Information on New Spring Division Changes for Boys
New this Spring 2014 for U13 & U15 Boys Division
Division A – Players with prior lacrosse playing experience and have the skills needed for game situations
Division B – First-year lacrosse players and those still developing the skills needed for game situations
TVYLL Lacrosse Academy –Training opportunities during the season for player development
With separate divisions, we can now group players of similar ability together on the same team and have inter-league play with teams at that same level. Both the A and B divisions will play competitive lacrosse, increasing individual skills - regardless of current proficiency and without a large disparity of player ability. We think that these changes will provide players of all levels to master lacrosse fundamentals and further their progression in the sport no matter where they are today!
>Division A/B teams based on skill level and lacrosse experience
>TVYLL Lacrosse Academy for both Division A & B players (see below)
>Division B teams will receive Technical Player Assistance – former collegiate or high-school level players will assist each coach to provide valuable, first-hand player experience
>Both A and B Division Teams will be organized by geographic high school areas* and the coaching staffs of geographically organized teams will work together to best support all players, which may include joint A/B practices, and joint coaching support during games and practices.
> During registration, parents may select either Division B or request evaluation/skill assessment for Division A. First year players will not be eligible for Division A. Evaluations/skill assessment would be conducted in February (exact dates TBD). Teams would be selected and practices for all teams begin week of March 2.
>For purposes of developing good lacrosse fundamentals, any first year player would be placed on a Division B team During the season, there will be opportunities for players who have demonstrated skills and attitude to play up with a Division A team for games. This would be mutually decided between the Division A and Division B head coaches.
Division A or Division B?
Please review the below in providing some general guidance as which competitive division your player best fits.
Division A Players are GOOD or EXCELLENT at the following:
Division B players are : DEVELOPING at the following:
>Catching and throwing with dominant hand and the off hand or comfortable switching hands.
>Scooping and Cradling (1 and 2 handed)
>Dodging using a variety of dodges and in the appropriate situations.
>Transitional situation tactics
>Demonstrating field sense in live situations
>Working with various offense & defense schemes
>Playing under pressure
>Exhibiting off ball skills and tactics in settled and unsettled play
>Understanding the basic rules of the game and the responsibilities of various positions
>Receiving and applying feedback from coaches (eager to learn more, listens well, hustles…)
>Practicing independently outside of organized practice.
TVYLL Lacrosse Academy
TVYLL Lacrosse Academy is an age specific training sessions designed for player development. There will be two optional sessions during the season held outside of standard team practice. The Academy will be under the guidance of the TVYLL Coaching Director and will consist of head coaches, technical coaches and guest coaches who will be leading the sessions. The Academy provides an opportunity for players to strengthen skills by learning to play along with other players and coaching by a variety of experienced coaches.
Practices will be held two nights per week with one game a week. Coaches will determine practice locations. Games will be held at various park locations through out the Treasure Valley and Canyon County. Practices will begin the week of March 2nd. The season will last for 8 games; in addition to games, there will be playoffs to determine the championship play at the end of the season with all teams playing in Day of Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, May 30th.
Cost: $100 per player ($90 for each additional family player) * Rental equipment (if needed): $90 Rental equipment Pick-Up: Dated to be Determined
* If paying by check, payment MUST be received by TVYLL prior to the player being placed
Per the Idaho Sports Association guidelines, however, players that have reached high school (or equivalent) and are in 9th grade are not eligible to play in the youth league regardless of their date of birth. Please contact your high school teams for further details. Contacts can be found under the Idaho Lacrosse Association tab above.
Last year and this year the league affliated with the Positive Coaching Alliance and have required our coaches to be certified by taking a two hour course which includes the following powerful easily remembered component: ROOTS
As we look forward to the Spring season, please help us Honor the Game by following the ROOTS example:
R is for Rules
Rules allow us to keep the game fair. If we win by ignoring or violating the rules, what is the value of our victory? TVYLL believes that honoring the letter AND the spirit of the rule is important.
O is for Opponents
Without an opponent, there would be no competition. Rather than demeaning a strong or weak opponent, we need to honor both strong and weak opponents because they challenge us to do our best as players and as leaders. Athletes can be both fierce and friendly during the same competition (in one moment giving everything to get to a loose ball, and in the next moment helping an opponent up). Coaches showing respect for opposing coaches and players sets the tone for the rest of the team. On same note, parents on the spectator side should applaud great play by other teams even if the results are not what they had have hoped for. Comments about players abilities should be kept to oneselves. Please remember that we have both experienced and new players every year so we need to encourage and applaud them all.
O is for Officials (VERY IMPORTANT)
Respecting officials, even when we disagree with their calls, may be the toughest part of Honoring the Game. We must remember that officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes and parents!). Take time to think about how to best approach an official when you want to discuss a call. What strategies do you have to keep yourself in control when you start to get upset with officials" calls? We must remember that the loss of officials (and finding enough in the first place) is a major problem in most youth sports organizations, and we can confront this problem by consistently respecting officials. Never confront an official in front of players. Always finish the game by shaking their hands and saying Thank You!
T is for Teammates
It"s easy for young athletes to think solely about their own performance, but we want athletes to realize that being part of a team requires thinking about and respecting one"s teammates. This respect needs to carry beyond the field/gym/track/pool into the classroom and social settings. Athletes need to be reminded that their conduct away from practices and games will reflect back on their teammates and the league, club, or school.
S is for Self
Athletes should be encouraged to live up to their own highest personal standard of Honoring the Game, even when their opponents are not. Athletes" respect for themselves and their own standards must come first.
Welcome to the
Treasure Valley Youth Lacrosse League!
Here at the TVYLL, we are all about introducing and developing the sport of lacrosse for the youth and middle school players here in the Treasure Valley and beyond! For those who are new we would like to welcome you to our site and let you know that our mission is to continuously update our information with news about our leagues, local clinics, travel teams opportunities, equipment sales and everything else lacrosse related.
Please check back often as we will highlighting several clinics and volunteer opportunities to help improve the league and expand the sport in Idaho. Again we invite anyone who has some interest to contact us to help!
TVYLL would like to send a huge thank you to all who participated in our Tickets Fore Charity Program. This Boise Open will go down in the history books for the records it broke -- from size of the galleries to record-breaking scores to the amount of money raised for charity.
Announced after Sunday's final round, the open raised over $1.3 million dollars for dozens of local non-profits.
That brings the total amount raised in the tournament's history to over $15 million.