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FAQs

Below find Answers to Fequently Asked Questions:

1) About Us

2) Equipment

3) Coaching

4) Logistics

5) Registration

6) New to Lacrosse

7) Parent Responsibilities

8) Game Play

 

LTRC MISSION, CULTURE AND PARTNERSHIPS

What separates LTRC programs from other area programs? 

LTRC has an expansive and rich history of developing the areas lacrosse players.  We have access to great fields in our community and are expanding our opportunities to players of ALL ability levels.  That means we are striving to give kids a fun and rich experience whether it is 4 year olds new to the game of 9 year olds that want a more competitive expierience. 

THIS JUST IN- SEMINARY TURF WILL BE REDONE IN JULY OF 2019, SO WE WILL HAVE A NEW TURF FIELD FOR 2020 SEASON!

I live in between traditional rec council geographic areas?  Which program should I select?

All area rec councils have great options for your child to participate.  We have started working with our area rec councils to improve cooperation, re-establish friendly rivalries and offer opportunities for all levels of competitiveness and provide alternatives to private, for-profit club programs.  These include Kelly Post, Cockeysville, and Carroll Manor.  

It seems like there is a different between Boys and Girls Programs- Why?

As a program, we strive to tailor the lacrosse experience to a participants ability, age and game they play (mens or womens).  We have different programs for boys and girls as the game is vastly different along with interest level by age and game.  In addition, we are constantly evolving our offerings where we have interest and/or talent.

How  LTRC’s partnership/relationship with US Lacrosse impact my child?

LTRC has partnered with US Lacrosse to offer better experiences to our players, better train our coaches and grow our player opportunities.  LTRC strives to be a US Lacrosse Athlete Development Model Program.  The core of the Athlete Development Model is to focus on the following areas--

  1. Fun & Kid Centered
  2. Program Design for Development
  3. Multi-Sport Participation
  4. Small-Sided and Free Play
  5. Physical Literacy
  6. Trained Coaches

Click HERE to learn more about the Athlete Development Model

 

EQUIPMENT

If you are new to the game and have questions about equipment, click HERE to check out this link from US Lacrosse.  

Special Note about sticks for the Womens Game- as girls progress in the sport (starting in 7-8), the quality of the girls stick (namely the head and pocket) is more important than in the boys game.  Click HERE for more info.

Does my child need a facemask/goggles or mouth guard?

Absolutely, all girls need appropriate goggles and mouthguards in order to participate.

Where can I find equipment? 

LTRC offers annual discounts through Dicks Sporting Goods.  We also encourage visiting used sporting goods stores such as Play It Again Sports which offers used equipment alongside new equipment. 

 

COACHING

I am on the fence about coaching, is it for me?

YES!, we are looking for coaches that want to give their kids a great experience learning the game in a positive, engaging environment.  We welcome coaches of all LAX ability levels.  We have the tools and resources to teach you the game, provide access to modern drills and practice plans and most importantly support your efforts to give our kids a rewarding experience playing lacrosse.

I want to coach my child's team.  How do I volunteer, and what is the background screening process?

All coaches must complete the Baltmore County mandated background check.  There is also additional screening as part of US Lacrosse Certification.  All coaches must also complete a 1 hour in-house training.   Email the Coach Development coordinator at jeff.luthervillelax.com

What coaching development opportunities exist?

LTRC will reimburse its coaches with US Lacrosse membership and Level 1 and 2 Certification.  We also host mandatory in-house "Coaches Bag Training" and specialized instruction by position when resources allow.  If you are interested in contributing specialized coach or player training, please contact the Coach Development coordinator at jeff.luthervillelax.com

 

LOGISTICS

How much does participation cost? (for each level & age rec/travel/club)

LTRC Lacrosse works hard to keep prices as low as possible but works to balance the price with what participants receive.  In 2019, we are re-evaluating all aspects of the player experience and discussing items such as LTRC Logo and Branding, Spirit wear options, uniform quality, player experiences at US Lacrosse, Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. 

When are the games and practices?

That's a tough one.  Click HERE for the current dates for games and practices based on your child’s age and team.  Keep in mind, that up until the season starts, these dates may change

What fields do the Travel and Rec teams play on?

Our county provided home fields are Valley Fields North, Valley Fields South and Seminary Park, we also have limited field space at Meadowood Regional Park


What is the field closure policy regarding adverse weather conditions?

Fortunately, or unfortunately, the county controls all field access and posts this info to rainedout.com.  click here.  The one exception is Seminary Park which only closes for snow or lightning.  Coaches may also cancel practice or obtain different fields depending on what is available on your child's practice date.

Where and when are tryouts and evaluations?

We are a Rec program, which means everyone has a place on a team as long as we have fields and coaches for teams.  There are some teams requiring try-outs such as 6 year old boys travel, 7-8 girls travel or Boys 2027 Club. 

Otherwise: Boys and Girls evaluations for the 5-6 age group and 7-8 age group take place to create equal teams for the in-house leagues.  In-house means that teams play other LTRC teams on LTRC fields.

Evaluations for the 9-10 and up age groups take place to create travel teams according to ability level.  There are A,B,C teams that play in the Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association-MYLA league.  Home games take place on LTRC Fields or away games take place on other area rec council fields. 

 

REGISTRATION

Open Registration

When does registration open?

For the Spring Season: registration will generally open in October

For the Fall/Winter Indoor Season: registration will generally open in July

For Club Tryouts: registration will generally open in June

Refund Policy

All refund requests must be directly made via email to LTRClaxregistrar@gmail.com 

Refunds requested before Jan. 1 will be honored and refunded in full minus any administrative fees paid by LTRC Lacrosse.

