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MLAX Boys 6th/8th Grade Assessments for Spring 2022

MLAX Boys 6th/8th Assessments for 2022 Spring Team Formation

Each year MLAX conducts player assessments for the spring season, 6th/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.

The 7th grade level will be reevaluated in the spring and assessed if necessary based on registration numbers.

Assessment Details

The assessments for the 2022 spring MLAX season will take place at the following place, date, and time:

Sunday, Oct 24 - Marshdale East Field

9:30-11:30am: 6th and 8th grades

All players are strongly encouraged to attend the October 24th session.

Sunday, Nov 7 - Marshdale East Field

9:30-11:30am: 6th and 8th grades


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 attend 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 6th or 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 with questions.

Base Cost: $0.00

Opened: 10/16/2021
Closes: 10/31/2021

Open to: Boys

In Grades: 6 to 8 for 2021-22 School year


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