WHAT IF MY CHILD IS NEW TO LACROSSE?
That's GREAT! We welcome and encourage new players at any age to the sport. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Lots of players are new or have only played one season. If your child likes a fast paced, exciting, challenging and FUN game experience with great coaches - Lacrosse offers all that and more…
WHAT ARE THE DIVISIONS?
For girls it is divided by grade: 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th.
For boys as of 2018 the divisions are age groupings: 14U (red & blue), 12U, 11U, 10U, 9U & 8U. The KCYLL gives a three month allowance over the US Lacrosse date of 9/1 of the preceding year. Therefore a 12U must be 11 years old or younger on June 1 of the year preceding the season of play. This will effectively group all boys with their classmates through 6th grade unless your child is many months older than his classmates. All 8th graders regardless of age are permitted to play in 14U. Here is a link to the US Lacrosse age eligibility chart and remember the 3 months allowance from KCYLL: https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/age-group-chart-17-18.pdf
WHEN IS THE YOUNGEST AGE MY CHILD CAN START?
As of the 2017 season, the youngest grade for boys is typically 1st grade as the 8U division is 1st/2nd grade combined. Kindergartners can play but realize that they will be playing against some 2nd graders. The youngest grade for girls is 2nd grade but please realize that they will be playing in a 3rd/4th grade combined division.
WHO CAN JOIN BROOKSIDE LACROSSE?
All interested players are invited to join. Our club focuses on players residing or going to school in Kansas City, MO and now students attending Johnson County parochial schools.
WHO ARE THE COACHES?
Usually we have former college players coach in the older divisions with a parent volunteer assistant. Parents will coach in the younger divisions. In 2017 we have a coach/player development director guiding all coaches.
WHEN DOES THE SEASON START AND END?
The main season is spring and runs from March until May. We are usually done by Memorial Day. In summer and fall we will participate in KC Heartland Lacrosse Leagues.
WHERE CAN I FIND AFFORDABLE EQUIPMENT?
Brookside Lacrosse has an equipment exchange at Teamwork Sports KC, 310 E. 80th St.
1st year players (boys) can check out helmets for the spring season. All players can buy a pad set for $30 and stick for $20. You can always sell back the equipment you bought at the end of the season if you like.
KC Lacrosse Shop (4651 Indian Creek Pkwy, OPKS) is another great option for new equipment. Play It Again Sports in Overland Park is another option for used equipment.
You can find more specific information about boys expenses with this link: Boys' FAQs page
DO WE NEED TO BUY A UNIFORM?
-$15 Practice Pennie
-$15 Practice Pennie
-$35 Shorts (boys love wearing these all off season)
-Game jersey is loaned out
All Girls Divisions (3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th)
- All Uniforms are loaned out
WHAT DO THE DUES PAY FOR? WHAT ARE THE CLUB EXPENSES?
Your club dues pay for league dues, coaches stipends, club administration, officials, field repair, goalie equipment, goals and nets, balls, equipment exchange maintenance, uniform maintenance and many other expenses.
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS FOR CLUB DUES?
Yes, we offer partial and full scholarships for those families in financial need. Contact Greg Goss, President at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a confidential request.
WHERE ARE GAMES HELD?
Boys games are on a home and away format with 4 home games held very near or in Brookside. The other 4 will be held somewhere in the metro or Lawrence. Girls games have been played in Johnson County or Notre Dame de Sion.
WHERE DO YOU PRACTICE AND WHEN?
Our practice field is at Kansas City Southwest HS on 65th and Wornall. Most teams practice twice per week but the younger divisions may only practice once. Practice times will be set in March. Regular practice will begin the week following spring break. It is ok to make only one practice per week if the conflict is unavoidable.
WHAT IS YOU REFUND POLICY?
All refund requests will be reviewed by the Board. Refunds will be made on a case by case basis.
WHAT HIGH SCHOOLS FIELD TEAMS?
Rockhurst, St. Teresa's Academy, Notre Dame de Sion, Pembroke, Shawnee Mission East all field teams. It is our hope that Bishop Miege will soon have a team and for now those students play on the combined Shawnee Mission team.
DO COLLEGES OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes they do. Rockhurst University offers lacrosse scholarships and participates in NCAA D2 for both men and women. Many NAIA colleges within an hour of KC offer scholarships too such as Ottawa University, St. Mary's in Leavenworth and Benedictine College. Many NAIA schools in the Midwest also offer scholarships (visit NAIA.org for more info) . MU, KU, Missouri State, K-State and many other local universities field club programs that provide a great experience.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GIRLS AND BOYS LACROSSE?
Girls lacrosse is a non-contact sport which requires only a girls' specific stick and protective goggles.
CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR BROOKSIDE LACROSSE?
Yes we need volunteers for our leadership council to handle marketing, field management and other roles.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT LACROSSE?
Our US Lacrosse tab above has more about lacrosse.