skip navigation

COACH GERVAT MESSAGE (3rd-8th)

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2022 season!

We're excited to have everyone on board! We have assembled one of the best coaching staffs we've ever had, and I would argue, one of the best in the state for a non for profit youth lacrosse program. We have two former head varsity coaches, great former players who have played in college and were standouts on their HS programs, as well as a great group of volunteer parent coaches.

Our goal is for players to enjoy their season, become better people, and better lacrosse players. We push for positivity, to build confidence, but also to push the players beyond what they think is their bar. Sports are a great way to build character, and we take this job (volunteer for most of us) very seriously.

 

Sections Below

  • Player Development - Skills needed and drills per age group
  • Progression Per Age Group
  • Coaching Staff
  • 7/8 Format,Teams & Coaches
  • 5/6 Format, Teams & Coaches
  • 3/4 Format, Teams & Coaches
  • Storing your son's stick / Recommended stick for 10U

PLAYER DEVELOPMENTĀ 

Important for your son's enjoyment for the season ahead!

We welcome all new lacrosse players! Excited to see them from all ages. With that being said, players starting especially at the 5/6 and 7/8 grade level, this is similar to playing basketball for the first time. We have to learn how to dribble, how to shoot, how to catch and throw for the first time. This is not natural. You will not get better if you just come to practice and never touch your stick!!! We have players that have been playing for 6-7 years. Time to play some catch up. We ask that parents or siblings please help a little bit here! We have noticed second year players at the 5/6, 7/8 level really have not improved since last season! We want the boys to enjoy their experience. 


PLAYER PROGRESSION

Check this to see where your son is currently at, and where we are looking to go this year! If you're new to the game, please check out the 3/4 skills and focus points to see fundamentals

https://rockfordramlax.sportngin.com/page/show/3779456-player-progression


TEAM FORMATS

7/8 GRADES

We will have two teams at the 7/8 level with about 16-18 players per team. Format is 10v10. 3 Attack, 3 Midfielders, 3 Defensmen, and a goalie! 

View this as an A team and an A- team. This is the best group of players we've ever had at the 7/8 grade level! We will have many skilled players on both teams. As our program improves this will continue to occur. 

 

5/6 GRADES

We will have 3 teams at the 5/6 level with about 16-18 players per team. Format is 10v10. 3 Attack, 3 Midfielders, 3 Defensmen, and a goalie!  

We have over 50 players. We have a mix of players that have been playing for 5-6 years, 2-3 years, and brand new players. We will be splitting players up on their ability and their effort. In order to conduct practices at this age level especially, it's important to cater drills according to ability. At this age group we put in offensive sets, defensive sets, rides, clears, man up, man down, transition sets. Players 1-2 year, we're going to run much more basic versions of these!

 

3/4 GRADES

We will have 3 teams at the 3/4 level consisting of 13-14 players per team. They will be playing 7v7 lacrosse. 6 field players and a goalie! We will have one team that is more advanced and two even teams.


STORING YOUR STICK

Your stick should not be sitting on the floor with the mesh hitting the floor. This will limit how your stick will throw, how to cradle. Imagine having a tennis racket with all loose strings. You will have to change how you serve and your form for returning the ball. This is what happens in lacrosse if you don't put it away the right way! Keep your stick standing straight up with the pocket - the mesh "punched" in. This is true for many cheaper sticks. 

RECOMMENDED STICK FOR 10U

StringKing Complete 2 Junior Lacrosse Stick - Attack/Middie - Can buy at Athletes Connection - Comes strung ready to go. Most sticks do not if you buy them from somewhere else!!!
 
We're looking forward to the season ahead. See you all out on the field soon!
 
Coach Gervat
Director of Player Development & Coaching