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General Questions

  1. What will the jerseys and shooting shirts look like for the boys spring youth teams look like? The jerseys are sublimated which means the numbers and logos are embedded in the design and not screen printed so they wear much better with continual washing.  To see the mock-up click here.  To see an example of a similar real-life sublimated jersey, click here.  For sizing consideration click here.  The shooting shirts are an optional purchase and are short sleeved, black and will have a logo on the front with "Bears" on the very bottom back.  The material is the same as the jersey and it is a shirt that could be worn to school if your son wants to show off his Tahoma Lacrosse pride!
  2. Can I request a jersey # for my youth son?  Unfortunately, with managing 130+ jerseys across multiple teams and having them be used for multiple years, it would be challenging to accept specific jersey #'s.  So, we will not be accepting jersey # requests. Thanks for your understanding :-)
  3. Where can I purchase lacrosse gear? See Equipment FAQ for details regarding equipment basics and you can purchase used equipment through our swap page, or new equipment at many sporting good retailers such as Dicks Sporting Goods or Sports Authority.  There are also local lacrosse specialty stores such as Total Sports in Buckley or online stores such as lacrossemonkey.com, comlax, laxworld and more.

1st-3rd Grade Cub Teams 

  1. When will the season start? The Cub Academy practices will be held at your child's elementary school and will begin after Tahoma's spring break. Details will be sent out by late February or early March.  Scrimmages against the other Tahoma Elementary Schools will be Saturday mornings at Tahoma High School..
  2. How long is the season? Cub Academy is held Saturday mornings starting mid- April through late May
  3. What equipment will I have to buy? Cubs use a smaller lacrosse stick and a soft ball. Each player will need a stick, and we usually have the option to purchase a used stick for $5-$10.
  4. How much contact is there at this level? There will be very little incidental contact, unlike the older kid’s games.
  5. What kind of ball will they use? The kids will practice and play with a soft, squishy ball.
  6. Who are the coaches? The High School Boys lacrosse players with oversight from the Cub's coordinator and HS coaches.

3rd/4th - (Boys) 

  1. When will practice start? Practice will begin Jan 30th. Practice is typically 2x week.
  2. When will games begin? There will be 10 games all on Saturdays, starting in early March.
  3. What equipment will I have to purchase? The 3/4 players are required to purchase/provide a certified lacrosse helmet, lacrosse shoulder pads, arm guards and lacrosse gloves. 
  4. How much contact is there at this level? There will be very little incidental contact, unlike the older kid’s games.
  5. What kind of ball will they use? The kids will practice and play with a regular rubber lacrosse ball.
  6. How many teams will we have at this level?  We typically field 2-3 boys teams depending on turnout. The 3/4 program better prepares players for the older leagues

3rd/4th - (Girls)  

  1. When will practice start? Practice will begin mid-February and expect 2 practices a week.
  2. When will games begin?  Games begin late March and run for 7 Saturdays.
  3. What equipment will I have to purchase? The 3/4 girls players are required to have a stick (different from a boy's stick) and goggles.  The club will have some available for rental. 
  4. How much contact is there at this level? There is no contact in girls lacrosse.
  5. What kind of ball will they use? The kids will practice and play with a regular rubber lacrosse ball.
  6. How many teams will we have at this level?  We need at least 10 girls for 1 team but 12 is recommended.  If we have enough interest, we will field 2 teams.

5th/6th - (Girls) & 7th/8th

  1. When will practice start? Practice will begin mid-February. 
  2. When will games begin?  March
  3. What equipment will I have to purchase? TBD
  4. Where can I purchase these items? At any Sports Authority or online. (lacrossemonkey.com, comlax.com, laxworld.com- just to name a few) . 
  5. How much contact is there at this level? There is no contact in girls lacrosse.
  6. What kind of ball will they use? The kids will practice and play with a regular rubber lacrosse ball.
  7. How many teams will we have at this level?  We need at least 10 girls for 1 team but 12 is recommended.  If we have enough interest, we will field 2 teams.

