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Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse Club is a 501 -3 -c organization developed as a non-profit organization to 'grow the game' within Bloomfield Hills and south east Michigan.

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Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse Club, Inc.

 

The Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse club has established program, coaching, and player objectives based on the various team levels. These objectives are established with the player in mind at the youth level to progressively prepare the player for an active high school career; i.e. JV to Varsity. Participation in the club is from the localized region (Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township) but will not exclude a participant from joining due to their geographic region. Our intent is to have majority of our participation (50+%) from the region.

Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse club will support and encourage the multi-sport athlete throughout his career in lacrosse. We will recommend at the U15 (7/8th grade) level that lacrosse become the player’s primary sport in the spring season to eliminate any conflict with practice and game schedules.

 

Overall Coaches objectives:

As a coach, you determine the kind of experience an athlete will have with lacrosse. The Clubs objective for each coach within the program will be:

·         Teach the rules of the game and respect for officials, teammates, and coaching staff

·         Teach the lifelong lessons of: discipline, hard work, being a team mate, respect for the game and those associated with the game / culture, effort and giving your best, moving forward from an error – learning from this error but not dwelling on it, being on time and the commitment you the coach have made relative to the team (player should make the same type of commitment – on time ready to play).

·         Teaching the skills necessary to win; NOT win at any cost

·         Focus on positive reinforcement and NOT focusing on the negative

 

What is a typical season?

Players will practice multiple times within a week and be taught the various skill sets listed below by age. This is not to say that a player cannot join the program at any age bracket but simply shows the various skills taught. We accept / encourage new players at any age bracket.

SPRING SEASON

·         Season is late March / Early April thru the end of May / first week of June.

·         Practice several per week – after school – typical time is one to one and half hours long roughly 6pm

·         6-10 games within the season played within a localized geographical region.

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, if your player continues their interest in the sport, we offer (at an additional cost) several options to further their skills and abilities.

SUMMER SEASON - Optional

·         Potentially two to three evening camps to review skills with game play

FALL SEASON - Optional

·         Potentially 4-6 dates of small sided game play

WINTER SEASON - Optional

·         Indoor skills and drills with game play

 

What is typically covered by the registration?

·         Field rental

·         Referees for games

·         Field equipment – balls, cones, various equipment for skills/ drills

·         Jersey

What is not covered by the registration?

·         Your players equipment – your players will need:

o    Helmet – prefer white in color

o    Stick

o    Pads – shoulder, elbow, glove

o    Cleats – recommended

Volunteering:

We encourage parents to be involved. We need:

·         A Team Manager – organizes and informed all within their team various items; game schedule, etc.

·         Time Keepers – games only

·         Score Keepers – games only

 

Why do I register with www.13milelax.com – is this the same as Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse:

‘Yes’ – Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse is affiliated with 13 Mile Lacrosse club. We utilize their coaching staff and industry wide knowledge to provide the best experience for your player. It is our objective at Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse Club to provide the very best in coaching and overall experience to your player. ( To find out more on the staff, please view the website).

 

2nd / 3rd Grade Program

Each player is presented and taught about the different positions; i.e., attach, defense, middie and goalie. Each player will be rotated through each position so that they know how to react to each position.   Each player will be used in these different positions at least during practices if not in an actual game. Basic lacrosse skills are presented and reinforced with and understanding of sportsmanship and team play. Line drills, stick handling, face offs, throwing exercises, and scooping skills (i.e., ground balls) are taught, reviewed and practiced.

2nd / 3rd Grade Team – PLAYER OBJECTIVES (U9)

§  Have FUN while playing and understanding a competitive sport.

§  A good understanding of the basic rules of the game.

§  Running and cradling, throwing and catching are the basic objectives to master.

§  Player should know how to throw an overhand pass with Dominant hand. Some success with non-dominant hand – this is done with ‘off the shoulder’ passing and ‘soft hands’ in accepting the ball.

§  Player should be able to catch with dominant hand, switch hands and throw with the other hand with some success.

§  Some advanced moves: face dodge / split dodge

3rd/ 4th Grade Program

Similar to U9, each player is presented and taught about the different positions; i.e., attach, defense, middie and goalie. Each player will be rotated through each position so that they know how to react to each position.   Each player will be used in these different positions at least during practices if not in an actual game. Basic lacrosse skills are presented and reinforced with and understanding of sportsmanship and team play. Line drills, stick handling, face offs, throwing exercises, and scooping skills (i.e., ground balls) are taught, reviewed and practiced.

Warm up exercises, stretching drills (non static), and running are all important to build endurance and confidence.   To supplement these skills a dedicated area where shooting skills can be utilized and polished should be implemented

Long Stick Policy: A player at this level can choose a 40” (inch) long shaft (typical goalie stick length) If he is able to confidently catch and throw 10 yards with both dominant and non-dominant hands as well as cradle with both hands around the ‘box area’ without dropping the ball. 40” (inches) is strongly recommended as the longest length for a defenseman at this age bracket.

