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2018 Boys Summer Lacrosse

Boys Summer Lacrosse

2018 Boys Summer Lacrosse Registration

SUMMARY AND IMPORTANT DATES

Registration Opens: Monday, February 19,  2018

Registration Closes: Friday, March 23, 2018, at 11:59 pm

2018 Season Information Parent Meeting:  Monday April 16, 2018, from 7-8pm at MHS in the Forum.
UPDATE (4/17/2018): PowerPoint from parent meeting can be viewed via Google Docs HERE.

SEASON: The 10U, 12U, and 14U season will run from early May to late July.  The 8U season will run from early May to late July. 

PRE-TRYOUT CLINICS: 

  • For 12U and 14U only - Monday, April 9, 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Badger Park field in Shorewood
  • For 12U and 14U only - Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Badger Park field in Shorewood 
  • For 10U, 12U, and 14U -- FREE pre-clinic training session with True Lacrosse staff at True Lacrosse's new facility in Bloomington on Monday, April 23:
     
    • 6:00pm - 7:30pm for all 10U and less experienced (1-2 years' experience) 12U players 
    • 7:30pm - 9:00pm for more experienced 12U (3+ years' experience) and all 14U players 

TRYOUTS:  April 28 & 29. No tryouts for 8U. Find complete tryout details towards the bottom of this page under "Minnetonka Youth Boys Lacrosse Player Evaluation Information for Summer 2018."  

Tryout times for both days:

  • 10U: 11:00 am - 12:30pm.
  • 12U: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 14U: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • NOTE: Tryout times are subject to change depending on the forecast. As we approach the tryout dates, please keep an eye on your email for late-breaking changes. If at all possible, we will shift the tryout times to avoid foul weather rather than have the boys try out in uncomfortable conditions. 
     

PRACTICES: Start early May

GAMES: Scheduled games could begin as early as June 4

TOURNAMENTS:  1-2 weekends in June depending on your son’s age segment and team placement.

JULY 1-8 Practice Blackout: MLA will not schedule practices during the week of July 1-8. 

JULY 3-5 Game Blackout: YLM will not schedule games on July 3, 4, or 5. YLM has reserved the right to schedule make-up games during the balance of the July 4 week if necessary.  

10U JAMBOREE: July 21-22 (end of 10U season)

STATE PLAY-OFFS: July 23-27 Statewide B level playoffs for 14U and 12U

STATE TOURNAMENT: July 28-29 for 12U-14U A&B teams (end of season for these teams) 


2018 Age Segment Information

SUMMER 8U 

  • COST: $195
  • For players born between 9/1/2009 and 8/31/2011.
  • The 8U season runs from early May through mid-June. 
  • 8U players participate in our in-house developmental program, meaning practices and scrimmages, but no league play.  
  • No evaluations("tryouts") for 8U.
  • PRACTICES:  Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm at Manor Park.
  • MHS YOUTH NIGHT HALFTIME SCRIMMAGE:  Thursday, May 17
    • 8U players will run an inter-squad scrimmage at halftime during the MHS-Edina varsity lacrosse game, will line up with varsity players for national anthem at the start of the game, and will welcome varsity players to the field during introductions with a "high-five tunnel."  Game begins at 5pm.    
  • SCRIMMAGES: 8U players will scrimmage with other associations' 8U players as available; potential for end-of-season jamboree if we have sufficient interest.
    • Team scrimmage during halftime at MHS varsity lacrosse game in May. 
  • REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, mouth guard, protective cup, and lacrosse stick. Starter kits are available online or at local stores. MLA can provide rental lacrosse sticks, if needed, on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the boys' youth director for more information about rental sticks. Equipment from others sports will be permitted at this age segment, e.g., hockey helmet, hockey gloves and hockey shoulder pads.
  • MLA practice pinnie will be included with registration fee. 
  • US Lacrosse membership recommended but not required
     

