Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club is the fastest-growing lacrosse organization in the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League (AYLL). We fields teams at the U4, U6 and middle school/junior high levels.

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SCOTTSDALE UNITED LACROSSE CLUB 2020 ARIZONA YOUTH LACROSSE SEASON INFORMATION

Scottsdale United is the largest lacrosse club in the state of Arizona, with more than 150 players from 1st to 8th grade competing in the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League (AYL) at www.azlax.org.

Scottsdale United was formed in 2014 by combining two previous clubs: Scottsdale Swag and Scottsdale Lacrosse Club.

We are a parent-led organization that believes in volunteer leadership to keep costs low, and paid coaches and assistant coaches to ensure quality and accountability on the field and off.  

OUR BOUNDARIES

The AYL supports geographic boundaries for all of our clubs, and United is no exception.

United’s boundaries are roughly the same as the Scottsdale Unified School District itself.

United’s boundaries cover the traditional SUSD.  If  you live or attend a school, public, charter or private, within our boundaries, you are eligible to play of United. 

In the event that your circumstances prevent you from playing with United this year, we will ensure that you are introduced to the lacrosse club in your area.

TEAMS & AGE-SPECIFIC RULES AND GAME STRUCTURE

We expect to field teams in all four AYL age divisions for the 2020 season, with multiple teams in each division likely, based on interest from returning and new players.

In divisions where multiple teams are necessary, those teams will be separated by graduation year or by experience. No teams will be assigned until after initial player evaluations are conducted and a final structure is decided.

To be clear, these player evaluations are not tryouts. Everybody who registers is guaranteed to practice and play in the AYL. The goal is to introduce as many new players as possible to the sport of lacrosse, and ensure that they receive the skill development that is most appropriate for their experience level.

The AYL will also be adopting age-specific rules and field dimensions this season, based on the recommendations of U.S. Lacrosse. The age of your player can be determined on page 2 of the following link (https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/age-group-chart-18-19.pdf). The practice and game specifics offered by the AYL and Scottsdale United are listed below:

  • 8U - $175 per player 
    • Two (2) one hour small-field practices per week, early January through early April
    • Two small-field games per week from late January through early April
    • Volunteer coaches are provided by the club.  We also work closely with ASU to have upperclass lacrosse players assist
    • 8-10 players per team expected to maximize instruction and playing time
    • 4 v 4 or 5 v 5 game structure
    • 12 minute halves
    • Quarter field dimensions
    • 3 x 3 unmanned goals/cages
    • No contact
    • No longpoles
    • Games are administered by referees, but coaches can be on the field
    • Numbered Pinnie provided by club

 

  • 10U - $330 per player
    • Two (2) 90 minute small-field practices per week, early January through early April
    • Two small-field games per week from late January through early April
    • Practices are station based designed to develop lacrosse skills
    • Each player will be assigned to a team, White, Blue, Orange, or Black
    • 10-12 players per team expected to maximize instruction and playing time
    • 7 v 7 game structure
    • 23 minute halves
    • Half field dimensions
    • 5 x 5 goals/cages with goalies
    • No contact
    • No longpoles
    • Junior referees provided for games by AYL
    • Penalties will be served 
    • Shooter shirt and socks provided by the club
    • Uniforms must be purchased and worn for all games
    • Practice pinnies will be provided by the club

 

  • 12U - $405 per player 
    • Two (2) two-hour half-field practices per week, early January through early April
    • Two full field games per week from late January through early April
    • One head coach and one assistant coach provided by the club
    • 16-20 players per team expected
    • We will field a competitive level 11 v 11 team as well as a developmental 7v7 team.
    • 23 minute halves
    • 5 x 5 or 6 x 6 goals/cages with goalies
    • No contact per US Lacrosse rulebook – playing U11 contact rules
    • Longpoles cannot be 3” longer than player’s height
    • Referees provided for games by AYL
    • Penalties will be served by penalized player, man up/man down situations
    • Shooter shirt and socks provided by the club
    • Uniforms must be purchased

 

