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MLAX Boys 7th/8th Grade Assessments for Spring 2021

MLAX Boys 7th/8th Assessments for 2021 Spring Team Formation

Each year MLAX conducts player assessments for the spring season, 7th/8th grade team formations, in order to place players on the appropriate team for their skill level.  We do this with the goal of maximizing each player’s individual enjoyment of the sport.

The MLAX Team Formation Policy

For those that are not familiar with the MLAX team formation policy, it was developed in 2009 as a result of a study the MLAX board conducted into how Lacrosse leagues across the country did team formation.  The league has followed that policy every year since.  The basic tenants of the policy are the following:

For the K-5th grade age groups, teams are formed in the beginning years using the recreational goals of friends, geographic locations, schools, car pools, etc.  Those teams are then allowed to grow and develop together and player/team changes are managed through a Blind Draft methodology to ensure the highest level of fairness to all participants.

With the 6th-8th grade age groups, the MLAX policy is to form teams using player assessment to group kids of similar abilities together.  The objective is to give each player across an age division the best opportunity to develop and succeed.  It is not about winning, but it is about competing, developing every player, and keeping every player inspired for long term success at any level. Over the years we have found that a player playing on a team too high for his ability can become frustrated and dejected while a player playing on a team too low for his ability can experience the exact same emotions.  Thus, we believe the quest for assessments is to minimize those frustrations and provide an environment for each player where confidence is maximized and development and enjoyment of the game follow.  

MLAX does look at each age group individually to make sure we will have quality coaching resources for all teams and that each team will be competitive within their assigned AYL division.  This process is conducted every year and new assessments are held each year to be fair to all players.

Assessment Details

The assessments for the 2021 spring MLAX season will take place at the following place, date, and time:

Sunday, October 4th - Marshdale East Field

9-11am:   7th & 8th grade

All players are strongly encouraged to attend the October 4th session.

 

Sunday, October 11th - Marshdale East Field (call back and make up session)

9-11am:   7th & 8th grade

The call back allows the independent assessors to get a closer and better look at individual players who have similar first session scores.

 

Here are a couple of key points regarding assessments:

  • All new players that did not play in the spring are encouraged to attend assessments.

  • All players wishing to make the most competitive team must attand assessments.

  •  Assessments will be conducted like a lacrosse practice and all players are encouraged to attend. If a player is not interested in playing on the most competitive team, he can choose not to attend assessments and he will be placed on another team in the spring.

  • In all cases we are at the mercy of the total registration numbers for each grade and thus we have to reserve the right to make changes to any team!

  • If a player is interested in gaining the experience of an assessment process (to prepare for high school), players are able to attend the assessment and revert back to their original team.   

  • In unique cases where players cannot attend assessments due to injury or similar circumstance players will be placed on the appropriate team by determination of a Placement Committee comprised of MLAX board members and that specific grade's coaching staff.  A player's reason for not attending at least one of the sessions will be given careful consideration when determining placement.

  • Each player will be given a numbered jersey to wear during assessments.

  • Each player must indicate a preferred position in which they would like to be assessed. However, this position may not be the position he is ultimately chosen for - attack/midfield, defenseman, or goalie.

  • 3-4 independent assessors will be assigned to each age level and will assess players on 2 categories:  overall Lax IQ, and overall Lax skills to include offense, defense, and stick skills.

  • Results from the assessments will be used to construct teams.

All players will need to register for assessments. There is no cost but you do need to have a current US Lacrosse membership for insurance and liability purposes (most of you are probably current). 

If you are aware of any 7th – 8th grade boys who are interested in playing lacrosse next spring but may not be on the MLAX email distribution list – please feel free to forward this email along!

Please email info@mountainlax.com with questions.

