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2019 BOYS PROGRAM                                                                               

The Fairfield Youth Lacrosse program is designed to help each player reach his potential as a lacrosse player.  Mastery of the skills of the game is of the utmost importance at all levels and FYL places emphasis on skill development in all grades, 1-8.  As a player moves through the FYL program they will be taught the game of lacrosse in a fun and supportive environment. The program curriculum has been designed to maximize the skill development of players at each respective level in a progressive fashion. In so doing we endeavor to create a continuity of experience between coaches and age groups. The focus of all of our teams is to encourage growth and development.

 

UNIFORMS

All players in grades 5-8 will be required to wear a uniform.  If you are new to travel lacrosse, you will be required to purchase a new uniform for the 2019 season.  Uniform cost is approximately $70.00 per player and includes a reversible jersey, shorts and shooting shirt.  Practice pinnies will be provided for grade 5-8 players.  Uniforms for grades 1-4 will be provided.

To further clarify, if you have participated in FYL in grades 1-4 and are entering 5th grade, the the travel uniform is different and you will need to purchase a new uniform.  If you are new to FYL and will be playing in grades 5-8, you will need to purchase a new uniform.  If you played travel last year and your uniform still fits, you do not need to purchase a new uniform (but you can if you want to).

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT FOR ALL AGE LEVELS*

(Not included with uniform)  Lacrosse Helmet, Mouthpiece (all age levels), Lacrosse Stick, Gloves, Shoulder Pads, and an Athletic Supporter with Cup.

 

US LACROSSE

For insurance purposes, all Fairfield Youth Lacrosse players are required to be members of US Lacrosse.  US Lacrosse membership is $30 per player.  You will be directed to the US lacrosse website to renew or purchase your membership prior to completing your Fairfield Youth Lacrosse registration.

 

AGE SEGMENTATION

US Lacrosse has specified age guidelines to create an atmosphere of fair play and development.  CONNY (CT - NY Youth Lacrosse) has adopted those guidelines for grades 5-8 and as a member of CONNY, Fairfield Youth Lacrosse must follow these guidelines.  Grades 1-4 are grade based play.  Grades 5-8 are age based with an August 31st cut-off date.

 

TRAVEL COMMITMENT (Grades 5-8)

All players selected for travel teams must agree to make lacrosse their priority sport for the entire course of the season. We expect and encourage all of our athletes to play other sports during the rest of the year, as it both increases athletic development and, more importantly, adds to players’ enthusiasm for all of the sports they play. Travel players not adhering to this commitment are subject to potential consequences including reduced playing time or potential removal from the team based on the coaches’ discretion.  

 

COMMUNICATION

In order to encourage players to develop as young men and women, players should communicate directly with their coaches, and by the travel level this is a requirement. This includes concerns or questions regarding playing time, positions, team placement and suggestions for improvement/feedback.  An exception is for health issues such as allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, etc., which parents should communicate directly with coaches if they feel the need. All health issues will be kept strictly confidential. If parents have issues with a coach, they should discuss those with the FYL Vice President, after observing a 24 hour waiting period. Please remember that most all of our coaches are volunteers, and respect their time and dedication to creating a fun, learning experience for all of our players.

 

PROGRAMMING

Please refer to your specific grade level page for programming details.

Click here for Grade 1 Boys

Click here for Grade 2 Boys

Click here for Grade 3 Boys

Click here for Grade 4 Boys

Click here for Grade 5 Boys

Click here for Grade 6 Boys

Click here for Grade 7 Boys

Click here for Grade 8 Boys


 

1st Grade Boys / 7U

The first grade program is a fun clinic based format where players are taught the elementary skills of the game. Teams are coached by parent coaches who have taken a PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance course) and have participated in FYL coaches training clinics.  High school technical coaches assist with the first grade program. The first grade program meets one (1) time each weekend at Wakeman for 8-10 weeks and culminates in a fun end of season jamboree. 

 

TEAMS
  This program is an open enrollment program on a first come first serve basis. Players registering after the program is filled will be placed on a waiting list.

SEASON
  Runs late March through mid-June

PROGRAM COST  $210.00

 


 

2nd Grade Boys / 8U

The second grade program is an advanced clinic based format where players work on and improve elementary skills and game fundamentals with the addition of in-house scrimmages.  In this program, the 7v7 game format becomes further developed (and includes goalies). Teams are coached by parent coaches who have taken a PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance course) and have participated in FYL coaches training clinics.  High school technical coaches assist with the second grade program.  The second grade program meets two (2) times each weekend at Wakeman for 8-10 weeks and culminates in a fun end of season jamboree.

 

TEAMS
  This program is an open enrollment program on a first come first serve basis. Players registering after the program is filled will be placed on a waiting list.

