14U (Youth) Philosophy and Format

Youth Division

For Players Ages: 12-14 years of age in the current season 

The 14U Division has been established to promote a fun and positive experience with the sport of lacrosse. Youth age athletes use the following format:

We play all players as equally as possible with the goal of teaching the sport and providing a fun experience for all involved.

All activities are structured using Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles. We emphasize fun, positive sportsmanship, and an active environment.

A 1.5-hour skill assessment session will be held in April. A player draft will be conducted and parents contacted about team placement before the season begins.

Practices are coordinated by each team coach and occur one evening per week. Practices are focused on skill development.

Coaching is done by players from the 19U Elite Lacrosse Program. These are elite athletes of high school age and are very knowledgable about the game.

The season runs through the months of May and June. We want to build a love and respect for the sport of lacrosse.

Game Format

14U games are played using a “limited contact, within 9 feet of the ball” version of field lacrosse.

  1. The 14U age division uses a modified field and a “Sevens” format as opposed to the full game of ten players. The “sevens” game promotes more involvement and skill development.
  2. Only seven players – two attacks, two midfielders, two defensemen, and one goaltender are on the field at one time.
  3. The “sevens” format decreases specialization of positions so that players have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the game.
  4. Game is played on an 80-yard X 40-yard field.
  5. The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team through strategy, ball control, and team play.
  6. The offensive skills required to perform this task involve passing, catching, carrying the ball under control (cradling), and shooting. Defensive skills involve basic positioning, footwork and stick checking (poke checking).


 Players receive as part of their registration fees: 

  1. A coupon book, which includes a coupon for Al Anderson's Source for Sports. This coupon will provide a significant discount should you need to purchase any lacrosse equipment.

Required Equipment

For this age division: Hockey equipment is acceptable for the requirements identified below:

  1. Lacrosse Stick
  2. Practice/Game Jersey – Provided by the SFLA and must be returned on the last game of the season. 
  3. Black SFLA shorts- can be purchased when registering. 
  4. Helmet with a face mask
  5. Mouthguard (mandatory)
  6. Shoulder pads
  7. Elbow pads
  8. Protective Gloves
  9. Can or Jill Cup
  10. Cleats – Rubber cleats only
  11. Shorts and socks


  1. Jerseys for the player skill evaluation day are the player’s responsibility.
  2. All goaltender equipment is provided by the league. However, players are encouraged to bring their own shin pads and hockey pants to play goaltender as we have a limited size selection.

Parent Responsibilities

Please see parent responsibilities for the 14U Division listed below:

  1. Review the “Role of Parents” section of this website.
  2. Cheer and provide positive support.
  3. Volunteer to:

    • Be a team manager/bench coordinator
    • Time and score keep during games.