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BOYS 12U PROGRAM

USA LACROSSE AGE LEVEL GUIDELINES

2022-2023 AGE GUIDELINES
Effective 9/1/22 through 8/31/23

To choose the program your player is eligible to play, find their birth date in the date ranges below.

Kindergarten Program:  Current & Incoming Kindergarteners
 8U House & Travel Program:  9/1/2014 - 8/31/2016
10U Program:  9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014
12U Program:  9/1/2010 - 8/31/2012
14U Program:  6/1/2008 - 8/31/2010
*6/1 cut-off date is for current 8th graders only, although all 8th graders can play. 
Current 9th graders are not allowed to play on a 14U team per league rules, but some of our offseason programming will include 9th graders.

USA LACROSSE MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

An USA Lacrosse Membership is required for our programs.  When registering, our system validates USA Lacrosse Memberships.  Please make sure your player's name, zip code and date of birth match what you used when signing up for your USA Lacrosse Membership.



Youth Lacrosse Minnesota League Rules:

Please visit this link for details.


ACTIVE 12U REGISTRATIONS

Summer 2023 12U registration is closed.


2023 12U BOYS SUMMER LACROSSE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH - INCLUDING SEPARATE UNIFORM ORDER (IF NEEDED)

UNIFORMS

Registration fees do not include uniforms as uniforms from last summer can be reused for this season. If you do not have a uniform from last summer, you can order through our uniform provider through a separate order. 

  • NOTE:  some of you may have joined our fall or winter 2022 clinics or box lacrosse 2023 - if so, the jersey you received is probably OK for this upcoming summer, but you may want to order shorts.  If questions, please contact us at edinayouthlacrosse@gmail.com.

  • The ordering deadline for uniforms is also Friday, 2/17/23. All details, including fitting information and the ordering link, can be found at https://www.edinalacrosse.com/uniforms2023.  

IMPORTANT!

All players must be using NOCSAE certified chest pads for the prevention of Commotio Cordis, per USA Lacrosse rules effective 1/1/22. Players will not be allowed to play if they do not have the required chest pads. The new chest pads are available locally and online at various sporting goods and lacrosse retailers. More details can be found at https://www.edinalacrosse.com/boyslacrossegear

GENERAL SEASON SCHEDULE:

Player Evaluations will happen mid to late April to determine team placement. All players will be on a team - generally we have 1 12UA team and 1-2 12UB teams. Team placement announcements will be made by Sunday, April 30th.

Practices will start the first week of May, right after player evaluations. Teams generally practice 2 weeknights per week. Some coaches may schedule extra weeknight practices depending on game schedules and coaches’/players’ availability.

League play is anticipated to start as early as Thursday, June 1st and end the last week of July. Games are played on weeknight evenings Monday through Thursday with about half the games being AWAY games. 12U State Tournament games run through the weekend of July 29th through July 30th.

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

12U EVALUATIONS

12U will have player evaluations to determine team placement in late April (timing/location TBA - will entail 2 sessions). There will be (1) A-Team and (1) or (2) balanced B-Teams – all players will be assigned to a team.  Optional preseason clinics (by positions) may be offered as a tune-up for 12U players prior to evaluations – more details and registration will be provided later this winter.

GOALIES

12U dedicated goalies are needed!  Equipment is provided. A 50% registration discount will be given – PRIOR to completing registration, please contact us at edinayouthlacrosse@gmail.com to get a discount code to use.  ELA goalies receive additional goalie specific training during the season. Teams that do not have a dedicated goalie will need to have players rotate as goalies during games.

TOURNAMENTS 

Each 12U team will participate in an additional Twin Cities Metro weekend tournament during the season. The 12U registration fee covers the cost of a tournament. Currently we anticipate participating again in the Shakopee River Valley Rumble tournament, the weekend of June 9-11, 2023. More details will be shared once finalized.

SEASON TIMELINE OVERVIEW

1.  EVALUATIONS:  2 SESSIONS IN LATE APRIL (TIMING/LOCATION TBA)

Our league, Youth Lacrosse MN (YLM), requires (1) A-Team and balanced B-Teams at the Boys 12U Age Level.  As a result, ALL 12U PLAYERS must attend evaluations.  Every player will be on a team!  Optional preseason clinics (by positions) may be offered as a tune-up for 12U players prior to evaluations – more details and registration will be provided later this winter.

  • Team assignments will be announced by April 30th.

  • More details will be sent about evaluations after registration closes.

2.  PRACTICES START THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY

Practices will be 2 weeknights per week - 1.25 hours per practice for 12U. May schedules will be available once coaching and field times have been finalized. June and July practice schedules will be determined in late May after the June/July game schedules have been announced by the league.

3.  PRESEASON SCRIMMAGES

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

4.  REGULAR SEASON GAME PLAY - JUNE & JULY

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 Thursday, June 1st.

