The Southern Marin Lacrosse Club seeks to provide youth with a POSITIVE CHARACTER BUILDING EXPERIENCE by honoring the game of lacrosse. Through the game of Lacrosse we learn lessons that will last a lifetime. We focus our coaching in three areas, Athletic

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Evaluations - Dates and Times TBD (expect December dates)
For questions, please email Boys Director Jon Porter at
Things to prepare for evaluations OR be seen for additional evaluation opportuntities outside evaluation days. 
1.) Fall Sessions:  Sessions are coached and run by SM Program Directors and Evaluators
                              SMLC provides fall and winter clinics throughout Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec.
2.) Wall Ball..Wall Ball..Wall Ball:  Single best stick skill training method for any player. Just find a wall around town and go at it. Make sure to wear lacrosse gloves when practicing. Practice each hand as well. STX Bounce backs are a good tool as well. 
3.) Play other sports  Basketball/football/soccer/hockey/tennis/baseball/track/etc. all provide skill development essential for playing lacrosse.  SMLC would rather see multi-sports athletes for several reasons including the fact a broader skill set is enhanced and the "burn out" factor is lower.  This doesn’t mean put the stick down for 4-5 months, it simply means one should give their “in-season” sport priority and work on Lacrosse skill development when/if the opportunity fits into your child's schedule.
All players must attend at least 1 eval (except for U10).  Those players wishing to be evaluated for the A team, we recommend attending both evaluations.  
We realize some players may have Soccer conflicts (state cup).  We prefer that those players remain commited to their soccer team and attend their in-season game.  However, please make sure to touch base with the Boys director before hand.
Evaluations take place in early to mid December for Boys U10/U12/U14 (no U8).  
The ultimate goal is to make sure each player is placed  on a team where he/she will be competing in an environment that best matches his/her skill set. 
Rosters are published in late December.
“A” teams require a full time commitment for practices and games over other spring sports. 
“B” Teams provide more flexibility to accommodate other sports or weekend conflicts. 
Evaluation committee consists of SM Head coaches, HS Coaches,  & SM Clinic Coaches.  Parent involvement is limited to SM Head coaches.
No cuts-all registered players will be placed on a team.
Every parent coach in the spring season is a volunteer.  Please give them a HUGE thank you when you see a Wolfpack Coach.
Every Wolfpack coach is required to participate in the "Positive Coaching Alliance Program (PCA).
SMLC boys and girls coaching staff consists parent and non-parent head coaches who have HS, College or Professional lacrosse backgrounds. We are extremely fortunate to have a very talented group of coaches/volunteers who not only pass their knowledge and passion of the sport along to the kids in our community, but they do so in a manner that promotes the basic principles of competition, respect, and love for the game.  
NCJLA  Age Groups for Spring 2020 Season
U14A & B: 9/1/2005 - 8/31/2007 (7th and 8th grade) 8th graders born before 9/1/2002 are automatically eligible to play U14).
U12A & B: 9/1/2007 - 8/31/2009 (5th and 6th grade)
U10A: 9/1/2009 - 8/31/2011 (3rd and 4th grade)
*players wishing to play in same grade as peers but fall into older age bracket can submit a "play down" request for NCJLA (play down requests are submitted to NCJLA via SMLC).  The Marin League is grade pure (2nd, 3rd, 4th grade), so no play down requests needed).
Marin League Age Groups/Divisions for Spring 2018 Season (U10B & U8)
Age groups are based on grade - not age.
4th Grade - Stealth Division 
3rd Grade - Thunder Division
2nd grade - U8 (games are jamboree style games)
Key Questions & Answers 
1.) Are older 8th graders who miss the 9/1/2005 cut-off allowed to play U14?  Yes.  Click HERE to see additional eligibility rules
2.) Will U10 be short sided games?  Yes (8v8) .  This article says it all.
3.) Does U10 have A teams?  Boys - Yes, Girls - No.
4.) U10 B Teams play in the Marin League
5.) U14, U12, & U10A teams play in the NCJLA League
SMLC will not change the uniform design for the 2020 season.  Ordering will take place in December, 2019
Boys 1st Graders
Registration opens in January
Practice 1x p/week (Wednesdays).  1 Hr long
6-7 weeks long.  Begins in mid-to late March
Play 2 in-house league games
Great introduction to the game of lacrosse
Registration opens on January
Boys U8 (2nd grade)
Teams play in the Marin League
8 players p/team
Practice 1x p/week
All games are in Marin
Practices are 1 hour long
Games are on Saturdays
No evaluations.  We accommodate friend requests as best as we can
Games are 4v4 using 4x4 goals (2 middies/1 attack/1 defense/ no goalie)
Practices start in early March - Games begin the second weekend of March.
Season ends in mid-May
No games or practices during Mill Valley public school winter and spring breaks.
Boys U10
"A" Team play in the NCJLA League
"B" Teams play in the Marin League
12-15 players p/team
Practice 2x p/week 
Practices are 1:15 hour long
Evaluations are only required for those who have an interest in trying out for U10A.  
Games are 8v8 using 4x4 goals (3 middies/2 attack/2 defense/goalie)
Practices start in early March. ("A" team begins in mid Febuary)
"A" teams - Games begin the 1st weekend of March and Play-off's wrap up the weekend of May 19
"B" teams - Games begin the 2nd weekend of March and Play-off's wrap up the weekend of May 12.
No games or practices during Mill Valley public school winter and spring breaks.
Boys U12/U14
A & B Teams play in the NCJLA League
17-22 players p/team
Practices start the first week of February and games begin the 1st weekend of March.  
Season ends in mid-late May
U12B and U14B teams practice 2x p/week. U12A/14A teams practice 3x p/week
Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays.  Teams typically play 2 games p/weekend during the season (there are a few weekends where only 1 game takes place)
No games or practices during Mill Valley public school winter and spring breaks.
U12 and U14 age groups have "A" Divisions, "B" Experience Divisions, & and "B" Rookie Divisions (for newer players). The ultimate goal being to create competitive games at all levels.
"A" teams participate in a post season play-off where a Nor Cal Champion is crowned. B teams participate in an end of season Jamboree event.
"B" Team playing time is equal amongst all players (playing time is at coaches discretion if attendance becomes an issue).                             
Why are there no U8 evaluations?  
SMLC feels its too early for kids to experience any type of evaluation process at such a young age.  Teams are formed based on grade and will likely be limited to 2nd graders. 1st graders will once again play in SM's house league (1 practice p/week and 2 games against 2nd grader SM teams).