NALAX FAQs 08/11/2015 NALAX Frequently Asked Questions
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NALAX WALL BALL CHALLENGE! Record it & get a NALAX T-shirt!
NALAX WALL BALL CHALLENGE! Record it & get a NALAX T-shirt!
Overview: The goal of this challenge is to get the kids practicing on the wall/rebounder. The focus should be on good form and technique not just cranking out reps. We do not expect the kids to be able to pass this right away. For most of them, it will take some time and practice. We are trying to establish some good habits while having a little fun.
Video Submission: At the end of the practice period, we are asking that someone video record their “attempt”, place it on YouTube and submit the link to us. We will review it and they will either pass or fail. If they fail they will be given another chance to resubmit another “attempt” 1-2 weeks later. An email will be provided for submission as we get closer to that deadline.
Video Submission date: The last week of April (23rd-30th). We will try and review the videos and respond to you as soon as reasonably possible.
Challenge: Each athlete will need to complete the following repetitions, WITH GOOD FORM, in a one-minute time frame. They are allowed to rest a short time between each set, but the video needs to be one continuous video.
Prize: ALL players that pass the wall ball challenge will be given a custom-made North Andover Lacrosse Wall Ball Challenge T-shirt. BRAGGING RIGHTS!!! Additionally, the athlete in each age group that has the most total reps in the challenge will win an additional prize.
Drops are allowed but that rep does not count in your total
You can have several balls at your feet to use in case you miss a pass etc.
This can be done on a rebounder/bounce back or a wall. Most of the local elementary schools have a good brick wall that you can use. Level 1-2: this can be done with a parent throwing it to you.
You need to have 1 cradle in between reps - NO QUICK STICKS
Boys: You need to wear gloves
Here are videos of the form and technique we are looking for.
Boys: This is an excellent video that really emphasizes the correct tech.
Have the player roll the ball out in front of them a few feet, they need to get both hands low to the ground and scoop through the ball. Once they have it in their stick they need to stand back up do one quick cradle and roll it back out again. Raking is not allowed and will not be counted as a rep.
32 reps dominant hand
30 reps non-dominant
24 cross overs (throw right- switch hands and catch left, throw left- switch hands and catch right, each catch counts as 1 rep)
38 reps dominant
35 reps non-dominant
30 cross overs (throw right- switch hands and catch left, throw left- switch hands and catch right, each catch counts as 1 rep)
43 reps dominant
43 reps non-dominant
35 cross overs (throw right- switch hands and catch left, throw left- switch hands and catch right, each catch counts as 1 rep)
25 reps single hand dominant
25 reps single non-dominant
The above numbers are to pass the challenge only. We recommend that you spend 10-15 minutes daily practicing on the wall. Your age-specific coaches may send out additional recommendations of daily reps and additional drills. Select Players: This may also include cardio and agility training.
Lacrosse is a fantastic sport that is even more enjoyable as your skills and stickwork improve. If your son/daughter commits to practicing and takes on this challenge, they WILL GET BETTER!!! This really is the secret to success in this game. GOOD LUCK!!!
North Andover Youth Lacrosse: Coronavirus Update #2
Starting on March 13th, the North Andover Youth Lacrosse has SUSPENDED all lacrosse activities through March 31st, 2020. There are no practices or games through March.
We will provide additional guidance as more information becomes available and when it is determined that it is safe to start our season. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These resources are updated as new information becomes available and should be checked frequently.
North Andover Youth Lacrosse
Again, general guidelines from the CDC to help individuals prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses include, but are not limited to:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
We encourage you to contact local healthcare providers and public health authorities if you have questions or concerns regarding individual medical advice.
Registration begins on November 1. While registration is open, the nalax.net website has a “REGISTER NOW” icon on the home page; all payments are made via credit card through the website. A late fee will be applied after January 15th, 2019. Questions about registration can be sent to .
When does the season start?
The season begins in late February with weekly indoor sessions (approximately four per season), typically on Sundays at Home Grown Indoor Sports (400 Osgood St. North Andover, MA 01845). These are informal practices designed to get sticks in, or back in, kids’ hands. The cost for indoor sessions is included in the spring registration fee.