SUMMER 10U 

  • COST: $450
  • For players born between 9/1/2007 and 8/31/2009.
  • 10U players will be participating in YLM league play against other community-based lacrosse associations. At the 10U segment, YLM play features:  
    • Small-sided (7v7) games played on a modified field to encourage passing and allow for more ball touches.
    • Heavily modified NFHS rules that generally adhere to US Lacrosse's rules for youth play. These rules focus on player safety, e.g., by prohibiting above-the-shoulder stick checks, one-handed stick checks, and nearly all body checking. 
    • The two-pass rule (a/k/a the "Hot Rule") will be enforced during games to encourage passing pursuant to YLM policy. 
    • New this year: in-game substitutions "on the fly," to match substitution procedures at higher levels of play.    
  • PLAYER EVALUATIONS ("TRYOUTS"):
    • April 28-29, Badger Park, 11:00am - 12:30pm (date and time subject to change based on weather conditions)
    • All players are required to attend tryouts, which will be used to determine proper player placement so that we can create balanced 10U teams.
    • Find complete tryout details towards the bottom of this page under "Minnetonka Youth Boys Lacrosse Player Evaluation Information for Summer 2018."  
  • TOURNAMENTS:
    • Bloomington Bait Bucket, June 8- 10.
  • PRACTICES: Practices will begin in early May. On average, players can expect two to three practices per week in May and one to two practices per week in June and July (plus one game per week).
  • GAMES: Game play will begin the week of June 4. YLM typically releases the game schedule the last week of May. On average, 10U teams play one game per week, but scheduling conditions may require two games per week in YLM's discretion, not including make-up games. YLM does not schedule games July 5-8, but has reserved the right to use those dates if needed for make-up games.  
  • END-OF-SEASON YLM JAMBOREE: July 21-22, site TBD
  • REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Full lacrosse equipment required. See equipment information and requirements below.
  • UNIFORMS: Uniforms required and included in registration fee. See information on uniform sizing below.
     

SUMMER 12U and 14U

  • COST: $495
  • 12U for players born between 9/1/2005 and 8/31/2007.
  • 14U for players born between 6/1/2003 and 8/31/2005 (or players who have not yet started 9th grade, subject to the discretion of the Boys' Youth Director).
  • These age groups will be participating in league play with full-field games and lightly modified NFHS rules. There will be one A-team and one or two B-teams at each age level, depending on registration numbers.
  • A-teams and B-teams at 12U and 14U: Players will be evaluated prior to the start of the season ("tryouts") so that MLA can roster an A-team and one or two B-teams at each of the 12U and 14U segments.
    • Players selected for the A-teams at each age segment will be expected to attend every practice, game, and tournament. It is not realistic to expect to participate in two activities during the lacrosse season and meet these attendance expectations. Coaches will have the discretion to limit playing time if a player's attendance becomes an issue. 
  • PLAYER EVALUATIONS ("TRYOUTS"):
    • April 28-29, Badger Park
      • 1:00pm - 3:00pm for 12U
      • 4:00 - 6:00pm for 14U
      • Tryout dates and times subject to change based on weather conditions
    • All players are required to attend tryouts, which will be used to determine proper player placement on 12U/14U A and B teams in accordance with MLA and YLM policy.
    • Find complete tryout details towards the bottom of this page under "Minnetonka Youth Boys Lacrosse Player Evaluation Information for Summer 2018."  
  • PRACTICES: Practices will begin in early May. On average, players can expect two to three practices per week in May and one to two practices per week in June and July (plus one game per week).
  • GAMES: Game play will begin the week of June 4. YLM typically releases the game schedule the last week of May. On average, 10U teams play one game per week, but scheduling conditions may require two games per week in YLM's discretion, not including make-up games. YLM does not schedule games July 5-8, but has reserved the right to use those dates if needed for make-up games.   
  • TOURNAMENTS
    • Sota Lax, June 2-3, Farmington, MN
      12U & 14U A-teams
    • Bloomington Bait Bucket, June 8-10 
      12U & 14U A- and B-teams
    • YLM Statewide B-level playoffs, July 23-27
      14U B-teams and 12 B-teams
    • YLM State Tournament, July 28-29
      U14 and U12 A- and B-teams
      End of season

Summary of Age Segments and Associated Registration Fees

8U (DOB between 9/1/2009 and 8/31/2011) -- $195
10U (DOB between 9/1/2007 and 8/31/2009) -- $450
12U (DOB between 9/1/2005 and 8/31/2007) -- $495
14U (DOB between 6/1/2003 and 8/31/2005, or not yet started 9th grade) -- $495

Registration fee includes: new uniform (pinnie for 8U), tournament fees, player evaluations ("tryouts"), turf time, and coaches' compensation.

Player segmentation subject to US Lacrosse player segmentation guidelines 

Requests for age waivers to "play up" or "play down" should be submitted to the Boys' Youth DirectorThese requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with the final determination subject to the sole discretion of the Boys' Youth Director. 


Call for Coaches: We're always looking for new coaches. If you or someone you know would enjoy coaching or helping a coach during practices, please contact the Boys' Youth Director

Call for Managers: We will need team managers and "chill" managers during the season. These position requires a minimal mandatory orientation and then mostly involve either helping coaches with team communications and logistics, e.g., helping set up carpools to games, helping organize a team picnic at tournaments or for the end of the season, sending out game reminders for coaches, and helping to keep parent-spectators "chill" on the sideline. 

