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2019 Fall Ball Registration is OPEN
08/06/2019
ALL BALL - WYL FALL SKILLS PROGRAM In order to accomplish our...
SPRING SEASON 2019 - DATES AND DETAILS
02/08/2019
Spring Season 2019 Season begins the week of April 1st for...
Youth Sports Myths DEBUNKED!
02/01/2019
As the season approaches, the Winchester Youth Lacrosse wanted to...

09/22/2014
 
2019 Fall Ball Registration is OPEN

ALL BALL - WYL FALL SKILLS PROGRAM

In order to accomplish our goal of developing home-grown high school caliber lacrosse talent, Winchester Lacrosse is pleased bring back our Fall Ball program.  

  • The Fall Ball program will consist of 2 skills practice per week for each age group. 
  • We will also a couple "game days", which will be scheduled during weekends and feature full speed scrimmage opportunities for all age groups. 
  • What you will need:
    • Everyone needs a stick, cleats and cup.
    • For 1st Graders, or first time players in 2nd Grade, we will allow players to re-borrower our WYL equipment.  
    • All other players need helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves.

We do not want those lax sticks to see your attic/basement.  We want our boys to be playing lax at least once a week during the so-called “off season”.

If your son (or young daughter) is not playing extra lacrosse (through a Club or elsewhere), this program is intended to push their lax skills forward in preparation for the Spring.  If your son is playing lacrosse with a Club, this program is likely still doable because of the times and locations.

Program details:​

  • Program will run from September 9th - November 8th
  • 4 grade-based groups: 
    • Group 1 (1st/2nd Grade);
    • Group 2 (3rd/4th Grade);
    • Group 3 (5th/6th Grade); and 
    • Group 4 (7th/8th Grade).
  • We plan to hold all practices at Ambrose Field (stay tuned as field schedule is finalized) - but do not expect to move practice location.
  • All practices will be 4:00PM-5:15PM.  Players are expected to be ready sharply at 4PM.
  • Practice Schedule:
    • Monday & Wednesday:  Groups 3 and 4
    • Tuesday & Thursday: Groups 1 and 2
    • All players may attend one or both practices (for your applicable age group)
  • All players will receive a Fall Ball pinnie.
  • Fall Ball is run by Phil Reuland (Offensive Coordinator of the WHS varsity team), with coaching help from Mike Armstrong (from the WHS staff) and several of our WHS players (ahhem, State Champs). 

SACHEM SKILLS GOALS AND CONCEPTS

  • High level, we want the players to show up for Spring lacrosse as better players than they were in June of 2019.
  • We want to allow kids to improve during the “off season”.  Some of our boys play Club lax, this program is meant to serve as an alternative and/or supplement to Club lax.
  • Coaches will set improvement goals for each participant, with input from the kids themselves.
  • Encourage the kids to work toward their goals at home (ex., work on cradling; find a wall for wall ball).
  • Periodically access how each kid is doing, and supplement goals as needed.

Parents of 1st-4th Graders – In general, we would like parents on hand for these sessions.  Our coaches will be there, but a parental presence will be important to help and to keep order.  Thanks in advance.

Winchester Youth Lax

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by posted 08/06/2019
SPRING SEASON 2019 - DATES AND DETAILS

Spring Season 2019

Season begins the week of April 1st for all grades (K-8)

 

GENERAL SEASON DETAILS

  • House League:
    • Kindergarten and 1st Grade will practice at 5:30 on Fridays at Skillings Field (grass)
    • 2nd Grade will practice at 5:30 on Tuesdays at Skillings Field (grass)
    • Practices will usually be weather dependant.  But if we can move to the turf and the weather is OK, we will practice with some weather.
    • Games are on Sundays, commencing on April 28th and will be approximately 1-hour small ball games (sideline to sideline).
      • ​9AM - 2nd grade games
      • 10AM - 1st grade games
      • 11AM - Kindergarten games
    • Practices and games will run until June 2nd (or 1 additional week/end if we experience a lot of rainouts).
  • Small Ball (3rd and 4th Grade)
    • ​Both grades will practice together this year - Monday and Friday at 6:30PM.  We may start and end earlier (6ish) during the month of April.  All practices will be at Skillings and we will rotate onto the turf as much as possible.
    • Practices will usually be weather dependant.  But if we can move to the turf and the weather is OK, we will practice with some weather
    • Games are against TPL towns, but we only play Concord/Carlisle, Acton/Boxboro, Lincoln/Sudbury and Andover (so the travel is easy).
    • Games will be on Sundays.  Schedule coming soon.
  • Full Field TPL Grades (5th-8th Grade)
    • ​Consult our face-page for practice times and location.  Also, please contact your Head Coaches for any questions on practices.
    • Practices will usually be weather dependant.  But your HC will run practices if they can find some turf that remains open during the rain.
    • Each grade will have an A and B Team.  HC's will maintain your grade's roster, and has the discretion to move players up and down as the season progresses.
    • Games are against TPL towns.
    • Games will be on Sundays.  Schedule coming soon.

