SBLC is a non-profit organization that serves youth boys in Snohomish County. The organization provides a program that is designed to not only teach the fundamentals and competencies of lacrosse but provide a solid foundation of sportsmanship, love of the game, teamwork and individualism, helping each player reach their fullest potential.
Our Club recently split, forming a new Glacier Peak Lacrosse Club. For more information, click here.
Here you will find informational updates regarding registration, practices, game schedules, and important information for your player. **Please login to the website periodically for updated information.**
Snolax 2017 Registration Update
Registration for the Spring 2017 season is now open. With that, please keep reading for some important updates and details.
USL Age Verification
Our club insurance requires a valid US Lacrosse membership for every SBLC player and coach prior to participating in any practice, scrimmage or game. Beginning in Fall 2016, US Lacrosse is requiring proof of age documentation as part of player membership. You may be required to upload a scan of your child's birth certificate. This is a USL requirement, and we don’t receive a direct copy of the document. SBLC and the leagues to which we belong will continue to be divided by school grade. More information on the requirement is available from USL http://www.uslacrosse.org/blog/us-lacrosse-announces-age-verification-system
With Snohomish/Lake Stevens now split from Glacier Peak, we have new boundaries for the 2017 season.
Youth (K-8): SBLC covers students within the Snohomish High School and Lake Stevens High School enrollment area. In addition, according to North Sound Youth Lacrosse boundary rules, students in the Granite Falls and Marysville school districts can choose to play youth lacrosse with SBLC. NSYL transfer rules state that both programs must agree to a transfer from one club’s catchment area to another. To foster growth and development for each club, SBLC will neither grant nor accept transfers between SBLC and Glacier Peak Lacrosse for the 2017 season, except in cases where division is full.
High School (9-12): Only students enrolled at Snohomish High School or Lake Stevens High School/Cavalero Mid-Hi may play high school lacrosse with SBLC.
Of course, a youth sports organization must have its various and sundry policies. Specific to registration time, please take a moment to review our refund and play up/play down policies.
New Payment Processor
We’ve upgraded the payment processor on the backend of the registration system to easy Merchant. It’s a built-in feature to LeagueAthletics that makes matching up payments to registrations far easier. But the big feature is the ability to make payments over time, automatically. That big hit before the holidays can now be paced out a little better. We will continue accept checks. If you need to use Paypal, please contact Olga Flores, .
For the 2017 season, the club board voted to adopt new uniforms for 5/6 and 7/8 players for several reasons: One, our existing design has been around long enough that no one was sure how long it has been. Two, we increasingly ran into situations playing other red teams without a white or reversible jersey. Three, while this means all 5/6 and 7/8 players will need to buy uniforms this season, we looked at registration data from the last several years, which showed that between 50% and 70% of players bought new uniforms yearly in any event. Boys tend to grow from one spring to another I suppose. Finally, our new payment processor backend allows for payment plans to lessen up-front expense. Our practice pinnie design remains the same. If the one you have fits and is not in tatters, you don’t need a new one.
K/1/2 and 3/4 Teams will remain with the existing design and continue to use club-owned jerseys.
We hope that high school will be using a redesigned and club-owned uniform through fundraising and a generous offer by Coach Cote to apply his stipend to this.
Any questions, please contact Molly Perry, . Sizing information is included during registration.
You can earn up to a 100% discount on your registration fees by signing up Snolax Sponsors. Contact Susan Scott, , for details.
When reviewing our 2016-2017 budget, the importance of club-wide fundraising—specifically our raffle—became very clear, especially after our split. In 2015-2016, we spent approximately 110% of registration fees on putting kids on the field. For an athlete-centered nonprofit, that is very positive in that we are not wasting registration money. But clearly, it takes more than just fees to run our club and still remain an affordable option.
Last year’s Costco card raffle was the best club fundraiser we’ve had in recent memory, and it’s something we pulled together on relatively short notice. For 2017, we are far more prepared and will hit the ground running. Thus, we are making participation in this year’s raffle mandatory. Every player will receive a raffle packet with the expectation of selling your allotment. Questions on this, please contact either Susan Scott, or Christopher Ames, .
Looking at returning player counts, new player trends, and word o’ mouth on recruiting, this is what we’re planning on for 2017 teams:
1 Varsity team
1 JV Team
2 7/8 Teams, with potential for a third
2 5/6 Teams
1 3/4 Team
1 K/1/2 Team
Fielding those teams depends on you. 5/6, 3/4 and JV are our lightest numbers right now. Get out there and recruit some friends. Bring sticks to football, soccer or squash practice this fall. Get the sports out in front of people. One really positive thing that just happened on this front is the formation of the SHS Lacrosse Club, all organized by our student athletes.
As you might expect, fields are going to be a new challenge for us this season. On the positive side, we should not be driving south to GP or Valley View. However, we have just one permanently lined FieldTurf field in our area, Centennial Middle School. Kier Keith, our field scheduler, has been going above and beyond already, negotiating access with SSD and LSSD.
Winter Indoor Clinic
Glacier Peak is running a winter indoor clinic at SSI starting in November. If your player needs some stick time, you can get more information at GPLax.net.
And with all that said, on to the good stuff. Any questions on registration, please feel free to contact Celeste Hanson,
Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris CotÚ as head coach of our high school team for the 2017 season.
Coach CotÚ previously headed Snohomish/Glacier Peak from 2011 through the 2014 season, including our state championship team in 2012. CotÚ has also coached many youth teams, both within our club and in select team organizations.
CotÚ played collegiate Division 1 lacrosse at the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1991. In addition, Chris is a volunteer football coach this fall at Centennial Middle School. Chris and his wife Amanda, who is a vice principal at CMS, have three children, Ryan, Ian and Caroline.
Coach CotÚ is donating funds from his coaching stipend to purchased new, club-owned uniforms for the entire high school team this season, which is a huge boon to our program that lowers barriers to playing HS lacrosse.
Coach CotÚ and the SBLC board will be filling out the rest of the high school coaching staff in the coming weeks.
Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club (www.snolax.com) serves more than 100 youth and high school players within the Snohomish High School and Lake Stevens High School boundaries.
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