This webpage includes important information for 2021 fall season. Our plan is to maximize Fall as best we can to develop skills, speed, and strength as best we can for 7 weeks. In terms of any scrimmages, those details are still being finalized as many teams remain uncertain concerning their plans. We will continue to follow up with the other teams so we can get things scheduled. At this time, we are planning to take the boys that play in Fall to the Rendezvous Tournament on October 30th, where 3 games are guaranteed. We are hopeful to schedule a few scrimmages prior to that, too. Some teams may host tournaments (4 games guaranteed) and if they choose to do that we will participate and get in some extra games that way, but those will come with additional cost to cover tournament fees. We will keep you posted.
Fall Ball is operating as a club team known as Warhawk Lacrosse Club. There will be two teams: 9/10 and HS Open. The 9/10 team will be made up of 9th and 10th graders while the HS Open team will be comprised of 11th and 12th graders, with invites being made to 9th and 10th graders who are playing at a higher level. These determinations will be made as fall progresses.
WHY PLAY FALL??
Fall is a PERFECT TIME for newcomers to the game to come out and try the sport out and develop their skills in this game. It's also an excellent time for experienced players to come out and get themselves Varsity-ready for Spring and to continually develop in the sport IF they are not otherwise involved in another sport. Boys who play and participate in Fall are better prepared going into Spring as we focus on fundamentals, passing, catching, ground balls, faceoffs, defense, positioning, footwork, offensive sets, spacing, cutting, dodging, shooting, conditioning and strength. As coaches, it allows us to improve and develop every boy in the sport, too. We are not concerned with winning in Fall as we are simply trying to help every boy improve their skill sets and be better prepared to make their high school team better in Spring.
Warhawk Lacrosse Club features incredible coaches committed to growing the game and improving players. These coaches include the 2021 US Lacrosse Coach of the Year, 2021 6A Lacrosse Coach of the Year, 2021 Sportsmanship of the Year Award, 2019 US Lacrosse Coach of the Year finalist, Class B State Championship Runner-Ups in 2021 (former players and coaches), collegiate players, 2x Assistant Coach of the Year for Westlake Lacrosse (a 6A program in Region 4), former All-Region players and all time leaders in their high school programs. In the Warhawk Lacrosse Club, there are committed people willing to help elevate you and the game for a low cost. The hope is that athletes will improve their skills, learn new things in the offseason to help elevate their game and return to their high school program and help elevate their program to new heights. Warhawks always strive to elevate to new heights and in the process bring as many with them as possible.
We will start Monday, September 13th and end on Saturday, October 30th. We will practice every Monday and Wednesday @ Lake Mountain Middle School. Field practices will be from 5:00PM - 6:30PM, unless otherwise stated. We will announce changes to the schedule in our GroupMe chat for Warhawk Lacrosse Club. Boys should be there 15 minutes early every day for practice and ready (padded up and tossing the ball) by 5PM. See below for the dates, times and location. PLEASE NOTE: These are LIKELY TO CHANGE pending when we can get scrimmages or combined team practices scheduled. We will update you immediately once those get scheduled. Locations may also change as we will often combine with other teams for combined training and a friendly scrimmage to end the practice, too. The last few years we have done combined practices with Corner Canyon, American Fork and Pleasant Grove, and each of those were extremely positive experiences and invaluable to our program and theirs. We will communicate out if other teams can/wish to combine.
SCRIMMAGES ARE TBD - NOTE!! More and more teams are wanting to hold a combined practice together and then do a friendly scrimmage at the end. This may be a new norm for Fall Lacrosse, which has a TON of added benefits for all programs involved.
1. Uphold our WARHAWK values: Wise, Accountable, Respect, Honor, Aware, Work, Kind. These are the backbone of everything we teach, promote and exemplify on and off the field in the WARHAWK LACROSSE program. Boys are asked and encouraged to identify for themselves as to what these values mean to them? Why were these values selected? How will these help them on and off the field?
2. Be present. Boys need to be early to every practice and scrimmage we have and be in the moment when we practice. They are expected to be engaged and striving for excellence on every rep. All players and coaches are expected to adopt a growth mindset and constantly seek for improvement.
3. GroupMe Communications. Boys and parents are strongly encouraged to download the GroupMe app. There is a parent chat that all parents are encouraged to be in for important information. Contact Melanie Boren (801-420-2661) or Carma Gray (801-471-8321) to get added to that group. All boys can message Coach DeVries (801-960-7246) or Coach Issacson (801-874-9517) to be added to the player chat for FALL 2021. It is here where boys will receive important information for Fall as well as film clips for plays, drills, motivation, Coach Talks and so on. We like having the two separate chats so that players are able to communicate openly with one another and build a positive team culture together.
4. Come prepared. Boys need to have all of their lacrosse equipment when they come to practice. They are responsible in Fall to provide their own helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, stick and any other necessary protective equipment. Due to Covid, they are also required to have their own water bottles. As we are able, we will provide some Powerades for boys, but boys should always have water on hand for every practice. Boys are asked to wear their reversible Warhawk penny to each practice and scrimmage, too.