  • 14U - $435 per player 
    • Two (2) two-hour half-field practices per week, early January through early April
    • Two full field games per week from late January through early April
    • One head coach and one assistant coach provided by the club
    • 16-20 players per team expected
    • 11 v 11 game structure
    • 23 minute halves
    • Full field dimensions
    • 6 x 6 goals/cages with goalies
    • Contact per US Lacrosse rulebook
    • Up to four longpoles per team on the field
    • Referees provided for games by AYL
    • Penalties will be served by penalized player, man up/man down situations
    • If your player turns 15 prior to the April 15. Please send a note to  .
    • Shooter shirt and socks provided by the club
    • Uniforms must be purchased and worn for all games
    • Practice pinnies will be provided by the club

SCOTTSDALE UNITED PRACTICES 

  • Each team will practice twice per week from early January through early April.
  • Practices will vary from an hour to two hours depending on age.
  • We are working to secure fields within or adjacent to City of Scottsdale borders currently, and we’ll announce those agreements as they are formalized.
  • All players are expected to attend as many practices as possible. Absences due to illness, family vacations and events and academic needs are permitted. Academics come first!
  • In the event your player can’t make it to practice, please use the SI Play App to indicate the athlete's absence.  Coaches have the discretion to limit playing time based on practice attendance.
  • All players are expected to be at the fields, in pads and ready to go when practice begins. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before every practice to allow your child the time they need to prepare.  
  • If your child plays other sports that overlap the United season, please let us know in advance at  . It is important that your player be able to participate in practice at least once a week in order to participate in games on the weekends.  Of course, communicating any conflicts with coaches is essential.  

AYL GAME FORMAT

  • The AYLL conducts weekend festivals that bring all teams together to a different location around the Valley each weekend. All United teams will be in action at the same fields as much as possible.
  • Each United team will compete in two games nearly every Saturday from January 26th through the end of March 30. United will have no practice or games during spring break.  
  • Game schedules will work youngest to oldest this year, with 8U teams playing first and middle school teams playing last.
  • Game monitors will be present on the sidelines of each game to ensure that a positive atmosphere and good sportsmanship are exhibited by all participants. These volunteers from each team will be clearly marked for easy identification.

Game monitors will be empowered to warn and eject spectators for the rest of the day in the event poor sportsmanship is repeatedly demonstrated by spectators despite verbal warnings.

  • The season culminates in the Cactus Cup on April 4th, with each team playing multiple games on Saturday. League champions will be recognized in the 12U and 14U divisions.

WEATHER POLICY

Field lacrosse is an outdoor sport, meaning that practice and games may be impacted by thunderstorms or strong rains.

Our priority as an organization is the safety of our players, coaches and spectators. In the event that lightning or steady rain is expected prior to or is seen/heard in the area of our practice fields, we will cancel practice and let all parents know via email, the website and social media channels as soon as possible.

While the sport of lacrosse is played in the rain, most municipalities will cancel games and practices if standing water is present or expected. When that happens, we will let you know as soon as possible via the same channels.

Scottsdale United has a NO REFUNDS policy for any practices or games that are cancelled due to rain. These events are entirely out of our control, coaching staffs are paid a flat fee for the season, and the LeagueAthletics payment system offers no means of refunding credit cards.

In the event games are cancelled, those games cannot be made up at a future date due to schedules booked well in advance and a full calendar of games leading up to the Cactus Cup.  

UNITED TEAM AND SIDELINE GEAR

United also operates a team store with a variety of screened and embroidered items including shirts, hats, sweatshirts, bags, backpacks, blankets, etc. for players and fans. Please click on https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/scottsdale-united-lacrosse?_k=f07x37 to order your United sideline gear. A portion of the revenue generated by the team store will come back to the club directly

These items can be ordered directly off the United Team Store page on our website, and the orders will be billed and shipped directly to you, rather than through the club.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Scottsdale United offers customized promotional opportunities for your business based on the donation amount. Every dollar donated will go exclusively towards the operations of the club before, during and after the AYL season, paying for league fees and lowering registration costs.

If you have any experience with Box lacrosse and have the opportunity to help, please let us know.