West Bradford Youth Athletics

We are pleased to announce that the Whippets Youth Lacrosse boys youth lacrosse program has a new commissioner! Effective immediately, Matt Agdish will take on the role.

Matt lives in West Bradford with is wife and two children.  He has a 6-year old son in the U7 program, where Matt has volunteered as a coach. His 4 year old daughter is also already growing a love for the sport, playing catch in their backyard.

Matt has been involved with lacrosse (playing or coaching) for the past 30 years.  He played lacrosse in college (both Division I and Division II) and coached off and on after graduation (in both high school lacrosse and also Nutmeg State Games (Connecticut’s version of their state games).  Matt’s family has a history of volunteering in the lacrosse community, with his mother serving as the president of his high school booster club.

To aid Matt in his transition into this role, Eric Dougherty will work with him in the background to ensure the 2016 season runs as smooth as possible while Matt learns more about the new responsibilities. Needless to say, Matt will be relying on many of you as volunteers to make the program a long-term success.

 

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Our Coaching Staff

The Whippets Youth Lacrosse program is guided by a coaching staff that includes seasoned high school coaches, professional and semi-professional lacrosse players and coaches, former NCAA coaches and players, and current high school players from across the region.   Our coaches have performed at the highest levels - winning High School State Championships, World Championships and NCAA Championships.  Our coaching staff brings experience, knowledge and a love of the game to the next generation of lacrosse players and we do so with pride and a sense of responsibility to our youth.   We believe that our coaching staff is the most experienced in the area and highly motivated to teach the game of lacrosse in a competitive yet supportive environment.   

Boys Lacrosse

Ages/Divisions: U7 - U15

Team Makeup: Made by age groups and play with other teams in the area
Game Times: Weeknights & weekends
Coaches: Volunteers
Registration: November-January

Season: April – June
Location: Games- Embreevillee Fields (located off of Route 162, West Bradford Township) and multiple school fields in DASD; practices will be held at multiple locations
Cost: $95 per player; multi-child/multi-sport discounts available

Players must be DASD residents. CASD residents go to www.coatesvilleyouthlacrosse.com for information on Coatesville Lacrosse.

Commissioner: Matt Agdish -  lacrosse@wbya.org

WBYA’s Boys Lacrosse is aimed at having fun while kids learn lacrosse skills they might eventually use on school teams. We compete in the Chester County Lacrosse Association league. This league consists of teams from other school districts in close proximity to Downingtown.

  • Serving Downingtown West families
  • Full CCLA league travel schedule for U11 through U15
  • A, B and C level teams for U11-U15, depending on number of players
  • “Play Day” Tournaments for U7 and U9
  • U7 will be full pads using official lacrosse balls and mini nets (pads available for all players via WBYA)
  • Loaner equipment available for U9- players responsible for sticks
  • Rental helmets and limited rental equipment available for U11-U15
  • Learn sportsmanship and values taught in all WBYA sports
  • Emphasize that hard work and having fun can go hand in hand
  • Experienced coaches at all levels

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the season?

                For U11 and higher, preseason evaluations typically start in late February, and team practices start mid-March. Practices will be outdoors, weather depending. The games run from the first week of April until Memorial Day. Teams that make the CCLA championships will have games the first week of June.

                For U7 and U9, practices will start late March and be outdoors. U7 and U9 events typically wrap up the week after Memorial Day

Where are practices/games held?

                Practices are held at multiple locations- Broad Run Park, Shadyside Park, Bradford Heights Elementary School, and Embreeville. West Bradford’s home lacrosse field this season is at the Embreeville sports complex. Away games are at the locations determined by the CCLA opponent. Visit www.cclalax.org for a full list of member teams.

Are uniforms provided?

                For U7 and U9, jerseys are provided. Depending on the jersey, it may need to be returned at the end of the season. The coaches and team manager will notify you of the process during handout. For U11 and up, a jersey purchase is required. Information will be sent at registration on how to order the jersey. Returning players can use the same jersey from season to season. Cost is approximately $35. Optional shorts are available, but all players are required to wear royal blue shorts.

What Equipment does my child need?

                For U7, all required equipment except a stick and mouthguard is provided. Players can also use their own equipment. For U9, loaner equipment is available if needed. For U11 and up, it is recommended that players have their own equipment. A limited amount of equipment in larger sizes is available if needed. A helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves are required in addition to the mouthguard. A protective cup is required for goalies and recommended for all other players. Goalie protective equipment (except cup) is available for use for those that want to try the position.

What division will my child play in?

Divisions are determined by a combination of age and skill. The age division is determined by your child’s age on August 31st of the PRIOR year. So, based on their age on August 31st  of LAST YEAR:

  • U7- 5 & 6 year olds
  • U9- 7 & 8 year olds
  • U11- 9 & 10 year olds
  • U13- 11 & 12 year olds
  • U15- 13 & 14 year olds

For the skill-based placement, U11 and higher divisions have A, B and sometimes C divisions. A is the most competitive level for the more skilled players. B is more development focused while still being a competitive league. C is focused on the newer player or those still developing skills. Proper placement allows for better development of players at all ages. All CCLA clubs are required to field an A team before they can field B or C teams. Registration numbers determine the number of teams at each age and skill level. If a player is on a high school lacrosse team, they are not eligible to play for any CCLA team.

Do you have tryouts?

In order to properly place players in the U11 and higher divisions, evaluations will be held prior to the start of each season. These evals take place over several sessions, with several different coaches evaluating players. There are no “cuts” in lacrosse- everyone plays. The evals are used only for team placement based on skill. For U7 and U9, coaches evaluate players during the first several practices and break the players up into evenly skilled teams for games and play days. Generally these team assignments are made for the entire season so that players get used to playing with one another.

My child is new to the sport. Can they “play down” to gain experience?

The practice of playing at a lower age level is not permitted by CCLA, and not the best method for developing a player’s skills. This is why there are A/B/C divisions. Every effort is made to place a player at the proper level for their skill and experience.

I would like my child to “play up” at the next age group. Is this possible?

While technically permitted by CCLA, this is not a recommended practice for development of a player. Over the long term, players are best suited playing with the players they will be with through youth lacrosse and into high school. Sometimes the physical difference between two divisions is too much for a player to handle, even if they have the lacrosse skills. Moving players between divisions to keep brothers together or for carpooling or convenience purposes, for example, is not permitted and will negatively impact the players’ development in the sport.

I would like my child placed on a team with a neighbor for carpooling. Can this be done?

Most WBYA sports allow for carpool requests for teams. But unlike most WBYA sports, lacrosse is a travel sport that also defines its teams by skill. Players asking to be on the same team may be the same age, but may not be the same skill level. If parents are insistent on the players being on the same team for carpooling, it may impact a player’s ability to be placed on the ‘A’ team. With about 20 teammates plus coaches on each team, finding a ride for games and practices is generally not an issue.