Frequently Asked Questions
2018 Grade 3/4 Program
1. What are the goals of the program this year?
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 the week of February 12, 2018 and run through the end of May. 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, Sports Authority, Dick’s) 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 Harbor Fire 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. The club secretary will email forms to parents prior to the start of practice or you can downloaded from the GHLA website (www.gigharborlacrosse.com) under the “Documents” tab in the left menu bar.
Signed concussion forms are required before players can practice.
7. Program Cost and Registration
The 2018 3/4 registration fee is $400.00. Every player MUST have a US Lacrosse number ($35 paid directly to US Lacrosse) in order to be eligible to register and participate in practice & games. http://www.uslacrosse.org/membership.aspx