Frequently Asked Questions
Grade 3/4 Program
1. What are the goals of the program?
To have fun and develop basic skills in catching, throwing, and retrieving ground balls. Coaches will strive to help players develop a rudimentary understanding of the game and how to work together as a team. It is most important that these young players have fun as they are exposed to the sport.
Players will test their skills during weekly league games, mostly on Saturdays. Game schedules will be available in early March, but teams will likely play ten (10) games against teams from the South Sound. The season will end with full team participation in an end of the year jamboree. All 3/4 players are expected to play through the jamboree.
2. Who will coach the program?
The head coach is TBD. Parent volunteers will have the opportunity to support the team in roles such as: sideline manager, timer, scorekeeper, and team parent.
3. When does the program begin and end?
Grades 3/4 start practice mid-February and run through the end of May (Labor Day). Practices are traditionally held at Goodman Middle School, though weather and the school district may cause this to change. Practice days and times are currently TBD.
4. What equipment do players need?
The following equipment is required of every player: lacrosse helmet, lacrosse stick (crosse), shoulder pads, elbow pads, and gloves. Mouth guard (cannot be white or clear), athletic cup and cleats are also required (baseball cleats are not permitted). Players without required equipment will not be allowed to practice or participate in games.
5. Do you have rental equipment available?
GHLA has a limited supply of equipment to rent ($50); however, we cannot guarantee to have full protective gear to fit all participants. Players must provide their own stick (crosse). There are a number of local options (Big 5, Dick’s Sporting Goods) and even more online options (www.sportstop.com, www.lacrossemonkey.com, www.lacrosse.com). Also, don’t forget to look in the “Exchange” on the Gig Harbor Lacrosse home page for used equipment available right here in Gig Harbor. (http://www.gigharborlacrosse.com/Exchange.asp?n=83701&org=gigharborlacrosse.com).
6. Are physicals required? Are new concussion forms required?
Physicals are not required at the 3/4 level. Concussion forms are required every year before players can practice. Every player must have a signed concussion form on file with the club. This is done by reading and signing the digital form during the registration process.
Signed concussion forms are required before players can practice.
7. Program Cost and Registration
The 3/4 registration fee is $325.00. Every player MUST have a USA Lacrosse membership ($35 paid directly to USA Lacrosse) in order to be eligible to register and participate in practice & games. USA Lacrosse