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BYLA U13 Development Plan



The U13 level is intended for 5th & 6th grade boys to be introduced to the fundamentals of competitive lacrosse.  We continue to develop basic and intermediate skills and introduce an advanced set of skills.  The goal is to prepare the players for their transition to the U15 level.



Some of the primary goals for the U13 level include:

  • Mastering basic skills
  • Mastering intermediate skills
  • Learning advanced skills
  • Learning comprehensive lacrosse vocabulary
  • Learning to body check
  • Introducing 60” sticks to defensive positions
  • Learning to play without the ball
  • Introducing Extra Man Offense
  • Introducing Man Down Defense
  • Learning transitions, clearing, and fast-breaks



The emphasis in the U13 program is on learning to master the proper techniques for the intermediate skills, and learning the fundamental principles of the advanced skills.  Skills to be taught in the development program include:


            Intermediate Skills


            Stick checking

            1-on-1 defense (marking your man)



            Advanced Skills

            Clearing and Riding



            Feeding and Cutting



At this level, we emphasize teamwork, ball movement, off-ball movement, defensive strategy, and transitions (including clearing, riding, face-offs, and fast-breaks).  Offensive tactics include: setting picks, cutting from the periphery, moving the ball behind the net, the fundamentals of a motion offense, and variations in sets and formations.  Defensive tactics include: sliding, a variety of stick and body checks, communication strategies, and turnover recoveries.



Game Understanding

At this level, we emphasize the importance of strategy and motion.  We teach a wide variety of formations and sets with the goal of mastering one or two motion offense strategies.  We teach the importance of off-ball playing including defensive awareness as well as offensive maneuvering.  We spend a lot of time working transitions, especially clearing (and subsequently riding).  We work on in-bounds clearing as well as dead-ball clearing.  We focus on how to win a fast-paced game including fast-breaks, extra-man advantages, and shot creation through the use of cutting, feeding, picking, and ball-movement. 



Practices will usually begin with an extensive warm-up consisting of cardiovascular activity as well as aerobic and anabolic exercises.  This is usually followed by advanced line drills including ground balls away and to, strong-arm and weak-arm throwing, and often variations including over-the-shoulder catching.  After line drills, we introduce players to a concept or skill and work a drill that emphasizes that facet of the game.  We often use stations and rotate the players between 2-3 skill areas.  Practice can conclude with scrimmaging, game-play simulation, and a brief warm-down.



Our games are played in the following format:

  • Regulation field
  • Four 10-minute start/stop quarters OR four 15-minute running quarters
  • 10-v-10 (with goalie, standard goals)
  • All coaches remain in the coaching box on the sidelines