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Boys Lacrosse FAQs: SPRING 2018

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN HERE ON JANUARY 1st, 2018:  BVL Registration Page

REGISTER EARLY AS SPACES ARE LIMITED IN EACH AGE GROUP !
 
What is Boulder Valley Lacrosse?

  • Boulder Valley Lacrosse is a community based, nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to spreading the great sport of lacrosse throughout Northern Colorado.

  • We organize boys competitive travel teams for our primary lacrosse season, spring, as well as travel teams, camps and clinics in the fall, winter, and summer.

Who coaches for BVL?

  • We have a mix of parents and young men who volunteer their time.  Almost all of our coaches have high school or college lacrosse playing experience.  In 2018, we will have boys coaches who played at top college programs including Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth, Bucknell, Lehigh, Hobart, Hofstra, Penn State, and Colorado.

  • We strongly encourage all of our coaches to participate in our coach certification program, which follows the recommendations of the Positive Coaching Alliance and US Lacrosse.

  • All BVL coaches pass a background check administered by NCSI and agree to our BVL Coaches Pledge of Responsibility.

  • BVL Executive Director Andrew Davies grew up playing in the lacrosse hotbed of Rochester, New York.  He is a graduate of Amherst College and holds a master's degree from the University of Colorado.  Before joining BVL, he served as the varsity head coach at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood and has coached for Denver Elite and Icon Lacrosse.  Andrew is one of several US Lacrosse certified Level II coaches in Colorado, and he continues to play club lacrosse with the BVL men's team in the Mile High Lacrosse League and the Vail Shootout.  He also serves on the US Lacrosse National Men's Game Rules Subcommittee, and the Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association's Executive Committee.

My son has no experience in lacrosse.  Can he play for Boulder Valley Lacrosse?

  • All boys in grades 1-8 are welcome to play for Boulder Valley. Our experienced coaches do a fantastic job teaching inexperienced players about the skills, rules, and uniquely sportsmanlike culture of lacrosse.

My daughter wants to play lacrosse.  Where can she play?

  • All girls are encouraged to play for the Boulder Valley Girls Lacrosse (BVGL) Program. For information on girls lacrosse, visit www.bouldergirlslacrosse.org.

What is the the 2018 spring schedule for BVL boys?

  • Boys will begin practice the week of Monday March 5th.  There will be no practice the week of BVSD spring break (March 26 to March 30).  

  • Boys games will be held every Saturday from April 7 through the CYLA Championships, Saturday May 19 & Sunday May 20.  BVL teams will also have assigned games on two of four Sunday dates:  April 15, 22, 29, or May 6.    

  • All BVL boys teams will conclude their spring season at the CYLA Championships, held Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20.  Teams will play only on one of these two dates.   

  • BVL Winter Indoor Lacrosse and Preseason Lacrosse Clinics will be held during the winter of 2017-18 at the Sport Stable in Superior. Visit our Registration Page to view any open clinics.

When and where are BVL boys practices held?

  • Most boys teams will practice twice a week at Manhattan Middle School in Boulder or at Dawson School in Lafayette, from 600 to 730pm.  U9-U8-U7 teams may practice twice a week at East Boulder Community Park or New Vista School in Boulder, likely from 530pm to 700pm. 

  • Some boys teams (generally older, established teams) may have a third weekly practice at the Louisville Rec Center outdoor box lacrosse arena.  There will be an additional fee of $25 per player on teams which choose to hold a 3rd box arena practice.

  • BVL Select teams will practice three times a week at East Boulder Rec Center turf, Manhattan, Dawson, or Louisville box arena.

  • Head coaches will determine the practice location and days for their teams.

  • We CANNOT promise to assign a player to practice specifically at one location or the other, or to specific practice days. 

Where are BVL games held ?

  • All home games will be held at East Boulder Rec Center in Boulder on Saturdays and some Sundays in April and May

  • All boys teams will travel for away games to locations around Colorado such as Denver, Evergreen, Fort Collins, Loveland, Broomfield, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs.

  • Teams will be scheduled for 10 regular season games and at least 2 playoff games at the CYLA State Championships.  

What are the game dates for spring 2018?

  • Saturday April 7

  • Saturday April 14

  • Sunday April 15#

  • Saturday April 21

  • Sunday April 22#

  • Saturday April 28

  • Sunday April 29#

  • Saturday May 5

  • Sunday May 6#

  • Saturday May 12

  • END OF SEASON: Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20 (CYLA Championships for all teams)
  • # Teams will play only on two of four Sundays.  

Game schedule will be released by the CYLA by Wednesday March 21 and emailed to parents at that time.  Teams will be scheduled for 10 games total.  Makeup games will not necessarily be scheduled in the event of games cancelled due to inclement weather.  Doubleheaders will be used to achieve the 10 game schedule over 6 Saturday and 2 Sunday dates.  

NO GAMES or PRACTICES over BVSD Spring Break (March 26- 30).

