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Open House on Thursday

Fairfield Youth Lacrosse (FYL), a non-profit youth lacrosse organization offering lacrosse programming for boys and girls in grades 1-8 will open its registration for the spring season on Monday, Dec. 10.
FYL, the brain-child of long-time local youth lacrosse supporters, parents and volunteers was created for the purpose of promoting expanded access to the game of lacrosse in a fun, safe and sportsmanlike environment.
FYL will host an informational Open House on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at Fairfield Warde High School auditorium.
The goal of FYL is increasing the level of participation in the game of lacrosse in Fairfield, while instilling the values of good sportsmanship and team play.
Accessibility is key and players as early as first grade can come to FYL to learn the fundamentals and stick work necessary to play the game while older children new to the game can feel comfortable entering their first instruction in a supportive yet selectively competitive environment.
To that end, FYL has developed a coaching and teaching program based on promoting a progression of expectations for each grade to ensure seamless instruction across the entire program.
“There’s a need in Fairfield to increase the number of experienced players entering our high school programs and with regard to the overall participation rate in town,” said Will Mraz one of FYL’s Directors.
“Some towns in Fairfield County have a considerably smaller population and youth lacrosse programs with three times the participation.”
Teams will be taught by a mix of technical coaches, parent volunteers and local high-school players.
Director of Coaching Development Jim Kuczo has aligned FYL with the Positive Coaching Alliance and will require that coaches participate in US Lacrosse Level 1 certification and complete a successful background check.
In addition, all coaches will be required to complete the CDC’s  HeadsUp Youth Sports Initiative as health and safety of the children is paramount.
The FYL Sports Medicine Advisory Board will be headed by Bob Moore of Moore Physical Therapy and will include local pediatricians, physical therapists, and strength training and conditioning coaches.
“Will Mraz’s dedication and experience, coupled with the local coaching talent pool means nothing but the best instructors and overall lacrosse experience for Fairfield’s youth,” Kuczo said.
While the sport has steadily grown in popularity in town over the past 20 years, FYL’s goal is to encourage significant growth in participation at all grade levels.
In the three days since the launch of its website, FYL has experienced over 1,000 hits clearly indicating interest in FYL and its programming.
When asked why he loves lacrosse, Mraz said, “It is a game for the masses where players of all skill levels, athletic ability, size and shape can participate. I love that moment in sport when you see in a player’s eyes that the light just went on and they get it.”
Registration will open online on Monday, Dec. 10.  Please go to fylacrosse.com for more information.

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