Provide the best possible opportunity for our youth to learn some valuable life lessons, increase their fitness, have fun, and strive to win at this historical North American sport.
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Welcome to Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse!



About Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse (“forthuntlax”/FHYL)

At Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse, we help kids reach their full potential through the great sport of lacrosse.

In today’s world, video games, “pay to play” sports programs, early sport specialization, and a “win at all costs” mentality can conspire against kids. We believe instead in the age appropriate, long-term athletic development of all of our kids, and are completely against the short term, win at all costs culture.

  • We work hard to ensure all of our players have a consistently high positive experience
  • We grow the sport by bringing lacrosse into new areas for boys and girls to try
  • We study the science of sports and take guidance from our national governing body, U.S. Lacrosse; the U.S. Olympic Committee; and academic institutions like the Aspen Institute and George Washington University.
    • We follow the governing principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM)
    • We partner with other leadership organizations, like USA Hockey, to improve the condition of youth sports one kid at a time
  • We have an aggressive and mandatory coach screening and training program to maximize the experience our kids have on the field
  • We want our kids to get outside, move, sample many sports, compete, and HAVE FUN!


Who Can Join Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse?

Our footprint is primarily the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County, and we are oriented to kids under 18, but we don't want to exclude anyone.

Exclusive to League Play: If your pre-k, elementary, or middle school aged boy or girl lives within the boundaries of the West Potomac, Mount Vernon, Hayfield or Edison High School pyramids, including Fort Belvoir, they can play in the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL) as a member of Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse.   Confirm your HS Pyramid by entering your address in the Fairfax County school boundary locator at: .


Our goal is to provide the best possible opportunity for our youth to have fun, learn valuable life lessons, increase their physical literacy, improve their lacrosse skills, and compete to win at this historic North American sport.  

"The fastest game on two feet!”



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End of season planning - part 2
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Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), is coming to Washington D.C.
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SURVEY: What should we look for in an effective coach?

What should we be looking for in an effective coach?


We conducted a lacrosse Town Hall meeting on 30 May in the Sherwood Library.

Thanks to those who participated!

One of the main topics of discussion centered on the most important qualities a coach should exhibit so that our kids (and their families) might have a fun, positive experience.

When the program is in the process of assigning coaches, or we, as parents, are trying to identify a coach for our kids, what qualities or traits should we expect that person to exhibit?

Please go to the survey via the link below and give us your input. There are no right or wrong answers. Should take three minutes or so.


We will use this input as we introduce a more formal coach vetting process going into Spring 2020.

Survey closes on 7 July

Thanks, and GO FORT HUNT!!!

Additional Notes

  • Boys and Girls Summer Ball begins Wednesday 10 July 6:30 – 8 pm @ CSMS
  • Women’s Open Play started last week and is Wednesdays 7:45 – 9 pm @ CSMS. (8-9 pm once summer ball has begun)
    • “Pick up” lacrosse for high school girls and above
  • Fort Hunt is being recognized for our work at promoting youth lacrosse at the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) games on 6 July at Audi Field
    • Contact Brian Taylor <> if you would like tickets compliments of US Lacrosse
  • Thanks again to all for a successful spring season!
    • We measure our success based largely on return players (retention)
    • In NVYLL results, and despite hits we took because of games scratched for lightning, a full one third of our eligible teams made it to Championship Sunday, including
      • three out of six girls 3/4 and 5/6 teams and
      • four out of six boys 10U and 12U teams
        • Might be a record!
      • Special kudos to G34FF and 10ULB for winning it all!

Have a great summer!

Commissioner Michael Carucci


by posted 06/22/2019
High School Girls "Pick-up" Lacrosse Wednesdays at San

Fort Hunt Families: Endeavoring to help make lacrosse a lifelong sport, Fort Hunt is sponsoring a pilot program to encourage high school girls to just get out and play lax.

Reconnect with former teammates and make new friends.

No refs. No coaches. No whistles.


