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We hope you are all enjoying your first week of Summer Break!
As many of you are aware, there has been ongoing discussion for months amongst the local lacrosse clubs in the Tri-Cities regarding the realignment of Youth Lacrosse with corresponding High Schools, also known as “Play For”. On Saturday, June 17, 2017, the Central Washington Lacrosse League (CWLL), which consists of 3R, TCYL, Hermiston, Selah and Richland Lacrosse Club (as of yesterday), held their Monthly Board Meeting to discuss among other issues, the league transitioning to “Play For”.
AtSaturday’sCWLL board meeting, a motion was made for the league’s youth lacrosse clubs to incorporate “Play For” and align the current youth lacrosse clubs with corresponding School Districts. The motion for “Play For” was seconded, and following a unanimous vote the motion wasapproved. Below we will attempt to address some of the questions we are sure many of you have.
What does all this mean?
It means 3R will now be the Youth Lacrosse Club for the Kennewick School District. We will continue to move forward as 3R Lacrosse Club, but we will serve as the feeder club for the following High Schools: Southridge, Kennewick, and Kamiakin.
PLEASE don’t let this information scare you!
If you are currently enrolled as a 3R Coyote,YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY WITH 3R AND DO NOT NEED TO LEAVE. The CWLL league has agreed to adopt a “Grandfather Clause,” which allows any member of any club as of the end of the 2017 season to remain with that club if they choose to do so. It will also allow siblings to play for 3R at a later date if your current player remains with the club. Basically, as long as you remain with 3R, your sibling(s) may join 3R at ANY time. With that said, we are not discouraging our players from playing for the Youth Lacrosse Club based on the school district in which they currently reside. We just want to make sure you understand you areNOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE 3Rif you are a current member as of the 2017 Season.
What does this mean for our Girl’s Lacrosse Program?
This is pretty simple…Since 3R is currently the ONLY club in Tri-Cities with an established Girls program,all of our current and future female lacrosse players may continue to play and join 3R regardless of where you are zoned to go to school. Additionally, if families have a girl that decides to play lacrosse at a later date and you are not currently a 3R member, your entire family of players can choose to play for 3R in an effort to minimize hardship for practice locations, etc.
How will the current Youth Lacrosse Clubs Align?
-3R Lacrosse Club - Kennewick School District (Southridge High School, Kennewick High School, and Kamiakin High School)
-TCYL Honey Badgers - Pasco School District (Pasco High School & Chiawana High School plus Walla Walla, Burbank and Connell to help these potentially new clubs form and get off the ground)
-Richland Lacrosse Club - Richland School District (Richland High School & Hanford High School)
What does this mean for the future of Youth Lacrosse in our area?
This means the youth lacrosse clubs can now begin to establish programs that will allow youth players to build their programs in alignment with the High Schools the players will attend. This will allow players to build comradery at a young age and develop their skill sets as a collective unit. This will also allow for structure going forward in the next 5-10 years as the sport of lacrosse continues to grow throughout our communities.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of your board members if you have any questions!
Our Coyote History begins back in the Spring of 2004....
After being turned down by their school district to start a lacrosse club, two high school juniors, determined to play lacrosse in the Tri-Cities, sent a grant request application to the US Lacrosse Association with hopes of starting their own lacrosse team.
Months later in January 2005, after little thought about even having a chance of winning the grant, one of the boys' mother received a phone call. It was from a trucking company requesting confirmation for the address of where $8,000 worth of lacrosse equipment would be delivered! The Lance Holden Memorial Grant, the single largest grant that the US Lacrosse Association awarded, had been won! This grant provided enough equipment and gear to fully equip a lacrosse team of 20 players. With the help of their neighbor, a former Duke lacrosse club player who agreed to coach, and through word of mouth, 19 boys and 1 girl began practice in March of 2005.
After the first season, recognizing the growth potential of lacrosse in the Tri-Cities and Eastern Washington, parents of team members began the process of organizing a non-profit club from which many teams, both boys and girls, youth through high school, could evolve. After months of paperwork and meetings with a lawyer, who graciously offered his services pro-bono, 3Rivers Lacrosse Club was realized in March 2006.
Now, 12+ years after those two determined juniors started the lacrosse ball rolling, 3Rivers Lacrosse is home to over 150+ players, 4 boys teams in grades 1-8 and 4 girls teams in grades 1-12. Lacrosse in the Tri-Cities has grown from 1 lacrosse club to 5, with 2 youth lacrosse clubs and 3 high school lacrosse clubs.
Thanks to all the parents and players who, over the past 12 years, continue to dedicate their time, skills and services to build up the great sport of lacrosse in our community. 3Rivers Lacrosse continues to support, encourage and promote the growth of lacrosse in the Tri-Cities, Washington area, while upholding our Code of Conduct and honoring this great sport we love.