Non-profit organization dedicated to youth lacrosse in Livermore California.

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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


What is Lacrosse?

Who plays Lacrosse? 

When does the season start?

How do I start playing?

Where and when will we practice and play games?

Why do I need to join US Lacrosse? 

What kind of equipment do I need? 

What kind of “Crosse” should I buy?

Is Lacrosse a contact sport? 

How do I improve my skills?

Where can I buy equipment?

How can parents get involved?

What’s the rain policy?

 

Q: What is Lacrosse?

A: Lacrosse was invented by North American Indians who played with sticks made of wood and leather and a rock was used as the ball. The game became a (slightly less dangerous) substitute for warring between tribes to establish dominance. The Canadians also adopted the sport from the Indians in Northeastern America and it is their national sport, not hockey as is commonly believed. Modern lacrosse has been played by athletes in the United States and the British Commonwealth for over a century.

 The sport of lacrosse is a combination of speed, and strength and draws from skills found in basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse--big or small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not raw strength. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. Lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Players run up and down the field with lots starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in both men's and women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, called “the crosse”, which is used by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball.

 Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. US Lacrosse reports that its youth membership (ages 15 and under) has doubled since 1999 to over 60,000. The National Federation of State High School Associations reported that in 2001 better than 74,000 students played high lacrosse. With club teams, private schools, and states not yet having sanctioned lacrosse, high school-aged participation is actually much higher. Varsity collegiate participation has grown by one-third since 1995, and collegiate and post-collegiate club teams field thousands of players as well, with NCAA sanctioning play at the collegiate level. For more information please go to the US Lacrosse web site at: http://www.lacrosse.org

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Q: Who plays lacrosse?

A:  According to the 2009 US Lacrosse Participation Survey, lacrosse continues to be one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country. Since 2001, the first year the US Lacrosse Participation Survey was published, the number of active lacrosse players has grown 89.3 percent to 480,627 players in 2007. During this time period, US Lacrosse instituted a wide array of programs designed to grow the sport at the grassroots level. Programs like the Fast Break Initiative, the Youth Equipment Grant Program and New Start were especially successful in 2007,as was the impact from the increased outreach of US Lacrosse regional chapters..

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Q: When does the season start?

A: Our Winter/Spring season consists of six weeks of pre-season practices beginning in Mid January.  Games begin in late February and run weekly through the league tournament in mid May.

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Q: How do I start playing?

A: In order to play in the Livermore Phantom Lacrosse Club league, you can register at our on-line registration at www.phantomlacrosse.org. You’ll need a credit card to charge your payment in order to complete your registration. You’ll then need to purchase your equipment. You can also acquire some basic skills training by attending one of the many camps or clinics that are run in nearby areas.

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Q: Where and when will we practice and play games?

A: Our practices will begin in mid-January.  As our coaches are volunteer parents and that have careers, we are coordinating with LARPD to get use of lighted turf fields (Cayetano or Robertson Park) for evening weekday practices.  We will also practice on Saturdays until the start of the regular season. Games will be played on weekends, primarily Saturdays, but some Sundays as well. About half our games are played at home (usually Cayetano Field) and the other half are mostly at other East Bay locations (Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek, Alameda).

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Q: Why do I need to join US Lacrosse?

A: The US Lacrosse Association, in addition to being the main governing body for our sport, also provides insurance coverage for its members. This insurance is required by the Livermore Phantom Lacrosse Club in order to practice or play with our league. Each player must enroll with USLacrosse or renew their USLacrosse membership prior to completing Phantom registration. Each USLacrosse membership must extend to at least the end of the Spring season.

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Q: What kind of equipment do I need?

A: Each player provides his own equipment including both protective gear and a

“crosse” or stick. The protective gear required by the league and Livermore Phantom

Lacrosse Club (LPLC) consists of:

Helmet: black shell, purple visor, purple chin with Phanton decals

Mouth guard

Athletic supporter with hard cup

Shoulder pads

Arm/elbow pads

Lacrosse gloves

Rib pads (optional)

Goalies need additional chest and throat-guard protection (provided by the LPLC)

Cleats (football, soccer or baseball will do) – keep tennis shoes in your bag too.

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Q: What kind of “Crosse” should I buy?

A: There are three kinds of crosses including: short stick, used by attack and midfield players; long stick, used by defense and midfield players, and a goalie stick. The basic lacrosse skills can be best learned with the short stick, and the club requires all players to start with a short stick. The club has a few goalie sticks that will be loaned to players wishing to try the goalie position. The crosse consists of a head (basket and webbing) and handle. Both the heads and the handles come in a variety of styles and are made from a wide assortment of materials…which means that they come in a wide variety of prices as well.

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Q: Is Lacrosse a contact sport?

A: Boys Lacrosse is a contact sport.  Boys in Grade 5 and 6 play with minimal contact (modified Stick checking and minor body to body contact). Body checking in boys lacrosse is introduced at grade 7 (however, take-out checks are not allowed).  Girls are introduced to their version of modified stick checking at grade 7.  Up to that point – there is NO contact in girls’ lacrosse other than incidental.  Body checking in girls’ lacrosse is NOT legal at any level of women’s play.

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Q: How do I improve my skills?

A: Practice, practice, practice! The Livermore Phantom Lacrosse Club focuses on teaching skills and skills development during the practices held during the season. Additionally there are a number of camps and clinics available in the area (see our web-site links for more details). Between practice, “having a catch” with a friend or getting out and doing some “wall-work”, you will hone your throwing and stick skills progressively.  Mastering your stick is among the most important aspect of beginning lacrosse.

We also have a good deal of web-based knowledge resources linked to this site, and we invite you to surf around for some great tips, tools and help building your player skills.


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Q: Where can I buy equipment?

A: There are local vendors in Dublin, Pleasanton and Alamo, many vendors on-line.
Local vendors include:
SlingIt! Lacrosse in
Alamo 

Dick's Sporting Goods in Dublin

Sports Authority in Dublin

Play It Again Sports in Pleasanton

 

Online vendors include:

www.lacrossemonkey.com

www.sportstop.com

www.lax.com

 

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Q: How can parents get involved?

A: Parent participation is fundamental to the success of our organization. In addition to managers, coaches, and assistant coaches, The Livermore Phantom Lacrosse Club is an all-volunteer organization and we have a number of critical positions that must be staffed for each team by parent volunteers. We are also planning activities and other opportunities (festivals, fund-raisers, etc.) in which you can contribute. Please get involved! The club needs your support!

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Q: What’s the rain policy?

A: Livermore Phantom Lacrosse teams practice and play on turf fields rain or shine. For practices on grass fields, we abide by the LARPD Turf Hotline at 373-5702.  Field availability is updated at 2pm daily.

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