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Age Requirements for Spring 2017: Born 9/1/2005 thru 8/31/2007

 

Lacrosse a.k.a. LAX: Is a game invented by American Indians; now played on a rectangular field by two teams of ten players who use long-handled sticks that have a webbed pouch to catch, carry and throw the ball toward the opponents' goal.     

 

The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. The plays are similar to basketball, the skill/physical level is similar to hockey, and the endurance demanded on the body is similar to soccer. This sport is the fastest on two feet and is a true team sport. Anyone can play lacrosse - the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine. Lacrosse is played with a stick, which must be mastered by the player in order to scoop, throw, and catch the ball.

 

*Adaptations for the U11 Level:

 

For many players/parents, this is their first experience with lacrosse.

Typically, U11 games will have 1 coach from each team running on the field with the players, assisting with rules, field positioning and anything that comes up. This is where most of the game situations will be learned (positioning, rules, etc).

 

The majority of practice time will be focused on the basics: conditioning, scooping, throwing and catching.

 

The size of the field is allowed to be reduced, but will often be normal regulation size.

 

There are no body checks allowed at this level.

 

Last Edit: 12/12/2016