Lexington Youth Lacrosse is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse to the Lexington. Through our integrated and age based programs, we provide a fun and instructional environment for young lacrosse players. New players at all levels welcome!
Annual Message on the State of Lexington Lacrosse:
Dear Lexington Lacrosse Players & Parents,
As we close another year of Lexington Lacrosse, we hope this letter finds you well. This year was extremely challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately we were not able to have a spring season and had to modify our fall season to meet state and town guidelines. The players and coaches did a great job adapting to all of the modifications and procedures when we got a chance to play this fall. Here is a look back at 2020 and a look towards 2021:
Even with the pandemic, LYL had many positive things happen in 2020 that will benefit our program moving forward. Here are some notable things that LYL did in 2020:
Our Boys and Girls Directors did a fantastic job updating our 12 Tier wall ball challenge. This wall ball challenge is designed to help players improve their skills and be rewarded for their hard work and dedication once they complete a tier. If you have not seen this, click on this link and show it to your player.
We created a summer lacrosse clinic for the boys and girls programs in grades 3-9 and had a fantastic turn out.
We offered a no equipment option for boys in the K-Grade 1 Fall program
Created LHS Boys High School Fall ball clinic and had a very impressive turnout of players
Added full year registration
All families received a custom Lexington Lacrosse umbrella
We purchased new equipment through donations from your families (We are so grateful for your support)
It is safe to say, despite all of the challenges 2020 gave us, the determination of our parent volunteers allowed LYL to continue to be one of the premier youth sports programs in town.
Looking ahead to 2021, we will continue to strive to be a top-notch youth sports program in terms of lacrosse instruction and character development, all while providing a fun experience for each and every player. Obviously, Covid-19 will be front and center. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow all of the guidelines to make sure all our players are safe. Please be on the lookout for emails as the season nears.
Currently, both the Boys and Girls Programs are very strong in terms of numbers and teams. The number of returning players is at an all time high - which speaks volumes to the quality of our program. With that said, recruitment of new players has been understandably low due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is where we need your help! Please let your friends, neighbors, community groups, etc know that Grade K-2 registrations are currently OPEN and there is room for everyone. For Grades 3-8 we needed to enact waitlists. But that doesn’t mean we can’t add more teams. Let anyone who is interested know that our waitlists are not about waiting for someone to drop off a roster, but are more about waiting for enough players to join to add a team. Currently, all Boys & Girls levels are within a few players of adding more teams. Parents are our best recruiters - let’s make sure any kid who would benefit from the lacrosse experience gets introduced to the sport.
Leadership in 2021
Although we are excited about the new year, the end of a year is always a little bitter-sweet as we must say goodbye to a few of our Board members. First, we’d like to recognize and thank Greg Moody for his many years of service. He has been a tireless advocate for LYL and girls lacrosse both in town and within the region.
Second, although we aren’t losing him, we wanted to note that Colby Crogran has decided to step down as President so that he can focus on developing the growing relationship between LYL and the LHS Boys Boosters. During Colby’s tenure he led LYL to new highs of participation, added Kindergarten lacrosse, expanded the Select Programs, partnered with LHS Boys Boosters and secured scoreboards for Lincoln - these are but a few of his many accomplishments. We would like to thank him for all of his effort and look forward to his continued presence, wisdom, and leadership on the Board.
Finally, we’d like to give a special acknowledgement to Reihl Mahoney, who has been a constant for LYL over the past decade. Reihl, as Co-President (with Christian), led the evolution of our lacrosse program into the strong, dedicated and coordinated organization that we know and appreciate today. We would not be where we are without his tireless devotion to Lexington Lacrosse. He is a true friend and mentor of this program. Please join me in thanking Reihl for his passion, inspiration, and devotion to this great sport! Good luck Reihl in your future endeavors!
As we look to 2021, we are very excited about the leadership team. We would like to acknowledge Allison Watts, Rachel Harrington, Rebecca Corwin, Adam Blauer, Keri Caron, Jane Kennedy, and John Soares who have all accepted a seat on the LYL Board of Directors. They have already proven to be huge assets and will do a great job to help grow and teach the game.
The 2021 LYL Board of Directors
Bobby Lyng (President, Boys Director)
Ken Ford (Treasurer)
Bret Quick (Clerk/Secretary)
Allison Watts (Girls Director)
Rebecca Corwin (Director, Webmaster)
Rachel Harrington (Director, Registrar)
Adam Blauer (Director, Operations)
Keri Caron (Director, Communications)
Colby Crogan (Director, President Emeritus, LHS Boosters)
Christian Boutwell (Director, President Emeritus)
Dave Walsh (Director, LHS Boosters)
Jane Kennedy (Director)
John Soares (Director)
However, it must be said that the Board of Directors cannot do this alone. We are an all-volunteer organization and the long-term health of the organization is dependent upon a continuous influx of parents with an interest in providing a great youth sports experience for our children. LYL doesn’t exist without our crew of dedicated volunteer coaches and team managers. These individuals invest a ton of their time and energy, for which we’re immensely grateful. You do not have to know about lacrosse to contribute to LYL. If you’d like to help make LYL even better, please reach out to a coach or board member and we’ll work together to find a role that fits for you.
Looking forward to a great 2021 with a little bit more normality and a whole bunch more lacrosse!`
LYL President & Boys Director
Lexington Lacrosse Mission Statement
Lexington Lacrosse is dedicated to introducing, teaching and expanding the game of lacrosse in Lexington. We know this is an unprecedented time and there is still a lot of uncertainty, but with your help and generosity LYL will be in a strong position to continue to teach and grow the game as youth sports resume. In the meantime, we hope you will continue to encourage your player(s) to keep lacrosse a part of their weekly exercise routine. Our wall ball challenges (follow us on Facebook - Lexington Youth Lacrosse) are a great way to improve and keep stick skills sharp. We thank you for your continued support and dedication to Lexington Youth Lacrosse.