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To be eligible for an 8U program, birthdate must be  9/1/2015 - 8/31/2017


Registration for this program is closed. To inquire about possible open spots, email the contacts at the bottom of the page, 

2024 Boys Spring/Summer 8U Travel

Registration deadline friday, February 16



All skill levels from beginner to experienced welcome! Practices will start the first week of May. Teams generally practice 2 weeknights per week, Monday to Thursday. Some coaches may schedule extra weeknight practices depending on game schedules and coaches’/players’ availability.

League play is anticipated to start as early as June 3rd and end the last week of July. Game schedules will be known at the end of May.  The 6 games are played on weeknight evenings Monday through Thursday with half the games being AWAY games. The 8U End-of-Season Jamboree games run on July 20 and 21.

A local weekend tournament is also planned June 7-9 in Shakopee  And we may have some opportunities for a few weekend scrimmages as we gear up for the season


Our uniform ordering process has changed this year. Registration fees do not include uniforms. Instead, upon close of registration, an email will be sent to all registered players with link and directions for ordering uniforms directly from Squad Locker. You will pay for uniforms directly to Squad Locker and they will be sent directly to your house. 

Required Uniform Pieces ($96.90):

1 jersey $55.95

1 pair of shorts $39.95


Full protective equipment is required per USA Lacrosse:  lacrosse helmet, non-tethered mouth guard, chest protector NOCSAE certified for the prevention of commotio cordis, elbow pads, gloves, protective cup, cleats, water bottle, and lacrosse stick for position. 

REMINDER: Chest protectors must be NOCSAE certified for the prevention of commotio cordis as of 1/1/22.  Please see details at



Practices will be 2 weeknights per week - 1 hour per practice.  May schedules will be available after registration closes and the number of teams and coaches has been determined.  June and July practice schedules will be determined in late May after the June/July game schedules have been announced by the league.


During May, we will look for opportunities to do some preseason scrimmages with other area lacrosse associations.  More details to come.


Regular season games will occur in June and July.  The schedule will be announced in late May by the league.  

  • The first game could be as early as Monday, June 3rd.

  • Expect 1-2 games per week - some in Edina, some in other areas of the Twin Cities.  Games are scheduled on weeknight evenings Mon-Thu. 8U will have 6 regular season games.  3 will be home games.

  • No scheduled games July 2-6 in observance of the July 4th holiday. 

  • 8U Travel teams will participate in the end of season YLM jamboree on July 20-21. Teams may be consolidated and/or reorganized depending on availability.


  • River Valley Rumble in Shakopee weekend of June 7-9


8U TRAVEL:  $325*

*A payment plan is offered at sign up that will allow you to make 3 equal payments: 1st at registration, 2nd automatically withdrawn 30 days later, and 3rd payment automatically withdrawn 30 days after the 2nd payment. (NOTE:  a 3.15% transaction fee of the full registration amount + $1.50 service fee is added to each payment).

Registration fee includes: 

  • Certified and experienced coaching staff

  • Edina Park & Rec per-player fees and field costs

  • League fees

  • tournaments and scrimmages

  • End-of-season 8U Jamboree



Edina Lacrosse Association is a non-profit volunteer run organization. Without family volunteers, we cannot function.  Each summer season one adult family member from each family must volunteer at least one time for at least one of the following:

  • Team Manager (1 per 8U Travel team and 1 for the 8U House program).  This is a team’s communication liaison between the coach and parents, plans tournament needs/communications, ensures game volunteers are assigned and plans in-season and end-of-season fun. Please note your interest in this position during your registration.  Training will be provided.

  • Parents interested in assisting coaches are also welcome!  If interested, please note on your registration. Lacrosse experience is helpful, but not necessary. New volunteer assistant coaches will be paired with experienced program and head coaches.

  • Scoreboard operator during home games and scrimmages (ALL families, on rotation)

  • Game clock operator during home games and scrimmages (ALL families, on rotation)

  • Field set-up for home games (ALL families, on rotation)

  • Field close-down for home games (ALL families, on rotation)

  • “Chill” side-line managers (ALL families, on rotation)



  • Ages: Typically 1st and 2nd graders.  Birthdate requirements are communicated with each registration.  ELA adheres to US Lacrosse age guidelines.
  • As with all of our programs, our goal is for our players to enjoy lacrosse, while working on team work and lacrosse skills at the same time.  Focus is on basic lacrosse skill development, particularly stick skills and fundamentals of game play.  Games are played 5 v 5 with no goalie.  
  • Spring Box Lacrosse Season:  Because of the fast pace and high number of passes and plays players are involved in Box Lacrosse, ELA has incorporated Box Lacrosse into its core player development programs.  The season, starting late February and running through early April, will include weekly games on Saturdays or Sundays (will require some travel in the Twin Cities Metro) and weekly practices.  Registration launches in late November or early December usually.
  • Main Season:  The main season is our spring/summer program.  
    • Travel League - starts in May and runs through July; involves 2 evening practices per week, plus a game with the Twin Cities metro (half are generally home games).  6 games total are played between June and July.  Tournaments are also offered as either part of program or separate registration.
    • Registration generally launches in January for the upcoming summer.  Fees vary each year.
    •  Uniforms required and can be ordered  via Squad Locker link that will be sent out to all registered players upon close of registration.
    • Players looking for shorter season with only local scrimmages against other ELA 8U teams should check out our 8U House program: 8U House Program
  • Fall Season:  Generally, several new players enter the 8U program in the fall since the fall is when the new birth date guidelines go into effect.  The fall program can vary.  It may be a weekly clinic format, or it may be a fall travel league.  Registration generally launches in June/July for the upcoming fall.
  • Winter Season: The winter program is a weekly clinic to keep players engaged in lacrosse - generally Sunday afternoons in January and February.  Registration generally launches in early November.
  • Full Lacrosse Equipment Required: lacrosse helmets, mouth guards, chest pads with shoulder guards, elbow pads, gloves, cup, cleats, stick, water bottle.
  • Experienced coaches.  Will ask for parent volunteers as assistant coaches and team managers.
  • Requires US Lacrosse membership current and valid through end of the season

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Youth Lacrosse Minnesota League (YLM) Rules:

Please visit this link for details.

Questions about our 8U Program?

Kristopher Wilson

VP of Boys Program

Emily Segura

8U Boys Program Coordinator

Phone: 225-931-9187