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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The  Westport PAL Lacrosse Program facilitates the long-term development of the skills necesarry for our lacrosse players to become great competitors, teammates and young adults. The curriculum has been developed in coordination with Paul McNulty and his Staples High School varsity coaching staff and is made up clinics, house leagues and travel teams for all skill levels. This coordination will foster a continuity of approach to skill development and game play from an early age through a player’s high school years.

 

The program is structured in the following way:

FALL SESSIONS 

Grade K & 8

To provide an opportunity for players interested in playing lacrosse and improving their skills in the Fall an informal weekly clinic is offered for players of all skill levels from Kindergarten to 8th grade. 


- 8 sessions held on Sundays at Wakeman Fields in order to avoid conflicts with Fall sports
- Low player to coach ratio in order maximize the attention each player receives
- Coaches include Staples coaches, Express and Eclipse coaches, Fairfield University players and Staples players
- Players in grades 1-4 will focus on fundamentals, game-like situations as well as scrimmages
- Players in grades 5-8 will focus on position specific skills, game-like situations as well as scrimmages

 

WINTER SESSIONS I: Indoor Box League

Grades 3-8

Our Winter Session I: Indoor Box League is one of our most popular. Three leagues are formed that combine 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th, and 7th & 8th grade participants into 4-6 teams each. Those grade-based teams then play in small-sided, fast-paced 5v5 games on Wednesday nights at Staples Field House.

ScheduleWednesday Evenings

6:30PM - 7:10PM   3rd & 4th Grade

7:10PM - 7:50PM   5th & 6th Grade

7:50PM - 8:30PM   5th & 6th Grade

Start Date11/1/17-12/13/17

Cost: $110

 

WINTER SESSIONS II: Clinics

Grades 3-8

In preperation for the upcoming Spring season our weekly indoor clinic (Winter Session II) is offered to players in grades 3-6 at Staples Field House and 7-8 at SONO Field House. The focus is on preparing the players for the Spring season through games and drills that that develop and progress their fundamental skills. Coaches include Staples coaches, Express and Eclipse coaches, Fairfield University players and Staples players.

Schedule:

3rd & 4th Grade: Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM @ Staples Field House

5th & 6th Grade: Wednesday, 6:30PM - 7:30PM @ Staples Field House 

7th: Tuesday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM @ SONO Field House 

8th: Tuesday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM @ SONO Field House 

Start Date: 3rd thru 6th grade 1/3/18 - 2/28/18 | 7th and 8th grade 1/10/18

Cost

3rd & 4th Grade: $135

5th & 6th Grade: $135

7th & 8th Grade: $235

 

SPRING SEASON

Grade K & 1 – Mini-Wreckers Clinic

The ultimate goal of the Mini-Wreckers' program is to establish an early love and enthusiasm for lacrosse that will serve our youngest players for years to come. To facilitate this goal Mini-Wreckers will progress through 3 main stages over the course of the season - Stage 1: Intro to Lacrosse (sticks only); Stage 2: Full Equipment Play; Stage 3: Game Time - all of which culminates at the end of the year with the “Pound at the Sound” jamboree typically scheduled on the first weekend of June for 1st grade players ONLY. 

Practices will be in clinic format and held once a week on Saturdays and will focus on lacrosse fundamentals with an emphasis on general athleticism, participation, sportsmanship and fun. 

Jerseys and a Warrior Warp Next beginners stick will be provided to all participants. Learn more about the Warrior Warp Next stick here.

ScheduleSundays: Time TBD @ PJ Romano Field, Saugatuck Elementary School

Start DateApril 1, 2018 through Early June

Cost: $150 (incudes Warrior Warp Next beginner stick and Mini-Wrecker jersey)


Grades 2 – Mini-Wreckers House League

The Mini-Wreckers House League introduces our 2nd grade players to structured game-play experience in addition to a weekly clinic format. Clinics will be on Tuesdays with House League games every Sunday. Game format will be heavily informed by U.S. Lacrosse U8 competition structure that consists of a 4v4 format with mini-goals on a size appropriate field (goalies may be added as season progresses). The teams will be evenly balanced and selected after the first full week of practice. 
 
At the end of the season the boys will participate in the Pound On The Sound 7v7 Jamboree in Norwalk against other local programs which is typically scheduled on the first weekend of June.

