The purpose of the U7 L'il Roughnecks league 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.
For the 2023 season, U7 L'il Roughnecks birth years are 2017, 2018, and 2019. As in previous years, U7 L'il Roughnecks will be on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Also for the 2023 season, the U7 L'il Roughnecks division will be renamed the L'il Roughnecks. All U7 L'il Roughnecks players will receive a free lacrosse stick and get to keep their jersey at the end of the season.
The U7 L'il Roughnecks program follows the guidelines set forth by the Canadian Lacrosse Association Long Term Athlete Development Plan.
The format for U7 L'il Roughnecks will be (please consult ALA Regulation 15.15 for full 6U rules).:
- 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
- They will have 2 floor times per week - Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings
- The season runs until mid-June.
- League play begins TBD.
- U7 require full gear.
At the end of the season, a special U7 L'il Roughnecks 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 development, there will be no standings for U7 L'il Roughnecks.
Registration opens January 1st, 2023. Registration information can be found on our home page under 2023 Registration.
For more information regarding U7 L'il Roughnecks, TBD at U7@sabrecatslax.com.