Three Village Lacrosse offers boys programs for beginners as well as experienced players. Our House league includes boys from Kindergarten to the 4th grade in the spring and Kindergarten to the 8th grade in the winter. The House league is essentially an intramural program that involves boys from our community. It has recently been redesigned in an effort to ensure that it provides less experienced boys with a safe yet competitive atmosphere to learn the game and improve their skills, and to provide the more experienced player with a place to hone their game while playing with other boys from the community. In addition to our House league, we offer PAL and Travel teams for boys 2nd through 8th grade. The Travel teams are reserved for the more committed and generally more skilled players, and our travel teams play in tournaments and events against teams that are not from our program. Below we've provided a more detailed summary of the House, PAL and Travel leagues.
Our House league offers lacrosse to boys grades K through 8th. This league is designed to teach boys the basics of the games, including throwing, catching, scooping, shooting and offensive and defensive positioning. We seek to accomplish that goal by placing the boys in an environment best-suited for their level of play. All of the boys who participate in our House league receive an equal amount of playing time, provided they attend and participate in the practices and games. The House program is divided into four groups:
K-1st Grade Clinics: Our goal with this group of boys is to introduce them to the game in a non-threatening yet competitive environment where they can learn the basics and have fun in the process. Although every season is different, we usually break these boys up into small groups and have them participate in station drills, with each station focusing on a different skill set (e.g., throwing, catching). The clinics last one hour and, typically, we hold eight clinics on Saturdays or Sundays in the spring and eight clinics on the weekends during the winter session. Clinics during the spring are usually held at Setauket Elementary School and the winter clinics are held at World Gym in Setauket. At the Jamboree, which is held at the end of the spring season, we divide the boys up into teams and have them play against each other in mini games
2ndGraders: In the past, these boys participated in clinics like the K-1st graders. However, starting about a year ago, we created a separate division for them so that they can also play games. The boys are divided up into four or more even teams, assigned coaches and assistant coaches, and play games once a week on either Saturday or Sunday. A weekly practice will usually be held on Monday. Before the games, the boys participate in a practice session where we teach individual and team lacrosse skills. This group plays its games at Setauket Elementary School during the spring and at World Gym during the winter.
3rd-4th Graders: This group of boys is divided into separate teams that participate in a 3rd/4th grade division. Typically, we have 4-6 teams. To create the teams, we use a ranking system that assigns a rating based on each boy’s experience and skill level. The rating system comes from the coaches, who are asked to rank the boys at the end of each season using a numerical ranking system. We then assign boys in a manner that ensures, to the extent feasible, that we’ll have parity amongst the teams. During the spring season most of the games are played on Friday night or on Saturday at Ward Melville High School. In addition to the games, the boys will practice in a clinic format with other boys from the age bracket approximately 8 -10 times at one of the local elementary or junior high school fields. In the winter, this age group plays 8 to 9 games on the weekends, which are held at World gym.
5th-8th Graders: These older boys participate in our In-House league during the winter season. There are two divisions 5/6th and 7/8th. We usually have between 4-6 teams in each division, and we seek to create equal teams by using the player rating system. All games are played at World Gym. In recent years the boys have played box lacrosse games, which are more of a run-and-gun styled game that involve hockey goals.
**All boys in grades K- 4th who are playing Three Village travel or PAL lacrosse are required to play spring in house lacrosse and are encouraged to play winter in house lacrosse.
Our Travel league offers boys a more competitive lacrosse environment. The league is aimed at those boys who have more advanced skills and are committed to the game. There will be tryouts held in late August or early September. The players are selected during tryouts conducted by the league. The travel teams are selected prior to the commencement of the fall season and will play together as a team in tournaments during the fall, winter, spring and summer. Boys selected to participate in the Travel league must pay a separate travel registration fee, which goes towards costs associated with their travel team. If a boy wants to participate in our Travel League and he also plays another spring sport, we expect that he will make lacrosse his priority sport in the spring. Boys who are selected and commit to our Travel teams will not be allowed to play on any other select or elite lacrosse team. It is also our expectation that a boy who signs up to play travel will be available to participate in tournaments during the year, some of which take place off Long Island. While we aim to provide all players with equal playing time, attendance and effort at practice and games can affect playing time, and our travel coaches reserve the right to play who they view as their strongest players during critical stages of the game.
3rd-6thGraders: The number of teams we field depends on the number of boys who are committed to playing at the travel level and their skill level. The league will look to provide a travel team at each grade 3rd-6th. In the spring the teams participate in leagues against other teams that are not from the community and games are held on the weekends. Usually each team will play half of its games at home and half away, and our home field is usually either Setauket Elementary School or Ward Melville High school. The travel teams also participate in tournaments and events during the spring, summer, fall and winter.
7th-8th Graders: The league will look to provide at least one travel team for both 7th and 8th grades. The teams will participate in tournaments in the spring, summer, fall and winter, and may also participate in a Sunday-only league during the spring.
9th-11thGraders: Boys entering 9th, 10th and 11th grade are provided with an opportunity to try-out for JV or Varsity summer travel team that play under the Ward Melville banner and are coached by High School coaches, including coaches from Ward Melville High School. The teams will be selected by their coaches after a series of try-outs, and will participate in competitive tournaments that, for the most part, will take place during the summer.
3rd-8th Graders: Boys who try out for our travel teams and are not selected, or do not want to commit to play on our travel teams will have an opportunity to play on a team that will play against other towns in the Suffolk PAL league. Based on the number of boys who are interested in playing, the league will try to have a team for each grade level. Some grade levels may be combined with another grade level to have enough boys to field a team. Boys playing for the PAL teams will be allowed to play on an outside select or elite team if they wish to play a tournament schedule as well. It is expected that during the spring, the PAL team practice will take precedence over other teams’ practices and attendance and effort at practice and games can affect playing time.
2nd Grade: Annually, based on the level of interest the league will determine if 2nd graders will have a Travel and/or PAL team. 2ndgrade Travel and PAL teams will follow the same guidelines as the rest of the league.