Hello Coaches and Parents and GD Lacrosse Families,
I want to thank everyone for participating in the indoor season. Of course, with the now typical New England weather it does not seem likely the fields will be ready for outdoor practices next week. We are going to be looking to potentially find indoor time, coaches will be reaching out to let everyone know if there is going to be a practice indoors, where it will be, and at what times.
The uniform order should be in this weekend. We will be spending the weekend sorting them out for distribution through the coaches. Any orders for cotton hoodies will be distributed soon but not with the uniforms. If your child has not yet taken out last year’s uniform and tried it on….. please be sure to do so as soon as possible!
If you did not order a uniform and still need one, the league did purchase a few extras that will be available. Many of you have already contacted our Uniforms Director and are on the list. Once we finish putting together the orders, we will send out a follow up email to distribute from our stock. We will make sure all of the players are outfitted.
Team Rosters The girls program rosters are complete and entered into the GDYLax.org site. On the boys side, we are required by the league to form balanced teams. The coaches and Coaching Director are working through this process now and should have it completed next week. All teams in an age group practice together so team assignment only affects game days. Please hold off contacting coaches and the Coaching Director while they form teams that comply with the league rules.
Practice Times and Locations
Currently, practice times and locations are as follows:
U9 & U11- Tuesday and Friday- 5:30 - 7:00pm - Woitowicz Field U13 & U 15 - Mondays and Fridays 5:30 - 7:00pm - Groton School
U9 - Monday and Wednesday - 5:30 - 7:00pm - Groton School
U11 - Monday and Wednesday - 5:45 - 7:15pm - Woitowicz Field
U13 - Tuesday and Wednesday - 5:30 - 7:00pm - Cow Pond Field
U15 - Tuesday and Thursday - 6:00 - 7:30pm - Lawrence Academy
Coaches will be in touch with their teams if there are any changes to the schedule on a weekly basis.
Every coach loves to have parental support! Please contact your coach to volunteer as Team Manager, Score Keeper, Time Keeper or any other support you can give to make our program more enjoyable for the players.
Field Lines: Painting lines on the fields is the responsibility of our organization. The water based paint needs to re-applied weekly. We could use a helper!
Once the game schedules are finalized they will be posted on the GDYLax.org site by team. Obviously with the weather there is some uncertainty, but both the Girls and Boys programs are attempting to start on Sunday April 2nd. There are no games the weekend of April 16th (start of vacation week) and May 28th (Memorial Day weekend).
The girls teams play in the Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League (MBGLL). The boys teams play in the Patriot Lacrosse League (PYLL). You can visit their respective websites for more information about league rules and programs.
Girls U9 & U11 Home Games will be played at Woitowicz Field. Girls U13 & U15 Home Games will be played at Groton School . Boys Home Games will typically be played at Cow Pond. Woitowicz may be used on occasion.
As noted above, weather will play a significant factor especially in the early games. Coaches will be reaching out and doing their best to update parents around any changes to the schedule in terms of times and locations. It looks like we will all need to be flexible for the first couple weeks and then we should settle into the established schedule.
Websites and League Apps
All of this information is available and updated on the www.gdylax.org website. There are additional links to local stores, programs and information. In particular, the US Lacrosse website ( http://www.uslacrosse.org ) has excellent information for players, coaches and parents.
If you have not done so already, I highly recommend downloading the SI Play mobile app. Log in using your GDYLax registration and it should connect you to the team site.