The Woodinville Lacrosse Club, established in 2010 is dedicated to promoting lacrosse by providing our student athletes the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and develop their skills while fielding competitive teams and honoring the game.

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These are answers to basic questions about Woodinville Lacrosse.  if you require more information, please contact us. Click HERE for contact information.

Q: Who is eligible to play in the Woodinville Lacrosse Program? 

Generally speaking, a student must be attending Woodinville High School to play at the High School level (please note private school caveats below). For Youth teams, players must live at an address that feeds into Woodinville High School in order to be eligible to participate in the Woodinville Lacrosse Club.  Schools that feed into Woodinville High School include:


Leota Jr. High 
Timbercrest Jr High
Kokanee Elementary
Woodin Elementary 
Wellington Elementary
Bear Creek Elementary
Cottage Lake Elementary
East Ridge Elementary
Hollywood Hill Elementary
Sunrise Elementary

Note that some of these schools feed multiple high schools and home address will determine eligibility. A boundary lookup tool is available on the Northshore School District web site: www.nsd.org

If you live outside of the required boundaries, we suggest that you go to the website for www.walax.com to find a team near you.  

Private school: Boys who live within the Woodinville High School boundaries and attend a private school that does not offer a lacrosse program are eligible to play for Woodinville Lacrosse.  Students who attend a private school that does offer a lacrosse program for their age group are not eligible to play for Woodinville Lacrosse. Students who attend other high schools such as Inglemoor High School for the IB program are also not eligible. Home schooled players that live within the WHS feeder area are eligible.

These eligibility requirements are determined by the GELL and WHSBLA leagues and there are generally no exceptions.

If there are futher questions about eligibility please contact Jim Hunt - registrar@woodinvillelacrosse.com


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Q: Do you offer programs for girls?

Please visit http://www.woodinvillegirlslax.com for more information on Girls Lacrosse.  Programs are offered for girls in 1st-12th grade that reside within the Northshore School District.

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Q: What are the age groups?

The current age groups for Boys Youth Lacrosse are:  
 

7th/8th Grades - additional information HERE
5th/6th Grades - additional information HERE
3rd/4th Grades (plus select 2nd grade) - additional information HERE
1st/2nd Grades - additional information HERE

Players in 9th-12th grades play for the Woodinville High School Lacrosse program.


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Q: When is the season?
 

Woodinville Lacrosse runs programs in both the Fall and the Spring.

Regular Season is in the Spring (Mid-February through May). This is the primary season for all players.  Woodinville Lacrosse competes in the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League at the 3rd-8th grade level and the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association (WHSBLA) at the High School level.  The 1st/2nd grade games are played against other area clubs on an informal basis.

The Tournament Program is an advanced season for selected players. Teams will play in tournaments throughout the Pacific Northwest in late May and all of June. Participation in this program is determined by qualifying tryouts held in the Spring.

The Woodinville Lacrosse Fall Program runs September through mid-November. This usually takes place Sunday afternoon/evenings only and is available for 1st-8th grades plus High School teams.  This season will involve a mixture of practices and games with a focus on skill development and an introduction to game play.  This season is designed as an introduction to the game for new players as well as a chance for experienced players to improve their skills in the "off-season".  

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Q: What is the time commitment?

Generally the more advanced the division of play, the higher degree of commitment is expected. 

  • 3rd/4th grade can expect 2-3 events per week in the Spring season. 
  • 5th/6th can expect 2-3 events per week. 
  • 7th/8th can expect 3-4 events per week.  At this higher level, missed practices may result in a loss of playing time in games. Players are expected to attend every game.

Practices generally run 1.5-2 hours and are usually held weekday evenings. 

Woodinville Lacrosse teams participate in the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League.  Games are usually played on Saturdays and can run 2-2.5 hours in length including warmup time.  Home games are generally held at Woodinville High School and away games require travel to other Eastside Seattle communites (e.g. Bothell, Bellevue, Kirkland).

