What Does It Cost?
Annual Club fees will depend on Player age. Each Player must also have a U.S. Lacrosse Membership that is $35 each year.
Equipment is available on loan to first-year players with a refundable deposit. The Club provides game jerseys as well. For returning players, Each player must provide his/her own equipment. Boys are required to provide their own stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, cup, cleats, and mouthpiece. Girls must provide their own stick, safety goggles, cleats and mouthpiece. Entry-level gear is available at Athletic Feet, Big 5, Dick's and online retailers like Lacrosse Monkey. Higher end pads, gloves and gear are available at SlingIt Lacrosse, Lacrosse Monkey and other on-line retailers.
Regular season practices normally start at the end of January and meet twice weekly. Some Squads will practice 2x per week. The first games are at the end of February or beginning of March. Practices will be located at Adele Harrison, Altima or Presentation schools. Speak to your coach to find your teams location.
Most games occur in the northern Bay Area, with trips over to Marin, Novato, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma. We also have games in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Danville, and Sacramento. A couple of games each season will be a bit further -- Redwood City, San Jose, and Granite Bay. Most games are on Saturdays with occasional Sundays and occasional double game weekends (a Saturday and Sunday game). Some of the Girls games will be scheduled 'double headers' -- where the girls play two games in succession at home or away -- very efficient! Regular season play ends in May.
All games are timed either 'running time' or 'stop time' with most games between one hour to 1.5 hours including quarter and half time breaks.
Introductory Lacrosse For First Time Players
We encourage multi-sport athletes!! Boys and Girls as young as 6 (8U) start playing Lacrosse on smaller fields with amended rules of play to encourage learning the game, developing skills and having fun.
Youth Rules through the 10U to 14U groups are also amended from high school and college play, primarily limiting contact and similarly emphasizing developing skills, and better understanding of the game and different offensive and defensive play.
New Players are encouraged at every level. We love the idea of people jumping into this sport at any age. Lacrosse is a very fun sport and everyone can learn it with some practice and enthusiasm. Skills learned in other sports are often translatable to Lacrosse play, and we encourage multi-sport athletes!!
Age Breaks and Team Organization
The League this year is organized as teams with U8, U10, U12 and a High School Girls teams. The date for age determination is August 31st. 'Playing -up' a level is based on player skill, size, and coach/club discretion and roster need. Playing down is subject to petitioning the regional league. Generally, U-14 players attending 8th grade or High School have the option to play High School(girls only at this time).
SVHS does not have Lacrosse yet. We hope that in the next 2 years, this will change. In the mean-time, the only way a Sonoma High School student can play Lacrosse is through Sonoma Youth Lacrosse or another Bay Area club with practices out-of-area.
In some age brackets we will have enough players for two teams. In this case the club needs to decide where to schedule teams for 'A' or 'B' Conference games. 'A' Conference games are with a smaller set of clubs in the region and generally have more experienced players as competitors and slightly longer travel times to games.
Our general philosophy is to field 'A' and 'B' conference teams when possible and when we feel we our squads are competitive vis-a-vis the skill level of competing conference teams. We value the concept of playing 'more experienced' teams to improve our own skills.
Difference betweeen boys and girls lacrosse
Why are boys and girls lacrosse games so different? Why don’t the girls wear pads and hit like the boys, this seems unfair?
A quick history and statistics about Lacrosse can be found here. The truth is: Women’s lacrosse is more true and consistent with how the game has always been played and was introduced to us by Native Americans—at its essence, women’s lacrosse has and hopefully always will be about speed and finesse. It is the boys game that has changed over time to the extent that many feel girls and boys lacrosse are very different games. There are some similarities but for the most part they have little in common. The equipment they use, the fields they play on, and the rules they play by all vary between the girls and boys game. Many people believe that the differences are so great, and similarities so few it would make more sense if boys lacrosse were called something else all together.
We encourage you and your player to go to higher level games to see more advanced women’s lacrosse in action. The SYL high school team has games home at Adele all season and around the Bay Area. Also, check out local collage game schedules as well. Stanford, Berkeley, Sonoma State and colleges in Marin all have amazing women’s lacrosse teams!
For More information: http://wslax.org/Page.asp?n=137945&org=M.WSLAX.ORG