LMYA Boys Lacrosse

Program Goals

Lower Macungie Youth Association Lacrosse sponsors a comprehensive program that provides a positive lacrosse learning experience and recognizes the diverse interests of the participants.  The program is designed to teach the game in a progressive manner while highlighting the benefits of physical activity, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Skill development is the primary focus at an early age.  This focus continues as players progress up through the various level of competition.  There are different competitive levels offered to accommodate the interest and dedication of the individual player.

PLAYER SAFETY

A goal of the Lower Mac Lacosse Program is to promote player safety in everything that we do.  The disussion of player safety, especially in the area of concussion, leads us to conversations about how we can better protect our players.  Below is a link to a website that helps everyone become more informed about concussions and what can to be done to avoid them and treat them properly.
http://nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000
The link below will lead you to a parent's learning guide
https://nfhslearn.com/home/parents
https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037/concussion-in-sports

Rules of Play

US Lacrosse Youth Game Initiative
Under the direction of its Board of Directors, US Lacrosse has developed age-appropriate, national rules of play for youth boys’ lacrosse and youth girls’ lacrosse.
As part of this initiative, US Lacrosse staff and volunteers surveyed more than 50 youth leagues that included nearly 170,000 youth players to better understand the landscape of current rules being used around the country, in addition to receiving input from individual coaches, officials, administrators, youth players and parents.
Based on that research and input from the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee, the US Lacrosse Men’s and Women’s Game Committees proposed rules that were voted on and passed by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors for implementation for the current season.
The new youth lacrosse rules are published in various US Lacrosse media.  Visit US Lacrosse for information.

Program Layout

Hello Lower Mac Families!

The LMYA Boys Lacrosse program is a charter member and participant in the Lehigh Valley Youth Lacrosse League (LVYLL).  The LVYLL is dedicated to strengthening the sport of lacrosse in the Lehigh Valley and providing a safe and fun environment for all of its participants and parents.

The 2022 season is configured is by grade level.

GRADE LEVELS/DIVISIONS:
1st/2nd– This age group is non-competitive and learning- focused. The team practices 1-2 days a week.  There will be travel to other youth organization parks to play games with other programs in the LVYLL.  The season wraps up the first weekend in June with a round robin play-day. Full gear is required and is not provided by LMYA, see the PARTICIPATION/EQUIPMENT section for details.

*We do allow players who are in kindergarten to play on this team only after a full conversation with the coordinator. Based on the ages of this group we do not automatically recommend or allow kindergartners. Please connect with the coordinator at lacrosse@lmya.org prior to registration if you have a kindergartner who would like to play.

 

3rd/4th, 5th/6th & 7th/8th

LMYA’s Spring Program tries to field both competitive (A Division) and developmental (B Division) teams. Teams are first determined through pre-season evaluation. However, the pre-season evaluations does not mean the Player will not transition between teams during the season due to effort and commitment.

LMYA expectations of a competitive lacrosse player:

  • Respect to all players, coaches, officials & supporters.
  • Commitment &Attendance to all practices.
  • Higher skill set and lacrosse I.Q.
  • Encouragement through positivity.

Both divisions travel to play other programs throughout the league. All teams practice 2 nights a week.

  • The A division is competitive.   The season wraps up with playoffs and a championship game the first weekend in June.  Teams that are eliminated will participate in a round robin play-day.  Player assessments will be held throughout the February indoor sessions.
  • The B division is recreational and educational.  The season wraps up the first weekend in June with a round robin play-day.

 


PRACTICE/HIGHLIGHTS:
1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, & 7th/8th
Indoor practice time for these teams will begin in March. Location and times will be released as soon as times are confirmed. Exact details will be in SCHEDULES section of Boys Lacrosse website.

1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, & 7th/8th: Outdoor practices for ALL ages will start at the end of March/beginning of April, weather permitting.  Practices for the 2022 season will be at Spring Ridge Crossing Park. The practice schedule for each division will be listed on each team's TeamSnap page.

League games will begin in April.  Games are usually on Saturdays and the times do vary from week to week.  Some games can occur on Sundays (especially in the beginning of season) and can sometimes a weekday game is possible.


REGISTRATION:
2022 Registration dates are officially set.

Early registration opens December 5th and runs until January 3rd.
Provisional registration runs from January 4th through February 5th.

