For the 2024 season players born in 2016, 2017 (ages 7, 8) will participate in the U9 program. Please watch our website and Facebook for more information about the upcoming Winter Camp and Box Lacrosse Season.
Our registration is OPEN!
The floor practice times and game floor times have not been determined yet - as soon as they have been scheduled we will post them, and email all registered players, and families.
Evaluations will be scheduled for mid March to the beginning of April - they will be emailed to the email on the account on the registration and posted online.
For the 2024 season, players born in 2016-2017 (ages 7, 8) participate in the U9 program. The U9 program begins to incorporate more game-like situations into the players' development.
All teams are assessed and evaluated on a parity basis with players of all skill levels participating on teams together.
U9 will have a wrap up CDLA Jamboree style tournament on June 15, 2024
The U9 program follows the guidelines as set forth by the Canadian Lacrosse Association Long Term Athlete Development Plan.
The format for U9 will be:
- U9 sessions are 1 hour.
- U9 games are 1 hour floor time - 3 x 12min run time periods.
- play full floor.
- play 5 on 5 (with goalie)
- 3 x 3 nets
- referees on floor to call penalties and explain violations; players who repeatedly commit rule violations will be sent off the floor.
- 3-minute shifts
- Contact rule is Place and Push.
- The fall-back rule applies when the goaltender is in possession of the ball. All defensive players must enter the neutral zone where they must wait until the ball crosses the restraining line. The goalie must pass the ball to one of the offensive players who must be at least 9 feet from the crease.
- After each goal and the end of each shift, play shall start with the goalkeeper of the team that was scored on or was in possession of the ball at the end of the shift and the defensive players shall fall back to their zone.
- U9 require full gear. Click here to view guidelines, and expectations.
Please consult ALA Regulation 15.16 for full U9 rules.
The purpose of the U7 and U9 leagues is to introduce, emphasize, and develop the fundamental skills of lacrosse. The focus of practices as well as games is to promote an environment that encourages participation, skill development, and overall enjoyment of the game.
The CDLA has divided the U9 leagues up into 4 areas:
Deep South - Okotoks / High River
South Calgary - Axemen and Sabrecats
North Calgary - Hornets, Knights and Strathmore
Rockyview - Rockyview
The reason for this is to allow for all games to be played close to home and reduce travel to and from games.
Score is kept and entered into the League Management System.