Youth Lacrosse in Williamsburg VA
Williamsburg VA now has a boys high school lacrosse opportunity. 2013 marks the debut year for the Williamsburg Royals. The team is made up of ninth, 10th and 11th grade boys from Warhill, Jamestown and Lafayette high schools.In coming years they will field a varsity team as well as a JV team
Charlie Turner , the Royals head coach, is thrilled for this lacrosse expansion in greater Williamsburg.
“In many ways, we have already met our primary goal for this season: to get on the map,” said Turner in a recent interview. “Our parents and players have made a great commitment to field the team, compete throughout the season and establish ourselves within the [HRLax] league.”
In addition to the Royals HS team the Williamsburg Warrior Lacrosse Club (HRLax Member) has Boys teams from U9 to U15 playing in HRLAX. At the U9 level they have 2 teams now and at the U11 level they will field 3 teams in 2012. They also have Girls teams at all levels from U9 through High School. More info here
Another option would be to play for the Williamsburg Warriors Lacrosse Club (Non-affiliated), otherwise known as the “Blue Warriors”. The team fee for varsity is $525 and JV is $477 (non-refundable) and does not appear to include US Lacrosse Membership. (Those fees have increased approximately $100 over previous year.) The fees can be paid in three installments with the first payment due on July 1, 2011 according to the team’s participation agreement posted on their website. The team also offers a scholarship for those needing financial aid. The team’s coaches present the team as an “elite” team, often referred to as a travel/tournament team and they played several private schools last year that generally do not list the games in their official schedules. Essentially, this is a select team that recruits players from throughout the area and only accepts those players that the coaches select. Most of the player’s are experienced and play at a skill level that is comparable to some of the private schools in the state.
According to Laxpower the team finished the season at 15 – 5 and was ranked second among it’s non-VHSL counterparts in Virginia. The most notable season highlight was a close loss to number one ranked Blue Ridge School with a score of 9 -12 at home. Unfortunately, none of the statistics are listed on either team’s website. At least five of their games required travel to northern Virginia and Charlotte, NC requiring overnight stays while the last game of their season was played against St. Albans School in downtown Washington, DC on a Monday night.
Generally, teams such as this operate in the summer after the normal lacrosse season and many are excellent opportunities for advanced players to be recruited at the collegiate level. Some good examples would be the Hampton Roads Ironclads, Peninsula Patriots, and Team Venom in Richmond which are all coached by experienced coaches with extensive collegiate connections. The “blue warriors” team does not appear to have competed in any college recruiting tournaments nor do they list any of the coaches experience. They do have at least five former players that have made the lacrosse team at Virginia Military Institute, one of which is the varsity coach’s son.