Our program is only as strong as our VOLUNTEERS! We have lots of opportunities for you to use your skills and talents.  Help support the program, any amount of time you can give is helpful. 

Volunteers are needed throughout the year to plan, administrate and execute the program.  If you have not contacted us yet and would like to help in any capacity, please contact Joshua Miller at lacrosse@lmya.org.

COACHES - If you are interested in coaching in any capacity please CLICK HERE to review our Background Check Policy. Click on the links in the PDF and you will be taken to the websites to begin your clearances. Clearances must be completed prior to the start of the season.   

If you would like coaching support, we can schedule a coach’s meetings/clinic prior to the season in addition to offering fully paid tuition at the US Lacrosse level one coach’s certification course (one day course). If you are interested, let us know lacrosse@lmya.org.

We are very excited with the promise of the new season and for another fun year!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

LMYA Boys Lacrosse Coordinator - Joshua Miller
lacrosse@lmya.org

WAIVERS

EQUIPMENT

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All four boys lacrosse divisions (1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th) offered by LMYA are full gear and require a lacrosse helmet, mouthguard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, protective cup, and lacrosse stick.

 

US Lacrosse recently published an Equipment Fitting Guide to help provide first-time buyers, parents and players with suggested guidelines in purchasing equipment.  Designed to help both the boys’ and girls’ youth player, the guide explains how lacrosse equipment should feel when properly worn. Photographs and descriptions for both field players and goalies are featured. DOWNLOAD GUIDE.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Beginning on January 1, 2022, a new safety rule has been enacted for all youth lacrosse players by US Lacrosse requiring every player to have shoulder pads and/or goalie pads that meet NOCSAE safety standard ND200. ND200 is a redesign to shoulder pads that have extra padding and a redesign that protects players from serious injury if there is any blunt force to the chest. This is something that cannot be ignored because any player who does not have these new pads will not be allowed to participate in practices and games. 

Here are a couple of things I recommend for everyone:

  1. Purchase the pads soon. 
  2. If you are ordering online, don't just buy the pads on sale unless they have the language listed below. I highly recommend you look for all the pads that are labeled "NEW" and make sure in the description there is the following language or something close to it appears.
              "Meets the new NOCSAE commotio cordis performance standard (ND200) for lacrosse."
  3. Below are two links, an article about why the change and the other is an FAQ US Lacrosse created. These layout why the change is occuring.
  4. https://www.usalaxmagazine.com/fuel/industry/why-you-shouldnt-wait-for-the-2022-nd200-mandate?fbclid=IwAR0w4YUsvVbZrI1dk5w_49Xhz0QJl9N7BN3zmY3-00vbUipk13Re25XQrdY


    https://www.usalacrosse.com/lacrosse-chest-protector-faqGo to Dick's or another sports store that sells pads and try on a set  to size out your son before ordering online. Online stores are still usually cheaper than buying in person at Dick's or other local stores. Here a list of some good online lacrosse stores:

    sportstop.com
    lacrossemonkey.com
    lacrosseunlimited.com
    universallacrosse.com
    lacrossefanatic.com

 

Recommendations for your gear:

For 1st/2nd or 3rd/4th first time/introductory players the following items are recommended solely by LMYA because they have high safety ratings and do help players develop skills.

STICKSTX Boys' Stallion 50 Lacrosse Stick- Great beginner stick with a slightly smaller head and skinnier shaft. Helps introductory players master scooping ground balls and cradling.

HELMET: Cascade Youth CS Lacrosse Helmet - Cascade helmets consistently have high safety ratings and have enough adjustment options to make the fit comfortable and safe.

PADS: Any STX gear or Warrior Youth Pads- STX consistently has high safety ratings year after year. You can find great deals online, but I solely recommend that you go to a local vendor and have your player try on multiple pads to see which pads cover them the best and feel the most comfortable for them.

 

LOCAL VENDORS:
Schuylkill Valley Sports - Quakertown
Dick's Sporting Goods - Hamilton Crossings (Krocks Road) or Whitehall

 

 

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Helmet Reviews

Click HERE to go to LacrosseScoop.com to see the 10 best helmets from 2021 with a proper helmet fitting guide video as well.

