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Spring 2014 Registration Opening On October 21st!

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To all of our current players and parents and any players and parents looking to enjoy games at AYL this coming spring,

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse has spent the last two months upgrading our registration system to better serve our parents and players while making our administrative operations easier to maintain.

Mary Jo and I have received many emails about when Spring Season 2014 registration will open, and this is when everything will open up:

Spring Season Registration for U9, U11, U13 will open on Monday, October 21st at 8:00AM

Cost: $285 until November 11th

November 12th – November 30: $310 ($25 late registration fee)
December 1st – December 31st: $335 ($50 late registration fee)
January 1st – January 14th: $360 ($75 late registration fee)
All 2014 Spring Season Registrations close on January 15th

Spring Season Registration for PreK-K, ages 4-6, will open on Monday, October 21st at 8:00AM

Cost: $150 until November 30th

December 1st – January 14th: $175 ($25 late registration fee)
All 2014 Spring Season Registrations close on January 15th

The spring season page has been updated with the above registration dates and prices. If you have any questions about the registration process please email questions@ayllax.com, and one of our directors will respond to your query.

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2014 Age Grouping Quick Reference Table

Born on or after 9/1/1998 – U15
Born on or after 9/1/2000 – U13
Born on or after 9/1/2002 – U11
Born on or after 9/1/2004 – U9

U15: All players must be 14 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U13: All players must be 12 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U11: All players must be 10 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U9: All players must be 8 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

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We look forward to getting everyone registered on the upgraded system, but with any upgrade the potential for bugs always exists. Please email our WebMaster, Gordon Corsetti, at rules@ayllax.com if you run into any registration problems once we open it on October 21st. We will work to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.

We hope you are as excited as we are for another fantastic spring season!

Cheers,
Gordon

AYL Website Mini-Upgrade

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I spent a good amount of time this weekend doing a minor facelift to the Atlanta Youth Lacrosse homepage (www.ayllax.com), adding some new features, and creating more accessible pages for our players, parents, coaches, fans, and readers across the country.

I reworked the AYL homepage to better reflect where AYL began, what we do every day, and how we do what we do. First time visitors to www.ayllax.com will know at a glance that Atlanta Youth Lacrosse was the first youth lacrosse program in Georgia, what our five missions are every time we hit the field, and how we use lacrosse as a medium to help develop young players into responsible young adults.

There is a blue call to action area suggesting that anyone who wants to know more about AYL may send an email to our league directors. I didn’t want our contact information to be hidden on a separate page, and now a way to reach our staff is front-and-center to any visitor. Coach Lou, Mary Jo, or I will respond directly to any questions sent to questions@ayllax.com.

Visitors will also see what I consider the best compliment we’ve ever received about our youth lacrosse league, prominently highlighted in green – “We’re Intense About Being Laid-Back”. Parents bring their children to play at AYL because we do more than just develop skills or put on games. We maintain a family-friendly environment that allows kids to be kids while playing a game with their friends.

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Visitors will also see a new a new menu option titled “Education: learn stuff“. Coach Lou and I have spent the last two years writing blog posts about playing, coaching, officiating, and watching lacrosse. We want the AYL website to be more than just a destination for our players and parents. We want this website to be a resource for any player or parent that finds our site. Once I finish some more coding this week, the “Education” page will hold regularly updated blog posts, as well as valuable links to additional resources that will be a tremendous asset to both novice and experienced lacrosse fans.

If anyones has any suggestions on how to further improve the AYL website please contact me at rules@ayllax.com. I hope everyone enjoys the updated home page and the new educational section of the site. I’m looking forward to writing more posts, officiating more games, and seeing everyone out at the fields.

Cheers,
Gordon

Data

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Over the last few hours I read every form submission from the last two and a half years that came through on the page www.ayllax.com/contact. This form along with the two email addresses: info@ayllax.com and rules@ayllax.com, are critical for good communication between our AYL staff and our members.

So here is the data I collected from the form:

  • League Question – 313 submissions
  • Payment Question – 73 submission
  • Coyote Question – 30 submissions
  • Group/Private Lesson – 37 submissions
  • Concern or Suggestion – 17 submissions
  • Other (anything not listed above) – 260 submissions
  • Total submissions = 730

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As with all statistics the question is “what do the numbers mean?” Well, the numbers tell me a good deal:

  1. Many individuals have questions regarding our league. From what times games and practices are held, to who coaches our teams, to how to get on the waitlist. That last question is particularly popular. I am going to be spending this week going over the Leagonue Question submissions and crafting a more comprehensive FAQ page, which I hope will address many of these queries.
  2. Considering the large amount of members we have at each level, there were less Payment Questions than I anticipated. I believe this is a result of our move to League Toolbox, which has significantly streamlined our registration system. The majority of submissions were in regards to the AYL refund policy, which can be found on the FAQ page under “registration.”
  3. FYI – group/private lessons are generally held during the winter and summer months. This is when our college players and coaches come back to Atlanta from their campuses. In the spring and fall seasons, we do more clinics than private and group instruction. If you do have questions about our group and private lessons email me at rules@ayllax.com.
  4. The fact that there were only seventeen submissions regarding Concerns and Suggestions tells me that AYL is doing a real solid job with our league. That being said, I believe strongly that critiques, even over little things, can make our league better. So I created an anonymous “Suggestion Box,” which anyone can drop a suggestion and our staff will review it. I certainly would consider making a suggestion if my name was not tied to it, which is why this form is completely anonymous.
  5. “Other” is the second highest submission topic. Based off the submissions I’ve added two new subject which are routed to the appropriate AYL staff member for review. Those topics are “Rule Questions,” and “Advertise/Sponsor.”

Well, there is some data. Remember, if you’ve got questions we will answer them as best as we can!

Cheers,
Gordon