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Avon Grove Lacrosse (AGL)
2018 Registration Information

& Program Summary
 
Registration is only open to residents of

Avon Grove School District & Octorara School District. 

 

Before Registering, please review our Code of Conduct under the “Parent / Player Resources” tab on the website, you will be required to confirm that you have read and understand before finalizing the registration.

 

Summary Points for 2018:

New Age Groupings:  As part of the Chester County Lacrosse Association (cclalax.org) all member programs will be adopting the new US Lacrosse. A players grouping will be based on his AGE ON AUGUST 31, 2017 as follows:.

  • If he is 8 or 9 on that day, he is in the “10U” division
  • If he is 10 or 11 on that day, he is in the “12U” division
  • If he is 12 or 13 on that day, or if he is 14 and in 8th grade, he is in the “14U” division

·         Registration Limits:  At U10, U12 & U14, the number of registrants will be limited.  Register early to ensure your spot. 

·         Registration Opens:  For all age groups, registration opens on the website at midnight on November 1st.

·         Registration Deadlines:  All age group deadlines are the same this year:

o    Winter Skills:  midnight of Dec. 1st – with late registration ($15 fee) available until Dec 20th

o    Spring Season: midnight of Jan. 15th – with late registration ($15 fee) available until January 31st

·         Uniform Purchases:  If playing at U10-U14, uniforms only need to be ordered during registration if your son doesn’t already have one. U8 players will have modified uniforms included in their cost of registration.   

 


Spring 2016 Program Registration:
 
U-14:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2003 to Aug. 31, 2005

8th graders that have turned 14, may be eligible to play for the U14 team

Registration Fee:  $180

Registration Limits:  Registrations may be wait-listed after the first 60 registrants.

Skill Levels:  AGL will field a number of A and B Division teams as necessary based on the enrollment numbers and skill level.  Tryouts will begin during the last week of February and will last as long as the coaches feel it is necessary.

Practices:  U-14 teams will practice 3-4 times per week in March including weekends and will practice 1-2 times per week in April, May and the first few weeks in June (if playoffs are involved).  For optional Winter Indoor Skill sessions in January and February, see more information below. 

Games:  All teams will travel and compete in the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA).  Games begin in April.  A & B teams typically play Thursdays and Saturdays.  The top 8 teams in each CCLA Division will participate in playoffs.

Uniforms:  If needed, new uniforms are an additional cost: $30 for Jersey & $35 for Shorts.  See below for information related to ordering game uniforms. 

Required Equipment:  See below.

 

 
U-12:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2005 to Aug. 31, 2007

Registration Fee:  $180

Registration Limits:  Registrations will be wait-listed after the first 60 registrants.

Skill Levels:  AGL will field a number of A, B & C Division teams as necessary based on enrollment numbers and skill level.  Tryouts will begin during the last week of February and will last as long as the coaches feel it is necessary.

Practices:  U-12 teams will practice 3-4 times per week in March including weekends and will practice 1-2 times per week in April, May and the first few weeks in June (if playoffs are involved).  For optional Winter Indoor Skill sessions in January and February, see more information below. 

Games:  All teams will travel and compete in the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA).  Games begin in April.  A & C teams typically play Tuesdays and Saturdays.  B teams typically play Mondays & Saturdays.  The top 8 CCLA teams in the A and B Divisions will participate in playoffs.

Uniforms:  If needed, new uniforms are an additional cost: $30 for Jersey & $35 for Shorts. See below for information related to ordering game uniforms. 

Required Equipment:  See below.

 
 
U-10:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2007 to Aug. 31, 2009

Registration Fee:  $180

Registration Limits:  Registrations will be wait-listed after the first 45 registrants.

Skill Levels:  AGL will field a number of F & S Division teams as necessary based on enrollment numbers and skill level.  Tryouts will begin during the last week of February and will last as long as the coaches feel it is necessary. 

Practices:  U-10 teams will practice 3-4 times per week in March including weekends and will practice 1-2 times per week in April and May.  For optional Winter Indoor Skill sessions in January and February, see more information below. 

Games:  All teams will travel and compete in the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA).  Games begin in April. U10F players will play 10v10 games (10-minute stop-time quarters) on a full regulation lacrosse field. These games will generally be scheduled on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.  U10S players will play 7v7 short games (round robin tournament style) on a smaller field. Generally, each team will play 3 back-to-back games, two 20-min halves each, on selected Sunday afternoons from April to June.

Uniforms:  New uniforms are an additional cost: $30 for Jersey & $35 for Shorts.  See below for information related to ordering game uniforms. 

Required Equipment:  See below.

