Ridgewood Lacrosse Association
Boys Program Offerings for 2019 Season
The Ridgewood Lacrosse Association (RLA) is offering the following Boys Lacrosse Programs for the 2019 season. Please note that while the RLA seeks to accommodate all participants, registration in these programs is on a first come – first served basis (and tryouts may apply as specified below). If any of the programs below reach capacity prior to the registration deadline, players will be placed on a waitlist. The RLA will make every effort to allow players to play but can make no assurances that players on the waitlist will be accommodated or that tryouts will not be required.
Kindergarten/1st Grade "Super Scoopers" Clinic -
The Ridgewood Lacrosse Association is excited to continue our highly successful “Super Scoopers” program for current Kindergarten and First Grade Girls and Boys during the Spring 2018 season. “Super Scoopers” is a co-ed clinic intended to introduce kids to the game of lacrosse in a fun and safe environment. Each participant will receive a t-shirt or pinnie. This non-contact clinic will meet (1) day per week clinic and will start in approximately early April and run thru late May or early June. All sessions will be held on Saturday mornings. Loaner sticks will be available based on need and availability.
2nd Grade Lacrosse Clinic -
All second grade Boys may participate in our 2nd Grade Lacrosse Clinic. This program will meet 2x a week (new for this year) and will be comprised of (1) weekend session and (1) weeknight session, beginning in early April and concluding in late May or early June. This clinic is designed to meet the needs of the introductory lacrosse player as well as those who participated in the K-1 Clinics in prior years. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of lacrosse including stick skills, footwork, shooting, ground balls, ball movement, offensive and defensive positioning and game play. Full equipment is required for this program.
3rd/4th House League (Non-Travel) -
All third and fourth grade Boys may participate in our "In-Town" House League. The 3rd/4th House League is designed to meet the needs of the developing lacrosse player (beginner, intermediate and advanced). Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of lacrosse including, stick skills, footwork, shooting, ground balls, ball movement, offensive and defensive positioning and game play. Full equipment is required for this program.
Third and fourth grade players will be combined and placed onto teams, roughly equal in the number of players and balanced by skill level. There will be one practice (typically weeknight) and one game (typically Saturday morning) per week. House games will be played utilizing a 7 v 7 format on a shortened field. 3rd/4th Grade House League play will start in early April and conclude in early June.
3rd Grade Travel Option – NEW FOR THIS YEAR.
In addition to participating in our 3rd/4th House League – we will offer (purely optional) limited 3rd grade travel. We will schedule 5 or 6 travel games for each interested boy – assuming interest level is high enough across the grade to warrant. Players will wear provided pinnie – no additional uniform required. Only open to 3rd graders participating in the 3rd/4th House Program. No evaluation required.
4th Travel Program - EVALUATION REQUIRED
Participation in our 4th Grade Travel Program will be determined by evaluations. Practices will be held two or three times a week (dependent on field availability) and games will be played on weekends and selected weeknights. Any 4thgrade player who is not assigned to a travel team after the evaluations have taken place will be eligible to participate in our 3rd/4th Grade House League. Travel team play will begin in early to mid-March and will conclude in late May or early June.
5th- 8thTravel Programs – EVALUATION REQUIRED
Travel play in the New Jersey Junior Lacrosse League is offered to boys in grades 5 through 8. In addition to the fundamentals of lacrosse, increased emphasis will be placed on specific positional play (attack, midfield, defense, and goalie), team offense, team defense, and riding & clearing. Each travel team player will participate in approximately 10-12 regular season games and, at the discretion of the Boys Program Director, may participate in one or more tournaments. Travel team play will begin in early to mid-March and conclude in late May or early June.
Evaluations for players in grades 5 through 8 will be conducted by a panel of experienced coaches, in cooperation with the grade specific coaches. The Boys Program Director will approve the final rosters. Attendance at all travel team practices and games is mandatory for League play. In fairness to other players, those who fail to attend all practices and games may forfeit playing time or their position on the team. Grade specific information is as follows:
5th Travel Program – Participation in our 5th Grade Travel Program will be determined by evaluations. Practices will be held two or three times a week (dependent on field availability) and games will be played on weekends and selected weeknights. Based on the results of the evaluations a 5th grade player will either be assigned to one of the 5th grade specific teams or potentially to a combined grade Development team. We ask that all players participate in the evaluation process.
6th - 8th Travel Program – Participation in our 6th-8th grade travel program will be determined by evaluations. Team selection will be ability-based. Based on the results of the evaluations a 6th–8th grade player will be assigned to either the “A” or “B” teams or potentially to a combined grade Development Team (whichever is applicable). At the discretion of the grade level coaches, players may move from one roster to another based on ability, attitude, attendance and team need throughout the season. Practices will be held two or three times a week (dependent on field availability) and games will be played on weekends and selected weeknights. We ask that all players participate in the evaluation process.
Development Team Programs
Recognizing that players develop at different rates and need to work on different skills with players relative to their own ability, the content of the Development Program will be tailored to meet the needs of its participants. We may combine grades to put together the most meaningful experience for the players. Practices will be held two or three times a week (dependent on field availability). Each development team player will participate in approximately 5-7 regular season games, which will be played on weekends and selected weeknights. Development Team play will begin in mid-March and conclude in late May to early June.
For more information on the New Jersey Junior Lacrosse League, please visit their website at www.njlacrosse.com