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Shoulder Pad Reviews

Click HERE to go to LacrosseScoop.com to see the 10 best shoulder pads from 2021 with a proper shoulder pad fitting guide video as well.

 

ALL SHOULDER PADS MUST MEET THE ND200 SAFTEY STANDARD AND HAVE A NOCSAE STANDARD LOGO TAG OR MARKING ON THEM. 

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Elbow Pad Reviews

Click HERE to go to LacrosseScoop.com to see the 10 best elbow pads from 2021 with a proper shoulder pad fitting guide video as well.

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Glove Reviews

Click HERE to go to LacrosseScoop.com to see the 10 best gloves from 2021 with a proper gloves fitting guide video as well.

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Stick Reviews

Click HERE to go to LacrosseScoop.com to see the 10 best sticks from 2021.

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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

For the Summer of 2022, here are some camps and clinics for players of various ages and skill levels

 

Lafayette College

Various Dates in July

Links to All Camp Information & Registration (K-6 camp and Marquis Skills camp for MS)

 

Lehigh University

July 25 - July 29

Link to Registration for Lehigh Camp

 

PLL Academy

August 1 - 4

PLL Academy Overnight Bryn Athyn, PA - Offensive Players Ages 10 to 18

PLL Academy Overnight Bryn Athyn, PA - Defensive Players Ages 13 to 18

 

 

For anyone who would like to get into lacrosse in grades K through 3, here is some information of a local program to get into lacrosse

HeadStrong Head Start Registration Grades K through 3

 

SCHEDULES

2022 Indoor Practice Schedule

 

Tuesday, March 1st (Location: St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 6-8pm: 7th/8th Grade Practice

Thursday, March 3rd (Location: St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 5-6:30pm: 3rd/4th Grade Practice
  • 6:30-8pm: 5th/6th Grade Practice

Tuesday, March 8th (Location: St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 6-8pm: 7th/8th Grade Practice

Thursday, March 10th (Location: St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 5-6:30pm: 3rd/4th Grade Practice
  • 6:30-8pm: 5th/6th Grade Practice

Friday, March 11th St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 7-8pm: 1st/2nd Grade Practice

Tuesday, March 15th (Location: St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 6-8pm: 7th/8th Grade Practice

Thursday, March 17th (Location: St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 5-6:30pm: 3rd/4th Grade Practice
  • 6:30-8pm: 5th/6th Grade Practice

Friday, March 18th St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 7-8pm: 1st/2nd Grade Practice

Tuesday, March 22nd (Location: St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 6-8pm: 7th/8th Grade Practice

Thursday, March 24th (Location: St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 5-6:30pm: 3rd/4th Grade Practice
  • 6:30-8pm: 5th/6th Grade Practice

Friday, March 25th St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center, 501 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18104)

  • 7-8pm: 1st/2nd Grade Practice

 

2022 Outdoor Practice Schedule

 

Outdoor practices begin on March 28th. All outdoor practices will be held at Spring Ridge Crossing Park (5586 Spring Ridge Dr W. Macungie, PA 18062)

 

7th/8th

Tuesdays from 6:00 to 8:00pm 

Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm

 

5th/6th

Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00pm

 

3rd/4th

Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:15pm

Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:15pm

 

1st/2nd

Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:15 

Some Fridays from 6:00 to 7:00

 

 

 

 

2022 Game Schedule will be released in March and on TeamSnap Team Pages.

LACROSSE ADMINISTRATION

Program Coordinator - Joshua Miller

 

1st/2nd - Joshua Miller

 

3rd/4th - Joshua Miller

 

5th/6th - David Lamont

 

7th/8th - David Lamont

FIELD INFO

Home fields are located at Spring Ridge Crossing Park

 

5586 Spring Ridge Dr W.

Macungie, PA 18062

 

Visit the league website for field addresses and directions for away games

 

https://lvyll.teamsnapsites.com/field-locations/

 

 

SPONSORS

Special thanks to our sponsors who help provide for our program's continued success

AFFILIATES

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TEAM STORE

The 2022 Boys Lacrosse Team Store is now closed. The store will be back open in January of 2022. Click on the hornet above to see all the great gear available when the store is open. All orders are scheduled to be delivered in March of 2022. 

Order custom decals for your helmet. Click on the image above to go to laxdecalz.com and order your LMYA Hornets decals.