Overview

The Directors of the Youth Lacrosse System, L.L.C. have been developing lacrosse at all ages and skill levels for boys and girls in Wake County since 1998 when it first began.  Lacrosse is growing faster than any other organized sport in America , and it is no surprise that the rapidly growing Wake County community has also benefited from the fun and excitement of ‘the fastest game on two feet.'

WHY HAS YLS BEEN SUCCESSFUL? The Youth Lacrosse System, L.L.C. develops leadership skills & character through the fundamentals of lacrosse while also shaping brand new lacrosse players into some of the areas most elite talent. We select coaches who are passionate about teaching the fundamentals, know about the history of lacrosse development in NC, believe that students are at the center of the learning process, and hold the people around them to a high standard of professionalism. YLS is also unique in that, when possible, consciously hires classroom teachers with high level lacrosse experience who understand the necessity for proper structure, guidance, goal setting, and routinely foster positive relationships with kids.  YLS also has a known track record for making sure that they train and hire former standout WCPSS student-athletes who graduated from schools across the county who paved the way for all current youth athletes. The YLS Directors themselves for both the boys and girls programs are public school classroom teachers of core subjects.

YLS has also been extremely successful because it makes sure that effective and fun YLS camp sessions are followed by well-coached YLS league opportunities to apply the information in competitive, structured settings. Revisiting and refining the fundamentals using effective strategies is critical for player development at the next level.  Once a player has developed high level skills and a high IQ for situation lacrosse, they are ready to be a part of the YLS Thunderhawk Select teams and compete in the competitive tournament lacrosse circuit. 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? YLS teaches every level lacrosse player in any grade. No experience is required to become involved with YLS, and anyone from any region is welcome to join. We will meet the needs of all level athletes. We have been actively building elementary, middle, and high school programs in NC since 1998 and provide a stable support group for each program that is developed.

THE YLS TEACHING METHOD
1. Individual Instruction & Attention to Fundamentals
2. Small Group Instruction & Application
3. Small Group Competition
4. Large Group Instruction & Application
5. Large Group Competition

WHY WILL LACROSSE BE EASIER THAN YOU REALIZE? With traits of basketball, football, hockey, and soccer blended into one sport, lacrosse—the oldest sport in North America —has found a place in kids' lives regardless of age, gender, and ability level. Everyone has grown up playing games that resemble the basic features of lacrosse, and it's no surprise that our YLS participants are quick learners because we remind them of that in how we teach the game.

JOINING YLS IS MORE THAN JUST ABOUT LACROSSE: Join lacrosse as part of any YLS event to learn more about what makes this such an exciting activity, and join YLS to find out how ‘we build leadership and character while teaching the fundamentals of lacrosse.' We look forward to working with your family in the future—whether as a fan, player, at a community event, or as part of any of our volunteer outreach programs.

For complete information about YLS, email Directors@YLSlacrosse.com
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