US Lacrosse’s philosophy at this age:
Where young athletes are honing their technical skills and begin building the tactical skills needed in lacrosse. The girls entering the sport at this point have a vast difference in their physical and cognitive development and the game they play should be designed to reinforce fundamental technical skills and practical tactical applications for playing lacrosse. Essentially, they are preparing to be competitors. Careful planning must be used to ensure that the environment is inclusive of all athletes, provides multiple opportunities for each athlete to “touch” the ball, encourages experimentation, and a progressive development of existing technical skills. Additionally, the technical skills they are honing, are now being applied to the tactical aspect of the game. Athletes should be coached to have a “Growth Mindset” by having effort praised ahead of results.
With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:
- Trying new skills in a team setting