5. Take EXTREME OWNERSHIP. We don't dwell on mistakes nor do we blame others for something else. We have an "Own It, Fix It" mindset and when a mistake is made, we say "GOOD!" This is a means of staying mentally checked in and not allowing a mistake to dictate the rest of a day or season. We say "GOOD!" because we learned what not to do in a certain situation and how to improve it for next time. This is the expectation we have as coaches for each other and for every player. When a mistake is made, take ownership of it and grow from it.
FALL BALL COSTS
The fees to participate in lacrosse for the 2021 Fall season is $375 and covers the costs for their fall uniform (boys will keep it!), training, refs, insurance, fields, and equipment/supplies. Payment is due by the start of the first practice. You can bring a check that first day made payable to Warhawk LLC or Venmo to @WARHAWK-TRAINING. You will also be able to register online. Please note: EVERYONE MUST REGISTER ONLINE as there is a waiver to acknowledge/sign and important contact information that must be on hand. Boys are also REQUIRED to have a CURRENT US LACROSSE membership. Many likely already have this. The membership is good for ONE year and this membership is required if boys decide they want to play on competitive club teams in the future. It is a requirement by US Lacrosse that boys on club teams have this. This is also a requirement in order to play in Fall. When you register, boys will need to include their US Lacrosse Membership number. Cost for the membership is $25 and is not part of Fall fees. You can go to US Lacrosse and find out about your current membership or go in and create your own. If you don't have a current membership, you must get it renewed with US Lacrosse. Their website is www.uslacrosse.org If boys desire to rent equipment, there are a few different options for that. Contact us directly if that is something you wish to do.
Also, for any athletes interested in being sent a personalized strength training workout plans designed specifically for lacrosse, that is also available for an additional $140 that you can pay for when you register. The workouts are done independently and boys record their weights and reps and track their progress online with a professional trainer. This is NOT required for Fall Ball, but is an awesome option for boys to develop their strength in the sport and prevent injury. This would typically cost $100 for 2 sessions but is being offered to any interested boys participating with Warhawk Lacrosse Club for $140 and 14 sessions ($10 per session). Valkyrie Training has created these workouts in collaboration with the same trainer that has developed the workouts for The Rock and has also been built in collaboration with many Athletic Trainers that specialize their training for lacrosse. This is a great value for those who are interested.
A Creed is defined as a set of defining beliefs. In our club program, we are guided by our WARHAWK values as outlined below. We will refer back to the Warhawk Creed often as we progress each practice and game.
W: Wise - You are STUDENTs first, athletes second. Be great students. Get good grades. Show up to class early. Be a student of the game, too. Study it and propose new drills for coaches to do in practice and be willing to lead out on them. Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
A: Accountable - This ties into our culture of EXTREME OWNERSHIP. When problems arise in life or on the field, never look for someone to blame. WHEN mistakes are made, say "GOOD!" and commit to improvement. If you're not getting good grades in school, take ownership of that and go meet with your teachers and get a plan in place with them.
R: Respect - Respect everyone. Respect your parents, teachers, coaches, teammates, refs, opponents, the game, your schools, your communities, strangers and yourselves. We show respect by how we talk and act on and off the field. Do not engage in trash talk with our opponents. Do not belittle or berate your teammates. Ever. BUILD each other and take pride in each others accomplishments. We will get scored on in the sport and in life. Instead of getting angry at the person who scored, we can simply say, "That was an incredible shot! Well done!" And then, going back to our "A", we can say "GOOD! I'm glad they scored from there. Now I know what to do next to prevent that from happening again." It's a circle of progress and growth.
H: Honor - Honor the game with how you work and play. This game is the truest and oldest American sport. Native Americans created it and referred to it as the "Creators Game." Honor how the game is played correctly. Honor your family and your family name on and off the field of play, for whoever you are playing! You're a Warhawk always. Honor your school. Honor your community. Bring Honor to the WARHAWK LACROSSE CLUB as you bring your very best to every practice and competition.
A: Aware - Be aware of your surroundings on and off the field. Pay attention to the vibe of your teammates, your BROTHERS. In any lacrosse program or club, you will often see the word "FAMILY" built into anything they do. We are no different. Be aware of who is missing practice or who comes late. Be a friend. Be a brother. Check in with your brothers. Know them! Know their interests, likes, and favorites. Be aware of your friend group. We are the AVERAGE of our 5 closest friends. Meaning we have 2 friends that are doing better than us and 2 who we are doing better than. Be aware of that friend group. Are they challenging you to elevate in life or are they engaged in behaviors that are risky and dangerous? Be aware of your surroundings at all time, on and off the field. Also, be aware of yourself! Teenagers are struggling a lot and they don't take time for themselves. Be mindful of that. When we experience dis-ease or pain or discomfort in our bodies, our bodies and minds are trying to get our attention. Pay attention to it. Be aware of what is being conveyed and don't feel bad for taking a reprieve. Balance in life is critical.
