Provide the best possible opportunity for our youth to learn some valuable life lessons, increase their fitness, have fun, and strive to win at this historical North American sport.
 
 
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Welcome to Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!

 For Spring 2020 we offer three Registration Categories:

League Play for Experienced Players begins 2 February 

7th/8th Grade Girls                          14U Boys

5th/6 th Grade Girls                          12U Boys

3rd/4 th Grade Girls                          10U Boys

Open Play for

  • All First Year Players (1st through 8th grade)
  •      Begins in March
  • Girls 1st/2nd Grade
    • ​New and returning players
  • Boys 8U
    • ​​New and returning players

Scoopers

  • Begins with a coaches clinic on 28 March
  • ​Must be at least five years old by 1 April

*Loaner Gear is available for boys (deposit only)

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Contractor evaluation pre-season clinic: February 9th, Carl Sandburg MS Turf. See the age group specific times below. To assist with efficiency, PLEASE sign your player up for one of the time slots through the links below. This will help keep this process efficient.

 

Questions: 

Girls Commissioner: Chris Lohmann

Boys Commissioner: Zach Gaumer

Scoopers: Hilary Adams

Overall and Director of Coaching: Michael Carucci

703-932-4657 (mobile)

 

GO FORT HUNT!!!

 


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!

 

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CDC “Heads Up” Concussion Training
02/16/2020
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Fort Hunt Discounts at Dick’s
02/03/2020
Two ways to gear up at DICK’S Sporting Goods this season: -...
Key information to start the 2020 Spring season
01/27/2020
Hello Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse families, The 2020 Spring Lacrosse...
Boys Age Group Chart 2020
01/05/2020
League Play for boys is 10U, 12U, and 14U. If their birthday aligns...
About Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse
01/05/2020
About Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse  Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse...
 
CDC “Heads Up” Concussion Training

CDC “Heads Up” Concussion Training

Coaches are primarily responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of our youth athletes. Successful completion of the CDC concussion training is required of all Fort Hunt coaches and highly encouraged of parents. 
https://headsup.cdc.gov/

"When in doubt, sit them out"


by posted 02/16/2020
Fort Hunt Discounts at Dick’s

Two ways to gear up at DICK’S Sporting Goods this season:

- 20% off your Entire Purchase at the Springfield Town Center store on February 15th (click here for 20% off single-day coupon)

- OR if you can’t make it on the 15th, use any of these other offers anytime throughout the season (click here for season-long offers) -- Anytime offers cannot be combined with the 20% off entire purchase


by posted 02/03/2020
Key information to start the 2020 Spring season

Hello Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse families,

The 2020 Spring Lacrosse season is upon us. We are excited to get the girls and boys programs rolling. The action will begin as soon as next week for our older age groups. To help get you started with the registration process, the player evaluation process (only for our older age groups), and volunteer opportunities for parents please see the following information:

  • Registration for the girls and boys lacrosse programs is now open (www.forthuntlax.org). We welcome new and returning faces equally. Our program accommodates everyone.
  • We will have a Town Hall meeting for parents next Wednesday February 5th from 8pm to 9pm at the Sherwood Regional Library’s Sherwood meeting room. At this meeting we will describe our 2020 program, answer questions, and gather feedback.
  • Volunteering: This is a parent run organization, and we welcome volunteers to serve as coaches, uniform coordinator, team parents, and other ad-hoc single-day volunteer roles. None of these positions require lacrosse experience.  
  • Age group start dates:
    • 10U boys, 12U boys, 14U boys (February 2)
    • 3rd/4th grade girls, 5th/6th grade girls, 7th/8th grade girls (February 2)  
    • 1st and 2nd grade girls (April 15 or 17)
    • 8U boys (April 14 or 16)
    • Scoopers for boys and girls age 5 and 6 (April 12 or 19)
    • The ‘Open’ age group for beginners in the upper age groups seeking less travel time to games (TBD)
  • Player evaluations: Players in the following age groups (10U, 12U, 14U, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th) will be evaluated during 4 different pre-season clinics to help FHYL sort its players into the skill-level based teams (as required by the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League). In response to feedback from parents, we are adding a new more robust component to player evaluations this year in which we will have an outside contractor evaluate and rank each player at one of our pre-season clinics. The contractor will use high school coaches from Northern Virginia and Maryland to conduct their rankings. To ensure we know your player as well as we can, we strongly recommend your player attends all 4 pre-season clinics. We even more strongly encourage your player to attend the pre-season clinic in which the contractor will conduct their evaluation.  
  • ​​​​Other key dates:
    • ​March 2-6: First week of team practices
    • March 21-22: First games for older age groups
    • April 11-12: No weekend games
    • May 23-24: No weekend games
    • May 30: Playoffs begin for the older age groups

Thank you for your participation. Please let us know if you have questions.

We look forward to working with you and your kids this season.

Zach, Mike, Hilary, and Chris

 

Mike Carucci (FHYL Commissioner –  )

Chris Lohman (Girls Commissioner –  )

Zach Gaumer (Boys Commissioner  -  )

Hilary Adams (Scoopers Commissioner) - hilaryadams42@gmail.com

 

 


by posted 01/27/2020
Boys Age Group Chart 2020

Boys Age Group Chart 2020

League Play for boys is 10U, 12U, and 14U. If their birthday aligns with 9U, 11U, or 13U, they play up with the older boys.


by posted 01/05/2020
About Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse

About Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse

 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.

 

GIRLS

BOYS

“Scoopers” (pre-K-K)

“Scoopers” (6U)

1st/2nd Grade

8U

3rd/4th

10U

5th/6th

12U

7th/8th

14U

 

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).

 

Rules

2020 Boys Youth Rules (8U – 14U)

https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/YouthRulebook-Boys2020-spreads.pdf

2020 Boys Youth Rules (6U)

https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/2019-6u-usl-boys-rules.pdf

2020 Girls Youth Rules

https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/YouthRulebook-Girls2020_final-spreads.pdf

 

Equipment

 

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.

 

6U

8U-10U

12U-14U

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.

 

Coaching

 

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:

 

 

Chris Lohmann

Zach Gaumer

Hilary Adams

Girls Commissioner

Boys Commissioner

Scoopers

Chris.j.lohmann@gmail.com

Zach_gaumer@hotmail.com

Hilaryadams42@gmail.com

     
     

 

 

Michael Carucci

Head Lacrosse Commissioner

Director of Coaching

mikeb.carucci@gmail.com

703-932-4657

 


by posted 01/05/2020
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