Parents, Players, Coaches:
2020. What a crazy year this continues to be for our community. We thank each and every one of you for turning a lost season into some summer fun. Wins and losses were had both on and off the field. Nonetheless, we played lacrosse. Congratulate yourself and your player on being a fighter. You got through the initial stages of the pandemic and did not quit when the going got tough.
Improvements. This season saw key improvements for our program. Coaching stabilized, including the addition of a goalie training coach. The new home of MYLA is now Centennial Fields. The @lax_shack was christened as the place to be for lacrosse in Moorhead. Improved weeknight programming was developed thanks to regional partners RRVLA and Grand Cities Lacrosse. Finally, Spud Sticks was launched. Spud Sticks offers an introduction to lacrosse avenue for our newest and youngest players and builds valuable experience in our young coaches.
Challenges. Coach and official availability, distant travel, thin roster numbers and inconsistent scheduling will continue to be the focus for improvements. 2020 has impacted us all financially and although revenue is down significantly in the MYLA, we will be ready for a full 2021 season. Volunteerism is the next level for us to develop as an association. We will be looking to you to add that much needed value to our volunteer core. Concessions, Travel Management, Board Participation, Fundraising and Equipment Management will all be areas where we need parents to step forward and contribute in 2021.
Opportunity. The future is bright for lacrosse in Moorhead. Total membership is up 10% despite the pandemic. We will continue to improve the quality of our programming on and off the field. Investments in coaching and equipment will increase every season. In 2021 recruiting programming will launch in coordination with a local non-profit partner. Please consider joining the board of directors as we take on our challenges and seize our opportunities.