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THPRD News Release
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has approved an application by the new Tualatin Valley Youth Lacrosse League (TVYLL) to be its affiliate partner for youth lacrosse.
In this role, TVYLL will serve youth lacrosse players throughout the Park District, which spans the City of Beaverton and many unincorporated areas of eastern Washington County.
At the same time, THPRD discontinued its affiliate relationship with Beaverton Youth Lacrosse (BYL). TVYLL has agreed to accept BYL teams and coaches for the 2011 season, which begins in March.
Affiliated sports organizations are community-based, volunteer groups that operate youth athletic leagues on behalf of THPRD. For reasons of efficiency and more effective service delivery, the Park District is moving to one exclusive youth affiliate in each youth sport. Football, soccer, lacrosse and cricket are already structured this way, and baseball and softball are migrating to this model. Affiliates get priority access to Park District-owned, operated and maintained fields.
Doug Menke, THPRD general manager, said the decision to award affiliate status to TVYLL for youth lacrosse was made following a detailed analysis of the district’s youth lacrosse affiliation model. The process included an assessment of the BYL and TVYLL operational models and discussions with BYL representatives and other youth lacrosse advocates.
"Our goal all along has been to do what is in the best interests of all youth lacrosse players within our boundaries," Menke said. "We believe this decision, though difficult, achieves that goal.
"We thank all of those associated with BYL for their service and encourage them to join with TVYLL. Going forward, we are confident that TVYLL’s leadership will provide a community-based program that is structurally sound and sustainable and serves our entire district."
For more information about TVYLL, visit www.tvlax.com.
Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning about 50 square miles and serving more than 200,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages. Offerings include a wide variety of classes and more than 200 park sites, 60 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,300 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit http://www.thprd.org/ or call 503/645-6433.
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Director – Communications