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Lacrosse FAQs

Join the fastest growing youth sport in America... Lacrosse! Carroll Manor Lacrosse started with a single U9 Boys Lacrosse team in the Spring of 2009. This season CMLAX will have BOYS teams at U9, U11, U13 and U15; GIRLS teams at U9, U11, U13 and U15; and a U7 Coed program for younger kids.

 

What are the age groups? 

  • To play U9 lacrosse the player must have been under 9 years old as of this past September 1, 2013 - typically 2nd and 3rd graders.
  • To play U11 lacrosse the player must have been under 11 years old as of this past September 1, 2013 - typically 4th and 5th graders.
  • To play U13 lacrosse the player must have been under 13 years old as of this past September 1, 2013 - typically 6th and 7th graders.
  • To play U15 lacrosse the player must have been under 15 years old as of this past September 1, 2013 - 8th graders only.
  • Our U7 Coed Program is for kindergarten and 1st graders - boys and girls - and is low-key, fun-oriented introduction to the sport.

 

How many players on a team? 
It depends based on the gender and age of the team...

  • U9 girls lacrosse plays 8v8 (1 goalie, 2 defense, 3 midfielders, 2 attack) so the will consist of 14-15 players.
  • U11 (and up) girls lacrosse plays 12v12 (1 goalie, 3 defense, 5 midfielders and 3 attackers) so the team will consist of 18-23 players.
  • U9 boys lacrosse plays 8v8 (1 goalie, 2 defense, 3 midfielders and 2 attackers) so the team will consist of 12-13 players.
  • U11 (and up) boys lacrosse plays 10v10 (1 goalie, 3 defense, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers) so the team will consist of 15-19 players.

Please sign up ASAP as players will be placed on the team in order of registration. We will limit team sizes to ensure that everyone gets a lot of playing time.

 

What are the details on the U7 program?
Our U7 Coed Program is for kindergarten and 1st graders - boys and girls - and is low-key, fun-oriented introduction to the sport. The focus will be on the basic skills on throwing, catching, scooping, cradling and shooting. The program will meet once a week for an hour starting in late March / early April - depending on the weather. The clinic will run for 8-10 weeks with a few weekend games later in the season. The only equipment required is a stick, mouthguard and goggles.

Later in the season, our U7 teams will play coach directed, no score kept games against U7 teams from other clubs.  These games will be held on 3-4 consecutive Saturdays and are optional for the players.  They are intended to be a low-key, fun introduction to game situations for our youngest players.

Where do Carroll Manor Lacrosse players come from?
We welcome kids from any school - public, private and homeschooled. As the feeder program for Tuscarora High School, we draw players from Ballenger Creek Middle, Crestwood Middle, Ballenger Creek Elementary, Carroll Manor Elementary, Orchard Grove Elementary, Tuscarora Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary.

 

What league will the teams play in?
Carroll Manor Lax is a member of the Western Maryland Youth Lacrosse Conference (WMYLC). You can read about the conference at www.wmylc.com.

 

When does the season start? 
Practices will start late February / early March depending on the weather.  The team will play 9 games starting mid-March playing every weekend except Easter and the occasional weeknight game.  The WMYLC girls tournament is planned for the weekend before Memorial Day and the WMYLC boys tournament is the weekend after Memorial Day.

 

When and where are practices and games? 
Practice times are locations are available on this website under Schedule in the Lacrosse area. In general, the clinic will be held once a week and the older teams will practice twice a week. It is highly likely that practices will be held at Tuscarora Elementary School, Ballenger Creek Elementary School, Ballenger Creek Park and Tuscarora High School. Boys games are usually Saturdays and girls games are usually on Sunday.

 

What equipment do the players need?
Each player will need to provide their own equipment although Carroll Manor Lax can recommend a vendor who provides rental equipment.

  • For boys expect to spend between $150 and $200 on equipment, including a lacrosse helmet, a mouthpiece (must be colored not clear or white), shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, a Boys LAX stick, an athletic supporter/cup, rib pads and cleats.
  • For girls expect to spend between $45 and $60 on a lacrosse stick, protective goggles and a mouthguard.
  • CMLAX will have a limited supply of rental equipment available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Clinic players only need to obtain a lacrosse stick and mouthguard.

 

How much are the registration fees? 
Total fees for U9, U11, U13 and U15 are $125 for registration and $65 uniform cost (if necessary). The CMLAX fee covers WMYLC fees, referee fees, insurance, etc. These fees are in line with what other local lacrosse organizations charge. The total fee for the K-1 clinic is $50 with a CMLAX t-shirt provided.

 

Does CMLAX require US Lacrosse membership? 
No, but we strongly encourage parents to register with US Lacrosse. The kids get the USL magazine and great playing tips via email plus you will be supporting the growth of a great sport! More information is available at www.uslacrosse.org.

 

Why did we start a new program five years ago? 
Carroll Manor had been approached several times about starting a lax program, but the catalyst was a handful of kids that really wanted to play and few volunteers willing to launch the program. Tuscarora HS didn't really have a feeder program for lacrosse so we've expanded to fill that need with the goal (no pun intended) of having programs at all levels within 2 more years.

 

One last question... Is lacrosse really the fastest growing youth sport in America? 
Yup. Over the last 10 years, lacrosse has grown faster than any other sport played at the high school and college levels.  In 2008, more people attended the NCAA Div I Men's Lacrosse Championship than the NCAA Div I Men's Basketball Championship!

 

If you're interested and would like more information, please email Mark Tognetti at cmaa.lax@gmail.com or call at 240.397.9542.