12U and 14U Girls NCJLA Teams
These teams compete in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association, playing 12v12 lacrosse (11 field players and one goalie) on a full size field.
The top priority for this team is to develop individual and team skills. Games are competitive but playing time is not solely determined by player ability. During the season, players are expected to prioritize lacrosse over other sports that they may be involved in.
Season length, practices, games and locations
Twice weekly mandatory practices typically start in mid January or early February. Games start in late February or early March, and are usually played on Saturdays. Some games are on Sundays. The season ends in mid-May. There are usually no games during Spring Break (EUSD schools).
Some away games may be held in the Bay Area, typically East Bay or North-East Bay teams (Pleasanton, Napa, Walnut Creek, etc.) but more away games are in the local area.
Girls’ lacrosse players use the following equipment. This equipment is not provided by the club. Players are required to have it at their first practice. Players who participated in the New Player Clinic, may already have received a stick.
(1) a girls' lacrosse stick (which is different from a boy's stick)
(2) protective eye goggles
(3) a mouthguard.
(4) cleats (soccer cleats are perfect).
One goalie per team will wear team-supplied helmet and padding - and players usually have fun rotating and taking a turn in goal.
Team and Player Evaluations
Team evaluations are held in November to determine player placement. In some cases teams are created based on player age grouping, experience, skill level, friend participation, and team availability. Our league, the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA) requires teams to register as a "Rookie - B" a "Veteran - B" or an "A" team.
Some seasons, B teams will be selected on the basis of age - with the "Rookie" team being comprised of predominately first year players in that age grouping (i.e. first year 12U players, first year 14U players) and the "Veteran" team being comprised of predominately second year 12U and 14U players. In this case, team assignment is not based on player skill or experience, but age. This is commonly done when the registrants are evenly split between "first year" and "second year" players - and substantially the entire team is returning and wishing to play with friends and former teammates.
Other seasons, B teams will be selected on the basis of skill - and the age grouping will hold involve a competitive tryout to place the more skilled players on the "Veteran" team.
On some seasons, an “A” team will be formed when there are a sufficient number of skilled players to form an "A" team. A competitive tryout to place the more skilled players on the "A" team. “A” teams typically play fewer games, travel more, and the schedule is more rigorous.
In mid fall, coaches and program leaders will determine the team designations, and registrants will be notified when the season tryout schedule is set in early November.
It is important for players and parents to know that Granite Bay Youth Lacrosse players are not "tracked" from season to season as "Rookie" or "Veteran" or "A" players. It is common for players to play one season on a "Rookie" team and play next season on a "Veteran" or "A" team, and perhaps play the next season on a "Rookie" team again. The team designation will be a function of the circumstances at play of that season.
The bottom line: the team designation varies from season to season and depends on the specific circumstances of that season, with the objective of doing what is in the best interest of the largest number of players.
Lastly, no team designation is required for any level of play at Granite Bay High School. All players desiring to play lacrosse in high school are encouraged to try out will be evaluated at that time without regard to any prior youth team designation.
Registration typically begins in late August/early September at www.gblax,org.
The registration fee is approximately $365. GB Youth Lacrosse strives to keep these cost minimal.
Uniform are purchased after team placement. Approximate cost is $60.
Please check the age eligibility page prior to beginning the online registration.
Players new to Granite Bay Lacrosse must live in the geographical boundaries. Please see Boundaries for more information.