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INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM (K - 2ND GRADE)

 

RISING STARS - Kindergarten

The Rising Stars program will emphasize safety, fun, and learning the skills and game of lacrosse.   Scrimmages are across the field sideways and we require 2 pass attempts before shooting.  No checking is allowed and we use a 6 v 6 format with no goalies. The season begins inside in late February as Gym space becomes available and moves outside when we can by early April and concludes in early June. We may schedule scrimmages agains other similar Rising Star programs with nearby towns. If players progress enough with their stick skills we may ask them to participate in some of the Lightning games later in the season as stick skills and confidence develop.

Tentative schedule: Practices - Wed/Fri 5:30-6:30

 

Boys Lightning - 1st and 2nd Grades

The Boys Lightning program will also emphasize safety, fun, and learning the skills and game of lacrosse, but we will also play a travel schedule against other towns.  Teams will practice once or twice per week and typically play games on Sunday's. You should anticipate one skills practice during the week and one team practice on Friday or Saturday.  We use a 8 versus 8 player format with smaller lacrosse goals and goalies. Scrimmages are across the field sideways and require 2 pass attempts before shooting.  No downward stick checking or body checks allowed. (Poke and Lift checks are acceptable)  We will have “intra-squad” games as well as playing games in the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (www.mbyll.org) against similar teams from local towns.  MBYLL requires balanced teams and no standings or scores are kept. The season begins indoors in late February as gym space in town becomes available and we move outdoors in early April and concludes in early June.

Tentative shedule - Practices Wed/Fri 5:30-7pm, Sunday games

 

Girls Lightning - 1st and 2nd Grades

The Girls Lightning program will also emphasize safety, fun, and learning the skills and game of lacrosse, but we will also play a travel schedule against other towns.  Teams will practice once or twice per week and typically play games on Sunday's. You should anticipate one skills practice during the week and one team practice on Friday or Saturday.  We use a 8 versus 8 player format with smaller lacrosse goals and goalies. Scrimmages are across the field sideways and require 2 pass attempts before shooting.  We will have “intra-squad” games as well as playing games in the Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League (www.mbgll.org) against similar teams from local towns.  MBGLL requires balanced teams and no standings or scores are kept. The season begins indoors in late February as gym space in town becomes available and we move outdoors in early April and concludes in early June.

Tentative schedule - Thursday 6-7pm practices, Sunday games

 

GIRLS TRAVEL PROGRAM (GRADES 3 THRU 8)

Bantam - 3rd & 4th Graders

Junior - 5th & 6th Graders

Senior - 7th & 8th Graders

The girls programs provide instruction and competition with teams of the same age group in the MassBay Girls Lacrosse League. (www.MBGLL.org) where no records or standings are kept.  Full equipment is required.  Equipment consists of girl's lacrosse stick, mouthguard, goggles and cleats.  Girls play to a different set of non-contact rules than boys with limited equipment needs.  The emphasis in all programs is on safety, fun, and learning the skills and game of lacrosse. Our season begins in late February indoors as Gyms become available and concludes in early/mid June at the MBGLL Jamboree. 

Tentative schedule - Mon/Wed practices 6 - 7:30pm, Sat practices (time TBD), Sunday games

 

BOYS TRAVEL PROGRAM (GRADES 3 THRU 8)

Bantam - 3rd & 4th Graders

Junior - 5th & 6th Graders

Senior - 7th & 8th Graders

The boys programs provide instruction and competition with teams of the same age group in the West Central section of MassBay Youth Lacrosse League. (www.mbyll.org)   Full equipment is required for all levels.  At the Bantam level there is no body checking allowed. At the Junior and Senior levels, boys’ games involve normal contact according to the strict rules of youth lacrosse and players are required to wear complete protective equipment.  Season begins in late February indoors as Gyms become available and concludes in early/mid June at the MBYLL Jamboree at Ft Devins.   

Tentative schedule - Tues/Thurs practices 6-7:30pm, Saturday practices (time TBD), Sunday games

 

BOYS SELECT PROGRAM OVERVIEW  (U13/U15)

We will continue with our U13 & U15 Town Select boys teams for 2015. We expect to play in the new MBYLL league that will compete against other Town Select teams.

HYLA, like the MBYLL Select League, is moving toward 'grade based' Select teams.  Meaning ultimately we would like to have (4) teams; 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams.  Obviously we need a large turn out for tryouts to fill (2) teams per age group.  MBYLL Select does offer 'D1' and 'D2' leagues and HYLA may look to fill rosters to submit a team in both - again depending on turnout.  If we opt for this there could be some overlap - for example, some 8th graders on the 'D2' team and some 7th graders on the 'D1' team, etc.  At the end of the day we want to field competitive teams with athletes that are committed to the sport and want to play more lacrosse.

HYLA requires that all Select participants be committed to the sport of lacrosse with practice and game attendance required for the Spring Travel MBYLL teams in addition to playing with the Select Team. The team will practice one night per week and play games on Friday nights. The team will play against other towns with similarly constructed teams and may also play against some skill level appropriate all-star teams

Tryouts will be held in the fall and rosters will be limited.  Head coaches shall make final determination on who participates on each team based upon skill level. There is always the possibility that your son may be asked to spend some time playing on a Spring Travel team to "Hone his Game" and called up at a later date when progress is shown.

Tentative schedule - Monday 6-730 practices, Friday games.  It is extremely difficult to play on the HYLA Select team and play an additional Spring sport.  These teams are for athletes that are committed to lacrosse as their Spring sport.

 

For 2014:

  • Greg Stebbins will head up our U15 Boys Team
  • Jay Marino and Drew Schneeloch will head up the U13 Boys Teams.
 
Players that make the team will be provided uniforms (shorts) that are theirs to keep. Think of this as a much less expensive alternative to Club Select Lacrosse at $125/per player. Registration fees include an (7-8) game schedule, plus playoffs, (2) Spring tournaments and the uniform.