SEASON  Runs late March through mid-June

PROGRAM COST  $275.00

 


 

3rd Grade Boys / 9U

The third grade program continues building on the skills and fundamentals of the game using the 7v7 format.  Teams are balanced for in house scrimmages as well as some competition with neighboring towns in games and tournaments. The third grade program is coached primarily by parent coaches with the addition of high school and college coaches to enhance the technical aspects of the game.  At this age there will generally be three (3) events a week, including practices and games.

 

TEAMS
  This program is an open enrollment program on a first come first serve basis. Players registering after the program is filled will be placed on a waiting list.

SEASON
  Runs late March through mid-June

PROGRAM COST
  $350.00

 


 

4th Grade Boys / 10U

The Fourth grade boys program begins introducing the 10v10 game format, while continuing the 7v7 format to allow for competitive play in games with neighboring towns.  Skill building and game fundamentals continue to develop with the introduction of more complex drills and practices.   Teams are balanced for in-house intergrade scrimmaging as well as competition with neighboring towns in games and tournaments.   The fourth grade program will meet 3-4 times a week, including practices and games.

 

TEAMS
  This program is an open enrollment program on a first come first serve basis. Players registering after the program is filled will be placed on a waiting list.

SEASON
  Runs late March through mid-June

PROGRAM COST  
$375.00

 


 

5th Grade Boys / 11U

Following the evaluation process each fifth grade player will be grouped onto a team with players of similar skill level. This allows for both competitive play against other towns and enhanced skill development. Each team has a parent coach and a paid technical coach. Fifth grade teams will participate in approximately 8-10 competitive games against CONNY teams in addition to 2-3 tournaments. Practices are held two (2) times a week with 1-2 games usually on the weekends.

 

TEAMS
  Teams at this level are tiered. FYL will structure team placements based on skill level, ability and game sense determined by third party evaluators.

EVALUATIONS  Evaluations are conducted each year by third party evaluators to ensure proper placement on travel teams.  Players will be grouped onto teams with players of similar skill, ability and games sense following the evaluation process.

SEASON  
Runs late March through mid-June

PROGRAM COST  
$450.00

 

 


 

6th Grade Boys / 12U

Following the evaluation process each sixth grade player will be grouped onto a team with players of similar skill level. This allows for both competitive play against other towns and enhanced skill development. Each team has a parent coach and a paid technical coach. Sixth grade teams will participate in approximately 8-10 competitive games against CONNY teams in addition to 2-3 tournaments. Practices are held two (2) times a week with 1-2 games usually on the weekends.

 

TEAMS
  Teams at this level are tiered. FYL will structure team placements based on skill level, ability and game sense determined by third party evaluators.

EVALUATIONS  Evaluations are conducted each year by third party evaluators to ensure proper placement on travel teams.  Players will be grouped onto teams with players of similar skill, ability and games sense following the evaluation process.

SEASON  
Runs late March through mid-June

PROGRAM COST  
$450.00

 


 

7th Grade Boys / 13U 

The focus in seventh grade is on further honing technical and tactical refinement. As with previous years, each player will be grouped onto a team with players of similar skill level following the evaluation process. A third practice is incorporated into the seventh grade program. As a result, each team with have two (2) team practices per week and one (1) grade level/skills practice each week, plus 1-2 games usually occurring on the weekends. Each team has a parent coach and a paid technical coach. Seventh grade teams participate in approximately 8-10 competitive games against CONNY teams in addition to 2-3 tournaments.

 

TEAMS
  Teams at this level are tiered. FYL will structure team placements based on skill level, ability and game sense determined by third party evaluators.

EVALUATIONS  Evaluations are conducted each year by third party evaluators to ensure proper placement on travel teams.  Players will be grouped onto teams with players of similar skill, ability and games sense following the evaluation process.

SEASON  
Runs late March through mid-June

PROGRAM COST  
$475.00

 


 

8th Grade Boys / 14U 

The focus in eighth grade is on further honing technical and tactical refinement. As with previous years, each player will be grouped onto a team with players of similar skill level following the evaluation process. A third practice is incorporated into the eighth grade program.  As a result, each team with have two (2) team practices per week and one (1) grade level/skills practice each week, plus 1-2 games usually occurring on the weekends.  Each team has paid technical coach as the head coach, with parent coaches assisting. Eighth grade teams participate in approximately 8-10 competitive games against CONNY teams in addition to 2-3 tournaments. 

 

TEAMS
  Teams at this level are tiered. FYL will structure team placements based on skill level, ability and game sense determined by third party evaluators.

EVALUATIONS  Evaluations are conducted each year by third party evaluators to ensure proper placement on travel teams.  Players will be grouped onto teams with players of similar skill, ability and games sense following the evaluation process.

SEASON  
Runs late March through mid-June

PROGRAM COST
  $475.00