The mission of Wilmington Lacrosse is to provide an opportunity for young athletes to learn and play the game of lacrosse, and to have fun in a safe and positive environment that fosters good sportsmanship and citizenship.

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Our goal is for athletes to have fun while learning the game of lacrosse. Sportsmanship and teamwork is emphasized at ALL levels. Beginners are taught basic skills and a broad sense of positioning. Experienced players are taught advanced skills, tactical play and specific positioning. Travel teams are organized for athletes at the U15, U13 and U11 levels in the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA). Players at the U9 level play in the In-House Program.

EQUIPMENT
Boys at the U15, U13, U11 and U9 levels are required to have:  

  • stick
  • lacrosse helmet with NOCSAE approved safety seal
  • mouth guard
  • shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves
  • cup
  • cleats and sneakers

 

U9 (8 years old or younger on August 31, 2016)
An athlete's development at this stage is the key to a successful lacrosse experience in later years.  U9 Boys can expect to learn:

  • Fundamental Skills:  Scoop, Catch, Throw, Shoot, Cradle 
  • Basic transition play and game play (passing options)
  • Understand basic lacrosse movements and rules. (Body defense -- on ball, small game offense 1v1, 2v2, 3v3)
  • To play ALL positions
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have Fun!

Games and practices.

  • Play 7v7 on a short field to maximize ball handling
  • April through May: Two weeknight practice.
  • Sunday intramural games and weekend Play Days with other Chester County programs.
     

U11 (10 years old or younger on August 31, 2016)
U11 Boys can expect to learn:

  • Fundamental Skills:  Scoop, Catch, Throw, Shoot, Cradle 
  • Basic transition play and game play (off-sides and game play rules)
  • Understand lacrosse movements and rules. (Body defense -- on ball, small game offense 1v1, 2v2, 3v3)
  • To play ALL positions
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have Fun!

Games and practices.

  • Practice one weeknight and one weekend day through March.
  • April through May: One weeknight practice, one mid-week game and Saturday games.
  • Each team participates in one tournament in the Spring.


U13 (12 years old or younger on August 31, 2016)
The goals for U13 lacrosse players are:

  • Fine development of Fundamental Skills:  Scoop, Catch, Throw, Shoot, Dodge --- and combination of these skills.
  • Some Settled offense and defense development.
  • Transition skills and tactics start to come into play.
  • Game and equipment safety.
  • Have Fun!

Games and practices.

  • Practice one weeknight and one weekend day through March.
  • April through May: One weeknight practice, one mid-week game and Saturday games.
  • Each team participates in one tournament in the Spring.


U15 (All players must be 14 years old or younger on August 31, 2016)
The goals for U15 lacrosse players at this level are:

  • Focus on advancement of fundamental skills:  Scoop, Catch, Throw, Shoot, Dodge --- and combination of these skills.
  • Some Settled offense and defense development and strategy.
  • Transition skills and tactics are constant.
  • Game and equipment safety.
  • Having fun while working hard for results.

Games and practices.

  • Practice one weeknight and one weekend day through March.
  • April through May: One weeknight practiceone mid-week game and Saturday games.
  • Each team participates in one tournament in the Spring.


Level of Play Guidelines
There are three skills levels of play (A, B, C) at each of the U11, U13, U15 team levels. 


Evaluations for U9, U11, U13, U15 Teams 
Evals are conducted in February to determine the best team placement for each athlete.  Skill, experience and athleticism are the essentials to determine these team assignments.  Friendships and carpool circumstances may be considered ONLY when organizing teams of equal skill and experience, e.g. when there are two teams at the U11-C level with different practice locations or nights.  


Boys trying out for the A level of these teams should be committed to making lacrosse their priority sport during the spring. Boys who are unsure of their commitment to lacrosse or who play a second sport should make this known to the Director of Coaching during evaluations. These boys are encouraged to try-out for an B or C level team.  A key component for the B and C level teams is equal playing time.

 

Participation Policy
Our primary objective is to teach the game of lacrosse, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Toward this end, recognizing the commitment that each individual (players, coaches and parents) makes to the program is crucial to the long-term success of the program.

  • Wilmington Lacrosse is supported by volunteers who give of their time unsparingly.
  • WLA works hard to make the team evaluations as objective as possible. If there is a question about team assignments, parents are encouraged to contact the Coaching Director.
  • WLA looks to our parents for additional volunteer support, not only with organization and team help but also with positive reinforcement for their young athlete.
  • Each team’s roster is limited in order to maximize playing time for each child.
  • In order to accommodate as many players as possible and to address the conflicts inherent in our children’s lives, WLA supports a number of levels of play for athletes in grades 1–8. 
  • Out of respect for the program, if you and/or your child are unable to make a complete 100% commitment to WLA, please do not encourage your child to try-out at the U15-A, U13-A and U11-A team levels. Players are required to list all activities that may pose conflicts with lacrosse at the time of registration.
  • If you are concerned about equal playing time for your child or wish to emphasize the development of fundamental skills, the B or C team is the best choice for your son.
  • Final say in team selection will rest with the WLA Coaching Director. WLA reserves the right to make roster changes once the season commences if players have persistent unexcused absences from games or practices.