Radnor Boys' Youth Lacrosse: News

Monday, January 21
Program Description


(Member of the Radnor Athletic Association and Sponsored by the Police Athletic League)


The Radnor Youth Lacrosse Program is designed to introduce boys to the game of lacrosse and to help each boy learn to play the game and develop lacrosse skills while playing with and against boys of the same ability.  Our priorities are to provide “playing time” for each boy, enjoyment of the game, and to teach fundamentals of the game and sportsmanship.  We try to meet our goals by starting boys in grades 2 (see below re: second graders) through 5 in a house league (the Hooper – Gill League) and fielding travel teams for boys in grades 5 though 8 in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association (SEPYLA).   Second GradersNot all second graders are ready for this type of competitive experience or are physically or emotionally mature enough to play lacrosse.  Parents should make as objective an appraisal of their son’s athletic maturity as possible.  If the second grader cannot keep his head straight wearing a helmet, he is not physically ready.  If he cannot maintain focus or is not ready for competition, he should wait a year. RYL will pull boys that are not ready out of the house league and  may offer them introductory “soft lacrosse” sessions that will meet throughout the Spring, but not every week.  This assumes that there are sufficient number of such 2nd graders.

Hooper - Gill League for Grades 2 through 5

Our house league is named the Hooper–Gill League (“H-GL”). Phil Hooper and Doug Gill were two dedicated coaches in this program who passed away due to cancer.  We named the house league after them to remind us of their sportsmanship and dedication to the sport.  After the first two to three Sunday sessions, the boys in the H-GL will be divided into two divisions of teams of 10-15 players which will then practice every Friday evening and play every Sunday afternoon.  High school lacrosse players assist parent coaches.  The games are played on a shortened field with 6 players and a goalie on the field at a time for each team.  The Senior Division is composed of mostly 4th and 5th graders with some 3rd graders.

Travel Programs for Grades 5 through 8

The travel teams will play in SEPYLA.  The “A” level is for 7th and 8th graders and the “B” level is for 5th and 6th graders.  The A1 and B1 teams play against the most competitive youth lacrosse teams in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey; therefore, the boys trying out for these teams should be committed to playing lacrosse as their first Spring sport.  The A2, A3, B2, and B3 teams generally have a greater disparity of talent with first year players participating on these teams.  Boys who are unsure of their commitment to lacrosse or for whom lacrosse is a second sport should express a preference for these levels.  The A level games are generally played on Saturdays and the B level games are generally played on Sunday afternoons.  However, it is possible that in view of the number of teams that we will field at the A level that we will need to schedule some A2 and A3 games on Sunday.  Some B games will be scheduled on Saturdays to accommodate our opponents.   The teams generally practice one evening per week though additional practices may be scheduled.  Though we attempt to avoid conflicts with baseball, boys trying out for travel teams are expected to make the coaches aware if baseball or another sport will be priorities because the league requires a minimum number of players for a game and coaches will have to plan accordingly. 

After School Program for 7th and 8th Graders


Radnor Youth Lacrosse  sponsors a weekday after school program which will breakdown into two teams that will play other middle school teams.  This program is open to 7th and 8th graders who attend schools that do not have boys lacrosse programs.

  ·          ELIGIBILITY

This program is open to Radnor residents in 2nd through 8th grades.  Residence and school enrollment are subject to verification upon request.


The Hooper-Gill League is designed to minimize conflicts with baseball.  Due to our travel teams’ participation in a league, games are scheduled accordingly to the league as set forth above.  We try to avoid conflict with basketball early in the season, and with the RMS 8th grade play rehearsals.


Players must supply their own helmets, shoulder pads, arms pads, gloves and a stick.  Game jerseys, goaltender equipment and mouth guards are provided.  IN THE EVENT THAT THIS IS A HARDSHIP, PLEASE CONTACT PETER SAMSON AT 610 964-0672 or plsam@msn.com.

·          SCHEDULE

Weather and field conditions permitting, practice for 5th through 8th graders ill start on March 1 and 2, 2008, and assuming we have access to fields will be held on Saturdays and Sundays until the season begins on the weekend of March 29-30, 2008. The season will run until early to mid-June.  The Hooper-Gill League starts on March 16, 2008 and the season will end in early June. 


          We can always use more coaches with lacrosse experience, and we need help in running this Program.  Please volunteer if you can help with coaching or in performing administrative tasks. 


Peter Samson, 610 964-0672               Gary Martin 610 526-9553               

   ·          REGISTRATION

With the exception to those who need financial assistance, all registrations will be conducted via the internet. Those who participated in the program in 20067 will be prompted by email to register or may follow the instructions that will be posted on this web site. Those who are unable to register online or who need financial assistance should come to Radnor Elementary School on January 26, 2008 between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM 

·          COMMUNICATION          

The primary means of communication has historically been through the Voice Mail system which is reached by telephoning 610 989-1776.  The boys are expected to call to learn or confirm the schedule for each week.  However, we expect that many coaches will shift to using our new Website for communication starting this year.