The purpose of the Southlake Carroll Lacrosse Association (SCLA) is to offer the game of lacrosse to the community of Southlake, and nearby communities without a youth lacrosse program, so as to contribute to the growth and development of our youth. The program’s goal is to teach good sportsmanship and teamwork and demonstrate how fitness, exercise, training and hard work can be fun and rewarding and can help our youth lead full and productive lives for themselves and for the benefit of their communities.
Our program believes this purpose will be best served through a strict commitment to the following core objectives:
- We will adhere to a growth mindset for all players regardless of ability where the long-range view of the players development will outweigh the importance of near-term success.
- We will place primacy on building an experience of learning for our players which is fun and where mental and physical engagement leads to self-confidence and personal growth.
- We will promote a sense of family through a culture of inclusion where the success of the team means more than the success of the individual.
- We will look to be continuously innovative through investments in a player development curriculum that is the most current and has demonstrated success in adhering to the program’s philosophy.
- We will seek to ensure that leadership, accountability and respect are concepts that are actively taught throughout the program. We will seek to ensure players demonstrate respect for the game, each other, their opponents, the facilities where we practice and play and that they conduct themselves with integrity. It is our hope that the youth and adults who are associated with our program will always demonstrate character that is in keeping with the values of Southlake and its tradition of fostering excellence.
Questions & Answers
1. Is the coaching staff made up of paid professionals or are they all volunteers?
The day-to-day management of the SCLA program is led by program director and varsity head coach, Bruce Frady. Coach Frady came to Southlake from the lacrosse program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to that, he held lacrosse coaching positions at the collegiate level and served as program director for 3D Lacrosse Northern California. In addition to Coach Frady, the program employsfive other professional coaches to assist with the high school program and the 7/8 grade youth teams. The youth teams, beginning with kindergarten through 6th grade, are coached by volunteers who have varying degrees of experience playing youth and collegiate lacrosse. All teams are provided guidance so that their teachings are consistent with the program’s overall coaching philosophy.
2. Can my son receive one-on-one training through SCLA in order to improve his lacrosse skills?
Boys who are interested in receiving additional lacrosse training in order to accelerate their skill development can consider obtaining private lessons. In particular, private lessons for goalies is most common given the specialized nature of the position. At the youth level, however, the best course of action for those interested in accelerating their development is by investing in a bounce-back net in order to improve dexterity in both hands and by participating in organized lacrosse year around. Additionally, today’s youth can learn a lot about technique and strategy by studying films of the collegiate and professional programs in the United States. YouTube is an excellent source for film study. SCLA Director Bruce Frady can help connect with you with current coaches and players who could assist in the 1-on-1 training.
3. Why is the Fall lacrosse program sometimes smaller than the Spring program?
In the United States, field lacrosse is primarily a spring and summer sport given that the game is played outdoors. However, SCLA offers a fall lacrosse program for boys who wish to play year around and to help accelerate their development and skills. The fall program offers competitive games and tournaments. However, the Fall season runs about eight weeks versus about twelve weeks during the Spring season.
4. What is box lacrosse? Does SCLA offer box lacrosse?
Box lacrosse is a variation of field lacrosse and is generally played on an indoor court. The lacrosse program in Southlake primarily plays field lacrosse. In previous years, box lacrosse has been offered. However, there is not a dedicated box lacrosse league in North Texas. As a result, in order for a Southlake box lacrosse team to engage in competitive games, an SCLA team would be required to travel to out-of-state tournaments. Should the SCLA program grow and demand for box lacrosse increases, SCLA can explore establishing box lacrosse youth teams.
5. What is the difference between the “youth” program and the “high school” program?
Generally, the SCLA youth program offers participation in varying skill levels for each grade level. At the youth level, SCLA is part of the DFW Lacrosse League and fields teams in the various competitive divisions of the DFW league. The youth program’s season is runs in the Spring.
In high school (grades 9 through 12), the program consists of two teams – varsity and junior varsity. The most skilled players, regardless of grade are asked to play with the varsity. Generally speaking, the junior varsity team is made up of under classmen. Nonetheless, the high school program has flexibility and can allow junior varsity to “play up” on the varsity team occasionally and both teams hold joint practices and are considered one program.
In the Texas, SCLA participates in the Texas High School Lacrosse League. That league has a variety of districts and divisions, which allows teams with varying skills to compete on a relatively equal basis. SCLA (varsity and junior varsity) competes at the highest level of competition of the league participating in the West Division I league of the North District.
6. Who decides which position my son will play? And, can he switch positions if he decides he doesn’t enjoy the role he is playing?
Ahead of each spring season, SCLA conducts an “evaluation session” for the 5/6 and 7/8 youth teams in order to place boys in one of three divisions of play (D1, D2, D3). The intent of the exercise is to allow boys an opportunity to play with boys of similar skill and to maximize the enjoyment of the experience for all players. Once a child is placed on a team, coaches usually have the flexibility to allow the boys to play the position of their choosing. However, there may be situations where a team/coach may need to balance the number of attackmen, midfielders and defensemen. In those situations, a coach may ask a player to try a different position to allow for a more balanced amount of playing time for all players and to help ensure the program is developing a reasonably balanced number of players across all positions.
