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Avon Grove Wildcats Lacrosse (AGWL)
2016 Registration Information

& Program Summary
 
Registration is only open to residents of

Avon Grove School District & Octorara School District

 

Families within the Oxford School District should look for information about the organization within the Oxford Area (go to www.oxfordlax.com for more information).   To support the start-up of the Oxford organization, AGWL will no longer be accepting new players from the Oxford School District.
 
 
Before Registering, please review our Code of Conduct under the “Parent / Player Resources” tab on the website.

 

Summary Points for 2016:

  • Oxford School District Residents:  We encourage all residents of Oxford School District to join the lacrosse organization in their area (go to http://www.oxfordlax.com/ for more information).   If they so choose, residents of Oxford School District who played for AGWL last season will still be allowed to register with AGWL through an “invite-only” process.  New players from the Oxford S.D. will not be permitted to register with AGWL. 
  • Registration Limits:  At U11, U13 & U15, the number of registrants will be limited.  Register early to ensure your spot. 
  • Registration Opens:  For all age groups, registration opens on the website at midnight on November 9th.
  • Registration Deadlines:  All age group deadlines are the same this year:
    • Winter Skills:  midnight of Dec. 14th
    • Spring Season: midnight of Jan. 10th
  • Uniform Purchases:  If playing at U11-U15, uniforms only need to be ordered during registration if your son doesn’t already have one.   

 


Spring 2016 Program Registration:
 
U-15:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2000 to Aug. 31, 2002

Age eligible 9th graders that play at their high school cannot play for AGWL.

Registration Fee:  $180

Registration Limits:  Registrations will be wait-listed after the first 48 registrants.

Skill Levels:  AGWL will field a number of A and B Division teams as necessary based on the enrollment numbers and skill level.  Tryouts will occur during the first March practices and will last as long as the coaches feel it is necessary.

Practices:  U-15 teams will practice 3-4 times per week in March including weekends and will practice 1-2 times per week in April, May and the first few weeks in June (if playoffs are involved).  For optional Winter Indoor Skill sessions in January and February, see more information below. 

Games:  All teams will travel and compete in the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA).  Games begin in April.  A teams typically play Thursdays and Saturdays.  B teams typically play Mondays/Thursdays and Saturdays.  The top 8 teams in each CCLA Division will participate in playoffs.  Post-season tournament play in June is the decision of the head coach, but is not included in the registration fee.

Uniforms:  If needed, new uniforms are an additional $65.  See below for information related to ordering game uniforms.  Reversible practice pinnies will be provided.   

Required Equipment:  See below.

 

 
U-13:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2002 to Aug. 31, 2004

Registration Fee:  $180

Registration Limits:  Registrations will be wait-listed after the first 70 registrants.

Skill Levels:  AGWL will field a number of A, B & C Division teams as necessary based on enrollment numbers and skill level.  Tryouts will occur during the first March practices and will last as long as the coaches feel it is necessary.

Practices:  U-13 teams will practice 3-4 times per week in March including weekends and will practice 1-2 times per week in April, May and the first few weeks in June (if playoffs are involved).  For optional Winter Indoor Skill sessions in January and February, see more information below. 

Games:  All teams will travel and compete in the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA).  Games begin in April.  A & C teams typically play Tuesdays and Saturdays.  B teams typically play Mondays & Saturdays.  The top 8 CCLA teams in the A and B Divisions will participate in playoffs.  U-13 C does not have playoffs.  Post-season tournament play in June is the decision of the head coach, but is not included in the registration fee.

Uniforms:  If needed, new uniforms are an additional $65.  See below for information related to ordering game uniforms.  Reversible practice pinnies will be provided.

Required Equipment:  See below.

 
 
U-11:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2006

Registration Fee:  $180

Registration Limits:  Registrations will be wait-listed after the first 64 registrants.

Skill Levels:  AGWL will field a number of A, B & C Division teams as necessary based on enrollment numbers and skill level.  Tryouts will occur during the first March practices and will last as long as the coaches feel it is necessary. 

Practices:  U-11 teams will practice 3-4 times per week in March including weekends and will practice 1-2 times per week in April and May.  For optional Winter Indoor Skill sessions in January and February, see more information below. 

Games:  All teams will travel and compete in the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA).  Games begin in April. A & B teams typically play on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  C teams typically play on Thursdays and Saturdays.  No playoffs are offered within the CCLA for U-11.   Post-season tournament play in June is the decision of the head coach, but is not included in the registration fee.  

Uniforms:  If needed, new uniforms are an additional $65.  See below for information related to ordering game uniforms.  Reversible practice pinnies will be provided.

Required Equipment:  See below.

 
 
U-9:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2006 to Aug. 31, 2008

Registration Fee:  $155

Skill Levels:  AGWL will field a number of teams based on enrollment numbers.  Teams are divided equally across all skill levels.

Practices:  U-9 teams will practice 2-3 times per week in March, April and May, including weekends.  For optional Winter Indoor Skill sessions in January and February, see more information below. 

Games:  Because the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA) does not have a league for U-9, games are scheduled independently with other organizations.  Expect Saturday “play days” (multiple games vs. different teams at the same location) and a few independently scheduled games in April and May.  Post-season tournament play in June is the decision of the head coach, but is not included in the registration fee.

Uniforms:  Reversible pinnies and game shorts are provided. 

Required Equipment:  See below.

 
 
U-7:

Eligibility:  Birth dates from Sept. 1, 2008 to Aug. 31, 20010

Registration Fee:  $65

Practices:  On 4 Sundays in March (March 8, 15, 22 & 29) from 11AM to noon, there will be indoor practices at Cecil Arena (2706 North East Rd., North East, MD) to start the season and introduce players to the basics of throwing, catching and scooping.   In April and May, practices go outdoors, 2 times per week. 

Games:  Because the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA) does not have a league for U-7, games are scheduled independently with other organizations.  Expect a few independently scheduled games in April and May.  

Uniforms:  Reversible pinnies are provided. 

Required Equipment:  Standard lacrosse equipment will be used.  See below for more details. 


  
 
Game Uniforms for U11, U13, & U15:

 All U11, U13 and U15 players require uniforms.  Players who already have uniforms do not need to purchase new ones.  If uniforms are needed, they must be purchased during the registration process.  The fee is $65 and is in addition to the normal registration fee.  The uniforms will include a reversible game jersey ($45) and game shorts ($20).  These uniforms are owned by the player and can be reused or handed-down, as appropriate, in future years.  

If ordering a uniform, during registration, you will have to provide information for sizing.  To help you determine what’s appropriate for your son, you can refer to the table below.  The sizes listed in the table were the dominant sizes that were ordered in prior years.  There, of course, were exceptions, but what is stated covers the vast majority of what was ordered.   If your son is average in size for his age group, you can assume that the typical size would be the right choice.   If unsure which size to order, we suggest ordering the larger of the sizes you are considering. 

 

Dominant Jersey and Short Sizes ordered in previous years

 

U11

U13

U15

Jerseys

AS  to  AM*

AM  to  AL*

AL*  to  AXL

 

Shorts

YL  to  YXL  to  AS

AS  to  AM

AM  to  AL

 

* Within the age group, the majority of players ordered this size jersey

 


Equipment for all Age Groups:

 
AGWL does not provide or rent equipment.  Players must provide their own equipment.  All players are required to have a lacrosse stick, lacrosse helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, athletic cup and mouth guard.  Rib pads are optional, but recommended at the older age groups. 

Never bought lacrosse equipment before or just trying to make sure you buy what is right for your son’s age group?  Within the website go to “Equipment” under “Parent/Player Resources” for additional equipment guidance: 

  • Related to purchasing equipment, consult the “Equipment FAQ”. 
  • If seeking used equipment for a cheaper alternative, consult the “Equipment Swap” section or visit a used sports equipment store.   

New lacrosse equipment can be purchased from one of our official sponsors, Lacrosse International (www.laxzilla.com). 

 
 
Indoor Winter Skills Sessions:


These are voluntary sessions scheduled before the beginning of the season.  The emphasis is on fundamental skill work (throwing, catching, shooting, groundballs…) and improving those skills.  There is no game play during these sessions, unless it is a part of the drill work or concept being taught.  For returning players, these sessions are excellent for building on last year’s skills and removing the “rust” of the off-season.  For first year players, the sessions are highly encouraged and provide a unique opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals indoors without the added complications of bad weather.  For all, it is a great head start for the upcoming spring season when the coaches can always tell which players participated in the skill session and which did not.
 
Indoor Skills Sessions will he held at All Season Sports Academy in Elkton MD

 

U15: 

  • Dates:  7 Saturdays or Sundays in January and February 
  • Time:  7:30 PM – 9:00 PM 
  • Location:   All Season Sports Academy, Elkton MD
  • Registration Fee:  $120 
  • Note:  Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at the first 48 boys registered.  Participants must register for the Spring Season in order to be eligible.

 

U13: 

  • Dates:  7 Saturdays or Sundays in January and February
  • Time:  6:00PM - 7:30PM
  • Location:   All Season Sports Academy, Elkton MD
  • Registration Fee:  $120 
  • Note:  Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at the first 48 boys registered per age group.  Participants must register for the Spring Season in order to be eligible.

​ U11: 

  • Dates:  7 Saturdays in January and February
  • Time:  3:00PM - 4:30PM or 4:30PM - 6:00PM
  • Location:   All Season Sports Academy, Elkton MD
  • Registration Fee:  $120 
  • Note:  Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at the first 48 boys registered per age group.  Participants must register for the Spring Season in order to be eligible.

 

U9: 

  • Dates:  7 Saturdays in January and February
  • Time:   2 PM – 3 PM
  • Location:   All Season Sports Academy, Elkton MD
  • Registration Fee:  $80 
  • Note:  Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at the first 24 boys registered.  Participants must register for the Spring Season in order to be eligible.

 

 
Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Are need-based financial scholarships available to reduce the registration fee?   
A:  Nothing formal is available, but in cases of increased hardship, we are certainly willing to be flexible.  Contact us through the “Feedback” button on the left side of the website, if you have a special request. 

 

Q:  Why is registration closed to residents of Oxford School District?   
A:  In previous years, consistent with our AGWL Mission Statement, we have provided the opportunity for residents of Oxford and Octorara School Districts to play lacrosse with us, because their school districts have not had youth programs.  In 2014, a new organization started-up within the Oxford School District and, to support the growth of this new organization, AGWL will be restricting registration this year.  We encourage the Oxford families to support the growth of their own local organization by registering with them.  However, in fairness to the Oxford boys that have already been part of the AGWL family, we believe they should get to choose where to play.  Therefore, if they so wish, we are allowing Oxford residents who played with us last season to still register with AGWL. 

 

Q:  Do I need to purchase a uniform? 
A:  Game uniforms are not provided for U11, U13 & U15 teams.  If your son’s uniform from last year is in good shape and still fits, there is no need to buy another one.  If your son is moving up from U9 to U11 this year, you will need to acquire a uniform.   If you are a new player at any of these age groups, you will need to acquire a uniform.   If you don’t have a hand-me-down from an older sibling or friend, you will need to purchase a uniform during the on-line registration process.   Another alternative may be to look under the “Equipment Swap” section of the website (go to “Parent/Player Resources”, then “Equipment”) to see if anyone is selling a previously-used uniform.    

 

Q:  Why aren’t U7 and U9 buying game uniforms?
A:  The bottom-line is that we are trying to minimize cost to our parents of younger players who may just be trying lacrosse for the first time.   Given other equipment costs, we realize that starting your son in lacrosse can be expensive, so we are doing what we can to not add additional costs.  While it’s not been practical to provide loaner equipment for various reasons, including liability, minimizing uniform costs is in our control.  Reversible pinnies will be provided at these age levels.        

 

Q:  Why is registration so early when the season doesn't start until March?
A:  Winter Skills Sessions need to be planned while insurance and new uniforms need to be obtained.  Also, the sooner players register, the easier it is to secure coaches for each age group and have them attend our coaches meetings where we discuss age group curriculum.  Last minute sign-ups mean last minute coaches and a lack of organization.  Game schedules & playdays need to be planned with the CCLA and an accurate player count is valuable to planning the season ahead.



