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UPDATED: 5 OCT 2017

The Boys Program.
About each level.

** Please note the age cut-offs are lined up with the schools, therefore kids should start no earlier than Kindergarten.
In-House (Birth dates – Sep 1, 2010 to Aug 31, 2012)
The In-House program was developed at the request of our parents of the younger players.  Many players wanted to start at age 5 and did so in the scoopers program.  Although scoopers is a great introduction to the program it does not involve wearing equipment, and you do not play games.  Therefore the organization created the in-house program for those young players ready to take the next step.  This program is for 6 & 7 year olds regardless of experience.  Just remember that they wear full gear in this program.  This is also a low key program.  In the past 2 seasons we have had 4 teams at this level.  They all practice on the same nights beginning in Mid – March.  Once in April, this group will practice 1 night per week and play a game against another in-house on the 2nd night each week.  With 4 teams they will rotate each week playing a different team.   The emphasis here is still basic skills, scooping, catching, throwing, cradling and shooting.  However they are now wearing equipment and it’s a different experience with gloves and helmets on.  Coaches also start to teach positions at this level as the kids play 6 vs. 6 on a short field, with no goalies.   Every player will receive a reversible practice jersey.  6 year olds have a choice as they can play in the in-house or scoopers program.  7 year olds also have a choice as they can play in-house or clinic. 
Equipment requirements:  Lacrosse Stick (can be less than 40 inches),  Regulation Lacrosse Helmet, Lacrosse Gloves, sports shoes (cleats preferred), elbow/arm pads, shoulder pads, cup.  There is only minor contact at this level.
Practice Schedule: They will practice 2 nights a week with NO Weekends.   This allows the kids to travel with older siblings on the weekends. 
Start date:  Early to Mid March, Coaches decision and dependent on field conditions.
End Date:  Play will wrap up just before Memorial Day.
Games:  In-house games one night a week beginning in April.  Coaches may assemble teams of more skilled players and travel to play other programs like, Centreville and Broadneck.
We like to have a minimum of 2 coaches per team at this level.

GENERAL REGISTRATION:
Clinic – (Birth dates – Sep 1, 2008 to Aug 31, 2010)
This program is designed for the 7 & 8 year olds and considered an instructional league.  These players do travel and play 1 to 2 games per week.   Game schedule does not begin until Mid April.  These teams play 10 vs. 10 on full fields with goalies.  Coaches at this level still focus on the basics, scooping, catching, throwing, cradling and shooting.  They will teach field and game rules.  One coach from each team will referee the games.   This level uses a modified version of the High School Federation rules with the Anne Arundel County White Rules (found on the AA County Park and Rec Website.)     
Equipment requirements:  Lacrosse Stick, regulation Lacrosse Helmet, Lacrosse Gloves, sports shoes (cleats preferred), elbow/arm pads, shoulder pads and a cup.   Optional (Rib Pads) There is full contact at this level.
Practice Schedule: Typically 2 nights a week. 
Start date:  Early to Mid March, Coaches decision and dependent on field conditions.
End Date:  League play will wrap up just before Labor Day.  Most teams play in the Pinball Tournament on June 1st.  Coach’s option.
Games:  1 to 2 games per week beginning in mid April.  Expect 8 to 10 league games.  Once games start teams typically practice once a week.
We like to have a minimum of 3 coaches per team at this level.

Pee Wee – (Birth dates – Sep 1, 2006 to Aug 31, 2008)
This level is for 9 and 10 year olds.  Kids play 10 vs. 10 and full contact is permitted.  Kids will play on a regulation size field using the National High School Federation rules with some minor modifications.   The focus is still fundamentals at this level.  Coaches will start to introduce team offense and defensive concepts.    Players will see long poles for the first time.  All sticks should be regulation and with no stick shorter than 40 inches.   Professional Referees will handle all games.  Schedules will be available on line however they do not keep track of win/loss records.   All teams are invited to the end of season Bilderback tournament where coaches can enter teams based on competitive level A,B and C.  This is still considered an instructional level.
Equipment requirements:  Lacrosse Stick, regulation Lacrosse Helmet, Lacrosse Gloves, sports shoes (cleats preferred), elbow/arm pads, shoulder pads and a cup.   Optional (Rib Pads, however they are strongly recommended.)  There is full contact at this level.
Practice Schedule: Typically 2 nights a week. 
Start date:  March 1st, Coaches decision and dependent on field conditions.
End Date:  League play will wrap up just before Labor Day.  Most teams play in the Bilderback  Tournament on May 31st.   Coach’s option.
Games:  1 to 2 games per week beginning in early April.  Expect 8 to 10 league games.  Once games start teams typically practice once or twice a week.
We like to have a minimum of 3 coaches per team at this level.