BVL Summer Select tryouts (U11, U12, U13, U15) will be held on Sunday April 22nd.  Click here for more info:  BVL Summer Select Program 

What is the boys registration fee for 2018?  

  • BOYS registration fee will be $375 and includes NEW UNIFORM for all players.  All registrants must have US Lacrosse membership valid through May 22nd.  ($30 cost if renewal is necessary).  Registration fee covers our field rental expenses, lacrosse equipment including goals and balls, league fees, CYLA Championship entry fee, officials charges, coaching and educational expenditures, and administrative costs.

  • Our uniforms are custom-made in the USA by STYLAX—right here in Denver, Colorado.  We will start a new two-year uniform cycle in spring 2018.  

  • Scholarships are available to defray the cost of registration.  Please email to make a confidential scholarship request.

Why are players required to have US Lacrosse membership?

  • Membership in US Lacrosse provides us with substantially lower insurance costs and provides our players with supplemental insurance.   US Lacrosse provides our sport with important safety research, rules guidelines, and coaching development programs.

  • Most off-season lacrosse tournaments, camps and clinics by other providers require US Lacrosse membership as well, so you will save money in the future.

  • Our registration system is integrated with US Lacrosse membership.   If you need to purchase or renew US Lacrosse membership, you will be redirected to www.uslacrosse.org to sign up your son and then returned to our website to complete the registration process.  If you have issues with the US Lacrosse membership process, email .  Any issue with membership will not prevent your son from playing with us. 

How are boys teams formed?

  • Boys teams are formed on the basis of GRADE, with AN AGE CUTOFF.  This means that boys in the same grade will generally be grouped in the same age bracket, provided that they meet the age cutoff date of June 1.

  • Click here for more info on Age Brackets:   ADJUSTED AGE BASED DIVISIONS

  • We strongly recommend that all parents read our placement philosophy: NOTE ON BVL TEAM FORMATION

  • Teams for ages u7-u8-u9 will be formed primarily on the basis of age, geography and previous experience.

  • Boys teams for ages u10-u15 will be formed on the basis of coach selection and previous experience. Coaches in these age brackets will provide input regarding team rosters and formation.  A greater emphasis on competitive ability will be instituted at these levels.   Beginning players and players new to BVL will be placed on teams appropriate to their past experience level.

  • Our overarching goal is to place every player at the level best suited to his experience and athletic ability.  We believe that our players' personal enjoyment and growth is maximized when they are grouped with players of similar ability levels. 

  • IMPORTANT:  We will not guarantee that any player will be placed on the same team from year to year.

How do we know what team our son is on, and when his practices are?

  • Team rosters, practice schedules, and locations will be emailed to parents and posted on the website no later than Monday February 26, 2018.  Practices will begin the following week of Monday March 5, 2018.  Coaches will also email their teams as soon as possible after receiving their rosters.

  • You can view these rosters by clicking on the "Team Pages" tab at the top of the website, and then clicking on "Rosters" on its dropdown menu.  Rosters can only be viewed by BVL members, so you will need to log in at the bottom of the page.

What equipment do players need?

  • Boys must have a boys lacrosse stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder and elbow pads, a cup, and a mouthguard.

  • Hockey gear is acceptable for new players.  Hockey helmets must have a 4 point strap and be NOCSAE approved.  We do not recommend the use of hockey gloves in lieu of lacrosse gloves, due to their increased stiffness and lack of dexterity.

  • US Lacrosse offers an excellently priced starter package for younger players (U7 through U10):  https://shop.uslacrosse.org/collections/stx/products/stx-youth-boys-equipment-package-option-2 

  • Lax.com also offers a variety of well-priced starter kits: https://www.lax.com/men/protection/lacrosse-starter-sets

  • Our sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods is a great source of lacrosse equipment. 

    • Click here to print out great coupons for year-round use:  DSG Coupons
  • SAVE THE DATES of Saturday February 24th and Sunday February 25th, 2018! Our great sponsor Dick's Sporting Goods will again host BVL Shop Days at Flatirons Crossing on those dates-- BVL members can save 20% off in-store purchases on this weekend.

Should I purchase any specific brand of stick or equipment?

  • Boulder Valley Lacrosse does not endorse any specific brand of stick or equipment.  We generally encourage, but do not require, parents to purchase white helmets and green or black gloves so that players will have an “uniform” appearance on the field for us.

  • You can purchase a BVL Headwrapz online.   “Headwrapz” are vinyl stickers which create a custom BVL helmet for players- they are optional, not required, for our players.

  • Click here to purchase optional BVL Headwrapz: http://headwrapz.com/product/boulder-lacrosse/


I have a question about boys lacrosse rules, such as how long are sticks allowed to be ?  

  • Click here to view CYLA Game Rules  about game length, stick lengths, checking rules and more...

 I still have a question-- whom should I contact?

  • For questions about the BVL boys program, please email Andrew Davies at

  • For questions about the BVGL girls program, please email Annie Nicholson at