Help us Spread the Word: If you know players who might be interested in lacrosse but haven't tried it yet, help us make sure they know that MLA will take all players regardless of experience and place them on a developmentally appropriate team. Summer lacrosse is a great off-season activity for hockey players, soccer players, and basketball players, and it just might become their favorite sport! Please help us spread the word and become part of our grass-roots recruiting network.  


Minnetonka Youth Boys Lacrosse Player Evaluation Information for Summer 2018

Player evaluations (“tryouts”) will be held for U12 and U14 to determine the A-team and B-team players at each level.

Player evaluations will be held for U10 so that we can form balanced teams as required by YLM rule. 

All tryouts will be held at Badger Park field as follows (dates are firm, but times are subject to change based on weather conditions, evaluators' availability, and priority scheduling needs):

Saturday, April 28, 2018
10U - Arrive 10:30am - Tryouts 11:00am to 12:30pm
12U - Arrive 12:30pm - Tryouts 1:00pm to 3:00pm
14U - Arrive 3:30pm - Tryouts 4:00pm to 6:00pm 

Sunday, April 29, 2018
10U - Arrive 10:30am - Tryouts 11:00am to 12:30pm
12U - Arrive 12:30pm - Tryouts 1:00pm to 3:00pm
14U - Arrive 3:30pm - Tryouts 4:00pm to 6:00pm 

ALL PLAYERS MUST ATTEND BOTH PLAYER EVALUATION SESSIONS FOR THEIR AGE SEGMENT.  

The format of the tryout sessions assumes that players will attend BOTH sessions. In the event that a player cannot attend one session due to injury, illness, or similar circumstances, MLA will require documentation to substantiate the absence. Upon receipt of acceptable documentation, MLA will consider the player for placement on an A-team (at the 12U or 14U segment) based on the player's evaluation data from the session attended and based on feedback from previous coaches.

A player's placement on an A-team or B-team during any previous season does not guarantee the same placement this season.

To participate in tryouts, players must be registered and paid in full.

EVALUATORS: Minnetonka Lacrosse has contracted with LaxLabs to conduct the evaluations. We are excited and fortunate to have LaxLabs' objective staff assessing our players this year. 

Player’s development will vary by age and will be taken into consideration by the evaluators 

MLA will hold at least one pre-tryout clinic in April (date and time TBD) so that players can experience the drills and understand the criteria that evaluators will apply during tryouts.  All registered 12U and 14U players will receive an email explaining tryout criteria and tryout drills prior to tryouts. 
 

TRYOUT PROCEDURES:

•    Tryouts are “open” meaning that spectators may watch the tryouts but may NOT have contact with any player, evaluator, or coach during the evaluation.       
•    When you register for summer lacrosse, you have to option to indicate what position your son prefers to play. This preference does not guarantee that your son will play that position during the season. Coaches will be empowered to place players at the position best suited to the players' skills, abilities, and development. Your son’s positional preference will, however, be a factor in evaluation—e.g., your son may be the #22 ranked player overall, but the #4 ranked defenseman according to positional preference. Positionally ranked players (e.g., top 4 attackmen, top 6 midfielders, and top 4 defensemen) will make up the core of each A-team, with the balance of the A-team being filled out by the "best athletes" available as determined by our expert evaluators. 
•   As indicated above, players should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of their evaluation session to allow themselves time to sign in, pick up their tryout pinnie, warm up, and be 100% ready to play when their tryout begins.
•    Players should warm up on their own prior to the start of their evaluation session. 
•    Players must wear all required equipment for evaluations: a lacrosse helmet, legal lacrosse gloves, lacrosse arm pads, lacrosse shoulder pads, a protective athletic cup, a legal lacrosse stick, and appropriate footwear (cleats or turf shoes). No exceptions.
•    Players must return their tryout pinnie at the end of each session. 
•    Players are reminded of MLA's policy prohibiting their participating in any MLA-sanctioned event (including these evaluations) while wearing logos or decals from another association, team, club, camp, clinic, or school.  This policy covers all gear, e.g., bags, gloves, pads, helmets, jerseys, socks, shorts, shirts, etc.
•    Players may wear Minnetonka logo apparel during the evaluations.

Minnetonka Youth Boys Lacrosse Player Evaluation Information for Summer 2018

Player evaluations (“tryouts”) will be held for U12 and U14 to determine the A-team and B-team players at each level.

Player evaluations will be held for U10 so that we can form balanced teams as required by YLM rule. 

All tryouts will be held at Badger Park field as follows (dates are firm, but times are subject to change based on weather conditions, evaluators' availability, and priority scheduling needs):

Saturday, April 28, 2018
10U - Arrive 10:30am - Tryouts 11:00am to 12:30pm
12U - Arrive 12:30pm - Tryouts 1:00pm to 3:00pm
14U - Arrive 3:30pm - Tryouts 4:00pm to 6:00pm 

Sunday, April 29, 2018
10U - Arrive 10:30am - Tryouts 11:00am to 12:30pm
12U - Arrive 12:30pm - Tryouts 1:00pm to 3:00pm
14U - Arrive 3:30pm - Tryouts 4:00pm to 6:00pm 

ALL PLAYERS MUST ATTEND BOTH PLAYER EVALUATION SESSIONS FOR THEIR AGE SEGMENT.  

