Dear Mercer Island Lacrosse Community,
We are excited to begin registration for the Fall 2020 season! (See registration link) Throughout the summer we have worked on a plan to provide a safe “return to play” model for our players. The MI Lacrosse board developed a sub-committee which included Dr. Frances Osman, Marcy Berejka, and Sam Chapin to work on recommendations for the COVID phases and scenarios for practice and games. We are so grateful for their time, thought and research used to propose ways in which we can safely play lacrosse. Thank you, Frances, Marcy and Sam!
We are offering this as an opportunity and not a compulsory registration. We understand each family must evaluate their own circumstances and assess their comfort with return to play with our current Phase plan. Since we are currently in Phase 2, we are offering practices that are compliant with state, federal and our advisory committee recommendations. Our club has a daily health checklist which will be followed before and during each practice including arriving in masks, taking temperatures, working in groups of 5 and under in Phase 2 (including a coach), and maintaining social distancing. We will need parent volunteers to pull this off and will welcome your help!
The Fall Ball fees are increased over past years due to increased hours per week, increased coach support under Phase 2 protocol and a general program fee increase of 15%. MILC offers scholarships to those that desire to participate but face financial challenges. Contact me directly if you would like more information about our scholarship program.
We have been so fortunate that your support and generosity of the Booster Club has allowed us to keep registration fees constant since 2015. While MILC’s costs have increased each year, we have used our fundraisers to fill that financial gap, provide additional services, events and save towards a lacrosse field vision. However, the burden on our fundraisers has increased to the point that we need to introduce a fee increase.
The pandemic that eliminated our Spring season and changed our lives in so many unforeseeable ways, also impacted our club. In response to the uncertain financial impact of sheltering on our families, we refunded or credited the Spring registration fees and cancelled the Auction fundraiser. We could do this because of our savings from your generosity in past years. Our remaining savings will not sustain us for another rainy-day. We need to cover our increasing yearly operating costs and steadily rebuild our savings over the next few years. We can do this with sustainable yearly fundraising goals and a moderate registration fee increase of 15% for each of the next two years.
Your community support has been extraordinary year after year. We do not take your contributions of time, funding and community for granted. We believe a fee increase is the right approach to provide the stability and continuity our club needs to thrive.
Thank you and Go MI!
Sarah Rowe, MILC President
Aaron Koopman, MILC Treasurer
Kindergarteners: ($100) Mondays & Wednesdays (Sept 21st – Nov 25th) 4:00 – 5:00 pm
1st/2nd graders: ($100) Mondays & Wednesdays (Sept 21st – Nov 25th) 5:00 – 6:00 pm
3rd/4th graders: ($225) Mondays & Wednesdays (Sept 21st – Nov 25th) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
5th/6th graders: ($225) Mondays & Wednesdays (Sept 21st – Nov 25th) 6:00 – 8:00 pm
7th/8th graders: ($225) Tuesdays & Thursdays (Sept 22nd – Nov 24th) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
9th/10th graders: ($225) Tuesdays & Thursdays (Sept 22nd - Nov 24th) 4:00 - 6:00 pm
11th/12th graders: ($225) Tuesdays & Thursdays (Sept 22nd - Nov 24th) 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Practice locations are still being determined, but all practices will be held on Mercer Island at community fields (Lid-C, Island Crest Park and South Mercer Playfields). Final field assignments will depend on registration numbers, so please sign up as soon as possible!
For 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade players, more information will be coming about Black Team and Silver Team tryouts.
Traci Curry, MILC High School Coordinator
Ann Rosato, MILC Middle School Coordinator
Kristi Kile, MILC Elementary Coordinator
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT