Competition for Development

Competition is part of our DNA. We love to play, and game-day is the best day of the week.

The lacrosse athlete development model takes a progressive approach to preparing athletes for long-term success. By providing developmentally appropriate competition formats and rules, players get to play in ways that align with their  physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

It starts with small-sided games at younger ages, with size of field and numbers of player progressively increasing as players develop both physically and cognitively. When players are developing skills and have emerging decision making capacity, the game supports that development.

It’s all about the right competition at the right time.

Youth Rules

US Lacrosse has introduced new youth rules that will take effect during the 2017 season that align with the principles of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model.


Complete youth rulebooks will be uploaded here soon.

Gameday Coaching

Using Competition as a Teaching Tool Webinar

Coaching kids in competition formats that are not the traditional field and numbers of players can be daunting. Take advantage of this free webinar to learn how various competition models at the youth level can be utilized to develop lacrosse athletes so kids learn more, improve and have a great experience.

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