Parents – It was communicated to me that there have been a number of questions concerning a disparity between the boys and girls program in terms of activities, events and league communication which I would like to address. The email is being sent to every current girls parent in our program.
It is my preference and desire to have parity between the two programs. While I admittedly know less about the actual girls game, myself and the board have always tried to provide an = experience for all youth players in RLA. I believe there were questions and concerns voiced around the lack of girls participation in Lacrosse weekend, the fact that we are not having a girls shootout again in 2013 and there appears to be no local girls summer camp. I will address each issue below.
Girls Shootout - About 5 year ago there was an attempt to put on a girls tournament in Robbinsville. The event was planned teams were invited and the event took place. Repeated attempts were made to secure volunteers to help run this event with a very poor turnout. As a result too much work fell on just a few people and while the event took place it lost a fair amount of money so the board decided discontinued it. Last year it was suggested that we could secure sufficient volunteers to make this event successful which I fully supported. The 2013 Registration volunteer request form was updated to include support for a girls tournament. A RLA member volunteered to run the event and I personally spent numerous hours developing an event plan for a girls shootout in 2013. An event like this needs to be developed and organized in January/February to ensure it will be successful. I attempted on multiple occasions in January and February to plan this event – unsuccessfully. Only 15 people volunteered at signups for the girls shootout, far short of what we will need. For those who attended the parent meeting in February I again communicated the need for volunteers in order to put on a Girls Shootout in 2013 and received no responses. I made a decision before the start of our season along with the board that we would again not have a Girls Shootout which was very disappointing to me. It has been commented that I may not have emailed the girls program to request their support. While I cant correct that for 2013 I certainly will start early for 2014.
I am OFFICIALLY EMAILING THE ENTIRE GIRLS PROGRAM REQUESTING VOLUNTEERS FOR 2014 GIRLS SHOOTOUT. Please click on this link to sign up. http://rla.bringit.bz/public/6f63a1
I again have a different parent willing to run this event for next year. What I need is 40-50 volunteers to step up to make this event happen. If you decide to stay with RLA in 2014 I will send a request out early in the new year to those who sign up on this link to request your support and invite you to a planning meeting where we can discuss how to piggyback off of the boys shootout and organize a girls shootout.
Lacrosse Weekend - For those who attended this first ever event in 2012 it was a great day with both girls and boys team playing a common opponent and the same opponent township as the high school teams were playing. I had every intention to have both boys and girls teams participate in this event in 2013. While I thought it was clear to the HS coaches that we were looking for a day ( preferably a Friday or Saturday night where both boys and girls teams would schedule a home game so we could co-ordinate this same event. Unfortunately this did not occur and boys and girls schedules were set long before I knew they were not aligned and had not provided for a common home game. I will again reach out to the High school coaches to try to ensure that there is better co-ordination to hopefully make this a total program event in 2014. Sherrie Johnson has worked out with the High School Coach to organize a “Girls night Out” on May 13th were the all RLA Girls are invited to the HS to show there support for the Girls High School Program. Similar to the boys event the girls will have a fastest shot contest with prizes for the winners. While I thank Sherrie for making this happen for the girls it is our intention in the future to combine these games and plan a single event ( like 2012).
Given that there was not going to be a girls game on May 2nd I didn’t email or invite any of the girls to participate that evening. I believe several girls coaches may have alerted parents to the event but I didn’t plan nor expect for girls to attend as there was no HS girls game to support.
I thank Sherrie for being able to still organize this event and hope all of you will come out to Girls Night Out at RHS on May 13th.
Summer Lacrosse – RLA doesn’t currently run a summer lacrosse program for boys or girls. I receive numerous emails asking for suggestions for camps. Robbinsville township in conjunction with the HS boys Lacrosse coach are running a first ever boys summer lacrosse camp. RLA has nothing to do with this camp other than support our RLA boys attending. Girls camps are offered by Turnpike lacrosse and at West Windsor. I am sure if you Google these names you can find the info you need for girls camps. I was asked by Robbinsville Township to post the boys lacrosse camp on our website which I am happy to do. If the township of Robbinsville or the High school girls coach intends to run a local girls lacrosse camp I will certainly post that info on our site as well and support our RLA girls attending.
I hope this gives you a bit more context around these events and why they have transpired the way they have. I ask that the girls parents please continue to support the 2013 Shootout. The money earned from this event helps to pay for our program expenses- boys and girls alike.
I hope we have a significant increase in girls parents that are willing to
- become board members
- organize an support a girls shootout
- become a coach.
If you are not happy with how things are run you always have the opportunity to give me your feedback. Several girls parents have approached me this year and we have had great dialog with good suggestions which we have implemented. If you truly want to make change in RLA please volunteer to become a board member. Our current board is very mature!! It is likely a number of them will be stepping down soon. The future of our program depends upon you becoming more involved.
Good luck the rest of this season and I look forward to hopefully seeing many of you at Girls night out on May 13th, the Boys 2013 Shootout on May 18th and the season end picnic on June 2nd.