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TRYOUTS CONTINUE THIS SATURDAY / PRACTICE UPDATES

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Updates on this weekend.
TRYOUTS
BYLA tryouts for boys and girls in grades in 6-8 will continue at The Underdome on Saturday, March 6.
-Girls will tryout from 10:00AM to 11:15 AM.
-Boys will tryout from 11:45 to 1:00.
Additional info:
-You must register for BYLA prior to attending tryouts.
-You must mark your availability by 8AM on Saturday to attend tryouts.
-You must complete the health check in the TeamSnap app by 8AM on Saturday to attend tryouts. To access the health check, please go to the event in the app, click event details, and complete the health check.
-Players will not be permitted to enter The Underdome until 10AM. Please arrive on time but not too early to avoid crowding at the door.
-Parents are not allowed in The Underdome during tryouts.
-Players must wear a mask throughout the entire tryout.
-Players need to arrive in their gear, ready to go. Please, no bags.
-Players must wear a numbered pinnie to the tryout. Parents, please record the pinnie number your child is wearing in this shared Google Doc. Please do this before the end of Friday.
PRACTICE FOR GRADES 3-5 THIS WEEKEND IS CANCELED
Due to forecasts calling for extremely cold weather, we have decided to cancel practice for grades 3-5 tomorrow, March 6.
MORE
-K through 2nd grades will start their weekly practice April 11th and go through June 13th. All practices will occur at Bronxville school. More details to follow.  
-You must register your child to participate in BYLA. To do this, each player will need a USLacrosse membership valid through July 1. To get or renew a membership, please visit www.uslacrosse.org. In addition we utilize Teamsnap for all events along with a health check before any event. Parents must mark each player's availability in TeamSnap prior to each event in order to attend. Parents will need to use the TeamSnap App to fill out the health check before each practice or game. Please understand we cannot have a child at practice if the health check is not filled out on the Teamsnap App.
-We are committed to following all state and local health policies to make sure we are safe with the kids in the program. We are going to practice outdoors as often as circumstances allow, and with masks as long as those are the requirements.
-We are not doing uniforms through registration this year given most everyone will have uniforms from last year. If you have any questions about uniforms please reach out to Lansing Martinelli (bylauniform@gmail.com).  
TRYOUT PROCESS
In the past, BYLA teams have split into A and B teams beginning in 6th grade. Based on current registration, it is unclear whether we will have enough players to create two teams for any of the tryout grades. We will have to wait until after try outs to determine the best way to organize teams based on the numbers we have. That said, no players will be cut and everyone will be placed on one of the teams or a pod.
In the past, both A/B teams have been designed with rigorous practice and game schedules so that players continue to progress and develop their lacrosse skills. Practices are not always scheduled on the same day, but if they are, and if the teams want to practice together or scrimmage, that is always an option. Game schedules are different and our scheduler plans them so each team is challenged and playing appropriate competition. Sixth grade is also the grade when we migrate to non-parent coaches, and each team will have a dedicated coach. Teams will also have their own parent managers who will be responsible for communicating with parents and the coach. Both 7th and 8th grade also will have paid dedicated coaches along with a few parent coaches. 
Given the unique year we have had, we know that Spring 2021 will be different at BYLA. Many girls and boys have not played a lot of lacrosse in the past year (and for some it's been since June 2019). That is completely OK and we hope that as many players as possible come back out to join us for the season. Try outs can create anxiety for players, but we try to keep them as low stress as possible. Players will be evaluated by paid coaches and parent volunteers who are not involved in this grade. Girls and boys should do their best, show what they can do, and not worry if it's not perfect! Teams (or pods potentially) will be formed using these evaluations by the BYLA board. 
Girls and boys should arrive on Saturday with a numbered pinnie (please fill out the google doc in advance) and water bottle. We want the kids to work hard but also have fun. If you daughter or son chooses not to try out but wants to play this season, that is absolutely an option. Players who do not attend try outs will be assigned to the B team or appropriate pod once try outs are complete. 
Good luck!
-BYLA board

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