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Our youth program (6th - 8th grade), is open to Parkway students and surrounding schools is led by Head Coach is Dave Wolf

The youth program is under the assistance of Lee Manna, West Middle teacher and youth director. 

Monica Widger is an active board member and the 2019 youth/middle parent representative.  The Club is looking for a parent volunteer to serve as the 2020 Middle School Parent Representative. 


Practices will be held every 
Tuesday and Thursday, during spring season, at 3:45 – appx 5:45 p.m., with some Fridays for practice make-up due to weather. 
SLYLA games begin in Mid-March through Mid-May on the weekends. 

MS Games, Practice, SLYLA and expectations

Parkway West Middle School Youth Lacrosse Program
Letter from Coach David Wolf

Parkway West Middle School Youth Lacrosse Program

Dear Parents,

I am reaching out to you to provide you with some information on three things for 2019:

1)      My expectations for this season,

2)      Information on registering with SLYLA, and

3)      Additional resources available to you and your sons.

I apologize for the length of the letter, but want to give you as much information as I can at this point.

Expectations

·         Schedule

o   Practices start at 3:45pm, and will occur every Tuesday and Thursday from next Tuesday, February 26 through Thursday, May 16.  They’ll be expected to last 2 hours each day, depending on light.

o   We understand that some players may need to show up late or leave early, depending on other circumstances or obligations (particularly those players coming from another school).

o   We will play two SLYLA games each Sunday from March 31 through May 19, with times varying each week (as early as 8am, as late as 6pm).  No games on Easter (4/21), but we will play games on Mother’s Day (5/12).  The schedule is not expected to come out until March 22, which I will pass on to you when I receive it.  We shouldn’t have more than an hour between each pair of games.  SLYLA games will be held at one of three places:

§  Ram’s Park (1 Rams Way, Earth City)

·         All SLYLA games except 2 weekends

§  Creve Coeur Soccer Complex (2350 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Maryland Heights)

·         SLYLA games on 4/28

§  Lou Fusz Soccer Complex (2155 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Maryland Heights)

·         SLYLA games on 5/19

o   We will also be scheduling additional games outside of SLYLA to give the players more opportunities for game experience.  These will typically be against programs that do not participate in SLYLA, programs like Chaminade, Kirkwood and MICDS.  They also tend to be away games (hosted at those schools), but we will also try to have a home game or two played at Parkway West Middle School.

o   Any changes in schedule, including cancellations of practices or games, will be communicated in three ways as early as possible:

§  Via email

§  Via the Parkway West High School Lacrosse program’s twitter account (@pwestlax)

§  Via the SI Play app (set up through SLYLA, but can be used to handle non-SLYLA events as well)

o   The expectation is that we will practice in the rain if there is no threat of lightning and we’re not dealing with a torrential downpour.

o   General practice plan

§  Initial team meeting

§  Warm-up/stretching (10 min) – static and active

§  Instruction/drills (90 min, roughly 15-20 min per drill)

§  Game play (15-20 min)

§  Ball hunt and wrap-up

·         School first, lacrosse second

o   We do not expect or intend to interfere with your sons’ school work – that takes priority over lacrosse.  However, we do expect your sons to take responsibility for planning their time such that they can be present and successful at both to the extent possible.

o   In addition, we understand that any games on Sunday mornings may conflict with other family events. As with school, family always takes priority over lacrosse.

·         Youth lacrosse is about learning the game

o   Mistakes are expected (and even encouraged) – if they never happened, there wouldn’t be much need for me.

o   We do expect to provide your sons with a basic lacrosse skill set (passing, catching, shooting, dodging, 1v1 defense, team offense and team defense).  We do not expect that your son will be playing high school varsity-level lacrosse by the end of the season if the first time he picked up a stick was this February.  We have a variety of experience levels on this team, and we will do our best to provide instruction that is commensurate with your sons’ skill levels.

·         3 main points stressed on day 1:

o   Work hard (the more they work in practice, the more they’ll learn)

o   Be a good sport (to each other, to coaches, to officials, to other teams)

o   Have fun

SLYLA registration

·         Go to www.slyla.com

·         Click on the orange button on the right side of the screen that says “REGISTER NOW”

·         Scroll down to 2019 14U Boys Registration and click the corresponding ‘Register’ button

·         On the next screen, check to be sure that you see “2019 14U Boys Registration” at the top, then click ‘Continue’

o   If your son’s birthday does not fall in the period specified (possible for 6th graders), let me know.  Players are allowed to play up, so our 6th graders can play with our 7th and 8th graders.  If we need to contact SLYLA, we can.

·         You’ll need to create an account (with a username and password), and then add your son as a participant.  Our team is under 14U Boys B Division (Parkway West).  Registering with SLYLA will require a current US Lacrosse number – you will be able to renew your membership during the registration process if necessary.

o   If you have any issues, contact SLYLA (email either Dave Boots or Brad Horner, who can be found under Board Members on the left side of the main SLYLA page) and let me know.

·         This will need to be completed by Monday, March 25.

Additional resources

·         As members of US Lacrosse, you have a lot of resources available to you on their website (once you log in)

o   Note that there are some different rules for youth lacrosse and high school/college lacrosse that we will be discussing with the players (e.g., no one-arm stick checks), but it may be helpful to understand these differences yourselves. If you understand more, the games will be enjoyable, you’ll be able to have meaningful discussions about the general game with your son, and you’ll be a better fan.

o   There is a video on proper contact that I would encourage both you and your sons to watch.

·         Encourage your kids to play other sports.  Other sports like soccer, basketball and hockey translate well to lacrosse and vice versa. 

Lacrosse is a game I love, and I’m excited to help provide your sons with a place to learn the game and have fun doing it.  If you have any questions related to practice or your son’s development as a lacrosse player, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

David Wolf

[email protected]

636-346-5107

MS Games

  

2019 Games will begin in the last weekend in March and go through mid-May.

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