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Determining A, B, and Rookie Level Players & Teams

It is imperative players be placed in the correct level of play for their age, experience, and ability. The following guidelines emphasize individual skills rather than years of experience. The following information is provided as a guide to your clubs when assessing players in order to determine the level at which they will be fielding teams. The NCJLA strongly recommends that clubs hold tryouts or assessments before the registration deadline in order to accurately determine the teams they will field.

The NCJLA recommends that the person(s) assessing the players have a minimum of the following and that the evaluation process is communicated to parents and players in advance:

● prior coaching experience

● USL Level 1 Coaching Certification

● be able to demonstrate impartiality

● Agree to use the club identified evaluation procedures, rubric and/or standards

*Clubs are free to establish the protocols that best fit their needs.

I. Evaluating Skill Sets In determining whether a player should be placed on an A, B, or Rookie team, the following guidelines provide a good rubric for teams to follow:

A. An A-level player has more experience or is EXCELLENT at some or all of the following:

❏ Catching, throwing, scooping, and cradling with both the dominant hand and the off hand.

❏ Dodging at full speed. Can effectively use various dodges, knows which one to use in different situations and can perform with right or left hand.

❏ Demonstrating sound field sense in live situations.

❏ Leading transitional tactics in game situations.

❏ Has a good understanding of the various offensive schemes, man-up, and fast break situations.

❏ Passing and shooting with both right and left hands under pressure.

❏ Player understands and can perform at full speed cutting, feeding, driving to the goal, picking and rolling.

❏ Can adapt and use successfully a fast break or unsettled situation opportunity.

❏ Continuously exhibiting off-ball skills and tactics in settled as well as unsettled situations.

❏ Can play position defense, make a legal check, and mark an opponent.

❏ Working within various defensive schemes including man-to-man, zone, sliding and man-down situations.

❏ For specialized positions such as goalie, face off or center the player demonstrates understanding and mastery of the position rules, tactics and skills.

❏ Practicing on their own regularly and without encouragement.

❏ Requires only a few practices to master a new lacrosse skill.

❏ Has athletic ability slightly advanced than their peers.

❏ Has experience playing team sports that transition to lacrosse (ie basketball, soccer, ice hockey).

❏ Understands and can explain the majority of the rules to be followed.

 

B. B Veteran level player has some experience or is GOOD at some or all of the following:

❏ Catching, throwing, scooping, and cradling with the dominant hand and can use the off- hand occasionally in game situations.

❏ Dodging at full speed and can use various dodges and knows which one to use in different situations and can use the off hand with 1 or 2 dodges.

❏ Demonstrating sound field sense in live situations.

❏ Understanding transitional tactics and developing the skills to use them comfortably in game situations.

❏ Has knowledge of various offensive schemes ( ie 2-3-1, a 1-4-1, 3-3), man-up and fast break situations.

❏ Player can perform majority of skills with both hands, and has athletic ability to excel in unsettled game situations.

❏ Exhibiting some off-ball skills and tactics in settled as well as unsettled situations and could benefit from more instruction in these areas.

❏ Can use individual skills to play position defense, make a legal check, and mark an opponent.

❏ Working within various defensive schemes including man-to-man, zone, sliding and man-down situations with reminders.

❏ Practicing on their own regularly with encouragement.

❏ For specialized positions such as goalie, face off or center the player demonstrates understanding of the position rules, and tactics. The players is developing the skills.

❏ Has mastered some athletic skills, can comfortably run the field without excessive breaks.

❏ Has experience playing other team sports.

❏ Understands and can explain the basic rules to be followed.

❏ Requires multiple practices to become competent at a new skill.

 

C. B Rookie-level player has little experience or is DEVELOPING:

❏ Catching, throwing, scooping, and cradling with the dominant hand is developing. The off hand is much weaker or has not been attempted at this point in their development.

❏ Player has knowledge of various dodges but has not yet mastered the effective implementation of them in a game or when to use them in game play.

❏ Player has knowledge of basic field positions but has not yet mastered the field sense for them.

❏ Knowledge of transitional tactics but is still developing the skills to use them comfortably in game situations. Needs reminders of when to use which tactic.

❏ Has a little experience working within various offensive schemes, man-up and fast break situations.

❏ Passing and shooting primarily with the dominant hand.

❏ Player is still developing the skills or athletic muscle control for cutting, feeding, driving to the goal, picking/rolling and defensive marking skills.

❏ Exhibiting some beginner off-ball skills and tactics in settled as well as unsettled situations and will benefit from more instruction in these areas.

❏ Working within various defensive schemes including man-to-man, zone, sliding and man-down situations.

❏ Beginning to playing position defense, checking, holding, clearing and riding.

❏ For specialized positions such as goalie, face off or center the player demonstrates understanding of the position rules, and tactics but requires continued instruction.

❏ Still learning the rules of the game and the various positions on the field.

❏ Able to physically participate in a live game but has not mastered the athletic skills to compete against age level peers in a competitive environment.

❏ Has little to no experience with team sports.

❏ Needs frequent feedback from coaches or officials about the rules.

D. Other areas to consider when assessing players

The NCJLA  and PYL recognize that each child develops at their own pace and has procedures in place to properly assign them to the correct level of play. If a club determines that a player should play outside of their designated age group they should review the Eligibility section of the NCJLA Operations Guide for the petition process. Only club administrators or presidents may submit a player petition.