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?
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 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.
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NCS Athletic Services and F.A.S.T is pleased to present:
Athletic Mental Health Symposium
Date: Tuesday February 26th, 2019
Time: Check-in: 6:30p.m
Location: Board Auditorium at the Fairfax County Government Center
12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Va. 22035
Audience: All Parents, Coaches, and Administrators
Join us as we launch the conversation about mental health and the role coaches, parents and sports administrators can play in supporting and encouraging youth athletes as they cope with the struggles and pressures of their early development.
Come and hear from renowned local experts as they help adults who work with student athletes:
· Understand the pressures facing student athletes in 2019
· Recognize the warning signs for potential youth in distress
· Guide athletes to available local resources for assistance
FORT HUNT YOUTH LACROSSE END OF YEAR REPORT – 2018
FORT HUNT YOUTH LACROSSE END OF YEAR REPORT – 2018
SPRING REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Fort Hunt Families:
Happy New Year and Best Wishes in 2019!
2018 was a good year for Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse. We:
· Grew player participation 14% year-to-year
· Reduced the retail cost to register by 21%
· Finished the year slightly under budget
o We have cash reserves available to invest more seriously in coach training and certification
§ FHYL is sponsoring several coaches to take training at the annual Lacrosse Convention (LAXCON) in Philadelphia 11-13 January
§ We had the best participation of all 28 Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL) at the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter sponsored annual Marymount Coach meeting and training session in February and expect to repeat that performance
§ We are constantly recruiting new coaches
We are blessed with hundreds of talented young athletes, supportive families and a fine network of dedicated volunteers. Special recognition goes to Jenn Hare who served three plus years above and beyond as our Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse Commissioner and did double duty as the girls commissioner. THANK YOU, JENN!
Girls Commissioner responsibilities transferred smoothly over the summer, with Kelly Facer handling the lion’s share of responsibilities. We thank our boys age group commissioners who made the spring season a success:
Jim Mills, Trevor Kolego, Glen Chambers, Zach Gaumer, and especially Chris Lohmann who does double duty as the 14 U Commissioner and Boys Commissioner.
In 2019 Jim Mills will join Trevor Kolego at 8U and Glen Chambers ages out of 10U. So we need at least two new boys age group commissioners at 6U and 10U. email@example.com if interested
Kudos go out to:
Kendra Chambers and Heather Condon (uniforms), Larry Arthur (equipment), Chris Olsen (fields), Greg Smith (Girls Fall Ball), Amy and Scotty Bruce (boys evals), Tanya and John Stamos (former Commissioner and FHYA president and current WPHS Head Coach), Susie Jackson and Leslie Schoeffel (FHYAA Treasurer and Business Manager), Keith Byron (membership and data scientist), and Amy and Adam Fazackerly (hosts without equal)
Thanks also to all our coaches, referees, field commissioners, score keepers, timers, team parents, without whom we could not survive. Apologies to any names we missed.
2018 marked our first full year of implementing the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model/American Development Model (LADM/ADM). This is a framework to help us keep the development of every one of our kids center stage. We follow the guidance of our National Governing Body, US Lacrosse (USL), and the US Olympic Committee (USOC). LADM is oriented to the long-term development of athletes from the youngest child in the “Discovery Phase” through the highest levels of competition and includes lifelong enjoyment of the game (ask about playing “Old Man Lax” with us). LADM is based on six core values:
Partly due to the US men’s soccer team failing to qualify for the World Cup, and partly due to the success of the USA Hockey implementation of ADM, the USOC has recently taken a renewed leadership position on youth sports, including the hosting of the first annual Symposium on Youth Sports and ADM at its training center in Colorado Springs in December. They know that building Gold Medal teams starts with kids. The USOC ADM is similarly based on five key elements:
1. Universal access to create opportunity for all athletes
2. Developmentally appropriate activities that emphasize motor and foundational skills
3. Multi-sport participation
4. Fun, engaging and progressively challenging atmosphere
For non-coach volunteers, ignore the coaching requirements
We will need help with uniforms, tournaments, tailgaters, time-keeping, scoring, field set-up and take down, field marshalling, inventory management, stringing cages, moving cages, lining fields, first aid, repairing the storage container and shed, and more.