Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the Spring season last?
Practice will begin in early March, as soon as Loudoun County releases fields to Algonkian Lacrosse.
Each team typically plays in 8 regular season games and at least one playoff game. (mid-March-early June)
NVYLL 2022 Game Schedule (Subject to Change)
March 26/27 (Opening Weekend)
April 16/17 (No Games – Easter Weekend)
April 30 and May 1
May 21/22 (B & C teams - regular play; A teams - playoffs & championships)
May 28/29 (No Games - Memorial Day Weekend)
June 4/5 (B & C team playoffs)
June 11/12 (B & C team championships)
Why do Algonkian registration fees escalate as they get closer to the start of the Spring season?
Algonkian Lacrosse is a non-profit organization and does its very best to keep registration costs as low as possible. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of registering early... it allows us to budget for equipment, coaches, uniforms, etc. In addition, our NVYLL teams must be submitted by late February, so we really need to know who's playing as soon as possible. Compound that with the fact that 80% of our players are returning players, so odds are, the vast majority know their kids are going to play months in advance... but delay registering their children.
The standard rate is our base cost. The idea is we absolutely need to know how many teams we are entering in NVYLL in mid-February. Once we pass this milestone, we effectively have to cap registration, because the NVYLL will not allow us to enter any more teams.
HELP!!! I'm new to lacrosse... What do my kids need?
Please note boys and girls lacrosse require different equipment.
GIRLS - Players are responsible for providing:
- Womens Lacrosse Stick
- Lacrosse Goggles (For a list of approved eyewear click here.)
- Mouthguard in a highly visible (non-white) color. Mouthguards cannot be attached to eyewear!
Boys - Players are responsible for providing:
- Mens Lacrosse Stick
- Mens Protective Equipment (Lacrosse Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Arm Pads and Gloves) ***
- Mouthguard in a higly visible (non white) color
- Protective Athletic Cup
Lacrosse sticks can cost anywhere from $30 to $200. Don't be intimidated... unless your child is a freak of nature, ready to step on the field and play Division I Collegiate ball as a 3rd grader, a $30-$50 stick is what you are looking for.
*** Tribe offers boy's rental Protective Equipment for a fee during registration. Alternatively, boys Protective Equipment can be bought New (at Dicks, Play It Again Sports, Madlax, Lacrosse Unlimited, etc.), Used (at Play It Again Sports) or for beginners, rented from Algonkian Lacrosse. Purchasing new, many vendors sell starter kits (Shoulder Pads, Gloves and Arm Pads) for around $80. Helmets run about $110.
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Which club should I register my child with this Spring?
All players shall register with the NVYLL club that represents their local public high school pyramid as determined by their residence regardless of the actual school they attend. Algonkian Lacrosse Club serves Dominion, Park View, and Potomac Falls high school clusters.
One-Year Waivers may be granted if: (1) the home club cannot accommodate the player because registration is closed; (2) the appropriate age division is full at the home club; or, (3) the home Club is not fielding an "A" team for which the player qualifies.
The official result of any game played with an illegal player shall be a forfeit by the team adding the illegal player(s) and that team may be barred from post-season play.
Please refer to NVYLL Rule 1.2.5 on www.nvyll.org for complete details.
Should I buy or rent equipment for my son?
Three different approaches to consider... Rent, Buy Used, Buy New
- Renting - $75 / season
- Buying Used - About $100 for helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves
- Buying New - Around $180 for starter equipment; Algonkian has a limited amount of rental equipment. No guarantees that we'll have enough for everyone, first come/first served with an emphasis on first year players. (to encourage the growth of the sport)
Buying Used can be a good approach. Play It Again Sports in Leesburg sells used equipment.
Buying New, the risk of course is the outlay and your son decides he doesn't want to play again. I'd offset this with the fact that Algonkian likes to sponsor used equipment sales at the end of the year. Worst case scenario, you could sell your equipment there or to Play It Again Sports, and get some of your money back.
Bottom line... if you think you son is going to play for more than a year, it definitely makes sense to buy your own equipment. Two Spring seasons is roughly the break even point.
My child is an advanced player and is debating whether to play for Algonkian or tryout for a National Premier Youth Lacrosse League (NPYLL) club or travel team this Spring. Any advice regarding what we should do?
There are a couple aspects to this decision that are critical to consider...
- Your choices are not necessarily mutually exclusive.. It may make a lot of sense to play for both a rec team and a travel/club team. (see below)
- Algonkian Lacrosse guarantees playing time, while travel/club teams do not. The Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL) mandates that all players participate in at least 25% of the game. There are no playing time guidelines in the NPYLL or for most regional travel teams.
- The core intent of the two leagues differ... Algonkian concentrates on developing players from the beginner level and having athletes play together in preparation for high school play. NPYLL clubs and travel teams are designed to be traveling all star teams, exposing elite players to the best competition in Baltimore/Washington metropolitan and surrounding areas.
The best advice that we can give is carefully evaluate you child's situation, abilities, maturity before making your decision. Speak to your child's previous coach(es) in order to get an unbiased evaluation. Research the travel or club teamss and understand how they operate. Are they a non-profit organization? What is there position regarding players participating on multiple teams? How often do they practice? Where? When? Is your child ready to make the jump to travel/club play? Are you prepared to make the time & monetary commitment? How is your child going to react to the possibility getting little or no playing in a game?
The safest route is to register for Algonkian Lacrosse. This will guarantee a club that your child can play on this Spring. Worst case scenario, your child makes a travel/club team, you choose not to also play for an Algonkian rec team, you request a refund prior to March 15th, and it costs you a $16 processing fee. Keep in mind that travel/club teams have tryouts and your child must make the team -- there is no guarantee there, and it is a highly competitiveenvironment. Some of the NPYLL clubs state that their club should be treated as a "second sport" that supplements the NVYLL clubs (such as Algonkian). Other Clubs may expect your son to fully commit to their Club and attends all practices and games. Please fully understand the situation and let your Algonkian coach know of your status so he/she can plan accordingly.
Can players play up or down in an age group level?
Algonkian requires all boys and girls to play within their actual age group. We strive to offer A-level play within each age division (Boys 8U and above; Girls 3/4 and above), so there is ample opportunity for advanced play in all age divisions. This is consistent with other youth lacrosse clubs. There are travel tounament clubs available if you are interested in an even higher level of play, beyond a youth rec club. Playing "down" is never permitted in the NVYLL.
When are games?
Boys typically play on Saturday and Girls typically play on Sunday afternoons. A teams can count on at least one regular season "double-header" (games both Sat & Sun) as well as playoffs/championships weekend. Times will vary.
Where are games played?
Our home field location will be released in late February, but will be in Sterling, VA. Away game location is dependent upon the opponent, but will always be in Northern Virginia.
When is the first practice?
The first team practices will be early March. This depends on when the county allows us to use their fields, as well as favorable weather conditions.
When are practices held?
Practices are 2 or 3 times a week, in the late afternoon to early evening. Days and times are dependant upon county field allocation, coaches’ preference, and day light hours available. Practice schedule will be released one week before practice begins.
Does the Tribe give refunds?
Refunds minus a 10% transaction fee are given prior to Team Placement Announcements. Formal requests should be made to the respective Commissioners.