Woodinville Lacrosse encourages players to participate in other sports outside of our regular Spring season. 

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Q: How much does it cost to play?
 

Each age group has different pricing based largely on field use and league fees.  Additional costs include a $30 annual membership to US Lacrosse and equipment costs.    


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Q: What equipment do I need?

For specific details, click HERE

Here's a quick summary:
All equipment should be specifically designed for lacrosse. Players need a helmet. The color white is strongly encouraged if playing for Woodinville Lacrosse Teams. Lacrosse gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, mouth guard and protective cup are mandatory equipment.

Woodinville Lacrosse players will be on both grass and turf fields. Cleats do not have to be lacrosse specific -- football and soccer will work fine. They must be molded rubber, no plastic screw in cleats.

Logo stickers for helmets will be provided along with shorts and a practice jersey which each player will keep. The game jerseys will be checked out at the beginning of the year and returned at the end. If it is lost or damaged the player will be responsable for replacement. Goalies will require additional equipment which is provided by the Club.
 
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Q: Who are the coaches?

Woodinville Lacrosse coaches all have background checks and First Aid/CPR training. Although most of our coaches are experienced lacrosse players and coaches, some of our coaches are parents who have learned the game when their kids started playing. 
 
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Q: What about Weather?

Lacrosse is an all weather sport. We will play in all weather with 2 exceptions. If there is lightning in the area  practices and games will be suspended or cancelled until it is safe to resume. Snow is the other condition that can delay or cancel events. 
 

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Q: Can a new player be competitive?

Yes. New players at all levels can become highly competitive with experienced players through dedication and effort. Every season we have new players who work hard and become key contributors on their teams. Many of the fundamentals of lacrosse come quickly to boys who have played other sports like Football, Soccer, Hockey and Basketball.


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Q: How do I improve my lacrosse game?

There are a number of camps and clinics offered during the year, these can continue the development of players knowledge and skill of the game.

Staying active with your stick is the number #1 to continue development. "Wall Ball" is the most effective way to quickly develop your lacrosse hand eye skills. 15-20 minutes 3 times a week will make a remarkable difference. Shooting is another skill that needs to be developed out of practice to be very successful. This skill becomes increasingly more important as the level of play increases.
 
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Q: How do I get more playing time?

Everyone will play in the Woodinville Lacrosse youth program.  Players will get a opportunity to play and contribute regardless of their experience or skill. The rapid growth of the sport in our community ensures that we will have 1st year players in each division every year. We will make every effort to place players on teams and in positions where they can contribute to the success of the team.

Players at some positions play more “game clock time” than others, which may not have any relation to “game action”. The attack and defense positions can be idle for stretches of the game and those may players may see little "game action". Typically they play a longer duration to offset the lulls in game action. The midfield position sees a lot game action playing both offense and defense and transitioning the ball from one end of the field to the other. These players are in for shorter durations because of the amount of energy expended constantly being involved in game action. The midfield position is a good starting point for most new players because they can work on both offensive and defensive skills.

There are also special situations in game-play due to penalties (a player must sit in the penalty area for 30 seconds to 3 minutes). A penalized team plays “man-down” for the duration of the penalty and the other team plays “man-up”. Man down and man up teams are based on effort, spirit, diligence and skill shown in practice. Each coach may differ in the strategy for these teams where some will use a small group of players to contribute to these teams while other may include large groups of players to play on the squads

The Woodinville youth lacrosse program is participation based and we strive to develop a competitive team spirit. We ask our coaches to establish a playing rotation irrespective of ability and experience for the bulk of each game. That said when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter, we typically observe players want to play to win and coaches may choose to put the kids on the field that are having a great day or have the best chance to deliver the win for the whole team.
 
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Q: What are the rules of lacrosse?

Lacrosse is a fun, fast-paced game.  For a great description of the rules, check out Laxrules.com.


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