Team Trials/Selection Criteria/Performance Evaluations/Assessments

We will use each datum from the following criteria based on a 100 point scale during evaluations. 
These activities are valid measurements of basic lacrosse skill, sport and health-related physical fitness, and tactical knowledge/application:
*Indicated through research. (One example of this research is at left under "Developing a Comprehensive Player Profile.")
*Based on our past season assessments/player status.
*Proven through anonymous player questionnaire comparison to starting rosters.
*Since several "A" graded players moved on to play sports and experience success at the collegiate level.
*Based on coaching observations... including coaches outside of this specific team staff who were brought in for independent assessment purposes. 

*Warm-up independently for 10-12 minutes*

Each test is worth 10 points.

Criterion #1: One Mile Run/Walk.
Athletes begin on the CSD track starting at the 1600 meter mark and run/walk slightly more than four full laps. This test measures cardiorespiratory or cardiovascular fitness, aerobic endurance. Time standards are listed below. 

Criterion #2: 50-Yard Agility/Speed Shuttle.

 Without a stick or ball the player begins on the CSD Turf goal line. On the first gross body movement, the clock begins as the player runs to and touches the line with her foot, five yards away from starting point. She then returns back towards the goal line and touches the goal line with her foot. She then repeats the process and runs to the next line, but this time 10 yards away from origin and back. Then the athlete runs past the finish line which is 20 yards from original starting point.   

Criterion #3: 40 Yard Dash. Speed is an essential part of lacrosse and a component of sport/skill-related physical fitness. 

Criterion #4: Self Catch/Throw Repetitions. In the gym, the athlete must use the stick to throw a ball at the wall from behind a specified line and must catch the ball behind the same line. Best of 10. Ten throws and catches = 10 points. Eight catches and throws = 8 points. etc. Athletes will have an opportunity to practice before the test. This test demonstrates tracking ability and the sport-related physical fitness components of balance, agility, reaction time, coordination, and speed as well as basic catching and throwing skills.

Criterion #5: Basic Catching and Throwing Test.
In the gym, t
he player begins jogging towards the coach from the bleachers. The coach throws a moderately-weighted pass to the player as she jogs. The player catches the ball and throws it back to the coach before taking more than four steps after the catch. The player turns back, jogs to the bleachers and begins the process again. Total of 5 passes/throws. Two points for each catch and accurate throw. Missed catch = -1 point. Poor pass back to coach = -1 point. Poor passes from coaches will be repeated without penalty.

Criterion #6: Ground Ball Pickup. Five balls are placed between two cones in the center of the gym, width-wise. Player begins at the sideline and runs between the cones where the balls are located and scoops one ball. The athlete must continue running forward after the scoop and touch the farthest sideline with one or both feet before dropping the ball. She then repeats the same process in the opposite direction. The clock begins upon the first gross body movement and stops when the player's foot touches the sideline after picking up the last ball. This test measures agility, balance, coordination, speed, and basic scooping ability. Score will be based on relative time.

Criterion #7: 20 Yard Beep Test. Without a stick or ball, the athlete completes as many levels to 10 as possible. If the player does not make the appropriate audio cue/line mark, she qualifies at the previous level. i.e. To earn a 10, the athlete must complete the end of level 10. Level 10 = 10 points. Level 9 = 9 points etc. This test measures anaerobic cardiovascular fitness/lactate threshold tolerance.

Criterion #8: Push-Up Test. No time limit. Athlete may rest in the up position as long as back remains relatively parallel to ground with a straight line running from back of head to heels during the entire test. Upper and lower arm must make at least a 90 degree angle in the down position and move to full extension up to earn each repetition. Spine must remain relatively parallel to the floor for the entire test with a straight line from back of head to heels. When viewing the test-taker from the side, there must be a straight line from back of head to heels for the entire test. If hips, head etc. break this line, the test is terminated. Hands and toes/feet must touch the floor during the entire test. Once the chest, a knee or any other body part touches the ground, the test is terminated. Each repetition must be executed in a controlled manner. If body instability is observed at any time, the test ends. Upper body muscular strength and endurance are important components of health-related physical fitness to possess during lacrosse. >40 = 10 points, 36-40 = 9 points, 31-35 = 8 points, 26-30 = 7 points, 21-25 = 6 points, 16-20= 5 points, 11-15 = 4 points, 6-10 = 3 points, 5 = 2 points, 1-4 = 1 point. 

