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Spring Season:

Who plays in the Spring Season?  Registration is open for all YOUTH & HIGH SCHOOL boys & girls.  The Spring Season is community based including, but not limited to;  Alabaster, Birmingham, Chelsea, Helena, Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain, Trussville & Vestavia as well as outlying communities such as Clay/Chalkville, Pelham, Gardendale, Leeds & Irondale, to name a few.  If you want to play lacrosse this spring, you register through the GBYLA and we will assign you to a team!

How much does it cost?   There are two components to the Spring Season program fee; GBYLA Base Fees and Community  Add on Fees. The GBYLA base fees per division are posted through the registration module.  Both fees, Base Fee & Community Add On, for the SPRING SEASON are posted on the  SPRING SEASON webpage at www.gbyla.org under PROGRAMS.  GBYLA Base fees cover operating costs to run the Spring Season .   Community Fees are dependent on operating spring season expenses which may include field expense, coach equipment, etc.  You can expect a range of $150 - $450 depending on division and community.  

What division should I register my child for?    Our age cutoff date is born on or after September 1st.  An age cutoff chart is available on our website under PROGRAMS/Spring Season.  

What team will my child play on?  Your child will play for his/her school or community team, if one exists.  Team drafts (when necessary) are done within the community program, therefore the GBYLA cannot accept requests for team assignments. If a team does not exist at your school or in your community, your child is considered an 'orphan' and will be placed according to proximity of your residence address to the nearest home field location for youth teams and at the high school level, the geographic address of the nearest high school.  All mileage calculations are determined via Google Maps.  Procedure regarding the placement of 'orphan' players can be found in our POLICY manual found on our website under 'RESOURCE DOCUMENTS.'

Do Divisions ever get full?  YES!!  If your division is full upon registering, your child will be placed on a waiting list.  Avoid the wait list and register early!

When are practices?  You can expect two to four practices per week lasting approximately 60-90 minutes depending on your team, age  division & coach.  Locations & times are determined by your community  program based on field availability & personal coach schedules.  Practice begins mid January.  Practice schedules are released as soon as available by your community lacrosse program.

When & where are games?   High School games begin approximately the 1st week in February.  Youth games begin approximately the 4th week in February.  A game schedule will be released to you by your coach once available.  Youth plays a 10 game season and high school Varsity plays a 12 game season.   Games are played during the week & on the weekend and are scheduled based on personal coach schedules & field availability.  You will have both HOME & AWAY games.  Away games consisting of neighboring Birmingham Communities.

How long is the season?  The Spring Season starts mid-January and ends mid May.  

My son/daughter is new to lacrosse, can they play in the Spring Season with no experience?  YES!!  Lacrosse is a growing sport and all our GBYLA coaches know that everyone has to start sometime!

Do I need to buy equipment and how much does it cost?  Yes, you will need to have your own equipment.  ALL players are required to have cleats (no baseball cleats) & a mouth guard as well as an athletic cup (boys only).  Purchasing equipment can run from $135 to $185 for boys & $25 - $60 for girls.  Below is a chart listing the equipment necessary to play in the Spring Season.

Fall Lacrosse:

What are the age cutoffs?   Our age cutoff date on or after September 1st.  Division age cutoffs can be found on the Fall Lacrosse or Spring Season Program tabs.

How much does it cost?  How much does it cost?  New Players;$150 typically six (6) sessions.  A $30 US Lacrosse yearly membership is included for all new players (never having played lacrosse before).  Experienced players; $100 (number sessions dependent on field availability).

When are practices?  No  weekday or Saturday practices.  Just show up at your scheduled division time on Sunday ready to play.  

When are games?  New player games will be played once basic lacrosse skills have been mastered.  All new players will participate in a clinic format.   New players will learn how to catch, throw, pick up ground balls and game IQ.  New player scrimmages will be incorporated in the sessions as the players progress.  Experienced players play in a pick - up game format.

Where is Fall Lacrosse played?   Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex (new players) & Rathmell Sports Park (experienced players).  

Will my son or daughter be playing with friends from their school?  Fall Lacrosse is non community specific.

How is my son or daughter placed on a team?  Format is clinic based, no teams.  For the experienced group, drafts will be held each Sunday.

My son/daughter is new to lacrosse, is this a good time to start?  YES!  Fall is the perfect time to try out the sport to see if you like it. 

How long is a clinic/game session?  90 minutes.

What is the clinic/game session schedule?  The game & division schedules are determined once registration closes and we know how many players we have.  This occurs approximately one week prior to the start of play.  We typcially start the younger age groups at 1pm with the last session at 4:00pm (90 minute time blocks).

Do I need to buy equipment & how much does it cost?  We have loaner equipment available on a first come/first serve basis at Sicard Hollow for both boys & girls.  ALL players are required to have cleats (no baseball cleats) & a mouth guard as well as an athletic cup (boys only).  Purchasing equipment can run from $135 to $185 for boys & $25 - $60 for girls. 

What should my son/daughter wear for fall lacrosse?  Athletic shorts & t-shirt are fine.  Your player will receive a reversible pinney to bring each Sunday.

 Lacrosse Helmet  Women's Lacrosse Goggles
 Lacrosse Shoulder and Arm Pads
 Women's Lacrosse Stick
 Lacrosse Gloves

 Women's Lacrosse Helmet (optional)

Men's Lacrosse Stick