The Nanaimo Raiders Lacrosse Program is a developmental program for players of all skill levels to learn the game of field lacrosse. It is run over the Fall/Winter months. There are currently 7 coed divisions - U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 and 4 female divisions, U11, U13, U15 and U17. The focus for each age group closely follows the levels of athlete development as specified in the NCCP coaching clinics. We recognize this as follows:
U7 & U9 - Introduction to Field Lacrosse: Teaching young players the basics of field lacrosse and encouraging them to join the sport.
U11 - Learn to Play: Teaching players the skills they require to play the game of field lacrosse. Emphasis is on skill development and basic game strategies.
U13 & U15 - Learn to Compete: At this level most of our players will understand the game and we can now focus on more tactical aspects of play.
U17 & U19 - Learn to Win: When a player from our program reaches this level, he/she is now prepared to be fully exposed to all aspects of the game that turn competition into winning.
There are many reasons to play Nanaimo Raiders Field Lacrosse this Fall
Unlike indoor ("box") lacrosse, there are 10 players per side: a goalkeeper, three defenders (or "big-sticks") because of their use of longer 5' sticks), three midfielders (or "middies"), and three attacker (or "attacks"). The defence must always have four players on their side of center, usually the goalie and three defenders and the attack must always have three players on the opposite side of center. As in box lacrosse, the intent is to score a goal into a net (6' wide x 6' tall x 7' deep), line changes occur "on the fly" and a number of the infractions (called "fouls") are similar to the "penalties" in box lacrosse.