7. Is SCLA only for boys? Is there a program for my daughter?
Yes, SCLA operates a youth lacrosse for boys. The Southlake Girls Lacrosse Association is the officially designated girls lacrosse program for Southlake girls. For information about the girls program, please go to the following link: https://southlakegirlslacrosse.org
8. Why not combine the girls and boys programs so all of our kids can benefit from a larger program?
Boys and girls lacrosse, though similar, operate using slightly different rules and equipment. The differences in rules and participation can make it challenging for a single association of volunteers to operate each program equally and in the best interest of both youth programs. In previous years, the boys and girls lacrosse programs were operated by SCLA. However, in 2019, the volunteer parents managing the programs decided it was in the best interests of our youth to separately operate a girls and boys program. Both Southlake boys and girls have quality lacrosse programs and each association is pleased to be operating their own programs separately but cooperatively. Additionally, both programs enjoy excellent cooperation and assistance from The City of Southlake and the Carroll Independent School District.
- What is the relationship between SCLA and the Southlake Carroll High School and Senior High School?
The relationship between the two organizations is outstanding. Since Coach Frady’s arrival, his and the organization’s focus has been to more closely align with CISD. SCLA has received full support from the CISD athletic department to help grow and enhance our program for the benefit of our youth and we are thrilled with the support that CISD provides to SCLA.
10. What is meant by the fact that high school lacrosse is NOT a UIL sport in Texas?
Lacrosse has been the fastest-growing team sport in the nation, especially at the high school level, over the last two decades, according to a U.S. Lacrosse participation survey.
However, more than half of the states in the U.S. do not recognize lacrosse as an official high school sport. That includes Texas, where public schools are governed by the University Interscholastic League. About twice a year, the UIL sends out a survey to member schools and superintendents. Only Class 5A and 6A schools are surveyed for lacrosse because they are the most likely to participate in the sport. But in 2016, the last time lacrosse was surveyed, only 19 percent of schools voted in favor of adding it.
At the high school level, because it’s not a UIL sanctioned sport, lacrosse programs abide by the rules and regulations of the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL). There are four districts within the league: North, Central, San Antonio and South.
There are only two NCAA recognized programs in the whole state of Texas, which are the University of Dallas and Southwestern University, both of which play at the Division III level.
11. Which leagues are SCLA affiliated with in Texas?
Our youth program is part of the DFW Lacrosse League and our high school program participates in the Texas High School Lacrosse League. SCLA is an active and influential participant in both leagues and seeks to use its participation in both leagues to advocate for an expansion of lacrosse as a recognized UIL sport in Texas and allow public schools to incorporate lacrosse into their extra-curricular programs for the benefit of Texas children.
12. At the high school level, is there a tryout for varsity and junior varsity? Are there cuts made?
For our high school teams, the coaches will conduct an evaluation period that typically runs throughout the first three weeks of the season until just prior to the start of our first regular season game. After that period, boys will be assigned to a team. However, those rosters are not permanently set for the full season. Players who have success at the junior varsity level may have the ability to move up to play with the varsity at certain times.
13. If there are no cuts at the high school program, then does every player receive equal playing time?
Playing time at the junior varsity level is typically equal throughout the roster. Nonetheless, in order to grow our program, our coaching staff does need to put our players and team in the best situation to be successful. The approach at the varsity level is different. On the varsity team, playing time is not equal and it’s our program’s goal to be the most successful program on and off the field.
14. Can SCLA help my son get a college scholarship to play lacrosse?
Yes, our program director and staff will always assist in the recruitment process. It is worth noting that most players in college lacrosse are not on athletic aid. Nonetheless, it’s our goal for all of our players who wish to have an opportunity to play at the next level to help makes those wishes comes true.
15. My son is interested in playing lacrosse but the big investment in equipment seems risky since my son is not sure if he will enjoy the sport. Is there a way for him to try it out without incurring such a big expense?
In advance of the spring season, our program offers free beginner clinics throughout the fall and winter to allow kids to try the sport out and receive training from our current coaches and high school players.
16. How is playing time determined at the youth level?
Playing time is intended be equal for youth players, assuming that all players are attending practices and fully committed to their team and program.
17. It seems that the talent and skill levels of the youth players varies considerably. How do you prevent the most skilled players from becoming bored and the lesser skilled players from being intimidated?
The evaluation weekend allows the staff and evaluators to set the rosters for the 5/6 teams and 7/8 teams so that there is parity at each grade. For K-4, we try to balance out the talent so that the more skilled players get better, and the lesser experienced players play with similar players.
18.Should my son consider playing for a club/travel team during the Fall and Summer in order to improve his skills and gain more experience? If so, which clubs do you recommend?
We, as a program, don’t advocate for one program or another and we believe if a player and family is interested in playing more lacrosse, then they are encouraged to speak with Coach Frady about options and opportunities. It’s vital that all of our players who play lacrosse outside of SCLA are getting the best possible training, and ensuring they’re being taught the right way to play.
The Board of Directors shall govern and administer the operations of the association within the scope and policy guidelines set by the SCLA Bylaws