Ages & Eligibility
The Saucon Valley girls program is a member of the Lehigh Valley Girls Youth Lacrosse League (LVGYLL). Along with neighboring programs within the LVGYLL, our teams are grouped by grade. For information about the league, standings, field directions and more, please visit www.lvgyll.com.
Youth team groupings are:
- 1st/2nd grade
- 3rd/4th grade
- 5th/6th grade
- 7th/8th grade
For kindergarten age children, we now offer a special program to introduce players to the sport.
Girls Program Overview
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!
The following are the general guidelines and expectations for each level of play.
PreK-K - our Saucon Little Laxers is a co-ed version of lacrosse that utilizes modified equipment and rules, and is designed for youth to achieve quick success executing the basics skills of lacrosse (cradling, scooping, passing, catching and shooting) using a soft-stick lacrosse stick. This is a great way to "try it out" and see if your child enjoys the sport, without investing in equipment required at the older levels. The rules of soft-stick lacrosse and the modified equipment also make it a version of the sport that does not require protective equipment to learn and enjoy.
1st – 2nd Grade – Our 1-2 program serves as an introduction to girls lacrosse. Participant equipment required: sneakers/cleats, certified protective eyewear, mouthpiece and a stick. Eyewear and a stick may be provided as loaners, if available. 1-2 coaches focus on teaching the basics of the game (e.g. throwing, catching, basic rules of the game, etc.) in a fun and positive clinic environment. Informal “play days” are scheduled against league programs to introduce game play, however, skills development is a focus at this level. Games are played on modified, smaller field, with 7 field players and open goal. 20 minute running halves and a three touch rule before shooting. All players see equal opportunities during games and practices.
3rd/4th Grade – Our 3rd/4th program focuses on learning and skills development. Instruction at this level continues to emphasize basic lacrosse skills and how to play various positions and games are played on a modified, smaller field with the introduction to a goalkeeper. If more than one team is needed, teams at this level will be “balanced” where players are assigned to teams to make all teams similar in terms of skill and competitiveness. 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. Games are played with 20 minute running halves and 7 field players plus a goalie. Three touch rule before shooting applies. Approximately 8-10 games per season and season end league tournament. At this level, girls are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible to improve skills.
5th/6th Grade – At the 5th/6th grade level, the game becomes more competitive and teams play on a full, regulation-size field with 11 field players and a goalkeeper. Teams may be split by skill level (A/B) if more than one team is needed. There will be approximately 8-10 scheduled games plus season end tournament. 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 girls are expected to attend practices as possible to improve skills. If your daughter cannot attend most practices or games, her playing time may be reduced.
7th/8th Grade – the 7/8 grade 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. There will be approximately 10-12 scheduled games plus season end tournament.
Practices & Games
Practices begin mid to late 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.
- PreK-K - 6 sessions (1x week) over the course of 6 weeks, likely on Saturdays.
- 1st/2nd Grade - Two practices will be held per week.
- 3rd/4th Grade - Two to three practices will be held per week - Tu, Th, F, & Sat. until the first game.
- 5th/6th Grade - Two to three practices will be held per week - Tu, Th, F, & Sat. until the first game.
- 7th/8th Grade - Three to four practices will be held per week - M, W, F & Sat. until the first game.
** Once registration has concluded, your coaches will communicate via TeamSnap with specific start date, time and location of practices.
For grades 3-8, our league will typically schedule games to start in late March, dependent 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 LVGYLL website once it is known. Please check these sites frequently for rescheduled games or general changes.
- 1-2 - Informal play days, not managed by the league. Schedule is developed by coaches with neighboring program's team coaches. Game days of week may vary.
- 3/4 - Games on Tuesday & Saturdays, makeup on Thursdays
- 5/6 - Games on Thursday & Saturdays, makeup on Mondays
- 7/8 - Games on Wednesday & Saturdays, makeup on Mondays
The 3rd-8th grade game schedules will be uploaded to TeamSnap, as well as the LVGYLL website, once it is known.
Our 3/4, 5/6 and/or 7/8 girls teams may participate in local play days or tournaments, if viable given the teams' league schedule. Coaches will advise players and parents if an opportunity for non-league play arises.
Additionally, all 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 teams participate in the local season-end LVGYLL tournament mid to late May.
Saucon Valley Lacrosse youth girls teams play in the Lehigh Valley Girls Youth Lacrosse League (LVGYLL). Visit the LVGYLL website for league-specific rules, as well as league-wide standings and announcements.