NEW CONTACT RULES FOR HOUSE LEAGUE

• Novice and below: Contact consists of equal pressure, body-positioning, place and push only.

Updated Wednesday April 19, 2017 by Stouffville Minor Lacrosse.

To support the learning and enjoyment of our younger players, we are running our Novice, Tyke and Paperweight House League as a 4on4 program WITH MINIMAL CONTACT.

Novice, Tyke & Paperweight House League:

Contact consists of equal pressure, body-positioning, place and push only.

4on4 lacrosse is a face-paced format played on a full-sized arena floor, involving looking for openings, passing to move the ball forward, and increasing scoring opportunities. This style of game, fully endorsed by the Canadian Lacrosse Association, helps players learn to move efficiently and correctly on the floor, reduces the learning curve for new players, and improves the passing skills of our returning players.  

The 4on4 program also supports defensive development. Players must learn to rotate, communicate with teamates, and think on the fly.  In Tyke and Paperweight divisions, there will be an obstacle in the net (rather than a goalie) to challenge players’ shooting accuracy and improve their rate of success!

Each week (starting May 8), all players will participate in a skill session (40 minutes for Novice; 30 minutues for Tyke/Paperweight) followed by a 4on4 game.

Rules: (Novice)

  1. 4on4, plus a goalie. 8-10 players per team.
  2. Players may only be in possession of the ball for a maximum of four (4) seconds.
  3. Players cannot carry the ball over center; the ball must be passed beyond center.
  4. Sessions: 40 minutes skill training, followed by a three-period game (12-minute periods).
  5. Two-minute line change buzzer.
  6. Contact consists of equal pressure, body-positioning, place and push.

 

Rules: (Tyke/Paperweight)

  1. 4on4, no goalie (obstacle in each net). 8-10 players per team.
  2. Players may only be in possession of the ball for a maximum of four (4) seconds.
  3. Sessions: 30 min skill training, followed by a game (two 15-minute halves)
  4. Three-minute line change buzzer.
  5. Contact consists of equal pressure, body-positioning, place and push.

Tactical Awareness:

This game culminates in the use all tactics and skills learned so far. Players use offensive strategies to invade and score and defensive strategies to prevent zone-invasion and scoring.  4on4 structure introduces players to support tactics as an off-the-ball movement.

 

Tactical Skills:

Give-and-go, cutting, face-offs, floor-positioning

 

Technical Skills:

Cradling, scooping, catching, overhand pass, overhand shot, defensive body-positioning, taking face-offs, creating space

 

Goalies (Novice):

Stance, angles, passing, stopping shots

 

Off-the Ball Movements:

Base: In ready position to receive attack.

Decision Making: Anticipating where the pass is going, where to cover, and whom to guard.

Adjust: Move to space between ball and opponent, according to where ball is moving.

Guarding: On defense, picking up a check while not losing sight of general space on defense.

Support: Getting open to support other teammates with the ball.

Cover: Focusing on a general area/space on defense, not just opponents.




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