SYA Warriors and Lady Warriors Lacrosse offers instruction (fall clinic and spring season) and team play (spring season) for boys and girls from age 5 to 16. Boys are divided into the following age groups: Under 14(U-14), U-12, U-10, U-8 & Boys Little Scoopert (Age 5-7). A player’s age group is determined by his age on August 31 of the calendar year most recently completed. For example, if your son was nine years old on August 31, 2011, he will be placed in the U-10 age group, since he won’t be under nine years old on August 31, 2011. Girls are grouped by grade, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th, 7th & 8th. Age and grade groups are divided into the skill levels of AAA, AA, A – highly skilled, B-U – moderately skilled, and B-L – skilled, and beginners.
We participate in the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL) during our spring season, and compete against 24 other youth lacrosse organizations in the Northern Virginia area including: Alexandria, Algonkian, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Braddock Road, Chantilly, Dulles South, Fairfax Police, Falls Church, Fauquier, Fort Hunt, Great Falls, Herndon, Loudoun West, Massassas, McLean, Prince William, South County, Spotsylvania County, Springfield, Stafford, and Vienna.
All information pertaining to Warriors boys’ and Lady Warriors girls’ lacrosse can be found here. If we are missing something, please let our Commissioner Damien LaRuffa know. Thank you.
The Warriors and Lady Warriors main seasons take place in the spring, typically between late March and early June. We compete in the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL).
The NVYLL game schedule typically starts in late March or early April. The boys typically play an 8 or 9 game schedule usually on Saturdays; the girls, 7 or 8 games on Sundays. There are no games held on Easter weekend or Memorial Day weekend. The season culminates with playoffs for all eligible teams at U-15, U-13, and U-11. The emphasis is on teaching at the U-9 age group; therefore, there are no U-9 playoffs nor scores kept. Our home field is the artificial “Pro Turf” at E.C. Lawrence Park.
Registration typically opens on December 1, and runs through the third Sunday in January. Since the number of teams we field is limited by the number of coaching volunteers we can gather, we recommend registering early to avoid wait lists and possible non-placement. We try our best to place every registrant on a team; however, we do have to consider team size limits and playing time.
We typically hold our Player-Parent Meeting on the fourth Wednesday in January, and discuss expectations for the upcoming season. Our most recent Player-Parent briefing can be accessed here.
Equipment issue is typically held on the fourth Saturday in January.
Boys are issued helmets, shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves. The boys’ equipment rental fee is $75.00 and requires a $250.00 deposit check.
Girls are issued goggles. The girls’ goggle rental fee is $30.00, and requires a $50.00 deposit check or $55.00 to purchase goggles. We recommend paying rental fees while registering online.
All deposit checks will be held, and then returned in exchange for returned equipment at season’s end.
Equipment collection is the responsibility of the parents. We request parents wash equipment and jerseys after the last game and return it during one of the equipment collection days. We will return deposit checks once equipment and jerseys are returned in a reasonable condition. Deposit checks will be cashed within two weeks after season’s end if equipment is not returned during one of the equipment collection days.
Player assessments are typically held on Saturdays and Sundays in January/February. Assessments are very important for correct skill level placement. We take pride in our assessment process. The more assessments a player attends, the better the evaluation by the coaches. Proper player placement ensures more fun, more adequate playing time, and a better chance for all to succeed and return to play another season. We expect players to attend as many assessments as possible. Assessments are typically held outside. We schedule multiple assessments because we expect weather to impact some, and understand that many players are still participating in winter sports.
Team Selection takes place among the coaches after assessments are complete. Head coaches will notify their players and inform them about team practices, which typically begin in early March, and are scheduled around the coaches schedule. “A” skill level teams typically practice three nights per week. “A” skill level teams are very competitive and require a full commitment from players, parents, and coaches. U-15 and U-13 “B” skill level teams also typically practice 3 nights per week. All other teams typically practice 2 nights per week. Our practice fields are usually Mountain View Alternative High School, E.C. Lawrence Park, and Arrowhead Park.