When does the lacrosse season start?
Practices may start in mid-March depending on the age group and level of play. Games typically start mid-April and run through the 2nd week of June. RIYLL games are played on Saturday mornings.
What age bracket is my child in?
There are four divisions. Teams in each division are organized by grade: 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. Players in 9th grade but under-15 may play in the 7th/8th grade division if they are not participating on a high school program and/or competitive club team.
What team will my child be on? When do we practice?
Tryouts for boys' 5th/6th and 7th/8th competitive teams usually take place in early March. You will be notified of team assignment shortly after the completion of the tryouts.
Evaluations for the girls' 5th/6th and 7th/8th teams takes place in early to mid March.
If there are enough participants at the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th grades for more than one team, teams will be divided evenly.
Practice schedules are finalized in March and shared with the teams.
At what age is it too late for my son/daughter to consider lacrosse?
It is NEVER too late to start playing lacrosse. Coaches from the highest levels will tell you that they are always looking for good athletes. There have been high school athletes that have never touched a lacrosse stick that have been highly recruited to play on some of the finest college lacrosse programs in the country. In addition to lacrosse being the fastest game on two feet and one of the most exciting games to play and watch it is also a whole lot of FUN. If your son or daughter has been unhappy and/or bored with other sports it is not likely they will have that same experience with lacrosse.
Is it true lacrosse is a dangerous sport and involves a lot of physical contact?
Although there is some physical contact allowed in the mens game, when lacrosse is played at its best there is very little body contact. It is truly a game of speed, quickness, agility and skill. Depending on who you speak to, there are many sports that allow significantly more contact. Unlike many other sports, size is not everything in lacrosse. Some of the best players in the country would be considered "undersized" in most other sports.
What gear does my child need to play?
Little Avengers: No need to purchase any equipment! Sticks and jerseys are provided by the league.
Boys: Lacrosse helmet (hockey helmets are not permitted), mouth guard, gloves, cleats, elbow pads, shoulder pads, stick and athletic supporter.
Girls: Stick, mouth guard, cleats and lacrosse eye protection (goggles). Many girls also wear gloves.
Mouth guards (not white or clear) are mandatory for both practices and games.
Why do I have to purchase a US Lacrosse membership?
EGLAX members voted to support the establishment of a national governing body for the sport of lacrosse. In so doing, EGLAX decided that all EGLAX members in good standing would therefore be active members of US Lacrosse. In addition, the benefits to USL membership are substantial. In addition to training, those benefits include a variety of programs, services and discounts. All RI Lax programs have the same membership requirement. Check out the US Lacrosse web site for much more info. You will be re-directed to the US Lacrosse website during registration in order to locate your existing membership, renew your existing membership or apply for a new membership. US Lacrosse fees are collected and administered by US Lacrosse.
My child plays two sports and can't make it to every practice or game. What is the 80/20 rule?
Your child must be committed to this program. In order to create viable teams for our coaches to coach and for our program to commit to the RILAX schedule, your player must attend at least 80% of all practices and games. If there are extenuating circumstances and your child cannot attend a practice or a game, you must notify the coaches well in advance. If you cannot make these commitments, please do not sign up. If your child makes one of our competitive teams, please refer to our Competive Team Committment Policy http://eglax.org/Page.asp?n=14703&org=eglax.org
I received a notice my child has been wait listed. What should i do?
For now you will have to wait & see if space becomes available. The wait list for all teams is a first in/ first served basis. If a space comes available you child will be moved into the available spot and your credit card charged accordingly. You will be notified immediately of the opening.