About Gorilla Lacrosse
Gorilla Lacrosse (GL) is a new youth lacrosse program based out of western Fairfax County, VA. The program is being established to allow boys to have fun and play lacrosse at a higher level, while promoting multi-sport athletes and addressing some of the major problems with youth sports; including pay-to-play, overuse injuries, and burn-out. Players and coaches are expected to come from many of the neighboring rec lacrosse programs in the area.
GL is an endeavor of CYA Lacrosse to provide a different kind of club experience than many of those in the region, but players do NOT need to play for CYA. We are powered by our parent organization, the Chantilly Youth Association, which enables us to hold down our costs and provide a great experience by utilizing their many resources including administrative, financial, and facility.
Players will make a year-round commitment to the team which will include:
They must play a fall sport other than lacrosse.
They must play a winter sport other than lacrosse.
They must play for their local rec lacrosse club in the spring.
They will attend as many of the GL practices as possible throughout the year when they don’t have a conflict with their other sports. Other sports take priority during those seasons. (GL will have 1 or 2 practices a month throughout the year, and 2 or 3 a week for several weeks leading up to and during the tournament seasons).
They will play in 2 or 3 tournaments in the summer, and 1 or 2 tournaments in the late fall.
Self-guided practice plans will be provided on a monthly basis to encourage players to compete amongst each other within small groups as they develop their individual skills.
We do not expect players, nor do we want the players to completely dedicate themselves to the sport of lacrosse and Gorilla Lacrosse. However, we do hope the players will learn how a little extra effort and hard work on their own will help both themselves and their team improve, and therefore will result in having more fun when they play the game. It is also our strong belief that the skills and abilities they develop by playing other sports, under other coaches, and with other teammates will transfer over to the lacrosse field when they return making them better lacrosse players.
All players must be members of the US Lacrosse Association. This is a requirement of most of the tournaments we will play in. You can obtain this registration at www.uslacrosse.org.
Gorilla Lacrosse Commitment
We look to provide a fun learning environment throughout the year for the boys to enjoy the game of lacrosse and become better players. We will do this while understanding that these young boys and their families have many different interests and other commitments.
Playing time – It is our belief that if you are paying to have your son be a part of the club to become a better lacrosse player and have fun, then they need to play in games to make this happen. We believe players need to play to get better, and will attempt to provide all players significant, if not equal, playing time throughout the tournaments. That being said, we also want to win games and advance in the tournaments we play in. We leave it to our coaches discretion as to how they allocate playing time in the fourth quarters and overtime in order to win games.
The current estimated cost is expected to be $700-$800 a year. (Several other clubs in the area range from $1,800 to $3,000.) Our cost includes uniforms, tournament fees, field rental, coaching, and other miscellaneous costs. Players must provide their own equipment. We are in the process of establishing a team discount for helmets and gloves if families are interested in purchasing those, but this will be optional.
GL will field two separate teams for the 2019 club lacrosse season, a 2026 team and a 2027 team (current 4th and 5th graders).
Jonathan Hamby - Coach Hamby has over 35 years experience as both a player and coach. He grew up playing youth lacrosse in both the Boston and Syracuse areas, was a four year varsity starter at the US Air Force Academy and holds a US Lacrosse Level 1 coaching certificate. He has spent the last six seasons coaching in the Northern Virginia area. Coach Hamby lives in Centreville, VA with his wife and three kids.
Tom Tufts - Coach Tufts has been involved in lacrosse for 32 years as a player, referee, and coach. Along with lacrosse he grew up playing multiple sports, including soccer, basketball, racquetball, and golf. Coach Tufts is Level 2 certified in both Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. He has coached lacrosse for the last 11 seasons at both the rec and club levels. Coach Tufts now lives in Herndon, VA with his wife, two kids, and a big black lab.
For more information:
2026 (Current 5th graders) - Contact Jonathan Hamby at Hamby73@verizon.net
2027 (Current 4th graders) - Contact Tom Tufts at TTufts@msn.com
2028 (We plan to field a team in 2020, but check back in as we may begin some operations in mid to late 2019 for this age group.)
Practice Locations and Times
Field space will be available in the Chantilly/Centreville Virginia area for practices.
Practice dates and times will be posted as soon as available. Initial practices will start in mid/late April.
Tryouts will be held in late March and early April (Tentatively 3/24 and 4/7), with practices starting soon after. All kids interested are welcome to try out. You do NOT have to be a CYA player. There are a limited number of slots available, as we want to keep teams at a manageable size so the boys get adequate playing time. Tryout dates and tryout registration will be finalized soon.
Practices (To be announced)
First tournaments will be in June/July 2019.
Even though Gorilla Lacrosse is a part of CYA, financially it is a stand-alone program and needs to be self-sufficient. Being part of CYA Lacrosse allows us to leverage lower costs and provide easier administration. However, all fees are final. We do not offer refunds once committed.