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Spring Boys' Lacrosse

BOYS' 2024 TRYOUTS

 

  • Saturday Mar. 16: Spring field evaluation scrimmages (CHASKA DOME)
    Note: Boys’ spring field evaluations will be ongoing through the winter dome preseason, but on March 16 we will hold age-level scrimmages to further help with team placement. Spring field evaluation scrimmage times as follows: 
  • 12U: 2:00-3:30pm
  • 14U: 3:30-5:30pm

 

  • Saturday and Sunday Mar. 23-24: Boys' Summer Field Tryouts (CHASKA DOME)
  • Saturday, March 23
    • 12U: 1:00-3:00pm
    • 14U: 3:00-5:00pm
  • Sunday, March 24
    • ​​​​​​​12U: 4:00-6:00pm
    • 14U: 6:00-8:00pm

 

  • 12U/14U Note: March 23-24 will be boys’ summer field tryouts for 12U-14U. Please save the date; it's critical for players to attend summer tryouts if they wish to play on an A-team. 
  • We do not hold tryouts for 8U or 10U.

Preseason Winter Dome Clinics

Everyone that registers for spring and/or summer seasons will have access to our included Winter dome clinics run by the MHS coaching staff! We will have an elementary session and middle school session each day. 

Times for the clinics are the same for each week

Elementary: 5:30-7:00pm

Middle School: 7:00-8:30pm

These will be held at the Tonka Dome on the following dates a:

  • January 13
  • January 20
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10

It is highly encouraged to take advantage of these included winter training sessions in preparation for our spring and summer seasons. Winter clinics can play a role in spring team placement for 12U and 14U teams. 

The 2024 boys' lacrosse spring season offers... 

 

  • Preseason practices in the TonkaDome in January, February, and March (included with registration)

  • 2 Practices per week

  • Spring boys' field lacrosse league play via the GNLL Boys' Spring Field Lacrosse League in April and May
  • Season End Tournament- Wayzata Invite (May 18-19 Projected Dates)

 

  • An OPTION to add to your registration for, an additional fee, BOX LACROSSE league play via the TC Spring Indoor League in March and April.  

Note for 6U Players:  We do not offer a field lacrosse or box lacrosse league play option for 6U players at this time, but please see our 6U Co-Ed Lacrosse page for MLA 6U lacrosse clinic information. 


SPRING LACROSSE COSTS

Our Spring, Box, and Summer lacrosse registrations are in the same registration link this year! Payment installments are available for Spring & Summer registration fees.

The costs for basic boys' spring lacrosse registration, which includes preseason practices in the Tonka Dome in February and March and GNLL field-league play in April and May, with weekend games and multiple practices per week (1-3, depending on age level), will be: 

  • 8U- $150
  • 10U - $385
  • 12U - $450
  • 14U - $500

Add the box-lacrosse league play option to your registration and get 6 box league-play games added to your registration for just $150--that's a steal at just $20 a game for arena turf time with refs! 

Note: Participants must have a current USA Lacrosse membership. USAL youth memberships cost $30 annually. 


2024 Uniforms

New uniforms are required for the 2024 season. They are NOT the same uniforms as the 2023 ones.

A new 2024 uniform MUST be purchased with your first registration of the 2024 season. 

Uniform cost for 2024 will be $100, which includes a reversible jersey, game shorts, and a "shooter shirt"

We will use the same uniform for 2024 Spring and Summer seasons

Preseason Hopkins Pavilion Dates

  • March 1
  • March 8
  • March 15
  • March 22

Hopkin's Pavilion Address:

11000 Excelsior Boulevard
Hopkins, MN 55343

For all of the Hopkins Pavilion dates, we will run: 

8U/10U from 5:30-6:30pm (one-hour practice);
12U from 6:30-8pm (90 min. practice, incl 30 min. scrimmage);
14U from 8-10pm (2 hr. practice incl. 30-minute scrimmage)

For all of the Hopkins Pavilion dates, we will run: 

8U/10U from 5:30-6:30pm (one-hour practice);
12U from 6:30-8pm (90 min. practice, incl 30 min. scrimmage);
14U from 8-10pm (2 hr. practice incl. 30-minute scrimmage)

US Lacrosse Age Guidelines




Equipment

For field lacrosse league play, full lacrosse equipment will be required. This includes a regulation lacrosse stick, lacrosse gloves, a NOCSAE-certified lacrosse helmet, elbow or arm pads, lacrosse shoulder pads that meet the NOCSAE ND-200 standard (implemented in 2022), and appropriate footwear--either non-metal cleats or sturdy sneakers, depending on the surface and conditions. In addition, boys must wear an athletic cup. Players may optionally wear rib pads. 

All players must wear a mouth guard, which cannot be clear or white. (And tell your kid that, no, his Invisalign isn't a compliant mouth guard and no note from the dentist can get him out of this requirement. Refs will check!) 

