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Re: Age Group Conversion Table
Anonymous #306423 08/08/20 03:17 PM
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The three best players in the country at 22 didn't play "on age" until this year All played up 1 or 2 years or played varsity as 8th graders school age didn't matter.

Nope, The only one I do know age of ( son played with) is a 2021 heldback. Sorry, He very rarely played 2021 in youth..Try again holdback Dad

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Lax is my favorite sport and my sons. They also play travel football and hockey (dropped soccer years ago). All the sports they play at a very high level are based on on birth year, period-with the exception of lacrosse. One of my kids is January bday and one is Dec. Advantage for one, disadvantage for the other but they still made all their respective travel A teams and compete. There is no logical argument for any kids playing YOUTH sports not to be strictly aged based. Once kids get into High school years I have no problem with rules going grade based. My Dec son had to play soccer a year up and hockey and football continually, but it is fair and creates a level playing field. I'm no snowflake. This is just simple, reasonable stuff. Lacrosse rules, or lack there of are a joke.

Everyone knows it is the right thing to do, Unfortunately many lacrosse coaches sons in the top clubs are holdbacks and will be for years to come as many do prefirst or heldback from starting school.

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Lax is my favorite sport and my sons. They also play travel football and hockey (dropped soccer years ago). All the sports they play at a very high level are based on on birth year, period-with the exception of lacrosse. One of my kids is January bday and one is Dec. Advantage for one, disadvantage for the other but they still made all their respective travel A teams and compete. There is no logical argument for any kids playing YOUTH sports not to be strictly aged based. Once kids get into High school years I have no problem with rules going grade based. My Dec son had to play soccer a year up and hockey and football continually, but it is fair and creates a level playing field. I'm no snowflake. This is just simple, reasonable stuff. Lacrosse rules, or lack there of are a joke.

Everyone knows it is the right thing to do, Unfortunately many lacrosse coaches sons in the top clubs are holdbacks and will be for years to come as many do prefirst or heldback from starting school.

In Youth lax, Hold backs should compete on age like everyone else. If the graduation year grouping is due to recruiters, then keep at HS. Recruiters aren’t looking at elementary or middle school kids.

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That totally makes sense and how it should be. However, there is no strong overseeing body and therefore works like the Wild West with club programs making the calls on how things should run. And they can’t help themselves and operate like fools. They see a kid coming into their program that looks like an impact player and know he is either too old or a grade above (but says he’ll be repeating “at some point”), but say hey he’ll make our team better this year and make our program look stronger. And then it happens again and again. And then there’s no going back as far as the clubs go. The strong clubs are self-interested mercenary programs that only care about their success (which generally means one ego maniacal nut job).

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This is tough I find my daughter in this predicament. October birthday so she's young for her grade. She plays up and I know that helps her but at times I've found she struggles socially as she isn't as mature as the older girls. This does at times trickle onto the field and both her and I get frustrated. I'm sure in 2 very short years she will be asked to play varsity as a seventh grader. This will be very good for her state stats if she plays varsity for 6yrs. Just I worry about her overall growth and I wouldn't want HS lax to become stale because she played varsity to long.

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In Youth lax, Hold backs should compete on age like everyone else. If the graduation year grouping is due to recruiters, then keep at HS. Recruiters aren’t looking at elementary or middle school kids.
Where I live, rec lax (spring league) is age (Sep 1st cutoff) and club is obviously birth year...is that the case in other areas?

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The three best players in the country at 22 didn't play "on age" until this year All played up 1 or 2 years or played varsity as 8th graders school age didn't matter.

Um, if they are not really 2022’s then they cannot be called “the 3 best 2022’s”. Let’s call it like we see it- they are really 2021s.

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In Youth lax, Hold backs should compete on age like everyone else. If the graduation year grouping is due to recruiters, then keep at HS. Recruiters aren’t looking at elementary or middle school kids.
Where I live, rec lax (spring league) is age (Sep 1st cutoff) and club is obviously birth year...is that the case in other areas?

Yes. All club teams are grade based. You can see which teams have the most hold backs. If you look at the rankings of youth club teams the higher their ranking the greater number of hold backs. In other words, the number 1 ranked team has the most hold backs.

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In Youth lax, Hold backs should compete on age like everyone else. If the graduation year grouping is due to recruiters, then keep at HS. Recruiters aren’t looking at elementary or middle school kids.
Where I live, rec lax (spring league) is age (Sep 1st cutoff) and club is obviously birth year...is that the case in other areas?

Yes. All club teams are grade based. You can see which teams have the most hold backs. If you look at the rankings of youth club teams the higher their ranking the greater number of hold backs. In other words, the number 1 ranked team has the most hold backs.

