What is the season for boys in the 1st-4th grade and what is the commitment?
Poway Youth Lacrosse sponsors a spring season.
The spring season is held from late February through May.
What equipment is required?
All boys are required to wear a lacrosse helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, cleats, and a mouthpiece. Starter kits are available at Lacrosse Unlimited (in RB), Dicks Sporting Goods or online (lax.com, sportstop.com. lacrosse.com, lacrossemonkey.com and etc.). Players will need to have their own lacrosse stick. Lacrosse sticks can range for $30 to $200. Elementary age players do not need spend more than $50 for a lacrosse stick. Poway Youth Lacrosse has a limited amount of loaner equipment available.
Do the 1st through 4th graders play on the same teams?
The 1st-4th graders are divided into two age groups of 1st-2nd graders and 3rd-4th graders. Each group will play games against teams in their grade group.
4. What league do the 1st-4th graders play in?
In coordination with other lacrosse programs around the county (i.e. Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, and Rancho Penasquitos, 4S Ranch, San Marcos, Carlsbad and etc.) we have developed a youth lacrosse league to support the growth of the sport in the elementary grades. The goal of the league is to develop a love of the game with coaching under the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Games are played on weekend afternoons during the months of March through May.
5. Is lacrosse a dangerous sport?
As a sport lacrosse is often perceived as a dangerous sport. Injury statistics would prove otherwise however as with all sports serious injuries can occur. The game has evolved with an emphasis on player safety. At the elementary level physical contact is limited and full body contact is not allowed. The equipment manufacturers have worked to develop excellent equipment that protects the players.
6. What is lacrosse and how is it played?
Lacrosse is a combination of hockey, basketball and soccer. Lacrosse offers the speed and power of football and hockey and the endurance, agility and strategy of soccer and basketball. Lacrosse is both exciting to play and thrilling to watch. Anyone can play lacrosse big or small. For an informational video on lacrosse please follow this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXO1lPc3p38
7. What is the cost of the program?
The cost for the Spring Season is $220 plus a membership to US Lacrosse. This includes shorts and shooter shirt. The US Lacrosse membership is required of all players and is handled in the online registration process.
8. What kind of cleats do I buy for my player?
You can purchase Lacrosse cleats.
Many players wear football cleats although soccer cleats are acceptable as well.
9. What kind of lacrosse stick should I buy?
Lacrosse sticks can range from $30 to $200. Most beginning players can utilize an entry level stick. We recommend the lacrosse stick be strung with hard mesh and not soft mesh. When you go to the retail store get a stick you can ask them for a stick with hard mesh. As players improve they can move to more advanced and expensive sticks. The real key to having a great stick is how much time you spend using it. If you do not practice on the wall it will not matter what kind of stick you have. Offensive players utilize short sticks and the defense players utilize long poles. If you go to a retail lacrosse store they can help you with your stick.
10. My son is new to the game of lacrosse. Do you recommend any clinics or camps?
The best low cost clinic are run by Dennis Yeatman and are held at Bernardo Heights Middle School. More information on the clinics in winter, summer, and fall can be found at www.paclax.org