I recently posted an article entitled US Lacrosse Adopts Age-Appropriate Youth Rules – It’s About Time! on LaxAllStars.com, and it got me wondering… Will the youth leagues in Idaho adopt these new rules immediately?
To be honest, I have no idea what set of rules Idaho youth lacrosse leagues currently follow. I’m almost completely disconnected from the youth side of things. However, I do recall playing in the TVYLL back in the day when it was a brand new league, and I remember having trouble understanding the rules of the game as a new player. As a relatively new sport in the state, there were few experts to learn from, and it would have been nice to have some standardized guidelines to turn to at that age. Unfortunately, US Lacrosse was not yet as established as it is today. Now, I have a feeling that youth coaches in Idaho are more talented and experienced, but are the rules any easier to understand?
This past 2011 season, I had the opportunity to watch hundreds of high school lacrosse players from around the state, many of whom were phenomenal athletes, but their lacrosse-specific skill sets were still in development. When I first read through the new USL sanctioned rules, I couldn’t help but wonder if the adoption of these national rulings could help accelerate the skill development of Idaho’s youth lacrosse players, allowing for these great athletes to shine earlier in their playing careers. Now that I’ve had more time to think about it, I believe the answer is yes. The next question to address: When will it happen?
Furthermore, why would or wouldn’t Idaho leagues choose to adopt the youth rules?