Wow, what a great turnout last Saturday for the first Free Clinic! We had over 20 kids show up with interest in possibly playing this year. The exciting part was that 15 of them were new to lacrosse.
We are having another Free Clinic tomorrow, Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30pm to 7pm at the ARC. I hope to see another great turn out. Looks like the weather may hold out and be nice for us. Remember, you are welcome to attend both clinics.
After that, we have Spring Break and then our season will begin with the first practice on Tuesday, April 4th. If you have not registered, please do so soon. We will take registrations up to the first practices, but we would appreciate them earlier.
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Just a friendly reminder that registration is now open for the 2017 MMLL lacrosse season for 3rd – 8th graders! (See previous post below for additional details)
We have been promoting it this year with signs around town and on social media. We have generated some additional interest. Hopefully, we can continue to grow the sport in this area. This is the only little league lacrosse in Columbia, MO or mid-Missouri for that matter.
Remember, you can register online here at our website or by printing the form from our documents page and mailing it to us.
We hope to see everybody at the FREE Clinics this year. For returning kids, it is a great way to freshing up on those skills and for the new kids, it is a good way to try out the sport to see what you think. *Bring a friend, maybe they will like it as well and sign up to play with you!!
Don’t forget the first clinic is during the first Farmer’s Market, so you can get some fresh produce, veggies or Show-me Farms breakfast burritos (my personal favorite). This is in less than two weeks on March 18th from 10:30am to noon at the ARC. Mark your calendars.
We will have a second one there as well on Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30pm to 7pm. You are welcome to come to both clinics as they are great ways to get back into the season.
Please tell all of your friends and feel free to share our information on your favorite social media to help get the word out.
2017 Registration for Mid Missouri Lacrosse League (MMLL) Boys* division is now open!
Please see our website (youth.columbialax.org) for more information about this season including how to register both online with Paypal and via snail mail with the form on the Documents page.
Our first practice will be Tuesday, April 4th with games starting Sunday, April 23rd. Games will end May 21st with any make up games played during the scheduled practice times. Practices will now be Tuesday and Thursdays from 6pm to 7:30pm at Cosmo Park Soccer Field 6.
Also, we are planning on having two FREE Clinics to be held at the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) 1701 W Ash St, Columbia, MO 65203
Saturday, March 18th 10:30am – Noon (ARC during first Farmer’s Market)
Wednesday, March 22nd 5:30 – 7pm (or dark) (ARC)
These clinics will be a chance for everyone to come out and test drive the “Fastest Sport on Two Feet” without any commitments. We will have equipment and will set up several drills and skills stations for the kids to see what it is all about. We hope to see a big turn out at both clinics. Feel free to attend just one or both. The more participation we have the more people will be interested in joining.
*Girls registration is currently not available. Please contact the league email with your interest. If we get enough interested players, we will pursue supporting the girls league as well.
We have several updates this week…
1.Reminder, NO GAMES this Sunday for Mother’s Day.
2.Don’t forget to check out the MMLL Facebook page. We have added several new members to the group. – Thanks Hazelrigg family for the pics! MMLL Facebook Page
3.St. Louis Tournament for older group
– Coach Jason has indicate he would be interested in sticking around and helping coach a team. I think he mentioned it at practice on Wednesday.
– Dates of tournament are June 25-26. Guaranteed five full games.
– Location: St. Charles Soccer Complex
– Cost will probably be around $30 per kid. – Need replies from all who might be interested by Wednesday, May 11th.
– If we get enough/close enough in numbers, we can include players from last year because it is a 15U age bracket. Once we know our numbers, we will see if we need to try to pull in a few additional 9th graders that still qualify.
– If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email.
4.Save the date: We are planning to have an end of the season potluck May 22nd. More details to come.
5.Rock Bridge/Hickman LAX games are next week. Chance to see a more advanced version of the game on our off nights from practice. You have two opportunities. We hope one works out for you.
– JV game is Tuesday, May 10th @ Hickman
– Varsity game is Thursday, May 12th @ Hickman
-The coach for the High School Columbia Girls Lacrosse Team sent out an email to a few people who have contacted us/them with questions about a girls league. If anyone would like that email forwarded to them, please let me know and I will send you a copy.
7.MO Valley LAX Camp
– In the email, she mentions a camp at Missouri Valley College. Her comments are targeted toward the girls that have contacted us, but the same applies for the boys. This is a great opportunity to learn more and improve your skills at a camp fairly close to home.
“MO Valley is running a girls and boys lacrosse camp this summer for 6-12th graders. This is a great opportunity for your girls to learn the rules of the game and see that there is a future for girls in college to play! Many colleges in MO are starting lacrosse teams and heavily recruiting MO players to join them.”
Wow, what great weather we have had for our first two game weekends! The boys looked very good out there. Coach Jason and Coach Eric are doing a great job working with them.
We have a few updates we wanted to pass along:
In today’s email, we distributed a roster sheet separating the boys by age groups and in numerical order for quick reference. Hopefully, this will help everyone know who is who when we are watching the games. I have tried to format it to be highly visible on a mobile device, so hopefully you can read it from your phone.
We love our mothers! So we are going to take Sunday, May 8th off. Make sure you spoil Mom since you won’t be busy playing lacrosse that Sunday afternoon. Again, no games on Sunday, May 8th. *We will plan to play the games from that Sunday on the following Monday, May 9th during the normal practice time.
Just as a reminder, practices will continue to be on Soccer Field 6 for the remainder of the year.
Next Sunday’s Games:
We are going to mix up the schedule next week and let the 3rd-5th group go first. We have been having them go after the older boys, so they could arrive early and watch the game played by kids with a few more years experience. We thought this would be good for them to witness to maybe help with the teaching of how the game is played. But now, we would like to give them the opportunity to have the earlier time slot.
We will send another reminder later this week, but please plan for the 3rd-5th grade boys to arrive by 12:30pm to get dressed and warm up. The 6th-8th group should then plan to arrive at 1:30pm for a game following the conclusion of the younger guys.
See you at practice this week (if the weather hold up)
Great first games of the season for both age groups! Before next week’s games, I will send out a roster with kids numbers. Then everyone will know who is who.
We appreciate everyone’s patience today (especially the younger group who arrived early and ended up staying late). Things were a little slow going today and should be better next week. We have a lot of new guys and that takes some time getting going on the first game with some of the rules and general organization that is needed for game play. Hopefully the younger guys were able to watch the big guys a little bit and pick up some tips on how the game moves.
Practices will now be on Soccer Field 6. (See attached map image) This was the original plan as we worked out a deal with the Columbia Parks & Rec to use this field for practice, so we wouldn’t tear up the “game” field used by both Football and Lacrosse. The confusion came from Soccer Field 6 not being ready with goals for our first few weeks of practice. We have been told they are now.
US Lacrosse Registration
If you did not include your child’s US Lacrosse registration number and expiration date with your registration, please send that as a response to this email. We will be sending out emails to those kid’s parents where we don’t have this information. It is imperative we have it, as this provides us the liability insurance we need as an organization.
Rain Out Info:
There is a possibility for rain this week, for rainout conditions, we will try to send an email and post to the webpage. However, you can also call the Columbia Parks & Rec Rain Hotline at 573-874-7663. They usually have final notification by 4pm.