Westminster Area Lacrosse. WAX is a youth program for beginners and experienced players. WAX provides instructional pockets program for boys and girls ages 5-6. Boys and Girls ages 7-8 play in a Carroll County League with limited travel. Boys and Gi
Subject: SEVERE WEATHER POLICY
To establish a procedure to promote the safety of program participants during occurrences
of severe weather
The Department of Recreation& Parks previously updated the policy regarding the
removal of participants and spectators from athletic fields during occurrences of lighting
and added building closures during inclement weather and warnings for additional severe
weather including excessive heat and high winds. This policy supersedes and replaces the
former Lightning Policy# 10- 1.
The following policy is hereby established regarding the occurrence of severe weather
during Department of Recreation& Parks and recreation council activities:
A. THUNDER& LIGHTNING: Effectively immediately, once lightning is
observed, thunder is heard, or the CCPS lightning detection system is activated during
outdoor recreation council activities, all athletic fields must be cleared for a period
of 30 minutes. If lightning is observed( or thunder heard) again, the 30 minute
period of cleared fields starts over. The CCPS lightning detection system will
give an all clear, series of three beeps, when the event is over and it' s clear to
access the fields again.
B. SNOW: When schools are closed or close early due to inclement weather, all
recreation and parks activities for that day are cancelled. For weekend activities, if
the snow emergency plan is in effect after 6 pm Friday or anytime Saturday, all
Saturday activities are cancelled. If the snow emergency plan is in effect after 6
pm Saturday or anytime Sunday, all Sunday activities are cancelled. This includes
activities that occur at school sites, nature centers, New Windsor Community
Room, South Carroll Senior& Community Center and the Robert Moton Center.
In cases of extreme bad weather where additional time is necessary to provide
safe access to schools or countyfacilities, it may become necessary to cancel
activities until such time that safe access can be provided.
It's officially here! Our outdoor WAX season has finally begun and we are so excited to get going with our teams! We hope everyone has a safe and successful season and really enjoys themselves.
Now is a great time to order WAX Spirit Wear! Choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats and much more! Just click on the link below, or the WAX Wear tab to the left for a full display of what is offered. Please click on each option and notice all of the colors and options that are available. There is sure to be something to please everyone! All items can be ordered and picked up at EmbroidMe in Westminster. Show your WAX Pride this season!!!
Also, smart phone users, did you know there is now an app that you can download to easily get to our WAX site? Download the "League Athletics" app and add "Westminster Area Lacrosse" as your organization. Once you log in, it is a quick and easy resource to the teams your children are registered to. You can easily email or text your coach or team, and get notifications right to your phone! You can still access waxlax.org from your phone and use the mobile site, but this app makes it even a little easier to get the updates and make the connections that you need! Try it out!
If you have any questions about Spirit Wear or the League Athletics app, please feel free to contact Beth Pruitt at
First of all, Thank you for volunteering to serve the children and community of Westminster. In our 13th season of WAX lacrosse, we will once again provide lacrosse opportunities for over 500 boys and girls from Westminster. Without your support, WAX would not be possible!
We have a few housekeeping items to take care of:
1. Coaches shirts are available to order online. All head coaches receive a free shirt, and the assistant coaches are available for $25.
Choose "scheduled pickup" as the delivery method and WAX coordinators will make sure each coach gets their shirt.
2. WAX field setup will take place on March 12. Plan on meeting at Friendship Valley Elementary at 8 AM. We'll place goals, layout fields, and generally clean up the fields for our upcoming season. All the help possible is requested!
3. Background Checks. Carroll County Recreation and Parks now requires all persons who interact with children to undergo a background check conducted by Carroll County Rec and Parks. If you are going to coach with WAX this year at all, in any capacity, YOU MUST COMPLETE the Rec and Parks background check. It doesn't matter if you work in the schools, hold a top secret clearance, or are just a super cool dude, in order to be a coach in any form, YOU MUST COMPLETE the Rec and Parks background check.
Fortunately, the background check only takes 3 minutes and is no cost to you. To complet the check, click the link below and complete the questionnaire. When asked what program you are volunteering for, select WESTMINSTER AREA RECREATION COUNCIL, of which WAX is a member.
