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Girls Program

Parent Volunteers are the Foundation of the Girls Lax Program

The strength of the STMA Girls Lacrosse program is 100% dependent upon parent involvement. STMAYLA is calling for volunteers to:

  1. Run the program as Girls Director on the Association board
  2. Coach a team
  3. Advocate for lacrosse to recruit players from the community

No lacrosse experience is necessary for any of these roles. As is the case for most non-profit community organizations, if volunteers cannot fulfill these three fundamental roles then the girls lacrosse program will be on hold as the program cannot run itself.

If you would like to volunteer or are interested in more information about girls lacrosse, please contact the board at volunteer-director@stmalax.com.

Girls Program Update - Aug 13, 2020

Overview

The STMA Lacrosse Association runs both girls and boys lacrosse programs for players in the community. The Boys program participates in the Great Northern Lacrosse League in box lacrosse (Mar-Apr), spring field lacrosse (Apr-Jun), and fall field lacrosse (Aug-Oct). The Girls program participates in the Minnesota Schoolgirls Lacrosse league in the spring (Apr-Jun) and summer (Jun-Jul).

Differences

Boys and Girls Lacrosse are very different sports, and multiple videos can be found on the internet describing these differences. Basically, in addition to different seasons and different leagues, the differences can be summed up:

  • Different equipment (sticks, gloves, headgear); goalies wear similar gear, all players wear cleats (https://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment)
  • Fields are similar dimensions (girls is slightly larger) but have different layouts; goals are game size (https://www.uslacrosse.org/rules/field-diagrams)
  • Boys lacrosse is full contact; with increasing contact in the older age groups. Girls lacrosse does have some incidental contact but is significantly limited compared to boys.
  • Number of players on the field; Boys: 10 / Girls: 12. Teams are similar in size.

Although the two games have different styles, girls and boys lacrosse both require stamina, full body strength, hand-eye coordination, footwork, speed, aggressiveness, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

STMA Programs

STMA Lacrosse runs a coed Boys program, as do most associations in Minnesota, but refer to this as the “Boys Lacrosse” program because it plays under the Boys Lacrosse rules. As expected, the Girls program plays under the Girls rules. Both boys and girls programs are governed by US Lacrosse (https://www.uslacrosse.org/) which sets the rules for each age group within each sport. The Upper Midwest Lacrosse Officials Association (UMLOA), Minnesota Lacrosse Umpires Association (MLUA), and the respective leagues govern rules of play in Minnesota and may be more restrictive than US Lacrosse guidelines.  

STMA Girls Program Update

Athletes who wish to participate in the STMA Girl’s lacrosse program will register for our 2021 Spring & Summer seasons run by MS Lax. Registration typically opens in late February, and players can choose to participate in either or both lacrosse seasons. The 2020 MSLax lacrosse season was cancelled and no information is yet available on what, if any, changes will be made to the 2021 seasons.

During the off-season, the youth association will hold occasional clinics and open houses that are open to all players in the community. These are great opportunities to introduce the sport to local athletes new to the sport. Typically, these events are run by coaches from the boys program based on coach availability. In addition, club teams that are not affiliated with STMAYLA run programs year-round for interested players.

The STMA Lacrosse Association has had widely varying numbers of players in the spring/summer seasons. Some years in the past multiple teams have been fielded, and this past year (prior to the cancellation due to COVID) not enough players registered to field a team. In the years where we do not have enough players to field a team, the association either recruits players from nearby communities to fill the team or we direct players to a neighboring association who has space on the roster.   

 

 

 

Girls Spring Teams

Girls Summer Teams