The CMYLA was formed to allow children to have a place to learn with a structured environment where they can play and at an appropriate level. The objectives of the CMYLA shall include but not limited to the following:To foster, support and promote t

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Boys Lacrosse Philosophy

Below you will find the curriculum for the CMYLA program. This is a process of building blocks. There must be a solid foundation built at the 6U, 8U and 10U level in order to progress forward into the 12U and 14U levels.
 
Although you will find many X’s and O’s specifics under these programs, the entire program is based off of working hard, being extremely disciplined and having fun. As these players progress through this curriculum they will not only be taught the intricacies of the game of lacrosse, but they will be taught how to be good people!
 
 

6U-8U Programs

6U and 8U lacrosse are the first experiences with the sport of lacrosse for many young athletes. The boys entering at this point have a vast difference in their physical and cognitive developments. The game they play should be designed to “level the playing field” and provide opportunity for any and every child that wants to participate. The emphasis at this age group should be to instill a love and excitement of playing, while developing fundamental movement skills that will be valuable in any future athletic endeavors.

  • Learn how to hold a lacrosse stick properly
  • Learn proper technique for throwing, catching, shooting.
  • Understand basic terminology:
    • Positions –Defense, Offense
    • Boundaries – Endline, sideline, restraining box, midfield line, substitution box.  This will be based on modified field
    • Ball! Release! For Ground Ball’s
    • Communication - Here’s your help!, One more.
  • Understand basic rules:
    • Cannot push from behind.
    • What is a slash?
    • Cannot touch ball with hand.
    • When ball is shot, chase it out!
    • Offensive players cannot run into crease.
  • Understand proper positioning on offense and defense
  • Spacing on the field and basic on ball body position.
  • Understand how to pick up a GB properly – both butts low!!

 

6U-8U (primary focus is on the individual)

Focus is on development of the players.  There should be no focus on winning. All players are expected to get roughly equal playing time and equal opportunity on offense and defense as well as goalie(8U). However, players who exhibit greater effort and attitude during a game or practice may be rewarded with an additional shift or two. Game situation (i.e. score) should generally not affect playing time. Shifts may vary in length based on player stamina and opportunity to substitute.

6U • Players: 3v3 with no goalie • Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field) • Equipment: Sticks only, soft-type ball • Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet • Penalties: Player leaves the field. No time-serving penalties. Penalties used as a teachable moment to explain the foul that has been committed. • Body Checking: Body contact is not permitted • Stick Checking: Stick to stick contact is not permitted

8U • Players: 4v4 with no goalies or 3v3 with goalies • Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field) • Equipment: Full equipment, soft-type ball • Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet • Penalties: Player leaves the field. No time-serving penalties. Penalties used as a teachable moment to explain the foul that has been committed.

 

10U Program

10U lacrosse is where young athletes begin developing fundamental technical skills in lacrosse. The boys entering the sport at this point have a vast difference in their physical and cognitive development and the game they play should be designed to develop a combination of athletic movement skills, and fundamental technical skills for playing lacrosse. The emphasis at this age group is on instilling a love and excitement of playing, while developing the fundamental athletic skills that will be valuable in any future athletic endeavors. The environment is inclusive of all athletes, provides multiple opportunities for each athlete to “touch” the ball, encourages experimentation, and a progressive development of existing technical skills. Athletes should be coached to have a “Growth Mindset” by having effort is praised ahead of results. With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:  FUN, Trying new skills in a team setting, Learning and exploring overall play of the game and Sportsmanship

 
The 10U program will enter with all of the above knowledge from U6 and U8 programs and then be taught the following:

  • Stick work for both hands (catching, throwing and shooting).
  • Understand substitution on the fly.
  • Defense
    • Proper  1v1 defense – footwork, angles, checks (pokes / lifts / drive on hips)
    • Proper 3v3 defense(Modified) – make contact when man has the ball, when man does not have ball, get closer to goal as ball gets closer to goal.
    • Terminology – Hot, Got ball.
    • Learn man down defense (House)
  • Basic Offensive sets.  Modified for 6v6 or 5v5
  • Introduce Dodges – roll dodge, face dodge, split dodge.
  • Understand where we want to shoot from on the field.
  • Proper transition offense – learn fast break formations and the looks modified for 6v6 or 5v5.
  • Off ball cutting.
  • Learn Man up formations
  •  Introduction to clears and rides

 

10U (primary focus is on the individual)

Focus is on development of the players and little to no focus on winning. All players are expected to get roughly equal playing time and equal opportunity at offense and defense. However, players who exhibit greater effort and attitude during a game or practice may be rewarded with an additional shift or two. Game situation (i.e. score) should generally not affect playing time in the first three quarters. Shifts may vary in length based on player stamina and opportunity to substitute. Optimally, there should be 1 goalie per squad.  If there aren't enough goalies, the goalie will be shared between squads.

