We have a great spring season planned. Our spring practices start indoors at the Hampshire Dome on Monday March 11th. We will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays while at the Hampshire Dome through April 3rd. Outdoor practices will be held at Souhegan High School and/or Clark-Wilkins School on Tuesday and Thursdays. SVL will also be kicking off the season with our 2nd Annual Spring Jamboree held at SHS Calvetti Field on Sat, Mar 30, 2019 and Sun, Mar 31, 2019.
First league games start first week of April 7th. Finally, we are hosting the NHYLA Festival in June! SVL will also be the first youth lacrosse club in the country sponsored by US Lacrosse a unified lacrosse team.
I am pleased to announce our teams and coaches. We will offer teams at the 8u, 10u and 12u levels for Boys and Girls. The number of teams, assignment of coaches and the placement of each player will be determined after registration is complete and we’ve had a few practices to evaluate each athlete. Below are the coaches for each level:
8u - Nathan Ekis (we will be adding 1-3 coaches at this level.
Please contact us if you are interested in helping!)
10u - Cory Kennedy, Tiffany Jacobs, Mike Blake, Kristie Gray, Rob Gray,
Nicole Heimarck, Steven Heimarck
12u – Adam Wysor, Tori Burke, Brian Handwerk, Nye Hornor
New girl’s coaches: We are pleased to welcome Nathan Ekis to our girls program to lead the 8us this year. Nathan played goalie for Keene State and his daughter Sydney is excited for her first year at 8u. We are also pleased to welcome Steve Heimarck who after seeing how much fun Nicole was having with the kids has decided to come to the other side of the field and coach with us. Thank-you Steve!
8u - Chris Messner, Jason St. Jean
10u - Brad Siskavich, Pat Walsh
12u – Mike Guarrera, Patrick Harvey, Keith Jones
We will add more coaches at all levels as we continue to fill rosters. If you are interested in coaching, please let us know.
New boy’s coaches: We are pleased to welcome Keith Jones to the 12u program. While new to SVL coaching Keith brings vast experience having coached the Milford High School Lacrosse team both as a Head and Assistant coach. Keith has also been Head Coach for the Milford High School Football team for many seasons along with coaching the boy’s baseball team.
We need you all to register by February 16th. I know it may seem early but we need to have our registrations set so we can plan out our teams, secure practice space, order uniforms and get our rosters into the league. Please register today!
Cost & Value. Our fees went up a bit this year and we want to explain why. Competition from other sports and club programs has caused our overall enrollment in both winter skills and spring teams to drop from our highs few years ago. While this has happened many of our fixed costs (most notably indoor field time) have remained the same or increased. Despite this we have continued to offer the same level of field time, scrimmages, games, and uniforms and invested in our equipment to ensure our kids are safe. We have added our Spring Jamboree, End of Year Family Barbecue and increased the training and support for our coaches. If you do some research you will find that our fees are in right in line with other town programs, we cost hundreds less than the “elite clubs” and we offer more indoor and outdoor practice time, coaching and fun events than any other program around.
Scholarships are available: If any family needs help we offer scholarships and assistance. The process is handled easily and discreetly.
Just contact SVL President Mike Hannon and we will work with you. We want every child the opportunity to be able to play this great game of lacrosse.
As always please let us know if you have any questions.
We look forward to a FUN and Fantastic 2019 River Hawks season.
My name is Michael Hannon and I am the President of Souhegan Valley Lacrosse and a member of the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA)
In an effort for US Lacrosse to expand its diversity and inclusion goals, US Lacrosse has developed guidelines for adaptive lacrosse programs. SVL will be part of the first clubs in the country under US Lacrosse to bring an adaptive lacrosse program. This is a great opportunity for people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities to become involved with the game. Our goal is to become a club “where diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of the values and culture” of lacrosse in New Hampshire.
