Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are you called the Eastside Girls Lacrosse Club, the Eastside Eagles, the Lake Sammamish Hailstorms, the Lake Sammamish Eagles, or what??
We are the Eastside Girls Lacrosse Club, which is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, established in 2002, to promote the sport of lacrosse on the Eastside. We are an affiliate of US Lacrosse of WA and a member US Lacrosse - the national governing body for the sport. Our teams now go by the name of the Lake Sammamish Eagles (a combined name from our merged youth and high school teams).
Does it cost to join a club or team?
Yes, when registration opens for a season, this prices are shown.
Why do players have to join US Lacrosse?
It is a requirement in order for us to maintain our insurance coverage. US Lacrosse provides insurance riders to our club for practices and games at the facilities we use. There are other player benefits as well.
Where can you get equipment and how much does it cost?
Local stores include Breakaway Sports. Some major sports stores carry lacrosse equipment or you can also buy it online. For girls: stick, mouth guard and protective eye wear. Prices vary but you can plan on about $80-$150, including sticks. Remember, there is a difference between a girl’s and boy’s stick. Soccer shoes are ok, baseball cleats are not.
Where do I get the uniform?
Our club owns all the uniforms used by high school teams. We allow each player to use a uniform and hold a deposit for the duration of the season. 5/6 and 7/8 uniforms are purchased each year and the price is added at time of registrtion. The 3/4 girls play in t-shirts which are supplied by the club.
How do I know if a player is eligible?
EGLC accepts players in the Lake Washington and Northshore school districts (7th - 12th grade only). We cannot allow players who attend a school that offers lacrosse for their grade level.
How long is the season?
Lacrosse is a spring sport with practices beginning in late February, games in March and the season ends in early May for the 3-4 teams, and late May/early June for the older age groups (high school depends on if they qualify for playoffs, and how far they go.) For grades 3-8, practices are usually held twice a week at Marymoor park (most teams), or the Bothell/Woodinville area if we get critical mass for kids to form "North" teams. Games at this level are normally on weekends. The high school typically practices 5 times per week at Marymoor, with games normally on weekdays. Final practice schedules are determined by the coach. Games are at sites throughout the greater Seattle/Sound area. It is also an all-weather sport meaning rain doesn't stop us (unless fields are closed by local park and recreation departments or if safety is an issue).
Where are the games?
Games are played throughout the Seattle/Greater Sound area. Home games will typically be at Marymoor Park. In addition there are jamborees where several games are played in the same day. Carpooling for all our games is recommended. Transportation issues should not be a concern for anyone considering playing.
Is there a difference between the boys’ and girls’ games?
Yes! Not only do the rules differ, but the equipment does too. Perhaps one of the biggest differences is that boys’ is considered a contact sport (checking allowed), while girls’ allows only limited stick checking, and not until the 7th grade level.
How many players do you need for a team?
For the 5/6th (U13) and 7/8th (U15) grade teams, there are 12 players on a team during play. For these teams, EGLC targets to fill each team with a roster of 17-20 girls.
For the 3/4th (U11) grade teams, there are 8 players on a team during play. For these teams, EGLC targets each team with a roster of up to 12-14 girls.
Lacrosse is a contact sport. How safe is it?
EGLC is committed to maintaining the safety of the players above all else. Contact is limited by rule for Youth/Middle School play. There is NO stick contact or "checking" allowed at the 3/4 and 5/6 level of play. Checking is the striking of an opponent’s stick head in an effort to dislodge the ball. Stick checks should be controlled, short, quick taps. A defender may never check toward the head or body. The modified version of checking is employed at grades 7 and 8. A defender may not check a stick head that is above the opponent’s shoulder. To counter the advantage this gives the player with the ball, a 3-second count is employed when the defender has both hands on her stick and is in good position to check a stick that is above the ball handler’s shoulder. If the player with the ball doesn’t reposition her stick away from the defender or pass the ball by the end of the 3-second count, it is considered a minor foul and possession is awarded to the defender.
Equipment and Protective Gear:
The official rule specifications for Youth and High School Girls are updated in the Rulebook "Equipment and Uniforms" section each year at the US Lacrosse website: http://www.uslacrosse.org/rules/girls-rules.aspx
Below is a summary of the key sections, but if you want full details you should look at the official Rule-book for your age group, which you may download at the above link.
The Crosse (stick): The field crosse must be made of the following basic materials: composite, metal alloy (handle only), rubber, wood, gut, leather, fiberglass, nylon, plastic and any other synthetic material. (Recessed metal screws may be used to affix the head to the handle.) The head of the stick shall be triangular in concept and shall be affixed to the handle in such a way that it shall basically be in the same plane as the handle. The pocket of the stick shall be strung with four or five longitudinal leather and/or synthetic thongs, 8-12 stitches of cross-lacing and no more than 2 “shooting/throw” strings. Mesh pockets are not allowed. The crosse shall not have sharp or protruding parts or edges, and shall not be dangerous to players in any way. The crosse's overall length shall be between 35 1/2” minimum and 43 1/4” maximum.
