New Canaan Youth Lacrosse

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 NCLA's Annual Cochran Classic Lacrosse Tournament
Sunday, May 31st, 2020

This annual tradition of Fairfield County lacrosse hosts teams from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey!

For boys' lacrosse teams in grades 2 - 4
New Canaan High School Turf Fields
New Canaan, CT

$475 per team

Each visiting team will have 3-4 games depending upon final number of registered teams.

NCLA is hopeful that we will be able to host our annual tournament.
We are making plans with optimism; however,
as of April 9th, the State of CT has everyone returning to school
on May 20th at the earliest.

NCLA will adhere to the decisions made by the Governor and health officials of New Canaan regarding our spring sports season and all relevant activities - including our beloved tournaments.

To that end, this year's payment will be accepted by check only. When we receive confirmation from The Town of New Canaan to reopen New Canaan Public Schools, we will deposit the checks providing New Canaan Youth Lacrosse has a season. If there is not a tournament due to the coronavirus, we will return your program's check to you.

Tournaments are rain or shine. 


May 31, 2020 for 2nd-4th Grade Boys
8:00 AM -2:00 PM
New Canaan, CT

We have made the application more user friendly!

Click here for the BOYS COCHRAN CLASSIC application for grades 2-4.



















Patrick Leahy: 
Chrissie Schwartz:
Becky Paniwozik: 

Thank you to our event sponsors!



Click HERE for rules and helpful game information.





Thank you for your participation in the Cochran Classic. This jamboree was started many years ago to encourage the game of lacrosse among our youth and to end the season on a positive note. It is the sole intent of the New Canaan Lacrosse Association for this event to be “all about fun” for our boys. We hope you enjoy the theme of the tournament.  

Some helpful guidelines for the day-


Locations/Times: Each team should have already received its team schedules via email.

  • 2nd grade- first games start at 8:30am at New Canaan High School Dunning Stadium field

  • 3rd grade – first games start at 8:30am on the Water Tower Turf Fields, which are adjacent to the tennis courts.

  • 4th grade - first games start at 12:30pm at New Canaan High School Dunning Stadium field and the Water Tower Turf Fields.


Inclement Weather: Games will be played in the rain.  If there are thunderstorms or lightning in the area, games may be delayed or cancelled.  Please call the New Canaan fields hotline (203-594-3610) on Sunday morning before leaving for the Jamboree to check for weather cancellations. Information will also be posted on the NCLA website (NCLAX.ORG). The Jamboree will only be cancelled in the unlikely event the fields are closed for the day. There is no rain date.


Game Format: Consistent with CONNY rules, all games will be cross field 8v8 format (2 attack, 3 middies, 2 defense,
1 goalie).  Each team will play four (4)
25-minute, running-time games with no half time. Play begins and ends on the referee's whistle. Coaches should advise players to keep playing until the referee stops play. NOTE:  Games will start promptly at the top of the hour and at each half hour, signaled by an air horn blast.


IMPORTANT: There will be a five (5) minute transition time between games.  Please exit the field quickly after the end of each game.  Prior to a game, please be prepared to line up in positions as soon as possible.  The game clock will start & stop when the air horn is blown.


On-Field Coaching: We encourage the 2nd grade coaches to help the players with on-field coaching, within reason. We recommend 3rd & 4th grade coaches remain on the sideline. But there is flexibility so, if necessary, coaches are allowed to come on the field to help coach. Please speak with the referee before the game starts if coaches think they need to be on the field.


Minimum Pass Rule:  There will be no minimum pass requirement, however coaches are encouraged to implement their own limit if their team has a four (4) or more goal lead.


Coaching Advisories: Opposing coaches should consult jointly with the referee prior to the start of each game to clarify any rules that are in question and the referee’s interpretation thereof.


General Rules: no long pole defense: CONNY Rules - no sticks to exceed 52"; no one handed stick checks - considered a slash; no hitting: In accordance with CONNY rules, hitting is not allowed in any form. Multiple infractions may result in the suspension of an individual or an entire team from further tournament play.


Penalties: There are no man-up plays.  The referee will determine the method for serving penalties and agree with the coaches prior to each game.  This may include forced substitution, fast breaks or for 2nd graders, requiring the offender to do 10 pushups on the field.


Concessions:  Food, beverages and merchandise will be available for purchase the day of the event.  The Dunning Stadium concession stand, located just inside the entry way will be open all day.  Food Trucks and merchandise vendors will also be located between Dunning Stadium and the Water Tower Turf fields.


Parking:  The New Canaan Police Department will assist with parking, however please see the attached map for a general overview of parking areas.  If parking at New Canaan High School becomes constrained, visitors may need to park across the street in the South School parking lot and follow the cross walk to the high school.