W: Work - "Work will win when wishy washy wishing won't." There's a tongue twister! Put in an HONEST WORK ETHIC in EVERYTHING you do!!! Your DNA is comprised of generations of incredibly hard workers. You have it in you! Keep pushing and working as hard as you can on the field and off of it. Work hard in school. Y'all are SMART kids! We have found that there is a direct correlation between how a student does in school and how well they will do on the field. Don't allow what is happening off the field to bleed onto what we do on the field. A popular phrase coined by Urban Meyer states "Be where your feet are." Where your feet are in the moment, work as hard as you can for what you want. "NO QUIT - ALL GRIT!" That phrase epitomizes HARD WORK. What's the difference between you and the perceieved best player in the State?? Those best players WORK constantly. They are always training and improving. An award winning basketball coach who turned a program around recently said, "There is no difference between us and the #1 team. They cry like we do. They hurt like we do. They bleed like we do. There is no difference except for how we work and what we think." That's some powerful wisdom!
K: Kind - Be kind. We are in a world where so much unkindness exists. We are also in a world where A LOT of kindness exists. We are the agents of change. Sports are (or should be) a vehicle to promote POSITIVE changes, or impacts, on the planet. Warhawks go to war and liberate the oppressed on the planet with our kindness. Be caught constantly doing kind things for others. Cleaning up the field, teaching proper fundamentals, saying "please" and "thank you", holding open doors, fist bumping teachers and thanking them for the lesson they prepared, saying thank you to janitors, support staff, administrators, athletic directors, grocery store workers, etc. Be caught constantly doing GOOD! That is one of the finest ways to be a true WARHAWK and how to wage war against apathy: KINDNESS.
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Q & A
What precautions are being taken by coaches and players for COVID?
We are no longer required to take temperatures or ask health questions prior to meeting. Having said that, we ask that if boys are unwell that they remain home, rest, and hydrate. If there are protocols that the Utah County Health Department asks us to follow, then we will comply. As of now, they have not instructed us to follow any protocols we had to do during the lockdowns.
What is the cost to participate in and play in Fall Ball?
As outlined above, the costs for Fall Ball is $375. This cost covers the equipment needed for Fall, field rentals, equipment rental, refs, painting of fields, training, penny and the Rendezvous Tournament entry fee. Also note that every player MUST have a US Lacrosse membership ($25) to play. The membership is good for a year and allows boys to participate in Fall, Winter league (typically hosted by Westminster) and any Summer games we want to play. Click the button below to access the US Lacrosse website and to get registered.
Boys can also sign-up for personalized training at an additional cost where the workouts are specifically designed for lacrosse athletes. These workouts help reduce risk of injury and help boys develop strength and speed needed to perform at peak levels.
We are brand new to the sport. What equipment do we need to get? And where can we rent equipment?
Welcome to the greatest sport there is and the oldest, truest American sport there is! The game of lacrosse requires boys to have the following protective equipment:
*Helmet (Cascade S) *Gloves *Elbow Pads *Shoulder Pads *Cleats *A cup (not required, but strongly encouraged) *Mouthguard *A stick
You can rent equipment from Storm Lacrosse in American Fork OR at Tribal West Lacrosse in Sandy. Click the links below to access their websites and contact information. Renting is a great way to go and both stores will outfit your son perfectly for what is needed. If you are coming from CV, Lehi, Skyridge or Westlake, you can possibly arrange to rent some gear, including your team helmets, from them. That is a discussion to have with your head coach at your school.
How many scrimmages will be played and when will they be?
We are still in the process of coordinating a scrimmage schedule. We tend to be a little farther ahead than other teams in our planning and we anticipate more teams putting a team together. We will try to schedule a minimum of 2-4 scrimmages with nearby teams and we WILL be doing the Rendezvous Tournament in October so long as they have enough teams register to compete. After talking with a few local programs, more are wanting to do some combined practices where we end the practice in a scrimmage with one another. There is A LOT of benefit to this!! We do NOT record any stats in fall as these are just scrimmages and simply giving the boys the chance to compete. The scrimmages will happen during the week as Saturdays are filled with the youth teams playing in their games in Fall.
Are there any fundraisers done for Warhawk Lacrosse Club?
Yes! We do ONE fundraiser in November-December which helps us keep costs lower and help bring in great coaches to help guide and grow this new club program. We ask that ALL BOYS playing with Warhawk Lacrosse Club commit to selling 20 cases of oranges during this fundraiser. More details to come. We did it last year and what we heard constantly was: "These are the BEST ORANGES I've ever had!! I wish I would have bought more to give to my neighbors and family!" They typically arrive a week or two before Christmas and they truly are amazing! We will flush more information out about this in October.
Will Warhawk Lacrosse Club also open up to doing some other tournaments in Winter or Summer?
YES! We are 100% open to taking the Warhawk Lacrosse Club team to other tournaments if there is enough interest! There would be additional fees to attend those tournaments to cover tournament cost and other related expenses for them. We will post information pertaining to those into our GroupMe chat for Warhawk Lacrosse Club. There would be great benefit to taking interested boys to some in-state tournaments as they become available. Just know those would be extra expenses as we would want to practice together beforehand to prepare and cover the tournament costs and all other related expenses. Cost will depend on the tournament.