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BOYS 8U TRAVEL PROGRAM

BOYS US LACROSSE AGE LEVEL GUIDELINES

NEW 2019-2020 AGE GUIDELINES
Effective 9/1/19 through 8/31/20

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

Kindergarten Program:  Current & Incoming Kindergarteners
 8U House & Travel Program:  9/1/2011 - 8/31/2013
10U Program:  9/1/2009 - 8/31/2011
12U Program:  9/1/2007 - 8/31/2009
14U Program:  6/1/2005 - 8/31/2007
*6/1 cut-off date is for current 8th grade boys only. 
Current 9th grade boys are not allowed to play on a 14U team per league rules.

US LACROSSE MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

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



Youth Lacrosse Minnesota League Rules:

Please visit this link for details.


8U ACTIVE REGISTRATIONS

The Registration "BOYS 8U TRAVEL PROGRAM" is not currently available.

8U TRAVEL & 8U HOUSE SPRING/SUMMER 2020 SEASON INFORMATION

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020
(MAY 1, 2020 for 8U House Program)

Our registration deadline is Sunday, March 1, 2020, for our 8U Travel programs.  (8U House programs can register until May 1, 2019). 
Participants in the March 15th Try LAX event wishing to register for the summer season should contact our VP of Boys Programs, Tom Sarbaugh at
 tsarbaugh@gmail.com for assistance.

UNIFORM ORDERING DEADLINE - 8U TRAVEL TEAM ONLY:  SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020  FOR 8U TRAVEL TEAM ONLY; 8U HOUSE PLAYERS DO NOT ORDER UNIFORMS (THEY WILL BE BULK ORDERED)

The 8U Travel Team Uniform Ordering Site can be found at http://edinalacrosse.com/uniforms2020. The cost of uniforms is included in the registration fee; however, we need you to order the size you need.  Our uniform provider, Nicklasson Athletic, will have 2 fitting events in February at their facility on Industrial Blvd in Edina:

  • Sunday, 2/2/20:  10am – 2pm
  • Saturday, 2/22/20:  9am – Noon

GENERAL SEASON SCHEDULE
8U TRAVEL:

Our travel teams will start practices the first week of May.  Teams practice 2 weeknights per week.  Each traveling team will play 2 weekend scrimmage games: 

  • Saturday, May 9th
  • Saturday, May 16th 

League play will start in early June and end in late July. 
 

8U HOUSE:
The 8U House program will run for 8 weeks, starting the week of June 1, 2020. Teams will play 2 weeknights per week at Wooddale Park, generally on Mondays and Tuesdays. Sessions are 1 hour long. No activities are planned for the week leading up to July 4th (a Saturday this year).


IMPORTANT!

  • Player Commitment Statement:   Lacrosse is a team sport.  Player and team development happen successfully when players show up and participate - plus, it's a lot more fun!  We require all of our travel team players to accept and adhere to our Player Commitment Statement (committing to attending practices and games and providing coaches advance notice when not able to attend) via signature during registration.
  • Bullying Policy:   All registrants must accept and adhere to our Bullying Policy via signature during registration.  Player and team development and fun are dependent upon our players treating each other and their coaches with respect.

 

TOURNAMENTS

8U TRAVEL ONLY:
All traveling 8U teams will participate in one Twin Cities metro area tournament (cost included in player registration fee).  This tournament will be on the weekend of June 6-7.  Specific tournament details will be shared later this spring after teams have been rostered.

 

SEASON TIMELINE OVERVIEWS
8U TRAVEL:

1.  PRACTICES START THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY
Practices will be 2 weeknights per week - 1 hour per practice for 8U. Tentative practice schedules for May will be available after registration closes and approximate number of teams and coaches have been determined.  June and July practice schedules will be determined late May/early June after the June/July game schedules have been announced by the league.

2.  REGULAR SEASON GAME PLAY - JUNE & JULY
Regular season games will occur in June and July.  The schedule will be announced late May/early June by the league.  
- The first game could be as early as 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.  8U TRAVEL has 6 regular season games.
- The July 4th holiday falls on a Saturday in 2020, therefore YLM will schedule games through Thursday, July 2, and resume game play Monday, July 6.  

3.  PRE-SEASON SCRIMMAGES - MAY
We are planning a couple of scrimmage games in May. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 9, and Saturday, May 16. Scrimmages will be in Edina one weekend and in Eden Prairie the other weekend.  Details will be communicated once finalized.


8U HOUSE:
1.  SEASON STARTS THE WEEK OF JUNE 1st
Sessions will be 2 weeknights per week – 1 hour per session – at Wooddale Park.  Generally, these sessions have been on Monday and Tuesday evenings to try and avoid conflicts with Edina Soccer Association for these age levels.

8U House starts the season with practices.  After the first couple of weeks, scrimmages among the 8U House teams will be planned on 1 of the 2 nights each week.

2.  SEASON ENDS THE WEEK OF JULY 27th (NO SESSIONS THE WEEK PRIOR TO JULY 4TH)


REGISTRATION FEE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:

REGISTRATION FEES:

8U Travel:  $325*
8U House:  $180

*A payment plan is offered for TRAVEL teams at sign up that will allow you to make 3 equal payments at registration and in March & April (NOTE:  a 3.15% transaction fee off the full registration amount + $1.50 service fee is added to each payment).

Registration fees includes: 
- Full Uniforms - shorts, shooter shirt and jersey for 8U (both programs).
- 1 Local Tournament for each team (8U TRAVEL only)
- Scrimmages with referees
- Certified and experienced coaching staff
- Edina Park & Rec per-player fees and field costs
- League fees

Please review the refund policy below before registering your player.

In addition to the Edina Lacrosse Association registration fee, a US Lacrosse Membership is required and must be valid through AUGUST 2, 2020.   When you register, your player's name, address and birth date must match your US Lacrosse Membership; if not, you'll receive an error message.

 

GEAR
Full protective equipment is required for the 14U/12U/10U/8U Travel & House programs per US Lacrosse:  lacrosse helmet, mouthguard, shoulder/chest pads, elbow pads, gloves, protective cup, cleats, water bottle, lacrosse stick for position.  (If needed, goalies can borrow extra goalie equipment - throat guard, chest pad, stick).

 

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. If you’re good with texts and emails, 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. Training will be provided.
- Behind the scenes tournament help
- Other behind the scenes help or coordination activities
- 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 (ALL families, on rotation)
- Field close-down (ALL families, on rotation)
- “Chill” side-line managers (ALL families, on rotation)


BOYS 8U PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • 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.  
  • 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, which are optional with separate registrations/fees.
    • Registration generally launches in January for the upcoming summer.  Fees vary each year.
    • Edina Uniforms provided and included in registration fees.
  • 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
  • QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO:  https://www.edinalacrosse.com/page/show/599259-edina-lacrosse-association-contacts

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