Offering club lacrosse for boys and girls based in Hampstead, NC and Topsail School District. Welcoming youth from Ogden, Porters Neck, Surf City, Topsail and Southern Onslow County. The objective of the league is to be an outstanding educational-athl

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TOPSAIL YOUTH LACROSSE

Introduction

 

Topsail Lacrosse had its beginning in the Spring of 2011 a a boys-only club team with the sole purpose of proving interest in the sport in the Hampstead, Topsail, Surf City, Porter's Neck areas of Pender County and to gain support for a varsity boy's lacrosse team for Topsail High School.  The high school already hosted a girl's varsity lacrosse team since 2009 as a result of the hard work of Robert and Debbie Fortunato.

Topsail High School's Athletic Director had been contacted by a local man - a former lacrosse player for Eastern Carolina Pirates - interested in a coaching opportunity in the area.  Coincidentally, the AD had also been contacted by a parent of a THS student looking to play boy's lacrosse.  The two were put in contact with each other, and a loosely run club dubbed Topsail Boys Lacrosse Club was formed in the Spring of 2011 with a roster of about 20 boys.  Many more boys were interested, but due to the cost of the equipment and the lack of a supply from the club, were unable to play.

The beginnings were not without growing pains, early in the first season the coach and the parent who got the club its start had a falling out.  Determined to keep the club going, several parents rallied together and organized an informal Board of Directors and got things back on track.  The founding coach came back to lead the team, and an additional volunteer coach stepped up to give him a hand.

That first season came and went without a win, but the determination in the hearts of that inaugural team and the parents that supported it was unflappable.

Fall 2011

The momentum continued into the fall, and a young marine and former Navy lacrosse player that had moved to the area contacted the Topsail Middle School principal with an interest in coaching a boys lacrosse team for the middle school.  After a couple of interest meetings in the school cafeteria, there was a full roster of players in grades 6 - 8.  Opportunities to play were few that season, but with the support of local middle schools and clubs, the boys were able to experience the game of lacrosse for the first time.  Most of those boys continue to play lacrosse for Topsail today.

 Spring 2012

Word of local lacrosse continued to spread and soon there were many calls and email asking for a middle school girls team.  A volunteer coach stepped forward, and Topsail now hosted a boys and girls middle school club team and a high school boys club team.  

 

 

    

    Topsail Boys Lacrosse Club was invited to join the Eastern Carolina Youth Lacrosse League as an adjunct member for that Spring season, affording the teams a full schedule of games from March through the end of May.

 

Growing Strong

 With such interest in the club, the Board of Directors committed to becoming a bona-fide organization.  By-laws were written and the name of the club changed to Topsail Youth Lacrosse Association, a name that reflected an all-inclusive club formed to bring the joy of lacrosse to all local youth.  Once finalizing the by-laws, application was made to the North Carolina Department of the Secretary, and Topsail Youth Lacrosse Association, TYLA for short, was registered as a NC non-profit organization.

 

Building upon the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance and US Lacrosse, TYLA continues to grow at rapid pace, hosting 3 boys teams at the U11, U13 and U15 levels, as well as a mixed-aged girls team competing in the U15 age group.   

 

And the dream that started the ball rolling back in 2011 was realized this spring: the Topsail High School Boys team played their inaugural season as a varsity team.

 

Local Support

 None of this growth would have been possible without the incredible support of the local community.

 

Parents that could donated their time - or their cash - to buy necessary equipment for the teams.  Several local businesses donated gift cards and other items to support the first club raffle raising about $2000 that provided a foundation to grow upon.  

 

Other businesses donated items to TYLA in support such as flags, banners, beverages and equipment (goals, balls, paint, etc.).  The high school, middle school, elementary school, Hampstead United Methodist Church and Pender County donated field space.  And Topsail High School continued to support the club by allowing our teams to play lacrosse in the main stadium of the school.  A venue that many well established lacrosse clubs did not even have privilege to.  This year TYLA enjoyed sharing fields at Hampstead's Kiwanis Park, at which 8 home games were hosted this spring, as well as the club's end of season award picnic that featured a free men's lacrosse exhibition game of the Eastern Carolina Patriots and the Army Pride (Ft. Bragg - Fayetteville, NC).

The Way Ahead

Due to a strong, organized Board of Directors supported by the local school district, the Kiwanis Club, Pender County Parks and Recreation, TYLA will continue to bring the joy of lacrosse for many years to come.

 

Immediate plans include applying for Federal 501(c)3 non-profit status.  With this status, larger fund raising activities are in the works to raise money to double the size of Hampstead's Kiwanis Park to afford greater opportunity for practice and game locations.

High School Boys Fall Lacrosse (9th - 12th Grade Boys)

High School Boys 2016 Fall Lacrosse!
  Topsail Revenge  

Offering a 2-Tournament Opportunity:

  • October 15 & 16: Wilmington Lax Fest, Wilmington, NC
  • November 5 & 6: Myrtle Beach Coastal Claxic, Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Who: Open to school year 2017 9th through 12th grade boys
  • Practices: Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm and Saturdays 9am - 12pm 
  • Location: Hampstead (exact location TBA)
  • Cost: $225 a player includes entry fees to both tournaments, borrowed uniform for the tournament, and a pinnie for the player to keep.

    Register and pay in-full by August 28 and receive a $25 early bird discount!  Prompt registration allows for "early bird" savings on tournament registration fees, and those savings are passed on to you!  Don't delay!  Register today!!!

 

Once the team reaches 22 players, our maximum for one team, players will be placed on a waitlist until there are 32 players. At that number, two teams will be created and registration will reopen. Teams will be divided per US Lacrosse guidelines.

 


by posted 07/26/2016
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