For more information about equipment, check out USAL's Equipment Guide.


FAQs

Q: How will spring lacrosse work in 2024? 
A: In 2021, we experimented with a return to boys' spring field lacrosse. Familied liked that league, but a number of players missed the box lacrosse league play that we have offered in recent years before switching to spring field lacrosse in 2021. So, in 2024, we're offering both: spring FIELD lacrosse includes preseason clinics and practices (both in the dome and outdoors) PLUS an option to add spring BOX lacrosse to your spring lacrosse programming. It's a huge value! 

Q: How will spring box and field teams be formed? 
A: We do not want to run a high-pressure tryout or evaluation for spring lacrosse, which is our developmental and tune-up season. (In Minnesota, the primary youth lacrosse season has historically been summer.) So, we will use the spring preseason clinics and practices to try and create balanced teams for spring field lacrosse and box lacrosse. league play. In both cases, we cannot control whether and how other associations might "stack" teams, but at least for spring field lacrosse, the league will generally work with us to help us get competitive games. (It's a smaller league than our summer league and easier to "customize" that way.) 

Q: How will the BOXLA (box lacrosse) add-on work? 
A: Players who select the boxla add-on option as part of their registration will  team will MLA used to do only spring box lacrosse. Then we tried only spring field lacrosse. People missed box. So, we're continuing with field--because we get more reps and have more practice opportunities--but we're allowing spring lacrosse registrations to add box lacrosse to their spring registration, because we think BOXLA is awesome and we don't want anyone to miss the opportunity to get box game reps if they want. It'll definitely make you a better lacrosse player! 

Q: Can I sign up only for boxla? 
A: No. In this first year of this field plus option programming, for administrability, we have decided that a player can add box but cannot choose it as a stand-alone option. (Except for 8U players, for whom we do not offer spring field lacrosse; our 8Us will play only box in the spring, and their registration will include the dome preseason sessions.) 

Q: Will spring field league games conflict with spring box league games? 
A: No. First, the spring field season and the spring box season overlap only by a three weekends. And, with the help of two awesome league coordinators at GNLL (field) and TC Select (box), we expect be able to avoid any game conflicts for those players that choose to add boxla to their spring registration.

Q: If I'm an eighth-grader and I'm selected to play on the MHS lacrosse prep team this spring, what happens to my spring registration? 
A:  Eighth-graders who try out for and are selected for participation on a Minnetonka High School lacrosse team during the 2023 high-school season cannot, by MSHSL rule, participate in youth field lacrosse during the spring field season, but they will be able to finish out the BOX lacrosse season, which ends in late April. (We have confirmed this with Minnetonka Schools' Activity Director Ted Schultz.)  if they have selected that as an add-on to their spring lacrosse registration.  Eighth-graders who participate on an MHS team will receive a $300 prorated refund for their primary spring lacrosse registration, which reflects the cost of their $490 registration minus $100 for preseason practices, $90 for their uniform, and (if applicable) their $125 box lacrosse add-on. 

Q: Do I need a uniform if I already have one? 
A: Yes, our 2024 uniforms will be different from our 2023 uniforms to ensure that everyone--players who have outgrown their old uniform and players new to our association--look, well, uniform 

Q: Will I need to buy a uniform again later this year (e.g., for summer lacrosse)? 
A: No! If you participate in spring lacrosse, you get a uniform included with registration. If you then participate in summer lacrosse, you'll use your spring uniform for summer and will not have to pay for a summer uniform as part of summer registration. For fall lacrosse, we do not require uniforms. Note that for the spring box lacrosse add-on, players will wear uniforms from a prior year or we will provide a "loaner" pinnie or uniform, since spring uniforms likely will not be shipped until halfway through the box season. 

Q: How will spring field teams be formed?
A: During the spring preseason, we will evaluate players by ability and position and then use preseason evaluations to create equal "B-1" teams in mid-to-late March. This will enable us to use the spring field season as a truly developmental opportunity to prepare our players for the primary summer season

Q: How will teams be formed for the boxla add-on to spring field lacrosse?
A: Based on the players who elect to add box lacrosse league play to their spring field lacrosse registration, and using spring preseason practices to evaluate ability, we will attempt to create equal teams of 14-16 players at each level for boxla. Final team size will depend on registration numbers. 

Q: Do you know practice schedules yet?
A: Not completely. In fact, our field partners haven't even awarded contracts yet! (We're at their mercy there.) But we have all of the preseason dome dates outlined above, and we have time at the Hopkins Pavilion on Friday nights in the Hopkins Pavilion beginning in March, so you can expect to have some practices those nights. Once we have field time secured with our partners (e.g., City of Shorewood), we will create outdoor practice schedules for April and May. 


USA Lacrosse Membership

All participants must have a current USA Lacrosse (USAL) Youth Membership ($30).  

We recommend that look up your child's USAL membership information prior to beginning the registration process.  See links below for USAL membership information and membership lookup tool.