12U players, for the 2020 lacrosse season, are those players born between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009. The 12U division is the division in which tiering of teams begins.
12U A teams usually play twice a week, typically on Monday and/or Wednesday nights, and they will usually practice once to twice a week, typically once during the week and once on Saturday or Sunday.
12U B teams usually play twice a week, typically on Tuesday and/or Thursday nights, and they will usually practice once to twice a week, typically once during the week and once on Saturday or Sunday.
12U C teams usually play once to twice a week, typically on Monday and/or Friday nights, and they will usually practice once to twice a week, typically once during the week and once on Saturday or Sunday.
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12U Vision - These years mark the transition of players entering tiered competition and have the opportunity to tryout for A teams or be evaluated by the Association to play in a recreational B or C division. The coach's goal should be that all kids are enjoying the game but feel challenged to improve their individual technical skills and demonstrate an understanding of team systems. Coaches are encouraged to work with the Warriors Coaching curriculum to ensure they are teaching transferable skills and utilizing drills that will serve as a foundation to build from in Bantam/Midget. As in all levels of play, the ultimate measure of a coach is not the win/loss record, but athlete retention; where all players return to register the following season.
Team costs should be planned for in a team budget and agreed to by the parents. Collecting seed money or fundraising to cover tournament fees etc. is acceptable but funds should be deposited to a bank account opened for the team. Families are not obligated to participate in tournaments or any additional fundraising beyond their registration fee so it is important to present a proposed plan at your parent meeting early in the season to gain support. All parents must sign off on the budget at the outset of the season, with copy sent to division director, and again at the conclusion of the season. Any leftover seed money must be returned to the members by July 30th and a final copy of the budget forwarded to the division director. Any funds remaining after the seed money has been paid back to parents; becomes the property of the South Edmonton Warriors Lacrosse Club and a check clearing your account should be turned over to the Warriors Treasurer by July 30th.
Coaches and bench staff require a Community Development course for this level, however if you have already completed this course taking the next Clinic (Competitive Introduction) would be very beneficial in furthering the coach's technical skills. It is the volunteer's responsibility to complete the required course and the subsequent workbook before the end of the playing season. More information on coaching requirements can be found on our website.
Managers should familiarize themselves with all the information under the managers tab on our website.
Although the minimum requirements can be found on the equipment page of our website we strongly recommend the following items be purchased, as the physicality of play increases in 12U and player safety should be the first and only consideration when outfitting your players:
- lacrosse upper arm guard (add-on padding to use in conjunction with a hockey style shoulder pad)
- lacrosse elbow / slash guards (hockey equipment is no longer adequate to prevent injury)
Goalie selection/development - Goalies should be coming to you with the fundamentals of good goaltending (see Novice page) and in addition you should be giving the goalie an opportunity to work on the following in your practice plans:
- Outlet passing, short and long throws
- Aggressive to bring in loose balls, command their crease
- Understanding of delayed penalties, running to the bench
- Ownership of communication in their zone, leadership for defenders, alerting teammates to ball location
As an association, we are hoping to see every one of these players commit to lacrosse as their spring sport. As such, we place a priority on trying to keep friends together year after year and honor such requests as best we can within a team parity framework. Team sizes are subject to GELC guidelines: 12U rosters of 12-18 runners, with 2 goalies are permitted.
Any questions about your season should be directed to your Division Director