The vision for NHYLA, at this early developmental stage, is to field 3 unified coed lacrosse teams. One team to be located in the Seacoast of New Hampshire, one team to be located in South Central New Hampshire (Souhegan Valley Lacrosse), and a third team to be located in the North Central New Hampshire area. Ideally, team size would be 15 to 20 players along with an equal or greater number of youth volunteers from area high schools. Games would take place on Sundays along with the regularly scheduled NHYLA games.
Cost to participating families would be minimal. Each family would have to register their player with US Lacrosse. The current cost for this registration is $35. Equipment would be provided by each team (it would be available at each game/practice). We would be using soft lacrosse balls so helmets and other protective gear would be optional. Cost for uniforms and game officials would be absorbed by the various programs and NHYLA.
Player ages would vary between 10 and 21 years old. The lacrosse season in New Hampshire begins in early April and ends the 2nd weekend in June with the NHYLA Festival. The Festival hosts over 300 New Hampshire youth lacrosse teams, a little over 7000 lacrosse players, and this would also be the final weekend for the unified teams to play.
To register a player parents can go to NHYLA.org, click on Home, Scroll down to Register Online, and choose the area of play that would be most convenient for the family (i.e. Seacoast, South Central, or North Central). It is my hope that we can recruit enough players to fill three teams in New Hampshire.
For More Information please contact me at: MikeHannon@AmherstLacrosseClub.com
Or directly to Wayne Demers at NHYLA firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring SVL Registration is Open - Closes Feb 16th.
Welcome to Souhegan Valley River Hawks Youth Lacrosse 2019 Spring Season
2019 Spring Registration is OPEN!
Please note that we will be placing all new uniforms so registration closes February 16th to make we have delivery before start of season.
Boys & Girls Programs, Grades LTP and 8U– 12U
Souhegan Valley Lacrosse Club is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse to the Amherst and Souhegan Valley communities as part of the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA). It is our belief that the sport of lacrosse provides a unique opportunity to develop individual athleticism, cultivate the teamwork experience, and foster creative problem solving. Through our integrated and age based programs, we provide a fun, competitive, and instructional environment for young lacrosse players that prepares them to play at the high school and collegiate levels, while also teaching them the value of setting and attaining goals.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
The program will begin indoors at the Hampshire Dome on Monday March 11th and Wed. March 13th for boys and girls.
We will then practice indoors on Mondays and Wednesdays. Last indoor practice will be April 3rd when hopefully outdoors field space will be open. Outdoor practices are held at Souhegan High School and at Clark-Wilkins School for the younger age groups and Learn To Play when it starts.
The following are the divisions for both Boys and Girls:
Learn to Play – First time players in up to K-1
8U – Grades 1 & 2 10U –Grades 3 & 4
12U – Grades 5 & 6
Most teams will practice twice per week (weather related) with the exception of LTP which only meets once weekly on Thursdays.
Fees for the Spring 2019 Season include the cost of a new uniform that you will be able to keep. The fee is $220 for 8U-12U. Learn to Play is $30.00 which also includes a T-Shirt.
All players must also be member of US Lacrosse for insurance purposes and their membership must be good for the entire 2019 season.
If you have any questions about our programs or organization, please reach out to the following individuals:
President – Mike Hannon -
Girls Program VP- Andy Jordan -
Boys Program VP – Todd Boudreau-
Boys Equipment - Stick, Helmet, Gloves, Shoulder Pads, Arm Pads, Mouth guard, Protective Cup, Rib Pads, Cleats
Please note that Souhegan Valley Lacrosse is a parent-run volunteer organization. We depend on our parent volunteers to provide a fun, organized, and positive experience for our players and truly appreciate all of their efforts. We have many positions both on and off the field, so if you are interested in being a coach or getting involved on the board please let us know!
For more information or to register visit us at - www.SouheganValleyLacrosse.com
The Spring Lacrosse program will begin indoors at the Hampshire Dome on Monday March 11th and Wed. March 13th for boys and girls.
We will practice indoors on Mondays and Wednesdays while at the Hampshire Dome. Last indoor practice will be April 3rd when hopefully outdoors field space will be open.
