1) What are the rules of the game?
- Go to uslacrosse.org/ and click on:
- Go to the Parents Drop Down
- Click on Parent Handbook and you will get an overview of the rules of the game and equipment specifications.
- Also, go to website and look under rules and 2012 Girls Youth Rules
2) What are SEWLAX and MALA/ MAYLA League’s specific rules?
- Sr. Division – 6th – 8th grade, Jr. Division – 3rd -5th.
- Sr. – 11 v 11 with goalie, Jr. – 7 v 7 with optional goalie.
- Sr. – playing time – 25 min halves, Jr. – 20 min halves.
- No checking for either division.
- Will be on Black Lax website: www.black-lax.com/
3) Playing time?
- On the youth level there will be equal playing time for all players over the course of the season.
4) What kind of equipment should I get my daughter?
- Get a stick with a head that has some curve to it so it makes catching easier. A mid quality stick is good. Grip the stick with the top hand a 1/3 of the way down the stick and put the bottom of the stick under the armpit. The stick should be several inches beyond the armpit to allow for growth of players but no more.
- Goggles that feel comfortable and secure.
- Colored mouth guard that is molded before the first practice. Buy 3 of them.
5) Why do I need to get my daughter to practice 5 to 10 mins early?
- If the practice starts at 5:30, you’ll want to drop them off around 5:20. That way they can walk into practice, drop their bag, put on their goggles, put in their mouth guard, and they will be ready for practice that starts at 5:30. If you drop them off at 5:30, they will be late.
6) Why do I need to get my daughter 30 mins prior to a game?
- Each player and their team needs sufficient time to warm up which gets them physically and mentally ready for the game. If you do not get your player to the games with sufficient time to warm up, you may be effecting their ability to start the game and their playing time for that game.
7) Will my daughter have to play goalie?
- Unless a team has a set goalie, please prepare your daughter to play goalie for at least one half of the whole season. She will get instruction ahead of time during practice but you are also welcome to work with them.
8) How can I help volunteer for my daughter’s team? Please tell your daughter’s coach if you can:
- Be a stat takers for any or all of the games.
- Be a Photographer to take the team picture at the second to last game.
- Warm Up the goalie for any or all of the games.
- An End of the Season Party Coordinator – it’s so important to properly end each season with some kind of wrap up – big or small.
- Be a Manager which would involve communicating with the parents on the team.
9) Will my daughter play different positions throughout the season?
- An emphatic yes, especially for our younger players. This gives them a chance to try out different positions to strengthen them as overall players. As the players get older they find positions in which they are more comfortable and where their strengths lie.
10) Why don’t girls wear helmets?
- Please go to the US Lacrosse Website: uslacrosse.org/
- Type in helmets in girl’s lacrosse in the search menu. Go to the top 2 titles:
- Why Women’s Lacrosse is not Played with Additional Protective Gear
11) Headgear Presentation
- In a nutshell as stated by US Lacrosse, men’s and women’s lacrosse are different games, with a different set of rules and equipment.
- The women’s game allows no intentional contact, is a game of finesse, where rules are in place to protect players from getting hit by another player’s body or stick. For example: in order to protect the head, girl’s each have a 7” invisible bubble around their head called a sphere, a space which is not allowed to be breached by their opponents or themselves (in the case of an illegal cradle).
- The women’s game has been in the U.S. since 1913 and the first set of standardized rules were developed in 1931, and have been maintained throughout the years by only 2 organizations: the USWLA and now, USL. While there have been changes to the game throughout the years, efforts have been made to preserve the integrity of the women’s game, from the men’s game.
- Go to the above website and links to get further information on the matter.