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AYL Spring 2014 Season Registration Now Open!

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ATTENTION: Spring 2014 Registration Is Now OPEN!

***Thank you for your patience as we transitioned to our upgraded registration system. As always, any questions may be sent to questions@ayllax.com for a response from one of our league’s directors.***

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2014 Boys Lacrosse Spring Season

Spring is the main season for lacrosse

Boys – PreK-K, U9, U11, U13

Practices and games for U9, U11, U13

PreK-K – a fun one hour session

Please email questions@ayllax.com for more information about the 2014 Spring Season

Spring Season Registration for U9, U11, U13 is now OPEN!

Cost: $285 through November 22nd

November 23rd – November 30th: $310 ($25 late registration fee)

December 1st – December 31st: $335 ($50 late registration fee)

January 1st – January 14th: $360 ($75 late registration fee)

All 2014 Spring Season Registrations close on January 14th

Spring Season Registration for PreK-K, ages 4-6, is now OPEN!

Cost: $150 through November 22nd

November 23rd – January 14th: $175 ($25 late registration fee)

All 2014 Spring Season Registrations close on January 14th

2014 Age Grouping Quick Reference Table

Born on or after 9/1/1998 – U15

Born on or after 9/1/2000 – U13

Born on or after 9/1/2002 – U11

Born on or after 9/1/2004 – U9

U15: All players must be 14 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U13: All players must be 12 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U11: All players must be 10 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U9: All players must be 8 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

Spring Season Overview

  • What is it?
    • The AYL Spring Season is our main competitive season for boys grades PreK-K – U13. Scores are recorded for playoff seeding. This season ends with a champion team in U11 & U13 age levels
    • PreK-K – 1st grade also play in the spring, but the game scores are not recorded as the primary purpose of this age group is developing the necessary skills to play at the next level
  • Where are the practices?
    • Practices will be at Hammond Park or High Point Elementary
    • U9 practice one day a week – U11 & U13 practice two days a week
    • PreK-K does not practice they only meet on the weekend for a 1 hour session
    • High Point practice days available will be Mon, Wed, Thurs, Friday – as per daylight
    • Hammond practice days available are Tues, Thurs, Friday 5:00 – 7:00
    • Practice days and times will be set by the coaches as per their availabilty due to their work schedules.
    • View our Directions Page for all of our field locations
  • When and where will the games be?
    • Games will be played on either Saturdays or on Sundays this season
    • Our standard format is: PreK-K and U9 start first at 8:00 or 9:00AM , U11 games next, and U13 are the last games of the day
    • Sunday games will be played at Riverwood International Charter School
    • Saturday games will be played at Hammond Park or our newest game location – at Dunwoody Springs Elementary, new turf field, located at 8100 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs GA 30350
  • What is the game format?
    • Games are 20-minute running time games with a 5-minute halftime
    • Generally, all games run for a total of 45-50 minutes
  • Who plays a championship game?
    • Only U11 & U13 teams will play in a championship game at the end of the season
  • What is the Sportsmanship Game?
    • Coaches and teammates will chose 4-6 players from their team at the end of the season who exemplify sportsmanship. This is our most honored award
  • Who are the coaches?
    • The majority of our coaches are volunteer parents. Some are former experienced players who have played at Division I, II or III schools, while others are new to lacrosse
    • We thank our coaches for volunteering their time and talent who help teach our players lacrosse and life skills.
  • What equipment do the players need?
    • Players are required to wear – Helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, arm pads, boys stick, mouth guard, protective cup, all purpose cleats. For all equipment information – click here
  • I have more questions. Where do I go?
    • You may visit our Parent F.A.Q. page for answers to common questions about Atlanta Youth Lacrosse
    • You may also email questions@ayllax.com for specific answers from one of our league directors

Spring 2014 Registration Opening On October 21st!

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To all of our current players and parents and any players and parents looking to enjoy games at AYL this coming spring,

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse has spent the last two months upgrading our registration system to better serve our parents and players while making our administrative operations easier to maintain.

Mary Jo and I have received many emails about when Spring Season 2014 registration will open, and this is when everything will open up:

Spring Season Registration for U9, U11, U13 will open on Monday, October 21st at 8:00AM

Cost: $285 until November 11th

November 12th – November 30: $310 ($25 late registration fee)
December 1st – December 31st: $335 ($50 late registration fee)
January 1st – January 14th: $360 ($75 late registration fee)
All 2014 Spring Season Registrations close on January 15th

Spring Season Registration for PreK-K, ages 4-6, will open on Monday, October 21st at 8:00AM

Cost: $150 until November 30th

December 1st – January 14th: $175 ($25 late registration fee)
All 2014 Spring Season Registrations close on January 15th

The spring season page has been updated with the above registration dates and prices. If you have any questions about the registration process please email questions@ayllax.com, and one of our directors will respond to your query.

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2014 Age Grouping Quick Reference Table

Born on or after 9/1/1998 – U15
Born on or after 9/1/2000 – U13
Born on or after 9/1/2002 – U11
Born on or after 9/1/2004 – U9

U15: All players must be 14 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U13: All players must be 12 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U11: All players must be 10 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

U9: All players must be 8 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.

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We look forward to getting everyone registered on the upgraded system, but with any upgrade the potential for bugs always exists. Please email our WebMaster, Gordon Corsetti, at rules@ayllax.com if you run into any registration problems once we open it on October 21st. We will work to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.

We hope you are as excited as we are for another fantastic spring season!

