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Litchfield U10 Girls Lacrosse - Welcome!
by posted 03/07/2021

Dear Parents and Players,

 

We hope this message finds you healthy and well -  we are excited about the upcoming U10 Girls Lacrosse season!  My name is Mike O'Sullivan, who serves as the Litchfield Lacrosse Association's (LLA) Coaching Coordinator and also as head coach for this team.  The purpose of this email/message is kick start the communication for this U10 Girls team, outline some details and start relaying expectations for this season.  I'm happy to say that in the short time I've been involved with the program, I've been extremely impressed with with the energy and enthusiasm towards the sport - we're going to have a fantastic season.

 

Assistant Coach

First, it is my pleasure to announce that Elayna Montenero, a student at Campbell High School, is currently slated as an assistant coach.  While the LLA has no doubt she is capable of supporting the team as the sole assistant coach, please be aware that given the interest, additional assistant coaching applications will be reviewed by the Board later this week.  If there are any changes, we will announce them to the team as appropriate.

 

U10 Girls Team

Great news - there are 14 girls that have signed up for the team!  Having personally been around the sport since fourth grade, that is an impressive number for such a small town & area.  The girls' grades range from first grade through fourth.  This season the players can expect to learn how to play the game, learn the importance of teamwork, develop their stick skills/hand eye coordination and of course, have fun!

 

A Quick Note on COVID - 19 

Clearly, we continue to live in unique times thanks to the pandemic.   Like every other facet of our lives right now, we'll need to be flexible.  The LLA Board is expected to review the COVID -19 policies during its next meeting on March 9th in preparation for the season.  Your support and flexibility are appreciated as the Board, working with the State governing body NHYLA’s expectations, establishes the foundation for safe play of the game.   

 

First Practices 

For March, Indoor trainings for all teams will be held at the Bedford SportsPlex.  Here are the following dates and times for all 4 teams U10 Girls, U10 Boys, U14 Girls and U14 Boys: 

 

Date 

Time 

Teams 

Saturday 3/13/21 

11am – 12pm 

U10 Girls, U10 Boys, U14 Girls, U14 Boys 

Sunday 3/28/21 

11am – 12pm 

U10 Girls, U10 Boys, U14 Girls, U14 Boys 

 

 

Please be advised that masks will be required for all indoor sessions for players and we will ask for a limit of no more than one parent to accompany the player for indoor practice. 

 

For practices beyond these dates, I will let the team know the schedule first opportunity.  At this stage, further practices beyond March will likely occur outside - not only for COVID safety purposes but to hopefully take advantage of nicer weather.

 

Uniforms & Equipment

Uniforms -  I've been informed that all parents have ordered uniforms through the Association's website; let me know if you have concerns.   Given that this group wears a kilt, know that players have an option to wear compression shorts underneath  (quite frankly, since I'm a Dad, this is not territory I'm an expert in and lean on others to comment….thanks to Jenn Bourque for the suggestion).

 

Footwear - cleats will be needed once we get onto a grass field - the player can use soccer/softball cleats if you have them, no need for 'lacrosse' cleats. For our indoor practices on the artificial turf, the player will want to have a good sneakers during this time - such as those used for physical education/gym class.

 

Equipment - girls are required to have a stick, goggles and mouth guard.  All of these can be purchased at your local sports store and sometimes in packages.  If unfamiliar, girls lacrosse equipment generally have their own section at the stores.  There should be a generic size and compared to boys, girls have a pocket or 'net' that is shallow/flatter.  If you have any questions, reach out to me.

 

Let me know if you have any questions and/or concerns; looking forward to a great season,


Very Respectfully,

Mike O'Sullivan


 
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