The Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse Association's goal is to provide the most challenging and enjoyable experience for all our minor athletes. To ensure that we meet the expectations of all of our players, proper tryouts are required to determine each and every child’s skill level, competitive desire, and the expectations of their minor lacrosse experience. Please keep your expectations realistic, and ensure your child enjoys his/her minor lacrosse career, by having them placed at a level they can contribute, compete, and gain success at.
“A” lacrosse is the most competitive and demanding level that can be provided by the association. Coaches that run our A program are looking for specific talents and skills that will make up a diverse team that can compete against the best from all other associations. This level of lacrosse demands a high level of cardiovascular endurance, dedication, superior stick skills, and commitment to the program. Players will be trained to push their boundaries and increase their skill-set through intensive practice and training regimes. Players considering trying out at this level need to make sure they are skilled enough, dedicated enough, and fully aware of the need for specific roles within a team dynamic for “A” ball. ”A” tryouts are usually very physical and fast paced; those not prepared may increase their chance of injury.
“B” lacrosse is considered a competitive level of lacrosse and provides a stepping stone for those enhancing their playing ability beyond simply the introductory level. B lacrosse is considered a tryout level, as Coaches will still be required to assess the skill level of each and every player. Players cut from “A” ball will be required to tryout all over again at the B level. It should not be automatically assumed that all players trying out for “A” will at least make “B”. This level of lacrosse provides a challenge for the novice to intermediate skilled leveled player. Coaches will often provide players with numerous opportunities to play various roles within the team dynamic. If 2 or more teams are declared by the association at this level, then they must be balanced as mandated by the LMMLC. Players cannot make specific requests for friends or coaches at this level.
“C” lacrosse is an introductory level of the sport and provides a fun and positive environment for new and skill limited players to learn the game. The LMMLC dictates that players at this level must have no more than a specified amount of playing experience. Tyke, Mini Tyke and Female are considered “C” ball. Players at the “C” level will experience all the joys of the game similar to any level within the association. “C” teams will still play varied associations with similar skill sets during regular season, tournaments, and even Provincial Championships. Coaches are instructed to play all players equally in all situations throughout the course of the year.