 
 
U-8:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2011

Registration Fee:  $120

Skill Levels:  AGL will field a number of teams based on enrollment numbers.  Teams are divided equally across all skill levels.

Practices:  U-8 teams will practice on weekends, indoors, in March and then 2-3 times per week in April and May, including weekends. 

Games:  Because the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA) does not have a league for U-9, games are scheduled independently with other organizations.  Expect Saturday “play days” (multiple games vs. different teams at the same location) and a few independently scheduled games in April and May. 

Uniforms:  Reversible pinnies and game shorts are included in the cost of registration. 

Required Equipment:  See below.

 
 

  
 
Game Uniforms for U10, U12, & U14:

 All U10, U12 and U14 players require uniforms.  Players who already have uniforms do not need to purchase new ones.  If uniforms are needed, they must be purchased during the registration process.  The fee is $65 and is in addition to the normal registration fee.  The uniforms will include a reversible game jersey ($30) and game shorts ($35).  These uniforms are owned by the player and can be reused or handed-down, as appropriate, in future years.  

If ordering a uniform, during registration, you will have to provide information for sizing.  To help you determine what’s appropriate for your son, you can refer to the table below.  The sizes listed in the table were the dominant sizes that were ordered in prior years.  There, of course, were exceptions, but what is stated & covers the vast majority of what was ordered.   If your son is average in size for his age group, you can assume that the typical size would be the right choice.   If unsure which size to order, we suggest ordering the larger of the sizes you are considering. 

 

Dominant Jersey and Short Sizes ordered in previous years

 

U10

U12

U14

Jerseys

AS  to  AM*

AM  to  AL*

AL*  to  AXL

 

Shorts

YL  to  YXL  to  AS

AS  to  AM

AM  to  AL

 

* Within the age group, the majority of players ordered this size jersey

 


Equipment for all Age Groups:

 
AGL does not provide or rent equipment.  Players must provide their own equipment.  All players are required to have a lacrosse stick, lacrosse helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, athletic cup and mouth guard.  Rib pads are optional, but recommended at the older age groups. 

Never bought lacrosse equipment before or just trying to make sure you buy what is right for your son’s age group?  Within the website go to “Equipment” under “Parent/Player Resources” for additional equipment guidance: 

·         Related to purchasing equipment, consult the “Equipment FAQ”. 

·         If seeking used equipment for a cheaper alternative, consult the “Equipment Swap” section or visit a used sports equipment store.   

Indoor Winter Skills Sessions:


These are voluntary sessions scheduled before the beginning of the season.  The emphasis is on fundamental skill work (throwing, catching, shooting, groundballs…) and improving those skills.  There is no game play during these sessions, unless it is a part of the drill work or concept being taught.  For returning players, these sessions are excellent for building on last year’s skills and removing the “rust” of the off-season.  For first year players, the sessions are highly encouraged and provide a unique opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals indoors without the added complications of bad weather.  For all, it is a great head start for the upcoming spring season when the coaches can always tell which players participated in the skill session and which did not.
 
Indoor Skills Sessions will held at All Season Sports Academy in Elkton MD
 

U14: 

·         Dates:  6 Sundays in January and February 

·         Time:  90 minute sessions (between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM )

·         Location:   All Season Sports Academy, Elkton MD

·         Registration Fee:  $100 

·         Note:  Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at the first 40 boys registered.  Participants must register for the Spring Season in order to be eligible.

 

U12: 

·         Dates:  7 Saturdays or Sundays in January and February

·         Time:  60 minute sessions (between 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM )

·         Location:   All Season Sports Academy, Elkton MD

·         Registration Fee:  $100

·         Note:  Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at the first 30 boys registered per age group.  Participants must register for the Spring Season in order to be eligible.

U10: 

·         Dates: 7 Saturdays in January and February

·         Time: 60 minute sessions (between 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM )

·         Location:   All Season Sports Academy, Elkton MD

·         Registration Fee:  $100 

·         Note:  Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at the first 30 boys registered per age group.  Participants must register for the Spring Season in order to be eligible.

 

 
Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Are need-based financial scholarships available to reduce the registration fee?    
A:  Nothing formal is available, but in cases of increased hardship, we are certainly willing to be flexible.  Contact us through the “Feedback” button on the left side of the website, if you have a special request. 

 

Q:  Do I need to purchase a uniform?  
A:  Game uniforms are not provided for U10, U12 & U14 teams.  If your son’s uniform from last year is in good shape and still fits, there is no need to buy another one.  If your son is playing at U10 this year, you will need to acquire a uniform.   If you are a new player at any of these age groups, you will need to acquire a uniform.   If you don’t have a hand-me-down from an older sibling or friend, you will need to purchase a uniform during the on-line registration process.   Another alternative may be to look under the “Equipment Swap” section of the website (go to “Parent/Player Resources”, then “Equipment”) to see if anyone is selling a previously-used uniform.    

