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EVALUATION OVERVIEW.

Our program is a member of South Jersey Youth Lacrosse league (SJYLAX).   This league is comprised of over 22+ municipal youth lacrosse programs from all over South Jersey.

In order to give players the opportunity to compete at  a high - yet skill appropriate - level, SJYLAX will flight teams for ages U12 and U14.

Many other travel programs in town (i.e. soccer and basketball) also conduct evaluations prior to their season starting.  However, unlike those programs, there are NO CUTS in our sport.  Any girl, who wants to play, will not be turned away in our program.  We WILL put them on a team.

 

Our evaluations are held in order to form teams that give each player an opportunity to develop her lacrosse skills in a challenging environment with players of comparable skill level.

Evaluations will be held in early February often after 2 to 3 weeks of pre-season indoor clinics.

Evaluations have been/will be conducted by experienced coaches/evaluators including: middle school coaches, current and past high school coaches and/or current/past MYAA coaches.

Evaluation results for an individual player and where they ranked on an overall scale can be provided to the parents of that player upon written request.  However, MYAA confidentiality rules prohibits sharing scores of other players.

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EVALUATION ATTENDANCE:
All U12 and U14 players are expected to attend evaluations in order to be placed on a team.  

EVALUATORS:
No coaches for an age group will evaluate that age group.  U12 coaches will NOT evaluate U12 players.  U14 coaches will NOT evaluate U14 players.  Evaluators will be made up of current and former high school coaches, collegiate players, former middle school coaches and current and former coaches from the program who have coached top ranked teams in these age groups in the past. 

EVALUATION DRILLS:
Players will be split into groups and evaluations will begin with stick work progressions, shuttle progressions (dom, non-com, switching hands, accuracy passing, etc...).  Players wil then go thru a series of "game like" situations finishing in a full field scrimmage.  Evaluators will have a check list of the skills/technique/abilities that should be displayed by a player.  Players are not graded in relation to the other players in their group/team, they are graded on their individual ability to display the skills, game IQ and abilities outlined in the player evaluation scale.

Player Evaluation Scale







“A”

An “A” Player is EXCELLENT at:

  • Catching and throwing with dominant and non-dominant hand

  • Scooping and cradling

  • Dodging at full-speed using a variety of dodges and in the appropriate situations

  • Demonstrating field sense in live situations

  • Transitional situation tactics

  • Working with various offensive schemes/strategies:

    • Setting picks, using picks, setting teammates up, moving offball, creating opportunities for teammates, challenges to goal when opportunity is present

  • Working with various defensive schemes/strategies:

    • Marking, talking/listening, body positioning, sliding, recovering on turnovers, double-teaming

  • Playing under pressure

  • Assessing and applying game sense and field of vision

  • Exhibiting off ball skills and tactics in settled and unsettled play

  • Understanding the rules of the game and the responsibilities of various positions

  • Using speed and athleticism

  • Communicating with other players







“B”

A “B” Player is GOOD at:

  • Catching and throwing with dominant hand and is comfortable switching hands

  • Scooping and cradling

  • Dodging at full-speed using a variety of dodges and in the appropriate situations

  • Demonstrating field sense in live situations

  • Transitional situation tactics

  • Demonstrating basic attack and defense strategies and schemes

  • Playing under pressure

  • Assessing and applying game sense and field of vision

  • Exhibiting off ball skills and tactics in settled and unsettled play

  • Understanding the rules of the game and the responsibilities of various positions


(A “B” Player may also be new to the game but shows potential to develop the aforementioned skills quickly)


“C”

A “C” Players is DEVELOPING at:

  • Most or all of the skills listed above and/or is at a “beginner” level of the game



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