1.      What is included in the registration fee? All players pay the basic registration fee. Since all girls in 3rd grade and up and all boys in 4 th grade and up are automatically on a "travel team" (see #3 below), each must pay an additional fee to cover the cost of officials, field rental and other expenses.

2.    Do I have to purchase a uniform? All girls 3 grade and up and all boys 4th grade and up must have a uniform. If you are a new or returning 3 rd grade girl or a new or returning 4 th grade boy, you need to purchase a jersey and shorts. If you are a girl in 3 rd grade or up or a boy in 5th grade and up who played last year, you can use your uniform from last year. Players in the intramural programs receive a reversible pinnie.

3.    How are players assigned to teams? Optimist Lacrosse is organized by grades and generally we place all players in the same grade on the same team regardless of experience. There are no tryouts unless required where there are too many players in a particular grade. First and second grade boys and first and second grade girls play together in our intramural program. Teams of 3 rd grade and up are considered "travel" teams, meaning that they play games against teams from neighboring communities. This will involve local travel for about a half of the games. In situations where a team does not have enough players or a team has too many players, we may assign players to a different grade level particularly where it fits the player's level of skill and experience.

4.   What if my son or daughter does not want to be on a travel team? Unfortunately, we do not have enough players to run an intramural program in those grades where there are travel teams. Furthermore, we do not see a difference between playing intramural games and games against teams from other programs.

5.    How long is the season? Travel teams typically begin practice in early March and start their league schedule at the end of March and play through the first weekend in June. The intramural programs start the first Sunday in April (April 8 this year because of Easter) and run through the last Sunday before Memorial Day weekend.

6.    When are practices and games? Most girls' travel games are on Saturdays. Boys in grades 7 and 8 play on Saturdays and in 6 th grade and under on Sundays. The intramural program for girls is on Saturdays, 12 noon to 1:30. We have not set a day for the boys program.. 

7.    Where are practices and games? Boys teams practice and play at Penncrest High School, but some teams may practice at Indian Lane Elementary School. March practices will be at Indian Lane. Girls' teams will play at Penncrest or Springton Lake Middle School or a combination of both.

8.      What if my son or daughter plays another sport? We recognize that your child is involved in numerous activities and other sports. Most players have not found lacrosse to be a significant impediment to participation in other activities. School always comes first. For other sports, we ask only that your child's commitment to lacrosse be equal to other sports. Generally this means that a conflict between a game and a practice should be resolved in favor of the game. Conflicts between practices should be resolved by attending on a rotating basis. Please recognize, however, that when your child misses a game or practice, he or she is one step behind the child who attended. Since Boys A-1 and B-1 teams are in a very competitive division and have a limited roster, we expect A-1 and B-1 players to make lacrosse their number 1 sports commitment.

9. What equipment do I need?   All boys require a stick and a full complement of equipment: helmet, shoulder pads, gloves, arm pads, mouthpiece, cup, and soccer or football shoes.  We will offer ways to minimize or eliminate the cost of equipment to first and second graders so that is not a deterrent to participation. For other players, helmets are available for use with a $100 deposit and we have a limited supply of other equipment on a first come-first serve basis. Girls need only a stick and mouthpiece. Protective eye ware is required for all girl travel team players.

10.  Do I have to live in the Rose Tree-Media School District to participate in Optimist Lacrosse? If you are playing on a travel team, which includes all players  3 rd grade you must be a resident unless (a) if you are a girl and obtain a waiver from the youth lacrosse organization in the school district where you reside and the waiver is approved by the league; or (b) if you are a boy and are granted a hardship exception from our league.

11.  I would like to coach, but I know nothing about lacrosse? We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who can motivate children in a productive way and treat each player fairly. Since our coaches are usually spread very thin, we can use the help of parents to run drills, pick up equipment, and make phone calls and send emails. Such parents usually can pick up enough after a year to coach defense and run midfields in and out of a game. We will offer opportunities for formal training. Please don't be shy in offering to help.

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