Outdoor practices will be held at Souhegan High School and/or Clark-Wilkins School on Tuesday and Thursdays.
First league games start first week of April.
SVL will also be kicking off the season with our 2nd Annual Spring Jamboree held at SHS Calvetti Field for the boys and girls being held on - Boys Sat, Mar 30, 2019 and Girls on Sun, Mar 31, 2019
As the start of the season approaches, you will receive more specific information about practice times and locations. Please also friend us on Facebook and visit our website to keep up to date with important information and details to prepare yourself for the season.
Parent Volunteer Agreement - At time of Registration you will be asked to check off on the PVA which includes.
SVL is a non-profit organization and its success relies heavily on parental participation. Each participating FAMILY is required to volunteer 3 HOURS during the course of the 2019 season. This participation requirement includes volunteering at select events as well as performing some of the necessary functions including score keeping and timekeeping during the season.
We will be requiring a $50.00 deposit per family that will be returned at the end of the year after a minimum of 3 work hours have been completed. If volunteer commitment is not fulfilled your deposit check will be processed by SVL.
Volunteer opportunities will be listed on our website. You will be able to sign up with your team parent when assigned to a team.
$50.00 postdated check will be collected at time of uniform disbursement.
SVL Uniforms - Very important for 2019 Season that parents take a little extra time in sizing the uniforms along with proper care of the uniforms. For 2020, your player will be able to use the 2019 uniform and receive a lower registration fee. If you need to order a new uniform, you will be charge the cost of the uniform. We are happy with the new vendor and quality of uniforms. A number of details need to be worked out to make this happen but we feel confident this will assist in family registration fees and over-all cost of uniforms.
US Lacrosse establishes eligibility guidelines in order to promote the game of lacrosse among the youth of America in a safe and sportsmanlike environment. To best achieve this goal, US Lacrosse believes that leagues, associations, and other organizers of youth lacrosse should seek to provide playing opportunities that, as much as possible, establish a "level playing field" among players of similar age, size, and ability.
8U: Born on or after 9/1/2009
All players must be 8 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition. It is recommended that when multiple teams exist within a program, teams should consider physical size, skill, and maturity.
10U: Born on or after 9/1/2007
All players must be 10 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition. It is recommended that when multiple teams exist within a program, the program should consider physical size, skill, and maturity when organizing teams.
12U: Born on or after 9/1/2005
All players must be 12 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition. It is recommended that when multiple teams exist within a program, the program should consider physical size, skill, and maturity when organizing teams.
14U: Born on or after 9/1/2003
All players must be 14 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition. It is recommended that when multiple teams exist within a program, the program should consider physical size, skill, and maturity when organizing teams.
Your family and your child's participation and membership in SVL are contingent on adhering to the following policy of Souhegan Valley Lacrosse. You agree to read and comply with the terms of this Parent Contract and to follow the standards listed below.
I understand that it is club policy to offer and attempt equal playing time to all players regardless of ability.
I will remain in the spectator area during competitions, which is on the opposite side of the field from the team benches.
I will “Honor the Game.” I will show respect for all involved with the game including coaches, players, opponents, opposing fans, table crew, and officials.
I will place the emotional and physical well- being of my child and all players ahead of a personal desire to win.
If capable, I will help when asked to by a coach or official.
I will support coaches and officials working with my child in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience.
I understand that games can be exciting for my child as he/she deals with the fast paced action of the game, responds to opponents, referees, teammates, and listens to coaches. I will not yell out instructions. I will let the coaches do the coaching.
During the game I will make only sportsmanlike comments that encourage my child and other players on both teams.
I will not be confrontational with the officials or coaches during or after the game, either on the field or in the immediate vicinity (such as the parking lot).
Should I have any concerns or issues with the coaches or officials I will relay these to the Boys/Girls VP or President of Souhegan Valley Lacrosse and not with the coaching staff or officials.