Welcome from Verona Lacrosse League
On behalf of all the Board members and coaches, we welcome you and your family to the Verona Lacrosse League. With your active participation, the organization will continue to grow and get stronger.
The mission of the Verona Lacrosse League (est. 2000) is to promote the great game of lacrosse to boys and girls of Verona in kindergarten through 8th grade. We are committed to teaching sportsmanship, the power of teamwork and to helping each child develop to their fullest as a lacrosse player. We hope our youth can develop into great lacrosse players and leave our organization with fond memories of a program that was the foundation and the inspiration of their continued future playing lacrosse.
The Verona Lacrosse League aims to develop, promote and facilitate a positive, safe, fun, developmental and competitive lacrosse experience. Players will be taught the importance of TEAM lacrosse and sportsmanship. Players will be able to improve their knowledge of the game as well as lacrosse skills and athleticism. Our program will enable and build age-appropriate lacrosse skills and game knowledge. Every participant, regardless of initial skill level, will have the opportunity to learn the game, develop individual and teamwork skills, and prepare for the high school level of lacrosse.
Our coaches will take pride in offering a POSITIVE and FUN lacrosse experience. They will be teachers of the game as well as teachers of character and sportsmanship.
Verona Lacrosse League is designed to provide a strong feeder program to the Verona High School Boys and Girls lacrosse teams and is actively supported and advised by the High School coaches and players. Our program will allow players to flourish within a familiar system as they approach and enter into the high school lacrosse program. Players will gain knowledge and skills that will prepare them to join and contribute to the Verona High School lacrosse program.
We expect our players to make practices, be ready to start on time and commit fully throughout the entire practice. We expect our players to lead the league in sportsmanlike behavior. We will bench players for unsportsmanlike behavior and will not tolerate disrespectful behavior towards coaches, teammates, competitors, parents or officials.
We expect our players to become well-conditioned athletes during the season. Lacrosse is the fastest sport on two legs and requires endurance. We will run regularly in practice as part of our commitment to physical conditioning.
We expect our parents to lead by example and demonstrate great sportsmanship towards our opponents, referees, and fans. We expect parents to support their children to arrive to practices and games on time, fully dressed, with all the right equipment in all the right places. We hope that our parents will support Verona Lacrosse as volunteers, team parents, and assistant coaches.
We expect our coaches to facilitate a healthy learning environment for their team and to focus on improving the progress the team makes regarding effort and team work in addition to the outcome of a game or record. Our coaches will instill a positive attitude in all players will conduct themselves and their team in a manner that represents our program, town and sport well. We expect our coaches to attend coaching clinics and attain certifications to enable them to help our players even more.
Verona Lacrosse League Teams/Program Structure
Registration will be late fall/early winter. Winter training will consist of 1 session/week starting early January. Players must be registered for the spring season to participate in winter training.
Our main season is in the spring from March to June.
We offer a 6-8 week mini-laxer instructional clinic for boys and girls in kindergarten-2nd grade. Girls and boys will be involved in a 1 hour clinic on Saturdays to get kids excited about the game of lacrosse in a nurturing, challenging, and fun environment that promotes both the competitive and developmental aspects of the sport. Teamwork, respect, and dedication will be emphasized in our program. Coaches will teach the fundamentals of lacrosse including proper skills and techniques. Boys and girls will cradle, pass, and shoot to learn firsthand the physical, mental, and tactical aspects of the game. No prior lacrosse experience is required.
For Grades 3-8, there will be teams with games played against other towns. We strive for equal playing time in grade 3-5 as we feel that the love of the game and the desire to be better is achieved on the field of play. When numbers permit, grades 6, 7 and 8 will be placed into teams based on ability, experience and commitment. Select/Challenge games may be scheduled for grade 6-8. All teams will have similar game schedules with the focus on scheduling games against appropriate competition-level opponents as our teams.
Verona Lacrosse will challenge your child in practice, games and tournaments throughout the year to become a better lacrosse player, and to learn how to play the game of lacrosse as a team. Additional details, including the goals and expectations for each team, will be provided prior to the start of the season from both boys and girls coaches for each grade.
***A Note About Our Boys and Girls Select/Challenge Games or Teams***
The 'Select/Challenge' games are more competitive against stronger programs. Roster determinations are at the coaches’ discretion. Additionally, we do not guarantee equal playing time for all participants in this level or in these games.