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House League

The Burlington Minor Lacrosse Association offers House League Lacrosse for boys and girls from the age of 3 to 16.  The House League Season begins in April and continues through the end of June, culminating with Minor Lacrosse Championship Weekend (TBA).  During the season, emphasis is on skill development. 

Birth Year                Division
2011 & 2010           Peanut - TBA
2009 & 2008           Paperweight - TBA
2007 & 2006           Tyke - TBA
2005 & 2004          Novice - TBA
2003 & 2002           Peewee - TBA
2001 & 2000           Bantam - TBA
1999 & 1998           Midget
1993-1997              Intermediate

Girls House League is available for girls born in 1993-2003. Please see the Girls Box Lacrosse Info tab on the left menu for full details including new updated times for Orientation for New and Returning Players.

Grading Sessions:  All players, new and returning (with the exception of the Peanut Division) must attend the Grading Sessions in order to be properly assigned to a team.  Grading will done in mid-April.  Players skill level is evaluated and from those evaluations, teams are drafted as equally as possible.  The BMLA reserves the right to move players, if needed, once the season has begun in an effort to further equalize teams.  If you cannot attend your proper group, i.e. A-L, then please attend on the alternate evening (M-Z).


Once the grading is completed, the teams will be drafted and team lists distributed to the coaches at the House League Coaches Clinic. The coaches will call all players to advise them of their team assignment and 1st game.  (Team lists will also be posted on the website as a backup in the case of incorrect phone numbers, etc.  Please feel free to call the coach if necessary.) 

Schedules
The 2014 House League Season will begin in early April.  Schedules will be posted before the season begins, the day of the week each age group practices is posted as well as game day information.

Players are provided with a team jersey and shorts and these will be distributed at the first game.  Goalie Equipment (chest protector and shin pads) and goalie jersey is provided to each team by BMLA.  When it is your child’s turn to play in net, you will have bring along a pair of hockey pants to wear with the goalie equipment.  Your coach may offer to keep a pair in the goalie bag although sizing could be an issue.

General Information:

Peanut: Equipment required:  Helmet with cage, hockey gloves and lacrosse stick.  Each player receives a team jersey and shorts.  We need lots of volunteers!  Note: There is no grading for Peanut.

Full equipment is required for Paperweight through Intermediate consisting of Helmet with cage, shoulder pads, gloves, kidney pads, arm guards, jock/jill, mouthguard.

Paperweight:  Introduces young players to lacrosse. Goalies are introduced and there is a 2-pass rule before shooting on net. 3-minute buzzer system for each shift.  Players are provided with a team jersey and shorts.  Full equipment is required.

Tyke:  Tyke begins to teach the players the individual skills necessary to play lacrosse. Skill instructions and drills are done with little or no pressure to teach throwing, catching, pickups, cradling, loose balls, and checking. Goalies are taught how to pass the ball out of the crease. Players are taught to play their proper sides on offence and defence. They are taught to come all the way back on defense and to push check when necessary. There is a 2-pass rule before shooting on net. Players are provided with a team jersey.  Goalie Equipment (chest protector and shin pads) and goalie jersey is provided to each team by BMLA.  When it is your child’s turn to play in net, you will have bring along a pair of hockey pants to wear with the goalie equipment.  Your coach may offer to keep a pair in the goalie bag although sizing could be an issue.

Novice:  Skill instructions and drills are designed with the intention of challenging and improving each player's skills including shooting, passing, pickups, cradling, catching and checking. Goalies are taught to pass the ball to players in either corner. When the team goes on the offense, the players are taught to go to the boards on their proper sides. When the team goes on defense, they are taught to go back through the middle. Team play and passing the ball is stressed. There is a 2-pass rule before shooting on net.  On line changes, the first player on goes to the ball carrier. Players are provided with a team jersey.  Goalie Equipment (chest protector and shin pads) and goalie jersey is provided to each team by BMLA.  When it is your child’s turn to play in net, you will have bring along a pair of hockey pants to wear with the goalie equipment.  Your coach may offer to keep a pair in the goalie bag although sizing could be an issue.

Peewee: Skill instruction and drills are done with game situations in mind. This means that game situations are emulated with pressure when possible. Skills taught include cradling, passing, catching, shooting, checking, pickups, faking, screens, picks, face-offs, power-play and man-short. Goalies start making decisions as to who to pass to during the breakout. Players go to the boards on the breakout and the ball goes up the boards. Give-and-go's are taught off the breakout or one-on-one to the net. Offensive plays usually start from the same point. As such, players learn to recognize what the other team is doing and they are able to adapt and improvise to the situation. On line changes, the first player goes straight down the boards and the second player goes to the ball. Players are provided with a team jersey.  Goalie Equipment (chest protector and shin pads) and goalie jersey is provided to each team by BMLA.  When it is your child’s turn to play in net, you will have bring along a pair of hockey pants to wear with the goalie equipment.  Your coach may offer to keep a pair in the goalie bag although sizing could be an issue.

Bantam: Skill instructions and drills are done under game situations. Roles of players are starting to form (offensive player more than defensive player, or vice versa). Skills taught include cradling, catching, checking, passing, shooting, pickups, face-offs, picks, screens, faking, power-play, and man-short. Goalies make all decisions in starting the offense. On line changes, the ball goes to the opposite side of the players bench. All players on offence are in motion when required. Players are taught how to play without the ball. Specialty teams get a lot of work. Team defense and player responsibility is stressed. Players are provided with a team jersey.  Goalie Equipment (chest protector and shin pads) and goalie jersey is provided to each team by BMLA.  When it is your child’s turn to play in net, you will have bring along a pair of hockey pants to wear with the goalie equipment.  Your coach may offer to keep a pair in the goalie bag although sizing could be an issue.

Remember our Referees are young children too and they are learning as well.  They may be a little nervous too.  They may not always make the right call, but they’ll learn by their mistakes.  Please treat them with respect.  If they weren’t there, we wouldn’t be able to play this game.  Also, one day your child may want to referee.

Please enjoy watching your children play lacrosse.  Always provide positive encouragement in the car on the way to and from the game and in the stands. 





 



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