The format of the tryout sessions assumes that players will attend BOTH sessions. In the event that a player cannot attend one session due to injury, illness, or similar circumstances, MLA will require documentation to substantiate the absence. Upon receipt of acceptable documentation, MLA will consider the player for placement on an A-team (at the 12U or 14U segment) based on the player's evaluation data from the session attended and based on feedback from previous coaches.

A player's placement on an A-team or B-team during any previous season does not guarantee the same placement this season.

To participate in tryouts, players must be registered and paid in full.

EVALUATORS: Minnetonka Lacrosse has contracted with LaxLabs to conduct the evaluations. We are excited and fortunate to have LaxLabs' objective staff assessing our players this year. 

Player’s development will vary by age and will be taken into consideration by the evaluators 

MLA will hold at least one pre-tryout clinic in April (date and time TBD) so that players can experience the drills and understand the criteria that evaluators will apply during tryouts.  All registered 12U and 14U players will receive an email explaining tryout criteria and tryout drills prior to tryouts. 
 

TRYOUT PROCEDURES:

•    Tryouts are “open” meaning that spectators may watch the tryouts but may NOT have contact with any player, evaluator, or coach during the evaluation.       
•    When you register for summer lacrosse, you have to option to indicate what position your son prefers to play. This preference does not guarantee that your son will play that position during the season. Coaches will be empowered to place players at the position best suited to the players' skills, abilities, and development. Your son’s positional preference will, however, be a factor in evaluation—e.g., your son may be the #22 ranked player overall, but the #4 ranked defenseman according to positional preference. Positionally ranked players (e.g., top 4 attackmen, top 6 midfielders, and top 4 defensemen) will make up the core of each A-team, with the balance of the A-team being filled out by the "best athletes" available as determined by our expert evaluators. 
•   As indicated above, players should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of their evaluation session to allow themselves time to sign in, pick up their tryout pinnie, warm up, and be 100% ready to play when their tryout begins.
•    Players should warm up on their own prior to the start of their evaluation session. 
•    Players must wear all required equipment for evaluations: a lacrosse helmet, legal lacrosse gloves, lacrosse arm pads, lacrosse shoulder pads, a protective athletic cup, a legal lacrosse stick, and appropriate footwear (cleats or turf shoes). No exceptions.
•    Players must return their tryout pinnie at the end of each session. 
•    Players are reminded of MLA's policy prohibiting their participating in any MLA-sanctioned event (including these evaluations) while wearing logos or decals from another association, team, club, camp, clinic, or school.  This policy covers all gear, e.g., bags, gloves, pads, helmets, jerseys, socks, shorts, shirts, etc.
•    Players may wear Minnetonka logo apparel during the evaluations.


Equipment

Full lacrosse gear is required: lacrosse helmet, stick, gloves, shoulder pads, arm pads, mouth guard, cleats and protective cup. A new team uniform (reversible jersey and shorts) must be purchased during registration. MLA does not require a specific color for a boy’s helmet or gloves but it must be decal and logo free, with the exception of a Minnetonka logo/decal.  This policy went into effect for the 2014 summer lacrosse season and includes tryouts.

Team issued uniforms will be required for games, scrimmages and tournaments.  No exceptions.   MLA does not require a specific color for a lacrosse helmet or gloves but we do suggest white or Tonka Blue if possible.


US Lacrosse Membership

A $30 US Lacrosse Membership is required for all players to complete the registration process. It is strongly recommended that you confirm your membership status prior to beginning the registration process. Please use the following link to confirm:

Locate your US Lacrosse membership number and check membership status HERE

US Lacrosse Website


Refunds

Up until a program registration closes, the Minnetonka Lacrosse Association (MLA) will give consideration to written requests for withdrawals and refunds. In all cases MLA will retain a 15% processing fee for costs incurred from our registration service and administrative costs.

After a program registration has closed, no refunds or cancellations will be given except in the case of injury or similar extenuating circumstance that prevents practice and game participation. In such cases, the Minnetonka Lacrosse Association Board of Directors must approve the refund, and may require documentation to substantiate the refund request.

No refunds will be given in the case where program sessions must be canceled due to weather, facilities cancellations, or other situations beyond MLA’s control​.


Questions

Please direct questions to:

Colin Winkler, Boys' Youth Director, via email to boysyouthdir@mtkalax.org