The A level travels team are competitive teams for seventh and eighth graders. A level teams play as part of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association (SEYPLA). Players try out for positions on A level teams and are placed on teams at varying competency levels. Players playing at A1 and A2 levels are expected to prioritize lacrosse as their primary spring sport.
Instruction in A level practices and house games focuses on:
Enhancing lacrosse skills, and preparing players for high school play
Building experience running more complex plays on offense and defense
Sportsmanship and fair play
Basics: Games are played on a full sized field with standard lacrosse goals. There are 10 players on the field (three each attack, midfield and defense plus a goalie). Players play specialized positions. Teams are 15-18 players.
Gear: Players wear full protective lacrosse gear (helmets, gloves, chest protectors and elbow pads). Body checks are permitted. Long poles are permitted for defense.
Teams: There are three A level lacrosse teams.
A1: Players have very strong stick skills, and have extensive lacrosse experience. This is the most competitive level of lacrosse in SEYPLA.
A2: Players have good stick skills, and have strong lacrosse experience. A2 level is also very competitive.
A3: Players have basic stick skills, and have lacrosse experience. Players more recently introduced to lacrosse are placed on the A3 team.
Practice: A level practices take place on various weekday evenings, based on coaching availability. Players typically practice two evenings per week.
Games: A level games are typically played on Saturdays. Some Sunday games may be scheduled. Games are played against other SEYPLA teams in the region, usually within a one hour drive from Radnor.
Coaches: Teams are coached by some paid coaches, parents and other volunteers. High school lacrosse players also assist some teams.
Playing Time: Playing time is earned through attending practice, working hard during practice, and training in basic lacrosse skills at home.