The long term goal of LGLC is to spread the sport throughout the Lehigh Valley, begin feeder teams in the youth age group and hopefully someday become a fuly sponsored PIAA varsity sport. We are now officially a school Club Sport, following all rules and regulations of the PIAA, which has been acknowledged by the school. As a club, we were responsible for introducing and finally getting passed a new Bethlehem Area District policy which would allow other Club Sports to be affiliated with the school, and continue to play other Varsity PIAA sports teams. All other girls (and boys) lacrosse teams in the Lehigh Valley area have now gone on to become full PIAA varsity status. We are confident we will be there soon, however funds from the district have not been available up to now. We are now eligible for district, regional and state playoffs as of 2011. The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference (LVIAC) will be sponsoring lacrosse as of 2012 for boys and girls.
Lacrosse offers not only another sport to established athletes, but also to athletes and players who have not yet found their ideal sport. Injuries are rare (girls lacrosse is in the lower third of injury totals of all high school sports) and girl’s lacrosse is a non-body contact sport while boys lacrosse is full contact. In 2005, protective eyewear has been made mandatory. The sport demands running and physical conditioning, but most importantly practice with the stick. The tradition with girl’s lacrosse, which is governed by US Lacrosse in all levels of play, strictly promotes sportsmanship and highest level of competition possible. Fights, verbal abuse and argumentative behavior are absolutely not tolerated.
This club is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for which grants, scholarships and tax-deductible contributions will be allowed. We have a Booster club and we are actively seeking support from all parents to keep the club alive. Liberty High School administration has been very cooperative however with acting as a communication vehicle for the girls at Liberty. However, all contact should be with the club director/coaches, NOT with the school
We are happy to see that Freedom High school has joined us in our quset to instill lacrosse into the Bethlehem Area School District as a fully-sponsored and funded varsity sport. They have started a boys and girls club as well utilizing the recently approved the district's Club Sports Policy. We have also begun a boys club here at Libert as of this year.
King’s Mansion recreational field off Catasaqua Rd near Notre Dame Church area has already been secured for all practices and home games during our spring season Monday through Friday from 3-6 pm. All practices and home games will be between these times. The city has graciously provided this field for us since our club's inception. Practices begin promptly at 3:30 and end as close to 5:30 PM as possible. There may be occasional Saturday or Sunday practices/games. The season generally begins in early March and runs through mid-May. Communication will be accomplished through email primarily and daily school bulletins and bulletin boards. It is imperative that players closely follow these communication modes on a daily basis. Announcements at school are done but are not very effective as we have learned. The club is open to students enrolled in or entering Liberty High school this next year. Players will be expected to attend all practices and games and be committed to their team during the spring. Playtime will be based on sportsmanship, effort, attendance, attitude and performance, but every effort will be made to get everyone in at every game. This is why we had such a high retention rate for 2004-2010. Please see the "announcements" page on this site for specific instructions for registration.
This sport mandates that players additionally practice on their own to develop the skills needed to play. All coaching and club organization will be done on a volunteer basis and it is expected that the players/parents respect this dedication. The functionality and continuance of the club will highly depend on parent involvement with the parents / Booster Club. Dues will vary year to year depending on the financial status of the club- Dues for the 2012 season will be $250.00 per player. All players, however, are required to be fully cooperative with all fundraisers. Fundraising allows us to keep our dues at a minimum, and thus, more players to be able to participate. Players are required to supply their own sticks ($35-$100), soccer or lacrosse shoes, sneakers, practice apparel, protective eyewear (range $30-$130) and mouth guards (required-cannot be clear). They may not play without eyewear, mouthguards or sticks. Gloves are optional. The club will supply Goalie pads and helmet.
We were 8-12-1 in our junior varsity level schedule our inaugural year in 2004 and won the 2004 Junior Varsity Championship in the Lehigh Valley First Annual Girls Lacrosse Tournament sponsored by Parkland's club in June. In 2006, we entered the tournament for the first time as a varsity team, and barely missed getting into the final championship game by one single point in the tournament. Our varsity won the Lehigh Valley Annual Tournament in 2008. SInce our inception, we have had 8 girls play lacrosse in college, one on a US team. Lacrosse is one of the most attainable scholarship sports in the US right now. Please join us for a great sport and experience, where your child will make great relationships, learn self-discipline and nurture self-esteem. It is a fascinating sport to both play and watch.