  • Sandburg Turf
  • Wednesdays 12/19/26 June
  • 7:45 – 9 pm
  • Girls in high school graduation years 2019/20/21/22/23
  • No charge
    • A few parents will be there to open the shed, put out some cages (3x3, 4x4, or 6x6) and balls
    • We will have pinkie balls, NOCSAE balls, and loaner sticks available to borrow
      • If you play with the pinkie balls, no protective gear is required
      • If you play with the hard lacrosse balls, goggles and mouth guards are required (not provided)
    • You should bring water
  • Please demonstrate your interest by signing up at this site:


Any questions, please contact:

Commissioner Michael Carucci

Fort Hunt Lacrosse



by posted 06/12/2019
End of season planning - part 2

End-of-Season Planning Part 2

Several points of General Information


One of the primary tenets of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM), which we are implementing, is to provide our kids with trained coaches.

A recurring theme in our customer satisfaction surveys is the inconsistency in the quality of our coaching. Evaluations can even be seen as a lottery to get assigned the best coaches each spring season.

  • For the off-season, and in preparation for the 2020 Spring Season, we expect to implement a few new ideas to address this feedback:
    • Weekly player clinics in the summer and fall that simultaneously serve as coach training clinics
      • For new and experienced coaches to get on the field with the kids, learn new strategies, hone their skills, try out new techniques to improve knowledge transfer. E.g.,
        • Non-linear Pedagogy
        • Teaching Games for Understanding
        • Random vs Block instruction
        • Implicit vs Explicit Learning
      • Wednesdays in July beginning 10 July 6:15 pm CSMS (Summer Ball)
      • Sundays in the fall after Labor Day (Fall Ball)
      • Coaches’ kids pay reduced or no registration fees
        • Restrictions apply
    • Offer to host US Lacrosse Coach Development Training clinics again this year
    • Offer two choices at registration in January:
      • League play
      • House play
    • League play registration will be limited by the availability of trained/qualified/certified head coaches
    • House play will be available from K-8th grade
      • Designed so the kids see all the coaches and the coaches see all the kids
        • All based on demand signals we get from our families
    • We will increase the participation of professional coaches
    • We will offer scholarships for our coaches/leadership (>18 yrs old) to attend one or more of the best coaching summits in the country:


North American Coach Development Summit (17-19 June Colorado Springs)

Way of Champions Transformational Coaching Conference (2-4 August Denver)

United States Olympic Committee ADM & Youth Sport Symposium (December Colorado Springs)

US Lacrosse Convention (10-12 Jan 2020 Philadelphia)


If you would like to attend one or more of these coaching excellence conferences, under a Fort Hunt scholarship, please send a note stating which conference and why you want to attend, how it may benefit Fort Hunt Lacrosse, and that you will be prepared to use what you learn to support the 2020 spring season. Scholarship support will be either full or partial, depending on the number of delegates we send.

Or call to discuss:




·        Recreational lacrosse for adult men continues through the summer

·        Please contact Rob Calligaro for more info:   or check out Facebook:




Please see the “Clubs and Camps” tab on our home page for more info



·        Fort Hunt coaches are running a lacrosse clinic for 120 kids in Spotsylvania County next week

o   To promote better relations between law enforcement and the community

o   Tues – Fri 9 am – noon

·        If anyone wants to ride down and coach the clinic with us on one or more of those four days (28-31 May), please shout.

o   703-932-4657




o   30 MAY 7-8:30 PM






o   CLOSES 30 MAY 6:30 PM



o   Schedules are posted

§  1/2 June

§  8/9 June

o   Single elimination

o   Sportsmanship is paramount

o   Fort Hunt has host responsibilities for all games at Sandburg and West Potomac HS

§  Field set-up/take down

§  Field Marshall

·        Especially important if weather threatens


o   Wednesday nights in July at Sandburg beginning 10 July

§  Will extend through August pending our field permit

o   6:30 - 8 pm

o   K-8th grade

§  Kids will be grouped by age/gender

o   No protective equipment needed

o   Registration is open





o   Designed for 2019/2020/2021/2022/2023 high school graduation years

  • Fort Hunt alumnae
  • Many playing for the Regional Championship Tuesday 6:30 pm @WPHS

o   Wednesday nights at Sandburg beginning 12 June

§  7:45 – 9 pm

o   Loaner sticks available


by posted 05/25/2019
End of season planning

Fort Hunt Lax Families: 

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our coaches and other volunteers, the unselfish support of our member families, and especially the kids themselves, we are finishing up a successful THIRTIETH spring season of Fort Hunt lacrosse!


