“A” Team Commitment -
Players who want to be considered for an MYL “A" level team are required to attend at least one tryout in December.
MYL “A” Teams are for the more serious, experienced player, that wants to compete at a high level against similar competition. Historically, MYL “A” Teams have competed for the league championship at every level and we expect our MYL “A” teams to do so again this spring. While continued development of players is a top priority, we also expect to compete with the best teams.
Our team success will be in large part directly related to how much we can play together as a team. It is important that your sons/daughters make lacrosse a priority and attend as many practices before the season, and then throughout, as possible. We encourage and support them playing other sports and activities, but we do expect a high level of commitment to this team. If lacrosse is going to always be secondary to soccer or another activity, that's absolutely fine, but the top “B” team may be a better fit (it's less of a commitment). We also expect the boys/girls to show up to practice and games ready to play, listen, and try their hardest! Fun will be a top priority and we will have plenty of it, but at the “A” team division, we are stepping up our lacrosse to another level and want the boys/girls prepared to work hard accordingly.
Team practices for MYL “A” Teams will begin sometime in February, with a more permanent schedule beginning in March. MYL “A” teams will likely practice 1-2 times per week, with a game on the weekends. The weeknight practice schedule is based on coaches' availability and field space.
“B” Team Commitment -
Any MYL player that is not placed on an MYL “A” team will be placed on an MYL “B” team. Depending on number of girls registered, we may have multiple MYL “B” teams in which case they will be divided based on skill and ability (i.e. Upper B, Lower B, etc) and they will play in divisions with teams of comparable levels. Please note, we can ONLY provide teams if we have coaches! While we want MYL as many boys/girls to participate as possible, in order to make that happen, we need to parents to volunteer to coach. If we do not have parents volunteer, it may result in larger rosters which means less playing time and less development. This is not ideal. We are taking steps to help assist those "novice" coaches in learning and growing the game, so you won't be on your own! If interested, please let us know, so we can ensure we have enough coaches for the number of teams needed!
MYL “B” are typically highly competitive teams based on the growth of MYL and the depth of our player pool. MYL “B” teams are regularly some of the top in the league and we expect nothing less this season. MYL “B” teams are a great opportunity for far greater playing time and touches throughout the season, which will give all of the boys/girls a better opportunity to grow and mature their games and put them in the best position to take the next step in lacrosse!
If necessary, MYL may hold a separate or additional “B” Team-only assessment following tryouts in December, to best divide and place players on teams.
Team practices for MYL “B” Teams will begin in March (February if weather and fields accommodate) and are typically held twice a week, one weeknight practice and one on Saturdays throughout the season. Boys games are on Saturdays and Girls games will be on Sundays. The weeknight practice schedule is based on coaches' availability and field space. The practice schedules should be available by Mid-February.
Club Team Conflicts (Potential) -
We recognize that many MYL players now play travel club lacrosse, in addition to rec league. This is great and we are proud of the pool of lacrosse players we have worked so hard to develop! That being said, some club players may have significant commitments throughout the rec season and at the end, during playoffs. We are aware of these circumstances and while we are hopeful and expect to be able to manage most of these conflicts throughout the season, there may be times where conflicts are unavoidable. For our MYL teams, we do not anticipate the NVYLL adjusting its post-season playoff schedule. As such, we expect to have an unavoidable conflict with those teams that make the NVYLL Championship weekend (as we did this past year). Unfortunately, given club team commitments, that could result in MYL teams having to forfeit the final championship round. We have worked hard to find to a solution, but sadly, the potential for this outcome is real. We want all families to be aware of this, in advance, so they can decide what is best for their family from the onset.