10U • Players: 6v6 with no goalies or 5v5 with goalies • Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field) • Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball • Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet (5x5 or 4x4 allowable) • Penalties: Time-serving penalties

 

 U12 Program

12U lacrosse is where young athletes are honing their technical skills and begin building the tactical skills needed in lacrosse. The boys entering the sport at this point have a vast difference in their physical and cognitive development and the game they play should be designed to reinforce fundamental technical skills and practical tactical applications for playing lacrosse. Essentially, they are preparing to be competitors. The environment is inclusive of all athletes, provides multiple opportunities for each athlete to “touch” the ball, encourages experimentation, and a progressive development of existing technical skills. Additionally, the technical skills they are honing, are now being applied to the tactical aspect of the game. Athletes should be coached to have a “Growth Mindset” by having effort praised ahead of results. With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize: FUN, Using technical skills in game situations, Exploring and applying new tactical skills and Sportsmanship

The U12 program will enter with all of the above knowledge from U6, U8 and U10 and then be taught the following:

  • Defense
    • Slide Package –
    • Slide from crease.
    • Slide adjacent     
    • Have help man.
    • Double team once we slide – left foot, right foot.
  • Offensive sets
    • Motion offense
    • Zero offense
    • Responsibility of Attack and Midfield positions
  • Value – everyone gets a touch.
  • Midfield dodge, adjacent attack cut through, shot or get ball to X, push opposite side.
  • Mastery of Special Teams (Ride)
  • Mastery of Special Teams (Clear)
  • Special Teams (Man Up)
  • Special Teams (Man Down)

 

12U (B-level) (focus is balanced between the individual and team)

Goal is to develop players.  Minor focus should be placed on winning games. Although players are not expected to get equal playing time, every player should be given a meaningful opportunity to contribute to the success of the team (which is not less than one quarter, per game). Coaches should reward exemplary effort and attitude, as well as practice attendance. Game situation (i.e. score) should have a moderate impact on playing time in the first three quarters and may have a greater impact during the final quarter. Players should begin to specialize their positions. Optimally, there should be 2 goalies per squad, each playing one half in goal and the other in the field. 

12U • Players: 10v10 • Field Size: 110 x 60 yards • Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball • Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet • Penalties: Time-serving penalties. • Body Checking: No Body Checking. • Checking with the Crosse

 

14U Program

14U lacrosse is where young athletes begin emerging into a competitive environment. With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:  Fun, Sportsmanship, Using technical skills in game situation, exploring and applying new tactical skills

The U14U program will enter with all of the above knowledge from previous years and then be taught the following:

  • Should be able to play with strong hand and weak hand
  • Defense
    • Mastery of slide and recovery.
    • Lock off defense (51)
    • Zone Defense (House with a crease)
    • Run a Long Stick Midfielder.
    • Rides
  • Offensive sets
    • 2-3-1, 1-4-1, 3-2-1
    • Open
    • 2 man game (pass down/pick down, pass down/pick away)
    • Clears/transitions
  • Understand what our looks are – shoot, hit stretching attackmen, hit forward adjacent middie.
  • Understand our looks on (attack dodge.) – shot, forward adjacent midfield, curlback throw to our attackmen rotating to X.
  • Special Teams
    • Understand Box and One concept
    • Implement 2 basic, man up plays.

 

U-14 (A/B-level) (primary focus is on the team)

Goal is to develop the players.  However there should be focus on putting the players in situations to win games.  Playing time will be based to a greater extent on performance and game situation; however, every player who regularly attends practice is expected to be given a meaningful opportunity to contribute to the success of the team (which is not less than one quarter). Coaches should reward exemplary effort and attitude, as well as practice attendance. Returning players will most likely be specialized based upon the needs of the team. New players should be given an opportunity to try each position; but, a primary position assignment may be based upon the needs of the team. Optimally, there should be 2 goalies per squad, primary and back up. The backup should be given time on the field in another position.  Rotation of primary and back up goalies either in game or full game.