Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. Why does registration begin so early?
A. We open registration in the fall in order to give our interested families enough time to plan. We also have a requirement of submitting rosters to the Washington State Lacrosse League by November/December, so they can begin working on schedules for the regular season.
Q. What are the cost?
A. We work very hard to keep the cost as low as possible and reavaluate at the end of each season.
2018 Cost per program
- K-2 Program, $75 (includes a club shirt and Stick)
- 3/4 Program, $300, (includes registration fee's and unifrom)
- 5/6 Program, $300, (includes registration fee's and uniform)
- 7/8 Progran, $300, (includes registration fee's and uniform)
- High School Program, $550, (includes registration fee's and Home/away uniforms)
Q. What schools are covered by the Emerald Ridge Lacrosse Club?
A. We cover all schools within the Emerald Ridge High School catchment area. If your attending a private or Trible school that does not offer a lacrosse program, registration will be based on your address.
Q: Can girls play lacrosse?
A: Of course. Our girls play for the combined Puyallup Girls Lacrosse program that is currectly managed by the Rogers Lacrosse Club. As the girls sport grows we plan to have an Emerald Ridge Girls progam very soon.
Q. When does the lacrosse season begin? How long does the season last?
A. Lacrosse practices will begin in February. The regular season typically runs through mid June. If we participate in post season tournaments, that could take us through the month of June. High school typically begins later in February and will run through May depending on playoffs.
Q. How many days a week can I expect for practices?
A. For youth (3rd-8th boys) 3 days a week. 2 hour practices. For High School (9th-12th grades boys) 5 days a week, 2 hour practices.
Q. Where are lacrosse practices held?
A. Lacrosse practices are held at one of the junior high or elementary schools in the Puyallup School District. We compete for field space, along with soccer and baseball clubs during the Spring. We won't won't officially know the locations until late January.
Q. Where can I get a game schedule?
A. We have 2 leagues that govern our program: Youth boys, and High School boys. They set the schedule and publish it around February of each year.
Q. What do I need to know about game locations?
A. For our high school teams, families need to be prepared for weekday and weekend games. Our High School Boys team may see a Woodinville game at 8:00pm on a Wednesday night. For our youth boys, games are on Saturdays. None of our youth teams have weekday games.
Q. What kind of gear will my athlete need to play the sport?
A. On our website, under the "About" tab look for the "equipment" link. Here you can find information covering equipment needs.
Q. Do I have to buy gear?
A. The club does have some gear available to check-out for first year players. Any equipment checked out from the club will require a security deposit in the form of a post-dated check that will be returned at the end of the season when the equipment is returned. Checks will be cashed for any equipment that is not returned.
Q. I hear High School Boys need a certain helmet, is that true?
A. Beginning with the 2017 season, High School players will need black helmets. A certain brand is not required but all must be NOCSAE certified.
Q. Do we travel outside the state for games?
A. We do not travel outside of Washington for the regular season. Your coach could decide on an out-of-state post season tournament for your team, but would discuss that with the players & families at the beginning of the season.
Q. Since lacrosse is a growing sport, how does it fair against other sports in helping my child consider college?
A. More than 1 million boys played football in high school, but only 28,299 received a scholarship in Division I or II. That's about 1 in 40. Baseball is about 1 in 52, basketball about 1 in 55. Lacrosse is now about 1 in 11. In regards to the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR), men’s lacrosse ranked fourth of all men’s sports. The APR is a term-by-term measure of eligibility and retention for Division I student-athletes that was developed as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates. What was once a niche sport in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states is now one of the fastest-growing games in America.