After completing the online questionnaire, submit a super cool selfie, or a fancy head shot picture to:
. Let them know you are a WAX Coach and they will send you a fancy ID badge that must be with you when coaching this year.
For those of you new to the WAX program...welcome aboard.
For the rest of you...returning Pockets from 2015 or re-starting at Pockets with a new player...welcome back to where it all begins.
Our Boys Pockets program starts on or about April 1 each year...the closest Sunday to that date. So please do not worry that your boys are missing anything if you hear about indoor assessments or hear that teams are being formed (or see these things posted on the website)...that's everyone else in the boys program.
Where: The boys Pockets field is traditionally at East Middle School; we have used the mid-level field (between the soccer/lacrosse field and the track) which is to the left when facing the front of the school. We are still sorting out field arrangements for the spring. Some Sunday scrimmages may be with the developmental programs from other recreation councils; so aside from a couple of trips to nearby lacrosse program everything will be at East Middle School.
Times: We start out practicing on Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., and on one weeknight (Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday), 6-7 p.m. After several weeks of Sunday/week night practices, we form teams and play games on Sunday and continue with practices once during the week.
We run into June (typically up to the first Sunday in June or about when school lets out).
Teams: Teams are typically 10-12 players. We play games in a 7 v 7 format, two attack, two midfielders, two defense, and a goalie on the field per team.
Coaching Philosophy: Fun first. Fun second and fun third. That's the long and short on coaching philosophy.
In the middle of all that fun, we focus on fundamentals...catch, throw, shoot, cradle, scoop, dodge, and defensive positioning. Typically we practice as a group in a three or four station format. When everyone is arriving, we have a start-up scoop and shoot drill in progress.
Next, we sort the boys into stations. Initially these would be the catching station, the throwing station, the scooping station, and the cradling station. We practice changing hands and cradling with both hands. As we progress through the season, we combine skill sets and add more. For instance, scoop and shoot or scoop and pass or cradle and dodge would be examples of combined skill sets. Drills are designed to have as many boys involved at one time as possible. We try to end practices with a game of some sort. Two practices during the season are reserved for running a full field clear; it takes the whole practice.
And it takes a lot of parents to make this all work. We do have several parent coaches back with us this year. And I expect many of you will want to help out. The boys have almost as much fun as the parents.
Checking. No checking, except when the ball in on the ground...typically we teach blocking out and man/ball.
Equipment. We use a standard lacrosse stick and a pinky ball. You provide the boy and the stick. WAX provides a practice ball for each player. I recommend that everyone get an STX AV8 as a starter stick; the AV8 is the stick we use for starter sets for our 7-8 boys. It is a good basic stick. We cut the poles down a bit for the younger boys. Play It Again is our official vendor. Jim Collins, the owner, has sticks and knows what you need. WAX families get a discount at Play It Again. You do not need any other lacrosse equipment for this year.
((How to shorten a lacrosse stick for a youth player. Here’s what to do. Pull the plug off the bottom of the stick. Measure from the top of the head down the pole and cut it off at 34 inches. Put the plug back on. That’s it. A standard lacrosse stick is 40 inches. Your son can use the 34 inch stick until he is in fourth grade.))
Otherwise, mouth guard and field shoes (cleats or spikes one would wear for soccer or football).
Each player receives a jersey tee shirt (for keeps) when we divide into teams.
The first order of business. Between now and March 15, we need to round up a few more players. How many? As many as want to play...we have had 70-95 players each of the last four years. 9,349 may be too many, but anything under that is probably going to be okay.
We'll have a meeting for parents who wants to help out on the field (in March)...dads and moms.
Since you’ve all registered and know how easy it is…please direct anyone interested in participating to the WAX website at www.waxlax.org for getting signed up.
I, also, will be glad to answer any and all questions any of you have about Pockets. Send me an e-mail or just give me a call.
Westminster Area Lacrosse, WAX, is a member of the Westminster Area Recreation Council, and is part of Carroll County Recreation and Parks.
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