The Silverbacks Lacrosse Association (formerly the Newark Youth Lacrosse Club ) got its start in 1989. SBLA has grown since then to offer boys and girls in grades K through 8th grades the opportunity to play one of the fastest growing sports at the youth level. SBLA is a member of the Delaware Youth Lacrosse Association who organizes league games and tournaments during the Spring season that runs from early March through the end of May.
Our Goals and Philosophy at SBLA is to provide a safe, fun and positive environment that fosters good sportsmanship and citizenship while learning the skills necessary to play the great game of lacrosse.
"THE ACADEMY" for this Summer for Youth Boys for U9 through U15 age groups and introducing Youth Girls for same age groups!
Our mission is simple - "Development" of the entire lacrosse player - proficiency with skills and techniques and strong knowledge of all aspects of the game. Through this our goal is to help make lacrosse stronger in the surrounding schools, programs and communities.
Our philosophy of "Teach Not Tell" will help with the learning curve and the greater understanding of playing at a higher level. Our players will learn everything they can about all aspects of the game.
ACADEMY PLAYERS RECEIVE
- Player Evaluation on first day
- 2 hour practices 2x per week beginning Tuesday, June 9th through Thursday, July 30 (weather permitting).
- "College Level" coaches with position-specific expertise.
- "College Level" techniques and strategies for optimal growth, development and understanding.
- Games and game-like situations in every practice.
- Player stick evaluation.
- DLA Player Practice Uniform (shorts, shirt and reversible).
This league will feature a paid, qualified coach for each team, roster limit of 23 players based on position (5 attack, 9 midfielders, 7 defensemen and 2 goalkeepers), a combine-like evaluation along with games for the first day for team selections (similar to that at TOP 205 recruiting showcase), a team practice for team coaches to implement team strategies and a 6 week schedule including playoffs and championship.
Summer League spots will be filled by position and capped when full. On the first day (Tuesday) of Week 1, players will be run through evaluation drills and situations (small sided, half field, 3/4 field and full field) while the Summer League Coaches evaluate and take notes - similar to that at recruiting events. Coaches will then draft teams just like at TOP 205 recruiting showcase. Day 2 (Thursday) teams will have a "team practice" along with another team for coaches to input offensive, defensive and full field strategies. Weeks 2-6 will be games for play-off seeding. Week 7 will be play-offs and Championship game.
COST = $95.00 (includes league shirt) DATES = June 16 - July 30 (Tuesdays & Thursdays) from 6-8:30 pm LOCATION = Blue Diamond Park - New Castle, DE