13U(TYKE) PHILOSOPHY AND FORMAT
For Players Ages: Born in 2008 & 2009 for the 2021 season
13U(Tyke) Philosophy and Format
The 13U Division has been established to promote a fun and positive experience with the sport of lacrosse. Tyke 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 late April (This may be delayed in 2021 due to Covid-19 restrications) . A player draft will be conducted and parents contacted about team placement before the season begins.
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.
Practices are coordinated by each team coach and occur one evening per week. Practices are focused on skill development.
The season runs through the months of May and June.
We want to build a love and respect for the sport of lacrosse.
13U games are played using a “limited contact within 9 feet of the ball” version of field lacrosse.
- The 13U 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.
- Only seven players – two attacks, two midfielders, two defensemen, and one goaltender are on the field at one time.
- The “sevens” format decreases specialization of positions so that players have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the game.
- Game is played on an 80-yard X 40-yard field.
- The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team through strategy, ball control, and team play.
- 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:
- 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.
For this age division: Hockey equipment is acceptable for the requirements identified below:
- Lacrosse Stick
- Practice/Game Jersey – To be returned at the end of the last game of the season.
- Black SFLA shorts. These can be purchased when registering.
- Helmet with a face mask
- Mouthguard (mandatory)
- Shoulder pads
- Elbow pads
- Protective Gloves
- Can or Jill Cup
- Proper footwear for activities on the grass
- Shorts and socks
- Jerseys for the player skill evaluation day are the player’s responsibility.
- 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.
Please see parent responsibilities for the 11U Division listed below:
- Review the “Role of Parents” section of this website.
- Cheer and provide positive support.
- Be a team manager/bench coordinator
- Time and score keep during game nights.