What is Lacrosse?
Lacrosse is a fast-paced full-contact sport played on a field similar in size to a football/soccer field. Goals are situated on either end of the field above the end line similar to hockey. There are ten players on the field for each team: 3 attack, 3 midfield, 3 defense, 1 goalie. Smaller field and team sizes are used from fourth grade and down. The objective is to score on the opposing team’s goal. The ball is moved by passing it or carrying it in your stick. The ball cannot make contact with your hand, everything must be done through the lacrosse stick. Defenses attempt to prevent goals by playing physical and in good position. Stick and body checking is allowed in a controlled manner. Offensive and defensive strategy is similar to that of basketball. Check our “Instructional Videos” page for more information on lacrosse skills and links to full lacrosse games!
I play football, can I still play lacrosse?:
We offer fall and spring seasons, though our main season is in the spring, long after the football season ends. Many of our players are multi-sport athletes, something that we encourage! Those who play football should check the fall practice schedule to determine if there is a time conflict, otherwise communicate with your lacrosse coach. We can be flexible. If you have to miss practices we encourage participation in our Sunday practices. Playing wall ball every day is a great way to keep your skills sharp.
Location Eligibility, who can play:
Baylax and CLLA are regional programs that recruit K-12th grade from as far north as Deer Park and as far south as Galveston! Currently the majority of our players come from the area associated with CCISD schools. If you are unsure whether you are zoned for us, please contact our program director Justin New at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Numbers and Deadlines:
Registration is kept open throughout our fall season and the beginning of our spring season. We are a pro-growth program with plans to put lacrosse teams in the five CCISD High Schools. We do not put a limit on registration numbers and will add teams as necessary to provide an appropriate lacrosse experience.
Players provide their own lacrosse gear (stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cleats, cup and mouth guard). Check with your coach for advice on what equipment they recommend. If you have difficulty obtaining equipment for whatever reason please notify your coach. Check out our Equipment Exchange page if you have equipment you would like to list for donation or sale!
The primary fall practice Field is Sylvan Rodriguez Park. Fields are added as need dictates for the spring. Clear Lake Park, Sportsplex, and Hometown Heroes are often utilized in addition to Sylvan. Check with your specific program for practice and game details.
Registration is open throughout the fall and early spring
o From early October to early December
o Practices mid-week, practices/scrimmages on Saturdays
o End of season tournament depending on age group
· Spring (our primary season):
o From Late January to early May
o Practices 2-3x times/week, games on Saturdays (and an occasional Sunday) High school games may vary.
o One tournament at the beginning of spring
Sunday Playday/Throw around:
We offer a free-to-try lacrosse playday every Sunday. This is a super-easy and fun way for newcomers to try out the sport without having to worry about cost or equipment (we provide any necessary gear). It is also an opportunity for any existing player to get extra practice and play in organized scrimmages. Experienced coaches always on hand. If you are interested in lacrosse or know anyone who is this it the practice for you! Check the Calendar for location and times. Open to all!
Bay Area Youth Lacrosse and Clear Lake Lacrosse offer need-based scholarships each season to support K-12 players who otherwise would not have the opportunity to play lacrosse.
We welcome anyone who is interested in helping support the program. Functions include volunteering at our tournament, board positions, practice coaches, keeping game statistics, team events such as LaxLink and end of season parties.
What is LaxLink?
Lax Link is an organization-wide event that occurs a couple weeks into our fall season. The purpose of Lax Link is to assign youth players to our high school players who coach them in stick work, strategy, and a few drills while getting to know them. Afterward we all have lunch together, a fastest shot contest, and finally a 7v7 tournament played by the youth and coached by their high school players. Lax Link promotes a sense of community and encourages players to attend each other’s games and cheer them on. In this way, youth players get positive role models while lacrosse knowledge is passed down to them. This year’s Lax Link will occur on Saturday October 15, 2016
Lacrosse is available now to anyone in the area regardless of where they go to school. To respond to the growth of the sport we will be branching off into separate high school teams very soon. Contact your high school’s lacrosse club for more details.