SCLA 5th through 8th grade boys participate in the DFW Youth Lacrosse League (DFWL). ~ dfwlacrosse.com
We do our best to associate our teams with the competition levels set by the DFWL. The DFWL leveling criteria is below
DI Teams – The most competitive level.
DI teams consist of talented, more experienced and/or “select” players.
Most/all players on DI teams can pass and catch with excellent consistency.
Most/all players on a DI team possess a lacrosse IQ that enables them to compete within basic to intermediate offensive and defensive sets.
DI is not only for “select” players. Clubs may have excellent players that should be playing DI, but do not necessarily play on a “select" team. Every program should be striving toward fielding a DI team. Programs should not field a DI caliber team within DII for the sole purpose of ensuring more wins than losses over the course of a season.
DII Teams – Teams made up of good players with at least one year experience and/or newer players that have demonstrated their ability to control the ball and understand team concepts.
The intent is to provide a competitive middle ground for experienced developmental players. These teams would consist of experienced players that know the game and are adept at the basic skills. Programs should not field a DI caliber team within DII for the sole purpose of ensuring more wins than losses over the course of a season.
DIII Teams – Teams made up of NEW and developmental players that are still mastering basic stick skills and lacrosse IQ.
The intent is to provide a safe and fun environment for new and beginning level players where teams can be successful and be challenged by other teams within their same level of ability. This environment will help “grow the game.” We do not want to lose potential player interest in the sport of lacrosse throughout the DFW area by fielding teams on the DIII level that are beyond a "development" nature. Programs should not field a DII caliber team within DIII for the sole purpose of ensuring more wins than losses over the course of a season.
Additionally rostering DI or DII players on a DIII roster so program can circumvent the swing rule laterally or up is not honoring the game. No one wins in this incidence.