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2020 BOYS PROGRAM 

  • Weather permitting, 3rd- 8th grade boys will start the season on Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Blue Wave Buddies starts March 28, 2020 
  • The House League season will end with a jamboree and BBQ for all players  and families on May 17, 2020
  • Please always check the web site for date, time and location of practices and games as they can change due to weather and other situations beyond our control
  • The full schedule can be found under the documents tab on the left hand side of the homepage (PDF file - weekly schedule) 

2020 TENTATIVE TRYOUTS DATES - Weather Permitting 

7th & 8th Grade: Saturday, March 7th - Thurs, March 12th

5th & 6th Grade: Saturday, March 14th - Thurs, March 19th

The boys program has been carefully coordinated with Jeff Brameier, the DHS Boy’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach. This curriculum has been designed to maximize the skill development of players at each respective level in a progressive fashion. In so doing we will attempt to increase the continuity of the experience between coaches and between age groups.  The focus of all of our programs, house and travel, is to encourage growth and development in a fun environment. 

Age Segmentation

If your son was born before Sept 1 of his previous grade year (e.g.  born before Sept 1 and began K at age 6) please click "Age Segmenation Policy" tab on left to learn about the CONNY Lacrosse age guideline policy

 

BOYS HOUSE PROGRAM


Blue Wave Buddies (1st and 2nd graders)

  • Clinics Saturdays from 5-6pm, beginning March 28, 2020
  • Players are coached by the eighth grade boys (with adult supervision)
  • Younger players love the attention from the older players and it is a terrific opportunity for our eighth graders to give back and grow as young adults
  • Focus is on teaching the fundamentals of the sport while striving to maximize player enthusiasm and a love for the sport  - empahisis is on fun!

3rd and 4th Grade All House League- No Travel:  

  • Clinics Fridays 6-7:30pm (daylight permitting)
  • 7v7 cross-field games Saturdays and Sundays from 11-12pm
  • Players dvided into 16 balanced teams
  • Equal playing time
  • All players play all positions, rotating in pairs from defense to midfield to attack and then off
  • Cross-field format will maximize the number of "touches" that each player has with the ball, thereby improving skill development
  • Players take turns playing goalie, and each team is given a full set of protective goalie equipment

5th and 6th Grade House League

  • Clinics Wednesdays 6-7:30pm (daylight permitting)
  • Full-field 10v10 games on Saturdays and Sundays usually at 8am or 9am
  • Players divided into 10 balanced teams
  • Equal playing time, and equal opportunity to play all positions
  • Our house program is a major contributor to the success of lacrosse in Darien

 

BOYS TRAVEL PROGRAM

5th and 6th Grade Travel

For most players 5th Grade is the first year that boys can try out for travel lacrosse.  We have  A and B travel teams for both 5th and 6th grades. Travel team placement is based upon the 3 A’s:  Attitude, Aptitude and Attendance.   Please note that if you play travel you must also play house!  Failure to attend house clinics and/or games can result in removal from the travel roster.  Also please read and take note of the Travel Commitment language at the bottom of this page.  5th and 6th grade travel will practice on Sundays along with either Monday or Tuesday nights.    Teams will also have an additional indoor practice one day per week in April and May.  There will also be home and away games scheduled.  Also, there will be a supplemental fee for 5th and 6th grade travel players.  The travel season ends in mid-June.  All travel rosters will be flexible and DYLAX reserves the right to move players when deemed appropriate

7th and 8th Grade Travel  

DYLax will field a total of 6 teams in the 7th and 8th grades.  There will be A and B teams in each 7th and 8th grade, and two Senior 7/8 teams. Travel team placement and playing time will be based upon the 3 "A's":  Attitude, Aptitude and Attendance.  DYLax expects that if you play on one of the A or B travel teams, you will make lacrosse your PRIORITY this spring.  All travel rosters will be flexible and DYLax reserves the right to move players when deemed appropriate by the coaches.    All 7th and  8th grade teams will practice on Saturdays and Sundays, with the 8A and 8B teams also practicing on Mondays and Wednesdays and the Senior 7/8 team practicing on Fridays.  The 7A and 7B teams will also practicing Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Home and away games will also be scheduled. The season will end in mid-June.  
 
Blue Wave Buddies 8th Grade Commitment
On Saturday after practice or games, all 8th graders are expected to stay to help coach the Blue Wave Buddies from 5-6pm

  
Travel Commitment 

There is much competition for placement on Darien Youth Lacrosse travel teams and considerable time and effort is spent to create teams. Travel roster positions are a privilege. Every year, very deserving players are not offered roster positions because of the depth of our program. It is out of respect and consideration for those players that we enforce a 100% commitment policy. The core of DYLax is the robust house program. Full participation by every player in the age group gives us a depth of experience and ability that develops all players. 

5th - 8th grade A and B travel players are required to attend:

  •          All practices and games for their assigned team
  •          All house games and clinics (5/6th grade only)

Travel players who cannot or do not honor this commitment will have reduced playing time AND risk losing their travel roster spot.

We understand that occasionally players will have other non-sport related activities (mandatory school events, religious observances, etc.) that take priority. Players should discuss any anticipated absence(s) with his/her coach in advance. Players who cannot make a 100% commitment to DYLax should elect to participate in the house or Senior program.  

Communication

  • Players should communicate directly with their coaches,including concerns or questions regarding playing time, positions, team placement
  • Exceptions for health issues such as allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, etc., which parents should communicate directly with coaches if they feel the need
  • All health issues will be kept strictly confidential
  • If parents have issues with a coach, they should contact the boys’ house or travel coordinator, after observing the 24 hour waiting period
  • Please remember that our coaches are volunteers, and, in the case of our travel coaches, they do not have children on the teams they are coaching.  Please respect their time and dedication to creating a fun, learning experience for all of our players. 


Mandatory Equipment:
~ Lacrosse Helmet (Blue Wave Buddies may wear a properly fitted hockey helmet)
~ Mouth Guard
~ Shoulder Pads with upper arm pads attached
~ Elbow Pads
~ Protective Cup
~ Lacrosse Gloves
~ Boy's Lacrosse Stick