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Welcome to our website.  This site has registration and sponsorship forms, the most current schedules, directions to travel games, general updates and actions of the LHYL Board. 

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The Spring season of 2016 was our 11th year
offering opportunities to play the fastest sport on two feet
 

for the following groups:
Boys youth (2nd - 8th grade)
Girls youth (2nd - 8th grade)

Boys high school club
Girls high school club
and iLax, our developmental program. 


This summer we are hosting our
7th year of Northwest Corner Summer Men's Lacrosse for high school and older players
5th year of 30-and-up Northwest Corner Summer Men's Lacrosse for the "older" crowd 
and 3rd year of Northwest Corner Summer Women's Lacrosse.

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LHYL * PO Box 884 * Litchfield, CT * 06759

we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


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Registration for the 2017 season will open in December 2016. 

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CONNY message
05/20/2016
LHYL players, parents, and friends, John Long and I...
Camps / summer lax
05/12/2016
For those parents/players looking for opportunities this...
 
CONNY message

LHYL players, parents, and friends,

John Long and I thought it would be a good idea to pass on the message below from the CONNY president that all the CONNY programs received yesterday.

We believe that, as an organization, LHYL representatives and coaches exemplify this primary goal, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded once in a while.   Additionally, it is extremely comforting to know that as a coach or program representative we don't have to worry about our parents on the sidelines.

We want to thank our coaches, Board members and volunteers as always for all of their hard work and dedication and all of our parents for their support!

Go Hills! 

Jeff

 

CONNY Members,

Our season is coming to a close, and most of your teams will be playing their final games over the next few weeks (many of these against long-time rivals), and then joining us at the CONNY tournament.  In light of that, I wanted to reach out to all of you with a simple message and a request.

I woke up this morning to yet another series of e-mails detailing two separate incidents.  The details aren’t important—in both cases either coaches and/or parents were making bad decisions and setting bad examples for the kids.   We will deal with these and move on.  Unfortunately, this has become a regular occurrence—every week we have two or three similar incidents.  I realize in a league with 50+ programs, 550 teams and more than 15,000 players we are going to have occasional issues.   However, I am concerned that we have lost sight of our mission.

The vast majority of the issues we have are not with our young athletes.  That is impressive, given that we are talking about 8-14 year olds who lack the maturity and perspective that we as adults are supposed to have, and yet they are showing themselves to be respectful and honorable all while participating in a difficult, physical sport.  We should all be proud of these young men and women.

Our issues center around the adults—parents and coaches—who have lost control of their emotions, and who have lost all sense of what we are trying to accomplish.  We all need to take a collective deep breath.  The children in our programs deserve to enjoy their sport without being interrupted by a coach screaming at another coach or an official.  They should be able to play their games without worrying about which parent or parents are going to berate and nearly physically attack an official after a game.  They deserve to have fun.  

Our primary goal should be to ensure that our athletes are able to enjoy themselves playing a game they love in a safe, nurturing environment.  Along the way they will learn valuable life lessons about being part of a team, dealing with adversity, and displaying good sportsmanship in both winning and losing.  They will develop confidence as their skills and athleticism improve—confidence that can help them in the classroom and will hopefully allow them to make good decisions when they face the inevitable peer pressure as they move into high school.   Our goal is not to win every game, or to develop the next collegiate all-americans.  If either occurs along the way, we should be grateful, but we should never lose site of the key purpose of youth sports or sacrifice our values in an attempt to manufacture those results. 

How we as programs respond to incidents sends a message to the rest of the organization about our values.   If we allow a coach leeway even though he can’t control himself on the sidelines of a U11 game because “he’s just a little intense but he’s a good guy”, we are condoning his behavior.  Parents and players take their cues from the coach, as he is a leadership figure, and soon we are in a downward spiral.  Or if we don’t deal with the parents who feel it is their right to stand on the sidelines and scream at officials and opposing players, we are tacitly supporting that behavior and creating an environment where the focus is on the result of the games and the perceived calls instead of on the players themselves.  

As we near the end of the season, the perceived pressure to win increases.   This carries into the CONNY tournament as well.  I need you all to reach out to your coaches and parents to remind them all what our core values are as programs, and that the examples we set as adults will matter far more to our players in the long run than any win or loss ever could.  I hope you will support me in this effort.

If you have any questions or concerns, I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss them in more detail with you.

 Truly,

Andrew Barnard

 

by posted 05/20/2016
Camps / summer lax

For those parents/players looking for opportunities this summer for lacrosse, we will be keeping our "Camps/Summer Lax" page up to date and add camps as we receive info.

Check the page HERE or go to the "Camps / Summer Lax" link from our home page.

www.litchfieldlacrosse.com

 

 


by posted 05/12/2016
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