Hello AB Boys Youth Lacrosse Players and Families.
On behalf of the AB Youth Lacrosse Board it is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 2015 Season! As we turn the page on the most prolific year in the history of AB lacrosse (i.e., 2014 Division 1 Boys Lacrosse High School State Champions), we have new and exciting news for the 2015 youth lacrosse season. Please read this letter as it contains important information about our program. We look forward to coaching your players in the spring.
2015 Regular Season Registration
Registration is open, please go to the registration tab and register today. We will have a brand new look this year, and families will need to order new uniforms as part of the registration process. Once registration is completed you will receive a confirmation email, within that email will be a link to order a uniform.
2014 – 2015 Winter Clinic Registration
Our Sunday evening winter clinic at TeamWorks has expanded and registration is now open. This year we welcome players in grades 1-6 to participate in skill building drills and situational play. It is a great way for the players to get ready for the 2015 season (the players that participated in last year’s clinic started the 2014 season in mid-season form and by the end of the season many demonstrated significant improvement in ability and overall skill level). For more information and to register your player, please visit http://www.ablax.org/, click on the registration tab on the left side of the page and follow the instructions from there. We’ll see you on the turf in December.
New League and Team Format for Grades 3-8
Now we turn to some very exciting news. As coaches of our youth lacrosse players, and as members of the AB Lacrosse Board, we strive to achieve many goals. Some of the most important include:
promoting a love of the sport of lacrosse;
teaching fundamentals and emphasizing skill development at all ages and ability levels;
focusing on team play as opposed to individual development; and
fostering a true sense of true sportsmanship.
It is with these goals in mind that we worked very hard over the summer and made a bold and exciting decision–we are moving grades 3 – 8 from our existing league, Mass. Bay Youth Lacrosse League (“MBYLL”) to the Town Pride League (“TPL”). Our players in Grades 1 and 2 will remain in the MBYLL for U9 play.
First and foremost, we elected to switch leagues because we believe the change will improve the enjoyment of (and overall experience with) the game of lacrosse. Additional changes and reasons include:
Players in grades 3 – 8 will play on grade-based teams rather teams with two grades put together (for example, we will not have any more U11, U13 or U15 teams). Instead, we will form our teams based on the grade of the player.
This allows the players to develop with other players that are similar in age, size and experience level.
AB will start playing towns geographically closer to AB than what we had in our previous league, the MBYLL.
This cuts down on travel time for the players and their families. It also aligns AB with many of the towns that it will face at the high school level (i.e., Concord-Carlisle, Lincoln-Sudbury, Westford, Needham, Wellesley, Winchester, etc.).
TPL is organized into two divisions – North and South. AB will play most of its games against North division programs.
At the older grades, it cuts back on the significant time commitment of both the town and select programs (5-6 nights per week) for those players who were playing both. Players will now have 3-4 nights per week of lacrosse. This gives families greater flexibility with respect to schoolwork and other interests.
Are there other differences?
Yes, we will no longer have town and select teams. Instead, the number of players that register at each grade will determine the number of teams AB will have at that grade. We expect to have 2 teams at each grade level. For the 3rd and 4th grade teams, we will blend the developing and skilled players on each team. For the 5th through 8th grade teams, we will divide the developing and skilled players based on their ability levels. This promotes player development at all levels. One thing to note, because AB Youth Lacrosse is committed to developmental play, we will provide equal playing time to all of our players regardless of their team placement or skill level.
Player evaluations and team placement for grades 5 – 8 will be made based on feedback already collected from last season and on tryouts that will be conducted in February and March. AB High School Varsity Lacrosse Coach Pat Ammendolia will oversee the tryouts for our program. Information about the start of season and tryouts will be provided in the future.
Game schedules will also change at the older grade levels:
Grade 8 will play most games on Friday nights.
Grades 6 and 7 will play most games on Saturdays.
Grade 5 will split games between Saturdays and Sundays.
Grades 3 and 4 will play games on Sundays.
U9 will continue to play games on Sundays.
Where can you get more information?
We will hold an open forum night to answer questions and address any concerns you might have. We will also ask for your feedback. Please look for an announcement about a date and time in near future. Also, please feel free to visit the Town Pride League website: http://www.leagueathletics.com/?org=TPLLax.com.
All AB Youth Lacrosse Board Members are acquainted with the process and thinking that went into this decision. Please feel free to reach out to any of our members. You can find our contact information on our website.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update. We will be back soon with additional information. The 2015 season will be fantastic. We look forward to seeing you all soon out on the turf.
Sunday Night Winter Lacrosse at Teamworks – Registration is OPEN
Dates: December 14, 2014 – March 29, 2015
Time: Sunday Night – Grades 1-3 at 6-7pm. Grades 4-6 at 7-8 pm.
Cost: $250 for 14 weeks of indoor lacrosse
Head Coaches : Paul Cronin & Mike Clayton
ABYL is proud to announce the expansion of our winter Lacrosse Clinic at Teamworks. This winter session will be focused on skills and technique to improve overall player development. We will be coaching shooting techniques, passing, catching, cradling, changing hands, dodging and situational play.
We are expanding the Sunday session to include grades 5 & 6.
This is a great opportunity to prepare your child for the Spring season.
NEW SIGNUP INSTRUCTIONS - For those of you signed up via the online store, we will move your registration so no need to sign up twice.