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Boys Youth Lacrosse


Lacrosse is a team sport
Players catch a small round rubber ball with a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. 

Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent's goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so. 

Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring.  

The fundamental concepts of men's and women's lacrosse are the same - to outscore your opponent, but there are various differences in the rules of men's and women's lacrosse.  Boys 
Lacrosse is a contact sport which requires padding and protective equipment. 


Spring Preseason Game 2010 (Gaucho Jerseys donated)

League and Association Play (from US Lacrosse)

US Lacrosse recommends that leagues should be organized by age. Existing leagues or associations may maintain their current groupings. Physical and cognitive maturity should be considered when grouping players. If your program has enough players, physically disparate groups should play separately, if possible. US Lacrosse also recommends that players that have participated in any high-school level program as a member of a high school freshman, JV-B, junior varsity, or varsity team should not be considered eligible for U-15 competition.


SBLA Divisons

  • Coed U7 (Under 7 years of age) - No Contact "Soft Lacrosse"
  • U9 (Under 9 years of age) - Minimal Contact, Equipment Required
  • U11 (Under 11 years of age) - Contact, Equipment Required
  • U13 (Under 13 years of age) - Contact, Equipment Required
  • U15 (Under 15 years of age) - Contact, Equipment Required
  • High School (Over 15 years of age) - Contact, Equipment Required



Age for divisions are based on players age on Dec 31st of the preceeding season.

Examples, using the U-13 category:

  1. A player is 12 years old on 12/31/09 and turns 13 on May 15, 2010. This player is qualified to participate.

  2. A player is 13 years old on 12/31/09 and turns 14 on May 15, 2010. This player is NOT qualified to participate. 


For the Required Equipment in Boys Lacrosse, click HERE.

For the Official Rules of Boys Lacrosse, click HERE.

Men's Lacrosse Field