Ages & Eligibility
Our boys' program follows US Lacrosse's Player Segmentation Guidelines to form its youth teams. Traditionally, we have grouped players by age (i.e. U9, U11, etc.).
Starting in 2018, SV Lacrosse Club will now form boys teams based on grade versus age. This is consistent with other teams throughout the Lehigh Valley Lacrosse League, as well as our girls' program. 2018 Season Team groupings will be Pre-K-K, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade and 7th/8th Grade.
Instruction and Play Time Philosophy by Grade Level
Saucon Valley Lacrosse Club fosters the development of each player’s lacrosse skills, knowledge of the game, and overall physical fitness. Our program accepts beginners and new players at all grade levels. Many of our successful players came from other sports and tried lacrosse during their elementary or middle school years.
PreK-K, 1st / 2nd Grade – Our PreK /K and 1/2 levels serves as an introduction to boy’s lacrosse. Participant equipment required: sneakers (cleats preferred), certified protective equipment (helmet, shoulder/chest pads, arm pads, gloves, protective cup), mouthpiece and a stick. At this level, we focus on teaching the basics of the game (e.g. throwing, catching, rules of the game, etc.) in a fun and positive environment. Games with certified officials are scheduled throughout the season with other LVYLL teams. All players see equal opportunities during practices and games.
3rd / 4th Grade – Our 3/4 team(s), along with other LVYLL programs at this level, are “balanced” where players are assigned to teams to make all teams similar in terms of skill and competitiveness. Instruction at this level continues to emphasize basic lacrosse skills and how to play various positions. Play time during practices and games are equal and all players are given the opportunity to try any position during the course of the season, if desired. At this level boys are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible to improve skills.
5th / 6th Grade - At the 5/6 grade level, the game becomes more competitive and teams may be split by skill level. Instruction continues to reinforce basic lacrosse skills as well as strategy, plays and positions. Over the course of the season, it is expected that all players will get equal playing time but this does not mean all players will receive equal playing time during every game. All players should get the opportunity to try different positions throughout the course of the year. At this level boys are expected to attend practices as possible to improve skills. If your son cannot attend most practices or games, his playing time may be reduced.
7th / 8th Grade – The 7/8 level is a critical time for players to fine-tune their skills and obtain maximum knowledge of the game in order to prepare for competitive high school programs. At this level, players will generally settle into a certain position(s), however, is encouraged to try different positions throughout the course of the year as needed or desired. Over the course of the season, it is expected that all players will get equal playing time but this does not mean all players will receive equal playing time during every game. Playing time at this level is a function of attendance at practice, ability, and effort. By this level, it is expected players will be committed to the lacrosse season.
Practices & Games
Practices begin last week of February, weather permitting. There is the potential for pre-season practices if indoor space can be secured at a local indoor turf facility or time in a SV School gym.
- K – 2nd grade - 2-3practices per week - likely Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until the first game.
- 3rd/4th grade - 2-3 practices per week - likely Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until the first game.
- 5th/6th grade - 2-4 practices per week - likely Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until the first game.
- 7th/8th grade - 2-4 practices per week - likely Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until the first game.
** Once registration has concluded, your coaches will communicate via TeamSnap with specific start date, time and location of practices.
The LVYLL typically schedules league games to start in late March, depending on weather and if fields are viable for play. The youth lacrosse season generally goes through the middle to end of May. Games may be scheduled during the week, as well as on weekends.
Your team’s game schedule will be uploaded to this website and the LVYLL website once it is known. Please check these sites frequently for rescheduled games or general changes.
Saucon Valley 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th boys teams participate in the Coventry Spring Thaw tournament in Pottstown, PA. This is a play day style format where teams can suit up for the first time of the season in preparation for local league play.
All teams participate in the local season-end LVYLL tournament mid to late May.
Saucon Valley Lacrosse youth boys teams play in the Lehigh Valley Youth Lacrosse League (LVYLL). Visit the LVYLL website for league-specific rules, as well as league-wide standings and announcements.
Questions about proper lacrosse equipment for your player? US Lacrosse publishes an Equipment Fitting Guide to help provide first-time buyers, parents and players with suggested guidelines in purchasing equipment. The guide explains how lacrosse equipment should feel when properly worn. Photographs and descriptions for both field players and goalies are featured.
Feel free to also ask your child's coach as well!