SMALL BALL SCRIMMAGES AND SKILLS CLINICS (NEW FOR 2019!)

During the following Saturdays, we will run (1) drop-in scrimmages (all are welcome), and (2) skills clinics (shooting; goalies; faceoffs) - Sessions will be from 2:00-3:30 on Skillings Field (probably - may be moved to Manchester).  Skills clinics will be run by some of the top area coaches.  Scimmages will be run by program volunteers and players from our HS team.

WHAT EVERY PLAYER WILL NEED TO PLAY WYL (EQUIPMENT)

Basic Equipment:  Helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves.  If you're son is just getting started, but is not borrowing equipment, the equipment sets get you everything you need.  One example - https://www.lax.com/lacrosse-equipment/youth-lacrosse-equipment-sets.

Sticks:  Everyone needs their own stick - even players that are borrowing WYL gear.  For 4th grade and under, all sticks may be cut to 38 inches (from the top of the head to base of the shaft).  Starting in 5th, sticks must be 40 inches top to bottom.  We will have stick doctors helping fix sticks on Saturdays.

Safety Equipment:  Mouth piece and cup.

What Else?  Cleats (soccer cleats are fine), and an underlayer for April when it can still be cold.  Sweats and hoodies work but can be bulky.  Long underwear, leggings, or hockey base-layers work well.  Whatever keeps the kids from being freezing.

 


by Master Admin posted 02/08/2019
Youth Sports Myths DEBUNKED!

As the season approaches, the Winchester Youth Lacrosse wanted to DEBUNK four myths:

 

Myth 1:  If your son has not started playing lacrosse by 1st or 2nd grade, then it is too late for him to play.

Facts:  Putting aside how silly that statement is on its face, the reality is that kids start playing at all ages.  Kids play for a variety of reasons.  They enjoy the physical activity required of lacrosse.  Unlike some other sports, lacrosse is a sport where kids have to run and can be physical.  They like being with their friends.  They like being part of a team.  No young child (or parent) should think they cannot play because some other kids know how to throw and catch better than them.  This is not hockey where you need to learn how to skate.  Every boy knows how to run.  Kids can learn to throw and catch.  It’s not rocket science. Each of our grades have several top playesrs that started playing lacrosse “late” (in the eyes of people who believe in this myth).

 

Myth 2:  If you do not play club lacrosse, then it is not worth playing town lacrosse.

Facts:  Put simply, why?  Is a kid really worried about making the high school team or playing in college when he is a 10-year old?  Of course not.  Kids play because they enjoy the game and want to be with their friends.  Play club, don’t play club.  It’s all the same as far as WYL is concerned.  We have a great program for kids of all ages and abilities.  Learn the game, get exercise, play with actual friends and neighbors.  You can play Winchester town lax without playing club and still have a great time and develop to your full ability.  Anyone who tells you differently is trying to sell you something.

 

Myth 3:  If my son only makes the “B” team in 5th grade, he will never make the “A” team while he plays youth lacrosse. 

Facts:  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Kids develop skills at all different ages, as well as mature physically at different ages.  We generally have plenty of players per season move up and down from “A” to “B” teams based on availability and personal improvement.  It’s pretty fluid, based on development, and none of our “A” teams are locked in team rosters from G5 through G8.

 

Myth 4:  Your son needs to specialize in a single sport.

Facts:  Study after study shows that specialization at a young age leads to overuse injuries and impedes development. You’ve seen the stories and yet people continue to gravitate toward an approach that pigeonholes their son.  Heaven forbid they stop enjoying that one sport in middle school!  Let kids be kids.  Play multiple sports.  Take a season off.  Develop different skills and have fun. 

 

REGISTER FOR SPRING LAX TODAY! 

http://winchesterlax.org/Registration/Default.asp?org=WINCHESTERLAX.ORG

 


by Master Admin posted 02/01/2019


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