2022 Season Introduction

Registration is now open and the 2022 season will be starting soon!  We ask that you please read through this introductory message in its entirety as we have a lot of information to share about the season. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@avongrovelacrosse.org.  

USA LACROSSE MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT

Registration is now open and the 2022 season will be starting soon!  We ask that you please read through

KEY DATES

The following calendar highlights important dates during the season.  Please be sure to mark your calendars so you do not miss out on any events!

January 1 – Registration Opens

January 29 – New Player Sessions Start (Saturdays through February 19)

February 15 – Registration Closes for 1st through 8th Grade

February 27 – Mandatory Player Evaluations (5th through 8th Grades)

March 13 – Outdoor Practices Start

March 15 – Registration Closes for Pre-K / K

April 2 – Games Start for 5th through 8th Grade

April 9 – Games Start for 3rd and 4th Grade

April 9 – Pre-K / Kindergarten Sessions Start

April 9 – Community Day

April 19 – Game Night with the Avon Grove HS Boy’s Lacrosse

April 23 – Games Start for 1st and 2nd Grade

May 22 – Cow Plop

All key dates and activities during the season will be included in each team’s TeamSnap schedule.

COMMUNITY DAY

We like to kick-off our season with a special day where our teams play at home and we have the opportunity to cheer on all of our teams.  Due to the staggered start to our schedule, Community Day is planned for April 9th, and will include our 3rd through 8th grade teams playing in the AGHS Stadium and Back Turf.  We plan to have vendors and other activities during the day to make it an awesome day of lacrosse for all our families!

GAME NIGHT

Join AGL as we cheer on the Avon Grove High School Boy’s Lacrosse team as they take on Oxford!  Players will receive free admission when they wear their jersey, and our AGL players will be invited to take part in the pre-game announcements.

COW PLOP

For new families, the Cow Plop is our end of season event and fundraiser that is normally our big close out to the year.  If you have never seen or heard of a cow plop, here is a great description of exactly how it works.  Needless to say, it is a lot of fun, and in years past it has been a huge event involving the entire Avon Grove community.,

COMMUNICATIONS AND SCHEDULING

AGL utilizes TeamSnap for all scheduling and team communications.  Parents/Guardians will be required to utilize TeamSnap throughout the season, so be sure to download the app today.   

2022 RULE CHANGES

New Shoulder Pad and Liner Requirements

As part of increased safety standards for equipment, all major lacrosse rules organizations now require all fields players to wear shoulder pads or liners that meet the new NOCSAE ND200 standard.  This rule change is in addition to the 2021 rule change requiring goalies to wear ND200 certified chest protectors.  This standard reduces the force of blows to the chest and reduces the risk of commotio cordis – a sudden cardiac arrest caused by a blow to the chest.

All players must wear shoulder pads, liners, or chest protectors (for goalies) that bear the NOCSAE logo and SEI certification.  A full list of certified equipment can be found at the SEI websiteAll player equipment will be checked at the beginning of the season.  Players who do not have properly certified equipment will not be allowed on the field – no exceptions!  

NEW PLAYER TRAINING

This year we are modifying our pre-season training to focus on clinics for new players only. While our previous winter skills clinics have been helpful for many players, the significant increase in club and box lacrosse has led to less returning players taking part in winter clinics.  Our focus instead will be on providing new players with ample opportunity to build foundational skills so they will be more comfortable on their first day of team practice.

New players clinics will start on January 29th and will continue every Saturday through February 19th.  All new players from 1st through 8th grade are eligible to take part, and there is no additional cost for these sessions.

MANDATORY EVALUATIONS

All 5th through 8th grade players must take part in evaluations to determine team placement for the season.  Teams are assigned based on observed skill level and are intended to keep players grouped with players of a similar skill level.  We ask that families keep Sunday, February 27th open so players can attend evaluations.  If a player is unable to attend, they will be placed on a team based on previous knowledge of the player’s ability.

There are no evaluations for 1st/2nd grade.  3rd/4th grade players will be split into separate teams after their first few outdoor practices.

COVID-19 SAFETY

Please review our COVID-19 Safety page for full details on our COVID-19 safety plan and policies.