Q:  I would like to register my son for an age group above his assigned level (playing up).  Is that possible?
A: We understand your motivation, but at this time, the AGWL Board feels it is best for players to play within their own age group.  Too many times we have seen a player move up an age group only to be a "ball taxi", or be a minimal part of the team's success or failure.  It is beneficial to keep a player “down” so that the game slows down for him, thus allowing him to make many more decisions, become a team leader, and gain new sets of skills he would otherwise not have a chance to learn at a higher level.  Additionally, lacrosse is a contact sport and the chance for physical injury is significantly greater for those who “play up.”  Kids are growing rapidly through these age levels and the difference in a player’s physical maturity can be significantly different just from one year to the next.   Although it sounds impressive and bolsters parental pride, we do not believe it is what is best for a player's development. 



Q:  Can my son register for a specific team or coach?
A:  No.  We do not take into consideration ride sharing or favorite coaches because we are trying to put your son into the best position to learn and enjoy the game.  Players are placed on a team by ability level.  Our philosophy is that your son will have the best opportunity to learn and improve if he is playing with other boys of a similar skill level.  That way we don’t frustrate the beginner who is trying to survive on the field with kids that have already played for several years.  Likewise, the experienced player isn’t frustrated by the player who is still just learning to pass and catch.  Additionally, because we are typically limited by the number of coaches that we have, we can’t take requests for specific coaches.  Unlike many other sports, not many adults have actually had the experience of playing lacrosse, let alone desire to coach it.  If we allow players to pick their coaches, then we may not be able to balance team sizes and skill levels appropriately.  While each coach can be different, we do work to have all the coaches using the same base curriculum so that your son will see continuity as he progresses from one age group to the next. 

 
 
Q:  My son’s a 9th grader, can I still register him for Wildcats?   
A:  First, CCLA rules do not allow a player to play within the CCLA if they are playing on their high school team.  Additionally, since one of the goals for our organization is to provide a feeder system for high school, if your son wants to play lacrosse in 9th grade, we encourage him to first try-out for the high school team.   If a player does not make the high school team or his high school does not have a team, but he wants to continue to play lacrosse, we will attempt to accommodate him within our U15 age group, provided registration numbers are manageable.  Recognizing that our registration closes prior to the high school teams usually being decided, please contact us through the “Feedback” button on the website and we will manually re-open registration, again provided that registration numbers are still manageable at U15. 

 

 
Q:  I do not agree with the AGWL Code of Conduct.  Can I still register?
A:  Whether you agree with it or not, parents, players, and coaches will be expected to adhere to it.  We expect our Parents, Coaches, and our volunteers to set the example for our players (yours and others) to follow.  Behaviors such as getting to practice on time, e-mailing your coach if you are absent or sick, talking to the coach about concerns, and supporting the coach in his decisions based upon the organizational goals are all behaviors that help build our sons into great players on and off the field.  They are behaviors to model so that our kids can emotionally develop and be successful team members and players.  Anything that goes against that will cause a negative experience for the player and rob the opportunity for the player to have fun and be a productive team member.  It is more than winning and losing when you are part of the AGWL program.  If you do not agree with the Code of Conduct, please register with another program. 

 


Q:  I am having trouble registering online.  What do I do?
A:  Do not wait...contact us immediately through the “Feedback” section of the website so we can assist you.  A member of the organization will attempt to get back to you as soon as possible.   We require everyone to register online as it helps us sort information and provides us with a direct link to you since we communicate mostly via e-mail or the website. Without an account you will potentially miss out on information such as schedule changes, team communications, new events, etc.  



Q:  Why are there limits on the number of kids allowed to register at a specific age group? 
A:   Field availability and our ability to develop trained coaches is being out-paced by our organization’s growth.  We still believe we can handle additional growth this year (i.e. just because your son hasn’t played before, doesn’t mean we don’t have room for him) but we have limited registration numbers at U11-U15 so we can keep a close eye on our registration numbers to ensure we have enough coaches and fields to support our teams.  For those trying to register after the limit has been reached, you will still be able to place your son’s name on a waiting list.  We pride ourselves on providing good instruction and significant playing time, so we try to keep team sizes down as much as possible.  The last thing we want is a large team where each boy doesn’t even get to play half the game.   You have some control over this.  First, register as early as possible.  Second, volunteer to help coach….more are always needed, just as we can teach your son’s the game, we can teach you as well. 

