President and Commissioner Letter

An Important Message from the AYLA President and Commissioner

December 1, 2015

Dear AYLA Parents and Players:

The Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association (AYLA) was founded in 1992 with the mission to “Promote Youth Growth through Lacrosse” by providing the finest coaching, instruction and training to our players. We are committed to fielding spring teams in the Anne Arundel County Recreational League and the AYLA Fall league for players of all skill levels.

The dedication and commitment of the volunteers of the organization have helped make AYLA the premier youth lacrosse organization in the best recreational lacrosse league in the country. By providing quality volunteer coaching for every one of our players, AYLA has created a strong tradition of fielding quality teams that are competitive at all levels and consistently improving the skills of our players. We are very proud of our Anne Arundel County Championships and Maryland State Championships, but even more proud of seeing all of our young players grow into fine lacrosse players and upstanding members of their community. It has been a pleasure to see our players “graduate” from AYLA to become High School lacrosse players, NCAA Division I and Division III players and All-Americans, NCAA National Champions, and MLL players and Champions.

AYLA remains committed to fielding teams in the Anne Arundel County Spring Recreational League in the Junior, Midget, Pee Wee and Clinic levels. Our Junior and Midget teams will continue to compete against the best competition in Anne Arundel County as well as challenge the best teams in Maryland in pre-season, in-season and post-season matchups. In addition, our Junior program will build on their track record of preparing the junior players to play lacrosse in their high school years. Our Pee Wee and Clinic teams will continue to focus on teaching the basics of the game and sportsmanship, as well as instilling a love of the game at an early age. The AYLA Scooper program will continue to offer our youngest future stars the opportunity to learn the game. The AYLA Fall lacrosse League will continue as well, creating additional opportunities for those who wish to play beyond the Spring season.

AYLA’s interest in our players doesn’t end when they leave our program. AYLA is a key supporter of the Willie Gateau Scholarship Fund. The annual scholarship, named after one of our original coaches and volunteers, is awarded from this fund to one, or more, High School Seniors who have previously played with AYLA during a minimum of one Spring season and achieved distinction in areas such as community service, extracurricular activities, leadership and academics. The award provides an opportunity for the recipient(s) to pay for a portion of their college expenses during their first year and participation in college athletics is not required.

The AYLA Board of Directors and all of the volunteers appreciate the opportunity we have to coach your sons and teach them the game of lacrosse. We remain committed to our mission and dedicated to providing the highest quality instruction with championship results, all in within the construct of a non-profit, all volunteer organization.

Yours in Lacrosse,

Francis McAndrews
AYLA President and Commissioner