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RMLL Junior b tier II
The Junior B Tier II Division of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) has always been considered the stepping stone and developmental division for a player and/or team entering Major lacrosse in Alberta.
This Division of the RMLL has come a long way since first created in 2000 after a restructuring of lacrosse in 1999. Making up this inaugural Division were 5 teams coming from the Edmonton and Calgary areas: Rams, Warriors, Warthogs, Calgary 2-2 and the Titans. By 2004, the Division had 16 teams, and with teams coming now from Grande Prairie, High River, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, the Tier II Division split into a North and South Division with 8 teams in each Division. For the next 3 years, the Division continued with the North/South format and maintained approximately the same number of teams, even though some teams moved up to the next level, Junior B Tier I Division, or for a Season, other teams may not have been able to field a team. In 2013, with now nineteen teams, the North and South Conferences were created with two Divisions in each Conference. Depending on the Season, there are between sixteen and twenty teams in the Tier II League.
The RMLL’s four levels of Junior Divisions – Tier III, Tier II, Jr. B and Jr. A – complement each other and not only allows for player development but for team development as well. For example, teams have moved from Tier II to Tier I, and teams have moved from Tier III to Tier II.
The age category for Junior lacrosse is 17 to 21 years old. However, with Junior lacrosse being a span of 5 years, and with the four Divisions of Junior lacrosse, the ages of most of the players varies on teams in each Division.
if Club has only Tier II – the majority ages of the players are 17 and 18 years old
if Club has Tier II and Tier III – the majority ages of the players are 18 and 19 years old
Tier I – most of the ages on these teams tends to be 18 to 20 years old.
Jr. A – most of the ages of the players on these teams tends to be 19 to 21 years old.
Note: All Jr. Divisions may have players from the other age categories, however, the other age categories do not represent a majority.
The Tier II Divisions absorb the majority of Graduating Midgets and serve as a very important training league for skilled players wishing to pursue the game of box lacrosse to their fullest potential. Graduating Midgets and other Tier II players compete in the Tier II League while they mature physically and develop their games to suit the intense form of box lacrosse found in the Junior “B” Tier I and Junior “A” leagues.
After Conference Playoffs, the top two teams from each Conference play in a Provincial Tournament. The Provincial Tournament rotates between the North and South and is held in the home arena of the highest-ranking North or South Team.
The “Dave Nyhuis Award” is handed out annually to the North Central Division player and to the North East Division player who is the highest point leader from Regular Season.
The “Jim Lovgren Award” is handed out annually to the South Central Division player and the South West Division player who is the highest point leader from Regular Season.