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Tuesday, February 25


Springfield Athletic Association Boys Lacrosse Program

Program Description

The Springfield Youth Lacrosse Program is designed to introduce boys in Kindergarten through 8th grade to the game of lacrosse by helping each boy learn and develop lacrosse skills while playing with and against boys of the same ability.  Our focus is to teach the boys the fundamentals of the game and sportsmanship in a positive and fun environment.

Our goal is to teach the boys to enjoy the game and share in the same passion for lacrosse as the coaching staff.  We hope that the lessons learned on the lacrosse filed will help the boys continue on to successful athletic and academic careers.  Hopefully in the future, they will return to the lacrosse fields in their communities and “Pay It Forward” to the next generation of lacrosse players.

All players are required to be a member of the Springfield Athletic Association in order to participate in the lacrosse program.  General registration for the SAA will be open in January.  You can register on-line or in person at the Springfield Township building.  Please visit the SAA website for details


Jr. Laxers Program
Open to boys in Kindergarten and First Grade

The primary purpose of the Jr. Laxer's Clinic is to introduce the sport of lacrosse to our youngest boys and teach them the basic skills of lacrosse in a safe, fun and non-competitive atmosphere (scooping, catching, throwing & cradling).  Each boy is required to provide his own lacrosse stick.  No other equipment is required--these are "soft" lacrosse skill clinics.  We use soft foam rubber balls and there will be no stick or body checking.  The Jr. Laxers will meet four to six times in April and May.  The dates, location and times of the clinic will be posted on this site in April (based on weather and field availability).


Intramural Program
Open to boys in Second, Third and Fourth Grades

The goals of the Intramural Program are to introduce the basic skills and concepts of lacrosse, develop sportsmanship and teamwork and have fun!  Each player must supply their own helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, stick and mouth guard.  Loaner helmets are available on a first come, first served basis.  Goalie equipment will be provided. In the event that providing equipment is a hardship, please contact Chris DeBernardi or Brain Gougler.
  The Intramural program will meet on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, starting in March and ending in May.  The first half of the practice will be instructional; the second half of the practice will be games (8 v 8, short field format).  No travel is required.  Boys in 3rd and 4th grade who are playing on the travel team are encouraged to attend the Intramural practices.

For current information, please click on the intramural program tab on the  left.


Travel Program

Open to boys in Third through Eighth Grades

All of the travel teams will play in the South Eastern Youth Lacrosse Association (SEPYLA).  The teams are organized in the following divisions:  A level is for 7th and 8th gradersB level is for 5th and 6th gradersC level is for 3rd and 4th graders. The A1, B1 and C1 teams play against the some of 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 A3, B2, and C2 teams generally have a greater disparity of talent with some first year players participating on these teams.  Evaluations for all the A and B level teams are held in the fall.  Evaluations for the C level team are held in the spring.  The travel teams generally practice two evenings per week and play a minimum of one game on the weekends (with travel required for away games and tournaments).  Boys trying out for travel teams are expected to make the coaches aware if baseball or another activities that may interfere with attending practice, games and tournaments.

Each player must supply their own helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, stick and mouth guard.  Loaner helmets are available on a first come, first served basis.  Goalie equipment will be provided.  In the event that providing equipment is a hardship, please contact Chris DeBernardi or Brain Gougler.


Registration is on a first come first serve basis and there may be a waiting list.  The Program reserves the right to modify the team configurations including adding or dropping a team due to insufficient coaching volunteers.  Playing time will be affected if an effort is not made to attend and participate in practice



US Lacrosse Memberships

The Springfield Athletic Association and SEPYLA do not require players and coaches to carry a US Lacrosse membership.  A US Lacrosse membership is required to participate in some tournaments, camps and club programs.  In addition to supporting the national governing body of lacrosse, members receive additional insurance benefits (liability and accident) and a subscription to Lacrosse Magazine.  When either joining or renewing your US Lacrosse membership, please select the Group ID: 2438852, Springfield Boys Youth Lacrosse so that your membership will be linked to our organization (for boys playing on club teams, you can link your membership to multiple organizations).  More information on memberships can be found at the US Lacrosse website.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

2014 Navy Blue Lacrosse Shorts Order Form

Navy blue, performance shorts with gold "S" on left leg.
Sample sizes are available--see your coach.
These are the same style shorts as last year (2013)

Shorts are $20 each--CASH ONLY--due at time of pick-up.

Order Deadline is Wednesday, March 12th at Midnight--orders received after this date will not be processed

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PMbzWu_qoF8DrhOTK6d2WECw08PXzNRAYypoq7B6vgw/viewform


2014/2015 Evaluation Dates:

Please remember to register for the 2015 SAA season (on-line registration opens in January) and select travel lacrosse as one of your sports.

Travel Team Tryout Dates:

3rd and 4th grade evaluation will take place in February/March 2014 

5th and 6th grade evaluations will take place November 16th 4pm – 5:30pm (Memorial Park top field)
 
7th and 8th grade evaluations will take place November 16th 2:30pm - 4pm (Memorial  Park top field) 
 
 
 
 
 
Travel Team Evaluation Policy:

Players must attend ONE evaluation or be excused by the Director (contact Brian Gougler if you are unable to attend either of the evaluation practices) to be eligible to play on a travel team in the spring.

It is strongly advised that players attend both evaluations to ensure they have the opportunity to play well.

All players must register for the Springfield Athletic Association 2014 season no later than February 15th, 2014 (2015registration will open in January, 2015) Players who are registered SAA members by 2/15/2014 but failed to attend one evaluation (or be excused) will be placed on a waiting list.





Lacrosse Helmet Distribution:
Lacrosse Helmets will be available for players who wish to borrow them for the season.  Please contact your coach if you need a helmet.          

EXPERIENCED LACROSSE PLAYERS NEEDED TO COACH

Springfield Lacrosse needs coaching volunteers to field all the teams. If there are not enough coaches for all the teams based on the registration numbers, we may have to institute a waiting list and add teams provided there are volunteer coaches available and there are enough boys on the waiting list to field a team. Anyone interested (or if you know of anyone) in coaching, assisting, or helping with the administration of any of the teams, please contact Brian Gougler.



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SAA LACROSSE DIRECTOR
Please address all questions & comments regarding the Boys Youth Lacrosse Program to:

 
Brian Gougler @ 610-544-5086

SAA Boys Lacrosse Program Directors


E-mail Brian Gougler



THE BOYS NEED YOUR HELP
Springfield Lacrosse needs coaching volunteers to field all the teams. If there are not enough coaches for all the teams based on the registration numbers, we may have to institute a waiting list and add teams provided there are volunteer coaches available and there are enough boys on the waiting list to field a team. Anyone interested (or if you know of anyone) in coaching, assisting, or helping w/ the administration of any of the teams, please contact:

 
Brian Gougler @ 610-544-5086


 
E-mail Brian Gougler