Q: What equipment do I need to buy and what is provided for girls’ lacrosse?
A: Girls: All players (G1/2 and older) must have protective eye gear and a Crosse (stick) approved for play by US Lacrosse. In addition, a mouth guard is required for all practices and games. Athletic (soccer) shoes are strongly recommended. Goalie equipment is provided by Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse. For Scoopers (K and Pre-K), you will need a girls lacrosse stick. Protective eye gear and mouth guards are not required for Scoopers.
A. Boy’s: All players must wear a helmet, shoulder pads, mouth guard, gloves, and arm pads.
Fort Hunt only provides equipment to the BU9 division. Sometimes, special pricing if offered for Fort Hunt players at local lacrosse stores listed on the cover page.
Q. Where can I buy lacrosse boy’s / girl’s equipment?
A. Equipment web page lists several local lacrosse retailers: Lacrosse Unlimited Alexandria, Lax World Burke, MADLAX Sports McLean, Sports Authority, and Dick's Sporting Goods.
Q: My child is a beginner. Do you group players by ability and experience?
A: Girls & Boys: Beginners are always welcome. The younger division (G1/2 and BU9) is less competitive and more instructional in focus and therefore are not grouped by skill. The upper divisions (G3/4, G5/6, G7/8, BU11, BU13, and BU15) are grouped into divisions by skill level and experience. Scoopers (U7) is set up as instructional and fun clinics for beginners. See “Age Groups” on main lacrosse page for detailed age group explanation.
Q: How often do teams practice and play games?
A: Girls & Boys: Practices vary according to divisions but teams are permitted to have four sessions per week including games. Typically teams hold regularly scheduled practices two afternoons per week after school with one weekend practice on Saturday and one game on Sunday for girls with games on Saturday for boys. There are no practices or games for Scoopers (U7); rather, there are 5 or 6 clinics each season (60-90 minutes in length).
Q: When does the season start? When does the season end?
A: Girls & Boys: Team evaluations are held in late January or February. Practices begin in early March and game play commences in late March. The regular season ends in late May and the upper divisions have playoffs through the second week of June.
Q: My child has several after school activities. What is the level of commitment required?
A: Girls & Boys: Upper division A teams require full attendance to all practices and games. Lacrosse requires regular practice and repetition for team and individual skill development.
Q: Where are the games played? Is this a “travel” program?
A: Girls & Boys: Home games are played either at Carl Sandburg Middle School or West Potomac High School. The Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL) has club programs across Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William and Stafford Counties as well as in the cities of Arlington and Alexandria. Most divisions are organized into subdivisions to reduce game day travel. ALL G1/2 and BU9 Games and Scoopers clinics are held at Waynewood ES or Carl Sandburg MS.
Q: What age/grade can girls/boys participate in youth lacrosse through Fort Hunt?
A: Girls & Boys: See the division explanation section of the webpage.
Q: My child wants to play with her friends from school who play with another lacrosse program. Are there residency restrictions/boundaries that determine on which program a child can play?
A: Girls & Boys: Yes. If you reside in the Fairfax County boundary of Alexandria (not within the City of Alexandria) you are within the Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse resident area. Each youth club has a geographic boundary to prohibit players from arbitrarily changing club programs.
Q: When will I know what team my child is on?
A: Girls & Boys: You will be contacted by the coach before the first practice-around March 1.