1. Practice Makes Perfect
The best part about 4v4 play is room for young players to work on their skills. 4v4 opens up the field, allowing young players more room to work, and lets players see plays executed in the offensive end more easily. Small Tournaments also allow players to practice driving, double teaming, and set picks on and off ball.
2. Players are Always Moving
In a regular youth lacrosse game, sometimes kids get bored if the ball stays on one end of the field the whole time. The great thing about 4v4 is the greater chance of fast breaks and movement throughout the game. A quicker pace ensures your kids are always moving.
3. Everyone is a Play Maker
Coaches want to let all their players get a chance to show their skills, but sometimes during the regular season it can be difficult managing a full team. Entering your team in a 4v4 tournament gives players a chance to handle the ball more than they usually do in a regular game, allowing your team to practice setting up plays.
4. Battling the Clock
4v4 Tournaments are usually 25 minute match-ups with a running clock. With no horns to stop the clock, kids can practice feeling the pressure of having to come up with big plays while time is winding down. 4v4 match-ups not only help kids practice high pressure situations, but also lets coaches practice their strategy against a burning clock.
5. Fluid Positions
In a regular match-up every player has a set role, but in 4v4 each player is responsible for a little bit of everything. In 4v4 an attacker sometimes has to fall back and play some defense on 4v4 more so than they would in regular play, while defenders will have to run up and help a double teamed attacker. 4v4 allows kids to work on their game IQ by allowing them to be more aggressive in their play style.
6. Teammates + Friendship = Teamship
The most important reason to join a 4v4 tournament is obviously to have fun! A winter tournament allows friends and teammates to get back onto the field together and play. 4v4 allows teams to work on their chemistry and, more importantly, to get out of the house and play some lacrosse!
You can sign up for the New York Lizards’ Big Chill 4v4 Tournament Today!
On February 23rd at All Star Sports Arena in Selden, NY, boys in grades 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8, can compete for the honor of being recognized during an on-field ceremony at the Lizard's Home Opener on April 29th! All participants will also receive ONE ticket to the Lizards’ Home Opener on April 29th.
Teams will consist of up to 10 players each in a 4v4 plus goalies match-up. Teams will play at least 3 games plus a possible championship game. The deadline is approaching so sign up now before it's too late.
For more information, including tournament rules and requirements, please click HERE, or contact Michael Charyn, Director of NY Lizards Youth Programming, at MCharyn@NYLizards.com or call 516-742-1180 x 302.