The AYLC Boys Program is expanding! We want to offer more opportunities for player to play, at all levels, and across the entire year. Over the next several months, we will continue to build out our upcoming programming, and in many cases, in partnership with other organizations to provide even more opportunities for Arlington Lacrosse Players to play together with friends in various programs.
AYLC Spring 2023 Program
In the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL), of which AYLC is a Member, Boys Lacrosse programs are divided by age groups structured by USA Lacrosse. For the Spring 2023 season, the following birthdates encompass each age group:
8U: 9/1/2014 - 8/31/2016
10U: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014
12U: 9/1/2010 - 8/31/2012
14U: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2010
All players at 8U - 14U must have a lacrosse stick (no fiddle sticks), helmet, shoulder pads, elbow/arm pads, gloves, a mouthguard and protective cup. AYLC has partnered with Dick's Sporting Goods to offer a 20% discount on equipment on a given weekend in the early Spring. An e-mail will be sent to all AYLC Parents when the Spring 2023 dates are announced.
Our 12U and 14U lacrosse teams will play on a full lacrosse field, while our 8U and 10U programs will play on a "Modified field" per the new USA Lacrosse Guidelines. The modified field is a minimum of 60 yards long and 35 yards wide. For those 10U players interested in playing on a full field, we are considering a Full Field option for Spring 2023; however, this option will depend on the number of players registered, as well as the result of an assessment to determine if a sufficient number of players would qualify for a more advanced option (more details below).
8U - Modified Field Size. Full Pads/Equipment. Teams are small-sided (12-14 players) and play against other Arlington teams in a 6 v 6 format on Saturdays along with 2 weeknight practices (between 5:30pm - 8pm). Assessments begin in March (if necessary) with practices starting in March and games beginning in early April, running though the first week of June. Teams are balanced to ensure equal competition. Everyone makes a team. In some years, we may invite other nearby jurisdictions to play with AYLC.
10U - Modified Field Size. Full Pads/Equipment. Teams are small-sided (13-15 players) and play against other Arlington teams in a 7 v 7 format (including a goalie) played on Saturdays along with 2 weeknight practices (between 5:30pm - 8pm). Practices begin in early March, with the first game in late March. Games end the first or second weekend of June. Teams are balanced to ensure equal competition. Everyone makes a team. In some years, we may invite other nearby jurisdictions to play with AYLC.
- AYLC is planning for an opportunity for more experienced 10U players. For Spring 2023, we will offer either a 7v7 or a full field program, playing against the best rec teams from across Northern Virginia. This team will require more travel than our house program. At this time, we do not know which program we will offer, but we will offer one or the other. It will depend solely on the number of players registered, and, after conducting an assessment, a determination of how many players would qualify for this level. There is no guarantee a player will be assigned to the more experienced team.
12U and 14U - Full Field Size. Full Pads/Equipment. All boys play on teams enterend in the NVYLL. Teams are formed after assessments (otherwise known as tryouts, except everyone makes a team) in February. The levels are A, B and C. The A team is usually comprised of boys who play year-round and/or are the older side of the age bracket. B teams are those with some experience and C teams are usually a mix of some experience and beginners. We may have multiple B and C teams, depending on registration numbers. Practices (twice a week) begin early March, with the first game scheduled for March 25, 2023. The final game for the 2023 regular season will be May 13th, with a one-weekend playoff May 20th and 21st (every team guaranteed a playoff spot).
More information can be found in the NVYLL League Operational Rules & Regulations.
Summer 2023 Opportunities
Please click here for a listing of Summer Camps.
Fall 2023 Opportunities
LAXNOVA Fall Brawl Tournament - Nov 2023
A fun 7v7 tournament held at the VA Revolution Sportplex in Leesburg, VA. This tournament is intended for rec programs to play against other rec programs from Northern Virginia. No "club" teams are registered. Each team in our tournament is guaranteed five, 25-minute games in a pool play bracket. In Nov 2022, an AYLC 12U Team Won the 12-team bracket! Click here for more information.
In Nov 2023, AYLC will enroll at least one team at 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U for this tournament. Please reach out to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd be interested in coaching.
Winter 2023-2024 Opportunities
The St. James Boys Box 40/40 Hybrid League - Dec 2023 - Feb 2024
These sessions will have 40-minutes of skill development, followed by 40-minutes of gameplay (two 20-minute periods). After the first 40-minutes of development and practice, you will join your team each week and compete against other teams. Coaches will assign you to a team during the 1st session and you will play a total of 6 games throughout the program. Click here for more information.
These sessions are best for beginner to intermediate players.
The St. James Boys Youth Winter Lacrosse League - Dec 2023 - Feb 2024
The St. James Winter League games will be played in TSJ Field House throughout the season. The fast-paced indoor game will help players develop quick decision making, raise their field IQ, and improve positioning, spacing, footwork and body control. Click here for more information.
AYLC will enroll at least one team at 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U for this program. Please reach out to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd be interested in coaching.