WYL plays all players as equally as possible with the goal of teaching the sport and providing a fun experience for all involved. There are no standings kept, no playoffs or championship. We police ourselves in the effort to provide an outlet for kids that has not been swept up in the pressure filled, win-at-all-cost mania that is all too present in today’s youth sports.
Our Mission Statement:
Our goal is to set and maintain high standards of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity throughout the WYL program. It is our responsibility to provide the discretion and constant vigilance under which good sportsmanship can prosper and have a positive impact on our children – the future leaders of tomorrow.
In today’s society our children have more and more competitive pressures put on them at a younger and younger age from a wide variety of sources. A 10 year old worrying about not making an “A” team is not something WYL embraces on our Classic Teams. We are proud that WYL has continued to follow a philosophy that encourages the inclusion of all and places more importance on participants having fun while learning the game of lacrosse.
MBYLL Mission Statement:
"There are no standings kept, no league championship or playoffs. We play all players as equally as possible with the goal of teaching the sport and providing a fun experience for all involved.
We police ourselves in the effort to provide an outlet for kids that has not been swept up in the pressure filled, win at all cost mania that is too present in today's youth sports. Any conduct perceived to be contrary to the best interests of the MBYLL and it's youth participants should be referred to the Regional Competition Committee."
FGLL Mission Statement:
"The Mission of FGLL is to promote girls youth lacrosse in an environment that emphasizes fun, while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity."
WYL and the Overscheduled Player:
In recent years, WYL has seen a growing number of overscheduled players. Some players are involved in 3 or more sports during the spring season in addition to their school work and other additional extracurricular activities. As a result, we have more players who have overuse type injuries, who are exhausted when they arrive at practices and games, and who come to practices and games with little time for warm-up because they have rushed to the field from a prior event. Many youth sports seasons now overlap and run into each other with no break. A number of sports at the youth level have become year-round or close to year-round activities. WYL feels strongly that it is important for a player’s physical and mental well-being that they have downtime.
WYL requires players to attend at least one of two practices each week. If players miss more than one practice a week, it may limit their playing time in games at the discretion of the team coach. This requirement is to provide fairness to players who regularly attend practices. Players who do not regularly attend practice then lag behind others in lacrosse skill development and miss important individual and team lacrosse concepts introduced by our coaches during the season. This not only negatively affects a player, but also negatively impacts his/her team. Players can’t count on their teammate to be there at practices and games. Coaches also are affected because it is difficult to plan practices, count on full rosters for games, and instill many life lessons such as commitment and teamwork.
Therefore, WYL urges parents and players to pause before registering for the upcoming season. Please review your player’s spring schedule and his/her commitments and make sure that your player can attend the majority of the games and a minimum of one practice per week. The boys and girls practice schedule is outlined on our homepage under Practice/Game Info. We would be happy to discuss further the WYL player attendance requirements and expectations with parents as necessary prior to registration.
As always, WYL appreciates the support from our parents and realizes that overscheduling has become an issue with many families, but we want to help you understand its impact on the player, his/her team, and the commitment that WYL asks of each player.