Who is eligible to participate in the Select League?
- 5th or 6th Grade Girls
- 7th or 8th Grade Girls
- Must be registered for the Classic Spring Team.
- Willing to commit to attending practices and games regularly for both a town Classic and a Select team –
- Additional 2 practices per week (after the Classic practice) and an additional 1 game per week (Friday’s).
- Must attend tryouts
How is the Select Team different from the Classic Teams?
The Select Program is supplemental to the Wellesley Girls Lacrosse Classic program. The Founders Girls Lacrosse League (www.fgll.org) has created a Select Division for girls who are prepared for a more competitive experience.
What is the commitment and expectations?
The Wellesley SELECT program is for 5-8th graders who want to play MORE lacrosse at a more skilled and competitive level than CLASSIC. These teams will be chosen based upon a tryout in early Spring. In addition, girls must commit to 1.5-2 more hours of practice a week and games on Friday nights. In addition to the classic practices and games.
These teams are coached by experienced coaches and the level of play is higher than the Classic program as this is a try out league within all towns. Players need to commit to the following:
· Willingness to make lacrosse their priority sport in the Spring.
· Willingness to play both CLASSIC and SELECT teams.
· Willingness to make attendance at both practice and games a priority and communication with coaches is a must.
If interested, one should register for the SELECT Program during the registration period this Winter. You will not pay until your player has been rostered on a team.
Other Select Program rules:
- Scores and standings are kept for Select, not for town teams.
- Playing time may not be equitable in Select.
Can my child play for the Select Team and not the Classic team?
No. The Founders League requires that all players also play on a town Classic Team. This is a League rule.
Do I need to register my child in order to try out?
Yes, there is a separate registration for the Select Team. In addition, your child must be registered for a town Classic team in order to try out for the Select Team. Registration is currently OPEN. There is no fee to try out.
How many players will be selected for each team?
Ideally, the Select Team will have 18-20 players on a team. The final determination will be made after evaluations.
Do returning players have to try out?
Yes. Each year, the grade groups includes a different pool of players. Players are evaluated for a spot on the Select Team based on their skill level compared to others within that pool. This is not a league for those that are still trying to master their basic skills or cannot commit to practices and games.
How many tryouts are there?
There will likely be 2 required dates for tryouts in March, for a total of 2 hours. Those dates will be announced based upon indoor facility scheduling. Please arrive 15-20 minutes before the tryout to check in, stretch, and be ready to begin as soon as we can step on. We need the full hour to evaluate the players.
What if my child is injured or cannot participate in a tryout due to a conflict?
If a player is ill, injured, or otherwise cannot attend tryouts, you must contact the Age Level Director prior to the scheduled tryout. Any player not attending for one of these excused absences will need to be reviewed at another date.
How are tryouts structured?
Tryouts will consist of drills focused on lacrosse skills such as passing, catching, cradling and ball protection, ground balls, defensive positioning and checking (where applicable), and shooting. During full field scrimmages we will evaluate speed, athleticism, game awareness, and TEAM play.
Who oversees the tryout, evaluates players, and selects the teams?
There will be an assigned age level Coordinator, 4-6 independent evaluators, and current coaches in attendance at the tryouts.
- The age level coordinator organizes and manages the tryout process, allowing the evaluators to focus solely on the performance of the players.
- Independent evaluators are responsible for evaluating players in the drills and scrimmage. None of the evaluators has a daughter at the age level trying out. Independent evaluators are experienced coaches from other town programs, current or former WYL coaches, club coaches or current HS players.
- Current coaches, from that age level, will oversee the drill, ensuring all players participate and the pace allows effective evaluation.
- Parents are not allowed to attend the tryouts. This is so the girls can focus on what they are doing and are not distracted.
What is the schedule for the select team?
- Games will not conflict with FGLL games. They will typically be played on Friday evenings. The game schedule will depend on what towns have registered a select team. Times are typically between 5:00-8:00.
- Practices will be scheduled after weekly Town Classic teams.
What is the cost of the program?
- Final cost will be determined based on the number of rostered players. Our estimated cost is $250 per player.
Contacts for 2020