FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 Q: WHAT IS LACROSSE

A: Lacrosse is a team sport where players try to get a rubber ball into a net or goal. Players use a long stick with a net on the end of it called a lacrosse stick, or crosse. They can run, carry, catch, shoot, and pass the ball with the net of the stick. The lacrosse team with the most points or goals at the end of the time period wins the game.

Lacrosse is a very athletic and active game. It provides good exercise and competitiveness. There is a lot of running in Lacrosse and speed and endurance are great assets to the Lacrosse player. The sport's nickname is "The fastest game on two feet".  Lacrosse has become popular with high schools, colleges, and has had some success as a professional sport.

Q: ARE BOYS AND GIRLS LACROSSE THE SAME?

A: There are similarities between boys and girls lacrosse. In both games, players use a lacrosse stick with a net at the end to catch and throw a hard rubber ball and score by throwing the ball into the opponent's goal. Both games emphasize speed, stick skills, and agility. But the rules, strategies, equipment, and even field markings are significantly different for boys and girls. The boys game is a contact sport, so boys wear protective pads, gloves, and helmets. The girls game focuses on finesse, with stick-to-stick contact only for older players, so girls require less protective equipment.

Q: WHAT TYPE OF FIELD IS LACROSSE PLAYED ON?

A: Lacrosse is usually played on a standard-sized soccer or football field for teams in grade 5 and up. Grade K-2 and 3/4 teams play on a smaller field and with small-size goals.

Q: HOW ARE TEAMS ESTABLISHED?

A: Youth teams are separated by gender and then by grade. Typically, two grades are combined to create teams: grades K-2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8. High school teams are separated by gender and then by ability and experience into junior varsity and varsity teams.

Q: ARE TEAMS AVAILABLE FOR ALL GRADES FOR BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS?

A: Teams are set up based on the interest level from players. If there aren't enough players for a full team at any age level, we will try to offer developmental clinics for those kids, or we may combine some grade levels.

Q: CAN GIRLS PLAY ON A BOYS TEAM?

A: Girls are allowed to play on boys teams, following boys rules for contact, if they, their parents, and the coach agree. To protect players' safety, boys may not play on girls teams.

Q: WHEN IS LACROSSE SEASON?

A: Lacrosse is a spring sport, and runs from February through early June. League games start in March. Youth teams practice 2-3 times a week, while high school teams practice two hours a day, 5 days a week.

Q: ARE THERE ADDITIONAL COSTS IN ADDITION TO REGISTRATION?

A: Yes. USA Lacrosse Membership: Required for all players ($30 for youth players, $35 for High School).

Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A US LACROSSE MEMBERSHIP?

A: The primary benefit (and requirement) is Insurance Coverage and Risk Management Guidance for your player:

USA Lacrosse partners with RPS Bollinger to provide Excess Accident Medical and General Liability Insurance to members while participating in covered amateur lacrosse activities.

Other Benefits include:

  • Subscription to USA Lacrosse Magazine
  • Access to Playing Opportunities and Tournaments
  • Discounts on Game Tickets, Gear, Apparel and More
  • Educational Programs, Videos, Clinics, Drills and More
  • Eligibility for Programs & Grants

Q: WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?

A: Boys need a helmet, shoulder and elbow pads, gloves, athletic cup, mouth guard, stick, and cleats (football, soccer, or lacrosse). Girls need safety goggles, mouth guard, cleats (soccer or lacrosse) and a stick.

Goalie equipment is provided by the club, though some players prefer using their own. Goalie equipment includes a neck protector, goalie chest pad and a goalie stick, as well as standard player equipment.  Thigh pads and shin guards are also recommended.

For more Info see BOYS EQUIPMENT OR GIRLS EQUIPMENT

Q: WHERE CAN I BUY EQUIPMENT?

A: Equipment is available from a variety of local and online vendors.

Q: WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT LACROSSE?

A:  YouTube is a great resource!