The transition from minor lacrosse (GELC) to major lacrosse (RMLL) can be difficult to navigate for both players and parents. This page is devoted to helping answer questions you may have and hopefully give our members the confidence to keep playing lacrosse into their 20's and beyond!
First time Junior players
The Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) is the governing body for all Major lacrosse in Alberta. Major lacrosse has two levels, Junior & Senior. Within Junior there are three skill levels: Junior A, Junior B Tier I, Junior B Tier II as well as a Junior Ladies division.
Q. Where can I find out more information about the league?
RMLL website - https://rockymountainlax.com
TIP: Look for the annual welcome letter to minor players, found under the [PLAYERS & COACHES] dropdown menu, then select [NEW PLAYER INFO] New Player Info (rockymountainlax.com).
MUST DO: Attend the new player info night.
** The in-person player info night in 2022 will not take place due to COVID-19. Players/Parents are invited to attend an online Zoom version of this meeting Friday, January 14th at 7:00 pm.
Meeting ID: 885 1266 4890
Q. Is there a draft for Junior and what do I need to do to be eligible?
There is a Junior A draft, where the one Edmonton area team (St. Albert Miners) makes selections from the graduating 16U players, and a second draft for Junior B Tier I where four greater Edmonton teams pick from all graduating 16U players. The GELC provides the RMLL with this list of registered players. For the 2022 draft, all registered players with a 2005 birth year who last played in 2019 were shared.
Q. Can I be drafted to both Junior A and Junior B Tier I?
A small number of players may experience this. You will then get invites to both teams training camps and to earn a spot on their roster. You can only be a registered player on one team, but can affiliate an unlimited number of games to a team in the division above you.
Q. What if I don't get drafted, or just want to play for the Posse?
If you go undrafted, you are free to attend any Tier I drop in-floor time and earn an invitation to their training camp. If you just want to play for the Posse, complete registration and begin attending our posted floor times.
Q. I've heard something about a Junior Combine, what is that?
Towards the end of January the RMLL hosts a combine where any graduating 16U player, or unprotected free agent player can register for a fee and attend. The combine in many cases, is a player's first exposure to Junior coaches and through a series of drills and scrimmages, players are scouted by the local Junior B Tier I teams. It is usually a 4-hour time slot during the weekend with lunch provided. At the conclusion of the floor time, coaches/scouts for the Junior teams are permitted to come on the floor and have informal conversation with the players. If your desire is only to play for the Posse, then there is no need for you to attend. If you want to improve your chances of being drafted, we highly recommend you register and attend this event. Details for the combine can be found at this RMLL link: Combines (rockymountainlax.com)
Q. When do training camps begin?
All teams in all divisions of play usually start training camp in March, but almost all of them require you to register and pay a fee for the floor time. The clubs will use this time to evaluate players and make cuts prior to the season.
Q. When does the regular season begin and end?
Play in Junior B usually begins around mid-April. Junior-A usually begins second week of May. Player movement i.e. cuts can continue to happen right up until the last game of the regular season. Playoffs and Provincials for Junior B are wrapped up by 3rd week of July. Junior A by end of July with National Championships in Junior B Tier I and Junior typically mid-August.
Q. What if I don't have a lot of time between post-secondary and work?
This is what is great about Junior lacrosse, but especially the Posse. We expect that, and we carry a big enough roster so that players can miss whenever they need to without feeling guilty or like their letting the team down. Don't let that stop you from coming out for the team.
Q. I have heard you have to register with the RMLL and your local Tier 2 team, even if I plan to tryout and play A or Tier I?
All players must complete their registration with the RMLL Intent to Play (rockymountainlax.com). This registration fee of approximately $60 covers league administration costs and insurance. A player is not permitted to take the floor with any Junior team without this completed. All first year junior players are told to register with their home association if they offer a Junior B Tier II as a first step. If you go on to make a team in a higher division the Posse will refund or transfer your fees to the club of your choosing. If you were registered with a Junior A or Junior B Tier I team in the past you do not need to register with a Tier II team. The chart below shows where you should be registering if you are a first year Junior player:
|Minor Home Club||Major Tier II Club to register with|
|Parkland Posse||Parkland Posse|
|Westlock Rock||Westlock Rock|
|St. Albert Rams||St. Albert Crude|
|Edmonton Warriors||Edmonton Warriors|
|Sherwood Park Titans||Sherwood Park Titans|
|Wizards, Blues, Rebels, Raiders, Crush||Free Agents - Pick the program you like best|
Important for Players
What is the Posse doing for the 2022 Junior B Tier II Season?
Junior A league has their own website: Home - Alberta Junior A Lacrosse League (abjralacrosse.com)
Junior B Tier I has their own page on the RMLL website: Junior B Tier I (rockymountainlax.com)
Junior B Tier II has two conferences. The Posse plays in the Jim Andrews conference and have a page on the RMLL website: Junior B-Tier II-Jim Andrews (rockymountainlax.com)
We hope that answers a bunch of questions and has you excited about the potential of wearing Posse colours in the upcoming season. We look forward to seeing you in March.
Parkland Posse Lacrosse Association