October 4th, 2017
The objectives of the Toronto Beaches Rep Field Lacrosse program are as follows:
- To provide the opportunity to play field lacrosse to as many Beaches players as possible.
- To make the field lacrosse experience a positive one for every player, and an experience that helps each player grow as an athlete and as a person.
- To have the Beaches field lacrosse teams play at as high a level as possible through good coaching and player development.
SPRING FIELD – ONTARIO MINOR FIELD LACROSSE LEAGUE
- Beaches intends to have two teams at every age group from tyke (U9) to midget (U17)
- League play runs from April to the provincial championships May 15-17
- Tyke, novice, and peewee games are played on Saturdays
- Bantam and midget games are played on Sundays
- Beaches-1 teams play in the Jammer Classic Tournament April 4 and 5.
Beaches runs several fall field programs in September and October:
- House League for players 6 to 13 years old at Cherry Beach on Sunday mornings.
- U13, U16 and U19 rep teams that play on weekends.
Field Lacrosse – THE GAME
Field lacrosse is more closely related to the original Native game than is box lacrosse. There are many differences between field lacrosse and box lacrosse, although the playing skills are almost identical. Field lacrosse is much more of an international game than is box lacrosse. About twenty nations compete in the World Championships. The USA is the dominant power in field lacrosse. It is always cause for celebration when Team Canada defeats Team USA.
Field lacrosse is played outdoors on a 110 x 60 yard field which is divided into an offensive and defensive zone at the centre line. The team is comprised of a goalie, three defensemen (“long-sticks”), three mid-fielders (“middies”), and three attackers (“attack”). A team must always have three players in the offensive zone and four players including the goalie in the defensive zone. Thus normally defensemen do not enter the offensive zone and attackers do not enter the defensive zone. Middies play in both zones although on the fly variations are possible. For example, a defenseman can play in the offensive zone if a middie stays back in the defensive zone. There are variations of field lacrosse with fewer players per side. For example, in Ontario tyke field is a seven on seven game.
Field lacrosse is a physical game. Body checking an opposing player who is within 9 feet of the ball is allowed, but cross-checking and slashing are not.
One equipment difference from box lacrosse is footwear. Cleats are invaluable on turf, especially when it’s wet, as is invariably the case on at least one weekend during the spring season. Also, some players switch to lighter shoulder and arm pads instead of the heavier box equipment. A second difference is the stick that the defence can use – although there is a standard lacrosse head, the shaft is up to six feet long. This allows them to poke check attackers as well as throw the ball a greater distance down field.
For more information on the Beaches Lacrosse Field Lacrosse program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org