The following are the A team tryouts for those players who have the skill and experience as well as the desire and level of commitment to play for an A team. Level of commitment meaning attending practices regularly and playing in games. Players who have a soccer or lacrosse travel team first approach and or commitment, GFLA understands, but we will need to discuss this situation with their A team Head Coach at the tryout or before an invite to an A team is accepted, to discuss the specific situation so a determination can be made by that Head Coach. Just because you play for a travel team will not exclude you from playing on one of our A teams, but we need to understand your priorities because these situations can be very disruptive and unfair to the rest of the players on the team as you could understand. In some cases, where attendance at rec games is going to be severely challenging, placement on our B team may make more sense. If you do not want to pursue the A team, then there will be no need for you to attend these evaluations. This is not a ‘dust off the rust’ event, those will follow when teams have been established and we can secure some field time.
Below is the evaluation schedule. Please try to attend both, but if you can only attend one, that will have to do.
***Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to pick up a practice jersey.
***Full pads, bring water.
Sunday 1/29, Nike 4
Saturday 2/4, nZone 14550 Lee Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151
Saturday 2/11, Nike 4
A few things to remember as we get started this season:
1.) Per USL, NVYLL and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), which GFLA has adopted, the focus of rec (recreational) lacrosse is to have fun and learn life lessons through the great game of lacrosse. Winning is certainly important, but definitely NOT the most important thing. For me, continuous improvement is essential.
2.) Dear parents, please try not to focus on what team your son is assigned to. This is youth rec lacrosse (not travel, big distinction) and nobody will ever ask you what team you played on when you were eleven. Being the boys commissioner for four years and a part of GFLA for seven, believe me when I tell you it is often a more positive experience for a boy to be a top player on a B team than the bottom player on an A team.
3.) Coaching and evaluations are not a perfect science but we do the best we can. We have at least 6-8 coaches at every evaluation (two evals per age group that requires evaluations), and the head Coach, along with his assistants, will use everyone’s input and make the final decisions.
4.) An A team assignment last year does not guarantee an A team assignment in 2017, and of course the converse is also true about B team players. Often as boys’ age up to the next age bracket, they are the younger players of that bracket and end up playing on the B team this first year.
5.) If your age group is not listed for tryouts, then there is no need to have one and you will be notified shortly from your Head Coach.
6.) First games will be towards the end of March.
7.) Practices will start first week in March, possibly earlier depending on coach, weather and field availability.
8.) Practice schedules will be determined by coaches and subject to GFLA approval. We try to accommodate all coaches’ preferences, but limited field space sometimes makes that impossible. The practice time slots are: 4:30-6; 6-7:30; 7:30-9. Fields include Nike 4, Nike 8, Leo and Village.
9.) Nike 4 is our home field for games.
10) Game schedules for the season usually come out a week before the first game. Caution, there are usually a few tweaks to the first draft
Please feel free to contact GFLA Boys Deputy Commissioner Joe DiOrio at
or by calling 516-287-6170.
Hi Parents! The time period for ordering a girl's uniform has past. The deadline for boys' uniform orders is January 31. Also, the LATE FEE kicks in on February 1. Player evaluations for team placement will be occurring shortly. Please register now. More information below:
Lacrosse is different than some other sports in that the required number of players to field a team is fairly high. The NVYLL league minimum is 16 and we are required to submit our team counts to NVYLL very early. On the other hand, we do not want to have teams with too many players since that results in limited playing time for all. This is why we have the waitlists and try our best to carefully control the numbers. We cannot just add more teams later. This is the reason for the many annoying reminders to register early.
Below is our original alert with details on the Spring program. Thanks!
Registration is OPEN for Spring 2017 boys and girls lacrosse! Please register early (meaning now!). Some programs fill very quickly and then we form additional teams only as we have sufficient players on the waitlists.
We do not want to leave kids on the sideline but please understand that having teams that are too large diminishes the experience for the whole team. For this reason we will be strictly managing the team sizes this year. We hate to turn away players but we must do so to avoid overloaded teams. Register early to secure your child’s spot!
We have firm cut-off dates for ordering uniforms. Girls must register no later than January 15. Boys must register no later than January 31. Players who register after these dates are not guaranteed to receive their uniforms before the first game.
We are offering an early-bird discount for those who register before December 31. Players registering in January do so at the base rate. After January, there is a late fee (plus the likelihood of not getting your uniform in time). It is disruptive to forming teams to have late registrants. Please register early!
Girls are moving to a new uniform this year with a reversible top and skirt. All girls in K-8 need to purchase a uniform. Boys ordering a uniform for the first time will be getting an updated version of the shorts. Those boys who have shorts already can still use them. All girls and boys uniforms are self-purchased through online stores that are open now. Information is provided during the registration process. Players in our Little Lax skills clinics do not need to purchase a uniform.
Please see the dropdown information under “Spring 2017 Lacrosse” on our website for more information.