Criterion #9: Sit-Up Test. One-minute timed test. Athlete begins in the supine position with back flat on floor, arms crossed on shoulders, and knees bent at approximately at 90 degree angle. One person counting repetitions holds the test-taker's feet securely with hands. The other person counting repetitions stands near the test-taker's head and verifies: 1. The shoulder blades touch the ground between each repetition. 2. Hips remain on the floor between each repetition. 3. Back comes up to at least perpendicular to the floor. >50 = 10 points, 46-50 = 9 points, 41-45 = 8 points, 36-40 = 7 points, 31-35 = 6 points, 26-30 = 5 points, 21-25 = 4, 16-20 = 3, 11-15 = 2, 6-10 = 1, Fewer than 6 = 0 points.     
Criterion #10: Coachability/Attitude/Warm-Up Observation/Small-Sided Game Performance- The coaches will observe overall attitude. Players must be willing and able to adapt to coaching cues. Coaches will also look for general attitudes that would contribute to a team environment. e.g. Does the player interact effectively with teammates on and off the field? Is she honest and does she have authentic integrity? Does the player learn from mistakes and move forward with self-guidance and a positive attitude? Does the player jog on and off the field? Can the athlete communicate effectively with coaches? 
Warm-up observation: The coaches will observe players as they perform the following warm-up activities. The movements demonstrate basic physical fitness and the ability to follow instructions while transferring auditory/visual cues to physical movement (Simple measures of coachability and Athletic IQ.)   
1. 10 Minute Warm-Up Jog. Players should be able to jog at an easy to moderate pace for 10 minutes without stopping.
2. Active/Dynamic Stretching. Players should be able to follow simple instructions related to this warm-up phase.
3. Agility Movements. The coach will demonstrate a variety of agility activities and observe player's execution of the activities.
4. Strides. The coach will demonstrate a variety of coordination-related activities and observe each player's ability to emulate the movements. Players should be able to complete each movement as described and demonstrated. 

Small-Sided and/or Full Field Game Performance.
Coaches observe each player during small-sided and/or full field games in terms of technical skill, tactical knowledge, intelligent aggressiveness, individual defending shape, tactical shape within formations, and other game-related factors, the biggest of which is MOVING OFF BALL. Coaches do not focus on the final score of games but they do notice passion to play. Coaches are also observing individual skills and tactical knowledge/application. 10 = Perfect Performance/Needs No Improvement. 9-8 = Above Average Performance. 7-6 = Average Performance. 5-4 = Below Average. 3-2 = Deficient in Technical Skill and/or Tactical Awareness. etc..Very Poor Performance. <2 = Shows no technical skill or tactical awareness/application. Individual skills include passing/shooting/throwing, catching, cradling, scooping, dodging, principles of 1 vs. 1 defending (body shape/channeling/stick position/goal side/tracking runner/no ball-watching etc.), moving off ball offensively and defensively, effectively communicating with teammates etc. etc.

Anonymous Roster Suggestion: Each player will anonymously complete a suggested starting varsity roster based on their observations during the first few weeks of the season during training/scrimmages. It is important that players use authentic opinions based ONLY on level of lacrosse skill, tactics, and physical fitness. Players are forbidden to discuss their selections at any time before and during this process. Selections must not be based on friendships, campaigning, discussions with others or anything other than personal observations.

Letter Grade

Percentage Score

4.0 Scale



































Below 65


Sit-Up Standards

Above 40 = 10

40-35 = 9

34-30 = 8

29-25 = 7

24-20 = 6

19-15 = 5

14-10 = 4

<10 = 3

Push-Up Standards

Above 35 = 10

35-30 = 9

29-25 = 8

24-20 = 7

19-15 = 6

14-10 = 5

9-5 = 4

<5 = 3

50 Yard Shuttle

40 Yard Dash

 Mile Run/Walk  Ground Ball Pickup

< 10.5 = 10 Points

< 5 = 10 Points

 <7:00 = 10 Points  <21 = 10

10.5-10.55 = 9

5.1-5.2 = 9

 7:01-7:30 = 9 Points  21 = 9

10.56-10.7 = 8

5.3-5.4 = 8

 7:31-8:00 = 8 Points  22 = 8 

10.71-10.8 = 7

5.5-5.6 = 7

 8:01-8:30 = 7 Points  23 = 7

10.81-10.9 = 6

5.7-5.8 = 6

 8:31-9:00 = 6 Points  24 = 6

10.91-11 = 5

5.8-5.9 = 5

 9:01-9:30 = 5 Points  25 = 5

11.01-11.1 = 4

6-6.1 = 4

9:30-10:00 = 4   26 = 4

11.11-11.2 = 3

6.2-6.3 = 3

10:01-10:30 = 3   27 = 3

11.2-11.3 = 2

6.4-6.5 = 2

 10:31-11:00 = 2  28 = 2

> 11.3 = 1 Point

> 6.5 = 1 Point

 >11:00 = 1 Point  >28 = 1