A. Yes, girls are allowed to play boys' lacrosse. The rules for boys' and girls' lacrosse can be quite different. Girls' lacrosse is essentially a non-contact sport. Boys' lacrosse has no checking at the youngest levels but progresses to full body checking by high school.
Q. Will there ever be a girls' lacrosse team?
A. The goal is to have a girls' team in the near future. In the meantime girls are allowed and encouraged to play on one of our boys’ teams.
Q. How long is the lacrosse season?
A. The lacrosse season runs from around late-March through the 1st week in June.
Q. When do teams practice?
A. It depends on the level of play. The high school teams usually practice five days a week (M-F) from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. The youth teams usually practice two days a week from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. In past seasons practices for youth have been on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. These schedules may change slightly depending on the availability of coaches and field space.
Q. Is a US Lacrosse membership required?
A. Yes, a US Lacrosse membership is required for all players youth through high school in the state of Wisconsin.
Q. What equipment is required?
A. stick, helmet with mouth guard, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, cup
Equipment can be purchased locally at Dick’s Sporting Goods. One of the better online vendors for lacrosse equipment is sportstop.com. Uniforms are provided by the Club – players will need to provide their own shorts, preferably black.
Q. Where can I buy equipment and how much does it cost?
A. Dicks Sporting Goods both carry inventory of lacrosse equipment. There are also quiet a few options on the Internet. An adequate stick costs $30-50 (recommended model: STX Stallion 100, but others are fine). The club offers helmets to rent for $20. Shoulder pads, arm guards and gloves for youth play can be purchased as a set for about $80. Hockey shoulder pads can be used for lacrosse. Lacrosse specific armguards and gloves are recommended.
Q. I play another spring sport can I still play lacrosse?
A. Yes, ideally all the players would attend all of the practices. It is understood that some players will play other sports. The Club thinks young athletes should be allowed to try a variety of sports. Keep in mind that those that attend the practices are more likely to improve and advance their skills faster than those who miss practice. In addition, those who attend practice regularly may get a little more playing time on game day.
Q. I've never played lacrosse before can I still participate?
A. Absolutely. Lacrosse is a relatively new sport to our area. Every year we get beginners at all levels including high school. Each season, the coaching staffs dedicates a large percentage of time to teaching fundamentals.
Q. Where are the games played?
A. Typically, the schedule is split between home and away games. This means that half of the schedule will be played in Sauk Prairie at the field surrounding the SPHS Stadium. Away games are almost exclusively played in the Madison metro area. Teams in our conference include Baraboo, DeForest, La Crosse, Madison Westside, Madison Eastside, Madison Memorial, Verona, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Stoughton and Sauk Prairie.
Q. I'd like to help but I don't know a thing about the sport.
A. That's OK. We are well aware that most of the people in the area are unfamiliar with the sport. In fact, almost everybody currently involved with club had no background or experience with lacrosse prior to volunteering with the club. We'll work with anybody that is willing to help to make sure they have a positive experience.