Cancelations requested after our cutoff date will NOT be honored with the exception of extenuating circumstances.

Waitlist

Registration is closed or has reached capacity, what happens now?

Once registration closes or has reached capacity, interested participants are encouraged to register on our waitlist or contact the registrar directly at to be placed on the waitlist. There is NO fee to be placed on the waitlist.

Waitlisted participants will be removed from the waitlist in the event that a registered participant cancels OR if the ability to field an additional team presents. (i.e. we have the space, numbers, and coaches). Waitlisted participants will be contacted directly by the Registrar who will coordinate registration and payment of the registration fee. Waitlisted participants come off the waitlist on a first come first serve basis.

Please do NOT contact age group coordinators or coaches to be added to rosters once registration closes or has reached capacity. LTRC Lacrosse follows a strict waitlist procedure to ensure fairness to all interested participants.

Age Verification
Why do participants have to submit a copy of their Birth Certificate?

As part of LTRC Lacrosse's efforts to improve the experience and ensure safety for all of our players, our organization has implemented an age verification requirement for all players registered in our 3/4 division and 5/6 division. Once received families will not be required to provide this information for the duration the player is involved in our program.

Proof of age, either a passport or valid birth certificate may be emailed to LTRClaxRegistrar@gmail.com or sent by mail (please email the registrar for details).

Registrations will NOT be considered complete until your player's proof of age is provided. Failure to provide verification will result in forfeiture of your participant’s spot and no refund will be honored.

 

“Playing Up” and “Playing Down” Policy

LTRC Lacrosse does not promote players to play out of their designated age group.  Any request to do so must have an exceptional circumstance that justifies a request to the commissioner and approval by the board.  Requests will be handled on a case by case basis.  This is NOT a parental decision, but a board decision.  

US Lacrosse Position Statement:

“Due to the increased potential for injury and lack of evidence supporting any benefit in the long-term development of a youth level player, US Lacrosse strongly discourages allowing children below 8th grade to “play-up”.

 

Team Requests

Can my child request to play on the same team as their friends, or can I request teammates to facilitate car pooling?  Can I request a coach that my child had previously?

LTRC Lacrosse has nearly 1,000 participants in our growing lacrosse program. Our goal is to have fun, teach participants the game of lacrosse, inspire love of the game and to establish teams that are as close to equal in skill level as possible.  As a result, we cannot always accept requests to be teamed with particular players, and/or coaches.  Of course, a parent who coaches will have their own child on the team, and siblings who qualify to play in the same age group will be placed together (unless specifically requested otherwise).

FOR THOSE NEW TO LACROSSE

My kid is 10, but is in 3rd grade where does she play?

This is a tough one... Currently, age groups are determined by your child's age on Sept. 1, 2018 for the 2019 season.  We are working to migrate kids on to teams based on their graduation year whenever appropriate to facilitate changes in the lacrosse landscape. 

Club, Travel or Rec: What’s best for my child?

All types of playing opportunities have their benefits and drawbacks.  If you want additional information for your child, contact the age group coordinator for an overview of the options for your child based on their age.

My child hasn't played before.  Where can I find the rules?

Rules are different for each age group.  Rules per boys/girls in LTRC are adjusted by coaches for age appropriate safety, game play and skill development.  The age group coordinator with input from the coaches finalizes the rules prior to the season and disseminates to coaches.  Individual age group rules are also posted HERE

 

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

LTRC is developing a parent’s code of conduct for the 2019 season.  It will give parents an overview of what is expected of them and what is not allowed.  To sum it up, parents need to model the behavior expected of their children, to honor the game and its rules/refs (in good calls and bad), to let the coaches coach and the players play in a positive environment free of parents coaching from the sideline, complaining, or modelling inappropriate behavior.

What level of participation is expected of each family?

We expect parents to make sure their kids attend practices and games and communicate directly with coaches when they can't.  Please note that commitments for travel programs increase with age. 

How can parents get involved outside of coaching?

We are always looking for parent involvement as team managers, friend of the program, volunteers for events and activities, etc.  Please contact your age group coordinator or commissioner to get involved.

 

GAME PLAY

Will each player have sufficient playing time?

All in-house programs are designed to equally distribute playing time amongst players.  Age specific rules should outline these requirements.  As players progress to travel teams, playing time is distributed based on level of travel program.  For example, travel teams for ages 6 and 7-8 are competitive with minimum amounts of guaranteed time.   A teams at the 9-10 level are more competitive in terms of playing time, than the C team.  Coaches will address playing time in their introductory comments.  If you have a question about it, feel free to ask at the BEGINNING of the season.

How many practice and games will there be?

Practices and games are determined based on the individual age group.  Check out the PROGRAM INFORMATION tab on the left side of our webpage for details. 

How are tryouts/evaluations handled and how many players are selected?

Evaluations and Try-Outs are made to be as objective and transparent as possible. Evaluators use a numeric system to rate player abilities.  Evaluators are not allowed to evaluate their own kids.  The commissioner and age group coordinators compute the evaluation data and distribute to coaches at a draft (for younger kids) and/or place kids on A, B, C or travel teams for older kids (9-10 and up).  Travel teams are also selected based on abilty levels.  C is for new or emerging players, B is for more experienced players with basic lax proficiency and A is reserved for those with exceptional skills and experience.  Club tryouts are available by maximum grade eligibility or by invitation based on previous travel team experience.  

I woudl like my son to play with his friends.  I would like my daughter to play with Riderwood girls?

While we do our best to honor requests, it just isn't always possible with 600 participants.  First and foremost, kids are placed on in-house teams in order to keep teams as fair as possible- ideally all in-house games should be within a few goals every time.  For travel teams, kids are placed on teams based on their ability.