GLA Initiation Program - 2018 Schedule UPDATED

Peanut/Paperweight

Updated Wednesday May 9, 2018 by Gloucester Minor Lacrosse Association.

The GLA Initiation-to-lacrosse programs are designed for 3, 4, 5 and 6 year olds. The programs encourages children to be active and have fun while being taught basic lacrosse skills through a variety of drills and games. 

The initiation program focuses on developing the following skills:

  • Picking up loose balls from a stationary stance and on the move.
  • Passing from a stationary stance and on the run techniques
  • Catching from a stationary stance
  • Cradling the ball - stationary, walking, running and an introduction to the rotation of the wrist movement

Players in the initiation program are divided into the following age groups for the 2018 season:

Group

Birth Year

Ages

Peanut (Soft Lacrosse)

2014 - 2015

3-4

Paperweight

2012 - 2013

5-6

Note: Peanut-aged players play "soft-lacrosse". There is no body contact allowed of any kind for the peanut-age group. Contact is introduced in the Paperweight category.

 

2018 Spring/Summer Peanut & Paperweight Program

UPDATE: Due to the large number of registered Paperweight players we have decided to spilt in separate sessions for the peanuts and paperweights on Saturday mornings. The schedule below has been updated to reflect this change.

The paperweight program will be run on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  The peanut program will be run on Saturday mornings.  Subject to registration (and volunteers) we will run the program at up to three different locations across the GLA territory (tentatively Navan, Armstrong and Leitrim) in order to reduce travel time for families.

Peanuts (Soft lacrosse, born 2014-2015)       

  • Sat April 28  9:00-10:00 am    @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat May 5    9:00-10:00 am    @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat May 12  9:00-10:00 am    @ Armstrong arena (GLA Day, Photos)
  • Sat May 19    NO SESSION - LONG WEEKEND    
  • Sat May 26    9:00-10:00 am   @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat June 2    9:00-10:00 am    @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat June 9    9:00-10:00 am    @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat June 16    9:00-10:00 am   @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat June 23    9:00-10:00 am   @ Armstrong arena


Paperweights (born 2012-2013)     

  • Wed Apr 25  6:00 - 7:00 pm    @ Brewer arena
  • Sat April 28  10:00 - 11:00 am  @ Armstrong arena *UPDATED
  • Wed May 2   6:00 - 7:00 pm    @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat May 5   10:00 - 11:00 am  @ Armstrong arena *UPDATED
  • Wed May 9    6:00 - 7:00 pm   @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat May 12    3:00-4:00 pm   @ Armstrong arena (Special event - GLA Day) *UPDATED
  • Wed May 16    6:00 - 7:00 pm   @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat May 19    NO SESSION - LONG WEEKEND    
  • Wed May 23    6:00 - 7:00 pm   @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat May 26    10:00 - 11:00 am  @ Armstrong arena *UPDATED
  • Wed May 30    6:00 - 7:00 pm   @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat June 2    10:00 - 11:00 am  @ Armstrong arena *UPDATED
  • Wed June 6    6:00 - 7:00 pm   @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat June 9    10:00 - 11:00 am  @ Armstrong arena *UPDATED
  • Wed June 13    6:00 - 7:00 pm  @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat June 16   10:00 - 11:00 am  @ Armstrong arena *UPDATED
  • Wed June 20    6:00 - 7:00 pm   @ Armstrong arena
  • Sat June 23    10:00 - 11:00 am  @ Armstrong arena *UPDATED
  • Wed June 27    6:00 - 7:00 pm   @ Armstrong arena

Note: The peanuts and paperweights practices are run separately.  We divide the arena floor into sections and run the paperweight program at one end and the peanuts at the other (going across the short length of the floor).

 

Equipment

Peanut aged players require a CSA-approved helmet, lacrosse stick, shoulder pads, mouthguard, jock (or jill) and gloves.  The peanut age group is non-contact, however we also recommend kidney pads and slash guards for incidental contact and to have the players get used to full equipment.
 
Paperweight aged players require a CSA-approved helmet, lacrosse stick, shoulder pads, kidney guards, slash (or arm) guards, a mouthguard, jock (or jill) and gloves.