 

Q:  Why aren’t U8 buying game uniforms?
A:  The bottom-line is that we are trying to minimize cost to our parents of younger players who may just be trying lacrosse for the first time.   Given other equipment costs, we realize that starting your son in lacrosse can be expensive, so we are doing what we can to not add additional costs.  While it’s not been practical to provide loaner equipment for various reasons, including liability, minimizing uniform costs is in our control.  Reversible pinnies & shorts will be provided at these age levels.        

 

Q:  Why is registration so early when the season doesn't start until March?
A:  Winter Skills Sessions need to be planned while insurance and new uniforms need to be obtained.  Also, the sooner players register, the easier it is to secure coaches for each age group and have them attend our coaches meetings where we discuss age group curriculum.  Last minute sign-ups mean last minute coaches and a lack of organization.  Game schedules & playdays need to be planned with the CCLA and an accurate player count is valuable to planning the season ahead.



Q:  I would like to register my son for an age group above his assigned level (playing up).  Is that possible?
A: We understand your motivation, but at this time, the AGL Board feels it is best for players to play within their own age group.  Too many times we have seen a player move up an age group only to be a "ball taxi", or be a minimal part of the team's success or failure.  It is beneficial to keep a player “down” so that the game slows down for him, thus allowing him to make many more decisions, become a team leader, and gain new sets of skills he would otherwise not have a chance to learn at a higher level.  Additionally, lacrosse is a contact sport and the chance for physical injury is significantly greater for those who “play up.”  Kids are growing rapidly through these age levels and the difference in a player’s physical maturity can be significantly different just from one year to the next.   Although it sounds impressive and bolsters parental pride, we do not believe it is what is best for a player's development. 



Q:  Can my son register for a specific team or coach?
A:  No.  We do not take into consideration ride sharing or favorite coaches because we are trying to put your son into the best position to learn and enjoy the game.  Players are placed on a team by ability level.  Our philosophy is that your son will have the best opportunity to learn and improve if he is playing with other boys of a similar skill level.  That way we don’t frustrate the beginner who is trying to survive on the field with kids that have already played for several years.  Likewise, the experienced player isn’t frustrated by the player who is still just learning to pass and catch.  Additionally, because we are typically limited by the number of coaches that we have, we can’t take requests for specific coaches.  Unlike many other sports, not many adults have actually had the experience of playing lacrosse, let alone desire to coach it.  If we allow players to pick their coaches, then we may not be able to balance team sizes and skill levels appropriately.  While each coach can be different, we do work to have all the coaches using the same base curriculum so that your son will see continuity as he progresses from one age group to the next. 

 
Q:  I do not agree with the AGL Code of Conduct.  Can I still register?
A:  Whether you agree with it or not, parents, players, and coaches will be expected to adhere to it.  We expect our Parents, Coaches, and our volunteers to set the example for our players (yours and others) to follow.  Behaviors such as getting to practice on time, e-mailing your coach if you are absent or sick, talking to the coach about concerns, and supporting the coach in his decisions based upon the organizational goals are all behaviors that help build our sons into great players on and off the field.  They are behaviors to model so that our kids can emotionally develop and be successful team members and players.  Anything that goes against that will cause a negative experience for the player and rob the opportunity for the player to have fun and be a productive team member.  It is more than winning and losing when you are part of the AGL program.  If you do not agree with the Code of Conduct, please register with another program. 

 


Q:  I am having trouble registering online.  What do I do?
A:  Do not wait...contact us immediately through the “Feedback” section of the website so we can assist you.  A member of the organization will attempt to get back to you as soon as possible.   We require everyone to register online as it helps us sort information and provides us with a direct link to you since we communicate mostly via e-mail or the website. Without an account you will potentially miss out on information such as schedule changes, team communications, new events, etc.  



Q:  Why are there limits on the number of kids allowed to register at a specific age group?  
A:   Field availability and our ability to develop trained coaches is being out-paced by our organization’s growth.  We still believe we can handle additional growth this year (i.e. just because your son hasn’t played before, doesn’t mean we don’t have room for him) but we have limited registration numbers at U10-U14 so we can keep a close eye on our registration numbers to ensure we have enough coaches and fields to support our teams.  For those trying to register after the limit has been reached, you will still be able to place your son’s name on a waiting list.  We pride ourselves on providing good instruction and significant playing time, so we try to keep team sizes down as much as possible.  The last thing we want is a large team where each boy doesn’t even get to play half the game.   You have some control over this.  First, register as early as possible.  Second, volunteer to help coach….more are always needed, just as we can teach your son’s the game, we can teach you as well. 

