Q: My Son is in 5th grade and has never played lacrosse before. Is it too late to start?
A: Absolutely not! It is never too late to start playing lacrosse. Our youth lacrosse program is a developmental league that caters to the various skill levels: beginner to advanced. Most of our players participate in other sports and have picked up the game very quickly.
Q: When and where are games played and what days are practices scheduled?
A: All of our games are played at either the TWHS or WKHS varsity turf field on Sundays between 9AM - 4PM beginning on April 8th. Practices are usually held on 2 evenings per week days and times are determined by the coaches. An example would be Monday and Wednesday from 6-7:30 PM.
In even years, games are played at TWHS. In odd years, games are played at WKHS.
Q: When are teams formed and when can I expect to hear from my son's coach?
A: Teams will be formed after the registration period is finished. Teams and coaches are usually determined during the 1st week of March and coaches will notify their teams by the end of that week. Delays can be caused by late registrations and other factors, but this is our goal. Practices will usually begin the second week of March but is dependent on weather and field conditions.
Q: When do I pick-up the equipment that is provided by WYB?
A: Equipment distribution dates and locations will be determined shortly after the registration period is over. We will usually schedule 2 pickup dates to accommodate busy schedules. If you are unable to make it to one of scheduled pick-up dates, you will need to contact your coach for assistance.
Q: Where can I purchase equipment that is not provided by WYB and what type of lacrosse stick does my son need?
A: Division 2 and 3 players will need to provided their own gloves and arm pads. Your son will also need a regulation size lacrosse stick. It can be cut down to accommodate the player's height. It is not necessary to spend more than $50 for a decent lacrosse stick. You can purchase new and used lacrosse equipment at Play it Again Sports. Dicks Sporting Goods is also another option for new lacrosse gear.
Q: Can my son play soccer and lacrosse at the same time?
A: Many of our participants play multiple sports during the spring and although there can be conflicts at times, it can be done. We highly recommend that players attend at least 1 of the regularly scheduled practices per week in order to be ready for the games.
Q: Is lacrosse a violent sport?
A: Lacrosse is not intended to be a violent sport, but because body checking is introduced at the Division 1 level (5th and 6th grade), there are times when players need to be reigned in by the coaches and referees to teach proper checking techniques in order to keep the game safe. We have rules in place to help prevent games from getting out of control. We do not allow checking for 1st through 2nd graders, but will begin to teach the concepts of legal stick checks at the 3rd grade level.
Q: Does WYB offer travel teams for lacrosse?
A: WYB offers "Select Teams" for Divisions 1 & 2. These teams are formed by selecting players from within the league that have shown the ability to play at an advanced level within their age group. The WYB coaches will invite players to be on the select team after evaluating their performance and skill level during the first 1-2 games. These teams will participate in additional practices, games, and tournaments throughout the season, but will not interfere with league games or practices as all players are required to continue to practice and play with their WYB teams. There is an additional fee required to participate on these teams to cover tournament fees, uniforms, etc.