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House League is the fundamental building block for GYL. Our program is open to girls and boys from Kindergarten to Grade 4. We strive to make a fun and age appropriate competitive environment to foster skill development and a love for the game. House League's main focus is on skills development and small sided play.

 

For 2018, we have brought development in house and we are working with outstanding local lacrosse talent to create a new curriculum and to provide some new master coaches to work with our players and coaches.  On the girl’s side, we are excited to have Laurie Downs, Melissa Anderson, and Cayla Liptak working with us – Cayla will be our new girl’s master coach.  On the boy’s side, we have a team of David Earl, Brad Neubirth, and Brady Miller.  Local High School Coaches David Bruce (Brunswick) and Bobby Lutz (GHS) have added their input to this curriculum! Some of you may know David Earl from 2Way Lacrosse.  David is our new boy’s master coach and will be with us on Friday nights!

 

There are two additional big highlights:

  • On the girl’s side we will be introducing a standard beginner’s stick for our K-2 players.  We are still working out the details but our goal is to have each girl playing with an entry level stick that will help them develop confidence with ground balls, passing, and shooting. Appropriate entry level sticks will be available to purchase at GYL Jersey Day on March 3.   

  • We are moving back to Friday Night Clinics (check GYL homepage each week for time and location) for all players.  As a result, there will be no House League on Sunday afternoons. GYL’s House League will be run Friday Nights and Saturday afternoon only and players are expected to attend both of these sessions.

 

** In season, all programming changes are posted to the GYL Homepage **

 

For specific times for each session please follow the link to the appropriate age group in the left hand navigation menu.  Here are some key dates for the 2018 House League season:

  • March 2nd:  PCA Night (6pm to 8pm, all parents and coaches welcome to attend, details will be posted on GYL homepage)
  • March 3rd:  Jersey Day (9am to 11am, Old Greenwich School)
  • March 16:  Friday Night Clinic begins
  • March 17:  House League begins (note:  the first house league will be at Cos Cob Park; the remainder will be at GHS) 
  • May 18th:  Final Friday Night Clinic
  • May 19:  Final House League

 

Our program relies heavily on volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions, please contact (girls program) or (boys program).

 

 

GYL and Small-Sided Play

 

GYL is a long-time advocate of small-sided play. 

 

What exactly does this term mean?  It means you play a game with fewer players competing on a smaller sized field. GYL’s House League was an early adopter of this concept and we’ve introduced other facets such as smaller goals and modified sticks (K-2 in our girls program). Our House League has been a model for other programs.

 

What are the benefits?  Small sided play provides a competitive environment where the boys and girls have a greater opportunity to touch the ball and be involved in the game. The kids gain confidence as they maximize time with the ball in their stick (touches), field time, and overall development. 

 

Seriously?  Why mess with the game?  Lacrosse and youth sports are changing. It’s about development and not one alpha kid running through a team to score a goal. Here is some additional material that highlight the merits of small-sided play:

 

Other sports aren’t doing this!  Think again.  Most sports have adopted a similar mindset and it is changing the way young athletes learn their sport and learn how to compete.

 

How does this apply to Intro to Travel Lacrosse? In 2017, CONNY Lacrosse, which is the governing body of youth lacrosse in our area, adopted small-sided play for all 3rd and 4th grade travel lacrosse. GYL and the entire CONNY membership fully endorsed this move to make the game better for our young players. Check out relevant Intro to Travel Lacrosse page under Travel Teams on the top navigation menu.