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BOYS YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS
Youth lacrosse has grown dramatically in our region since the first boys programs were established in Springfield and Lower Merion in the early 1970s. Until the mid-90s, all youth programs were in one league—the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association (SEPYLA).

The growth of the game at the youth level, however, led to the formation of the Chester County Lacrosse League (CCLA), in 2005, the formation of the Penn Valley Youth Lacrosse League (PVYLL) and in 2009 the formation of the Lehigh Valley Youth Lacrosse League (LVYLL).

The game is also now being played in middle schools in the Philadelphia School District and in areas north of Lehigh County, including Northampton County and the Scranton area.
In 2006, two youth leagues started their inaugural seasons in the Philadelphia—the Philadelphia Youth Lacrosse League (PYLL) and the Northeast Lacrosse League (NLL).

You can use the contact lists on the various league sites to contact representatives from the respective programs or teams.

If you want to start a program in your area, please review the New Start Program material, which appears on this site under "Chapter Programs."
 
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GIRLS YOUTH PROGRAM
The mission of the Philadelphia Area Girls’ Lacrosse Association, a non-profit organization, is to promote the game of girls lacrosse in township recreation programs for girls up to eighth grade, by facilitating communication among all programs on coaching techniques, rules, umpires, game schedules and other lacrosse events.

These programs are sponsored by the PLA and are meant to be community leagues that introduce the game to girls as young as kindergarten in some areas. The goal of the PAGLA organization is to give anyone an opportunity to learn the game and play in a fun an competitive atmosphere. These are not the recruiting programs.

This website will provide you with all pertinent information regarding the youth programs throughout our region including upcoming clinics, officiating training, tournament and play days. Please visit their site for more information.
 

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AREA GIRLS CLUB PROGRAMS
The PLA does not sponsor these teams as they are pay-to-play clubs that athletes must tryout for and pay a fee. These clubs are useful for athletes who aspire to play at the collegiate level as they provide recruiting opportunities throughout the year. These clubs are grouped together by high school graduation years for the purpose of recruiting. Youth players below 8th grade can play in their community recreation programs as well as these aspiring clubs. The following are a list of clubs in alphabetical order only that are in the area. (this list continues to change)
 
 
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BOYS HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE
Until 2009, The Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) was the governing body for boys lacrosse in the PLA Chapter area. The EPSLA included public, private and parochial school teams, which reflects the history of the growth of the game at the high school level in Pennsylvania.

In October 2006, however, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) voted to sanction boys lacrosse in Pennsylvania, effective July 1, 2008. Beginning with the 2009 spring sports’ season, all schools sponsoring lacrosse and their players were required to comply with all PIAA standards. This development has altered the boys high school lacrosse landscape, but has potentially helped expand the boys game in schools that used non-PIAA status as the reason to withhold support for the sport.
The PIAA held its first state championship game in 2009. Non-PIAA schools have been making adjustments to thrive in the new PA lacrosse world order. The Inter-Ac started its own post-season tournament in 2009 and the tournament has become a highly respected and prestigious end-of-season invitational.

The EPSLA LEAGUES as an organization is expected to continue to evolve in the PIAA era and is expected to remain intact as a US Lacrosse "Area" for purposes of allocating post-season honors, including All-American, Academic All-American, All-EPSLA, Coach of the Year, Man of the Year, George Kruse Sportsmanship awards, League MVP and other honors.
 

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LEAGUES
All high school teams in the PLA Chapter area remain organized into the following leagues within EPSLA:
Click here for public schools schedules and scores. Click here for private/IAC schedules and scores.
 
 

Bicentenial
Catholic
Central
Chesmont
Independant Lehigh Valley interscholastic athletic conference (LVIAC)
Pioneer Athletic Conference (Pac-10)
Philadelphia Public League (PPl)
Suburban One (American | Continental | National) Friend School Leage (FSL)
interac (IAC)
Independant
Tri-city

 
Bicentenial
Catholic
Central
Chesmont
Independant
Lehigh Valley interscholastic athletic conference (LVIAC)
Pioneer Athletic Conference (Pac-10)
Philadelphia Public League (PPl)
Suburban One (American | Continental | National)
Friend School Leage (FSL)
interac (IAC)
Independant
Tri-city
 
Yearly awards for all-league selections can be found at Phillylacrosse.com.
 
