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Teaching excellence in lacrosse, character and sportsmanship since 1972

Greenwich Youth Lacrosse (GYL) is the founding lacrosse program to the town of Greenwich, CT. GYL is the only non profit lacrosse organization in Greenwich serving Kindergarten through 8th grade boys and girls since 1972. GYL is a member of the CONNY lacrosse association in the state of Connecticut and Westchester/Bronx NY. CONNY serves all town-based programs and promotes a season-ending league tournament at Yale University. GYL has trained tens of thousands of players since its inception and prides itself on teaching the game of lacrosse through sportsmanship, respect for the individual, integrity, effort, enjoyment, teamwork and loyalty. 



The End of a Great Season

Dear GYL Families,

Congratulations to all GYL travel teams who competed all season and in CONNYs together over the past few weekends. We are proud of the great effort, determination and sportsmanship demonstrated by our players and coaches. Thank you to the parents who supported their athletes and teams as well!

Please take a moment to give us some feedback on your child's experience, or better yet, have your player email us with feedback! We rely on our families to help us ensure the quality of our coaching, the travel curriculum and the goals and values of the GYL Travel Program going forward. All responses will be treated discreetly and confidentially (although we love to share compliments with the coaches when deserved) and with an open mind. Emails should be directed to Pat Coleman at (Boys' Travel) or Katie Johnson at (Girls' Travel).

One very important item of feedback from our coaches and board members this season is that our coaches are consistently experiencing players falling afoul of our Commitment Policy (described below), a policy which is there to protect the athletes and coaches who are present and dedicated every day. Coaches and teams have been unable to progress through the grade curriculums due to unexcused absences, lateness and other issues. Fair warning to all GYL families: this will not be tolerated next year. Tryouts will be the first two weekends of March, please put this in your calendar now! Any player who tries out for an A team will be allowed three unexcused absences for the season - after which his/her place on the team will be re-evaluated by the Board. Please take this into account when you are helping your athlete plan for the Spring season, in terms of optional class plays, additional travel sports and social plans. As always, mandatory school and family events and religious ceremonies are considered excused absences as are illnesses.

Any questions about the Commitment Policy or any other GYL related matter please reach out to either Pat or Katie for clarification. We love coaching your kids and we have seen the value of teaching them to pull together for this short season to make the most of their time together.

Have a great summer!
The GYL Board

GYL Commitment Policy:
Our spring season is short and we want everyone's experience to be productive so we are writing to help clarify our commitment policy.  GYL promotes all players participating in multiple sports year-round for balanced development. GYL respects all school, religious and family conflicts. Outside of this, we ask that all players commit to GYL as their spring season primary extra-curricular activity. If you can navigate other activities around GYL, that is your decision.
We are respectful of winter season closure with hockey, skiing, basketball, swimming, etc. and we are respectful of early-season family vacations. We get it. Playing on two lacrosse teams or conflicts that arise because of a commitment to another spring sport, not to mention your school team, will be problematic. Our policy states that if a player has three unexcused absences, for either games or practices, they will need to speak with the GYL board about their further participation in the program. Yes, a player can be dismissed. This isn't about punishing those who miss. It's about supporting those who commit. It's about supporting those who are committed to their team and have made a choice to play for GYL over other things. It is not fair to have spots go to players who are less than 100% committed.

by posted 06/13/2018
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