How long does the season last?
Once the indoor sessions are underway, teams move outside as the weather permits. When Mother Nature is kind to us, we are outside at the end of March. The Town of North Andover makes the decision as to when the fields are playable, as is the case throughout the season. Games start in the last weekend of March / early April and end in mid-June. Typically teams participate in the Jamboree for the girls, or the MBYLL Jamboree for the boys (which is the largest boys’ lacrosse jamboree in the nation), which occur in mid-June.
How are the teams created?
Each league (MBYLL [www.mbyll.org] for the boys’ program, and Founder's North League [www.fgll.org] for the girls’) mandates that we field teams of equal strength within each level. The coaches use the indoor sessions and early outdoor practices to gauge each player’s skill level, then work together in order to create balanced teams.
Team rosters and final practice schedules are set typically in late March.
When are games scheduled? Are all of the games played in town?
Games are on Sundays; times vary week to week. Both Founders and MBYLL are a “travel” league. We play opposing teams in the Merrimack Valley, Cape Ann, and North Shore regions. Average travel time for away games is 30 minutes. Our home games are typically at NAHS or Carter Field.
When and how long are the practices? When is the schedule determined?
Typically teams practice twice per week for 60 - 90 minutes each session. Most practices are on weekday afternoons, and some teams have Saturday morning practice. In the girls’ program, the entire level (for example, 3/4 girls) practices at the same time and place each week. In the boys’ program, most practices are group practices where multiple teams of the same level will practice together, allowing for more scrimmage opportunities and in-game tactical instruction. The practice schedule for both programs is determined by field availability and coaches’ availability and usually finalized with teams at the end of March (after the indoor sessions).
Which level is appropriate for my child?
NALAX uses a grade-based system for division of levels. 1/2 is 1st/2nd grades; 3/4 is 3rd/4th grades, 5/6 is 5th/6th grades, and 7/8 is 7th/8th grades. We also take into account an age-based system designed by US Lacrosse. If you have concerns or questions about which level is most appropriate for your child, please don’t hesitate to let us know (email addresses for boys’ and girls’ program directors are below).
Do I need to purchase a uniform or other special gear?
New players will be provided a reversible game jersey as part of their 2019 registration fee. If a replacement jersey is needed, it can be ordered at registration time for $25. Players provide their own shorts and socks, preferably black. Players also provide their own cleats or sneakers.
Each player is responsible for having appropriate equipment.
Girls need a women’s-game stick, protective goggles, and mouthguard.
Boys need a men’s-game stick, helmet, shoulder pads, arm/elbow guards, gloves, mouthguard, and a protective cup.
Is there a “Select” program?
Yes, both the boys’ and girls’ programs at the 5/6 and 7/8 levels offer the opportunity to play on a Select team. There is a tryout and there is an additional fee for this team. An additional practice and game each week is expected of these players. Select games are usually on Fridays, sometimes Saturdays. (There is no Select program for 1/2 or 3/4.)
Can my daughter/son play an additional sport in the spring?
For families that choose to participate in multiple sports, it is inevitable that there will be some conflicts. Our coaches understand this and our policy as a recreational program is to not penalize players with less playing time in games due to absence at practices. We certainly encourage attendance at all lacrosse practices in order for each player to improve and therefore have more fun; however, we know that players have a variety of commitments. When conflicts arise, we ask that parents keep the coaches informed so that practice plans and game plans can be altered if necessary. Our number one goal is to provide a great experience with the game of lacrosse for all participants.
I don’t see the answer to my question here. Whom can I ask?
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about NALAX!
For questions regarding the girls’ program, please contact Jim at .
For questions regarding the boys’ program, please contact Steve at .
For questions about NALAX in general, please contact Kris at .
We received this kind email through our website: "I had the pleasure of officiating the Pentucket Memorial Day tournament and I was so impressed with the North Andover coaches and athletes. Their hearts and minds are in the right place."