Boys' and girls' youth lacrosse, serving Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernon and the Souhegan Valley area.

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Spring Lacrosse Registration is Open
01/01/2020
Spring Lacrosse sign-up is open! Register for early bird discount...
SVL & Amherst Recreation to Partner
12/18/2019
Earlier this month the Souhegan Valley Lacrosse Board and the...
Winter Skills Starts on January 8th!
11/07/2019
Winter Skills training is important for young athletes who want to...
Sponsors for 2020 Season
08/20/2019
We are looking for sponsors for the 2020 Season.   Besides offering...
SPORTSMANSHIP, POSITIVE COACHING AND HAVING FUN!
07/15/2019
Youth sports will have a big impact on young players/athletes. Please...
 
Spring Lacrosse Registration is Open

Spring Lacrosse sign-up is open! Register for early bird discount today. 

Click here for more information

Amherst Lacrosse provides two levels of play:

"Sandlot" Development League.  A non-travel boys and girls in house development league for children in grades K-2. A great way to try out the game without the commitment level of our travel teams.

 

Competitive Travel Teams.   Boys and girls Spring lacrosse teams for grades 1-6 playing in the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA) League in the Souhegan Valley area.


by posted 01/01/2020
SVL & Amherst Recreation to Partner

Earlier this month the Souhegan Valley Lacrosse Board and the Amherst Recreation Commission voted on the proposed transition of youth lacrosse operations from SVL to Amherst Recreation.  We are pleased to inform you that both organizations voted unanimously in favor of the plan! See the image below for more detail.

We appreciate the community input and overwhelming support.  Spring lacrosse registration for Amherst Lacrosse will begin in early January.

Amherst Lacrosse, just like before, is open to all surrounding towns, will play in the NH Youth Lacrosse (NHYLA) league competing against other NH towns, and players will be coached by volunteer US Lacrosse Certified Coaches.

SVL will function as a Advisory Board to Amherst Lacrosse, and work as the Fundraising and Booster organization to support the growth of Lacrosse in all of our communities.

 

 


by posted 12/18/2019
Winter Skills Starts on January 8th!

Winter Skills training is important for young athletes who want to prepare for the upcoming Spring season. As mentioned earlier SVL will no longer offer indoor winter skill sessions. However we are pleased to inform you of great local offerings below.  The partnership of GSE and Evolve Lacrosse were brought together by local high school and middle school coaches McKinley Curro and Domenic St.Laurent specifically to help members of our community. 

 

Session 1: January 8- February 5

Session 2: February 12- March 11

Location: Hampshire Dome

Girls can learn more about GSE and register by clicking here

Boys can learn more about Evolve Lacrosse and register by clicking here


by posted 11/07/2019
Sponsors for 2020 Season

We are looking for sponsors for the 2020 Season.   Besides offering a great lacrosse program for over 30 years to girls and boys in the Souhegan Valley, we are also the host of 2 festivals.  The NHYLA festival we host at Souhegan High School attracted over 20k in fans, but also 5k in players to the weekend event.

Your sponsorship will go a long way in providing equipment, Hampshire Hills Dome time, scholarships, training that our player registration does not cover.  We are trying to keep costs down for our families to make sure all kids have the opportunity to play this great game. Some of the benefits of being a sponsor are:

 

Increase awareness of the company's products and services. Each sponsorship package has benefits for the sponsor built in: field signage, website advertising, company name on T-Shirts for NHYLA Festival. Through a sponsorship, a company's brand will be in front of the youth sports market of parents, coaches, program organizers, players and fans.

 

A welcomed form of advertising. In most settings consumers are inclined to tune out advertising. Although many traditional ways of reaching consumers are failing, youth sports sponsorships are a positive and engaging way to market a brand. Parents like to see the companies that are supporting local sports.

 

Help keep the cost of youth sports programs low. Player participation fees cover the majority of the costs of a youth sports program but support from sponsors provides additional resources which can help keep participation fees low. With lower fees, more families are able to afford to sign up and that means more children being able to receive the many benefits of sports.

 

Outstanding value for the dollars invested. Although sponsorship package costs vary from organization to organization, they commonly range from $100 up to $500 or more locally. When comparing the cost of other marketing outlets like print, television and billboard advertising, youth sports sponsorships can be a great value and a smart option to include into the marketing mix. (We are also looking for sponsorships our festival. (Food,  20ft.Storage Trailer, Tents, Dumpsters etc. Which will off set cost at time of NHYLA Festival)

 

Build goodwill. Companies that sponsor youth sports programs make a positive contribution to their community. Overall this can evoke a community wide feeling that a company understands the impact and importance of sports for their youth. This feeling can instill loyalty among a business' current and future patrons.

 

Possible tax incentive. Many youth sports organizations are registered nonprofit groups. If that is the case, businesses can get a tax break for making a charitable donation. That is just another added benefit of sponsoring youth sports.

 

For more information, please contact:

Bob Williams - President

bob.williams@AmherstLacrosseClub.com

 
 

by posted 08/20/2019
SPORTSMANSHIP, POSITIVE COACHING AND HAVING FUN!

Youth sports will have a big impact on young players/athletes. Please do not underestimate the life lessons youth sports can offer all of us. “My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.” Don Shula, Positive Coaching Alliance (2019).

1)    Be positive:  https://www.positivecoach.org/the-power-of-positive/

2)    R.O.O.T.S. Respect Officials, Opponents, Teammates and Self. SO important. A coach MUST be a role model for players when coaching and making comments about officials calls. https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/book/roots-honoring-game-and-sportsmanship

Today (5/4/2019), while I was officiating a youth game, a coach on the sideline FAR from the play exclaimed, “That was the worst call I have ever seen!”. The coach was 70 yards from the call/foul. The official was 10 yards. Bottom line: Near or far; what message are you sending to student-athletes when you exclaim such a frustration?

Manchester Union Leader, Sunday May 5, 2019: Credit to coach Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) for saying, “I don’t complain about officials. We have a lot of things we have to work on.”

3)    Athletes must learn to respect ALL participants in a sporting event. Please, as an administrator, a coach of a NHYLA team, or a parent on the sideline, be the best role model you can be for everyone involved in our game.

Resources:

https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/article/working-together-stop-madness

https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/video/mike-brey-how-coaches-can-correct-athletes-bad-body-language

https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/article/double-goal-coach-job-description 

NHYLA is looking for sportsmanship nominations! If you see a team/league that exemplifies sportsmanship - please emailpresident@nhyla.org with your comments and recommendations!

Thank you again for ‘volunteering’ to fill a lacrosse role this season!

Please feel free to reach out to the VP of Girls and/or Boys at www.nhyla.org for resources when challenged with a situation and/or concern

 

by posted 07/15/2019
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Contact Us

Amherst Recreation

Mon-Fri, 8am – 4pm

4 Cross Road

Amherst, NH 03031

Phone Number: 673-6248

Email Inquires related to Amherst Lacrosse: Amherstreclacrosse@gmail.com

 

Souhegan Valley Lacrosse 
P.O. Box 1013
Milford, NH 03055

Email Inquiries related to Jamboree or NHYLA Festival and fundraising:

President@AmherstLacrosseClub.com​