Boys Intro to Travel (Grades 3rd and 4th)
GYL offers a travel program for 3rd and 4th grade players. Our Intro to Travel program is a great place for our younger players to get a taste of travel lacrosse. All games will be played against other towns in our area using consistent rules across the entire league.
New for the 2018 season:
- We will return to 10v10 play (i.e. full field)
- Practices for both age levels will be on Tuesdays
- Age segmentation is introduced for our K-4 age group. Last year, CONNY and US Lacrosse, the governing travel lacrosse body in our area, moved to age segmentation for our 5th through 8th grade programs. Basically, all of our older players have to play with an age group within a pre-defined age band. The K-4 programs have the option to stay purely grade based. In recognition that some families would like to move up their children to a higher grade, based solely on their birthday, you will have the option to do so when registering. So older second grade boys, older third grade boys and girls, and older fourth grade boys and girls may be eligible to play for the age group above. If you elect to do so, you will be aged up for the entire season without an option to return to the younger age group.
Here are additional details on the Intro to Travel program:
Team evaluations will begin April 6; time and location will be posted on GYL home page
Participation in our House League is required (Fridays and Saturdays)
3rd grade boys will practice once a week on Tuesdays following evaluations (a second practice may occur on Sunday in lieu of a game)
4th grade boys will practice once a week on Tuesdays following evaluations (a second practice may occur on Sunday in lieu of a game)
3rd and 4th Intro to Travel teams will have one or two games per week (they will typically play Sundays or may have a practice in its place)
Season ends June 1st
Individual team practices and game schedules can be found on the home page of the website under the tab, Travel Teams
GYL may add a team due to registration numbers and may balance teams differently to accommodate a wide range of skills - GYL reserves the right to field a development team (Blue)
If you have any questions please contact
Age Segmentation FAQs
Q. Why are you allowing optional age segmentation in boy’s 3-4 and girl’s 4th grade?
A. Your child will eventually have to adhere to CONNY age segmentation. For most, that means they will finish the 4th grade one season and move directly to 6th grade. This can be a hard transition for some and we are giving parents the option to make that change earlier in your child’s travel experience.
Q: I want to find out more about CONNY’s Grade-based player segmentation.
A: You can find more information here.
Q: What are the birthday ranges by grade:
A: You can find more information on the GYL homepage.
Q. So if my son is in second grade but according to age segmentation can play third grade, does he play Intro to Travel Lacrosse?
A. No, he has the OPTION to move up. He can stay in grade, or OPT in to third grade travel and corresponding third grade house league.
Q. My son/daughter is an older 4th grader and, according to age segmentation, can play 5th grade travel. Can we do that in 2018?
A: Again, this is your OPTION. We are allowing families to decide in grade 2 – 4 for boys and 3 – 4 for girls.
Q. I have an older 1st grader that would benefit by moving to the second grade house league. Can we do this in 2018?
A. No. All K – 1 boys and girls, and 2nd grade girls must stay in grade for house league. This OPTION is granted for older youth that would prefer to accelerate their travel experience in grades 2 – 4 for boys and 3 – 4 for girls.