Do you have, or know, a child who’s curious about Lacrosse? Perhaps friends or neighbours have expressed some interest in it?

Malvern Lacrosse welcomes players of all abilities and it is our mission to have each and every child on the field playing as much as possible. We have both Boys and Girls teams and it is our goal to have all interested children playing and enjoying the game of lacrosse.

Our coaches and volunteers are committed to providing a uniform and organised program emphasising the basic and finer skills and strategies of the sport.

Players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to develop their game in a positive environment that promotes teamwork, friendships, fair play, good sportsmanship and most importantly, lots of fun!

 

Every Mondays: 10 February – 30 March 2020

Every Thursday: 9 April –August/September 2020

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm

Where: The Malvern Lacrosse Club, located behind the Malvern Town Hall on the corner of High St and Glenferrie Rd Malvern

Who: Open to Boys and Girls 6-17 year of age

We have teams in Under 11’s, Under 13’s, Under 15’s and Under 17’s

 

No equipment is necessary.

Malvern Lacrosse will loan sticks and any other equipment.  These sessions are great for any child that is new to the game and looking to try lacrosse and learn new skills.

We will also have board members, parents of current lacrosse players and older lacrosse players on hand to answer questions you might have about sessions, cost, and the upcoming season.

Things Every Parent Should Know About Lacrosse

First… The Very Basics of Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a team game where a ball is passed and controlled using a stick with a mesh head (or pocket) at one end. If you have never seen lacrosse played, it is probably easiest to compare it to hockey or soccer. It is fast paced with a lot more scoring than those other “net goal” sports. The object is much the same, shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal to score.
The ball is made of rubber and is about the size of a tennis ball.
The goals are 6 x 6 feet with a mesh backing or netting much like a hockey goal. Also,un like hockey, there is space behind the goal that is part of the field of play

Why lacrosse is awesome and why your child should play.

The origins of the sport of lacrosse wins it some “cool points” for sure. Native Americans invented the game and used to solve conflicts, it is also the oldest game in the world.

Today, lacrosse is the fastest-growing youth, high school, and college team sport in the United States. The combination of cool-looking gear, a fast-paced tempo and the nature of the game really does stand out as being an action packet sport. Also known as “the fastest game on two feet,” lacrosse seems to attract any kind of athlete once they are exposed to it.

THE GREATEST THING ABOUT GETTING YOUR KID INVOLVED IN LACROSSE, IS THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BE PHYSICALLY DOMINATING TO EXCEL

Many of the best players rely on speed, agility and determination, rather than brute strength or size.

When analysing the cool factor of lacrosse, it is impossible to ignore it is not yet as popular as sports like AFL, Scoccer and Basketball but in many areas, it is getting close! Many athletes who play sports add lacrosse to their schedule as a means to compete, stay in shape, and develop important motor skills such as hand-eye coordination. Lacrosse has also become a
MAJOR recruiting of US colleges and college acceptance consideration at all levels of the game.  As the sport of lacrosse grows there will be more and more opportunities for athletes at all levels to enjoy the sport born centuries ago on the plains of North America.

 

Things to consider when your child begins playing lacrosse.

Involving your son or daughter in any sport means evaluating the positives and negatives before signing them up. Lacrosse is a team sport requiring protective gear and game equipment in order to participate, Malvern Lacrosse club will loan gear for new players, we encourage members to purchase their own equipment after the first season so new players have the opportunity to access gear.  It is also a requirement to have your own mouthguard.

First, consider the personality of your child. Do they lose interest in new things easily or tend to dedicate themselves? Have they played other team sports and are they looking to replace those or add lacrosse to their activities? Are they competitive and active? These are some of the basic things to evaluate in your child to see if lacrosse makes sense.

Lacrosse is a physical game. It requires near constant movement, which is fantastic for conditioning and overall fitness. Though youth lacrosse doesn’t allow body checking, there is still contact between players. The game uses a stick with a head on it that holds a ball. The ball can hurt so bruises can be common on legs and arms. It also isn’t unusual for players to get hit by their opponents sticks which can hurt, even with protective gear. It is important to note the physical nature of the game because not all athletes, and not all kids like contact sports. You and your child should talk openly about this as it will be part of your decision to play.

Lacrosse requires coordination. Players use a stick with a head to catch and throw a rubber ball. The coordination required to run, and handle the balls, using the stick as well as being him the sticks of their opponents, means that most kids aren’t fully prepared until at least third or fourth grade. That doesn’t mean you can’t start your child out earlier. Stick skills are so important to good play that if they begin really young their aptitude should exceed that of their peers who join later. Every child is different and you know yours better than anyone so evaluate their ability but also their willingness to practice and your willingness to help.

