This past winter we made an announcement regarding the Age Group Structure for the 2018/19 season, specifically, that the top team in each age group, starting at U13 would be called SLSG MO ECNL and that the current Premier Program would now be the new Elite Program. The MO Girls Division is also adjusting the structure of younger age groups in a similar fashion in an effort to encourage and promote more "collaboration" between teams. SLSG, over the past several years, there has been a lot of experimenting with "group training". The "group" set up has been beneficial to player experience for several reasons including the guarantee of higher numbers at training sessions which have allowed for different types of training setups. Also, teams and coaches working together in a single training session has increased competition amongst players of similar playing level and age, and in addition, it has allowed for two or more coaches to be on sight, adding energy, a different perspective, and different voices to stimulate learning. Next season, at the younger ages, we will be encouraging "collaboration" of groups regardless of level but specifically with the introduction of the Elite and Premier Development Programs.