Welcome to the Arlington Youth Lacrosse Club (AYLC). Here you will find the answers to most questions regarding lacrosse in Arlington, Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL).
AYLC is a non-profit, volunteer run orginization that provides lacrosse opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-15. We are a member of the NVYLL which organizes Spring lacrosse games at various age groups and ability levels throughout Northern Virginia.
In addition to fielding teams in the NVYLL, we provide a House League and our Scoopers clinic in the Spring for the youngest kids.
We also team up with local high schools and colleges to provide clinics throughout the year, set up summer "pick-up" games and provide experienced players with opportunites to play in small-sided (8v8) games during the fall and winter at various tournaments and leagues.
Girls divisions are under the following grade-based divisions: ; Grades 7th and 8th – G78; Grades 5th and 6th – G56; Grades 3rd and 4th - G34; Grades 1st and 2nd – G12; and Kindergarten – GK. Our younger teams will play in our House League and our older teams will play in the NVYLL. Our House League begins in mid-April and runs through early June with games on Sunday, usually the same time, same place every week.
Most of our girls age divisions are further divided into levels of play. Teams are divided into A (top level), Upper B (UB), and Lower B (LB) levels at the G78, G56 and G34 divisions. G12 teams play at the same level in our House League and our GKs will participate in our Scoopers clinic to introduce them to the game of lacrosse.
Some of our older teams will play their games on full fields while others will play on modified fields per the new US Lacrosse's Guidelines.
Modified field (MF) is approximately a minimum of 60 yards long and 35 yards wide with a painted end line and mid-field line. Fields may be set up to run across 1⁄2 of an existing NFHS full size regulation field. Creases will be designated 5 yards from each baseline. Teams will be limited to eight (8) players on the field at a time (i.e. 8 vs. 8). The 8 players will be 2 attack, 3 midfielders, 2 defensemen, and a goalie. To remain on-sides, a team must have a total of three (3) players on the defensive end and two (2) players on the offensive end of the field. Teams have the option to play with a goalie or without one, but may not use a shooting barrier in place of a goalie.
Roster size for G78, G56 and G34 divisions run from a maximum of 24 to a minimum of 16 players. G12 MF girls’ team sizes are anywhere from 12 to 18 players.
Tryouts, Assessments and Practices
Annual tryouts and evaluation for teams will be held before the season to allow an equal opportunity to participate. Tryouts for A level will be conducted in late January/early February. Assessments of all other players will be done mid February to draft within UB and LB levels to build teams of equal ability.
Girls practices will be twice a week, usually between 5:30pm-8pm, with the Girls’ games scheduled in Sunday time slots. Games start late March and run through the first weekend of June. No games Easter weekend or Memorial Day weekend.
The girls will play under the US Lacrosse Women’s Rule Book and the US Lacrosse Youth Girls’ rules govern NVYLL girls’ youth play, except as amended by the league.
Checking of sticks, is different at the various divisions:
- Full Check - G78 A
- Modified Check - G78 UB, G78 LB, G56 A, G56 UB, G56 LB
- No Checking - G34 and GK2
Age bracket are two year segments with the cutoff date being September 1st for the Fall and following Spring.
6U Scoopers - we usually run a once a week station-based clinic to introduce them to the game. It is usually Sunday afternoons beginning in April and running through May. After the first few weeks the boys will start playing 3v3 game like drills. No helmet or pads but a real stick is required (no mini or fiddle sticks).
8U - House League. Teams are small-sided (12-13 players) and play against other Arlington teams in a 6 v 6 format on Saturday mornings along with 2 weeknight practices (between 5:30pm - 8pm). Assessments begin in March with practice and games beginning early April, running though the first week of June. Teams are balanced to ensure equal competition. Everyone makes a team. Some years we invite teams from Alexandria and Springfield to join.
10U - All boys play on teams enterend in the NVYLL. Teams are formed after several days of assesments (otherwise known as tryouts, except everyone makes a team) in February. The levels are A, Upper B (UB) and Lower B (LB). The A team is usually comprised of boys who play year-round and/or are the older side of the age bracket. LB teams are usually beginners. When we have more than 3 teams we will have multiple teams in either UB or LB which must be balanced so we hold a draft after assessments. Practices begin early March, with the first game on March 21. Games end the first or second weekend of June depending of playoff results.
12U and 14U are run the same as 10U except we have less and less beginners, so the LB teams are not just beginners and the level of play is higher than at the younger age group.
More information can be found in the NVYLL League Operational Rules & Regulations.