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USL Youth Boys Lacrosse Resources

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For those of you new to the game of lacrosse, and even those who’ve been around a while, there are tremendous resources from US Lacrosse available to you players, coaches, parents, and officials out there.

Everything in this post can be found here: www.uslacrosse.org/rules/boys-rules.aspx

First and foremost, for folks new to lacrosse is the Youth Rules & Best Practices Guidebook For Boys, 3rd Edition. This is a fantastic and in-depth resource for the new player, coach, parent, or official because the guidebook is geared for each!

It is difficult to enjoy or effectively teach the game if you do not know the rules. While reading the rulebook can be a pretty dry endeavor there are more visually exciting videos that USL has put together:

There is also a handy FAQ listing reasons for more severe enforcement of violent body checks at the youth level and the national emphasis on proper fundamentals and the development of skillful play. My personal favorite question is:

  • Q: “Why is USL taking body checking out of the game?” 
  • A: USL does not want to remove body checking from lacrosse. The USL age appropriate rules are designed to provide an environment that fosters development of critical skills in our youngest athletes. Body contact is introduced over time to prepare players for higher levels of play in High school and College but does so in a manner that creates the best playing experience at the younger ages. Research in a variety of sports has proven that player development and a positive playing experience are maximized when violent contact is limited or removed in the younger age divisions. This is also a fundamental best practice that US Lacrosse is emphasizing with regards to player safety and skill development.

Why is that my favorite question? Let me get on my soapbox. I played lacrosse for ten years and heard that “they” were taking hitting out of the game when I first geared up. Better medical knowledge is leading to greater enforcement of high and blind-side hits in contact sports around the country, but what should little Jimmy be learning when he steps onto the field at 10 years old for the first time? Should he learn how to hit or how to pass and catch? I’ll pick a kid for a high school team that has never tried to body check an opponent for his entire youth playing days, but already mastered the basic lacrosse skills. I’d rather teach kids how to play the game well and teach them hitting when their bodies and skills are more developed.

Two helpful videos that you might not see right away are:

  1. Field Player Equipment
  2. Goalie Equipment

Finally, check out the USL Core Skillz Videos on the USL YouTube Page at: www.youtube.com/user/uslacrosse8/search?query=core+skillz

Well I hope you find these resources helpful to you in the season. A lot of hours gets put into these materials and the more you use them and share them the better our game will be at the youth level throughout the country.


2013 AYL Fall Lacrosse Rules for U9, U11, and U13

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As I promised to our U9, U11, and U13 players, coaches, and parents this post covers everything there is to know about the 2013 AYL Fall Lacrosse Rules. If you still have questions after reading this post and the linked resources please email me at rules@ayllax.com. I will endeavor to respond to all queries as soon as possible.

These are the five most important resources to all players, coaches, and parents. I highly suggest reading through each of the following links as they will help you understand the age-specific rules:

Again, I stress that everyone look at the information from the above four links as it will help everyone though the fall season better understand the game.

The rules for U9, U11, and U13 are fairly consistent with each other. Here are the major rules to know:

  • U9, U11, U13
    • No one-handed stick checks at all
      • Rationale: Get players to demonstrate the ability to land controlled stick checks with two hands on their own stick
      • Penalty: 1, 2, or 3 minute personal foul depending on severity as determined by the officials
      • U9 players do not play man-down. The penalized player must leave the field and be substituted for and cannot return until his penalty time is up.
  • U9 and U11
    • No intentional body checking
      • Rationale: The focus at this age is on skill development. Passing in particular. Outlawing body checking gives the players a game atmosphere where they can focus on getting better at basic skills without worrying about getting leveled.
      • Penalty: 1, 2 or 3 minute personal foul depending on severity as determined by the officials
      • U9 players do not play man-down. The penalized player must leave the field and be substituted for and cannot return until his penalty time is up.
  • U13
    • Body checking permitted but no takeout checks
      • Rationale: U13 players need to understand how to make proper body contact to better prepare for higher levels of play as they grow older, but they should not worry about taking excessive body checks as they are still working on skill development.
      • What is a takeout check?
        • Excessively late, lining a player up from beyond three (3) yards, or a hit that was unnecessary in the judgement of the officials
      • Penalty: 1, 2 or 3 minute personal foul depending on severity as determined by the officials
    • Body checks targeting the head or neck and blindside hits
      • Research into the long-term repercussions from concussions led the rules committee to beef up existing body checking rules at the youth levels to better protect players from devastating hits and severally penalize those that commit high, hard hits. Additional research indicates that youth players who do not see a hit coming are at an increased risk of injury.
      • What is a body check targeting the head or neck?
        • Any body check where one player lowers his helmet or shoulder, or puts his arms or crosse into the head or neck or another player.
      • What is a blindside hit?
        • Any body check where a player from one team hits another player who cannot see the hit coming.
      • Penalty: For both body checks to the head or neck and blindside hits, the penalty starts at a minimum of 2-minutes non-releasable.
      • Most severe penalty enforcement: Officials have full authority to issue a 3-minute non-releasable penalty and Eject a player for a flagrant, vicious, or very severe body check to the head or neck. This is a very severe option for a severe illegal body check to the head or neck.

Those are the major points to know about in the U9, U11, and U13 Boys’ Youth Rules for fall 2013. The rule penalizing targeting the head/neck and blindside hits is a rule change for spring 2014, but as the Head Official at AYL I want our players used to playing with that rule as they will likely be playing with it for the duration of their youth lacrosse days.

Once again, please read all of the linked resources at the top of this post and if something does not makes sense or is not clear please email me at rules@ayllax.com.

Here are a few additional video resources that I’ve created over the last two years to better educate everyone on the various rules and penalties:

You will usually find me out at the fields on game days wearing a bright orange or green Zebra shirt. If you prefer asking questions face to face I’m happy to answer them so long as I have time between games.


Plans For The Summer

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As always, I am surprised how quickly the spring season comes to a close. We are wrapping up our last playoff and championship games this week and weekend for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse, and I wanted to give a quick rundown of what to expect from the AYL blog moving into the summer.

  1. More Posts! – I’m done with the spring semester, which means I’m not working my studies (1 year to go for my Psychology Major!), which means more posts for our avid readers.
  2. More Instructional Videos! – I’ll be doing a few different video series throughout the summer. Each month will have a theme, and there will be roughly two to four videos per month. I have decided that the month of May will be Basics Month, as it is always good to start with the fundamentals! June will be Penalties Month, and July is currently TBD, but if you have any ideas for videos feel free to email me at: rules@ayllax.com.
  3. Possible AYL Forum – still need to work some technical issues out, but we may roll out an online forum at the end of the summer where our members will be free to ask questions about the various programs and seasons that AYL offers. This way the information can be shared by all, and questions answered quickly by your favorite WebMaster.
  4. Polls, surveys, and discussions! I really want the AYL Blog to become discussion based. Where visitors put in their opinions about each post or topic. I will be adding different user interaction tools over the summer to see where our visitors and members are coming from, what everyone wants to see from AYL, and to get some good discussions going about honoring the game and how best to coach all of our youth players.
  5. Posts are back on Facebook and Twitter! – Through some unfortunate technical errors, I blame computer gnomes, we lost our ability to post to Facebook and Twitter. We’ll we are back online and posting to everyone’s favorite social networks. Feel free to friend us, or retweet our posts.
  6. Online Donations! – We love that our members love to give back to AYL by providing donations. We are currently streamlining the back-end process for online donations to make it easy and secure to donate to Atlanta Youth Lacrosse to your heart’s content. Remember, all donations are tax-deductible.
  7. Any further ideas or improvements to www.ayllax.com can always be emailed to rules@ayllax.com, or submitted using the comment function below this post.

Well, that is what is on the docket for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse from a web development and blogging standpoint. I hope everyone is excited for everything that will be rolled out over the coming months. I hope everyone has a great summer!

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