THANK YOU and kudos!


Five bullets for your information and clarification:

    • 30 MAY 7-8:30 PM
    • Adults only
    • Schedules are posted
      • 1/2 June
      • 8/9 June
    • Single elimination
    • Sportsmanship is paramount
    • Fort Hunt has host responsibilities for all games at Sandburg and West Potomac HS
      • We need volunteers
      • Field set-up/take down
      • Field Marshall
        • Especially important if weather threatens
    • Wednesday nights in July at Sandburg beginning 10 July
      • Will extend through August
        • pending our field permit
    • 6:30 - 8 pm
    • K-8th grade
      • Kids will be grouped by age/gender
    • No protective equipment needed
    • Registration will be up soon


    • Designed for 2019/2020/2021/2022/2023 high school graduation years
      • Fort Hunt alumnae
    • Wednesday nights at Sandburg beginning 12 June
      • 7:45 – 9 pm
    • Loaner sticks available


Please take a moment to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day.




Michael Carucci

Head Lacrosse Commissioner

Director of Coaching


by posted 05/23/2019
Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), is coming to Washington D.C.

A new professional lacrosse league, the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), is coming to Washington D.C. at Audi Field the weekend after July 4th (July 6-7). I am working to get discounted group tickets for the games on the weekend, primarily for Saturday for TWO games (5pm and 8pm). Groups start at 10 tickets. Being in that group means that we would be seated next to each other, earn Rookie Level status (see attachment) with the opportunity to get post-game autographs and raise money for our club. The proceeds go back to Fort Hunt Lacrosse via a check from the PLL. There will also be a festival in the parking lot full of new equipment, lacrosse merchandise, games, music and more before the games.


Here are the prices for tickets for the sections when have available for group experiences:


Saturday 7/6:

Fieldside (F4-F9) - $67.50

Fieldside (F1-F3; F10-F18) - $57.75 

Center Club (C3-C7) - $48.00

Club and Reserved (125-129; 104-108; C1-C2; C8-C9) - $41.25

Reserved (101-103; 109-114; 130-133; 121-124) -  $33.00 


These are the discounted group base prices for the tickets. Having been to Audi Field, In my opinion,Center Club tickets are probably worth the premium. I think sale price of$50 per ticket, with $2 per ticket going back to Fort Hunt is a reasonable premium.


At this point, I am looking for a verbal commitment for 10 tickets as I would be on the hook for about $500 worth of tickets once I make a deposit. Once I get a commitment for 10 tickets, I will have a link sent out for you to purchase your tickets so there is no money moving through me AND whatever we decide on the fundraising side will be accounted for by the PLL. I can also post the link on the Fort Hunt Lacrosse website for those interested outside of just our U10 teams. You can forward the link to other friends outside of U10 boys who want to come too, the more the merrier.


Please get back to me at  if you are interested, the sooner the better. Thanks for your time. GO FORT HUNT!


Brian Taylor

by posted 05/18/2019
About Fort Hunt Lacrosse


About Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse


Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse ( is a recreational lacrosse club offering lacrosse to boys and girls from preK through 8th grade. Our constituency encompasses the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County, including Fort Belvoir. We operate all year round, but spring (March to early June) is our regular season and primary focus. Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse (FHYL) is one of six sports that make up the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association (FHYAA).


Our goal is “to help all our kids reach their full potential through the great sport of lacrosse.” We welcome kids without regard to race, creed, color, ethnic, or economic background. We offer needs-based scholarships.


We organize the kids by age or grade; boys use birth date and girls use school grade.

The boys age chart is published on our home page so you can look up his age group based on his birth month.




“Scoopers” (pre-K-K)

“Scoopers” (6U)

1st/2nd Grade









We follow the US Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM), which is derived from the long-term athlete development model and USA Hockey’s American Development Model. We meet the kids where they are developmentally, and progressively challenge them as they get older.


