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 specific times for each session please follow the link to the appropriate age group in the left hand navigation menu.
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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, will adopt 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.