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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

Why Don’t You Practice in the Fall?

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Because I said so.

Well, not exactly. I could say we do not schedule team practices during Fall Ball because Coach Lou says no practices. Yet, that is still short of the mark.

I could say there are no set practices because that is how we always do things during the fall at AYL. Still, repeating the mantra of tradition for tradition’s sake is a painfully weak argument.

I need a good theory that I can back up and will address player and parent concerns during the fall. Since we are close to starting our Fall Season, it is pertinent to state the AYL position on this issue directly.

Your league should have practices during Fall.

    • Occasionally, I am confronted with this statement before or during the fall season. We at Atlanta Youth Lacrosse believe Fall Ball is just that, Fall Ball. It is a time for players of every ability level to share the field and learn lacrosse through game experience. We believe set practices should be reserved for the competitive season, which, for lacrosse, is during the spring.

I am concerned my child will be intimidated or not learn as quickly because they are a beginner.

    • Believe it or not, your child is going to get a lot of practice. Our goal during Fall Ball is to be very intense about being very laid back. Players go out to win games, but their primary focus should be on working on new skills. So the experienced factor lessens a bit as the more experienced players work on their left hand, or weak-side dodge. This provides a more level playing field for the new player who is learning to play with their strong-hand and get a feel for the game.

We only see our coach once a week, and that is during the game. How can he learn what is best for my child?

    • Fall equals fundamentals more than any other time of the year. Because coaches spend less time in organized practices, they use what time they have before and after games to stress the basics of proper play. New players should go up to their coaches and request different positions each week so they can get an idea of what they like to play. Once they settle on a position, the coach can tailor their lessons to that player’s position.

My player is brand new and is nervous about starting a game.

    • Perfect! Nervousness before the unknown means your child is completely normal. We have staff and S.T.A.R.s at every game, which allows us to have eyes on lots of players at the same time. Each of our adult and high school staff members have the freedom to go up to a new player who is struggling and give them one or two pointers for the rest of the game. This is individualized attention on a very large scale. For instance, by the end of the season I probably help at least fifty kids with picking up a ground ball, to throwing, to playing defense. Add Coach Lou, Shaun Lux, Kevin Lux, Andy Halperin, and all of our high school and middle school volunteers, and that is a lot of attention from experienced lacrosse players.
    • If you or your player is especially concerned about starting the first game, or any future game, please tell a staff member. We are there to help.

Players cannot improve without practice.

    • Yes and no. Practice at it most basic element is the separation of game components. Fall Ball allows players to experience the flow of the game, which no practice or scrimmage ever gets across. We keep the body checks down so players focus on throwing stick checks and dodging against a defender throwing checks. We keep the atmosphere relaxed so kids do not feel the overwhelming pressure to win at any cost. We do mandatory substitutions at specific intervals to ensure everyone is getting game time. Ultimately, Fall Ball is practice for the spring.

I want my player to get some practice in. Are there ways to get instruction on non-game days?

    • Atlanta Youth Lacrosse will offer beginner clinics during the first few weeks of the season. These clinics are still TBD, but they will focus on fundamental skills that every player needs in their back pocket. We also have the Lux brothers at Lux-Lax.com. You may view the Lux’s basic information on our Biographies page. These two brothers do great work with players in individual and group lessons.

The overarching theory is keeping the games fun and relaxed while recharging the batteries for new and experienced players alike. Every player can suffer from burnout if games feel like life and death every weekend. We at Atlanta Youth Lacrosse want to eliminate the burnout factor in the fall so players feel recharged and excited about the competitive Spring season.

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Cheers,
Gordon