FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When is lacrosse season?
A: Lacrosse is a spring sport, similar to baseball. Our teams generally begin practicing in the middle of February and play games from early April through mid-June. Our U9 teams have a slightly shorter season that runs from mid-April through mid-June.
Q: Which ages groups are available?
A: For boys and girls, we plan to have the following teams (pending player and coach availability).
7th and 8th grade students
5th and 6th grade students
3rd and 4th grade students
1st and 2nd grade students
Q: Where do practices take place?
A: Lake Street Park (SAC) is our home field. We also practice at (The Q) Quinsigamond State Park 283 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604. We typically have multiple teams on the field at one time as we hold combine style practices in order to best leverage our coaching resources and field time.
Q: How often do the teams practice?
A: During the spring season, we typically practice twice per week. The days of the week, times and frequency are coach dependent.
Q: When are games played?
A: During the spring season, our teams generally play games on Sundays. Our U11-U15 Classic teams typically play an 8 game season and our U9 teams play a 6 game season. Our Select games are generally on Friday evenings. Occasionally, we have make-up games or schedule changes that are offered on Saturdays.
Q: Where are games played? Do we have to travel?
A: We will attempt to schedule about half of each teams’ games at home. The away games Will be scheduled within the central MA area. We typically don’t have to travel more than 40 mins from Shrewsbury.
Q: What kind of equipment do I need?
A: All players will need to provide their own equipment including both protective gear and a stick or "crosse". The protective gear required by the league consists of:
- Lacrosse stick with a pocket
- Lacrosse helmet
- Shoulder pads *see 2022 rule changes
- Arm/elbow pads
- Lacrosse gloves
- Athletic supporter with cup
- Cleats (football or soccer will do)
- Rib pads (optional)
- Goalies need additional chest and throat-guard protection (provided by Shrewsbury Lacrosse)
- Women’s Lacrosse Stick (NCAA approved), not boys'/men's
- Protective Goggles (get cage style, not the see-through plastic type)
- Mouth-guard – cannot be white or clear
- Gloves (optional)
- Goalie gear is provided by Shrewsbury Lacrosse
Q: What kind of lacrosse stick should I buy?
A: In the Boy's division there are three kinds of sticks including: short stick, used by attack and midfield players; long stick, used by defense and midfield players, and a goalie stick. The basic lacrosse skills can be best learned with the short stick, and the club requires all players to start with a short stick. The club has a few goalie sticks that will be loaned to players wishing to try the goalie position. The stick consists of a head (basket and webbing) and handle. Both the heads and the handles come in a variety of styles and are made from a wide assortment of materials…which means that they come in a wide variety of prices as well.
In the girl's division there are a variety of sticks to choose from. Girls use a stick that is the appropriate length for them (there is no short stick/long stick).
Q: Can my child play lacrosse in addition to another sport?
A: Playing two sports simultaneously will not keep a child from being registered and joining a lacrosse team. Please consider the practice and game schedules between the two sports. The player’s and team’s development is dependent on attendance at practices and games.
Q: Is Lacrosse a contact sport?
A: Boys lacrosse is a contact sport. Girl’s lacrosse is not a contact sport. Boys in U11 and below play with minimal physical contact. The focus is on developing their lacrosse skills. From U13 and older physical contact is allowed and is taught by coaches appropriately.