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Elk River Youth Lacrosse FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Lax FAQ

There is an issue with online registration, where do I go for support?

If you run into any issues with sign-in, payment, or technical problems please call the SportsEngine tech support team:

To Call the SportsEngine Support Team: 1.888.255.7840 (Option 1, then Option 2) 

Support hours are: 
Monday-Friday | 8am-7pm CST (for phone, chat, and email support) 
Saturday/Sunday/Holidays | 9am-6pm CST (for phone, chat, and email support)

Where can I pick up new or used lacrosse gear?

Online at SportsStop.com, in person at Geared Up Sports in Elk River, Eastside Lacrosse in Woodbury, Play it Again sports in Elk River also has used lacrosse gear.  Many vendors will usually have a promo package for gear where you can get a discount when you buy all the pads at the same time.  We also have a gear swap table setup at the open house on March 11th 2019. 

When does the field lacrosse season begin?

The outdoor practices start as soon as the school district allows us to get out on the fields.  Practices start around May 1st, sometimes a week or two earlier depending on moisture content on the fields and the condition of the turf.  The volunteer coaches at each age level will request field allocations and based upon coach and field availability you will receive a practice schedule of dates and times.

How does the online uniform ordering work?

New in 2019, you will receive a link to place a uniform order on or after the March 11th open house at Elk River Highschool.  The uniforms are made by Northstar Lacrosse.  If you are unsure of your player’s size, we will be hosting an open house at Elk River High School on the evening of March 11th 2019.  We will have uniforms in each size for you to have your player try-on to ensure accurate sizing.  Feel free to bring shoulder pads if you are wondering how they will fit with pads on.  You will also be ordering your shooter shirt and can have the player’s last name printed on the shooter shirt.  Some parents go a size up on the shooter shirt so it is easier to read the last name on the shooter shirt as it will hang down a bit below the uniform.

What gear is required for boys field lacrosse?

For outdoor field lacrosse, we do require that the boy’s players wear an approved lacrosse helmet during all practices and games.  They are also required to wear a mouth guard and we recommenced the type that attaches to the helmet so the players do not lose them on the field.  Shoulder pads, arm guards, gloves, protective cup/athletic supporter and cleats are also required, but do not forget the lacrosse stick!

What gear is required for girls field lacrosse?

For outdoor field lacrosse, girls are required to wear a mouth guard (not clear or white), lacrosse goggles, and cleats (football or soccer cleats work well).  Also, make sure to purchase a girl’s lacrosse stick https://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment/legal-sticks. Girls are not required to wear helmets but can be worn if parents desire.  Please contact the girl’s director for more information.

What does the girls field lacrosse schedule look like?

Practices are generally scheduled twice a week for one to two hours beginning around the second week of May.  Girl’s teams will utilize Twin Lakes Elementary.  Home games will usually take place at Oak Knoll Athletic Field.  Games are scheduled on weeknights in the summer starting around the second week of June.  Summer weekends will generally be open with no lacrosse games with the exception of the state tournament on the first weekend of August at Lakeville South High School.

What does the boys field lacrosse schedule look like?

Practices are scheduled twice a week for one to two hours beginning around the first week of May.  Boys teams will use Salk and Vandenberge Middle School fields for practice.  Home games will usually take place at Oak Knoll Athletic Field.  We will have early spring jamborees with two games per weekend during the school year.  If your son is a multi-sport athlete, we have found that the Spring jamborees can conflict with other pre-scheduled competitions.  Do not worry these jamborees are optional scrimmages and do not count towards a team season record.  You may have to pick and choose which sport to have your son play on these weekends.  Be aware that the game schedules for these jamborees may be delivered only a few days prior to the games.

Once school is out the games are scheduled on weeknights in the summer.  Summer weekends will generally be open with no lacrosse games (with the exception of selected tournaments and playoffs for 12U and 14U).  State Playoffs are the last weekend in July.

What age levels have skill evaluations?

The boys teams at 12U and 14U have tryout evaluations provided by Homegrown Lacrosse and are not affiliated with Elk River Youth Lacrosse.  The boys 8U and 10U teams will have board members and coaches perform evaluations and scoring for these players and we will have a player draft with the head coaches of the teams at 8U and 10U to help divide the players into multiple teams.  Girls teams may or may not have evaluations depending on the number of players.

What are the Team Sizes?

Boys

8U – 5 play on the field at a time (no goalie) – cap teams at  around13 players

10U – 7 play on the field at a time including goalie – cap teams at around 16 players

12U – 10 play on the field at a time including goalie (large field) – cap teams at around 23 players

14U – 10 play on the field at a time including goalie (large field) – cap teams at around 23 players

Girls

10U – cap teams at around 13 players

12U – cap teams at around 23 players

14U – cap teams at around 21 players

18U - cap teams at around 20 players

What are the birthday ranges for each age level?

Levels for 2019 are as follows:

  • 8U Date of Birth falls between 9/1/2010 and 8/31/2012

  • 10U Date of Birth falls between 9/1/2008 and 8/31/2010

  • 12U Date of Birth falls between 9/1/2006 and 8/31/2008

  • 14U Date of Birth falls between 9/1/2004 and 8/31/2006

Can my son or daughter play up or down an age level?

We do have availability for a player to waiver down an age level.  The valid conditions that are acceptable for the waiver process are:

  • The player is brand new to lacrosse
  • They are very close to the birthday cut-off
  • The player is the size of the players in the lower age level

Can I put in a buddy request?

The board has elected to do player evaluations at all levels for boys teams, we no longer offer buddy requests. 

Can I apply for a scholarship?

Please use link below for more information on scholarships and to submit an application 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
 

Where can I find the Lacrosse code of conduct?

Code of Conduct Link