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CURRENT STATUS

Hoping this message finds everyone well!

We dont have much new to report as we are in a holding pattern with the governors orders and school closed 

-Elkhart Sportscenter is closed so there will be no training this Sunday for 5th-8th. Over the next few days I will issue $15 refunds to those that were registered

-2nd-4th Grade Academy: we have no start date as we await if and when the park opens

-5th-8th: The league is tentatively planning a scheduling meeting 4/29 with games starting 5/7. We will play 6 games and have playoffs 6/13. ALL of this is tentative as we arent sure if and when teams can start partices.Until park & school facilities are open there is nothing we can do 

We will update you as soon as we know anything! Take care


by posted 03/27/2020
Status of Club re: coronavirus

 

 

Following the lead of other area youth lacrosse programs and the PHM School District, I am writing on behalf of the Penn Jr. Board concerning possible implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to our upcoming lacrosse season.  Earlier today I sent a message to parents of kids participating in our Winter Workout Sessions at the Elkhart Sports Center to let them know that we would be cancelling the next two sessions to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus from one family to another. 

Beyone that, we should prepare for the possibility that the lacrosse season may be postponed, interrupted, or cancelled altogether.  We are monitoring the public health news (COVID-19 activity in the state of IN) and the recommendations of our affiliated governing bodies (PHM, IHSAA, IHSLA, INBLA).  If our season is altered, we will provide a prorated refund of fees at that time.  Below is general information regarding Covid-19 courtesy of the SB Bears Program and a similar communication from their Board to their members. 

If there are questions or concerns, please email me at pgillin@hotmail.com or call/text 574-360-1351. 

Regards,

Coach Pete

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION AND PRECAUTIONS

COVID-19 is spread person-to-person by airborne droplets cast into the air by coughing, sneezing, etc.  This is very similar to the spread of seasonal influenza virus.  It can also be spread by touching an infected surface, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.  Airborne droplets travel less than 6ft and do not linger in the air.  Most individuals (~80%) who come down with COVID-19 will have no symptoms or mild illness.  Older individuals, particularly those over the age of 65, and those with chronic medical conditions are at risk of more severe disease.  Symptomatic COVID-19 is rare in those under the age of 20 years old.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, feeling tired, and a dry cough.  Appetite loss and muscle aches can occur less commonly.  It is not common for those infected with COVID-19 to experience headache, sore throat, runny nose, or gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, diarrhea).  This is perhaps a useful way to differentiate COVID-19 from the common cold or flu.  Most people show signs of being ill within 4-5 days after being exposed, but it can be delayed by up to 14 days.

If someone believes they may have symptoms of COVID-19, they should call their doctor’s office before taking any other action.  This will help make sure that a person is seen in the right place (office or ER) and will allow the office to be prepared for your arrival.  It is important that you don’t go sit in waiting room somewhere putting yourself and others at unnecessary risk of spreading illness.

Everyone is encouraged to wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, cover your cough, don’t touch your face.  Make sure you get adequate sleep and hydration.  If you are sick, stay home – don’t go to school, work, practice, etc.  For the time being, it is a reasonable precaution to avoid crowded places, particularly enclosed areas.  Athletes should bring their own water bottle to practices and games, labeled with their name to avoid sharing or using someone else’s bottle.


by posted 03/13/2020
SPRING 2020 REGISTRATION

Click on REGISTRATION and follow the registration that your son is qualified for based on his grade.2nd-4th grade academy is open to boys attending any school and registration closes 4/20.  The 5th-8th grade rec league team is open to boys attending PHM schools only and  registration closes 3/25. 

 


by posted 01/08/2020
EQUIPMENT

For those with questions regarding equipment, here is some insight from Coach Pete:

When it comes to sticks my focus is on the pocket (meaning the mesh that sits inside the head of the stick). My experience with big-box store-bought sticks is that the materials/stringing work on these sticks leaves a lot to be desired. The result being that the ball does not release correctly from the stick which causes kids to get frustrated as they are trying to learn the techniques of throwing a ball at a target. They are doing everything right and the ball still doesn't go where it's supposed to. Very deflating for the kids. The EVO Warp product is designed to address this issue with the entry level stick market. It's a prepackaged pocket that holds up to use in all sorts of weather. Lacrosse.com seems to like some of the complete stick options direct from the stick manufacturers. I have never tried this approach so I don't have much to add there but lacrosse.com tends to be pretty reputable. Another approach I have taken is to find a mid-price-range complete stick from one of the big box stores purchase a stringing kit (from either String King or East Coast Dyes (Semi hard mesh being my preferred type of mesh)) and hand the stick off to someone to replace the pocket. Stringing kits tend to run approximately $30 and stringers tend to charge around $25. A Penn Jr Alum Gideon Biek strings sticks-his contact info is https://gbiek252.wixsite.com/lacrosse

Here are two sites that do a better job than I can with guidance on making stick purchases for folks who are new to the game.

https://www.lax.com/stories/lax-video/the-best-lacrosse-stick.html

http://www.lacrosse.com/guide/buying-guide-beginner-players/

For the younger players (meaning younger than 7th/8th grade) I encourage folks to focus on the fit/feel of helmets, gloves and arm pads over the price of those items. Take them into Dicks have them try stuff on rather than rely on online sizing charts. Playing lax with a helmet that doesn't fit right or arm pads which keep sliding down the arm takes some of the fun out of being out there. Contact is limited at those age groups so paying up for top level protection doesn't make a ton of sense to me. For kids at the 7th/8th grade level the place to spend money is on a good quality helmet that fits the child's head well (meaning snug without being skull crushing) and a set of shoulder pads with breast plate padding.


by posted 01/04/2020
JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST FOR MORE INFO

Penn Junior Lacrosse is a non-profit youth organization offering competitive & recreational lacrosse for boys 2nd-8th grade. Our board and coaches are all parents that volunteer their time. We offer an Academy for 2nd-4th grade boys from all schools in area. Our rec league is for 5th-8th grade boys attending a PHM school. We begin our Academy and League season after Spring Break through first week of June. Registration for Spring 2020 will open soon. Please add your name to our email list for upcoming information

https://www.leagueathletics.com/JoinEmailList.asp?org=CPANEL.PENNJRLACROSSE.ORG

 


by posted 07/01/2019
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