October 4th, 2017
New for the 2017 season!
Our House League Program, Tyke through Bantam/Midget, will be presented in partnership with Reid Acton!
Reid Acton is on The Hill Academy coaching staff and brings with him an extensive lacrosse resumé. Reid was a 2x All-American/2x All ECAC and team captain at Loyola University, Maryland. During his junior year, Reid led the defence to their first ever Division I National Championship. Before Loyola, Reid graduated from The Westminster School in Simsbury, CT. Reid grew up in Toronto playing in the Toronto Beaches organization before being traded his final year of Junior A to the Orangeville Northmen. In 2008, Reid competed on Team Canada for the U19 World Championships and won a silver medal.
Reid will be joined by fellow Beachers: Stephen Keogh (Rochester Knighthawks) and Damon Edwards (Toronto Rock) as well as Reilly O’Connor (Calgary Roughnecks) who is also from The Hill Academy. Brock Sorenson (Toronto Rock) and Luc Magnan (Rochester Knighthawks) will round out the coaching staff.
We are very excited to have current National Lacrosse League players and Beaches alumni assisting with our house league program! In order to bring this improvement to our program we had to increase fees by $35 this year but it will be well worth the cost.
One night practice and game combined!
For divisions Tyke through Bantam/Midget practices and games will continue to be one 90 minute session per week: time slots are 6 pm — 7:30 pm and 7:30 pm — 9:00 pm. Your team’s time slot will vary week to week. Locations rotate between the Bubble Sportscomplex next to Ted Reeve arena and Kew Beach box at the foot of Lee Avenue. Reid and his staff will take turns running the practices at the Bubble and will be on site to advise our volunteer coaches during games. Sessions at Kew will be run by our refs who also serve as practice coaches to help our parent volunteers.
Nights per division are as follows:
Monday — Novice
Tuesdays — Bantam/Midget
Wednesdays — Kew Rainouts if required
Thursdays — Peewee
Friday — Tyke
Saturday — Soft Lax at 10am
Saturday — Paperweight at 9am, 11am, or 12pm
Sundays — Kew Rainouts if required
RESTRICTED CROSS CHECKING:
For the past 2 seasons we have implemented a ‘no cross checking’ rule in our lower age divisions (Paperweight, Tyke, Novice). The goal behind this change was to provide an increased emphasis on passing and fundamental skills before progressing to the full contact game.
At the introductory levels, contact, known as ‘place-and-push’, is permitted. For this season, we are pleased to have Reid Acton and his team to guide players in their understanding of how to deliver and receive this contact in a safe manner. We will also provide introductory instruction on how to deliver and receive the next level of contact, referred to as ‘cross checking’. This progression will provide players with the knowledge and skills they need to become confident, successful lacrosse players.
Also new this season, we will be implementing a 7-second rule whereby players will be able to maintain ball control for up to 7 seconds before they must pass to another player. This will not only encourage passing and increase ball control skill development, but will help offset any advantage gained through reduced contact of the ‘place-and-push’ divisions.
|Soft Lax||no contact||no possession rule|
|Paperweight||no contact||7-second rule|
|Peewee||cross checking permitted||no possession rule|
|Bantam/Midget||cross checking permitted||no possession rule|
Exciting New Changes to Paperweight and Soft Lax for 2017!
We didn’t want the little ones to feel left out as we have updated and improved our program for the older age groups over the past two seasons. This year we’re excited to offer two separate divisions for our youngest group – Soft Lax and Paperweight.
Soft Laxers, who are in their first year of lacrosse, will have an hour of games, skills, and drills with short half-floor scrimmages at the end of their session. The focus for this group will be fundamentals, maximum ball contact, and fun! Players in this division will use soft lacrosse balls and require only a helmet, mouthguard, gloves, and a stick.
|WHO:||players born in 2013|
|WHEN:||Saturdays at 10am|
|REQUIRED:||helmet, mouthguard, gloves, and stick|
|CONTACT:||No contact; no possession rule|
Paperweights will still have a 30-minute practice followed by a 30-minute game but games this year will be full floor! Older players will benefit from this format as they start to learn the rules and flow of lacrosse. Players in this division require full lacrosse equipment.
|WHO:||players born in 2011 and 2012|
|WHEN:||Saturdays at 9am, 11am, or 12pm|
|CONTACT:||No contact; 7-second rule|
PAPERWEIGHT DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS:
We are pleased to offer pre-season development sessions that are open to all registered Paperweights. These are not Rep Tryouts, but a chance to get your Paperweight ready for the upcoming season. There is a $20/session fee payable in cash at each session. Full equipment is required.
Location: Stephen Leacock Arena – 2500 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1T 2M5
|Paperweight||Saturday April 1||10:00am – 11:00am||Pad 1|
|Sunday April 2||10:30am – 11:30am||Pad 1|