The Ball: The ball shall be yellow or bright orange (similar to Pantone #811) color, and meet the current NOCSAE lacrosse ball standard. Beginning January 1, 2014, the text on the ball must state "Meets NOCSAE Standard."
Mouthpiece (mouth guard): All players must properly wear a professionally manufactured intra-oral mouthpiece that fully covers the upper jaw teeth. The mouthpiece shall be of any readily visible color other than clear or white. It must not be altered to decrease protection, and there may be no protruding tabs for field players. It is recommended that the mouthpiece be properly fitted, for example, constructed from a model made from an impression of the individual’s teeth, constructed and fitted for the individual by impressing the teeth into the mouthpiece, or provided by a dental professional.
Eye Protection (goggles): All field players must properly wear eye protection. Eye protection must meet the most current ASTM Specification Standard F803 for women’s lacrosse, must be tested by an accredited testing facility, and must be listed on the US Lacrosse web site.
Other Personal Equipment: Close-fitting gloves and soft headgear may be worn by all players. Face masks are not allowed. Further protective devices necessitated on genuine medical grounds may be used by players, providing that the officials agree that they do not endanger other players. All protective devices used should be close fitting, padded where necessary, and not be of excessive weight. Players may only wear securely taped Medic-alert jewelry with information visible and close-fitting cloth sweatbands. Any other adornment will be considered jewelry and may not be worn. Barrettes are legal as long as they do not endanger other players. No equipment, including protective devices, may be used unless it complies with the rules and manufacturers’ specification and is deemed not dangerous to other players by the officials.
Footwear/Cleats: Players must wear composition or rubber soled shoes. No spikes are allowed. Plastic, leather, or rubber cleats-studs may be worn. Shoes and socks are not required to be identical for team members.
Visible Undergarments (athletic wear under uniform for torso, legs, etc.): All visible undergarments worn under the kilts/shorts/shirts must be of one solid color, and must be white, gray, black or one of that team's uniform colors. All team members who choose to wear visible undergarments must wear the same color. This does not apply to medical sleeves.
Goalkeeper Equipment: The goalkeeper must wear a helmet with face mask and properly secured chinstrap, a separate throat protector, padded gloves, a mouthpiece, and a chest protector. In addition, for high school level and below the goalkeeper must wear padding on the shins and thighs. The protective helmet, designed for lacrosse, must meet the NOCSAE test standard. It is recommended that the goalkeeper wear padding on arms and shoulders. Leg padding is recommended for goalkeepers above high school level. This padding must not excessively increase the size of these body parts. Body padding must not exceed the thickness of legal goalkeeping gloves–1” padding. Gloves must not contain any webbing and must not excessively increase the size of the hands as they are presented to the ball.
What rules are followed by the Eastside Girls Lacrosse Club?
Washington Schoolgirl's Lacrosse Association (WSLA) defines the rules by which EGYL plays lacrosse. WSLA rules are in accordance with the by-laws of US Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse and the WA Chapter of US Lacrosse. The WSLA website is here: www.wslax.org
Who are the Referees?
Washington Women's Lacrosse Umpire Association (WWLUA) exists to promote and facilitate a safe environment for women’s lacrosse; train and rate new officials, develop and retain higher-rated officials, and contribute to the overall values of sportsmanship and teamwork in the State of Washington
The league recruits refs to be trained via WWLUA clinics to become junior, apprentice, local and district umpires. Trained and certified referees are paid per game fees along with travel fees. We encourage family members to fully learn the game of girl's lacrosse by going to the WWLUA training. Please contact your team manager or a board member for more information or go to www.wwlua.org for more information about training dates.
What is the playing time philosophy?
The main goal of EGLC is to grow lacrosse on the Eastside. With that in mind, we accept all players regardless of experience, until each team is full. Full teams are typically comprised of not less than 15 or more than 20 members. In addition, we offer equipment and registration grants.
A player's field time will depend on their athletic ability, their commitment to learn the sport, practice attendance and general attitude. We play to win - and make our best efforts to play everyone.
How can we find out about the sport without joining the team or buying equipment?
Our club doesn't explicitly set up any event for this purpose, but WSLA works with a number of private parties who do. They regularly list out these opportunities at their website: www.wslax.org
Our State Girl's Youth League also facilitates events like this. Their site is: www.waglax.org
Who do I contact if I have a question, comment or complaint?
If it is specific to your player's team, we urge you to contact the coach or assistant coach(es). They provide contact information at the beginning of the season. If it is specific to the Club, or you feel a team issue needs to be addressed by the board, you should contact the club board president.