The first step to starting a lacrosse club is to recruit players. If your goal is to form a competitive team, make sure to enlist experienced and well-trained members. If you've played in a team in the past, reach out to former teammates who might be interested. Of course, if competition is not the name of your game, there are no rules against playing for fun. Gather some friends together who just want to have a good time and get started!
No matter what your past experience is with lacrosse, recruiting players using the Internet is a useful idea. Post your club's information on message boards or even create your own Web site. The club can be all male, all female or co-ed, but keep in mind that you'll generally need to keep 10 to 12 of your players on the field at all times (10 for men's teams, 12 for women's and co-ed team requirements vary by league). Therefore, 20 to 24 players should be on your roster.
Next, you need to find and join a lacrosse league or organization. This will give your club a game schedule, formal rules and other teams to play against. Again, using the Internet is a great resource since you can research lacrosse-related happenings in your area. Be sure to visit the Web site of your county's parks and recreation department, as there is often organization-specific information posted there. You can also utilize social media by searching on sites like Facebook. Leagues are broken up by age, skill level and sex, so look for one that fits your club's demographics. Be sure to also review the league's schedule to ensure that it will accommodate you and your teammates.
Both local and national leagues usually require a membership fee, so don't be blindsided by this additional cost. General fees range between $25 and $300 per year, depending on the intensity and requirements of the association. This fee may or may not include charges for uniforms and equipment. If you're required to buy your own gear, general equipment includes a lacrosse stick, mouth guard, cleats, shoulder and elbow pads and a helmet. You can purchase these at your local sports retailer or at a lacrosse specialty store.
Of course, the goal of any lacrosse club is to bring players together to have fun and enjoy this remarkable sport. So on that note, have a great game!
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