Jerseys will be provided.  

Schedule

Tuesday (Clinic): Early Evening (1 hour) @ PJ Romano Field, Saugatuck Elementary School

Sunday (House League Games): Time TBD @ PJ Romano Field, Saugatuck Elementary School

Start Date: April 1, 2018 through Early June

Cost: $200 (20% reduction from last Spring. Includes jersey)

 

Grade 3 & 4 – House League

Grade 3 & 4 House League progresses players to a 7v7 format (incuding goalie) on a size appropriate field.  Clinics will be on Thursdays with House League games played on Saturdays. The teams will be made up of an evenly balanced combination of 3rd & 4th grade boys.

The 3rd grade and 4th grade will also have the opportunity to play other towns and may participate in a tournament over the course of the season. All players will be invited to play in games vs. other towns and tournaments.

Jerseys will be provided. 

Schedule

Thursday (Practice): Early Evening (1 hour) @ PJ Romano Field, Saugatuck Elementary School

Saturday (House League Games): Time TBD @ PJ Romano Field, Saugatuck Elementary School

Sunday (Inter-Town Games): Times TBD

Start Date: March 24, 2018 (weather permitting) through Early June

Cost: $200 (20% reduction from last Spring. Includes jersey)

*Participants in the above programs are required to play with their grade. Movement between programs is not permitted.

 
Grades 5 - 8 - Travel Teams

Grades 5-8 operate under a travel team format based on the following age segmentation - U11, U12, U13 and U14. The player segmentations rules will apply to all boys in Grades 5-8.  Please review the player segmentation rules found here on our site that have been established by US Lacrosse and implemented by the Connecticut New York Youth Lacrosse Association (CONNY).

Travel team placement for all age-groups will be based upon the “3 A’s” – Attitude, Aptitude and Attendance. The goal is to keep rosters to 16-20 players per team to ensure balance playing time for the entire roster while meeting level of competition throughout a given season.

Team Playing Time: 7th (U13) and 8th (U14) Grade - While we support multi-sport athletes across our entire program, Blue Team players are expected to make lacrosse their primary sport during the spring season. Unexcused absence* will result in reduced playing time.

White Team players will have a slightly less rigorous policy and is for players that anticipate having a few conflicts during the season. Numerous unexcused absence will result in reduced playing time. 

Being a member of the Grey Team is the best option for players that may have other sports commitments, are trying lacrosse for the first time and/or are not sure of their commitment level. While Grey Team coaches will be more tolerant than Blue and White Team coaches, players that consistently miss practices or games for unexcused reasons will be given decreased playing time. 

Team Playing Time: 5th (U11) and 6th (U12) Grade - At this age level it is not the expectation that Blue, White and Grey Team players make lacrosse their primary sport during the Spring. However, players that consistently miss practices or games for unexcused reasons will be given decreased playing time.  

All coaches are required to speak directly with a player when it is anticipated that an unexcused absence will impact their playing time. 

Depending on the number of players, we may field one or more teams consisting of two grade levels; 5th and 6th graders would be combined; 7th and 8th graders would be combined. Combined teams will participate at the White and Grey team levels, depending on the overall team’s skill level.

*Excused absences include: health, family, school and religious obligations. A player/parent must directly inform the coach and/or team manager prior to a practice or game when a conflict arises
 
Practice / Game Schedules:

5th Grade (U11) & 6th (U12) Grade

Tryouts3/10, 3/11 and 3/18 if needed, times TBD

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Evenings 

Start Date3/13/18 (weather permitting) - early June

Cost: $375 (17% reduction from last Spring)

 

7th Grade (U13) & 8th Grade (U14)

Tryouts: 3/10, 3/11 and 3/18 if needed, times TBD

ScheduleMonday, Wednesday and Thursday or Friday Evenings 

Start Date3/12/18 (weather permitting) - early June

Cost: $450

 

All travel teams will play a full slate of travel games against towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties as well as a few jamborees. The goal for each travel team is to play in 12-15 games during the season (including jamborees which normally include multiple games in a day).

NOTE: Westport PAL Lacrosse and the coaches of each travel team reserve the right to make adjustments to travel team rosters during the season based on practice and game attendance and individual effort levels.