Q: Who plays in the Redmond Lacrosse Program?
It is open to all boys who attend any school feeding Redmond High School.
Players whose home address lies within these boundaries and who attend school that feeds multiple high schools, or players attending schools outside the boundary who don’t have lacrosse programs are also eligible.
Q: How much does it cost to play?
Registration fees are posted in the Registration menu. You will find that each age group has different pricing based largely on field use and league fees. Typically we have 3 large budgetary components; uniforms, league dues, and the cost of fields. It is the cost of fields that makes the biggest impact on our program. Additional costs to the player include an annual membership to US Lacrosse and the equipment.
We highly recommend Kimmel Athletic Supply in Redmond, LaxWorld in Bellevue, and Play It Again Sports in Woodinville for used equipment. Craigslist and eBay may also have a variety of equipment available.
The Equipment Required page explains the gear you need to play lacrosse. The club has limited amounts of gear to provide on loan to brand new players, though the club does provide the extra equipment for goalies.
Q: When is the boys Season?
Regular season is in the Spring; Mid-February through May. There will also be tournaments scheduled in June for all teams. Redmond Lacrosse also holds a Fall program geared toward skills development and new players.
The GELL Fall program is available for 2nd-8th grades and generally runs September through mid-November. Registration starts during the spring for the fall season, and practices/games usually take place on Sundays. This is done to allow kids to play other sports during the week and saturdays.
Q: What is the time commitment?
Generally the more advanced the division of play, the higher degree of commitment is expected. Redmond Lacrosse encourages players to participate in other sports out of regular season. See in season sport participation FAQ.
3/4 players can expect 2-3 events per week, largely educational and recreational events. See the review for the 3/4 team for more information.
5/6s can expect 3-4 events per week. Educational, recreational and more competitive.
7/8s can expect 3-4 events per week. Recreational and competitive. At this higher level, missed practices will result in a loss of playing time in games. Players are expected to make every game.
Practices Generally run 1.5-2 hours and games can run 2-2.5 hours including warm-ups. For games your coach may require you to show up 45-60 minutes ahead of the scheduled face-off.
Q: Can a new player be competitive?
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. What players do outside of practice and games time is the most important to skill development. New players need to work on their stick skill and the best tool for this are the wall ball drills. Many of the fundamentals of lacrosse come quickly to boys who have played other sports like Football, Soccer, Hockey and Basketball.
Q: When are the practices and why do they change from week to week?
Official teams are organized in February with 2-3 events a week depending on the division starting the 1st or 2nd week of the month depending on the coach. On fields without lights practices could start as early as 4:00pm before daylight savings and then move back as daylight moves back. After daylight savings most practices start at 5:00 or 5:30. Typically the 5/6 teams practice 2-3 days per week and 7/8 3 days a week. All teams may add a few additional practices early in the season at the Coaches discretion to help orient new players and help returning players get restarted.
Practices are generally confirmed at the beginning of February and then again at the beginning of March when the school district confirms our schedule. Flexibility is key with practice schedule changing due to field conditions in the spring.(Grass fields are subject to closure due to poor surface conditions and water saturation levels).
It is very important to be on time for team events. Please respect the coaching staffs time and your teammates commitment. Start times are ready to go with equipment on and already passing the ball around. Please plan your pick ups as well. We will ask our volunteers to be considerate of your time by ending practice on time but that goes both ways with start times and pick ups.
Q: When are the games?
Games are generally on Saturdays for 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 and the first regular season game is on the often early in March. Games typically start between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for both home and away. Starting in April weeknight games are possible, usually replacing a practice. The initial game schedule is usually distributed in mid February but sometimes will change and checking your team schedule weekly on the your teams site is important.
All equipment should be specifically designed for lacrosse. Players need a helmet. The color white is strongly encouraged if playing for Redmond Lacrosse Teams. Lacrosse gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, mouth guard and protective cup are mandatory equipment.
Redmond Lacrosse players will be on both grass and turf fields. Cleats don’t have to be lacrosse specific -- football and soccer will work fine. They must be molded rubber, no plastic screw in cleats.
Uniforms will be provided to each player, but they must be returned at the end of the season
For the High School, the game jerseys and helmets will be checked out at the beginning of the year and returned at the end of the season, as they are club property.
Q: K-2 Division runs on a different schedule, when does play begin?
K-2 regular season begins mid-March. K-2 players generally have one 1 hour practices every other Monday. The intention of the K2 program is to introduce the kids to the game, not to have a robust practice schedule. Scrimmages will be on Saturdays when scheduled with other clubs.
Q: What are the K-2 program details?
Redmond Lacrosse will organize a recreational team of K-2 players to compete with other similar programs regionally. The club will provide equipment and the cost is free! The only commitment is time.
Q: Who are the coaches?
Redmond Lacrosse coaches all have background checks and U.S. lacrosse training will be provided. All of our K-2, 3/4 and 5/6 head coaches are parents who have learned the game when their kids started playing. Our High school head coaches and 7/8 team coaches are typically experienced as a player or as a head coach.
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 (less than 20 seconds between flash and boom) within 15 minutes of a event start the game will be delayed until judged safe. A lighting suspension during a game will be 20 minutes after the last lightning in the area. The game is terminated if there is a 2nd lightning suspension. Snow is the other condition that can delay or cancel events. If the field is completely covered there will be no practice or a games. If the game is on the turf field we will make an effort to clear the field so make sure you verify with your team.
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.
Q: How do I get more playing time?
Everyone will play in the Redmond Lacrosse youth program. Players will get an 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 on each team 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 different 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 long 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 special situations in game-play due to penalties which may have flagged a player to 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 Redmond 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.