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Instructional Lacrosse

 

 

AGE REQUIREMENTS
 

AGE GROUP BOYS  AND GIRLS  6 - 14

Lacrosse is fast paced game that requires skill using a stick and controlling the ball. Lacrosse players can vary in weight, size and speed.  Any child that is determined and willing to practice the skills can play lacrosse. The popularity of youth lacrosse has grown dramatically since the 70's and as a result has lead to formation of many additional leagues.

Who can play lacrosse?

Today lacrosse varies by sex and age group.  Some youth teams start as young a 6 years old or 2nd grade. Most programs are offered to both boys and girls, however starting age may vary.  School programs in lacrosse begin in 7th grade and continue through college level. 

DIVISIONS AND AGE RESTRICTIONS...

All divisions are based on birth date and your child must meet the restrictions to play the division.  Youth leagues may decide on age level play that best suits their needs so you will find age divisions vary in different leagues.  The breakdown of the divisions will often coincide with your child's school grade but birthdates takes precedence over grade level. Often you will find lacrosse divisions divided into U15 (13 and 14 year olds), U13 (11 and 12 year olds), U11 (9 and 10 year olds) and U9 (6 to 8 year olds). 

In the younger divisions the fundamentals of the game are stressed and sportsmanship is taught with an emphasis on fun.  All upper division teams practice competitive rules with emphasis on skill development. 

 

REGISTRATION

Regular lacrosse season will run from the beginning of April to Mid June. 

Registration deadline is normally mid November.   Forms for registration can be obtained on the organization's web site or at your local sporting good store.  In addition, many schools will distribute flyers for the organizations announcing the registration time frames.  Organizations will often give you the option to register on line at their web site. 

REQUIREMENTS...

A birth certificate is required at this time to prove the age of your child.  In addition, all participants must have a current U.S. lacrosse membership that is valid for the entire season.  Membership cost approximately $20.00 and will include liability and accident insurance.  Some leagues will require additional insurance for boys lacrosse.

 

COMMITMENT

Many leagues will participate in a pre-season clinic to sharpen the skills of their players before practices begin.  This will normally occur in the middle of February, 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

The official start of practice will begin sometime in March depending on field conditions. There will be practice two - three times per week for 1-2 hours. Your coach will normally talk to everyone on the team and determine a time that is convenient for everyone. 

GAME SCHEDULE

Games will begin in early April. The play consist of approximately eight to twelve regular season games, once per week usually on Sunday but some leagues will have games on Saturday. Playoff schedule will consist of a one-day tournament in which all teams will participate in a single elimination format schedule. 

In the younger divisions, there will normally be one game and one practice per week.

COST
 

The registration fee for Instructional Lacrosse is normally between $75.00 - $150.00. Some organizations will have a reduced rate for the younger age groups. In addition, a processing fee of $25.00 is charged by some leagues.  Many organizations will give a discount for a family with multiple children. There will be an additional cost of about $50.00 if your league does a pre-season clinic. In addition, you will pay approximately $20.00 for your child's US Lacrosse membership.

GENERAL INFORMATION Did you know......

Girl's lacrosse is a non-contact game therefore they wear little protective gear.  As a result, contact-type defensive moves that boys use are restricted from girl's lacrosse. Once girls have mastered the basic fundamentals coaches will introduce stick checking but not until at least 7th or 8th grade.

Normally a boys team will consist of 10 players  and a girls team is played with 12 players.  Games will normally run for 40 - 50 minutes depending on the age division.