 
 
Q:  I missed the deadline for registration.  What do I do?
A:  Unfortunately, you will not be able to register.  If you have a complaint, please provide us with information via the “Feedback” section of the website.  Our registration deadline has been established as the latest date possible that will also allow us to be properly prepared for the upcoming season.  In order to provide the best experience possible and in fairness to those that have already registered, we need the time immediately before the start of the Spring season to ensure we have the equipment, uniforms, practice fields and the well-trained coaches necessary for a successful season. 

 
 
Q:  Will my son’s team have a set game & practice schedule? 
A:  For team’s playing within the CCLA, we are at the mercy of league scheduling and scheduling has become more complicated as the sport becomes more popular.  “Typical” CCLA game days are defined above but field availability and other scheduling constraints may force other days to be used.  Unfortunately, there is no guarantee.  For teams playing outside the CCLA (primarily U9 & U7), game days may vary due to the availability of other teams. 
Practice schedules are highly influenced by game schedules and the number of available fields that we have for the entire organization.  As we’ve grown substantially in recent years, it has been increasingly difficult to procure enough fields to support all our teams’ practices and games.  Every year we try new field alternatives, but the choices in the area are limited.  (If you have access to a field that we may be able to rent, please contact us through the “Feedback” button on the website).  Unfortunately, while we do our best to keep practice schedules and field locations consistent for a given team, we can’t guarantee it.  Please be patient with the fact that practice days and locations may change throughout the season.  We will do our best to lock-in the schedule as soon as we can so that you can plan your weeks.

 
 
Q:  Does my son’s age group go to tournaments at the conclusion of the spring season?
A:  It depends.  There is no guarantee that tournaments will be attended (tournaments tend to start the last weekend in May and extend into July).  Taking a team to a tournament after the spring season is dependent on a few factors.  Does the coach want to go?  Does the coach (a volunteer) have time to go?  Are there enough players to field a team?  Are parents willing to pay the additional registration expense (typically $25-$50) plus potential hotel and related travel costs?



Q:  Why do all Wildcat teams at each age level have equal playing time?
A: Our first priority is to teach the game of lacrosse and all of its situations to prepare our players for the next level of play, eventually leading up to the High School. When you sign up to play lacrosse you are not signing up to be a member of a team, you are signing up to be part of a program, which happens to feed right into Avon Grove HS.  It is our job to teach the sport to the best of our ability and you can't learn when you are sitting on the bench.  We have established target roster numbers which are low compared to other programs and we do this to allow for the most playing time for your son. This will bring more opportunities for players to excel and develop while enjoying his playing time. Wins are great but not the primary focus of the program...learning is the high priority!!



Q: Why is U7 using full equipment this year? 
A:   At U7, as we primarily focus on throwing, catching, groundballs, shooting, cradling and basic 2 and 3 man team concepts, for a number of years, our U7 age group has used soft-crosse sticks rather than real lacrosse sticks.  Over those same years, we’ve listened to feedback from parents who have been disappointed that their sons haven’t been able to use their “real” lacrosse sticks or get any game time against other teams.  We’ve also come to believe that the boys develop their stick skills faster if they actually use a real lacrosse stick and ball and don’t have to transition from the soft-crosse sticks to the real thing.  Since the softer balls used with the soft-crosse sticks are a little too big and too light to use with the real sticks, going to real sticks also means we need to go to real lacrosse balls which are much harder.  Hence, there is also a need for a helmet to protect the boys from getting hit by an errant pass.  Then, in order to play some other teams for fun, the boys need to get the rest of the equipment as well.  

 


Q:  Do I have to spend a lot of money on equipment?  What if my son doesn't like it?
A:  Unfortunately, a downside to lacrosse is the initial investment in equipment.  However, many starter sets can be quite reasonable (see our “Equipment FAQ” section under “Parent/Player Resources”, then “Equipment”).  Don’t get fooled into purchasing the specialty, high dollar equipment that you may think is necessary.  You may purchase new equipment from Lacrosse International at a program discount (mention the Avon Grove discount).  If you find that your son doesn't like the sport or needs to upgrade to a larger size, etc., our website has an "Equipment Swap" link.  Post a picture of your item and a small description and put it up for sale or trade.  This can be done once you register and create an account and the person buying deals directly with you based on your preferences.   There are always the local yard sales, EBay, Craigslist or a neighbor.  AGWL does not rent equipment.