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Coach Education Dates
02/09/2016
CEP registration is available under the registration tab.  2016...
2016 Game Dates
01/19/2016
GAMES SATURDAY SUNDAY 8...
CYLA IMPLEMENTS 7V7 AT U7/U8/U9
11/06/2015
CYLA Adopts Reduced Squad/Reduced Field Boys’ Lacrosse for...
Link to Lacrosse AllStars article on 7v7
11/06/2015
Very informative article on 7v7 format field lacrosse. http://laxallstars.com/10v10-youth-lacrosse-is-ridiculous/
CYLA Partners With US Lacrosse On Age Verification Process
09/17/2015
As part of the CYLA's commitment to player safety, we are proud...
MEMBER CLUB NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATIONS
12/30/2014
CYLA Club Information USE THIS LINK TO IDENTIFY A CYLA CLUB...
CYLA AGE ELIGIBILITY RULES
12/22/2014
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2015:  The CYLA (Colorado Youth...
CAMPS, CLINICS, TOURNAMENTS & CLUB TEAMS
05/04/2014
Sponsors of the CYLA and our member clubs offer a phenomenal...
 
Coach Education Dates

CEP registration is available under the registration tab.  2016 CEP dates and locations are:

 

COACH EDUCATION PROGRAM   TIME NOTES
Saturday 20-Feb Colorado Springs 9:00 to 11:00 Returning coaches
  Classroom 11:30 to 1:30 New coaches
  Field clinic 1:30 to 3:30 New coaches
Tuesday 23-Feb Alexander Dawson    
  Classroom 6:00 to 8:00 New coaches
  Field clinic 8:000 to 10:00 New coaches
Wednesday 2- March Stapleton Jets TBD 6:00 to 10:00 L1 Lite
Monday 29-Feb Lafayette Library 7:00 to 9:00 Returning coaches
Saturday 5-Mar Sports Authority 9:00 to 11:00 Returning coaches
  Classroom 11:30 to 1:30 New coaches
  Field clinic 1:30 to 3:30 New coaches
Sunday 12- March Valor 1:00 to 3:00 Returning coaches
  Classroom 3:30 to 5:30 New coaches
  Field clinic 5:30 to 7:30 New coaches
Saturday 19-Mar Vail 9:00 to 1:00 All Western Slope coaches

by posted 02/09/2016
2016 Game Dates
GAMES SATURDAY SUNDAY 8  LEAGUE GAMES
WEEK 1 2 – Apr   1 game
WEEK 2 9 – Apr 10 – Apr 2 games 
WEEK 3 16 – Apr 17 – Apr (Make-up games) 1 game
WEEK 4 23 – Apr   1 game
GVLAX Quik Stix tournament 23 – Apr 24-Apr Optional
WEEK 5 30 – Apr 1 – May (Make-up games) 1 game
WEEK 6 7 – May   1 game
Vail Tourney     Optional
WEEK 7 14 – May   1 game
Aspen Shootout 14-May 15-May Optional
WEEK 8                                          DSGP CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND 21-May 22 – May Teams play on only one day
WEEK 9 28-May 29-May  
Steamboat Tourney     Optional

by posted 01/19/2016
CYLA IMPLEMENTS 7V7 AT U7/U8/U9

CYLA Adopts Reduced Squad/Reduced Field Boys’ Lacrosse for 7v7 at U7/U8/U9

On November, 3 2015 CYLA member clubs approved motions to implement 7v7 play at U7/U8/U9 effective Spring 2016

Rationale:

Reduced squad/reduced field lacrosse is appropriate, especially for new or younger players.  For players, reduced squad lacrosse can be more fun and contribute more to their development than standard 10v10 play because each player is more involved… has more “touches.” Also, lacrosse on a reduced size field is more proportionate to younger players’ size, speed, and endurance. Further, the pace of play in reduced squad/reduced field lacrosse is often faster, enhancing fitness and fun.

Reduced squad/reduced field lacrosse is consistent with best practices of other sports – specifically box lacrosse, hockey, and soccer. USA Hockey has emphasized cross-ice play for several years and it is now in practice within their model clubs across the U.S. (http://www.usahockey.com/crossice).  Reduced squad/reduced field play is also part of the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiative http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/resources/2015-player-development-initiatives . Adjustments were made in hockey and soccer to increase participation, player retention, player development and fun, especially at the youngest age levels.   Please take ten minutes to watch the following three videos to gain a visual understanding of the benefits of small sided play through other sports.

CYLA implementation of reduced squad/reduced field lacrosse has been under consideration for approximately two years.  US Lacrosse recently published guidelines for this game (http://www.uslacrosse.org/portals/1/documents/pdf/rules/boys-reduced-squad-2015.pdf) that prompted implementation consideration.  7v7 play at U9 was piloted this past fall in Colorado Springs with great success.  Club Administrators were given the USL guidelines in early October to review impact on their respective clubs.  Nineteen clubs participated in spirited discussion of implementation on November 3, 2015.  The vote to implement it in spring 2016 was unanimous at U7/U8 with vote at U9 level having one dissenting vote.

While CYLA believes this move is in the best interest of the players, coaches and parents, we do acknowledge that there may be some impact to existing teams at the U9 level.  Much like when CYLA implemented age based play four years ago, a small number of players may be inconvenienced due to relocation to a different team.  CYLA players and teams are allowed to "play up".  If a player or team feels like playing up to U10 is the best option, parents should contact their respective Club Administrators so that individuals or teams are placed in a division with an emphasis on parity.  CYLA is confident that Club Administrators will work with affected players, parents and coaches to make this transition positive for all involved.

