The AYLC Board continues to monitor the NVYLL, US Lacrosse as well as local school systems and will post relevant updates here.
April 6th AYLC Update
Arlington Youth Lacrosse is canceling our 2020 spring season for obvious reasons. We are very disappointed and plan to create some new options for this summer and fall which we are excited about. More details about these new programs will come out as we learn more about when parks and fields will open. Below please find some details about:
Cancelled + Closed. Our Spring league, Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL), has officially cancelled the 2020 spring season. Arlington, Fairfax and Loudon Counties have closed all fields and parks.
Donations. AYLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and always accepts donations and sponsorships to help us grow the game of lacrosse. Please consider donating your 2020 spring registration fee to our organization.
Credits / Refunds. We are hoping to issue credits (much preferred over refunds) on all spring registrations to use towards summer and fall lacrosse programs that we hope to run on our own such as our Scoopers Clinic and House Leagues for G12 and B8U or with other neighboring clubs.
We hope to have all options to offer to you soon. The goal is to credit/refund as much as we possibly can but we do have expenses that we have already incurred such as:
- Field Use Fees - We are not sure if the County is waiving all spring field permit user fees or not.
- NVYLL Fees - Our parent league issued us a partial refund since they have set expenses.
- Equipment / Insurance - We ordered and paid for items that cannot be used in future years and insurance.
- Credit Card Fees - We pay transaction fees to our payment processor when we collect and refund money.
Our fixed costs are different for certain age groups. Accordingly, refunds will vary depending on the costs we’ve incurred for a particular age group. We are looking at three groups of players that we will treat accordingly.
- 8th Graders / 14 Year Olds - Unfortunately for these older players, they will not be able to play with Arlington Youth Lacrosse next season and thus a credit is not an option. We will refund your registration fee (minus the fixed costs mentioned above) unless you wish to donate your fee.
- House League Players - Scoopers, G12 and 8U are all in our own house leagues where we incur less of an expense and have the option of running our league in the summer or fall, depending on when fields open.
- NVYLL Players - These players were part of our parent league (NVYLL) which charges all of their participating clubs per player. They are only issuing a partial refund to each club
Timing. The Board is meeting later this week to review our options and hope to hear back on some of our outstanding questions from other organizations. We are committed to resolving this quickly and will get you more specifics about our plan when we have finalized it.
LaxFromHome. Keep your players sticks in their hands and check out our website for more content and ideas to LaxFromHome. Throw the ball around with your siblings and parents. Remember, all fields at all schools and parks are officially closed so please LaxFromHome If you are the only lacrosse player in the house, find a safe brick wall to throw against like Coach Emmie is doing in this video. Look out for a fun contest with great prizes for our players coming out soon.
Stay Connected. Please visit our website for announcements and updates.
MARCH 12th NVYLL UPDATE
The message below was sent out by the Chair of the NVYLL on March 12th at 9:40.
At a meeting of the NVYLL Executive Committee tonight, a decision was made to suspend all league lacrosse activities, including practices, effective immediately, and to cancel the first 3 games of the season. We will target April 18/19 to resume games, pending further information as this situation develops. This delay spans all school systems’ Spring Break which amounts to a 5-week delay. If we are able to resume games April 18/19, there would be 5 regular season games left, not including post-season play. If we are able to resume practices at an earlier date, we will inform you as soon as possible. If individual teams or players engage in lacrosse activity prior to NVYLL resuming play, such activity will not be sanctioned by the league.
This is not a decision we made lightly. We consulted with US Lacrosse, Fairfax County and other school systems, as well as other youth sports organizations. Although our sport is an outdoor activity, typically played in wide open spaces for both players and spectators, whether there is an actual health risk to our players and adult volunteers is not the only factor we must consider. We have officials and immune-compromised coaches who are in higher risk age ranges who should not be placed at risk for an elective, recreational activity. Although it seems that our youth players themselves may be in a low risk group, they may go from gathering with other players at games to then interact with older relatives. In addition, a player who is injured during a game may face a challenging situation obtaining emergency or even primary medical care in the coming weeks.
In the end, the decision is essentially made for us by a much more mundane and inescapable fact: many of our games are scheduled on school fields. As schools close, which is happening now, we will lose access to these fields and the domino effect even on clubs playing on Park Authority or other community fields is too difficult to manage and schedule in the fluid situation we are likely to face. In addition, some clubs have governing boards that have decided to follow the schools in terms of ceasing activity.
There is plenty of health advice being distributed so we will not do that here. We will only say that our number one concern is the safety of our players and families. It is our sincere hope that the kids will be out on the lacrosse fields as soon as possible and that in the meantime, everybody in our community stays safe.