late fee, and no additional registrations will be accepted after March 8, 2021. (This is to ensure all uniforms and team assignments can be made). 

 

Please read below carefully due to the circumstances this year there are a few changes in the registration process.

 

  1. REGISTRATION  - The registration for the 2021 season will be is $100.  The $100 will cover WYLA Registration and a USLAX membership.  This is being done to ensure that we can provide a full refund to our members this year if we are unable to have a 2021 season. Once we are certain that there will be a 2021 season, we will do a bulk registration with USLAX.

  2. TEAMS - Teams for the 2020 season will follow the guidelines set forth by US Lacrosse. The grouping will be: Instructional (K- Gr. 2), 10U (Gr. 3-4), 12U (Gr. 5-6), 14U (Gr. 7-8).  Players in grade 2 will have the option of playing at the Instructional level or on the 10U team. 

Please register your child for the appropriate age group according to guidelines set forth by US Lacrosse.  Any required team adjustments will subsequently be made through the league, to align by grade level (ex. all 7th and 8th graders will play on the U14 team, even if age wise they register for the U12 team).  Please refer to the placement policy under the document section for any other questions.

  1. UNIFORMS – The uniforms we have used in the past are no longer available, WYLA will require that everyone order a new jersey for the 2021 season (except instructional players), you will have the option to purchase shorts or provide your own.  This year both the boys and girls will be wearing shorts and the girls  will no longer be wearing kilts.

All registrations will be done online via the WYLA web site.  To register for the 2021 season, click on the REGISTER NOW button on the right-hand side of the page and follow the instructions.   It is highly recommended that you use a computer to register and not a tablet or mobile device. 

Upon completing the registration process, you will be able to pay the registration fee online or via a check.  If paying by check please make all checks payable to WYLA.

All checks should be mailed to:

WYLA Treasurer
Steve Smith
16 Edgewood Ave
Waterford, CT   06385           

If you have any further questions please contact Kristen Huta at 

 


by posted 01/19/2021
Coaches for the 2021 Season

As we prepare for the 2021 season, please consider how you might be able to assist the league.  In particular, please consider coaching. Very few of us grew up playing lacrosse so that experience is NOT necessary.  A positive disposition, strong organizational and communication skills, and willingness to learn how to teach lacrosse effectively are the most important assets in a coach.  WYLA can provide access to a wide range of training opportunities for coaches so don’t be shy! 

 

Not all teams will have openings for coaches so we can not guarantee you a coaching position but please let us know if you might be interested. If you are interested, or would like more information, contact any Board member or

Marie Kenny

WYLA Coaching Chair

(860) 303-9931

 

Please view the WYLA Coaching Policy to understand the league’s expectations for coaches.

 

Thank you for considering helping in this way!


by posted 01/11/2021
WYLA Needs Your Help

Hello Waterford Youth Lacrosse community

Waterford lacrosse has been active for the past 13 years and during this time the organization has taken a lot of pride in the way we operate.  Our organization has always striven to be a pillar in youth sports based on how an organization should be run, keeping the kids first and foremost and teaching them the rules of the game as well as competing with pride and integrity.  Due to the youth program, the quality of players has risen, and more and more kids continue through high school and into college.  The success of the high school program has been a direct result of the success we have seen in the youth program and providing confident players with a solid skill set.

We are writing to all of you to let you know that this level of commitment may not be able to continue if we cannot find volunteers.  Currently the board is made up of 6 individuals and has several positions that have been open for over 5  years now.  Of the 6 board members, only 2 have children active in WYLA. Within the next 2 years, none of the current board memebers will have players in the organization.  If we don’t get new volunteers now, we are afraid we will not be able to continue to operate in the future.  To put it in perspective, some of the board members have been serving for the past 6 years without having children in the program.   

Most of the board never played lacrosse but found a love of the sport based on how the organization was run and what it means to the players.  The board has always focused on making it a positive experience for the players, ensuring a safe environment, and defining the expectations of the people involved to continue this philosophy. We would like to find our new volunteers this year to make the transition to a new board more smooth. Our current board members would be happy to help new members understand their roles and the duties involved. 

Currently we are looking for people to manage equipment, a director of coaching, a referee coordinator, fundraising coordinator, scheduler/registration coordinator, and treasurer.  Again, we currently have people in place to transition the positions over but in the next year they will be vacant.

This year will be a turning point for the organization, and it is our hope that all the work that people have put into building this organization over the past 13 years will see it continue for a long time to come. 

If you are interested in volunteering on the board please contact Jeff Sturm 

 

Thank you

Waterford Youth Lacrosse Board


by posted 02/26/2020
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