Welcome to OVLC's Spring Girls HS Lacrosse Season!
It's Coach Doug, here to do a little "data dump" on all good things about our second year in lacrosse. Please find the time to sit down and enjoy this information over a cup of coffee, but DO RESPOND to some items as soon as you can.
- Spring Season Starts TODAY, practice & game schedules posted
- New year, new coach, please meet Coach Kamryn Coulter
- Request a "team manager" mom/dad to help us be successful
- Sunday, January 26th, ASU Queen of the Mountain Recruiting Event
- Two special events, Senior Night and End of Season, need volunteers
- Online "swag" store open till this Sunday (not much in inventory)
Spring Season Starts TODAY!
Our normal practice schedule this year has changed for the better! It's Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (when we don't have games) from 7-9pm (10-12pm on Saturdays) at Naranja Park. We switched the Friday to Monday, YEAH!
Practice attendance is EXTREMELY important! Coaches will tell the girls it's MANDATORY! We understand that other life events get in the way, but we request your help in ensuring the girls are putting a priority on everything they do. We already have enough girls to field a full team (with subs!) and practice attendace is a input we have on how much game time girls will have.
There will be a group communication set up with the coaches so that the athletes can immediately notify a coach if they can't make a practice. We ask your help to make sure they are doing the right thing for their team.
ALSO, game attendace or RSVP will be taken through the website or smart phone app. We would request to know as early as possible if there are known conflicts with the game schedule by communicating that through an RSVP on the website.
The game schedule is already posted on the website! While there are potential changes, it's a really great schedule for us this year and we will have a great season. Some highlights: LOTS more home games, a full home/away series with our in-town rivals, Salpointe and some potential to be the highlight game during times when our middle school girls play.
The website supports "calendar feeds" if you are so inclined and although the smartphone app companion to the website is not exactly perfect, it could help. You use the same username and password as the website.
PLEASE take the time to look at the schedule on the website and discuss your athletes ability to attend each event.
New Year, New Coach, please come out to meet Coach Kamryn Coulter!
We hired a brand new girls HS coach this year and I'm very excited! Coach Kamryn Coulter comes to us from California, where she grew up around lacrosse and has coached before. She played on the UArizona (still hard to write) girls lacrosse team. She's a graduated Wildcat (just this December) and has plans to be in the Tucson area for years to come. She has shown her skills during our fall clinic and some guest coaching experience in the fall. Can I also say, she's SUPER excited to be our coach!
Supporting her will be a cast of great coaches we've been able to have in the past. Coach Annie Kaiser will help out with girls HS and really concentrate on Girls 14U. Coach Gary Jones (Karoline's dad) has been an extremely helpful coach for me in the fall and will continue to support Kamryn in the spring. He has checked out in US Lacrosse as an official coach and ready for the new year.
Finally, supporting all of them will be guest coaches from the U of A club lacrosse team, Coach Sara, and of course I will be there on some nights to make sure we are in the right direction!
Dad/Mom helpers: I've been asked how can some of the parents can help out in the practice area. I invite parents to every practice and your help in setting up goals, shagging balls, etc would be very helpful. Just introduce yourself and we can have an even better team.
Team Manager Position NEEDED - Respond to this email as soon as you can
Oro Valley Lacrosse Club prides itself on being a community lacrosse club and we do that one way by supporting our coaches with parent team managers. BENEFITS include: 1)Being first "in-the-know" about team happenings and informing other parents what's going on 2)Having a vote/say on team morale events or purchasing 3)Helping with organizing volunteers for events around our team's success.
As a team manager, you will: Get communication from coaches and give information from parents to coaches and set up the girls for success. Don't worry - your top cover for club and league events is me, Coach Doug, as the VP of Girls Teams.
Don't think you can support us that way? Here are some things that the team manager will need from EVERY parent:
- Setup and Tear Down of Game Day
- Sideline Manager for Games (it's an official position for the games and helps the refs and coaches with the sideline parents)
- Scorer & Timekeeper for Games (don't be scared, you will have plenty of training, and I usually am there to help you specifically). THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET A FRONT ROW SEAT TO THE GAME, as well as learn and love the sport that your daughter has or will
- Specific event committees (more later)
ASU "recruiting event" known as the Queen of A-Mountain
Okay, I know, it's ASU and not U of A, but it's FREE and FUN and GREAT.
This event on Sunday, January 26th is FREE TO GIRLS HS PLAYERS but I need to know, like yesterday, if they will attend.
What makes this a recruting event (which doesn't have to be ASU) is that it will be a fun 4v4 tournament (think 3v3 basketball) in which college coaches are observing players. I'm making no promises. Talk it over with your athlete. They already know about it. Check out the graphic below.
Two Special Events this year and I'm already planning on them - Respond early as well
We would like to have a small commitee of parents for two special events, Senior Event and End of Season ceremony. So, OVLC is looking to make these two events VERY SPECIAL this year and that means we'd like some volunteers to help during the season to make it great. Recognition is VERY IMPORTANT to me and we had an amazing senior event for the BHS last year. Responsibilites would include 1)running the event, 2)meeting a couple times to plan the event, 3)giving recommendations to the board to approve the event
Not finally, as communication is a constant item to be effective, BUT if you want to show your club spirit, we've opened up our online "swag" store until this Sunday
We plan on NOT having too much in inventory this year to impulse purchase, so get in on the action today.
I'm totally looking forward to this season!
For new parents, I want to let you know I value communication the most with parents! Although, I may not always be at practice, you can ALWAYS reach out to me!
I'm the Vice President for Girls Teams and the 8U program. I'm also the head coach for the Girls 14U team (which btw, about 8 of them are going to be freshman next year). I am responsible for all those club teams and always available to you, the parent.
Please call, text, email, or see me in person if you need ANYTHING!
Coach Doug Charters
VP of Girls & 8U - Oro Valley Lacrosse Club