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The Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse Association and the British Columbia Lacrosse Association teamed up on Nov. 21 to hold a girls only introductory lacrosse session at E.J. Dunn Elementary School.
The session featured girls from ages six to 16, with no experience or gear required. Lacrosse professional Naomi Walser and AVMLA head coach Kelly Fines taught girls skills like scooping, cradling, passing and catching, and finished the session with a scrimmage.
The BCLA is pushing to create girls only lacrosse teams. “A lot of the incentive right now that is that a lot of girls teams are just starting up on the island,” said Walser. Women’s teams on the mainland have been around for 20 years or so, which means they are at a higher skill level, and there’s now a push to create beginner-level teams that can compete with each other.
“The goal is to introduce lacrosse to as many students as we can in communities where there is potential,” said Walser. “Especially with drop-in sessions and things like that.”
Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse holds co-ed drop-in sessions once or twice a week to introduce the basics of lacrosse-—no gear or previous experience is necessary. A few girls have played on the local novice team, but Port Alberni has never had a girls only lacrosse team before.
“If we can grow from here out, we can develop a girl’s team,” said Fines. “There is interest.”
The Monday after school practice session drew a crowd of 18 girls from four different schools. “That was an amazing turnout,” Fines said afterwards, “especially at such short notice.”
“There is a huge comfort level involved in the girls only sports,” he went on. He explained that girls might have been drawn to the tryouts because they felt more comfortable with other girls, rather than a co-ed environment.
“There’s more opportunity for them to come and play.”
“Girls wanted to come because it was a girls only thing,” Walser added jokingly.
Walser pointed out that girls field lacrosse is the No. 1 scholarship opportunity in the NCAA, so there is a future in the sport for girls.
They tentatively plan to hold another session for the girls in January. For more information, look for the Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse page on Facebook.


Monday November.21st EJ Dunn Elementary School 3:00-4:00

Girls age 6-16

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AGM Results

Posted by Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse Association at Oct 25, 2016 12:00AM PDT

Great turn out for the AGM tonight

Congratulations to the Executives and big thank you for those that have joined.

President: Clark Power
1st Vice: Kam Towe
2nd Vice: Kathy McArthur
Secretary: Stephanie Hopkins
Treasurer: Rhonda Fines
Registrar: Corrine Baines
Head Coach: Kelly Fines
Equipment Manager: Kysa Moretto
Tournament Coordinator: Brenda Gauthier
Webmaster: Carrie Johannessen

There are still more positions that need to be filled.
Sponsorship Coordinator
Floor Allocator
Booster and Publicity Coordinator
School & Community Programs Coordinator
Fundraising Coordinator

The Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse Association is holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Echo Fieldhouse.
We are accepting nominations for the following positions:
Elected Officers (Two-year terms):
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Treasurer (one-year term due to Constitution amendment in 2011)
Appointed Committee Members (to be appointed by Executive Committee after first meeting):
Head Coach
Head Referee 
Equipment Manager
Floor Allocator 
Tournament Coordinator
Sponsorship Coordinator 
Booster Coordinator
Publicity Coordinator 
School & Community Programs Coordinator
Website Coordinator 
Please consider volunteering with our Association. Nominations can be made by sending an email to Nominations will also be accepted at the AGM. If a person that is nominated cannot attend the AGM, but wants to run for a position they must state so in writing. 
Thank you,
Stephanie Hopkins
AVMLA Secretary