Mini Tyke


2019 Age Group Coordinator - Katherine MacLeod


Mini Tyke is for players born between 2013-2015.

2019 Player fees $250
Evaluations will be held at Oakridge Arena on the following dates:

Saturday, April 13 - 10-11am
Sunday, April 14 - 11am-12pm

During the 2018 season, Mini Tykes played twice a week, either on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings from 9-10am at Oakridge Arena. There is NO GUARANTEE that this will be the same for the 2018 season.

Kids will be divided into teams of approximately 9-12 players.
For 2018, the Sabrecats had 4 Mini Tyke teams.

The Age Group Coordinator will attempt to accommodate reasonable friend requests where possible while still maintaining parity teams (teams being made equal with respect to ability level).
No GUARANTEES are made with respect to friend requests.


Kids should be dressed in their full Lacrosse gear. For complete details on the equipment required you can visit the Calgary District Lacrosse Association website.

The Sabrecats are always looking for parents who are interested in volunteering to coach their kids teams. This can be a truly rewarding and fun experience for you and your child. Learn more about the Lacrosse coaching program.


Mini Tyke and Tyke coaches (which includes head coach and assistant coaches and anyone on the bench) need to be trained at the Community Initiation level. If you are interested in coaching please email the Director of Coaching at

In order to be trained at this level, you must follow the CDLA coaching guidelines.

CDLA Coaching Clinics and Requirements

CDLA Coaching Email

(Note: all costs for the coaching courses are paid for by the Sabrecats. Simply cc when you complete the below email).

 Mini Tyke Game Guidelines

The Mini Tyke Program follows the guidelines as set forth by the Canadian Lacrosse Association Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD).

The format for Mini Tyke will be:

  • 3-on-3 during the two 15 minute games
  • Session times - 1 hour
  • 15 minute warm-up / skills - 15 minute game - 15 minute skills session - 15 minute game
  • Running time
  • Players on floor for 3 minute intervals during the 2 - 15 minute games
  • Play the width of the floor
  • Contact Rule is ‘equal pressure’
  • No referees - coaches manage the floor
  • No penalties - stop when necessary to explain infractions
  • 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.

Please consult ALA Regulation 19.15 for full Mini Tyke rules.

The purpose of the Mini Tyke and Tyke 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 Mini Tyke leagues according to association. This is to allow for all games to be played close to home and reduce travel to and from games.

At the end of the season, a special “Mini Tyke Festival” is held where all teams come together to play one another in a fun and festive atmosphere.

Throughout the season, in order to encourage the development of this environment, there will be no standings for Mini Tyke or Tyke. Please note that although standings are not kept, standard game results procedures must be followed (ie. sending in the game sheets).



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