3rd/ 4th Grade Team – PLAYER OBJECTIVES (U11)

§  Player should be able to catch with one hand, switch hands and throw with the other hand and reverse the procedure to use their non-dominant hand

§  Player should be able to cradle the ball while jogging around the box without dropping the ball.

§  Player should be able to throw and catch the ball between 2 lines 20 feet apart (10 yards).

§  Player should be able scoop the ball at half speed at least three times.

§  Know how to throw overhand pass with either hand.

§  Know the basics of playing all positions and the basics of lacrosse.

§  Should understand all rules of the game.

§  Should be able to face dodge / split dodge and roll dodge with complete ball control

§  Should be competent in the basic wing clear after shot on goal.

§  Should be competent in the basic 3-2-1 offensive scheme.

§  Should be competent in the basics of man to man defense

 

 

 

 

5th/ 6th Grade Program (U13)

As new players are still being introduced to the sport, efforts are made and evaluations are done to determine what basic skills are needed both individually and as an overall team. There can be cases where some of the U11 objectives and goals will have to be implemented into the early stages of the program.

Advanced lacrosse skills are taught to include sportsmanship and team play. Line drills, stick handling, checking, advanced clearing drills and scooping skills are taught and reviewed. Advance moves such as dodging, faking, checking, advanced ball handling (catching on the run, over the head, etc.), scooping the ball at full speed, protecting and carrying the ball, man down plays and set defensive and offensive plays are reviewed and practiced.

Players are encouraged to be able to think for themselves and to improvise. To be able to look up the field to see where teammate are positioned, which ones are free, where the field is collapsing and where is the best shooting angle against the defensive positions. How to read the other teams defense to know how to adjust our game for there playing style. The program will make an effort to roster two goalies at this age which will be rotated at half during games.

Long Stick Policy: A player at this level can choose up to a 60-62” (inch) long shaft (standard defenseman shaft length) If he is able to confidently catch and throw 15 yards with both dominant and non-dominant hands as well as cradle with both hands around the entire field without dropping the ball

NOTE: face –off and goalie specific drills are routinely incorporated into the practice plan at 1-2 times per week.

5th/ 6th Grade – PLAYER OBJECTIVES (U13)

§  Initially, the player should be able to complete all the objectives listed in the U11 program.

§  Player should be able to cradle the ball while running and dodging opponents around the box without dropping the ball.

§  Player should be able to throw and catch the ball between 2 players running down the field.

§  Know how to execute the man-ball exercise for ground balls.

§  Know how to execute long passes and clearing passes with either hand.

§  Able and confidant to shoot the ball on goal with either hand.

§  Defense

§  Both man to man and zone defensive positioning are known.

§  Lift and slap checks in the proper area are known skills.

§  Proper communication of the ball carrier and the potential “threat” are well established. Who is ‘HOT’ and whom is one.

§  Competent in the basic clear to the wings after shot on goal in addition to one more advanced clear.

§  On and off ball ‘sliding’ are established skills

§  Offense

§  Attackmen and middies are capable of shooting on the run with either hand.

§  Understand ‘time and room’ shooting

§  Understand and have implemented ‘picks’ within the offense; i.e. the 2 man game.

§  Understanding of plays / dodging from ‘X’.

§  Implement and understand 2-3-1.

7th/ 8th Grade Program (U15)

§  Players will be prepared to play lacrosse at the high school level. Each player will take his lacrosse skills up another notch. Players will now have defined roles and primarily focusing on their specific skill set; middie, attack, or defense.  All lacrosse skills are performed quicker and clearer with advanced plays utilizing the ‘X’ player, screens and cutters. Set defensive and offensive plays (scoring plays) are reviewed and practiced.

§  7th/ 8th Grade – PLAYER OBJECTIVES (U15) –

§  Specific face off skills – drills are routinely completed 2-3 per week:

§  Basic clamp

§  Able to pull ball forward, to the side, and to the rear

§  Specific shooting skills:

§  overhand shooting – should be able to shoot far or near side

§  Low to High – should be able to complete this successfully with dominant hand

§  On ball and off ball movement is taught and incorporated in practice and used in game play. Defense is styled with the “Hot” I am “ONE” (the next potential threat) and I am “TWO”. Slides are widely used and proper terminology and strong communication is used and understood. Offense will use “shallow cut” “pick and roll” “V-cut” “cut thru” to move the ball and create opportunities to score. Ball movement will be key: 3-5 seconds of a player handling the ball and then a pass. There will be emphasis on ‘drawing pressure’ from the defense.

 

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