GFLA is a PARENT-RUN, volunteer non-profit organization. Please consider volunteering your time to support the program. Make some memories with your son or daughter!
If you have questions, please contact:
Jeff Grimson, Commissioner (
Joe DiOrio, Boys Deputy Commissioner (
Maribeth Burg, Girls Deputy Commissioner (
Jennifer Beckwith, General Registration Issues and Boys Uniform questions (
GFLA Booster Card Fundraiser
Save money at your favorite places (Great Falls Creamery, Old Brogue, Brx, Triny's, Deli Italiano, Dominos, Pio Pio Pollo, Mookies and MORE!!) while raising money for Great Falls Lacrosse & Field Hockey!!!
Our fundraiser this year is a Great Falls Lacrosse & Field Hockey Booster Card. Many of our favorite local merchants are offering discounts with this card making it a win/win/win - it gives back to the retail community that supports GFLA (giving them more business), the purchaser (discounted pricing for a full year) and helps GFLA pay for that fancy Nike 4 turf field we get to use!
Here is the scoop......
Each player is responsible for selling just 2 cards ($20 each). If an individual is unable to purchase or sell his or her cards the team will help out and sell for them. Teams can opt to sell the cards together in neighborhoods, at Safeway, at Nike, or have their parents, grandparents, friends etc. purchase them.
Each team will have a Booster Card Point Person who will be responsible for the cards and money collected. Checks payable to GFLA are best.
If we meet our goal, we will raise $15,000.00 for our Nike 4 Turf Fund!!!!
AND....if that were not enough......
First Team to Sell 100%of their cards - determined by time money envelope returned to Jacquie Henry (Girls) or Erin Lobato (Boys) earns a Pizza Party on the sidelines......Enjoy Pizza and drinks after a practice of your choice. (please note, no food on the turf!)
Second Team to Sell 100%-determined by time money envelope returned to Jacquie Henry (Girls) or Erin Lobato (Boys) earns a Popsicle Party!! - popsicles delivered to your team after a game or practice of your choice. (please note, no food on the turf!)
About the Card....... The expiration date on the card is April 15, 2017 - a whole year from now and discounts are available on each visit! Keep one in Mom's wallet and one in Dad's wallet!
Merchants and Offers below.
APPLEBEE'S 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE (ALCOHOL EXCLUDED)(45979 DENIZEN PLAZA STERLING)
BASKIN ROBBINS BUY A SINGLE SCOOP GET 1 TOPPING FREE (1446 NORTH POINT VILLAGE CTR. RESTON)
BRX AMERICAN BISTRO 10% OFF ANY FOOD PURCHASE (ALCOHOL EXCLUDED) (1025 SENECA RD.)
BUFFALO WILD WINGS 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE (21980 COLORADO DR. STERLING)
DAIRY QUEEN $1.00 OFF ANY BLIZZARD (779 STATION ST. HERNDON)
DELI ITALIANO 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE (DELIVERY EXCLUDED) (9911 GEORGETOWN PIKE)
DOMINO’S BUY A LARGE PIZZA AT REGULAR MENU PRICE GET A PIZZA OF EQUAL OF LESSER VALUE FREE (CARRY OUT ONLY) (9912B GEORGETOWN PIKE)
FIREHOUSE SUBS FREE 32oz. DRINK WITH PURCHASE OF ANY SUB (47010 COMMUNITY PLAZA STERLING)
FLAGSHIP CAR WASH $4.00 OFF THE FLAGSHIP WASH PACKAGE – 10% OFF FULL SERVICE DETAILING (HERNDON)
GREAT FALLS CREAMERY 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE (766 WALKER RD.)
HAIR CUTTERY 10% OFF ANY SERVICE (1434 NORTH POINT VILLAGE CTR. RESTON)
JIFFY LUBE $10.00 OFF A SIGNATURE SERVICE OIL CHANGE
LACROSSE UNLIMITED 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE (SALE ITEMS EXCLUDED)(209 MAPLE AVE. E. VIENNA)
MADLAX SPORTS 15% OFF ANY PURCHASE (1345 CHAIN BRIDGE RD. MCLEAN)
MOOKIE'S BBQ $5.00 OFF ANY PURCHASE OF $25.00 OR MORE (DINE IN ONLY-1 PER TABLE) (1141 WALKER RD.
OLD BROGUE IRISH PUB $5.00 OFF ANY PURCHASE OF $50.00 OR MORE (VALID MON-THURS ONLY) (CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH LOYALTY CARD)
PIO PIO PERUVIAN CUISINE $5.00 OFF ANY PURCHASE OF $25.00 OR MORE (ALCOHOL EXCLUDED)(762 WALKER RD.)
TOTAL LACROSSE 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE (21031 TRIPLESEVEN RD. STERLING)
TRINY'S TEX-MEX GRILL 20% OFF ANY PURCHASE (ALCOHOL EXCLUDED)
TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ BUY ANY ITEM GET ANY ITEM OF EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE 50% OFF (11684 PLAZA AMERICA DR.)