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SLA Boys Program for Spring 2019


There are several changes to SLA's spring 2018 offerings:

First, SLA is adopting the recently developed Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM) from US Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport.  The LADM emphasizes small sided instruction and games, resulting in more touches per player and greater opportunity to grow with the sport.  You can read more about LADM here.

In 2018, SLA will be offering both an expanded local recreational lacrosse program as well as competitive league play through our continued membership in the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL), one of the largest recreational youth lacrosse leagues in the country.

It is SLA's intent to offer both local rec and NVYLL options at the 10U, 12U and 14U age groups in 2018, but overall registration numbers and player preference will determine the final shape of the offering at each age group.  6U and 8U will be local rec only and may be combined as required by registration numbers.  See the age group eligibility (by birth date) and program summary chart below.  

There is a lot of information on this page and it should answer most, if not all, of your questions.  Please read all the way to the bottom and if you still have questions, please reach out to the SLA Boys Commissioner at  


SLA 2018 Boys Age Groups & Programs

Age Group

Oldest Birth Date

Youngest Birth Date

Programs available




Local Rec only




Local Rec only




Local Rec & NVYLL




Local Rec & NVYLL




Local Rec & NVYLL


* 14U players cannot be in 9th grade

Note: All players must participate in the appropriate age bracket based on their birth month and year. No waiver requests to ‘play up’ in an older age group will be granted on skill or ability; in unique cases of age/grade combination a waiver to ‘play up’ in an older age group may be considered.  No player will be allowed to play down an age group.



  1. Local Recreation Division
  2. NVYLL Division
  3. Cost and Preseason Schedule
  4. Uniforms
  5. Equipment



The local recreational playing option will feature small-sided instruction and all practices and games are in Stafford County. Season runs March through May and will consist of up to two practices per week and up to 6 games on Saturdays. 

All first year players (players with no previous lacrosse experience) must play in the local rec option. Second year players (one previous year of experience) should play in the local rec option, but can register to play in the NVYLL league with a coach's recommendation and a successful pre-season assessment to one of those teams. 

Local Recreation divison teams and final playing format will be determined in late March after several group practices and once all registration numbers are known.

The first Local Recreation Division practice will be March 3rd at Embrey Mill Park (Field and time, TBD)


6U Age Group: LADM-related activities and lacrosse drills.  Small-sided games will likely be 3v3 (no goalies), modified field (smaller than 60x35 yds), soft sticks, soft lacrosse balls, no protective equipment  [SLA will provide all sticks and needed equipment for this program.  Boys will receive a 'loaner' soft stick to start, and then will be provided a regular boys lacrosse stick roughly mid-way through the program...parents need to buy nothing at this time, except for the uniform jersey, everything else is included]


8U Age Group: 3v3 or 4v4, modified field (60x35 yds), regular sticks (can be shortened), soft lacrosse balls, full protective equipment 


10U Age Group: 6v6 modified field (60x35 yds), regulation sticks, regulation NOCSAE balls, full protective equipment 


12U Age Group: 10v10, full field lacrosse (this may be modified to meet the development needs of registered players); regulation NOCSAE balls, regulation sticks, full protective equipment 


14U Age Group: 10v10 full field lacrosse (this may be modified to meet the development needs of registered players); regulation NOCSAE balls, regulation sticks, full protective equipment  



The Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL) is a group of 24 recreation associations throughout northern Virginia (from Spotsylvania County to Loudoun County) that band together to offer youth lacrosse at multiple skill levels.  Although this league has sub-divisions for players of all skill levels, SLA's approach to this league is that it is for our more experienced players, especially ones who are looking for a broader exposure to the game and a more competitive recreational lacrosse experience.  Participation in the NVYLL levels of play consists of up to three practices per week, an 8-game regular season and a playoff experience.  The season runs from mid-February (assessments) through early June (playoffs).

In 2018, participation on an NVYLL level team will require the player to 'opt-in' to NVYLL during the registration process by selecting the, "Interested in NVYLL" option.  The NVYLL playing option is only available at the 10U, 12U and 14U age groups.  All NVYLL age groups play 10v10 full field lacrosse.

  • The player will be evaluated during pre-season skills assessments (February 10, 17 & 24). Practices on March 3 & 10.   
  • The final number of NVYLL teams at each age group will be determined by a combination of the overall number of players at each age group as well as the number and skill of those players desiring to play on an NVYLL level team
  • NVYLL games are played throughout Northern Virginia with roughly half of a team's season played at our home field at Embrey Mill Park
  • Players desiring to play in the NVYLL option and successfully assessing to an NVYLL team roster will incur an additional registration fee ($70) to cover additonal expenses associated with the league.  The number of NVYLL teams and rosters will be set in late February or very early March, weather permitting.
  • Because the NVYLL season begins earlier than our local rec season, the ability to choose this playing option during registration will expire in mid-February prior to team assessments beginning.   

