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What if I’ve never played Lacrosse?
We couldn’t be happier! Growing the sport of lacrosse is one of the main goals of ILC. We always encourage any kid to come try the sport. Every year, at every level, there is a first time lacrosse player. All our coaches have the skills and knowledge to teach a first time player. Sometimes new players participate in drills with the team and sometimes the work one-on-one with a coach. Most important, we want them to have fun.
How do I register for a program?
Go to the Registration page for a list of current programs and register for the desired program.
How is the money from the registration fees used?
Registration fees are used to cover the following: Coaching costs, equipment costs, lacrosse nets, lacrosse goals, goalie equipment, web fees, etc.
What about "rain-outs" or cancelations?
Lacrosse is an all weather sport. Lightning will stop play! It is important to understand that the sound of thunder or the sight of lightning puts an automatic stop to practice or a game. Each time lighting is seen or thunder is heard, coaches must wait another 30 minutes before a game or practice may restart! Lacrosse is traditionally played under fairly poor conditions including rain, cold, snow, and wind so be prepared. Heat index is another important weather concern. Coaches will be notified if the heat index is too high or fields are unplayable due to the weather. Safety is extremely important when it comes to our players. If the weather is questionable, we will try to cancel at least one hour before practice.
Can my child "Play-up" a level?
Ithaca Lacrosse Club discourages playing up. All children must register at their proper grade level. No exceptions. Some children mature faster and others just pick up the required skills quicker. This is most evident at the Grade 1/2 level where passing and catching often elude the majority of the players. Parents of a player who has mastered these fundamental skills can often feel frustrated. It is important to remember that one of the most important lessons a child can learn is "to make their teammates better". In addition, being a leader on the field and/or "the best player" is something that should not be overlooked. More often than not, the child who is the superstar at 8 years old is often not the best player at 12 years old. As players progress and move up subsequent levels, the size, speed, and intensity increase. There is a significant difference in the skills of the players from 1/2 to 3/4 but the largest leap comes when moving to 5/6. The field nearly doubles in size and physical contact is allowed. The size difference between a 9 or 10 year old 4th grader and a 6th grader (who may be entering puberty) can be significant. More than one child has given up the game of lacrosse after receiving their first big hit. We don't want a child to lose their love of lacrosse because they are put in such a position.
What is the Refund Policy?
A full refund will be given to any participant requesting/requiring a refund within the first two weeks of practice if your player has not attended any practice. After the first two weeks, only a 50% refund will be awarded.
When does the youth season begin and how long does it last?
Please check under the Program Calendar tab to see specific start/start dates
What equipment do I need?
A water bottle, boy's lacrosse stick, elbow pads, shoulder pads, rib pads (optional), helmet, gloves, jock, and mouth guard. Helmet color ideally should be Maroon.
What if I don’t have Equipment?
That’s not a problem! ILC can provide you equipment. For the K-6 age group, there are options to rent per season or the whole year. We also offer the option to buy the packages outright. For the 7-12 age group we have individual items of equipment we allow the players to borrow per season. If the player is committed, we encourage them to make the investment.
Do you offer scholarships?
Absolutely! Ithaca Lacrosse and ILC have always tried to make lacrosse all-inclusive. We never want any barriers to playing the sport of lacrosse. We offer scholarships for registration fees, tournament fees, and equipment costs. During the registration process you can request a scholarship. If you have any questions please contact the Treasurer of the Board.
What happens if I can't make it to practice?
It's understandable that you may miss a practice or two due to school commitments or family emergencies. Our coaches plan "progressive" lessons and it's important that you keep up with your teammates by attending the practices. Our season is very short and every practice matters.
What if I have a question or a concern?
You should contact your coach for answers to your questions or concerns but we ask that you are sensitive to the coach's schedule. Because many of our coaches will be arriving to practice just in time to set-up, they may not have the time for a discussion prior to practice. During the practice, the coach will be focused on the players and should not be interrupted unless you have an emergency. The same holds true on game days. The best time to speak to your coach may be immediately following practice. If you have a question requiring more than a quick response, ask your coach for the best time to contact him or her. At no time is it appropriate to discuss concerns relative to another player, coach, official or parent in front of anyone else! We are striving to create a positive environment and expect your help.
When will I get my Ithaca Lacrosse uniform?
Uniforms are issued to each player. Order forms will be available at the begining of the Spring/Summer season. The uniform will be used for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.