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2019 Girls Program

Ridgewood Lacrosse Association

 

Registration for the 2019 RLA girls program will begin on October 15th with a hard close date of December 15th.  Please register during this window as registration information is needed in order to plan for a successful season. 

 

2019 PROGRAM OFFERINGS

*Mandatory Tryouts for all girls wanting to participate in the program grades 5-8.  Tryouts will take place on both January 26th and February 2nd.  The window for tryouts is 4:00 pm-8:00 pm on both dates, however, specific times will be disclosed closer to tryouts.

*4th grade tryouts are only for girls interested in participating in an additional travel game experience against other towns and is in addition to the traditional 4th grade House League.

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade "Super Scoopers" Clinic 

The Ridgewood Lacrosse Association is excited to continue with the popular “Super Scoopers” program for current Kindergarten and First Grade Girls and Boys during the Spring 2019 season. “Super Scoopers” is a co-ed clinic intended to introduce kids to the game of lacrosse in a fun and safe environment. No equipment is required for the “Super Scoopers” clinic and each participant will receive a t-shirt and a soft stick/ball.

 

2nd Grade Lacrosse Clinic

All second grade girls may participate in this program. This program focuses on teaching the basics of the game (e.g. throwing, catching, rules of the game, etc.) in a fun and positive clinic environment.  At this level, all the 2nd grade lacrosse registrants will participate in a two time per week instructional clinic.  The clinic will take place during the weekend in the months of April and May. The specific dates and times will be sent out to all participants before the start of the season.

*Each player must provide her own girls lacrosse stick, mouth guard and protective eyewear (goggles).

 

3rd Grade House League (Non-Travel)

All girls in the third grade may participate in our "In-Town" House League.  This year, all of the 3rd grade players will be divided amongst four teams.  There will be one practice (weeknight) and one game (Saturday morning) per week. Each team will have approximately 15-18 players.  Instruction at this level continues to emphasize basic lacrosse skills while introducing strategy, structured plays and how to play various positions.  Playing time during practices and games should be equal and all players should be given the opportunity to try any position during the course of the season. Games will be played utilizing an 8 v 8 format on a shortened field.  The 3rd Grade House League will start in early April and conclude in late May.

*Each player must provide her own girls lacrosse stick, mouth guard and protective eyewear (goggles).

 

4th Grade House League plus optional travel tryout required only if interested in supplemental travel

All girls in the fourth grade may participate in our "In-Town" House League.  This year, all of the 4th grade lacrosse players will be divided amongst four teams.  There will be one practice (typically weeknight) and one game (Saturday morning) per week. Each team will have approximately 15-18 players.  Instruction at this level will continue to emphasize lacrosse skills while introducing strategy, structured plays and how to play various positions.  Playing time during practices and games should be equal and all players should be given the opportunity to try any position during the course of the season. The 4th Grade House League will start in early April and conclude in late May.

*New this year is the travel option.  Interested players must attend the evaluation on February 2nd.  More information to follow regarding 4th grade travel, however, it is in addition to the house league structure.

*Each player must provide her own girls lacrosse stick, mouth guard and protective eyewear (goggles).

 

5th Grade Travel Program – tryout required

Participation in our 5th Grade Travel Program will be determined by tryout.  At the 5th grade level, the game becomes more competitive and teams will be split by skill level into two evenly leveled teams.  Instruction continues to reinforce basic lacrosse skills as well as strategy, plays and positions.  Over the course of the season, it is expected that all players will get equal playing time.  No player should ever play an entire game unless insufficient players or injuries prevent substitutions.  All players should get the opportunity to try different positions throughout the course of the year. Each travel player will participate in approximately 12 regular season games prior to the conclusion of the Spring 2018 season. Each player must provide her own lacrosse stick and protective eyewear (goggles).  The practice season will likely start the week of March 12th depending upon field conditions as determined by the Village Parks & Recreation department.  The travel game season will start in early April and end memorial day weekend. Practices will be held two times a week (typically weeknights) and games will be played both during the week and on weekends. If a game is scheduled on a practice night, there will not be practice on that night and a Friday or weekend practice time will be offered at parent coaches discretion.  Additionally, at the discretion of the coach, and upon field availability additional practices might be added. 

*Any player that does not make a travel team will be invited to attend as a practice only player where basic skills development will take place. (more details to follow)

 

6th Grade Travel Program – tryout required (2 teams)

Participation in our 6th Grade Travel Program will be determined by tryout.  At the 6th grade level, the game becomes more competitive than 5th grade. At the 6th grade level, teams are divided into A level and B level teams.

At the 6th grade level, instruction continues to reinforce basic lacrosse skills as well as strategy, plays and positions.  Over the course of the season, it is NOT expected that all players will get equal playing time at every game.   The travel game season will start early April and end Memorial Day weekend. The practice season will likely start mid-March depending upon field conditions as determined by the Village Parks & Recreation department.  Practices will be held two times a week (typically weeknights) and games will be played both during the week and on weekends. If a game is scheduled on a practice night, there will not be practice on that night and a Friday or weekend practice time will be offered at the discretion of the coach.  Additionally, at the discretion of the parent coaches, and upon field availability additional practices might be added. 

*Any player that does not make a travel team will be invited to attend as a practice only player to the B level team where basic skills development will take place. (more details to follow)

 

 

7th and 8th Grade Travel Programs – tryout required (4 teams)

Participation in our 7th and 8th Grade Travel Program will be determined by tryout.  7th and 8th are critical developmental years for players to fine tune their skills and obtain maximum game IQ.  Teams are split by skill level based upon league options for optional playing of opponents.  The travel game season will start in early April and end in late May. Practices will be held two times a week (typically weeknights) and games will be played both during the week and on weekends. If a game is scheduled on a practice night, there will not be practice on that night and a Friday or weekend practice time will be offered at the discretion of the coach.  Additionally, at the discretion of the parent coaches, and upon field availability, extra practices might be added. Over the course of the season, at the 7th and 8th grade level, it is not expected that all players will get equal playing time at every game, but coaches will work to ensure that all players receive playing time in each game.  

*At the 7th and 8th grade level there will be a 7th grade Select Team and an 8th grade Select Team as well as two equal level combined 7th/8th grade travel teams.

*If a player does not make a single grade select team or a 7/8 travel team, they will be invited to participate as a practice player on one of the two 7/8th grade teams to enhance skill development.

*At these grade levels and for the 2019 season, and the structure of select and combine grade teams is based upon projected participation for the season and is subject to change after tryouts and game scheduling concludes.

The RLA is a member of the Jersey Girls Lacrosse Association (JGLA). For more information on the JGLA, please visit their website at www.jerseygirlslacrosse.org.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please reach out to the RLA Girls Program Director, Lauren Auerbach at  or by text at 551-486-0850.