 
 
Q:  I missed the Late Registration deadline for registration.  What do I do?
A:  Unfortunately, you will not be able to register.  If you have a complaint, please provide us with information via the “Feedback” section of the website.  Our registration deadline has been established as the latest date possible that will also allow us to be properly prepared for the upcoming season.  In order to provide the best experience possible and in fairness to those that have already registered, we need the time immediately before the start of the Spring season to ensure we have the equipment, uniforms, practice fields and the well-trained coaches necessary for a successful season. 

 
 
Q:  Will my son’s team have a set game & practice schedule? 
A:  For team’s playing within the CCLA, we are at the mercy of league scheduling and scheduling has become more complicated as the sport becomes more popular.  “Typical” CCLA game days are defined above but field availability and other scheduling constraints may force other days to be used.  Unfortunately, there is no guarantee.  For U8 teams playing outside the CCLA game days may vary due to the availability of other teams. 
Practice schedules are highly influenced by game schedules and the number of available fields that we have for the entire organization.  As we’ve grown substantially in recent years, it has been increasingly difficult to procure enough fields to support all our teams’ practices and games.  Every year we try new field alternatives, but the choices in the area are limited.  (If you have access to a field that we may be able to rent, please contact us through the “Feedback” button on the website).  Unfortunately, while we do our best to keep practice schedules and field locations consistent for a given team, we can’t guarantee it.  Please be patient with the fact that practice days and locations may change throughout the season.  We will do our best to lock-in the schedule as soon as we can so that you can plan your weeks.

 
 
Q:  Does my son’s age group go to tournaments at the conclusion of the spring season?
A:  It depends.  There is no guarantee that tournaments will be attended (tournaments tend to start the last weekend in May and extend into July).  Taking a team to a tournament after the spring season is dependent on a few factors.  Does the coach want to go?  Does the coach (a volunteer) have time to go?  Are there enough players to field a team?  Are parents willing to pay the additional registration expense (typically $25-$50) plus potential hotel and related travel costs?



Q:  Why do all teams at each age level have equal playing time?
A: Our first priority is to teach the game of lacrosse and all of its situations to prepare our players for the next level of play, eventually leading up to the High School. When you sign up to play lacrosse you are not signing up to be a member of a team, you are signing up to be part of a program, which happens to feed right into Avon Grove HS.  It is our job to teach the sport to the best of our ability and you can't learn when you are sitting on the bench.  We have established target roster numbers which are low compared to other programs and we do this to allow for the most playing time for your son. This will bring more opportunities for players to excel and develop while enjoying his playing time. Wins are great but not the primary focus of the program...learning is the high priority!!



Q: Why is U8 using full equipment this year?  
A:   At U8, as we primarily focus on throwing, catching, groundballs, shooting, cradling and basic 2 and 3 man team concepts, for a number of years, our U8 age group has used soft-crosse sticks rather than real lacrosse sticks.  Over those same years, we’ve listened to feedback from parents who have been disappointed that their sons haven’t been able to use their “real” lacrosse sticks or get any game time against other teams.  We’ve also come to believe that the boys develop their stick skills faster if they actually use a real lacrosse stick and ball and don’t have to transition from the soft-crosse sticks to the real thing.  Since the softer balls used with the soft-crosse sticks are a little too big and too light to use with the real sticks, going to real sticks also means we need to go to real lacrosse balls which are much harder.  Hence, there is also a need for a helmet to protect the boys from getting hit by an errant pass.  Then, in order to play some other teams for fun, the boys need to get the rest of the equipment as well.  

 


Q:  Do I have to spend a lot of money on equipment?  What if my son doesn't like it?
A:  Unfortunately, a downside to lacrosse is the initial investment in equipment.  However, many starter sets can be quite reasonable (see our “Equipment FAQ” section under “Parent/Player Resources”, then “Equipment”).  Don’t get fooled into purchasing the specialty, high dollar equipment that you may think is necessary.  You may purchase new equipment from Lacrosse International at a program discount (mention the Avon Grove discount).  If you find that your son doesn't like the sport or needs to upgrade to a larger size, etc., our website has an "Equipment Swap" link.  Post a picture of your item and a small description and put it up for sale or trade.  This can be done once you register and create an account and the person buying deals directly with you based on your preferences.   There are always the local yard sales, EBay, Craigslist or a neighbor.  AGL does not rent equipment.