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2019 Shrub Oak Athletic Club 

Boys Lacrosse Program

 

Effective as of the Spring 2017 Season, The Hudson Valley Chapter of US Lacrosse will be following Age-Based groupings. You can see a full breakdown of divisions at this link: http://www.uslacrosse.org/players/player-segmentation#foot2

 

Shrub Oak boys lacrosse will be following these guidelines with some modifications. Below are the age group breakdowns.  Please check to see if your child is affected this Spring or next Spring. 

  

Please send me an email if you have any questions: .

 

http://www.uslacrosse.org/players/player-segmentation#foot2

 

Date of Birth                                       Age Group          Grade Affiliation            

Born 9/1/2011 through 8/31/2012               7U                           1st

Born 9/1/2010 through 8/31/2011               8U                           2nd

Born 9/1/2009 through 8/31/2010               9U                           3rd

Born 9/1/2008 through 8/31/2009               10U                         4th

Born 9/1/2007 through 8/31/2008               11U                         5th

Born 9/1/2006 through 8/31/2007               12U                         6th

Born 9/1/2005 through 8/31/2006               13U                         7th

Born 9/1/2004 through 8/31/2005               14U                         8th

Born 9/1/2003 through 8/31/2004               15U                          -

 

Your child's birth date will be the first criteria used to determine division placement. However Shrub Oak Athletic Club will give the parents permission to decide to have their child stay with their grade if their birth date allows for that option.

 

 

For example:

 

1. Child is in 3rd grade, but birth date is September 3rd, 2010.  The child is permitted to play with the Bantam Division - 9U/10U - 3rd/4th grade group because of current grade or they can do the clinic again because they meet that age requirement for 8U. 

 

2. Child is in 7th grade, but birth date is September 17, 2006 - This child has the option of staying with their grade group Senior Division (currently 7th/8th 14U/13U) or playing age appropriate and playing in the Junior Division 12U/11U (6th/5th) grade group due to their birth date falling in the 12U range.

 

The division you choose to register your son in must be made at the time of registration. Once registration is complete, switching divisions will not be an option at any time.

 

 

These are the divisions we offer:

 

    •    Instructional - (6U/7U/8U) K-2nd grade clinic 

    •    Bantam – (9U/10U) 3rd and 4th grade

    •    Junior – (11U/12U) 5th and 6th grade

    •    Senior – (13U/14U) 7th and 8th grade

 

US Lacrosse is also recommending the Bantam (9U/10U) division play 7v7 on smaller fields.  Based on field availability, coaching staff, team size, and program we are playing against, SOAC Lacrosse will lean towards 7v7 play with the potential for a full size field 10v10 from time to time.

 

 

Division Descriptions

 

The Hudson Valley Chapter of US Lacrosse, the governing body of our program, is requesting that all programs that have enough players to field grade specific teams do so, with this request our program will be fielding grade specific teams for the 2019 Spring Season. Each division listed above will have a grade specific team (ie. 7th grade team & 8th grade team in the Senior division). Pending registration numbers, there is a possibility of having a third combined grade team at each division comprised of players who need more skill development (ie. 7/8th Grade combined team). An exception to grade specific teams will be if there are not enough players at one grade level to field a full team. In this case, the grade levels will be combined and teams will be made from there. The player evaluations (see below) will be used to determine a players placement on a team and the skill level of that team.

 

 

Instructional 6U/7U/8U (K-2nd grade)- 

 

This division is operated in a clinic environment. Basic skills like throwing and catching will be taught, along with basic fundamentals of the game. We will meet two days a week, consisting of practices and games as the season progresses.  We anticipate it will be held at Lakeland High School on Sundays starting at approximately 9am, and at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School on Fridays starting at 6pm. As the season progresses the 1st and 2nd grade teams may play modified scrimmages/games against neighboring towns. There may be times when the 1st and 2nd grade teams play on another day during the week to accommodate a game or tournament but this will be rare. The kindergarten team will not have games due to the fact that no other towns have their kindergarten teams playing games so we have no one to match up with. Contact is limited at this age group, though at any age lacrosse remains a contact sport.

 

 

Bantam 9U/10U (3rd and 4th Grade)-

 

    •    Teams will practice and play games 2 - 3x per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; Dates & times subject to change)

    •    Games will be home and away versus local towns 

    •    10-12 games and (1) Tournament or Jamboree will be included – Additional tournament/jamborees will be an extra fee 

    •    Emphasis is on building fundamental skills, learning positions, sportsmanship, and understanding the game of Lacrosse 

    •    Season to begin late March and run through early June. Schedule with specific times and dates will be provided once established.