Lacrosse is a game of practice. As mentioned before, stick skills become a major asset or liability for players. Handling the stick while running and getting comfortable and adept at catching, passing and shooting the ball will require many hours of practice and drills outside of team play. Players can use a tennis ball against a wall to start with, doing various drills to learn techniques for handling their stick but they won’t improve without committing to practicing a lot.  It takes persistence to excel at anything and lacrosse is certainly no exception.

Lacrosse is all about being part of a TEAM. One of the great things about the sport of lacrosse is, with the sport growing in popularity, there are more opportunities than ever to join a team so kids can start at any time that makes sense for them. While it can take some time to learn the fundamentals and begin to become adept with handling the tools of the sport, the game offers a chance for even the entry level player to compete and enjoy themselves so getting your kid involved should mostly come down to their enthusiasm about embracing a new sport and being part of a team.

Lacrosse is not an individual sport. It will quickly teach kids to share, pass and back up their fellow players.

 

Boys’ Lacrosse

At Malvern Lacrosse we offer teams in Under 11’s, Under 13’s, Under 15’s and Under 17’s

The rules are a modified version of the senior rules for each grade to accommodate for the player’s age and ability.

For all grades except Under 11’s there are 10 players on the field  (8 player for Under 11’s) and the team can have 16 players in total. There are 3 offensive players lined up usually referred to as “attackmen.” They are exactly what they sound like – players who shoot on their opponent’s net. There are 3 “midfielders” who both take shots and defend their own goal.
Then there are 3 “defensemen” who protect their own net. Finally, there is a “goalie” – the last defender who blocks any incoming shots.

Players use a stick with a head on it to scoop the ball off the ground, pass it to other players through the air and shoot on goal. Every goal is worth one point.

 

Under 11’s

All players must be under 11 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of competition.

A team must make at least one pass in its attack half of the field before a goal can be scored. Passes may be thrown, bounced or, rolled to a teammate and the count is to continue for as long as the opposition does not intercept or touch the ball.

Players can run while carrying the ball with their stick for 5 seconds.

There is no body or stick contact allowed.

All players must wear the following protective equipment:

  • Mouthguard

The full rule of the game can be found here

Under 13’s

All players must be under 13 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of competition.

Players can run while carrying the ball with their stick for 5 seconds.

A player may body check an opponent from the front or side, above the hip and below the neck if the opponent is in possession of the ball.

There is to be no stick contact although unavoidable contact is allowed at the discretion of the Referee.

All players must wear the following protective equipment:

  • Protective Lacrosse helmet equipped with a face mask and a chin strap
  • Gloves
  • Mouthguard

The full rule of the game can be found here

Under 15’s

All players must be under 15 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of competition.

A player may body check an opponent from the front or side, above the hip and below the neck if the opponent is in possession of the ball.

All stick checking must be applied with 2 gloved hands holding the stick.

All players must wear the following protective equipment:

  • Protective Lacrosse helmet equipped with a face mask and a chin strap
  • Gloves
  • Mouthguard
  • Elbow Pads

The full rule of the game can be found here

Under 17’s

All players must be under 15 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of competition.

All the rules from the under 15’s also apply here.

The full rule of the game can be found here

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse is played with a team of 10 players and a goalie. There are 3 “attackers,” 3 “midfielders,” 3 “defenders,” and 1 goalie.

The women’s field markings are different from the men’s and the rules regarding contact are much more strict.

Girls wear protective eyewear and mouthguards. Their pockets in their sticks are also shallower, which makes catching the ball and shooting more difficult.

Starting or resuming play is slightly different between the men’s game and women’s game as well. In the men’s game they have a face-off where a player from each team fight for control of the ball from a crouched position. In the women’s game, they perform a draw where the ball is placed between the centers from each team who stand toe-to-toe and throw the ball into the air at the whistle.

Under 13’s

All players must be under 13 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of competition.

Players can run while carrying the ball with their stick for 5 seconds.

There is to be no stick contact although unavoidable contact is allowed at the discretion of the Referee.

All players must wear the following protective equipment:

  • Mouthguard
  • lacrosse goggle recommended

The full rule of the game can be found here

Under 15’s

All players must be under 15 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of competition.

All players must wear the following protective equipment:

  • Mouthguard
  • lacrosse goggle recommended

The full rule of the game can be found here

Under 17’s

All players must be under 15 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of competition.

All the rules from the under 15’s also apply here.

The full rule of the game can be found here

The First Year for Player and Parents

Before signing your kid up for lacrosse, talk to some parents, coaches and players to get an idea of the costs involved from their point of view. Always feel free to contact Malvern Lacrosse and ask any questions. We are dedicated group of players, coaches and parents who have been through this many times. Our Club is grounded in family principals and that is why we are trusted so much.

Weare happy to help you navigate the world of lacrosse and assist you getting yourself or your child set up for a sport we love.