U14 (Youth) Philosophy and Format

For Players: 2005-2003

The U14 Division has been established to promote a fun and positive experience with the sport of lacrosse. Youth age athletes use the following format:

We play all players as equally as possible with the goal of teaching the sport and providing a fun experience for all involved.

All activities are structured using Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles.
We emphasize fun, positive sportsmanship and an active environment.

A 1.5 hour skill assessment session will be held in late April. A player draft will be conducted and parents contacted about team placement before the season begins.

Coaching is done by players from the U 19 Scorpions Lacrosse Program. These are elite athletes of high school age and are very knowledgeable about the game.

Practices are coordinated by each team coach and occur one evening per week. Practices are focused on skill development.

The season runs through the months of May and June.
We want to build a love and respect for the sport of lacrosse.

Game Format

U14 games are played using a “limited contact” version of field lacrosse.
The U14 age division uses a modified field and a “Sevens” format as opposed to the full game of ten players. The “sevens” game promotes more involvement and skill development.
Only seven players – two attack, two midfielders, two defensemen and one goaltender are on the field at one time.
The “sevens” format decreases specialization of positions so that players have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the game.
Game is played on a 80 yard X 40 yard field.
The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team through strategy, ball control and team play.
The offensive skills required to perform this task involve passing, catching, carrying the ball under control (cradling), and shooting. Defensive skills involve basic positioning, footwork and stick checking (poke checking).

Required Equipment

For this age division: Hockey equipment is acceptable for the requirements identified below:

Lacrosse Stick
Practice/Game Jersey – Provided as part of the registration fee for league games.
Helmet with a face mask
Mouth guard (mandatory)
Shoulder pads
Elbow pads
Protective Gloves
Can or Jill Cup
Cleats – rubber cleats only
Shorts and socks

Notes:

Jerseys for the player skill evaluation day are the player’s responsibility.
All goaltender equipment is provided by the league. However, players are encouraged to bring their own shin pads and hockey pants to play goaltender as we have a limited size selection.

Parent Responsibilities

Please see parent responsibilities for the U14 Division listed below:

Review the “Role of Parents” section of this website.
Cheer and provide positive support.
Volunteer to:
Be a team manager/bench coordinator
Time and score keep during games.