Sad but True statement in the world of lacrosse now. Holdbacks / prefirsts rule Youth Lacrosse...so sad..

Lets not worry, USL will come out with another article on diversity or woman in lacrosse to address the issue. lol

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Lax is my favorite sport and my sons. They also play travel football and hockey (dropped soccer years ago). All the sports they play at a very high level are based on on birth year, period-with the exception of lacrosse. One of my kids is January bday and one is Dec. Advantage for one, disadvantage for the other but they still made all their respective travel A teams and compete. There is no logical argument for any kids playing YOUTH sports not to be strictly aged based. Once kids get into High school years I have no problem with rules going grade based. My Dec son had to play soccer a year up and hockey and football continually, but it is fair and creates a level playing field. I'm no snowflake. This is just simple, reasonable stuff. Lacrosse rules, or lack there of are a joke.

Everyone knows it is the right thing to do, Unfortunately many lacrosse coaches sons in the top clubs are holdbacks and will be for years to come as many do prefirst or heldback from starting school.

In Youth lax, Hold backs should compete on age like everyone else. If the graduation year grouping is due to recruiters, then keep at HS. Recruiters aren’t looking at elementary or middle school kids.

Yes, all of this! Young kids playing sports are not focused on playing in college and most will not go on to do so. Their parents shouldn't be worried about "D1 prospects" when they are 8 or 10 or even 12. Yes, the elite players can manage playing up or being competitive against a team of "holdbacks" but for the rest it contributes to making youth sports less enjoyable and beneficial. Let them play on age based teams until high school. Transparency about ages in recruiting would also help. Remember when Under Armour Lax used to list player birth dates but then they stopped because it was getting embarrassing for certain players and regions? Why not include birth month and year with high school recruiting rankings and write ups at least during freshman and sophomore year of high school?

The school cutoff date is 9/1 in my community. Nowadays almost every boy and girl with a July or August birthday waits a year to begin Kindergarten. No one wants their kid to be at a disadvantage in any way because they are the youngest. With the boys it's very common practice with June and May birthdays and sometimes even February, March and April. I have a son who is young for his grade but was not held back. Years ago had a couple kids on his middle school club team who were almost exact same age but a grade behind in private school. Back then the club enforced age cutoffs so the hold backs had to play with the grade they should be in. Those kids committed to play D1 lax at a lower level program but then reclassed AGAIN and traded up to better D1 lax programs. My son is beginning his 3rd year of college and they are the same age but will be freshman in college this fall. Good for them I guess but I wonder how it feels knowing they had to compete against kids 2+ years younger for their achievements.

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Lax is my favorite sport and my sons. They also play travel football and hockey (dropped soccer years ago). All the sports they play at a very high level are based on on birth year, period-with the exception of lacrosse. One of my kids is January bday and one is Dec. Advantage for one, disadvantage for the other but they still made all their respective travel A teams and compete. There is no logical argument for any kids playing YOUTH sports not to be strictly aged based. Once kids get into High school years I have no problem with rules going grade based. My Dec son had to play soccer a year up and hockey and football continually, but it is fair and creates a level playing field. I'm no snowflake. This is just simple, reasonable stuff. Lacrosse rules, or lack there of are a joke.

Everyone knows it is the right thing to do, Unfortunately many lacrosse coaches sons in the top clubs are holdbacks and will be for years to come as many do prefirst or heldback from starting school.

In Youth lax, Hold backs should compete on age like everyone else. If the graduation year grouping is due to recruiters, then keep at HS. Recruiters aren’t looking at elementary or middle school kids.

Other sports seemed to have figured out how to recruit kids while playing age-based. It's just not that hard.

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Lax is my favorite sport and my sons. They also play travel football and hockey (dropped soccer years ago). All the sports they play at a very high level are based on on birth year, period-with the exception of lacrosse. One of my kids is January bday and one is Dec. Advantage for one, disadvantage for the other but they still made all their respective travel A teams and compete. There is no logical argument for any kids playing YOUTH sports not to be strictly aged based. Once kids get into High school years I have no problem with rules going grade based. My Dec son had to play soccer a year up and hockey and football continually, but it is fair and creates a level playing field. I'm no snowflake. This is just simple, reasonable stuff. Lacrosse rules, or lack there of are a joke.

Everyone knows it is the right thing to do, Unfortunately many lacrosse coaches sons in the top clubs are holdbacks and will be for years to come as many do prefirst or heldback from starting school.

In Youth lax, Hold backs should compete on age like everyone else. If the graduation year grouping is due to recruiters, then keep at HS. Recruiters aren’t looking at elementary or middle school kids.

Other sports seemed to have figured out how to recruit kids while playing age-based. It's just not that hard.

US Lacrosse has no balls or power to fix it...

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