Teams must RSVP here for their end of season event. Teams have already paid officials fees, as an assessment to their team registration fee paid to the NCJLA in the fall, so there are no additional fees to participate in these events.
Positive Sportsmanship Reports for April 1-April 22
Throughout the season we encourage our members to submit reports that focus on coaches, players, officials and spectators demonstrating good sportsmanship. Thank you to the following people who demonstrated good sportsmanship and positive coaching techniques learned through PCA these past three weeks.
The following officials were reported by coaches as providing exemplary officiating through pre-game coaches meetings, explanation of calls, appropriate penalty administration and maintaining a safe environment for the players. There are 3 teams on every field: home, visiting and officials.
Thank you for enforcing the expectation that everyone honor the game and compete with class!
Craig Bryson and Steve Swale: Boys 14UB Rookie
Taylor Fox and Lindsay McLaggan: Girls 12UB Rookie
Maxine Parkin: Girls 14UB Veteran
Jack Sherman and Freddy Razo: Boys 14UB Veteran
Terry Miles, Don Fagan and Don Aiello: Boys HS Varsity
Eric Sousa: Girls 12UB Veteran
Angela Cherry and Scott Hamilton: Girls HS
Jason Willitts, EDH Girls 12UB Head Coach
Coach Willitts was an excellent host to the visiting teams on April 21st. He was positive, welcoming and made sure that the visiting teams had everything they needed to start the games. He even encouraged both teams from his sideline. Our kids were so impressed with his positive attitude and coaching style.
Abby O'Leary, S. Marin Girls 12UB Head Coach
Coach O'Leary did not hesitate to accommodate our struggling team last weekend. She immediately agreed to play down a player so that our team could have a substitute. She was encouraging to both teams and even gave our coaching staff some tips for improvement. Her positive and flexible attitude were appreciated after a long two weeks of tough games with very competitive opponents. She definitely coaches for fun instead of winning.
Dave Helms and Sam Kaplan, Coaching staff for Napa Girls 12UB
The coaches and players from Napa were excellent hosts. They provided our team with a tent, bench and water jug. It was the first hot day of the season and we were not prepared. It is so nice to have a host club follow everything from the protocol sheet when you are the club visiting. To top it off the Napa team agreed to play down one player so that our team could have 2 subs for the first half since 5 of our players had a soccer match. Our girls even reported that they would like to play Napa more often because the players were friendly and good sports about fouls when they knocked into others.
Spectators and Teams
Mendocino Boys HS JV Team and Fans
During a well matched and coach game the San Jose Vipers and Mendocino Thunder traded goals till the final minutes of the game. In the end the Vipers won the game 12-11. The Mendocino team never resorted to poor sportsmanship or aggressive play. Their coaches, players and fans remained positive and encouraging to both teams. At the end of the game the Mendocino fans gave both teams a standing ovation for their effort during the game.
Three NCJLA Coaches Win National PCA Double Goal Coach Awards
2018 PCA Double Goal Coach Award Recipients
Karen Healy-Silcott (Firehawks Girls Program Director), Bill Crowley (Woodcreek Lacrosse Club founder and coach) and Doug Appleton (Firehawks Lacrosse Club founder and President) have been awarded the 2018 Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Award. Out of the 2 million youth coaches for various sports nationally, 800 were nominated for this award. Out of the fifity coaches selected, four of them were lacrosse coaches and 3 of them were from the NCJLA.
The NCJLA is proud to support the mission of the Positive Coaching Alliance and the concept of a Double-Goal Coach. Double-Goal coaches are coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. To read more about how Bill, Doug and Karen have made an impact in their communities please visit their PCA press release below.
Thank you Coach Crowley, Coach Appleton and Coach Silcott for investing in the youth of the NCJLA!
The NCJLA is requiring all clubs to recruit adult or junior officials to work the girls and boys lacrosse games in their region. If your club has recruited an adult official please provide their information on the Umpire Recruitment Log. Click here to fill out the form. The NCJLA is committed to supporting the growth of lacrosse officials and is offering financial support to NEW Adult umpires that work girls games for the 2018 season.
If you have adults in your region who are interested in becoming an umpire (girls game) or referee (boys game) and want more information about the training process and requirements please have them visit the NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse website under the Officials Tab. Click here for the direct link.
To register to be a girls game umpire click HERE. (First training session Jan 27, 2018)
To register to be a boys game referee click HERE. (Note some regions have already begin the training sessions)
The Nor Cal Chapter of US Lacrosse Umpire Committee will be offering a FREE 2018 Rule Interpetation Sessions to Coaches! Coaches of all levels are welcome to attend (CIF-8U) but must be US Lacrosse members. To register please visit the NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse website and click on the register online tab or click HERE.
Please welcome Chris Gehrke as the new NCJLA Boys Director.
Chris joins us from the El Dorado Hills Youth Lacrosse Club where he serves as a board member and coach. He is quite active in the youth sports community, having coached over 250 kids in 3 different sports. In addition to his role for El Dorado, he serves as an assistant coach for the Women’s Lacrosse program at Oak Ridge High School. This past year the program clinched the Championship for the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference.
Chris and his family moved to California in 2012 from Colorado. He has a BS in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His back ground in television production management and event production will truly be an asset to the Boys Division of the NCJLA.