Lacrosse Programs


Each provincial association has jurisdiction over clubs, leagues and associations but typically share a common structure as follows:

Participation Leagues (House Leagues)

  • at the grass roots level of an organization, teams are formed to organize recreational play.
  • the objective is fun, fitness and skill development.
  • depending upon the age level, contact may or may not be involved.
  • modified rules in younger age categories may include: players are rotated in 3 minute shifts; when the ball is turned over, the attacking team must clear the offensive zone; shootouts; 5-second possession rule; a minimum number of passes must be attempted before a shot on goal, etc.
  • the season usually begins in the spring and ends in early summer.
  • skill levels will vary and teams are usually balanced to encourage skill development.

Example of age categories:

AGE
CATEGORY
6 and under
Mini-Tyke
7-8
Tyke
9-10
Novice
11-12
Pee Wee
13-14
Bantam
15-16
Midget
17-21
Junior
Over 21
Senior
35+
Masters

Competitive Program

  • the next level involves the organizations' best players competing as a select, all-star or rep team.
  • various levels of competitions exist and can be defined by skill level - A, B, C, etc. or by age.
  • National Championships occur annually - Minor (under 16), Junior, Senior.

Elite

  • the award for the premiere junior (17-21) national championships are the Minto Cup (Junior A) and Founders Cup (Junior Tier 1).
  • the best senior player teams in Canada (over 21) play for the Mann Cup (Senior A) and President Cup (Senior B).
  • opportunities exist for elite athletes to secure athletic scholarships to American universities.
  • the vast majority of players on Canada 's national field team played box lacrosse.

Professional League

  • after an absence of a professional league in North American since the 1970's, the National Lacrosse League (NLL) is experiencing a huge resurgence in Canada .
  • the league is comprised of Canadian and American teams.
  • it is not uncommon for teams to play in front of crowds of more than 10,000 spectators.

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