Please note: If you register now for the 2022 Spring season you DO NOTneed to register for Winter Skills, it is included in your Spring registration. If you are not ready to register for Spring but want to attend the Winter skills you can do so by registering for Winter Skills Only.
*For 2022 all field players must have NOCSAE/ND200 certified shoulder/chest protection. The club will provide certified protective gear for those in 8U, 10U & 12U who do not have their own. Players with their own protective gear please make sure you are compliant.
Winter Skills Dates for "First Goal" 7U and 8U (K through Beginner 3rd Graders):
Jan 23rd; Feb 6th and 27th from 5:30pm - 6:15pm.
Please bring a full size stick, no other equipment needed. If you do not have one we will have a limited number to borrow. Please arrive 15 min early to get the kids organized and allow them to watch the older boys finish their practice.
For those 10U and 12U players that need equipment we will have a hand out prior to the start of our first session.
All of these Winter Skills Clinics are an extremely important part of your players development. We strongly encourage all of our MT Lacrosse players to participate in the clinics. The clinics are intended to provide an opportunity for both our new and experienced players to show commitment to their stick skills and to elevating their game. It will allow us to hit the Spring season running so please make every effort to attend all of the clinics.
The Winter Skills program is free to those who register for the Spring Season. If you register for the Winter Skills Clinic only, the cost is a non-refundable $25.00 per player. This fee will not go towards the Spring Season should you choose to register for Spring at a later date.
US Lacrosse membership is required to participate in Spring season.
We look forward to another great season of lacrosse!
Welcome to the Spring 2022 Season for the Manheim Township Boys Youth Lacrosse Club. We are excited to start yet another season in the long tradition of success this club has enjoyed. It is the purpose of this letter to prepare you, the parents and players, for this upcoming season.
Note Major Change to the 2022 Season:
All League Games for all levels (except 8U) will be played on Saturdays for the 2022 season. This decision was not taken lightly and was a direct response to the lack of referees in the area. Having all games on Saturdays allows for the same referee crew to work several games alleviating the scheduling difficulties they had with mid-week games.. We ask that our MT Lacrosse Families please plan accordingly and make every effort to attend scheduled games. Any questions or concerns please contact email@example.com
7U Team (K- New 2nd Graders)
Head Coach: TBD - Coaches needed
8U Team (2nd Grade - New 3rd Graders)
Head Coach: Mike Huber
Assistant Coaches: Lawrence Mitchell
10U Grade Teams (3rd Graders - 4th Grade)
Head Coach: Eddie Sillers
Assistant Coach: Ryan DeLutis, Jeff Dever, Nathan Painter
12U Teams (Previous 5th and 6th Grade)
Head Coach: Aldo Romano
Assistant Coaches: Bob Fletcher, Mike Huber, Pete Rothacker, Matt Adams
14U Teams (Previously 7th and 8th Grade)
Head Coach: TBD
Assistant Coaches: Russ Miller; Marc Eckert; Rich O'Brien, Phil Garland
As you now have heard multiple times, we have switched to a new website (TownshipLacrosse.com). This is hosted by LeagueAthletics through US Lacrosse and is specifically designed to facilitate communication within a youth athletic setting. This will be the primary form of communication within the club. All schedules will be posted here. Rosters, coaches contacts, club contacts, and additional information is also available. The website is easy to navigate, but additional guidance will be coming in the form of a Tuesdays Tips new article posted every Tuesday. The functionality includes (but not limited to):
Informational Links – drills, videos, tutorials
Pictures – please forward to Aldo Romano for posting to the website
An Equipment Exchange – members can sell/donate old equipment to other members
Field Locations and Directions
Links to Summer Clubs
Apparel Store Link
Additionally, there is an app for phones (under LeagueAthletics in your phone’s app store) that allows you to quickly check schedules, receive notifications, and see rosters.