Middies– (Birth dates – Sep 1, 2004 to Aug 31, 2006)
This level is for 11 and 12 year olds and is considered the competitive level.  Kids play 10 vs. 10 under the National High School Federation rules, with the modified “White rules” on the Anne Arundel County Website.  Teams compete in 1 of 4 competitive levels.  “AA”, “A”, “B” and “C”.   This allows kids to play on teams based on their current skill level which means they are playing competitive ball.  There are typically only 4 or 5 “AA” teams and up to 6 or 7 “A” teams.  Therefore “A’s” play all the “AA’s”, however the games do not count against “A” bracket standings.  “A” and “AA” are the highest level of play.   Fundamentals are still taught at this level, along with team offensive and defensive concepts and plays.   All competitive levels will compete for an end of season tournament, where a county champion will be crowned.  “A” and “AA” winners will move on to compete in the State Championships.
Equipment requirements:  Lacrosse Stick, regulation Lacrosse Helmet, Lacrosse Gloves, sports shoes (cleats preferred), elbow/arm pads, shoulder pads, rib pads and a cup.   There is full contact at this level.
Practice Schedule: Typically 2 nights a week. 
Start date:  March 1st, Coaches decision and dependant on field conditions.
End Date:  League play will wrap up just before Labor Day.  Teams compete all season for seeding in a end of season tournament.   The number of playoff teams is dependent on the number of teams in the competitive level.  Example:  If there are 11 teams in the level only the top 8 may make the playoffs.
Games:  1 to 2 games per week beginning in early April.  Expect 8 to 10 league games.  Once games start teams typically practice once or twice a week.

Juniors  – (Birth dates – Sep 1, 2002 to Aug 31, 2004)
Highest youth level for 13 and 14 year olds.  9th graders are permitted to play if age eligible.  9th grader playing on the JV team cannot also participate at the youth level.  Kids will play under the National High School Federation rules without modifications.   Teams compete in 1 of 4 competitive levels.  “AA”, “A”, “B” and “C”.   This allows kids to play on teams based on their current skill level which means they are playing competitive ball.  There are typically only 4 or 5 “AA” teams and up to 6 or 7 “A” teams.  Therefore “A’s” play all the “AA’s”, however the games do not count against “A” bracket standings.  “A” and “AA” are the highest level of play.   Fundamentals are still taught at this level, along with team offensive and defensive concepts and plays.    The goal at this level is to prepare the kids to play High School Lacrosse, that’s why they play with the same rules.  All competitive levels will compete for an end of season tournament, where a county champion will be crowned.  “A” and “AA” winners will move on to compete in the State Championships.
Equipment requirements:  Lacrosse Stick, regulation Lacrosse Helmet, Lacrosse Gloves, sports shoes (cleats preferred), elbow/arm pads, shoulder pads, rib pads and a cup.   There is full contact at this level.
Practice Schedule: Typically 2 nights a week. 
Start date:  March 1st, Coaches decision and dependant on field conditions.
End Date:  League play will wrap up just before Labor Day.  Teams compete all season for seeding in an end of season tournament.   The number of playoff teams is dependent on the number of teams in the competitive level.  Example:  If there are 11 teams in the level only the top 8 may make the playoffs.
Games:  1 to 2 games per week beginning in early April.  Expect 8 to 10 league games.  Once games start teams typically practice once or twice a week.