Base Cost: $0.00

Opened: 09/16/2020
Closes: 10/12/2020

Open to: Boys

In Grades: 7 to 8 for 2020-21 School year

2020 Girls Fall Lacrosse Clinic

2020 Girls' Fall Lacrosse Clinic

Description: Lacrosse drills, instruction, and game situations for experienced players grades 2-8th. Taught by Ali Giovannone, Director of True Colorado Girls Lacrosse and Mike O'Neil, Senior Manager Colorado 3d Lacrosse.

Schedule: Tuesdays in September at Marshdale East (Sept 15/22/29 and Oct 6) and Monday, October 5th and 12th at Stagecoach.

  • 2-5th grades 4-5:30pm
  • 6-8th grades 5:30-7pm

Registration Fee $100.00. In addition, every player must have a US Lacrosse membership for insurance and liability purposes. Players without a US Lacrosse membership may sign up for one during our registration process at a cost of $30. The membership will last for 1 year and will cover you through our Winter and Spring programs as well.

Equipment:  Girls will need to bring a stick, goggles, mouthguard, cleats and water bottle.  

 

Base Cost: $100.00

Opened: 08/25/2020
Closes: 09/25/2020

Open to: Girls

In Grades: 2 to 8 for 2020-21 School year

2020 Boys Learn To Play Clinic K - 5th Grades

2020 Boys Learn to Play Fall Clinic

THE FIRST 40 PLAYERS TO REGISTER WILL RECEIVE A NEW LACROSSE STICK!!


Description: Lacrosse drills, instruction, and game situations for new to experienced players grades K - 5th. If you want to try the fastest game on two feet, this is a great option!!!

Objective: The MLAX Learn to Play Clinic is intended for new young players to be introduced to the basics of lacrosse in a fun and easily accessible manner. 

Schedule: 4 weeks starting Wednesday, September 16th through October 7th (9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7) 5-6pm at Stagecoach Field.

Non Equipment: Games and drills with Sticks and Tennis balls. This tract is for the player new to the game of Lacrosse. Focus is on the basics of cradling, scooping, throwing, catching, and movement. THE FIRST 40 PLAYERS TO REGISTER WILL RECEIVE A BRAND NEW LACROSSE STICK.

Registration Fee: $75.00 (to cover EPRD field usage fees, penny, & field equipment). In addition, every player must have a US Lacrosse membership for insurance and liability purposes. Players without a US Lacrosse membership may sign up for one during our registration process at a cost of $30. The membership will last for 1 year and will cover you through our Spring program as well.

 

 

Base Cost: $75.00

Opened: 08/25/2020
Closes: 09/25/2020

Open to: Boys

In Grades: K to 5 for 2020-21 School year

2020 Girls Learn To Play Clinic K - 8th Grades

2020 Girls Learn To Play Clinic K - 8th Grade 

THE FIRST 40 PLAYERS TO REGISTER WILL RECEIVE A NEW LACROSSE STICK!!

Description: Lacrosse drills, instruction, and game situations for new players grades K-8th. If you want to try the great game of lacrosse, this is a great option!!!

Objective: The Girls Learn to Play Clinic is intended for new young players to be introduced to the basics of lacrosse in a fun and easily accessible manner. 

Schedule: 4 weeks starting Thursday, September 17th through October 8th (9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8) 5-6pm at Marshdale West Field.

Registration Fee $75.00 (to cover EPRD field usage fees, practice pinnie, & field equipment). In addition, every player must have a US Lacrosse membership for insurance and liability purposes. Players without a US Lacrosse membership may sign up for one during our registration process at a cost of $30. The membership will last for 1 year and will cover you through our Winter and Spring programs as well.

Equipment:  Girls will need to bring a stick, goggles and a mouthguard.  THE FIRST 40 PLAYERS TO REGISTER WILL RECEIVE A BRAND NEW LACROSSE STICK!

 

Base Cost: $75.00

Opened: 08/25/2020
Closes: 09/25/2020

Open to: Girls

In Grades: K to 8 for 2020-21 School year

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