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Grade Level Descriptions

    

8th Grade :    Players will be divided into groups based on their ability and will play a schedule appropriate for their skill level. Practices will be held 3 days a week and attendance, attitude, and work ethic are very important in regards to playing time. Number of teams/pods will be based on registration totals.
 
7th Grade:  Players will be divided into groups based on their ability and will play a schedule appropriate for their skill level. Practices will be held 3 days a week and attendance, attitude, and work ethic are very important in regards to playing time. Number of teams/pods will be based on registration totals.
 
6th Grade: More position specific instruction as players will more than likely have only one position. Team(s) will practice 3 days per week, play 10-12 games and participate in one or two lacrosse festivals. Winning is a secondary goal and playing time may be adjusted depending on basic skills and strength of opponent for safety considerations.  The MJL asks that players playing in 2 spring sports will choose lacrosse as their primary sport.   Playtime will also be based on practice attendance and some players may be encouraged to participate in additional games designed to improve basic skills against teams of similar competition and skill from other towns. Number of teams/pods will be based on registration totals.
 
5th Grade: At this level there is still a heavy emphasis on basic skills instruction as well as a shift toward more focused positional instruction (1-2 positions per player) and advanced team concepts.  Contact is introduced as well as man up/man down “special teams”.  Practice will be held 2 to 3 days a week and becomes more important as missing practice will likely result in reduced playing time during games.  Players who demonstrate good practice participation and good attitudes will see equal playing time regardless of skill level.  5thgrade will play in 10-12 games and winning is not a goal.  Playing other spring sports is still tolerated but practice is much more important at this level due to the advanced team concepts introduced.  Some players may be encouraged to participate in additional games designed to improve basic skills against teams of similar competition and skill from other towns. Number of teams/pods will be based on registration totals.
 
4th Grade:  This level an instructional level practices and the team will practice 2 days a week, which are mandatory. Players will play multiple positions throughout the year. The team will play approximately 8-10 games and the goal is to provide equal playing time to those who come to practice.  Winning is not a goal.  Players may play other spring sports but missing practice may result in reduced playing time in games.  There is little contact at this level and no “special teams” (man up/down for penalties). Full Equipment is required. Number of teams/pods will be based on registration totals.
 
2nd & 3rd Grade Clinic: Focus is instructional with some game play.  No body contact and full equipment is required.  We anticipate this program beginning in March and will run into beginning of June.  Practices will be 2 days per week with a limited game schedule against other towns.