The Southern Marin Lacrosse Club seeks to provide youth with a POSITIVE CHARACTER BUILDING EXPERIENCE by honoring the game of lacrosse. Through the game of Lacrosse we learn lessons that will last a lifetime. We focus our coaching in three areas, Athletic

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Evaluations - December 3rd and December 10th, 2018.  
 
For questions, please email Mary Beth Todd at mbnoel@gmail.com
 
NCJLA  Age Groups for Spring 2018 Season
U14A & B: 9/1/2003 - 8/31/2005 (7th and 8th grade) 8th graders born before 9/1/2002 are automatically eligible to play U14).
U12A & B: 9/1/2005 - 8/31/2007 (5th and 6th grade)
 
Marin League Age Groups/Divisions for Spring 2018 Season (U10 & U8)
U8 & U10 teams are assigned based on grade - not age.
4th Grade - Stealth Division 
3rd Grade - Thunder Division
2nd grade - U8
 
Key Questions & Answers
1.) Are older 8th graders who miss the 9/1/2003 cut-off allowed to play U14?  Yes.  Click HERE to see additional eligibility rules
2.) Will U10 be short sided games?  Yes (8v8) .  This article says it all.
3.) Does U10 have A teams?  Boys - Yes, Girls - No.

 

The spring season is the main season for lacrosse.  As such, players are expected to make lacrosse the top extra-curricular priority.  To prepare for the spring season, we open registration in September, and hold player evaluations in December (and sometimes January).

Girls 1st Graders
Registration opens in January
Practice 1x p/week (Wednesdays).  1 Hr long
6-7 weeks long.  Begins in mid-to late March
Play 2 in-house league games
Pro-coaches
Great introduction to the game of lacrosse
Registration opens on January
 

Girls U8 (2nd grade)
8-10 players p/team
Practice 1x p/week
No evaluations.  We accommodate friend requests as best as we can
Practices are 1 hour long
Games are on Sundays
Games are 4v4 using 4x4 goals (2 middies/1 attack/1 defense/ no goalie)
Practices start at the end of February - Games begin mid March.
Season ends in mid-May
All games are played in Marin and our goal is to play most of our games in Mill Valley in 2018 (depends on field access)
No games or practices during Mill Valley public school winter and spring breaks.

Girls U10
12-15 players p/team
Practice 2x p/week 
No A teams
Practices are 1:15 hour long
Games are on Sundays
Games are 8v8 using 4x4 goals (3 middies/1 attack/1 defense/ goalie)
Practices start at the end February - Games begin mid March.
Season ends in mid-May.
No games or practices during Mill Valley public school winter and spring breaks.
 
Girls U12/U14
17-22 players per team.  
The “Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association” (NCJLA and www.ncjla.org) governs our league.  
Practices start the first week of February.  
A teams (U12 & U14 only) practice 3x/week. 
B teams practice 2x/week.  
Games start the first week of March with a Festival (playday) usually held at Treasure Island.  
Season ends in mid-May with a playday or flighted tournament.
Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays in a round-robin format.  
Games or practices are NOT held during public school winter and spring breaks. 
"A" teams participate in a post season play-off where a Nor Cal Champion is crowned.  This happens in mid-late May.  
B teams participate in an end of season event event that takes place in Mid-May.

Team Placement:
Player Evaluations: Evaluations take place in early December.  No Cuts - all registered players are placed on a team.  Player evaluations help us create balanced teams within age groups. 
Rosters are published in late December/early January.
Earning a spot on the “A” team requires a full time commitment for practices and games over other spring sports.  “B” Teams provide a little more flexibility to accommodate other sports or weekend conflicts (playing time is at coaches discretion if attendance becomes an issue).  If your daughter cannot make a full-time commitment to lacrosse in the spring, then the B team is the appropriate place for her.                                   
Coach Evaluations:  At the end of every season we ask our coaches to submit evaluations of their players based on many different factors including hard work, attendance, attitude and talent. 
Practice Schedule:  SMLAX sets the practice schedule for each team in January, after players are placed on a team.  There are always a few requests to switch to a different team based on specific conflicts.  While we try to limit these requests, we do our best to accommodate them when possible. 
 
Coaching
Every Wolfpack coach is required to participate in the "Positive Coaching Alliance Program (PCA).
SMLC boys and girls coaching staff consists parent and non-parent head coaches who have HS, College or Professional lacrosse backgrounds. We are extremely fortunate to have a very talented group of coaches/volunteers who not only pass their knowledge and passion of the sport along to the kids in our community, but they do so in a manner that promotes the basic principles of competition, respect, and love for the game.  
Every parent coach in the spring season is a volunteer.  Please give them a HUGE thank you when you see one!

 

Things kids can do to prepare for the spring season

Outside of the traditional offerings, here are things your kid and do to get better:

Wall Ball!

This is the single best training method for any kid.  Oh, and it’s free!  Just find a wall around town and go at it.   Practice each hand as well.  STX Bounce backs are a good tool as well and fit in most backyards.  You can youtube some great wall ball videos. 

Play other sports!

Basketball, soccer, dance, tennis, softball, track, etc. all provide skill development essential for playing lacrosse.  SMLC would rather see multi-sports athletes for several reasons including the fact a broader skill set is enhanced and the "burn out" factor is lower.  This doesn’t mean put the stick down for 4-5 months, it simply means one should give their “in-season” sport priority and work on lacrosse skill development when the opportunity fits into your child’s schedule.