See how I won’t be spending next summer … And more …
For a good part of six summers, my weekend fun has consisted of packing my car, stocking my cooler, and schlepping from one lacrosse tournament to another. Thousands of Moms and Dads — like I — spent these weekends called: National Draw — Top of the Bay — Beach Lax — Downington — All-Star Express, doing the girls lacrosse club annual tournaments. For years, we watched our daughters play hundreds of lacrosse games from their recreational teams, to their school’s teams, to the elite club level, where the skill level and commitment puts the pedal to the metal.
Club lacrosse is not for the faint of player or parent and finding the right fit for your child, and your family is very important. In Maryland, we, of course have some fantastic club teams: Rome, CC-Lax, N.B.C., Greyhounds and Sky Walkers — to name a few. Some feed right from the recreation level, run by parents where the families are responsible for tournament travel expenses, and there is no profit to the club. Others are for-profit with more permanent coaches and managment. Many of these for-profit clubs work closely with college coaches on placing players where their skills and education can reach new levels.
We have participated in both types of programs, usually called the not-for-profit and the for-profit clubs. Both types of clubs are on a "tryout" basis, and when choosing one, know your daughter’s temperature on how much she is willing to sacrifice. The regular club teams often carry a looser atmosphere than some of the for-profit clubs. Each kid, especially when they are in high school, may not have the drive or commitment for one of the more serious programs – which is fine – it is supposed to be for the fun of it.
BUT, if you have a kiddo that wants Division I college play, is willing to put school and lacrosse as their No. 1 priority and put going to the beach for the summer or working at one of WNST’s sponsors to the side. Lacrosse is your vacation — your team is your social life, especially in the junior recruiting year. Now for me, it has come to a close, and my player has finished her Sky Walker club experience. Now it is one more year in the always-tough IAAM and off to college to realize her dream of playing Division I lax. Will I miss those sweltering summer weekends? You bet your crease I will.
Looking for some fun for a great cause?
What: The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fundraiser
When: September 15th at 6 p.m.
Where: The Renaissance Harborplace, in Baltimore
Tickets: $60 per person ($125 includes a VIP reception).
Info: Kathy Dutton at 410-963-5092 or www.wepsicklecell.org.