FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Are there teams for boys and girls?
A. Yes, Sauk Prairie Lacrosse now offers girls lacrosse. The rules for boys' and girls' lacrosse are 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. The rules for youth boys and girls can be found on the Badgerland Lacrosse website https://www.badgerlandlacrosse.com/
Q. Can girls play boys lacrosse?
A. They can, but we encourage girls interested in playing lacrosse to register for the girls team. 2020 will be the first year of girls lacrosse with a 10U team (grades 2-5) with the plan to add a 14U team (grades 6-8) in 2021. For 2020 there will be registration for a girls 14U team to guage interest to possibly have a team this year instead of waiting until 2021.
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. 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 or Monday and Wednesday 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. US Lacrosse youth membership is $30 annually. If your child participated in the TryLax Clinic in October you should have recieved membership information and number via email. If you did not recieve this information please contact us prior to registering as you will need this number.
Q. What equipment is required?
A. For boys a stick, helmet with mouth guard, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads and cup are required. Helmets can be rented from the club for $20. Cleats are strongly encouraged. For girls a stick, mouth guard and goggles are required. Cleats are strongly encouraged and don't have to be lacrosse specific. Boys and girls lacrosse sticks are different.
Uniforms are provided by the Club, but players will need to provide their own shorts, preferably all black. Optional team socks will be available for purchase.
Q. Where can I buy equipment and how much does it cost?
A. Equipment can be purchased locally at Dick’s Sporting Goods. There are also quiet a few options on the Internet. One of the better online vendors for lacrosse equipment is sportstop.com. An adequate stick costs $30-50 (recommended model for boys: STX Stallion 200 or Stallion 50 for 8U players, but others are fine). Shoulder pads, arm guards and gloves for boys 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.
The club has a few girls sticks available to loan prior to purchasing a stick. Goggles cost approximately $30. We encourage the girls to start to wear the goggles in advance of practice to get used to the feel and find the right fit.
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 fields surrounding the SPHS Stadium. Away games are almost exclusively played in the Madison metro area. Teams in our conference include DeForest, Madison Westside, Madison Eastside, Madison Memorial, Verona, Middleton, Oregon, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Stoughton and Sun 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.