Thank you all for a great season and trusting us with your boys! Those teams were the best in Colorado Springs and our boys once again came to play as a team. They can now say they beat all teams from Ft Collins to Colorado Springs!!
I do want to take a quick minute to let you know that hitting is allowed next year and the intensity will go up a notch again. It is part of the reason that we split teams on skill level for u12 spring ball. Having bigger kids with 5 years of lax beat on newer kids is not good for either of their development as players. Take out checks will not be allowed, but they are allowed a 3 step run up and they are allowed to lower their shoulder.
The coaches are meeting to figure out the details of spring ball next week, but in general we want 3 competitive teams where kids and teams can grow as a team. This means smaller teams for more touches and playing time. I am sure all kids want to make the red team, but I can assure you, kids mature in their own time. The level you play at in 6th grade does not predetermine your path for high school lax. We also have a lot of coaches at all levels, U12 is stacked!
Lastly, I will likely be putting a box team for Jan/Feb. I wanted to put out a feeler for who may be interested. It is a great game for developing stick skills, but it is a lot more intense and physical. If your boy is a little contact shy for ground balls etc, I would recommend waiting out this winter’s team. We do not want them to lose confidence for spring ball. If they seek out contact, this is the league! Cross checking on the back is legal so they do need an extra set of back/kidney pads. Dropping the shoulder is also legal. I do not know if they are allowed to take them into the boards at this age, I will find out. I talked to the coaches who played last year and they said hits are not too bad until high school, but it will be a big jump up in physicality for the kids.