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General Information:

The Haslett Lacrosse Club boys teams feed the Haslett-Williamston Boys Varsity High School team. The focus of our program is to develop strong lacrosse skills and knowledge to prepare them to play high-level varsity lacrosse in high school.

The focus of the 5th/6th grade program is to introduce new players to lacrosse, develop basic lacrosse skills, and teach basic strategies. Coaches will try to get equal playing time for all players.

At the 7th and 8th grade levels we still work to hone lacrosse skills and introduce more complex strategies. While coaches still focus on developing skills, there is more focus on winning games than at the younger levels. Players may not get equal playing time, but they should expect to play at least the equivalent of one quarter each game.

Player Evaluation

Should it be necessary to divide players each player will be evaluated to ensure an appropriate distribution of skill. Players will be evaluated on the following skills:

  • Passing and catching
  • Cradling
  • Shooting
  • Ground Balls
  • Dodging (face, split, and roll)
  • Quickness
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Endurance
  • Body Checking
  • Stick checks (slap, poke, lift)
  • Understanding of defensive roles
  • Leadership
  • Attitude
  • Team communication
  • Team play
  • Hustle and effort

Players will be evaluated at how well they perform each skill, whether they can use both hands, whether they use proper technique, and whether their play is within the rules of play.

Keep your stick in your hands through the off-season!

What equipment does my son need?

Boys lacrosse players must have:equipboys

  • Navy blue lacrosse helmet
  • Mouthguard (cannot be white or clear and must attach to the facemask)
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Gloves
  • Cup
  • Cleats (soccer, football, or lacrosse cleats all work well)
  • Rib pads are not required but strongly recommended
  • Midfielders/Attack stick

Note: Hockey equipment is not allowed.

Why can't my son use hockey equipment?

Hockey equipment hampers the range of motion needed for lacrosse as well as being hot during warm weather. Players starting out in lacrosse will be hampered in their development when using hockey equipment. More advanced players will see their ability to hone their skills inhibited when using hockey equipment.

  • Hockey helmets are great for protecting heads during a hockey game, they don't offer the protection a lacrosse helmet does. Different sports possess different risks. Standards for helmets have been developed and have evolved specifically for the intended sport, based upon the nature and history of the sport. Wearing helmets not certified for that sport places the player and, possibly other players, at an increased risk of injury, possibly severe and catastrophic. The position the body and head is in with lacrosse is very different than it is in hockey. Given the difference in stance, a hockey helmet does not protect the brains occipital lobe as well as a lacrosse helmet. In other words, would you let your son play hockey in a lacrosse helmet?
  • Hockey gloves inhibit the range of motion needed in lacrosse. They are also very hot in warm weather.
  • Hockey elbow pads also limit the range of motion needed in lacrosse. As with hockey gloves they are very hot in warm weather.
  • Hockey shoulder pads are ineffective in adequately protecting the chest from injury and they do not allow for the range of motion required for lacrosse. They are very hot in warm weather.

Does the club provide any equipment?

Yes. The club provides all boys with a jersey. Defensemen may borrow a clubs defense stick. Goalies are provided with a goalie stick, throat protector, and chest pads. All players must buy uniform shorts through the club.

Can I borrow equipment?

Yes. The club has a limited amount of equipment available for loan during the season. You will be required to provide a deposit at the beginning of the season which will be returned when all borrowed equipment is returned.

How safe is lacrosse?

While lacrosse is a physically tough sport, there are more injuries in football, hockey, and soccer.

Where is our home field?

The boys play games at Nancy Moore Park on Okemos Road just north of E. Grand River Ave.

Where are practices?

Practices are held at Marshall Park and Newton Rd Park.

Where does the registration money go?

The single largest cost is officials. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the state and finding officials can be challenging. Lacrosse officials understand the laws of supply and demand and have priced their services accordingly. The registration fee also includes the teams entry into two festivals (Waverly and Cranbrook). The required US Lacrosse membership is included as well. Haslett Community Education also charges a small fee to help defray their costs. Finally, the cost of various supplies, such as balls, is included. Our boys coaches are volunteers and do not receive any pay for their efforts.

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