Tryout information applies to 12U and 14U age segments only.
We call them “tryouts,” but we encourage parents and athletes to avoid “tryout stress” and think of them as player evaluations. Everyone will make a team. Depending on the registration numbers and depth of talent at a given age segment, we may have one A-team or two A-teams, one B-team or two B-teams. Relying on evaluations performed by an independent organization (LaxLabs), we will do our best to ensure that every player ends up on the most developmentally appropriate team for that player. That being said, we acknowledge that there will be hard calls to be made for the small group of athletes who fall “on the bubble” between an A-group and a B-group.
NOTE: Tryout times are subject to change depending on facility availability and weather conditions. As we approach the tryout dates, please keep an eye on your email for late-breaking changes. If at all possible, we will shift the tryout times to avoid foul weather rather than have the boys try out in uncomfortable conditions.
ALL PLAYERS MUST ATTEND BOTH PLAYER EVALUATION SESSIONS FOR THEIR AGE SEGMENT. Players who miss one or both tryout sessions will be placed on a team in the sole discretion of the boys’ youth director and will lose the “benefit of the doubt” should they appear to be “on the bubble” between the A-team and B-team. If you expect to miss all or part of any tryout session, please email the boys’ youth director beforehand.
A player's placement on an A-team or B-team during any previous season does not guarantee placement on that same team this season.
To participate in tryouts, players must be registered and paid in full.
EVALUATORS: Minnetonka Lacrosse has contracted with LaxLabs to conduct the evaluations. We are excited and fortunate to have LaxLabs' objective staff assessing our players again this year.
Player’s development will vary by age and will be taken into consideration by the evaluators
All registered 12U and 14U players will receive an email explaining tryout criteria and tryout drills prior to tryouts.
• Tryouts are “open” meaning that spectators may watch the tryouts but may NOT have contact with any player, evaluator, or coach during the evaluation, and may not intervene in the tryouts, including by cheering during scrimmages.
• When you register for summer lacrosse, you have to option to indicate what position your son prefers to play. This preference does not guarantee that your son will play that position during the season. Coaches will be empowered to place players at the position best suited to the players' skills, abilities, and development. Your son’s positional preference may, however, be a factor in evaluation—e.g., your son may be the #22 ranked player overall, but the #4 ranked defenseman according to positional preference. We anticipate that positionally ranked players (e.g., top 4 attackmen, top 6 midfielders, and top 4 defensemen) will make up the core of each A-team, with the balance of the A-team being filled out by the "best athletes" available as determined by our expert evaluators.
• Players should warm up on their own prior to the start of their evaluation session and be 100% ready to go at the first whistle.
• Players must wear all required equipment for evaluations: a lacrosse helmet, legal lacrosse gloves, lacrosse arm pads, lacrosse shoulder pads, a protective athletic cup, a legal lacrosse stick, and appropriate footwear (cleats or turf shoes). No exceptions. Additionally, players may wear bicep pads and kidney or rib pads if they choose.
• Players must return their tryout pinnie at the end of the second session. Any player who does not return his pinnie will not be permitted to participate in MLA activities until he or she has done so.
• Players are reminded of MLA's policy prohibiting their participating in any MLA-sanctioned event (including these evaluations) while wearing logos or decals from any other association, team, club, camp, clinic, or school. This policy covers all gear, e.g., bags, gloves, pads, helmets, jerseys, socks, shorts, shirts, etc. We encourage players to wear Minnetonka colors and exhibit Minnetonka logos during tryouts and at all MLA activities.