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BOYS 12U PROGRAM

BOYS US LACROSSE AGE LEVEL GUIDELINES

NEW 2018-2019 AGE GUIDELINES
Effective 9/1/18 through 8/31/19

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:  9/1/2010 - 8/31/2012
10U Program:  9/1/2008 - 8/31/2010
12U Program:  9/1/2006 - 8/31/2008
14U Program:  6/1/2004 - 8/31/2006
*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:


ACTIVE 12U REGISTRATIONS

Age Guidelines as of 9/1/2018:
12U: 9/1/2006 to 8/31/2008

2019  BOYS 12U BOYS LACROSSE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Our registration deadline is Sunday, February 24, 2019 for our 12U Travel programs.  
 

UNIFORM ORDERING DEADLINE:  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019
We will release the Uniform Ordering site in early February for all programs except the Kindergarten program.  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, 2/10/19:  10am – 1pm
  • Saturday, 2/23/19:  1pm – 4pm
     

SEASON HIGH LEVEL TIMING – 12U TRAVEL

Our travel teams will start practices the week of April 29th.  Teams practice 2 weeknights per week.  League play will start in early June and end in late July.  12U State Tournament Games run July 29 through August 4.  In May, there will be some weekend scrimmage games planned.  Finally, in June, 12U teams will participate in 1 weekend tournament (see details below).

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 are asking all of our travel team players to sign a Player Commitment Statement as part of registration, committing to attend practices and games and providing enough notice when not able to attend.
  • Bullying Policy:   All registrants will sign off on our Bullying Policy with their registration.  Player and team development and fun are dependent upon our players treating each other and their coaches with respect.

12U TRYOUTS

12U will have evaluations/tryouts on Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 24th (exact time/location to be confirmed).  There will be 1 A Team and a few balanced B Teams assigned – all players will be on a team.  We will do preseason clinics for our 12U players prior to tryouts – more details and registration will be provided later this winter.

GOALIES

For 12U, dedicated goalies are needed!  Equipment provided.  A 50% registration discount will be given – please contact Kelly Rhodes at jkerhodes@msn.com if your player will register as a goalie.  ELA will also provide some additional goalie training during the season.  Teams that do not have a dedicated goalie will need to have players rotate as goalies during games.

TOURNAMENTS

NEW!  This year, 12U teams will all participate in a tournament in the Twin Cities.  The registration fee includes the cost of the tournament.  


SEASON TIMELINE OVERVIEW – TRAVEL TEAMS:
1.  TRYOUTS:  MID TO LATE APRIL (12U & 14U ONLY)
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 tryouts.  Every player will be on a team!
- Tryout times and locations TBA.
- Team assignments will be announced by Sunday, April 28, 2019.
- More details will be sent about tryouts after registration closes.

2.  PRACTICES START THE WEEK OF APRIL 29TH
Practices will be 2 weeknights per week - 1.25 hours per practice for 12U.  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.

3.  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 4th.  
- Expect 1-2 games per week - some in Edina, some in other areas of the Twin Cities.  Games are scheduled on weeknight evenings.  12U has 10 regular season games.  
Generally, games are limited during the week of July 4th.
- 12UB end of season playoff games (single elimination) will be in the evenings of July 29-August 1.  Championships will be the weekend of August 3rd for 12UB teams that qualify.
12UA end of season tournament will be the weekend of August 3rd.  12UA teams will definitely play that weekend

4.  PRE-SEASON SCRIMMAGES - MAY
We are planning to host a couple of scrimmages during May in Edina.  Details are still being firmed up and will be communicated once finalized.

5. TOURNAMENTS - EARLY JUNE
The 12UA Team and 1 12UB Team will play in the Shakopee River Rumble the weekend of June 7th.  The Other 12UB Teams will play in the Ice Breaker Tournament in Champlin Park the weekend of June 1st.

REGISTRATION FEE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:

REGISTRATION FEES:

12U:  $555*

*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 off the full registration amount + $4.50 service fee is added to the first payment).

Registration fee includes: 
- Full Uniforms - shorts, shooter shirt and jersey for 14U/12U/10U/8U (both programs).  T-shirts and small lacrosse sticks for the Kindergarten program.
- 1 Local Tournament for each team (12U Travel)
- Certified and experienced coaching staff
- Edina Park & Rec per-player fees and field costs
- League fees

GOALIES NEEDED - full-time goalies receive a 50% discount.   Please contact Kelly Rhodes at jkerhodes@msn.com BEFORE registering if your son is interested.  

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 4th, 2019.   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 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Teams will need families to volunteer!
- 1 Team Manager per team.  If interested, please note on your registration.  Training will be provided.
- Game volunteers to do scoreboard/timing
- “Chill” side-line managers
- Parents interested in assisting coaches are also welcome!  If interested, please note on your registration.  Training will be provided.

PRACTICE PLAYER OPTION – 14U/12U/10U ONLY:
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.  Please contact Kelly Rhodes atjkerhodes@msn.com if interested.  Registration fee is adjusted for Practice Players.

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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