5th/6th Grade Teams (Boys) - Juniors

  1. When will practice begin? Practices will begin January 30th. Players will practice 2-3 times a week.  
  2. When will games begin? Early March is the league’s tentative start date for games and be almost every Saturday through mid-May. 
  3. How many games are there? Approximately 10 games are scheduled and will be held at various regional locations such as Sumner, Puyallup, Enumclaw and of course Maple Valley area (THS and Ravensdale fields). Your player’s coach may schedule more if there is additional interest.
  4. What equipment will I have to purchase? The 5/6 players are required to purchase/provide a certified lacrosse helmet, lacrosse shoulder pads, arm guards and lacrosse gloves.   No helmet wraps or stickers allowed for the league season.  If purchasing a new helmet, remember that black is required for the 7/8 and high school teams.
  5. How much contact is there at this age level? The coaches and officials do not allow players to be intentionally knocked to the ground. There is some pushing and minor contact.
  6. How much playing time will my player receive? This is at the coaches’ discretion. All kids will play in every game, but playing time may not be equal for all kids.
  7. How much does it cost ? See website for up-to-date costs

7th/8th Grade Teams (Boys) - Seniors

  1. When will practice begin? Evaluations for the 7/8 A team are in mid-Dec or early January.  The  teams will be selected within a few days.  Practices start for all 7/8 team in January. Players will practice 3 times a week. 
  2. When will games begin? Early March is the league’s tentative start date for games and be almost every Saturday through mid-May. 
  3. How many games are there? Approximately 10 games are scheduled and will be held at various regional locations such as Sumner, Puyallup, Enumclaw and of course Maple Valley area (THS and Ravensdale fields). Your player’s coach may schedule more if there is additional interest.
  4. What equipment will I have to purchase? The 7/8 players are required to purchase/provide a certified lacrosse helmet, lacrosse shoulder pads, arm guards and lacrosse gloves.  No helmet wraps or stickers allowed for the league season.  If purchasing a new helmet, remember that black is required for the high school teams.
  5. How much contact is there at this age level? Full contact is allowed at this level. 
  6. How much playing time will my player receive? This is at the coaches’ discretion. All kids will play in every game, but playing time may not be equal for all kids.
  7. What teams will we have at this level?  2 equal teams

High School Girls 

  1. When is the Parents meeting? The Parents meeting is typically in February.
  2. When will practice begin? Girls will practice begin at end of February.  Practice times may vary.
  3. Where do I see the game schedule? The game schedule is posted on League Athletics. There is a link from our website.
  4. How do I find out more information? See the High School Girls Team section on our website for detailed announcements. 
  5. As a club sport, does Tahoma Lacrosse couple my daughter's academics with her place on the team? Yes. Your daughter is an athlete but more importantly, she is a student. Grades are checked several times during the season.  We require a minimum 2.0 GPA with no F's. If your daughter is not keeping her grades up, her place on the team and ability to participate will be discussed between her, you and her coaches. Your daughter will not play if her grades continue to suffer.

High School Boys

  1. When is the Parents meeting? The Parents meeting typically will be in February
  2. When will practice begin? Tryouts for the Varsity team will be at the end of February. Please see the Team page for more information on what that entails.  Practices will begin immediately after evaluations. Boys will practice at THS.  
  3. Where do I see the game schedule? The game schedule is posted on Sportability. There is a link from our website.
  4. How do I find out more information? See the High School Boys Team Page on our website for detailed announcements. 
  5.  What if my son wants to start playing lacrosse but may not have the skills for varsity as a beginner?   Our C and JV teams will not only help your son learn the game but will help him develop a respect and love for the sport of lacrosse. Those teams will guide him as he grows athletically providing many opportunities to play the game, build camaraderie with those that share his interest, and have a direct line of communication with coaches that want to see him succeed.
  6. What if my son was an 8th grader now looking to play lacrosse again as a 9th grader but may be a bit apprehensive about playing at the high school level?  Our C and  JV teams will not only acclimate him to a faster and more aggressive level of play, but will also keep him ready to step up to the varsity level during the season. Those teams run the same plays as our varsity team. The coaching is structured to provide the knowledge and ready your son to the physical level of high school lacrosse, building his confidence, lacrosse IQ, and awareness of his progress into the next level. Your son will progress at a pace that he and his coaches believe is optimal taking his safety in mind as well as his level of confidence in himself.
  7. As a club sport, does Tahoma Lacrosse couple my son's academics with his place on the team? Yes. Your son is an athlete but more importantly, he is a student. Grades are checked several times during the season.  We require a minimum 2.0 GPA with no F's. If your son is not keeping his grades up, his place on the team and ability to participate will be discussed between him, you and his coaches. Your son will not play if his grades continue to suffer.