Dear Lake Oswego Girl’s Youth Lacrosse Community,

Welcome to the 2020 LOYL Girls Lacrosse program.  You are receiving this email because your daughter is signed up for LOYL girls lacrosse this spring or your daughter has registered for LOYL in previous years.  Registration closes March 1st for grades 5/6 and 7/8, and April 1st for 3/4. There have been some questions raised over the last few weeks with regards to the upcoming season.   Please let this email serve as reference for many of these issues.

Is there an open house this year?

The answer is No.  We will be having a parent meeting instead at the first practice of the season for each of the age groups – please refer to the schedule below.

When does the season start?

The 3/4 girls start the week of March 30.

The 5/6 and 7/8 girls will start practice the week of March 2nd. (see below)

***ACTION ITEM:  your daughter will not be able to participate at the Assessment if these THREE forms are not filled out.  Please complete ASAP.  

Assessment week – March 2 -March 6

**Assessment week is the time in which the coaches evaluate the players and assess their skills for team placement
**Assessments are done only at the 5/6 and 7/8 grade levels.
**There are 2 sessions.  Need to attend both sessions – see below

Assessment times/location 

  • Wednesday March 4th / Friday March 6th

    • Girls 5/6 – 5:30-7:00pm – (Hazelia)

    • Girls 7/8 – 7:00-8:30pm – (Hazelia)

  • Parent meeting for 5/6 parents at 5:30pm on Wednesday March 4th

  • Parent meeting for 7/8 parents at 7:00om on Wednesday March 4th

5/6 – 7/8 Assessment Procedure:  

  • Each assessment day will require the participant to sign in and obtain an identification bib number from the program administrators.  This will be her number for both tryout days March 4th and 6th.  She will need to remember to bring this bib # to the second tryout day.

  • A table will be set up under the cover at Hazelia for this process.  Once signed in, your daughter will be directed to the field for participation.

  • The coaches will be assessing such skills as catching, throwing, ground balls, cradling, shooting, effort, intangibles, etc.

  • For tryouts, no specific uniform will be required.  I suggest something warm! Only mandatory pieces of equipment are a lacrosse stick, lacrosse goggles, and a mouthguard.  Tennis shoes work on the turf, but cleats are recommended – especially when we practice or play on the grass.

  • The teams will be announced by March 10th.

  • Please note that we request your daughter participate in both sessions during the week of March 2nd.

  • If this will not be a possibility for your child, please notify

  • There will be 3 teams at the 7/8 level, and 2-3 teams at the 5/6 level.  Teams will be divided into “platinum” and “gold” and classifications – with the most skilled players being placed on the “platinum” teams.   Please note team selection is based on objective assessment of skill, and discussion and agreement amongst coaching staff.

  • **Regardless of team placement, all players in an age group will be practicing together “academy style” at the same time/location throughout the season.  We have found this to be advantageous throughout the years with regards to skill development, friend networks, carpooling, etc. We break-up into teams for weekend games.

During the month of March, we will begin having practices for 5/6 and 7/8 only.   We realize that the participants may still be dealing with other obligations (winter sports, other extra-curricular activities, etc.)  These practice opportunities in March have been offered to simply get more lacrosse time for your daughters.  Attendance is not mandatory – but encouraged.

MARCH PRACTICES: (5/6 and 7/8)

  • Wednesday March 11th – Hazelia 5/6 – 5:30-7:00pm, 7/8 – 7:00 – 8:30pm

  • Friday March 13th – Hazelia 5/6 – 5:30-7:00pm, 7/8 – 7:00 – 8:30pm

  • Wednesday March 18th – Hazelia 5/6 – 5:30-7:00pm, 7/8 – 7:00 – 8:30pm

  • No Practice Friday March, 20th – Spring break


All communication during the year will be via TeamSnap.  TeamSnap will have practice schedule, game schedule, rosters, contact info and a Team Chat message board.


The OGYLA hosts a jamboree to open the season.  Specifics regarding location, time, etc. are not available at this time.

The projected dates are:

**Saturday March 15th – 5/6 and 7/8 Jamboree

**Saturday April 6th – 3/4 Jamboree

**These are subject to change.  Please checkTeam Snap as we get closer.

Uniforms:  2020 is a new uniform year for LOYL.  We aim to keep these uniforms three+ years, so plan accordingly when picking sizing.  We are still TBD with our pass-out date, but looking at mid-March. Girl’s uniforms will be $68 and paid and picked out that day.  You can bring a check or we will have a credit card swipe option.

Swag:  All the fun stuff!  Shooter shirts, sweatshirts, socks and other (ALL OPTIONAL) items that your daughter may want to wear to practice will be purchased here and shipped directly to your home.  LOYL GearUpSports

Regular Season (March 30th – May 31st)

Regular season practice begins the week of March 30th, please verify in TeamSnap

  • Girls 3/4:

    • Wednesdays:   Rivergrove – 5:30-7:00

    • Fridays:   Rivergrove – 5:30-7:00

    • Parent meeting for 3/4 at 5:30pm Weds. April 1st

  • Girls 5/6:

    • Thursdays:  Hazelia – 5:30-7:00pm

    • Fridays:  Hazelia – 5:30-7:00pm

  • Girls 7/8:

    • Mondays:  Rivergrove – 6:00-7:30pm

    • Thursdays:  Hazelia – 7:00-8:30pm

**Games for regular season play have yet to be scheduled.  These will be released in late March as soon as they become available from the league.  Games are typically on Saturdays.

Platinum Team Tournament

The 5/6 and 7/8 Platinum teams will be participating in the SALI Tournament in Sisters, OR May 2-3.  This is an opportunity to compete in an out town tournament for the weekend.

Age Specific Contacts:

Please send any messages regarding team specific issues to the proper team administrator.

I would also like to extend thanks to all of the coaches who have stepped forward to dedicate the next 3 months of their time to helping your daughters learn the game of lacrosse.  This program is a success because of their volunteer efforts!

Sorry for all the information, but I was trying to encompass all the issues that have been surfacing over the past few weeks.  Hopefully this answers most of your questions at this time.

Thanks for your support.  Look forward to another great year of LAX

Matt Bechtold

President – LOYL Girls Lacrosse

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