 

 

Junior 11U/12U (5th and 6th Grade)-

 

    •    Teams will practice and play games 2 - 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; Dates & times subject to change)

    •    Games will be home and away versus local towns 

    •    10-12 games and (1) Tournament or Jamboree will be included – Additional tournament/jamborees will be an extra fee 

    •    Emphasis is on building fundamental skills, learning positions, sportsmanship, and understanding the game of Lacrosse 

    •    Season to begin late March and run through early June. Schedule with specific times and dates will be provided once established.

 

Senior 13U/14U (7th and 8th Grade)-

 

    •    Teams will practice and play games 2 - 3x per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; Dates & times subject to change)

    •    Games will be home and away versus local towns 

    •    10-12 games and (1) Tournament or Jamboree will be included – Additional tournament/jamborees will be an extra fee 

    •    Emphasis is on building fundamental skills, learning positions, sportsmanship, and understanding the game of Lacrosse 

    •    Season to begin late March and run through early June. Schedule with specific times and dates will be provided once established

 

Priority on all teams will be given to players within the Lakeland Central School District first. In an effort to optimize our coaching expertise the one exception to this rule will be if the parent of a player who resides outside the Lakeland Central School District is a coach on one of our teams

 

  

Practices:

 

Practices are mandatory for all players on all teams throughout the Shrub Oak Lacrosse program. Playing time will be affected for players that miss practice. If you have a conflict, please discuss with your son’s coach as soon as possible.

 

 

**All programs are subject to change**

 

 

Player Evaluations

 

The Shrub Oak Boys Lacrosse program is committed to providing a constructive lacrosse experience for our youth players. To achieve such an experience we will be ensuring that players are placed in the proper playing situation based on player evaluations for players in grades 3rd-8th.

 

Every player from 3rd - 8th grade must get evaluated.  Player evaluations will be held during the first few weekends in November at Legacy field (exact date and time TBD) and it is strongly recommended that each player attend at least two of the three sessions (they can attend all three if they choose to) and the teams will be announced in March 2018. If an evaluation session is canceled due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstance, scores will be based on the other two evaluation sessions.

Evaluations will be based on the following categories: a) skill & experience; b) athleticism/physical ability and c) attitude/commitment/coachability.  Each player will be evaluated by independent experienced lacrosse players (current or past coaches who have played at a high level).  They will observe and rate players using the following criteria:

 

    •    Skills/Experience: The evaluator shall provide numerical data for evaluation purposes in the following (but not limited to) categories; Passing, catching, ground balls, cradling, and shooting. Field Vision/Game sense and positioning will also be looked at.

 

    •    Athleticism/Physical Ability:  The evaluator shall provide numerical data for evaluation purposes in the following (but not limited to) categories; Speed, agility, conditioning and coordination.

 

    •    Attitude/Commitment/Coachability: The evaluator shall provide numerical data for evaluation purposes in the following (but not limited to) categories; Attitude, general and technical aspects of the game, effort, commitment and ability follow directions.

 

We recognize that the evaluation process can be a challenging one for players, parents and coaches alike. It is not an exact science, but we are committed to doing our best to make the appropriate, objective selections. We must emphasize to our young players and parents that team placement is not a permanent decision and players will have plenty of opportunities to move up levels as they progress. Similarly, if children are not progressing or there are behavioral issues, they may be moved down as well.  It’s important to note that there are numerous Varsity standouts (even several who played at the collegiate level) who were not elite players at a younger age.  Kids must start somewhere, learn the game, and then gain additional skills and experience so that they can improve their game and compete at higher levels.  

 

All registrants will be notified of their team placement in March.  We reserve the right to call-back players for an additional observation when the evaluators believe it’s warranted. This will further ensure everyone has a fair and equal chance to demonstrate their abilities.

 

 

 Notes

 

The spring season starts as close to the end of March\beginning of April as weather and field conditions permit. If the weather permits we may start in mid-March. The season runs until the middle of June.

 

Practices are to be held at one of the fields within the Lakeland\Panas school district from 6pm - dusk on weekdays. Home games for 2018 are anticipated to be held at Lakeland High School on either the turf or grass fields, the upper grass field at Lakeland High School, Legacy Turf field and Van Cortlandtville Elementary school.  All divisions also play away games against towns throughout Westchester, Putnam, Duchess, Rockland and Fairfield Counties. Games can be played any day during the week, including Saturday and Sunday. Weekday games start at 6:30pm and weekend games may start at any time

 

US Lacrosse insurance is required for each league that we play in and for all tournaments. Without this insurance your child will not be allowed to participate.

 

 

We stress that winning of the contest is secondary to the development of ALL players.