If there is a logistics issue, please email the team manager or head coach. If there is an issue that you cannot find an answer to on the website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coaching Philosophy and Team Values
The Manheim Township Boys Lacrosse Club is an inclusionary non-profit organization that promotes the sport of lacrosse to youth residing in or attending a school located in the Manheim Township School District boundaries through grade-level programs open to all interested participants, by teaching good basic fundamentals, by developing players through game skills, by promoting good sportsmanship, and by respecting all participants and focusing on teamwork.
Our goal is to promote skill development, sportsmanship, team play and love of the sport.
To create and maintain grade-level programs focused on teaching fundamental skills and providing challenging competition appropriate for the players' skill and athletic level, while maintaining focus on team concept and individual leadership development.
To create a challenging, engaging, learning environment where players of differing levels of skill and physical development can learn and enjoy the game of lacrosse.
To foster a love of the great game of lacrosse.
To prepare individuals to continue to play lacrosse at the high school and college level.
Goals for the Season
The team goals will vary depending on the age group as the boys move from being introduced to the game to developing their skills to preparing for high school lacrosse. Each coach has sent out an email with his specific goals for the season. They will vary from introduction of basic skills at 2/3 to introducing team play at 3/4. At 5/6 more advanced fundamentals of positioning, offensive and defensive philosophy, and clears will be introduced. By 7/8 the basic fundamentals should be in place and the focus is on more advanced play development and the progression of lax IQ necessary to play at the HS level.
We have the wonderful opportunity to be participating with US Lacrosse in the development of standard of play and skill development. They have developed a matrix of skills that are expected at each age group of play, starting with introduction to developing to mastery. Ken Fox is on a US Lacrosse committee that is reviewing this. It is expected to be released to the public soon. This will allow us to develop age based norms of expected skill development to produce a coherent Club plan for progressing skills from early introduction at FiddleStix all the way to High School. We are presently using this as coaches and will make this available to all club members once cleared by US Lacrosse.
All schedules and communication will occur via the website. Please get into the habit of referring to the website regularly. There will be both email and text reminders of each event (practice/game). These are automated and controlled via your account. You can receive as many/few as you would like. You can link the schedule to your Gmail or iCal calendars as well. Information on how to do this will come in an additional news article posting.
Presently the teams are all scheduled as one team for each age group on the website to allow everyone to receive communications and notifications. The teams will be split once the practices start. Uniforms will be handed out once teams are determined.
10U: We usually have two teams. The first few weeks will be for evaluating players so we may divide into 2 teams( MT Blue and MT White) equally divided by skill level. Teams will be determined one week prior to our first game. All players will participate in all scheduled league games. We may schedule a non-league game where only 4th graders and some kids we feel can compete safely will be asked to participate. Other leagues are aged based which potentially could match an 11 yr old against against an 8 yr old. That can create quit a unsafe size discrepancy. Your child's SAFETY is always our first concern. We also will participate in this year's Clash for the Cup Tournament where all will be asked to participate.
12U: This season we expect to have about 40 players participating and 2 teams within league play. The current plan is to have balanced teams but this may change. Teams will be determined after about 2 weeks of practices. If the Coaches feel there has been a misjudgment and an adjustment needs to be made he may ask a player or two to move to the other team on a permanent basis, not game by game. We view and teach that all 40 players are still one team. Practice are run together and many of our drills are run as a whole.
14U: We expect to have enough players to create two complete teams. The B Team will play in the Lancaster Lebanon Lacrosse League. The A team will play in the newly formed Central PA Lacrosse League (CPLL) made up of other top tier teams in the area. The players will be split into a Blue team and a White team based on evaluations performed in the first week of practice. This split is expected to be based on grade and skill level. We have learned that with hold backs in many of the schools in preparation for HS play, there is a very large size, age, and pace of play difference between the 7th and 8th graders.
Practices are scheduled on the Master Schedule. Your child’s safety is our primary goal. As the weather changes, please be aware that practices may be cancelled on short notice. As the season starts, please dress your son’s warmly (layers can always be removed). Please provide hydration for them for every practice and game. The boys are expected to be ready to practice at the time practice/games start. Please have them there 15 minutes before practice and 45 minutes before games so that they can get their gear on and be ready. The Coaches will not leave until every child is picked up. Please be sensitive to the non-lacrosse schedules/responsibilities of the coaches and make sure that you are prepared to pick up your child at the scheduled end of practice.
