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President Message and Volunteer Requeste

Welcome to the 2021 Minnetonka Lacrosse Association season.  We are just a few weeks away from our first day of practices at Badger Park and I wanted to make a request for volunteers and provide an update about our plans for this season.

 

Request for volunteers.  Please take a minute to review the list of roles at the end of this e-mail and let me know if you are willing to volunteer for any of these positions.  I can be reached via e-mail at president@mtkalax.org.  Please note that some positions require multiple people to execute.

 

Updates: 

League participation: This April & May, our boy’s teams will be participating in the spring GNLL field lacrosse instead of playing Box Lacrosse. They will then participate in the YLM’s summer field lacrosse league starting in June.  The girl’s teams will continue to play in MSLAX’s spring and summer leagues.  Our number one focus is the safety of the players on the field so we are asking that you review and follow the COVID procedures that will be sent out before the start of the season.

 

Player focus: We want to make sure our players are enjoying their opportunity to play lacrosse.  We also want to help them develop their skills and lacrosse acumen with the hope that they will go on to play competitive high school lacrosse for Minnetonka High School. Accordingly, we are developing a Director of Player Development role for both boy’s & girl’s leagues.  Their focus will not only be our players but our coaches as well.  We will send-out more information about how this will impact your players. Please remind your players that all we are asking of them is to try their best, play hard and most of all, have fun.

 

Parent focus:  Covid will continue to be a challenge and we will need your help.  We know that the parking lot at Badger is small and it will be busy in between practices and games.  We will have a drop-off & pickup plan sent-out before the first practice.  Please help us out and follow the recommended procedures.  They will reflect our needs as well as the City of Shorewood’s requirements. 

Also, we want to make sure that the player’s parent’s/guardian’s lacrosse development is a focus as well.  We know lacrosse has a few rules and some don’t make a lot of sense.  We believe that our fans will enjoy watching our teams play more when we all understand the game better.  We hope to provide learning experiences for our fans and will send-out information with our plan.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact anyone on the board, your child’s coach or league director if you have questions. 

One request we have is that our fan’s cheer during the games and refrain from either “helping: coach” or yelling at anyone during the game.  Players, coaches & yes referees are trying their best.  Please give them the opportunity to enjoy their chance to be participating on the field.

 

Additions: We are fortunate to have two former college lacrosse players recently move into the district and volunteered to get involved with our program. They are Marc Heagney and Ryan Olson.

 

Marc Heagney: Many of you may have already met Marc, he joined us 14 months ago and volunteered to develop and run our new 6U program. Marc played attack in college for Division III RIT & we look forward to watching our Coed 6U program grow. The primary focus will be to emphasize the “fun” aspect in each child’s first exposure to lacrosse in our 6U coed program. 

 

Ryan Olson was a goalie in college at VMI and coached and developed clinics after college.  Ryan has volunteered to head-up our goalie development program that will benefit goalies in both boys’ and girls’ leagues.  It takes a special person who wants to play goalie and we are committed to providing the best support to foster their growth and love of the position.

 

On behalf of the lacrosse board, thank you for signing-up your child for the 2021 season.  We look forward to seeing the players, coaches and fans at the field.  Also, thank you in advance for those of you who are willing and able to volunteer this year. We are a volunteer-based organization, and many hands make light work.

 

Thanks, and Go Tonka!

Chris Gibney - President

 

List of Volunteer Positions needed this Spring 2021

 

  • Volunteer Coordinator: Works to define & fill needed volunteer positions.  Will use Sports Engine Dibs system to manage & track volunteer hours in 2022.

 

  • Web Coordinator:   Manage design & content on league website.  Ensure updates are posted and website (hosted on Sports Engine) is the primary source of information for the Mtka LAX community.

 

  • Field Scheduling coordinator:  Works with cities, facilities & school district to schedule field & turf time for practices & games. Coordinates with Boys & Girls league directors to determine field/turf needs by team.  Utilizes Sports Engine’s Diamond Scheduler app to assign time slots to each team.

 

  • Field Prep Coordinator: Lead team to ensure all equipment (nets, storage lockers, timers, scoreboards, etc.) are delivered to fields before start of first practice.  Coordinator will need access to large trailer to move nets from MHS to fields.  Team will need to know how to properly string a net.  Team will also check status of equipment weekly & ensure all is working properly.

 

  • Equipment Coordinator: Works with league directors to order all necessary equipment (balls, pads, whistles, etc.)

 

  • Picture Day Coordinator: Takes bids from prospective companies and brings recommendations to board for approval.  Works with league directors to schedule date and times for team pictures.  Works with Youth Day coordinator to ensure Picture Day and Youth Day schedule works for youth leagues & High School programs.

 

  • Youth Day coordinator: Works with league directors & High School Varsity coaches to determine date/time and festivities for each league.