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Parents Want Freshman Lacrosse Teams Created

Parents want people to sign online petition to show support for the move.

Members of the Wayne Valley lacrosse team pose with the Mayor's Cup trophy the team won by beating Wayne Hills in 2011. / Patch file photo
Members of the Wayne Valley lacrosse team pose with the Mayor's Cup trophy the team won by beating Wayne Hills in 2011. / Patch file photo

A group of parents want to see freshmen lacrosse teams exist at the Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills.

The Wayne Valley Boys Lacrosse Booster Club has asked district officials to hire a coach for freshman teams at Hills and Valley. Parents have asked for a separate freshman coach and team for a few years now.

“It’s gotten to the point every year that it hasn’t gotten over the final hurdle,” said Scott McLean, the father of a Wayne Valley lacrosse player. “The numbers are there and, to us, it seems like people should be asking ‘why wouldn’t we do something like this?’”

About 75 students play varsity and junior varsity lacrosse at Wayne Valley.

In years past a separate coach or some parents would come and instruct the freshman players occasionally.

“Sometimes the freshman practices would be cancelled,” McLean said. “To really have a legitimate freshmen team you need a coach assigned to the role by the Board of Education.”  

Nearly 200 people have signed a online petition the booster club created gain support for hiring a freshman coach at Valley.

“In order to safely and effectively run practices, coach and chaperone home and away games for each team and allow more kids to participate, we need an additional coach,” the petition states. “With two coaches, we are almost forced to combine junior varsity and freshman [players], which limits the number of students that make the team and prevents us from being able to commit to a freshman game schedule.”

District Athletic Director Brad Smith did not return a phone message seeking comment.

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Flood Plain January 15, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Seems like a reasonable request. However, the outrageous size of the BOE current budget needs to be a "zero based budget." Any additional programs need to be either funded by the few participants' themselves or parents. Or, in the alternative, funded with the elimination of other programs of equal total cost (personnel, travel, and equipment) and use those eliminated funds for the new LAX program.
Jack Q January 16, 2014 at 07:19 AM
What needs to bee assessed is need. If there are still enough freshman, that aren't on jv or varsity, to field a team, then the measure should certainly be considered. Having parents out there, despite good intentions, is not the same as having a bonafide coach. From what I understand, most sports, in both schools, have freshman teams.
Al Scala January 16, 2014 at 07:47 AM
JackQ......at Wayne Hills, their football program not only has a varsity, JV, and freshman team, but also a sophomore team. I guess the interest of playing football at Hills is in high demand. If the interest to play Lacrosse is there and there are enough of freshman who are capable of making the team, then the program should be broadened to create a freshman team. Lacrosse has become a very popular sport at the college level. I believe a pro league was formed although I haven't heard much about it.
Jack Q January 16, 2014 at 08:01 AM
Agreed, but I have seen teams with coaches who are out there just as babysitter which does a disservice to the athletes. Seen it at Hills and Valley. Hopefully, they can get these kids a coach and get them going.
Scondo January 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Do we have other freshman teams ? If not , then... Is Lax the sport de jure.
Jack Q January 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Just about every sport has a freshman team (girls or boys) except for maybe ice hockey and fencing.
Pad January 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Are the parents going to pay for this? Because after spending 113 million for salary & benefits there isn't much left for school athletics that benefit the students. I guess if the BOE can ask parents to donate school supplies for the kids why don't they ask them to pay for the freshman Lacrosse Team?

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