Practice and Game Schedules
7U: One weekday from 6:00 - 7:00 PM starting in April
8U: One weekday from 6:00 - 7:15 PM starting in April
Select Saturdays Weaver Rd Fields 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
League games select Sundays from 2:00 - 5:00pm
10U: Mon, Wed and Thurs 6:00-7:30pm MTHS Field J
League Games are Saturdays starting at the end of March. Out of league games may be added to the schedule.
12U: Tues, Thurs at Weaver Road Fields from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturdays at Weaver Road Fields from 10:00 AM to Noon
League games are on Saturdays beginning last week of March. Out of league games may be added to the schedule.
14U: Mon, Tues Wed and Thurs 6:00 to dusk MTHS Field J
League Games will be Saturdyays starting at end of March. There are multiple out of league games to be scheduled.
10U: Clash for the Cup Saturday May 14th
12U: We do have several tournaments throughout the season and there are different criteria depending on the tournament. The Irish Skirmish for example is a select team tournament and about 20 players are selected. Players not selected for these tournaments will still have practice at Weaver and will also have an additional game scheduled. All players will participate in the annual Clash for the Cup on May 14th that we host at Manheim Township. Players will have ample opportunity in practices and games to display their abilities and improvement in order to provide themselves with the best opportunity to play in the select tournaments.
14U: We typically have 3 tournaments and several play days scheduled for the 7/8 team. At least one Tournament will be for select players only the others will have an A and B Division. We will participate in the annual Clash for the Cup on May 15th. Players will have ample opportunity in practices and games to display their abilities and improvement in order to provide themselves with the best opportunity to play in the select tournament(s).
Information will be posted on the website under the Fundraising tab. It will be coordinated on a team by team basis with a Coordinator assigned to each team. Once this coordinator has been assigned, you will receive emails explaining the process and timing of the fundraiser.
Running a large club such at the MTBYLA requires a great deal of time and effort. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with events. Please reach out to the team manager if you are available and willing to assist.
Parent/Coach Relationship Guidelines:
Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefit to children. As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child's program.
Communication you should expect from your child's coach:
1. Philosophy of the coach.
2. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the squad.
3. Locations and times of all practices and contests.
4. Team requirements, i.e. special equipment, off-season conditioning.
5. Procedure should your child be injured during participation.
6. Discipline that results in the denial of your child's participation.
Communication coaches expect from parents:
1. Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
2. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
3. Specific concern in regard to a coach's philosophy and/or expectations.
As your children become involved in the programs at Manheim Township, they will
experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to
understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or
your child wishes. At these times discussion with the coach is encouraged.
Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches:
1. The treatment of your child, mentally and physically.
2. Ways to help your child improve.
3. Concerns about your child's behavior.
It is difficult to accept your child's not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches
are professionals. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to
be best for all students involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain
things can be and should be discussed with your child's coach. Other things, such
as those listed next, must be left to the discretion of the coach.
Issues NOT appropriate to discuss with coaches:
1. Playing time.
2. Team strategy.
3. Play calling.
4. Other student-athletes.
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the
parent. These are to be encouraged. It is important that both parties involved
have a clear understanding of the others position. When these conferences are
necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a
resolution to the issue of concern.
1. Please encourage your child to speak directly with the coach. Many times the
matter can be taken care of at that time.
2. If #1 does not result in resolution, please call or email the coach to set up an
appointment with the parent, student-athlete and coach.
3. If you are having difficulty reaching the coach, call or email the parent communication director
4. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest, or a
practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and coach. Meetings
of this nature do not promote resolution.
Since research indicates a student involved in co-curricular activities has a greater
chance for success during adulthood, these programs have been established.
Many of the character traits required to be a successful participant are exactly
those that will promote a successful life after high school. We hope the
information provided makes both your child's and your experience with the
Manheim Township athletic program less stressful and more enjoyable.