Question: Are there try-outs? Answer: There are no try-outs and no prior lacrosse experience is required. Every child is accepted in our program and receives equal playing time, coaching, and attention regardless of their athletic ability, skill, and experience. This is one of our core philosophies.
Question: What are the age groups? Does my child need have prior lacrosse experience? Answer: Our program is for players from 1st thru eighth grade. Players are grouped by grade; 1st-2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade, & 7th/8th grade. There are separate boys and girls programs as the boys and girls games are fairly different (the boys game allows more contact and thus requires more protective gear). No prior lacrosse experience is required. We pride ourselves on helping every player reach their potential and having fun in the process.
Question: When are registrations and when does the season begin/end? Answer: Lacrosse is a spring sport. However, we hold registrations starting in December. Clinics for players new to lacrosse begin indoors in late Feb/early March without the returning players. This gives new players a chance to learn the game in a low pressure atmosphere with individual attention. Returning players join the mix in March indoors. The regular season and outdoor practices begin the first week of April and run thru mid June. The conclusion of the season is a state-wide Jamboree in which we participate on one week-end day at Ft. Devens. The event, which actually takes place over 4 days, is the largest youth lacrosse event in the world!
Question: What is the financial commitment? Answer: The registration fee is $170-190 per child depending on age. This fee covers paying the referees, equipment expenses such as balls/goals/goalie-equipt/etc, our year-end celebration for parents/players, and various regional league/tournament expenses. It also includes a 1-year membership to USLacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse. Membership in USLacrosse includes league required insurance coverage and a subscription to the monthly USLacrosse magazine. Registration scholarships are available.
The equipment cost for girls is approximately $80. This package includes a stick and protective eye goggles. The equipment cost for boys is approximately $180. This package includes a stick, helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, and gloves. You will also need to purchase a mouth guard ($2-$20). Cleats are highly recommended. Soccer cleats are fine. Equipment scholarships are available.
The cost of the game jersey & shorts is $93 for boys and $90 for girls. While we encourage the purchase of both a jersey & shorts, you may purchase just a jersey ($62-65) if you desire. Scholarships are available.
Question: How long does the season run? Are March clinics mandatory? Answer: The pre-season starts indoors the last week of Feb and runs through March. The regular season runs from April through mid-June. The March clinics are not mandatory. These are geared towards new players to give them more personal introductory level instruction before we bring our returning players into the mix in March. So while it's a very good idea for new players to attend, it's certainly not mandatory. In general, while we'd like players to attend as many practices as possible, we understand that kids have lots of activities/interests. While our schedule has not been finalized, we will likely have the clinics on Tuesday nights around 6:30pm and Sunday afternoons around 1pm. They will begin the end of Feb and run through the end of March. We'll actually get outside for practices for a couple of weeks in late March. Outdoor practices begin the first week of April (weather and field conditions permitting).
Question: Is there one team for each age group, or more than one? If more than one, how are they composed? With kids from various schools in Brookline, or are they organized by school? Are the teams parent-coached? Answer: We'll likely have 2 teams for most boys/girls groups. In keeping with our philosophy of equal playing time for all kids and keeping it fun for all, we compose the teams by balancing the teams and placing kids with their friends. We ask kids to list three friends that they would like to placed with and guarentee that they will be on a team with a least one of them. This also helps for carpooling purposes. We try to evaluate the kids skills during our March practices/scrimmages in order to balance the teams. The coaches are a mix of parents and recent college graduates. All of our coaches are volunteers with extensive lacrosse experience. We even have a few that were collegiate All-Americans! Most importantly, they love working with the kids, want to give back to the game of lacrosse after having played it themselves, and want to make sure that everyone has fun, gets exercise, and learns valuable life-lessons. Yes we want to win our games, but not at the expense of any of the kids. While we're a bit biased, we think we have one of the most well-rounded and well-coached programs in Brookline.
Question: Are there practices during the week? If so, how many/week? Any idea when they are held? Answer: We practice twice a week once the regular season starts in April. The practice nights vary by age group. Most run from 6pm-7:30pm. The younger 1st-2nd grade age groups generally finish earlier. Practice locations include Park School, Soule Rec, and Downes field. As noted above, while we'd like players to attend as many practices as possible, we understand that kids have lots of activities/interests.
Question: Which teams would we play? What time do games start? How long before the game do the players have to be there for any pre-game warm-up? Answer: The leagues we play in are split into two geographic sub-divisions in order to try and minimize travel time. So traveling time should range from 20-45 minutes for away games. We play an 8-10 game season. So only 4 or 5 of the games would be away at another town. The games for the U11 boys teams (3rd/4th grade) are generally at 3:00pm, the U13 boys teams (5th/6th grade) at 1:30pm, and the U15 boys teams (7th/8th grade) at 12pm on Sunday afternoons. Boys U9 (1st-2nd grade) game times are yet to be determined. The games for the U15 girls teams (7th/8th grade) are generally at 1:00pm, the U13 girls teams (5th/6th grade) at 2:15pm, and the U11 girls teams (3rd/4th grade) at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoons. Girls U9 (1st-2nd grade) game times are yet to be determined. We ask that the players arrive 30 minutes before game time.
Question: I have more questions. How do I get them answered? Answer: Click on the "Feedback" tab in the left nav at the bottom to submit any/all questions you might have. We do virtually all of our communication via email. Please feel free to submit any questions/comments/concerns you might have at any time. Over the course of the nine years since we founded the program we have responded to 100's-of-thousands of emails. No question is too small or "stupid".
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