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Trabuco Hills Lacrosse FAQ

THGLAX FAQ buttonSome common questions about Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse — and our best shot at answering them!

Q. How hard is lacrosse to learn?

A. Be patient. The game is complex with nuanced skills that take years to master. But it is possible. Many Varsity players barely knew what lacrosse was when they first walked on to the Trabuco Hills campus.

Q. Who’s who?

A. Here’s the key people you need to know for now:

  • Head Coach: Scott Leong … in 3rd year as the boss!
  • Assistant Coach: Rich Ransom … in 3rd year as assistant!
  • “Team Dad”/administrative chief: Jon Lansner … everything off the field.
  • “Secretary” is Sabrina Low-Dumond … people person handling our registrations for various events.
  • Treasurer: Carolyn Rabourn … money person.

Q. What’s “club” and how does it compare to the “team”?

A. Our “club” — AKA Mustang Lacrosse — runs the Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse off-season program. It includes workouts, scrimmages and tournaments. This is 100% funded by family contributions and player fees and is largely done at cost.  (Zero likeness to soccer clubs or softball travel teams!) It is not a school program, but is essential to the development of our players. That said, there’s only one requirement to participate with club — and active US Lacrosse membership.

If you do want to “join” our club, (1) US Lacrosse membership is required to protect your girl and our volunteers and (2) many club events are pay-as-you-go. So there’s a fee for Summer League, Fall Ball, other tournaments and certain training opportunities. We work hard to keep these costs low, with much of these opportunities provided at cost. Off-season workouts with the coaching staff are free!

Q. How much will lacrosse cost?

A. The official spring Trabuco Hills HS team is primarily funded by family contributions, contributions from the school ASB and some district funds — not to mention field space. State law bars any school team from requiring payment, but we suggest a “Spirit Pack” donation. This helps fund the team and gets your girl some shirts and sweats. It has runs about $350. The school has suggested a $75 donation to fund transportation to certain away matches.

We will offer several fund-raising opportunities for your family to lower the Spirit Pack donation expense.

We understand times are tough and have budgeted some scholarship funds for players in need.

Q. What can my girl do to improve?

A. Pick up a stick. Everyday. Take a jog with a stick and a ball. Play catch with parents, sibling or neighbor — the catcher can use a baseball mitt! Go to a nearby elementary school and do “Wall ball” — the deary but long-term rewarding choore of tassing the ball back and forth until it becomes natural Then, when you’re that good, you do it to improve you speed, skills and accurancy!

Don’t forget any cardio workouts. That is a BIG field and stamina is critical when a player may be asked to many numerous sprints from end-to-end in a game.

Q. How many players make the team?

A. Plans are to have approximately 40 girls on two teams: Varsity and Junior Varsity. Decision on who makes what teams will be determined at tryouts either in late December or early January.

Q. Do you girls play or practice in the rain?

A. Lacrosse is an all-weather sport. And have your girl ask some of the “old-timers” about our games in recent years in driving rainstorms!

Q. How can I help?

A. Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse, like all school actvities, only thrives because of its volunteers. Both “club” and the “team” need folks do everything from clerical chores to fundraising to a bit of heavy lifting on game days. Shout back if you have time to offer (or know of fundraising opportunities through work or other slices of your life!)

Q. Is their a “Booster Club” I should join?

A. Nope. We’re pretty darn informal. If you want to volunteer, have an idea, or critical feedback — just shout!

Q. What’s the program’s history?

A. The program started in 2006, under the guidance of Trabuco Hills economics teacher Scott Mann. The first season, it was a club sport at the school. Starting with the 2007 season, it became an official Varsity sports at Trabuco. Mr. Mann coached the team through the 2010 season. Since then, Scott Leong has been the coach.

It their first six years, the Mustang Varsity has won 60% of its games; is one of a handful of teams that’s made the Orange County playoffs in each of those six years; and won its first Sea View League title in 2011.

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