“The most important thing, at the end of the game, is that you and your teammates had fun.”
Altona Lacrosse Club has incorporated the Lacrosse Athletic Development Model (LADM). This means we train our boys and girls to levels appropriate to their age and skill level whilst ensuring the focus is always on fun. The Club actively approaches the best players and coaches to oversee the development of our juniors. We believe that by giving our juniors the best coaching we can, it will stop them developing bad habits and give them the opportunity to be the best players they can be. This approach has seen many of our current young players attain selection in State and Australian sides.
If you want to know more, call Mark on 0455 455 990.
Team structure – junior lacrosse
This year, Under 10s has been introduced by Lacrosse Victoria. Clubs will be responsible for training their own juniors and Altona plan to make use of our box court to provide kids with the opportunity to play in an area where you never have to chase the ball out of bounds! Our Under 10s will be a mixed boys and girls side. Games will generally be played intraclub with regular competition arranged between nearby clubs. This grade is non-contact so your child only needs a stick, mouthguard, shorts and suitable footwear to play.
Under 12s games will include helmets for the first time. Under 12s is a mixed grade so girls can also play in this side. The games will be a sixes format which means non-stop fun with the goalie starting with the ball after every goal. There is no offside so everyone plays in attack and defense. Minimum protective equipment required is helmet, mouth guard, cup and gloves.
Under 14s will include some body checking and possibly long sticks. Lacrosse Victoria has not provided any rules so we are all waiting to see what form this grade takes. Players will be required to wear protective gloves, helmets, cup and a mouth guard.
Under 16s and Under 18s will be similar to senior lacrosse club with poke checking allowed and body checking more prevalent. Fortunately the protective gear makes lacrosse a safer sport than most even with the contact.
Altona hopes to put a girls start in either Under 12s or Under 14s on Sundays (dependent on ages of girls available). All female lacrosse is non-contact. However mouth guards and eye goggles are compulsory and jewellery must not be worn whilst playing. These requirements are the same in all women’s grades.
Lacrosse equipment recommended
2022 Teams & coaches – junior lacrosse
|Under 10 Mixed||Linda Kukucka|
|Under 12 Mixed||Eden Hanna-Roberts & Mason Williams|
|Under 14 Boys||Mark Lewer & Nick Burgess|
|Under 16 Boys||Lachlan McDonald|
|Under 18 Boys||TBA|
|Under 12/14 Girls||Julie Kovach & Morgan Dickins|
Training times – junior lacrosse
Junior Boys & Girls
Tuesday and Thursday 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Game times – junior lacrosse
|Under 10 Mixed||Thursday nights, 5:30 to 6:30 plus Saturday games when arranged.|
|Under 12 Mixed||Thursday nights, 5:30 to 6:30. Saturday morning games. Time TBA|
|Under 14 Boys||Thursday nights, 5:30 to 6:30. Saturday morning games. Time TBA|
|Under 16 Boys||Thursday nights, 5:30 to 6:30. Saturday morning games. Time TBA|
|Under 18 Boys||Tuesday and Thursday nights with Seniors & option of training with U16 on Thursdays. Saturday games. Time TBA|
|Under 12/14 Girls||Thursday nights 5:30 to 6:30. Game times TBA.|