The mission of Wilmington Lacrosse is to provide an opportunity for young athletes to learn and play the game of lacrosse, and to have fun in a safe and positive environment that fosters good sportsmanship and citizenship.

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Our goal is for athletes to have fun while learning the game of lacrosse. Sportsmanship and teamwork are emphasized at ALL levels. Beginners are taught basic skills and a broad sense of positioning. Experienced players are taught advanced skills, tactical play, and specific positioning. Teams are organized for athletes beginning at Kindergarten -2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th-grade levels. We participate in the Philadelphia Area Girls Lacrosse Association (PAGLA) and follow PAGLA rules and directives (http://pagla.org).

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

  • Protective eyewear (goggles)
  • Mouthguard 
  • Girls lacrosse stick
  • Cleats or sneakers (for indoor use)
  • Helmets are not mandated and are optional 

NEW Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

  • Focus is on the FUNDAMENTALS:  Scooping, Catching, Throwing, Shooting, Cradling, and Dodging 
  • Basic transition play, game play, and rules
  • Position basics of offense and defense -1v1, 2v2, 3v3
  • To learn and play all positions 
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have Fun!

Games and practices:

  • Practices start first week of April
  • April through May: 1 weeknight practice and games will be played on Saturday or Sunday 
  • Games may consist of intrasquad play (Wings vs Wings) and with PAGLA South teams  
  • Games are 4v4, on a shortened field without a goalie 

 

3rd & 4th Grade

  • Focus is on the FUNDAMENTALS:  Scooping, Catching, Throwing, Shooting, Cradling, and Dodging 
  • Basic transition play, game play, and rules
  • Position basics of offense and defense -1v1, 2v2, 3v3
  • To learn and play all positions 
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have Fun!

Games and practices:

  • Mid-March - Evaluations to create equally balanced teams
  • April through May: 2 weeknight practices and 1 game either Saturday (may occasionally be on a Sunday) 
  • Games may consist of intrasquad play (Wings vs Wings) and with PAGLA South teams  
  • Games are 7v7, on a shortened field, with or without a goalie (using a shot blocker) 
  • 1 Tournament- PAGLA Playday


5th & 6th Grade 

  • Fine tuning the FUNDAMENTALS: Scooping, Catching, Throwing, ShootingCradling, and Dodging  --- and a combination of these skills.
  • Understanding and development of offensive and defensive team concepts
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have Fun!

Games and practices:

  • Early March - Evaluations to create equally balanced teams 
  • March - Group practice 1 weeknight (outdoors, weather pending) and 1 weekend day (indoors)
  • April through May: 2 weeknight practices and 1 game either Saturday or Sunday
  • Games are full field, 12v12, and played with a goalie (either a designated team goalie or a rotation of team players in this position) 
  • Players are all given equal playing time 
  • 1 Tournament- PAGLA Playday


7th & 8th Grade

  • Advancing the FUNDAMENTAL skills:  Scooping, Catching, Throwing, ShootingCradling, and Dodging  --- and a combination of these skills.
  • Understanding and development of offensive and defensive team concepts
  • Game and equipment safety
  • Have fun!

Games and practices:

  • Early March - Evaluations for A and B team
  • Evaluations will be held separately for those players who are interested in trying out for the A team. 
  • March - Practice is 1 weeknight (outdoors, weather pending) and 1 weekend day (indoors)
  • April through May: 2 weeknight practices and 1 game either Saturday or Sunday
  • NEW: 1 weeknight practice will be skills training (optional) 
  • Games are 12v12 with a goalie (either a designated team goalie or a rotation of team players in this position) 
  • 1 Tournament- PAGLA Playday


Balanced team evaluations are held to determine the best team placement for each athlete. As a recreational organization, we want the players to have fun and learn the fundamentals. Skill, experience, athleticism, and attitude are the essentials to determining team assignments.

 The '7/8 A' team wills be comprised of the strongest, most experienced players.  If you are interested in trying out for the A team,

  • You a highly competitive player (it is not mandatory that you play on a club team)
  • You must be able to commit to the 1 mandatory weeknight practice and weekend games

 

Girls WLA Club Policy

Our primary objectives are to teach the game of lacrosse, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and to have fun. Understanding the commitment that each individual (players, coaches and parents) makes to the program is crucial to the long-term success of the program.

  • Wilmington Lacrosse is supported by volunteers who give freely of their time, unsparingly.
  • WLA looks to our parents for additional volunteer support, not only with the organization and team help but also with positive reinforcement for their young athlete.
  • Each team’s roster is limited in order to maximize playing time for each child and to create fair and balanced teams.
  • Team assignments are finalized by the WLA Coaching Director and the Program Director. WLA reserves the right to make roster changes once the season commences if players have persistent unexcused absences from games or practices.
  • We will consider team requests during registration; however, it is NOT a guarantee of team placement.