For additional details or questions please contact

Sincerely,

Mike Stears

CYLA President


by posted 11/06/2015
Link to Lacrosse AllStars article on 7v7

Very informative article on 7v7 format field lacrosse.

http://laxallstars.com/10v10-youth-lacrosse-is-ridiculous/


by posted 11/06/2015
CYLA Partners With US Lacrosse On Age Verification Process

As part of the CYLA's commitment to player safety, we are proud to announce our partnership with US Lacrosse on a pilot process for age verification. 

Entering our fourth year of required player proof-of-age documentation for our players, CYLA lacrosse programs will utilize a new, highly secure, and technologically advanced online system developed by US Lacrosse to verify youth player ages for the 2016 season.  

Parents of players new to CYLA will submit proof-of-age documents directly to US Lacrosse through a secure online process, rather than providing unsecured paper documents to program administrators.  US Lacrosse will verify that the documents match the date of birth in the system confirming individual player eligibility prior to the start of the 2016 CYLA season.  All documentation will be destroyed once the verification is complete.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of US Lacrosse, this process will be entirely free to users.   Players previously verified as age-eligible by CYLA have already been entered into the US Lacrosse database, and will not need to submit documents again. 

The CYLA appreciates this opportunity to join the vanguard of progressive youth sports programs, in order to insure the safety of our players through age-appropriate competition.

 


by posted 09/17/2015
MEMBER CLUB NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATIONS

CYLA Club Information

USE THIS LINK TO IDENTIFY A CYLA CLUB IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

If you are new to Colorado or to the sport of boy’s youth lacrosse and have questions concerning what options are available in your neighborhood, what club to register with, etc, please contact the individual club listed below that manages your CYLA region in our league.

The organization that is now CYLA started in the fall of 1990 when Mark Foster and Jamie Duke agreed to form a boy's junior lacrosse organization. Foster founded the Redhawks, focused on Central Denver, and Duke founded the Indians, focused on South Denver. Each club started with one team consisting of second and third grade boys.  The first game was played in March, 1991.

In the 25 years that have followed, CYLA has grown to 28 clubs spanning the state from Grand Junction to Aurora; Fort Collins to Pueblo and multiple locations along the Front Range.  In 2015, over 5000 boys participated in CYLA.  Since inception, CYLA has been a volunteer led community based youth organization focused solely on boy’s lacrosse.  Each club is managed as a separate entity & each club manages a distinct region in our league.  There are some areas that are shared by multiple clubs, so please contact the clubs directly for more details.

The CYLA offers programs ranging from the entry level young guns to the D1 aspiring middle school players.  We offer a high range of competition and focus on each individual’s need to grow the game of lacrosse within the state of Colorado.  Not all clubs offer a full range of programs.

If you still have more questions after contacting your local club, please contact the CYLA Administrator, Ali Houlis, at .

If you have are interested in girls youth lacrosse visit cglax.com

 


by posted 12/30/2014
CYLA AGE ELIGIBILITY RULES

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2015:  The CYLA (Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association) will continue to use June 1st as the cutoff date for age-based classification.  

The CYLA has permanently adopted US Lacrosse rules regarding age-based classification.  

Players in the same grade will generally be grouped together, provided that they meet the June 1 birth date cutoff for that age group.  All players are required to provide official proof of birth date (birth certificate, passport, adoption papers, etc) before participating in sanctioned CYLA games. 

Click here to view official US Lacrosse Age & Eligibility Guidelines. 

We will set up groups and teams at U15, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8  for the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring seasons.  

All current 8th graders are eligible to play, regardless of birthdate.  No high school players are permitted to participate.

A player's eligibility for the 2015 Fall or 2016 Spring season is determined by his age on May 31, 2015.  

  • For example, any player born on or after June 1, 2002 is eligible to play U13.
  • A player born on May 31, 2002 is not eligible to play U13 and must play U15. 
  • In general, we will group players on the basis of "Grade with an Age Cutoff."  This means that players in the same grade will be grouped on teams at the same age level, provided that they meet the June 1st cutoff date.
  • Players who are "young" for their grade will still be permitted to play at that age level.  For example, a 4th grader who is age-eligible for U9 (ie born after 6/1/2006) can still play U10. 

NO PLAYER WILL BE PERMITTED TO "PLAY DOWN" IN AGE CLASSIFICATION AS PER CYLA RULES-- NO EXCEPTIONS.
 

2015 FALL and 2016 SPRING AGE CLASSIFICATIONS

Division Born on or after CYLA Grade Equiv Max Stick Length
  u8  6/1/2007  2nd  37-42”
  u9  6/1/2006  3rd  37-42”
  u10  6/1/2005  4th  37-42”
  u11  6/1/2004  5th  37-42”, 47-54”
  u12  6/1/2003  6th  40-42”, 52-72"
  u13  6/1/2002  7th  40-42”, 52-72"
  u15  6/1/2000*  8th  40-42”, 52-72"
  * All current 8th graders are eligible to play, regardless of birthdate.
  9th graders are not eligible to play.

by posted 12/22/2014
CAMPS, CLINICS, TOURNAMENTS & CLUB TEAMS

Sponsors of the CYLA and our member clubs offer a phenomenal amount of training opportunities for the beginner through the committed D1 recruit.  Options include individualized clinics, camps, tournaments, club teams and more.  

Check out offerings by LXTC (formerly Tierney Lacrosse), 3d Lacrosse, Gold Crown and Boomtown, along with summer tournaments offered by the Denver Outlaws and also new tournaments in Longmont and Fort Collins. 

Click here for detailed info: Camps & Clinics Page


by posted 05/04/2014
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