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Girls Intro to Travel (4th grade)

  • Team evaluations will be in April; time and location will be posted on GYL home page
  • Participation in our House League is required (Fridays and Saturdays)
  • 4th grade girls will practice once a week on Wednesdays following evaluations (a second practice may occur on Sunday in lieu of a game)
  • 4th grade Intro to Travel teams will have one or two games per wee (they will typically pay Sundays or will have a practice in its place)
  • Season ends June 1st
  • Individual team practice and game schedules can be found on the home page of the website under the tab, GYL Teams.
  • GYL may add a team due to registration numbers and may balance the teams differently to accommodate a wide range of skills - GYL reserves the right to field a development team (Blue)

**NEW IN 2017**

As part of a CONNY wide initiative, all 3rd and 4th grade travel lacrosse is moving to a format which made GYL's House League a model around Connecticut. All play will be 7 v 7 (7 players per side plus a goalie) on reduced sized fields with small goals. This will maximize touches, field time, and overall development.

 

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GYL and Small Sided Play

 

GYL is a long-time advocate of small sided play. 

 

What exactly does this term mean?  It means you play a game with fewer players competing on a smaller sized field.  GYL’s House League was an early adopter of this concept and we’ve introduced other facets such as smaller goals and modified sticks (K-2 in our girls program).  Our House League has been a model for other programs.

 

What are the benefits?  Small sided play provides a competitive environment where the boys and girls have a greater opportunity to touch the ball and be involved in the game.  The kids gain confidence as they maximize time with the ball in their stick (touches), field time, and overall development. 

 

Seriously?  Why mess with the game?  Lacrosse and youth sports are changing.  It’s about development and not one alpha kid running through a team to score a goal.  Here is some additional material that highlight the merits of small-sided play:

 

Other sports aren’t doing this!  Think again.  Most sports have adopted a similar mindset and it is changing the way young athletes learn their sport and learn how to compete.

 

How does this apply to Intro to Travel Lacrosse?  In 2017, CONNY Lacrosse, which is the governing body of youth lacrosse in our area, will adopt small-sided play for all 3rd and 4th grade travel lacrosse.  GYL and the entire CONNY membership fully endorsed this move to make the game better for our young players.

 

So, are the rules changing for 3rd and 4th Grade Intro to Travel?  Beyond the field and goal size, the rules are largely the same.  Here are some highlights of the modifications being made CONNY-wide.

 

Boys:

  • 7 v 7 (6 field players plus a goalie)
  • 60-70 x 35-45 yard field, adjustable for local conditions
  • Goals 40-50 yards apart, adjustable for location conditions
  • 9’ radius goal crease with an option to use small goals
  • Helmets, shoulder pads, arm pads, lacrosse globes, mouth guards and protective cups are required at all times
  • 37” to 42” length sticks – no long sticks permitted
  • Regular lacrosse balls
  • 10-min running time quarters (2 minutes between quarters and a 5 minute half time)
  • Rotational substitutions strongly recommended
  • No team time-outs
  • No overtime
  • No body checking but legal holds, pushes, and incidental contact are allowed
  • Only stick checks are permitted (lift checks, poke checks, and downwards stick checks initiated below both players’ shoulders)
  • Penalized player for personal fouls leaves field – but, no man down defense/extra man offense

 

Girls:

  • 8 v 8 (7 field players plus a goalie)
  • 60-70 x 35-45 yard field, adjustable for local conditions
  • Goals 40-50 yards apart, adjustable for location conditions
  • 9’ radius goal crease with an option to use small goals
  • Goggles and mouth guard required
  • 35.5” – 43.25” field crosse length, 35.5” – 52” goalkeeper crosse length
  • No jewelry is to be worn, no taping of ears is allowed
  • Regular lacrosse balls
  • 25 minute running time half; 5-minute halftime
  • One team time-out per half
  • No overtime
  • No checking
  • No covering ground ball, no empty stick check
  • All players stand on whistle
  • Draw to start each half and restart play after goals