2018 Registration Fees: $75 (Local Rec);  $145 (NVYLL)  through February 4

                                   $110 (Local Rec);  $180 (NVYLL) starting February 5

                                     *Registration fees do not include uniforms (see uniform section above)


The initial registration will include the Local Recreation registration fee of $75.00*.  Players successfully assessed to an NVYLL team roster will incur an additional registration fee of $70, which covers the additional costs associated with league play. 
*Note: The "Early Bird" registration period ends on Feb. 4; Registration fees for both Local Rec and NVYLL go up by $35 on Feb. 5 through the close of registration.   

Important Dates:

SLA Day at Dick's Sporting Goods (Spotsylvania Towne Centre):  February 3 (11am -4pm)

Pre-season Practice starts

  • NVYLL Assessments/Practices:  (schedules subject to change) 
    • February 10: Embrey Mill Park, Field #1
      • 10U: 11:00-12:30
      • 12U: 12:30-2:00
      • 14U: 2:00-3:30
    • February 17: Embrey Mill Park,
      • 10U & 14U: 11:00-12:30, Field #3
      • 12U: 11:00-12:30 Field #4
    • February 24: Embrey Mill Park, Field #1
      • 10U & 14U: 11:00-12:30
      • 12U: 12:30-2:00
    • March 3: Embrey Mill Park, Field #1
      • 10U & 14U:  11:00 - 12:15
      • 12U:  12:15 - 1:30
  • Local Recreation Divison will have an opening practice/orientation session before starting weekday practices (*Note: the Local Rec Division 12U age group will be split with 5th graders playing with 10U to form the "Upper Elementary School" group and 6th graders joining 14U to form a "Middle School" group.  These age group changes apply only to the Local Recreation Division (not NVYLL Division).

    • March 3: Embrey Mill Park, Field #1
      • 8U:  1:30-2:30
      • Middle School Group (6th/7th/8th graders):  2:00-3:30 
      • Upper Elementary School Group (3rd/4th/5th graders): 2:30-3:45

Kick-off Day - TBD (Early March)

Game Dates:
Games start - March 24 (NVYLL);  April 14 (Local Rec)

In-season Practices:
Practices are conducted at parks and schools throughout the county; weekday practices begin week of March 12...2018 locations per the team schedules on this site;

NVYLL teams practice up to three times per week, Local Rec teams will practice up to two times per week...both divisions will play weekend games

Practice days and times are subject to coach and field availability; practices will start no earlier than 5:00 pm on weekdays 


Another change for 2018 is that members will order their uniforms directly from the manufacturer following during the registration process.  Upon successful completion of the registration, the link to our online store with the uniform supplier, Powell Lacrosse, will be contained in the confirmation email sent to the address used during the registration process. 

  • Sizing information will be available on the Powell Lacrosse SLA store website
  • NVYLL players require both the reversible top and uniform shorts
  • Local rec players require only the reversible top; shorts are optional 
  • Uniform numbers will be assigned by SLA based on availability; players do not get to choose their numbers
  • Uniforms will be shipped directly to each player once the overall SLA order has been confirmed and processed by Powell; uniforms will be received prior to first games

The 2018 uniforms are identical to the 2017 uniforms.  If you are a returning player whose 2017 uniform still fits, no purchase is required.  New players and those requiring new sizes should purchase the required items.

EQUIPMENT Players must provide their own equipment 

(SLA is a volunteer organization and unfortunately we do not have equipment to rent or loan)

**Being new to lacrosse and trying to find the right equipment for an acceptable price can be challenging.  If you have questions, or need some pointers, on what gear to get, where to get it and how to maximze your approach, please do not hesitate to ask the SLA Boys Commissioner at .  Many of us have been doing this for a while and are happy to help point you in the right direction.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS (Items are mandatory to practice or play):
    1.    Lacrosse Helmet - No hockey helmets
    2.    Lacrosse Shoulder Pads
    3.    Lacrosse Arm Pads - SLA recommends arm pads that cover the whole arm, not just the elbow
    4.    Lacrosse Gloves
    5.    Protective Cup
    6.    Mouthguard - Cannot be clear or white in color
    7.    Cleats - Plastic or rubber sole with cleats 1/2" or less in length. Recommend lacrosse, football, or soccer cleats. No baseball cleats.
    8.    Lacrosse Stick
    9.    Lacrosse Rib Pads - recommended for attackmen but not mandatory
    10.  SLA uniform - see uniform ordering section above

Goalie Equipment - players must possess all the equipment listed above plus:
    1.    Throat Protecter is required (SLA can loan)
    2.    Goalie Chest Pad (SLA can loan)
    3.    Goalie Stick (SLA can loan)
    4.    Shin Pads - Optional (soccer type only)