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 are 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. Teams are organized for athletes beginning at the 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th-grade levels. We participate in the Philadelphia Area Girls Lacrosse Association (PAGLA) and follow PAGLA rules and directives (http://pagla.org).

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

  • Protective eyewear (goggles)
  • Mouthguard 
  • Girls lacrosse stick
  • Cleats or sneakers (for indoor use)
  • Helmets are not mandated and are optional 

 

3rd & 4th Grade

  • Focus is on the FUNDAMENTALS:  Scooping, Catching, Throwing, Shooting, Cradling, and Dodging 
  • Basic transition play, game play, and rules
  • Position basics of offense and defense -1v1, 2v2, 3v3
  • To learn and play all positions 
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have Fun!

Games and practices:

  • End of March - Evaluations to create equally balanced teams
  • April through May: 2 weeknight practices and 1 game either Saturday (may occasionally be on a Sunday) 
  • Games may consist of intrasquad play (Wings vs Wings) and with PAGLA South teams  
  • Games are 7v7, on a shortened field, with or without a goalie (using a shot blocker) 
  • 1 Tournament 


5th & 6th Grade 

  • Fine tuning the FUNDAMENTALS: Scooping, Catching, Throwing, ShootingCradling, and Dodging  --- and a combination of these skills.
  • Understanding and development of offensive and defensive team concepts
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have Fun!

Games and practices:

  • March - Evaluations to create equally balanced teams 
  • March - Practice is 1 weeknight (outdoors, weather pending) and 1 weekend day (indoors)
  • April through May: 2 weeknight practices and 1 game either Saturday or Sunday
  • Games are full field, 12v12, and played with a goalie (either a designated team goalie or a rotation of team players in this position) 
  • Players are all given equal playing time 
  • 1 Tournament 


7th & 8th Grade

  • Advancing the FUNDAMENTAL skills:  Scooping, Catching, Throwing, ShootingCradling, and Dodging  --- and a combination of these skills.
  • Understanding and development of offensive and defensive team concepts
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have fun!

Games and practices:

  • March - Evaluations for A and B teams
  • New for Spring 2018 - PAGLA has voted on a new directive to have organizations provide an A and B team at the 7/8th-grade level. 
  • Evaluations will be held separately for those players who are interested in trying out for the A team. 
  • March - Practice is 1 weeknight (outdoors, weather pending) and 1 weekend day (indoors)
  • Games are 12v12 with a goalie (either a designated team goalie or a rotation of team players in this position) 
  • Players are all given equal playing time 
  • 1 Tournament


Balanced team evaluations are held to determine the best team placement for each athlete. As a recreational organization, we want the players to have fun and learn the fundamentals. Skill, experience, athleticism, and attitude are the essentials to determining team assignments.

If you are interested in trying out for the A team, please consider the following:

A teams are to be comprised of the strongest, most experienced players that are

a) Highly Competitive Players (it is not mandatory that you play on a club team) 
b) Wilmington Wings Lacrosse must be the priority sport for the player during lacrosse season
c) Girls must be able to commit to the practices and games 
d) Girls are able to play with both their dominant and non-dominant hands

 

Please make any special requests prior to the start of the season! Requests can be made during online registration. Your request will be taken into consideration and is NOT a guarantee of team placement. No requests will be considered once teams have been formed. 

Participation Policy

Our primary objectives are to teach the game of lacrosse, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and to have fun. Understanding 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 freely 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 the 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 3 – 8. 
  • Players are required to list all activities that may pose conflicts with lacrosse at the time of registration.
  • Team assignments are finalized by the WLA Coaching Director and the Program Director. WLA reserves the right to make roster changes once the season commences if players have persistent unexcused absences from games or practices.