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!
Your commissioners hope and pray that this note finds you in good health.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this COVID19 pandemic!!!
As most of you know, we lost our spring season due to the closure of Fairfax County fields, the cancellation of NVYLL league play, and the Commonwealth’s stay-at-home order. So, here’s where we are with Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse finances and plans for the summer and fall. Since December, we incurred $68K of capital expenses (balls, jerseys, shorts/shirts, equipment, FCPS field fees, league fees, other) on $64K of revenue (registration fees). A large portion of that went to pay for shorts and shooter shirts (about $30 per player), and when safe to do so we will distribute these items to all 2020 spring registrants. In addition, we anticipate the league will refund a portion of our league fees. This will allow FHYL to go into 2021 with healthy financials. In light of these facts, we are able to offer three options to 2020 registrants going forward.
We will credit spring 2020 registration fees you have paid toward any FHYL summer and fall lacrosse programs we are able to offer.
Effectively, everyone who paid registration fees for the spring season may participate in 2020 summer and fall ball at no additional charge. That will be the default position of FHYL and requires you to take no action.
As an example of activities we are planning and promoting, we sponsored a virtual workout via Zoom with TrueAP at no charge and expect to continue to offer virtual and physical trainings as circumstances allow. In addition, if FCPS fields open this summer we will try to run regular pick-up lacrosse games, clinics, or an internal summer tournament.
If you prefer not to take advantage of the summer and fall credits, and would prefer to turn your paid fees into a tax-deductible donation, please fill out the attached donation form and forward to FHYL2020refund@gmail.com by 1 June and include the word “tax-deduction” in the subject line of your email.
In the same spirit that we offer need-based scholarships, we realize some may have special financial circumstances. If you prefer a refund, please send a refund request via email to FHYL2020refund@gmail.com by 1 June and include the word “refund” in the subject line of your email.
We greatly appreciate your patience will all tax-deduction and refund requests. We will begin processing these requests on June 2 and hope to complete the process by the end of June.
We sincerely appreciate your participation and volunteerism and look forward to being back out on the field playing lacrosse this summer.
Wishing you well,
Mike, Zach, Chris, and Hillary
ps, the donation form is under the "Hey Coach" tab on the left column of the homepage.
Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse (forthuntlax.org) is a recreational lacrosse club offering lacrosse to boys and girls from preK through 8th grade. Our constituency encompasses the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County, including Fort Belvoir. We operate all year round, but spring (March to early June) is our regular season and primary focus. Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse (FHYL) is one of seven sports that make up the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association (FHYAA).
Our goal is “to help all our kids reach their full potential through the great sport of lacrosse.” We welcome kids without regard to race, creed, color, ethnic, or economic background. We offer needs-based scholarships.
We organize the kids by age or grade; boys use birth date and girls use school grade.
The boys age chart is published on our home page so you can look up his age group based on his birth month.
We follow the US Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM), which is derived from the long-term athlete development model and conforms to the USOC American Development Model. We meet the kids where they are developmentally, and progressively challenge them as they get older.
Experienced players are normally assigned to teams organized under the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL). The NVYLL season normally includes 8 regular season games (mid-March – late-May) and play-offs following Memorial Day. Most teams will get four of the eight games at home, which would almost always be CSMS or WPHS. Away games can be anywhere in Northern Virginia and may require travel of 60 minutes or more.
We welcome players of all experience and skill levels. We are especially interested in introducing lacrosse to new players and provide the necessary equipment to participate at no additional charge. (Shoes, garments - less game uniforms - and mouth guards excepted)
Players are rostered based on their age, years of experience and relative competitiveness. We evaluate the kids in the pre-season to be able to assign them the level of play that should give them their best experience for the season. NVYLL requires us to field teams at the A level, Upper B (UB) level, and Lower B (LB) level. Team assignments are typically made in late February or early March. Once team assignments are made, we may close registration for that age group.
Most of our practices are held at CSMS, WPHS and Whitman MS, a combination of turf and grass fields. We follow US Lacrosse “Dose and Duration” guidelines: kids practice more often and longer as they age up. Most teams will practice two or three times a week with Boys league games normally on Saturdays (starting at 8 or 9 am or later) and Girls normally on Sundays (starting at noon or later).
Girls require only a stick, eye protection, athletic shoes and mouth guard for field players. Cleats designed for turf and cleats designed for grass are recommended. Goalies wear additional protection, including helmets, throat guard, gloves, chest protector.
No jewelry (including new ear piercings) is permitted during play. Girls and boys are required to remove all jewelry, so we recommend leaving bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. at home or in the car.
Boys lacrosse is a full contact sport at 12U and above. 8U and 10U does not permit body checking, but there is still substantial contact (pushing, holding, boxing out). All boys 8U and above require a stick, helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, protective cup, and athletic shoes. Protective pads must be designed specifically for lacrosse. Goalies wear a chest protector and throat protector. Boys helmets may be any color; they normally come in white and we offer opportunities to purchase discounted custom Fort Hunt Green and Gold helmets. The recommended stick for boys youth players is the Warrior Warp or String King Jr.
Warrior Warp Mini
Warrior Warp Jr
Warrior Warp Evo
String King Complete 2 Jr
String King Complete 2 Jr
String King Complete 2 INT
We offer loaner gear to new players of all ages and team discounts at several local and on-line retailers. The youngest players are known as “ Scoopers,” just need a stick ,and one will be provided.
We are staffed by both amateur and professional coaches. Just as you would not send your kid to a dentist or doctor who is not board certified, our coaches are required to train and certify under our National Governing Body, US Lacrosse. We offer subsidized live coaching clinics in the local area several times a year and no-cost on-line training. Our coaches understand the important role they play and the potential impact on a child’s life.
We expect our coaches to be 100% positive, and to nurture cognition, competence, and character; players capable of finding space, creating solutions, and executing good decisions in the face of an adversary.
New coaches should understand that 80% of the job is character development, fungible across most sports, and 20% sport specific. Basketball, soccer, and hockey coaches, especially, can make for great lacrosse coaches, as the sports are so similar.
Here are the current requirements to coach Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse:
Have a good attitude, focused on making the kids' experience as good as it can be
Be a member of US Lacrosse valid through June 2020 (reimbursement available)
Read, understand and agree to the FHYAA and NVYLL codes of conduct
Receive a positive (Green Light) NCSI background screening (no charge)
Complete the basic Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) training, in person or on-line (no charge)
Complete the CDC Concussion Training, on line (no charge)
Complete the Level 1 US Lacrosse online course or live clinic (Assistant Coaches)
Certify US Lacrosse Coach Development Program (CDP) Level 1 or higher (Head Coaches)
Complete “How to make proper contact” US Lacrosse online course (boys’ game only)
For questions or further understanding, please go to our website forthuntlax.org or contact one of our commissioners: