2018 Will bring significant changes to the Scituate Youth Lacrosse Boys program.
Three major changes ahead:
- The program will be grade based.
- The structure of the teams will be A & B from 4th grade to 8th grade.
- Grades 3 through 8 will join the Town Pride League (TPL).
WHY GRADE BASED? We feel strongly that a grade based structure facilitates player development, improves the quality and consistency of the game, and allows players to remain with their classmates. The experience from other youth lacrosse programs that have gone grade based is positive and has typically led to increased total participation in the sport. Duxbury, Hingham, Norwell, Cohasset, Marshfield, Hanover, Lincoln-Sudbury, Medfield, and Concord are all grade base programs.
WHY A/B STRUCTURE? It is our belief that this format is more inclusive than exclusive. It allows players of all abilities to participate at a level that encourages development, builds confidence, and allows players to develop at their own pace. The fact is all kids mature differently.
WHO WILL EVALUATE PLAYERS? Teams will be selected based on evaluations AND input from prior season’s coaches. We will have a snapshot of the player’s current abilities as well as feedback from prior season with an emphasis on how coachable a player is and attitude.
WILL A PLAYER HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY ON THE A TEAM IF HE IS ORIGINALLY PLACED ON THE B TEAM? ABSOLUTELY YES. Our numbers will allow room for 2-4 players to play up on certain occasions. Does this mean they will not play on their regular team that week? NO, the player will play with his regular team.
WILL THERE BE GROWING PAINS? Yes, this is a big transition for the program that will impact field availability, coaching staff, practice plans, and scheduling.
In the future Scituate youth lacrosse will offer more year-round opportunities for players to improve their skills. Much of it will be at no additional cost. We will have position specific training, defense, midfield, attack, and goalie clinics, as well as general skill sessions.
If you have any questions my contact details are below.
SYL Boys Director