Keller Lacrosse FAQs
What teams are fielded by Keller Lacrosse?
Keller Lacrosse offers high school teams for grades 9th-12th, as well as youth teams, grades 1st - 8th. Youth teams are divided up by grades: 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8. High School teams are divided into Varsity and Junior Varsity at the Division 1 and Division 2 level. The number of teams and the level of the teams are dependent on the number of players registered and the level of the players. For girls’ lacrosse, please visit www.kellergirlslacrosse.com
My son has never played lacrosse before. What's the best way to get started?
We love welcoming new kids into this great sport and your son is more than welcome. Depending on the time of year, opportunities may be right around the corner or a few months away. In either case, we can try to create opportunities for your new LAXer to fall in love with the sport. In general, we try to offer at least one free intro camp as well as inexpensive clinics in the Fall.
Is it too late for my child to learn to play?
It's never too late to learn lacrosse. Your child should expect to work hard. They will get plenty of help and support, but the more work they put into it, the more they will get out of it. Younger teams try to provide "fair rotation" play but merit builds with time. Varsity guys should expect to have to earn their spot and contribute consistently. Every player was new once and every coach knows that kids want to play. We've had plenty of success stories of first year players earning spots on Varsity and our "rookie of the year" has been a chief contributor each year. It would be pretty tough for a Senior to start out because they might not get a lot of play time. But welcome aboard!
Does my player need to tryout to be on a team?
Yes and No. Your player will be on a team if you register, but for the older guys, it will be up to them as to what team they make. For the younger guys (Grades 1-4), we try to split the teams equally by age group after coaches’ looks in January. For Grades 5-8 and HS, the players will tryout in January and be placed on a team according to their level of play. They may be moved up or down based on needs of the teams and/or their efforts.
When does the Lacrosse season begin?
The Spring season for Youth (Grades 1-8) teams typically start in February and run through the final weekend in April/first weekend in May. Practices for all Youth players typically begin the first week of January. We try to play at least 8-10 regular season games for all grade groups. Grades 1/2 and 3/4 do not have playoffs. Grades 5/6 and 7/8 can expect an additional 1-4 playoffs games during the final weekend.
The Spring season for High School players usually begins a little earlier in January with one or two preseason tournaments and can run a little deeper into May.
Lacrosse is primarily a Spring sport but Keller Lacrosse does have year-around activities for those interested. Just check back on our website for news and notices.
How many practices a week can my player expect?
You can expect 1-2 practices per week for Grades 1-4 and 2-3 practices per week for Grades 5-8. High School players can expect to have 4-5 practices per week.
Practice days depend a lot on the Head Coach's schedule. In the Winter and early Spring, a lot of practices are conducted either late afternoon/early evening and/or on the weekends due to lack of daylight after 6:00 PM, and if after 6:00 PM, on lighted fields (when available). High School level teams usually practice on week day evenings on lighted fields (when available). Our home practice fields are at Indian Springs Middle School.
When do I register my player?
Spring registration typically starts online in October. Fall clinic and program registration starts in August.
What are the costs to register?
Lacrosse has the unfortunate reputation for being a bit pricey. Part of the reason for this is the schools that tend to offer lacrosse tend to be private and with fewer clubs in an area, we may need to drive a little farther than a football team might. We try to keep the costs as low as possible while providing a great experience for our players. You should be warned that most kids who try lacrosse fall in love with it.
A membership in US Lacrosse is required or all players (and coaches) at all ages. Cost is $30 per year and US Lacrosse membership will need to extend thru May 31st of 2018 for the Spring season. Spring Registration fees last season were $150 for grades 1-2, $250 for grades 3-4, $325 for grades 5-8, and $575 for HS players. We have traditionally offered a multi player (sibling) discount whenever possible. We do offer payment plans.
Fall clinic fees last season were $50 for the 8 week session. We had two “Try Lacrosse for Free” days last Fall and expect to do the same for the 2017 Fall season.
What equipment does my player need?
All players need equipment consisting of a stick, helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads/guards, gloves, cup, and mouthpiece. Boys’ youth kits with helmet and stick are around $100-$250. You can find most, if not all of these items at Academy or Dick’s (NE Mall, Colleyville and Alliance). Another option with a larger selection of lacrosse gear is Not Just Soccer in Fort Worth and they frequently have sales….ask for Eric Stein (682-312-5569), he still plays in an adult league and he does a great job of stringing. More specialized lacrosse gear and a larger variety of options can be purchased at Lax Kong in Plano. Good online options are sportstop.com, comlax.com, lacrosseunlimited.com and lacrossemonkey.com
At the boys’ youth level, we recommend a navy helmet, but any color helmet is acceptable. At the boys’ high school level, players are required to wear a navy (with gold trim) helmet. Not Just Soccer in Fort Worth carries the Keller Lacrosse helmet and decals. The purchase of required uniforms is done at the same time as player registration for each new season.
All equipment mentioned above must be worn to participate in any Keller Lacrosse clinics, practices, and games.
I don’t live in the Keller ISD area. Can my child still play for Keller?
For grades 1-8, if you live in the Keller ISD boundary or the closest DFW Lacrosse League program is Keller Lacrosse, then yes you can play for Keller. For HS, anyone in the Keller ISD boundary can play. If you live outside of the KISD boundary in a school district that does not offer lacrosse and Keller Lacrosse is closest program to you then you can play for Keller. There are further THSLL divisions based on the high school your player is zoned for in Keller.
If I have any questions, whom can I ask?
For questions on eligibility for the KLA high school teams, please contact Chris Price firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding the KLA 1/2 and 3/4 contact Daniel Andrews email@example.com, 5/6 & 7/8 Erik Kempf firstname.lastname@example.org.