The mission of the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Club is to teach and promote the sport of lacrosse at the youth level for children who reside in Somers Point, Linwood, and Northfield, New Jersey.
In fulfillment of our mission, the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Club strives to achieve the following goals:
Teach the fundamentals of the game in a safe and fun environment for learning and competition
Support the development of skilled lacrosse players for the Mainland Regional High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams
Teach personal responsibility, good sportsmanship, and respect for fellow players and the game
Provide players an opportunity to demonstrate good citizenship through club-sponsored volunteer activities
For our younger players, provide the chance to learn the game of lacrosse without sacrificing other sports and activities vital to their overall and athletic development
Provide ongoing support and endorsement of players in future endeavors such as college competition and jobs through a strong network of coaches, parents and business persons
Instruction and Play Time Philosophy by Grade Level
While the philosophy for each grade level is different, our main goal is to foster the development of each player’s lacrosse skills through practice drills and competition.
1st and 2nd Grade (Scoopers Program) – Our Scoopers program serves as the foundation for further participation in our program. The only equipment needed is sneakers and a stick (typically this is a fiddle stick provided by the Program during registration). Scoopers focus on teaching the basics of the game (e.g. throwing, catching, rules of the game, etc.) in a fun and positive clinic environment. At this level, all players are see equal opportunities during practices.
3rd and 4th Grade – Our 3rd and 4th grade teams provide children their first opportunity to play organized games against teams from other towns. Typically, the teams at this level are “balanced” (e.g. players are assigned to teams to make all teams similar in terms of skill and competitiveness). Instruction at this level continues to emphasize basic lacrosse skills while introducing strategy, structured plays and how to play various positions. Play time during practices and games should be equal and all players should be given the opportunity to try any position during the course of the season. At this level we encourage kids to attend as many practices as possible to improve their skills; however, we understand if your son/daughter is playing other sports.
5th and 6th Grade – At the 5th and 6th grade level, the game becomes more competitive and teams may be split by skill level. Instruction continues to reinforce basic lacrosse skills as well as strategy, plays and positions. Over the course of the season, it is expected that all players will get equal playing time but this does not mean all players will receive equal playing time during every game. No player should ever play an entire game unless insufficient players or injuries prevent substitutions. All players should get the opportunity to try different positions throughout the course of the year. At this level, especially in 6th grade, kids should begin to gravitate to one sport they would like to pursue at a higher level. Therefore, if your son/daughter continues to participate in another sport and cannot attend most practices or games their playing time may be reduced.
7th and 8th Grade – 7th and 8th grade are critical years for players to fine-tune their skills and obtain maximum knowledge of the game in order to prepare for competitive high school programs. By this level, it is expected players will be committed to the lacrosse season.The only excused absences for all practices and games include sickness, academic, family, and/or religious related issues. Teams will be split by skill level and playing time at this level is a function of attendance at practice, ability, and effort. While coaches are encouraged to involve all players throughout the season, players participating on the most competitive teams should not expect equal playing time.