Teams for players in 3rd through 8th grade are structured and governed by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association (SEPYLA). CRLA plays against other youth programs within Southeastern Pennsylvania, mainly in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. In addition, CRLA has a Grades K-2 – In-House Program for the development of young lacrosse players. The SEPYLA spring season typically begins in late March and ends the first weekend of June.
As some of you may have seen, US Lacrosse has moved from a grade based team segmentation to an age based team segmentation. I have attached the US Lacrosse age chart for reference. As part of this change, you will need to provide age verification through the US Lacrosse website. This is an easy process and can be completed by clicking on the following link: http://www.uslacrosse.org/membership/age-verification
Additional information on the change can be found by following these two links:
http://www.uslacrosse.org/ rules/age-eligibility- guidelines
Boys Grades 7-8 – “A” Division
At this age group, SEPYLA has three levels of competition: A1 (the top level), A2 and A3. CRLA has fielded teams in each of these levels.
· A1 teams have players with the highest skill level and are typically 8th graders, but could include highly skilled 7th graders. CRLA will hold tryouts for the A1 team typically in October of the preceding year.
· A2 and A3 teams provide competitive play for players that are still developing their skills and/or new to the sport. The A3 team is typically comprised of 7th graders, but may include some 8th graders relatively new to the sport. CRLA will hold player evaluations for placement on these teams typically in early January.
· "A" League players may not have attained the age of 15, before December 31"' of the preceding year, and have been in a grade no higher than 8th in the season in which they are playing.
Boys Grades 5-6 – “B” Division
At this age group, SEPYLA has three levels of competition: B1 (the top level), B2 and B3. CRLA has fielded teams in each of these levels.
· B1 teams have players with the highest skill level and are typically 6th graders, but could include highly skilled 5th graders. CRLA will hold tryouts for the B1 team typically in October of the preceding year.
· B2 and B3 teams provide competitive play for players that are still developing their skills and/or new to the sport. The B3 team is typically comprised of 5th graders, but may include some 6th graders relatively new to the sport. CRLA will hold player evaluations for placement on these teams typically in early January.
· "B" League players must be below the age of 13 before December 31st of the current playing year, and have been in a grade no higher than the 6th grade in the season in which they are playing.
Boys Grades 3-4 – “C” Division
SEPYLA has only one level of competition in recognition of instructional and developmental needs of players in this age group. This is the first time most of these players will play on a regulation-size lacrosse field and in a 10 v 10 format. CLRA will field a team(s) at this level depending on the quantity and skill level of the players. All players will participate in our in-house program on Saturday afternoons that promotes skill development and game situation play. CRLA will assemble this group of players typically in early to mid January.
Boys Grades K-2 – Little Scoopers In-House Program
Boys in grades K-2 will participate in the in-house program on Saturday afternoons with the objective of introducing lacrosse to boys at the youngest ages. The focus of this program is to provide an environment for boys to learn the game of lacrosse through drill and game formats. Each team will consist of approximately 10 to 12 players and games will be played with 7 players on the field to maximize the amount of time and touches for each player. All weekend games will be played at Newtown Elementary School (our Home Field) to promote a strong lacrosse community. Practices will be held 1 to 2 times per week based on coach availability. The possibility also exists for a few scrimmage games against our neighboring lacrosse organizations.