Key to the program is that all the players operate under a set of standards and values. Our goal is to not only improve the players lacrosse skills, but also instill some standards and values that will benefit the player outside of lacrosse and throughout their life. Many times and the end of practice or at games, the players will gather into a huddle and yell “FAMILY”. As a family each player is expected to have these standards:
As a family each player is expected to have these values:
Regardless of the players skill they will be paired up with a Player who has been on the team before to be a mentor. But even before that happens, they likely will have a number of players reach out and welcome them in to the family. This mentor will help them with all aspects of ChapLAX on and off the field.
One thing that is always on a new players mind is when do tryouts actually happen. Rest assured there are “tryouts” and they will be communicated as to when they will be… but keep in mind that no matter if the player is doing Strength, Speed and Agility, Fall Ball, Winter Box Lacrosse, or Spring Lacrosse, the coaches will always be watching and taking notes. To put it another way, tryouts don’t just happen at tryouts. Best way to impress the coaches is to always listen and pay attention. Their goal is to improve the player and the players game. It is why they are here and why they love being coaches.
There are a number of things that can help jump start your first year with ChapLAX. First things first, please add yourself to the ChapLAX contact database. This puts you on email list which is the main method of communication from Coach Kevin Graefe and the CLAO Booster club. Not doing this will prevent you from getting timely updates to the program and also team communications in general. You can sign up on this page http://www.chaplax.com/contact-information/
The next place to stay connected is to join twitter and follow @graefekb and @ChapBoysLAX. Coach Graefe uses twitter to send out last minute updates for practices and games. The team twitter account will have communications about items added to the ChapLAX calendar as well as changes to the website and news about the team from various different sources.
The CLAO Booster (more info below) has a Facebook page as well. Please request to be a member in order to stay connected with others in the ChapLAX community. This is a great place to ask questions if you feel someone other than the coaches or CLAO co-presidents might be able to answer.
The best place to keep up to date and hear about what is coming down the pike is to attend the CLAO Booster Meeting. A lot of Parents believe this is simply just fundraising, but it is a lot more. We encourage everyone to attend. It is a great time to collect information on the program, have discussions on how to make things better, and learn of current needs of the program – all trying to keep it within an hour of your time. Meetings this year are on a Wednesday – in hopes to avoid any game conflicts. You can get the details of the CLAO and both future and past meetings on the ChapLAX website at http://www.chaplax.com/clao/
Throughout the year the CLAO will have a number of events. At a high level you can see the Year at a Glance at http://www.chaplax.com/year-at-a-glance/ . But a better resource is to view the CLAO Event Calendar during the year at http://www.chaplax.com/clao-events/
As part of those events, the CLAO will need a number of volunteers throughout the Fall/Spring lacrosse year. Some of the opportunities we always need help with are on the Spring Season Volunteer Opportunities page at http://www.chaplax.com/spring-season-volunteer-opportunities/ . But the most current needs are always made known at the CLAO Booster meeting.
As far as fundraising goes, there are a number of things the ChapLAX program does throughout the year. We try to minimize these, but when something comes up we really need all hands on deck to pull in as much as possible. Some of these events are:
In addition there are a few fundraisers that every family can do to directly benefit their son. The most popular is the King Soopers card program. In this program you get a King Soopers rechargeable gift card from the ChapLAX program and 5% of every dollar spent using the card goes into an account for use with paying some fees and extras in the program. Some parents have used it throughout the 4 years and others have banked the money until their son reaches varsity level and use it for the Spring Break trip. The choice is yours. Read about the details of the King Soopers program on this page http://www.chaplax.com/king-soopers-card-fundraiser/
If the new player is not participating in the Fall (optional Fall Ball league is available), one of the first chances you’ll have to meet the coaches and other parents is our Annual PorkaPalooza, Ribfest, and Brisket Blowout (Formerly Burger Burn). This will happen sometime around the middle of September and will also be the best event to place a Helmet and/or Glove order, so don’t forget your checkbook 🙂 . There is also usually an opportunity to check out some sample of the ChapLAX spirit wear that will be available for ordering shortly after this event in the online store. This online store is typically open only for two weeks and is the best time to get apparel for the Spring season because sometimes it takes a few weeks for delivery and when the store is open in the spring the apparel doesn’t always arrive in time for the first few games.
Another great aspect about the ChapLAX website is the Calendar. There is actually just a single Calendar, but you will see a number of places on the site that filter the events depending on who you are. For example the CLAO events page is really just the Calendar with only the CLAO tagged events showing. There are Calendar pages specifically for each team (Varsity, Junior Varsity and C Team), as well as just a Calendar for games. If you want to see the Calendar with everything visit this page http://www.chaplax.com/calendar/ . This Calendar gets automatic feeds from Continental League, which is the official place that games are scheduled. So when a games is changed or cancelled, that is reflected in the ChapLAX calendar as well. One of the great features of the Calendar is that you can actually sync it to your mobile device calendar or work calendar using Calendar subscriptions. This is a great way to keep track of all those practices and games. To see how to do this visit this page http://www.chaplax.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ChapCalender.pdf
Still have more questions, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page that is constantly being updated http://www.chaplax.com/frequently-asked-questions/. If you still can’t find the information you are looking for you can reach the CLAO at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach Kevin Graefe at email@example.com
Hope this helps you find your feet and again… Welcome to ChapLAX!