OTHER PENNSYLVANIA LEAGUES
High schools in other parts of the state are organized under either the Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (CPSLA) or the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (WPSLA). The CPSLA teams used to comprise the "Mid-Penn" League within the Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA's predecessor), but re-organized themselves as a separate league in 2003 to coincide with the formation of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of US Lacrosse from several regions formerly in the PLA Chapter area. The growth of the high school game in Central PA in part reflected the effort of the PSLA and the PLA to provide financial assistance, including grants from the PLA's New Start program, to support both youth and high school lacrosse in the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York areas, including Ephrata, Lampeter-Strasburg, Central Susquehana, Conestoga Valley, Hershey, Garden Spot, Penn Manor and others. You can follow some of the Mid-Penn action on the following website, PennLive.com.
 
 
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The PIAA ran its first post-season tournament in 2009. In a game that featured two nationally ranked teams, LaSalle topped Conestoga to claim the title—see Explorers Claim 1st PIAA Title. The PIAA conducts only one state championship division for boys and girls—the PIAA will not sponsor class designations (i.e., AA, AAA, AAAA) until a certain number of teams across the state play the game. More information will follow as the PIAA makes it available.

Until 2009, the champions of the three leagues in Pennsylvania—the EPSLA, CPSLA and WPSLA—played every year in early June for the Keystone Cup, which was awarded to the best boys' high school in the Commonwealth. Through 1968, the Pennsylvania boy’s lacrosse state champion was selected by the coaches. From 1969 until the establishment of the Keystone Cup in 2000, the PSLA conducted the Pennsylvania High School Boys State Championship Tournament, which involved a playoff system. The State Champion was awarded the Avery Blake Memorial Trophy.
 
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COLLEGIATE
WOMEN'S NCAA COLLEGE LACROSSE - SCORES/RANKINGS
• Scores: Division I
• Rankings: IWLCA/UnderArmour National Polls
• Rankings (Inside Lacrosse): Division I - Division II - Division III
• Rankings (LaxPower Coaches' and Forum Polls): LaxPower's Collegiate Lacrosse Polls

MEN'S NCAA COLLEGE LACROSSE - SCORES/RANKINGS
• Scores: Division I; Division II; Division III
• Rankings (Inside Lacrosse): Division I; Division II; Division III
• Rankings (LaxPower Coaches's and Forum Polls): LaxPower's Collegiate Lacrosse Polls
WOMEN'S COLLEGE - GENERAL INTEREST/QUICK LINKS
LaxPower (Home Page)
Inside Lacrosse
Lacrosse Magazine Online
LaxPower Game Calendar
Inside Lacrosse TV (Video Clips, Highlights, etc.)
Phillylacrosse.com

MEN'S COLLEGE - GENERAL INTEREST/QUICK LINKS
LaxPower (Home Page)
Inside Lacrosse (Homepage)
Lacrosse Magazine Online
LaxPower Game Calendar
Inside Lacrosse TV (Video Clips, Highlights, etc.)
Phillylacrosse.com
 
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COACHES
All high school coaches are required to join the local coaches association which provide numerous resources including information about clinics, training session, and rule changes. Youth officials are also encouraged to join with the girls youth coaches having their own organization, PAGLA. Below is information about each coaching association, information available on those sites, and some vacant coaching positions for those looking to become coaches.

For those interested in vacant coaching positions for both Boys and Girls High School levels, please visit High School coaching vacancies to Lax Power. Simply select HS level and gender, then click filter.

Boys lacrosse coaches should go to the EPLCA website for information on the coaches association. Instructions for how to join and some of the benefits from joining are also available through the site.

Girls lacrosse coaches should visit the PAGLA site if they coach a youth team or PASLA site if they coach a high school team. Both sites provide valuable information including info about clinics and training sessions.
 
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OFFICIALS
For those interested in becoming new officials, please look through the US Lacrosse webpage for information about education programs and becoming an official. Please make sure you are a current US Lacrosse member and are registered as an official. Officials looking for recertification or additional training can also visit the US Lacrosse webpage. Officials in the Philadelphia area have a number of local resources for information about testing and rule interpretations.

All officials looking to work at Girls lacrosse games should visit the PAGLA officials webpage for information and contacts about becoming certified to officiate in the area. The site includes information on certifications, official fees, and arbiter (which contains the online officials exam).

Those looking to work Boys lacrosse games in the area should visit the appropriate officials association website based on your location or desired area to work. Those in Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties can visit the Greater Philadelphia Lacrosse Officials Association. Those in Chester and Delaware counties can visit the Keystone Lacrosse Officials Association. And those in the Lehigh Valley can visit the Lehigh Valley Lacrosse Officials Association. All site provide information on training, testing, and local league rule sets along with meeting and event times.