8U and 1st/2nd grade and younger are organized as “house leagues.” All local, all Fort Hunt players playing together.


Girls 3rd/4th grade and boys 10U and above traditionally play under the auspices of the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL). The NVYLL season normally includes 8 regular season games (starting 23 March in 2019) and play-offs in early June. Most teams will get four of the eight games at home, which would almost always be CSMS or WPHS. Away games can be anywhere in Northern Virginia.


We welcome players of all experience and skill levels. Our players range from brand-new, to kids on their way to playing High School Varsity and beyond.  We are organized to support that full-range.


Players are rostered based on their age, years of experience and relative competitiveness. We evaluate the kids in the pre-season to be able to assign them the level of play that should give them their best experience for the season. NVYLL requires us to field teams at the A level, Upper B (UB) level, and Lower B (LB) level. Team assignments are typically made in late February or early March. Once team assignments are made, we may close registration for that age group.


Most of our practices will be held at CSMS, WPHS and Whitman MS, a combination of turf and grass fields. We follow US Lacrosse “Dose and Duration” guidelines: kids practice more often and longer as they age up. Most teams will practice two or three times a week with Boys league games normally on Saturdays (starting at 8 or 9 am or later) and Girls normally on Sundays (starting at noon or later).



2019 Boys Youth Rules


2019 Girls Youth Rules




Girls require only a stick, eye protection, athletic shoes and mouth guard for field players. Cleats designed for turf and cleats designed for grass are recommended. Goalies wear additional protection, including helmets, throat guard, gloves, chest protector.


No jewelry (including new ear piercings) is permitted during play.  Girls and boys are required to remove all jewelry, so we recommend leaving bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. at home or in the car.


Boys lacrosse is a full contact sport at 12U and above. 8U and 10U does not permit body checking, but there is still substantial contact (pushing, holding, boxing out). All boys 8U and above require a stick, helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, protective cup, and athletic shoes. Protective pads must be designed specifically for lacrosse. Goalies wear a chest protector and throat protector. Boys helmets may be any color; they normally come in white and we offer opportunities to purchase discounted custom Fort Hunt Green and Gold helmets. The recommended stick for boys youth players is the Warrior Warp.





Warrior Warp Mini

Warrior Warp Jr

Warrior Warp Evo


We offer loaner gear to new players of all ages and team discounts at several local and on-line retailers.  Scoopers just need a stick and one will be provided.




We are staffed by both amateur and professional coaches. Just as you would not send your kid to a dentist or doctor who is not board certified, our coaches are required to train and certify under our National Governing Body, US Lacrosse. We offer subsidized live coaching clinics in the local area several times a year and no-cost on-line training. Our coaches understand the important role they play and the potential impact on a child’s life.


We expect our coaches to be 100% positive, and to nurture cognition, competence, and character; players capable of finding space, creating solutions, and executing good decisions in the face of an adversary.


New coaches should understand that 80% of the job is character development, fungible across most sports, and 20% sport specific. Basketball, soccer, and hockey coaches, especially, can make for great lacrosse coaches, as the sports are so similar.


Here are the current requirements to coach Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse:


  • Have a good attitude, focused on making the kids' experience as good as it can be
  • Be a member of US Lacrosse valid through June 2019 (reimbursement available)
  • Read, understand and agree to the FHYAA and NVYLL codes of conduct
  • Receive a positive (Green Light) NCSI background screening (no charge)
  • Complete the basic Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) training, in person or on-line (no charge)
  • Complete the CDC Concussion Training, on line (no charge)
  • Complete the Level 1 US Lacrosse online course or live clinic (Assistant Coaches)
  • Certify US Lacrosse Coach Development Program (CDP) Level 1 or higher (Head Coaches)
  • Complete “How to make proper contact” US Lacrosse online course (boys’ game only)


For questions or further understanding, please go to our website or contact one of our commissioners:



Kelly Facer

Chris Lohmann

Michael Carucci

Girls Commissioner

Boys Commissioner

Head Lacrosse Commissioner

Director of Coaching




by posted 01/27/2019
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