Cheers,
Gordon

Getting The Most Out Of Fall Ball

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It’s that time of year again. School is back in session, the summer is coming to a close, and Fall Ball is right around the corner. For a lot of people, new and experienced to lacrosse, there are a good amount of questions about what to expect from a Fall Ball season, and how to get the most out of it. This season will mark my twelfth fall lacrosse season. I have seen the best and worst aspects of the fall season. It is my goal that the 2012 AYL Fall Ball season exceed the best that can happen in a season and minimize or eliminate the worst that can happen. To reach that goal, it is imperative that all parents, players, coaches, and officials share the same expectations for Fall Ball, and understand what Fall Ball is, but also, what Fall Ball is not.

What Fall Ball Is:

The fall lacrosse season should accomplish two things. One, foster a love of the game through fair play and sportsmanship. Two, learn new skills and improve existing ones. Every player, parent, coach, and official should sear those two things into their brain until they are unforgettable. Fall Ball is primarily a time to have fun, learn something, and, dare I say it, goof off. Win or lose, everyone participating in a game should enjoy the game. Too often we get wrapped up in the competitive nature of lacrosse. We focus on the importance of winning a game that has little to no bearing on anything, and lose sight of the bigger picture. That big picture is simple. Just ask yourself, “Have I, through  my actions, improved this game?”

What Fall Ball is not:

The fall lacrosse season cannot be about who is king of the mountain. If your sole goal in Fall Ball is to win the end-of-season championship game, I have a little secret for you. It does not matter. Fall lacrosse is not designed to crown a champion. It is meant to grow the game and the skills of those involved. Fall Ball is not the time for players to do what they have always done to earn success, and it is definitely not a time to degrade the spirit of the game because it’s just the off-season. Remember that fall lacrosse is not the regular lacrosse season. There are no stakes that anyone is playing for.

The boiled-down point of fall lacrosse is to something new that will translate to success in the regular season. That’s it. A player can spend all fall practicing his roll dodge in every game. That player gets better at the roll dodge and can then apply his newly learned dodge during a game that has an impact during the regular season. The players that approach fall ball with the goal of improving will earn playing time in the spring. Those that want to dominate with their right hand all season long, and neglect their left hand, will find themselves riding the bench during the regular season in favor of the kid who decided he was going to play the entire fall season with his off hand.

So what are the expectations that every player, parent, coach, and official should have about Fall Ball? There is only one. The expectation is that the players, parents, coaches, and officials get better. How then do each of these groups get better? Let’s dig into that.

Getting Better As A Player:

  • Work your off hand. Work your off hand. Work your off hand. I would continue typing that phrase to infinity because the point cannot be emphasized enough. Work your off hand.
  • Work on skills that you are uncomfortable or unconfident with. The more comfortable you get at executing a properly timed roll dodge, the more confident you will get as you practice and apply it.
  • Work on being louder. Lacrosse does not reward the timid. Be loud on the field until it becomes a habit.
  • Work. This is the critical time for you to develop into a better lacrosse player. By the regular season you are too late. Use your time during the off season to work to get better.

Getting Better As A Parent:

  • Hold up there. What could I get better at? All I’m doing is watching. These thoughts may be running through your mind if you are a parent of a lacrosse player. There is so much you can do as a parent to be a better fan and good steward of the game.
  • Be a positive cheerer. Refer to this post: http://ayllax.com/language. Fans exist outside of the game, but they impact the flow and atmosphere of the game nonetheless. I hate having to stop a game to chastise a fan, but I will do it to preserve the integrity of the game. Work during the offseason on being a positive, upbeat cheerer. That way it will be habit during the regular season.
  • Wait to critique or give advice. Win or lose, your child is dealing with complex emotions and thoughts after a game. The drive home is not the time to dig into your child’s game because the game is over. Wait until dinner. When the emotions from the game have dissipated, and you and your player can approach how the game went as rationally as possible.

Getting Better As A Coach:

  • Chill out. You are not coaching in an NCAA final. You aren’t even coaching in a state playoff game. Win, lose or draw no Fall Ball game has any impact on regular season standings. So try to keep the game in perspective.
  • Develop and refine your coaching philosophy, then stick to it. Coach Shaun Lux has a simple coaching philosophy, “Honor the Game.” If his actions honor the game, then he knows he is doing a good job. If his actions run contrary to that philosophy, he knows it is time to change something. Fall Ball is the time to change so that you are primed for the regular season.
  • Make improvement in your players, not winning the game, your sole mission in life. If your team loses a Fall Ball game because you made every player play with his off hand. Congratulations, your chances at winning a game during the regular season just went up.

Getting Better As An Official:

  • An official cannot practice to get better the way a player does. The only way officials get better is game experience, and Fall Ball provides a multitude of games to work. Back-to-back-to-back games provide a way for an official to practice one thing throughout the day to get better at. Whether that thing is signaling penalties, being in proper position, or throwing the flag higher.
  • Cultivate a calm demeanor. I believe that officials get calmer with more game experience simply because they see more situations. Therefore, when they come across a situation in a regular season that they saw during Fall Ball, they can respond to the situation calmly and confidently.
  • Do not goof off. The responsibilities of a lacrosse official are: safety, safety, safety, fairness. In that order. While Fall Ball may not be the regular season, the players are still equipped and playing hard. You do not get to take a play off to wonder about what you’re going to eat for dinner. Take the fall season as an opportunity to increase your level of focus on the field. You will find that your focus during a regulation game in the spring improves considerably.

So what have we learned? Fall Ball is a time for improvement for everyone involved in the game. It is a place where everyone should feel comfortable trying something new to make them a better player, parent, coach, or official. Don’t lose sight of the big picture in favor of focusing on a win in Fall Ball.

FYI, I have settled into my class schedule and will be doing one post a week on Mondays. Any suggestions for post topics can be emailed to gordoncorsetti@gmail.com.

Cheers,
Gordon