  • 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. 12U will have 10 regular season games - 5 will be home games.

  • Around the July 4th holiday, YLM will schedule no games during the week of July 3-7. Games will resume Monday, July 10.

  • All 12U & 14U teams (A and B levels) will participate in the state tournament. Dates are set for the weekend of July 28-30, 2023 for the YLM Championship.

REGISTRATION FEE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFO

REGISTRATION FEES

12U:  $515*

*A payment plan is offered at sign up that will allow you to make 3 equal payments at registration and in March & April (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

  • EMT at all league games

  • Preseason tournaments and scrimmages

  • End-of-season 12U state championship tournaments

Please review the refund policy below before registering your player.

In addition to the Edina Lacrosse Association registration fee, a USA Lacrosse Membership is required and must be valid through AUGUST 1, 2023.  If you do not have current USA Lacrosse Membership CLICK HERE to go to USA Lacrosse and enroll or renew.

  • When you register, these items must match your USA Lacrosse Membership:

    • Your player's name.  If you did not use a Middle Name in your USA Lacrosse Membership, do not enter a Middle Name in our registration.  If you did use a Middle Name or Initial in your USA Lacrosse Membership, enter it the same in our registration.

    • Your mailing address. 

    • Your player’s birth date. 

GEAR

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. ELA will lend out goalie equipment - throat guard, chest protector, goalie stick to interested players signing up to play goalie.

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

FAMILY VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT

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 team).  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)

PRACTICE PLAYER OPTION:

If your player is new to lacrosse and wants to learn the skills but not participate in competitive game play, being a Practice Player might be an option for him.  Keep in mind, though, that we have several new players at the 12U age level, so it’s definitely OK to be a beginner as a regular player.  Please contact edinayouthlacrosse@gmail.com if interested in the Practice Player option.  Registration fee is adjusted for Practice Players.

EDINA LACROSSE ASSOCIATION REFUND POLICY

Up until a program registration closes, the Edina Lacrosse Association (ELA) will give consideration to written requests for withdrawal and refund. In all cases, ELA will retain a processing fee for incurred costs from the web provider 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 circumstances which prevents practice and game participation, and then only by approval of the Edina Lacrosse Association Board of Directors.

No refunds will be given in the event of program session(s) cancellation(s) due to weather, facilities cancellations or other situations beyond the control of ELA​.

USA LACROSSE REQUIREMENT

For this registration, a USA Lacrosse Membership is required and must be valid through JULY 30, 2023.   When you register, your player's name, address and birthdate must match exactly to your USA Lacrosse Membership; if not, you'll receive an error message.

If you do not have current USA Lacrosse Membership CLICK HERE to go to USA Lacrosse and enroll or renew. Be sure to PRINT and SAVE their USA Lacrosse Membership Number. Remember to register EACH of your players with USA Lacrosse. Each player must have their own unique USA Lacrosse Membership Number.

INQUIRIES

Please direct any questions to edinayouthlacrosse@gmail.com.


BOYS 12U GENERAL OVERVIEW

  • Ages: Typically 5th-6th 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 lacrosse skill development, particularly stick skills, fundamentals of game play and overall lacrosse IQ.  Also, at the 12U age level, we gear player development on specific positions - Attack, Midi, Modified Long Pole Defense, Defense and Goalie.   It's a transition year - game play is on a full sized field - 9 v 9 plus a goalie.  ELA will generally give a registration discount to players willing to be full-time goalies - goalie equipment can be borrowed from ELA (throat guard, chest pad, goalie stick, etc.).
  • 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 early January with our summer season registration.
  • Main Season:  The main season is our spring/summer program.  There are 2 options for 12U players:
    • Travel League - starts in May and runs through July; involves 1-2 evening practices per week, plus 1-2 games within the Twin Cities metro (half are generally home games).  Generally a 3-4 night commitment.  Optional tournaments are available, which will require separate registrations and fees (generally less than $50).
      • ​Tryouts will happen pre-season to determine the roster for 1 A-Level Team and a few balanced B-Level Teams.  In order to be considered for an A-Level Team, players and their parents must sign a player commitment agreement to ensure excellent show-up rates for practices and games.
    • Practice Players - may be an option for 12U players new to lacrosse, depending upon interest level.  Practice Players are part of a travel team, but they only participate in practices.  Geared for players who are interested in learning more about lacrosse but not ready for the commitment of a travel team.
    • Registration generally launches in January for the upcoming summer.
    • Edina Uniforms provided and included in registration fees.
  • Fall Season:  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.  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.
  • Coaches:  Head Coaches generally Post-College Coaches.  Assistants may be Post-College, College and/or EHS Boys Lacrosse Team Members.  Parents are always welcome assist coaches - training provided.
  • Requires US Lacrosse membership current and valid through end of the season

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