SV Lacrosse Mission Statement
Which team has which field and when? This is a general overview of our league's practice schedule. Times are subject to change based on coach requests.
Here in South Texas, where football and baseball are the sports of favor, a new sport is emerging and it is lacrosse. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the nation and anyone that spends just 5 minutes watching a MLL, collegiate, high school or youth lacrosse game will understand why that is so. It simply is a fantastic and exciting sport to watch… as a self-proclaimed football, baseball, soccer, basketball mom, I find myself being more engrossed in a lacrosse game than any other sport I have ever watched.
The Smithson Valley Lacrosse program was officially established in 2009 after some boys from the Smithson Valley area joined with kids from San Antonio to play with the team, under the direction of Dr. Keith Markey, playing for the north side of San Antonio at Concordia Lutheran. These boys were looking for a spring sport other than baseball or soccer to play, and although none of them had ever seen or heard of lacrosse, they heard that this program was being developed and decided to give it a try. The parents and players drove to San Antonio every weekend, thus beginning the newest sport to be introduced to Smithson Valley.
The following year boys from Smithson Valley were the majority of the boys playing the game. That year we had 28 boys; 5 from San Antonio and the rest from Smithson Valley causing the sport to catch on. Kelly Evers, an 8th grade history teacher at SVMS and a former player for Cornell Lacrosse, was the first to accept the position of head coach of the Smithson Valley middle school level team. It was fate combined with divine intervention that it all came together, but in doing so we had a stellar season…2-8… we won against St. Antony’s and TM that season.
Two more years were spent as a middle school program. In 2011, we grew into a full program, opening it up to kids from kindergarten to 12th grade to play on our club teams. In fall of 2010 we joined CTYLA (Central Texas Youth Lacrosse Association) for the 2011 season and with the guidance of a fantastic board and support system in CTYLA, we were a huge success. In the 2011 season we had 85 participants in the program, a mix of boys and girls however only played as boy’s teams due to a lack of girls in order to form and independent girl’s league. This was also our first year to enter THSLL as a D2 high school program. We did well and went to the first round of district playoffs, only to be defeated by St. Mary’s Hall. After a very successful season in 2012, once again we made it to the second round of district playoffs to be defeated by St Mary’s Hall.
In this past season of 2012, we had close to 100 kids participating in our program and playing against both Austin and San Antonio programs. We are the only program in South Central Texas within a 20 mile radius of San Antonio with a fully organized, competitive youth lacrosse program that is inclusive of kinder through eighth grade from all Comal ISD elementary and middle schools and a D2 high school club that welcomes all kids to play that are within our geographic radius as determined by U S Lacrosse. This includes high school boys from Smithson Valley High School, Blanco High School, Boerne High School, Canyon Lake High School, Canyon High School and New Braunfels High School. We play teams from all over the Austin area, San Antonio area, Dripping Springs, Round Rock and Georgetown, in addition to playing tournaments against teams from all over Texas.
We have an experienced board of directors and an exceptional and educated coaching staff that is dedicated to growing the game while giving our kids a fun and exciting opportunity to experience a new and fun sport. We invite you to join us to watch games, follow our status and be our number one fan.
Please join us and enjoy our experience.
Past President, Smithson Valley Lacrosse