Pioneer Quix Stix, Inc. is the girls' lacrosse program for residents of Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships in grades 1 through 8. Quix Stix is affiliated with the Philadelphia Area Girls' Lacrosse Association (PAGLA), and is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Consistent with PAGLA, Quix Stix is designed to (i) introduce newcomers to, and reacquaint less experienced players with the game of lacrosse; (ii) teach and reinforce fundamentals; (iii) help experienced players continue to develop their skills, and (iv) provide a fun team experience for the girls. At each level of the program, the goal is to teach and to prepare the girls for the next level of lacrosse. The season begins in March and will end around Memorial Day.
The approach taken by our program has generated tremendous results. Over forty high school All-Americans got their start in lacrosse with Quix Stix.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY - The expectation of the program is that your daughter is committed to making practices and games. In past years, there have been a number of occasions when Quix Stix teams have not had enough players to practice or play games. This is disappointing, not only to the coaches who volunteer their time, but also to the girls who do make each practice and game. We understand that periodically there will be conflicts with other activities. However, to be fair to coaches, teammates, and the teams against which we play, we expect that by registering, your daughters are committed to making their team’s practices and games.
Quix Stix forms teams that are balanced in terms of strength. For these teams we do not honor requests to be placed on particular teams or with particular coaches or friends. To further our goal of forming balanced teams, players will be placed on teams via a “blind draft." For 3rd/4th grade, all the teams will be balanced. For 5th/6th grade we also offer balanced teams for the season. In addition for the 5/6th we will have a tryout in April to form a select team that will participate in 2-3 tournaments for the month of May, this will be in addition to their balanced in-house team. For 7th/8th, Quix Stix offers two options: we have both traditional teams, balanced in strength, and select teams.
All girls will need:
- protective eyegear
- a lacrosse stick.
Cleats or turf shoes are recommended, but not required. Any player who comes to practice or a game without a mouthguard and eye gear will not be permitted to play. This is a safety rule and there are no exceptions. Note: Please remember that all jewelry, including earrings, must be removed prior to all practices and games.
The program web site - www.PioneerQuixStix.com - and email are the primary means of communication about practices, games, and schedule changes due to weather conditions, etc. If you do not have an email address, please let us know and we will make sure that you are contacted by phone.
1st & 2nd Grade:
All players will practice together for 5 to 6 weeks at Valley Forge Middle School on Tuesday & Sunday nights. The goal of our clinics is to teach the fundamental skills of the game in a fun and positive environment. There will be informal groups created at each clinic where players rotate through stations, ending with a short scrimmage.
3rd & 4th Grade
You will be notified of your team placement and coach in March. Practices will begin in March. Prior to the beginning of daylight savings time, practices will run from either 5:00 p.m. until 6:15 p.m or from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm. After daylight savings time, practices times may be adjusted by 15 minutes. On Mondays, all the 3/4s will practice together in a “clinic” format, in which the girls rotate through various stations to learn/improve fundamental skills, such as cradling, ground balls, passing/catching, shooting, and defense. On one other night a week, the girls will practice with their teams. Games will begin in April and will be held on Saturdays. Most games will be in the “intramural” format, i.e., playing against other Quix Stix teams.
5th & 6th Grade:
You will be notified of your team placement, practice nights, and coach in March. Practices begin in March. Each team will practice 2 evenings per week, usually from 5:00 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. or 6:15 pm to 7:30 p.m., prior to daylight savings time and from either 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. after daylight savings time begins. Practice nights will vary depending on the team on which your daughter is placed. Games will begin in April and will be held on Saturdays and some Sundays. Each team will play games against other Quix Stix teams and against teams from other townships’ programs.
6th Grade All-Select Team
All 6th graders will have the opportunity to be evaluated for the Quix Stix All-Select team. This team is dedicated to players within the program that will attend additional practices and (2-3) tournaments at the latter end of our 8 week season. Evaluations for all 6th grade players will be held in April. Practices will be at the coaches' discretion. There will be two to three tournaments on Saturdays or Sundays. The players selected to the All-Select Team will pay an additional cost to cover any incremental fees associated with the tournaments.
7th & 8th Grade:
You will be notified of your team placement, practice nights, and coach in March. Practices begin in March. Each team will practice one time per week - usually Sunday afternoons. Games will begin in April and will be held on Saturday afternoons and possibly on Sundays. The two teams will play against one another, and then play teams from other townships' programs.
7th & 8th Grade Blazers Team:
All 7th and 8th graders will have the opportunity to be evaluated for the Quix Stix Blazers teams. These teams are dedicated to players within the program that will attend additional practices and games during our 8 week season. Evaluations for all 7th and 8th grade players are held in October. There will be two teams selected, a 7th grade Blazer team and an 8th grade Blazer team. Beginning in March, and continuing through May, practices will be held at the coaches' discretion. Games will be held on Saturdays, and a few Sundays against teams from other townships' programs. Additionally, there will be two-three tournaments on Saturdays or Sundays. The players selected to the Blazers will pay an additional cost to cover any incremental fees associated with the teams, such as coaches fees and tournament fees. Any player not selected for the Blazers, or who chooses not to try out for the teams, will be placed on one of the two traditional 7th/8th grade teams, in accordance with our goal of having balanced teams (see Teams above).