Program Details

Little Laxers Program

Worthington Little Laxers is a program for pre-school age girls and boys 3-5 years old who want to play the exciting game of lacrosse! We teach the FUNdamental skills of the sport while developing introductory movement skills, eye-hand coordination, and basic concepts of teamwork. We weave sportsmanship and cooperative play throughout all of our sessions, and maximize each player’s touches on ball. Our goal is to provide Little Laxers with the skills and knowledge to build ability, confidence and interest in playing lacrosse!

What is the format?
We run a station-based “clinic” each week with drills that are age-appropriate and allow the kids to experiment with lacrosse in a fun way. Players will rotate through 4 skill-building stations focusing on the basics of lacrosse using small-sided competitions to practice those skills. Players are grouped by age, but we can place siblings together if requested. We also encourage parents to be on the field with the players for support and to see them close in action.

What equipment does my child need?
We provide each player with a stick and a ball to use during the sessions. At this level, we want players to experiment with the stick and ball and grow comfortable using them. Players aren’t required to wear protective eyewear or mouthguards since we are using soft balls.

Who is coaching Worthington Little Laxers?
The Director of Worthington Little Laxers is Ally McCarthy-Minister. She has been involved in Worthington Lacrosse and Central Ohio Lacrosse for 30 years. After coaching at Thomas Worthington High School for 18 years, she became a nationally certified Coach Development Trainer for US Lacrosse. Through this role, she has continued to help grow the sport beyond Ohio and bring her knowledge and experience back to Worthington. In addition to working with the youngest members of our lacrosse community, Coach Ally also serves as the WYB Girls Lacrosse Coaching Director.

The Worthington Little Laxers coaches include high school players, alumni, and parents. If you would like to help at one or more sessions, please let us know!

Kindergarten

Girls in Kindergarten will be introduced to the core fundamentals of girls lacrosse in a FUN and interactive environment. They will develop agility, balance and coordination for success in learning fundamental technical lacrosse skills, such as cradeling, throwing, catching, scooping (ground balls) and an introduction to 3v3 small field games. Fun, constant, active engagement (kid+ball=fun) is the key to success at this level, along with being relaxed and inclusive, with an emphasis on learning new skills. Lots of enjoyable games will reinforce skill learning and getting as many touches with the ball will keep the girls engaged and ready to move to the next developmental level.

Practices/Games: Practices and small-sided 'games' begin in mid-March and the season runs through the end of May. Practices will be for 1 hour on Sunday afternoons.

1st & 2nd Grade

Girls in grades 1 and 2 will be introduced to the core fundamentals of girls lacrosse in a FUN and interactive environment. They will develop agility, balance and coordination for success in learning fundamental technical lacrosse skills, such as cradeling, throwing, catching, scooping (ground balls) and an introduction to field positions. Fun, constant, active engagement (kid+ball=fun) is the key to success at this level, along with being relaxed and inclusive, with an emphasis on learning new skills. Lots of enjoyable games will reinforce skill learning and getting as many touches with the ball will keep the girls engaged and ready to move to the next developmental level.

Practices: Practices begin in mid-March and the season runs through the end of May. Practices days and times will be determined prior to the start of the season and usually include one weekday practices for 1 hour and one weekend game.

Games: Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Kilbourne HS turf field. Schedules will be made available at the start of the season. Girls in grades 1 and 2 will play under the guidance of the Central Ohio Girls Youth Lacrosse Association and follow USLacrosse 8U rules.

3rd & 4th Grade

Girls in grades 3 and 4 continue to develop a technically sound set of lacrosse skills and athletic movement skills necessary in lacrosse (agility, quickness, change of direction). Getting as many touches with the ball as possible is what we are trying to achieve. It is important to realize that even if your daughter has not played lacrosse before, this is still a great time to start.

Practices: Practices begin in mid-March and the season runs through the end of May. Practices days and times will be determined prior to the start of the season and usually include two weekday practices for 1.5 hours and one weekend game.

Games: Games will be played on Sunday afternoons or weekdays during the evenings at Worthington school fields. Schedules will be made available at the start of the season. Girls in grades 3 and 4 will play under the guidance of the Central Ohio Girls Youth Lacrosse Association and follow USLacrosse 10U rules.

5th & 6th Grade

Girls in grades 5 and 6 continue to master the core fundamentals and foundations while learning more advanced skills that increase their "Lacrosse IQ". At this level, players will reinforce techincal skills while learning and practicing tactical application in a progressive system. Getting as many touches with the ball as possible is what we are trying to achieve. It is important to realize that even if your daughter has not played lacrosse before, this is still a great time to start.

Practices: Practices begin in mid-March and the season runs through the end of May. Practices days and times will be determined prior to the start of the season and usually include two weekday practices for 1.5 hours and one weekend game.

Games: Games will be played on Sunday afternoons or weekdays during the evenings at Worthington school fields. Schedules will be made available at the start of the season. Girls in grades 5 and 6 will play under the guidance of the Central Ohio Girls Youth Lacrosse Association and follow USLacrosse 12U rules.