Fall Ball League Registration Now Open!

We are proud to open up registration for our Fall Ball League. We will be playing in Sandy Springs on both Saturdays and Sundays. You can register online using our new registration system powered by TeamSnap! Please CLICK HERE to register now!

AGE GROUPS & DATES:

Age Group Dates Early Registration Late Registration – After 9/15 Registration
Pre – K to Kindergarten Saturdays, 9/21 to 11/9 $150 $150 CLICK HERE
Boys – 1st & 2nd Grade Saturdays, 9/21 to 11/9 $200 $225 CLICK HERE
Boys – 3rd & 4th Grade Saturdays, 9/21 to 11/9 $200 $225 CLICK HERE
Boys – 5th & 6th Grade Saturdays, 9/21 to 11/9 $200 $225 CLICK HERE
Boys – 7th & 8th Grade Saturdays, 9/21 to 11/9 $200 $225 CLICK HERE
Boys – High School Sundays, 9/21 to 11/9 $175 $200 CLICK HERE
Girls – All Ages Sundays, 9/21 to 11/9 $200 $225 CLICK HERE

LOCATIONS

  • Dunwoody Springs Elementary School
  • High Point Elementary School

LEVEL OF PLAY

  • For Fall Ball there are no practices, players will just play in 8 weeks of games.
  • We will start each game with a 10 minute warm up and then play a 50 minute game.
  • High School games are officiated by GLOA referees while the younger divisions will be officiated by AYL staff.
  • It’s a good idea that each player has played Lacrosse before. While we don’t mind new players, there is no focus on individual instruction during fall ball. We recommend that new players start in our spring league.
  • We will be offering at a minimum 2 free clinics to players of our fall league. We hope to have a specialty face-off, shooting, defensive & skills clinic.

STAFF

  • Each field will have an AYL staff member to manage the field. AYL staff members are responsible for starting games on time & ensuring each field has adequate supplies.
  • Incredibles, U9, U11, U13 & U15 will have at least one Coach on the sideline to help players get in/out of the game and also offer coaching tips. Parents that are non-GHSA coaches are welcome to Coach. You will need to be certified by AYL before you can Coach on the sideline.
  • High School games will have 2 referees and a AYL staff member running the field.

THINGS TO NOTE

  • All players must have a valid US Lacrosse Membership. You can join/renew via US Lacrosse HERE.
    • A US Lacrosse Membership offers additional insurance and is something every new player should have. It’s also required for most summer Lacrosse tournaments.
  • We are still finalizing field space. We will release a tentative schedule hopefully by Friday 8/23.
  • Jerseys are provided.

Why we teach fundamentals

My son Gordon Corsetti who is the Manager, of Men’s Officials Development for US Lacrosse sent me this interesting article regarding the lost art of fundamentals.

Click here for article

As a long time coach, I cringe when I see players not having the skills to improve their game but more importantly not having fun because they can’t catch and pass the ball, scoop a ground ball or check properly.

If you can’t master the fundamentals how can you get creative by throwing a stick fake or a behind the back pass or shot.

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Coaches try and teach the sport the correct way and it starts with the fundamentals of our sport.

Each week I see a vast improvement of our players skill sets and it fills me with pride as our players are having fun as well as learning the basics of the game.

You have seen us implement the US Lacrosse LADM (Long Term Athlete Development) model with our Incredible program as well as our small sided games for U11 and below players.  The players get more touches on the ball as well we have the four-second rule the forces players to get open and pass the ball to their teammates.  Along with our NO RAKING rule in the Fall these small adjustments in the game help all of our players improve their skills.

I coach a high school team locally and I watched several JV games the last few weeks prior to our contests.  The opposing teams players had major difficulty doing simple tasks like catching and throwing and frankly many of our youth players had better fundamental skills than they did.

This goes back to the article above you can have all the fancy uniforms you want and play for a travel team if you can’t catch and throw you won’t have any success.

See ya on the field…Coach Lou

Injury Prevention

As we prepare for the upcoming season it is important to be in shape and have the ability to run around and have fun.

The Spring season is right around the corner and all of our young athletes should be working on their stick work and doing some running and agility training.

I came across this article and I thought it was important to share with our players and parents.  All to often we rush our players from school or another event and we don’t think about injury prevention.

As adults it is our responsibility to help young players understand what they can do to prevent injuring themselves.

Growing up many of us were outside 100 percent of our free time.  Young people today may not have that luxury as they have many outside influences that can cut down on free play and just running around.

I suggest that everyone read this article as a family and try and perform some of these skills.  You don’t need a personal training and you can do all of these drills in your driveway or back yard.

Injury Prevention for Young Athletes

Looking forward to seeing you all on the field soon…Coach Lou