We are just under a couple of weeks away from the beginning of the season and it’s time to share a few details and have you take some action. Please take time now to note all of the attached information – it is a LONG message, but we hope that in this one communication, we will be answering 95% of your questions.
REGISTRATION – If you plan to join us this season, please take a couple of minutes to register by clicking here for a link to an online form that will allow you to provide us with information we’ll need for the upcoming season!
TEAM MEETING – While we understand that this is extremely short notice, we are planning to hold a parent/player meeting this next Tuesday, January 15th at 6:00 pm in the Media Center. Here we will set expectations for the season and walk through all of the information included here.
PLAYER CONTRACT – We will have a player/parent contract again this year that outlines the expectation for all parties involved, players, parents, and coaches. There are a few changes to last year’s agreement, but it’s largely the same. Copies of this will be available on Tuesday.
SWAG – We are handling the ‘swag’ similarly to the way we did last year. Click here for the BSN online store (and check out the attached flyer) and you can order your own swag to insure you get the sizes you want, etc. There are several items on the flyer, but only seven (7) required items that have been picked out by the coaching staff for the boys this season. They are as follows:
- Reversible pinny
- 3 Shooter Shirts (Orange, Navy & White)
- Polo – Navy
The total cost for all of this is around $200 after shipping and tax and can be purchased via VISA or Mastercard. For all new players, these items are mandatory. If you are a returning player have any of these items from last year, you can reuse what you have, or if your size has changed or the clothing is trashed, you can re-order it. It is important that you go online now and order your own swag pack – the deadline to place your order is two weeks from today, Thursday, January 24th. All items will be delivered before the first game and Coach Singer will have everything at the school for distribution. All of these items are yours to keep. (As a reminder, UA brand clothing tends to run a bit on the large side – so order accordingly.) Again, there are some other optional items as well that you can purchase as gifts, etc. Additionally, parents/siblings are welcome to order whatever you like as well. Everyone is getting the benefit of the school’s discounts in the pricing.
EQUIPMENT – We understand that lacrosse can be an expensive sport. In our earlier meeting, we don’t think there were enough people interested in ordering helmets to get a bulk discount. If you are interested in ordering one, we can provide you the specs at our upcoming meeting so that you can order one. If you’d like to borrow one from the school’s inventory, we can arrange that as well. Also, if you have gear you can donate, we can manage that for you, and if you would like to borrow gear, we are currently taking stock of what we have and can discuss that as well. More details on that will come in the meeting next Tuesday.
DUES – We are keeping the dues at the lowered amount of $200 established last year. These dues pay for food, banquet, senior night, equipment, coaching stipends, etc. Click here for a link to go online to the Spartans Athletic Booster Club (SABC) and make that payment. Additionally, all player families are expected to join the SABC at least at the minimum level of $25. You can click on the “Become a Member” button, choose a level, and add that to your cart as well. If you already joined with another team sport, you do not need to duplicate it. Separately, the School’s athletic department charges a $100 fee to every athlete universally across the school to defer costs of the programs like referees, equipment, field maintenance, etc. That is a separate payment, just like in past years. By clicking here, you will get to the school payment page directly for the “Boys Lacrosse Athletic Fee”. If any of the dues are not paid by the first game, there will be playing time implications. Please feel free to contact us if we need to make any special arrangements.
PHYSICALS – If you have not taken care of this already, don’t forget that before your athlete can take the field, he needs to have all his paperwork in order on the Arbiter Athlete portal. (If you had a Planet HS account from a past year, you can use that login information as it has transitioned to Arbiter Athlete.) Click here for a link to the site where you can complete all of that. Please note that it is important that the parents and students set up accounts independently of one another and link them together. Parents/Guardians approve some items and the Students must acknowledge some of their own. If you have completed this for another sport this school year, your information should be acceptable, just make sure you have the “Boys Lacrosse” box checked. There are a few other forms, permissions and waivers that Fulton County requires, but the set-up process runs you through everything – it takes about 20 minutes to complete the majority of the items. Even though you may have completed these same forms last year, you need to complete them again for the 2018-19 school year! If you need a physical for your son, one option is the Piedmont Urgent Care on the corner of Abernathy and Roswell Road. They can provide physicals for a $25 fee. The physical forms the doctor needs to complete are attached to this email as well. Again, you must have a physical on file or you will not be able to participate. THIS MUST BE DONE ASAP, AS YOU CANNOT BE ON THE FIELD FOR THE FIRST PRACTICE ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 22ND UNLESS THESE FORMS ARE COMPLETED!!
UNIFORMS – As we get closer to the first game Coach Singer will distribute the uniforms. There are both home and away jerseys as well as game shorts that are the property of the school. You will be responsible for keeping them clean and returning them at the end of the season. If you do not return it, you will be responsible for the cost – this will be in the player contract as well.
INFORMATION – We are planning to use the Athletic Department’s site on VNN to convey the bulk of our information this year, so be sure to mark this page, register on the site to get alerts and check back often for information and updates. We also have a Twitter feed you can follow, @nsspartanslax.
CALENDAR – Attached is the official schedule for all of our season games. The only change is that the South Cobb game will begin at 6:30, vs. 5:55. We have a google calendar set up with all of the practices and games, along with other meetings, etc. Click here for a link to the calendar. This information is also embedded on the VNN site. You can subscribe to this calendar with this ical address: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/nsspartanslax%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics
SPONSORS – A big thanks to Georgia Natural Gas for stepping up to sponsor Spartans Lacrosse again this Spring with at $2,500 donation! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or making a tax-deductible donation to Spartans Lacrosse, simply reply to this email and we will get you the information that you need. Also, if you have a company that matches gifts, please contact us.
FUNDRAISING – We will be planning a few activities throughout the season to raise funds for the program and all players will be expected to participate – more on that to come.
VOLUNTEERS – We will need parents to volunteer to help in different functions. In the online order form you have the ability to check your area of interest. We are looking for a treasurer specifically, and, we want to train new leaders to move in as the new Presidents once we finish our second term! Remember, many hands make light work – let’s all chip in and make this a great season for the boys.
Any other questions, please let us know – we look forward to a great season! See you all next Tuesday night!
Chris & Charlotte Turner