The Berkeley Lacrosse Club's goal is to provide boys and girls the opportunity to learn and play the wonderful sport of lacrosse. We have players from Berkeley, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito, Richmond, El Sobrante, San Pablo, and Hercules.

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Club Philosophy

Berkeley Lacrosse Club's goal is to provide boys and girls of almost any age, from anywhere in the East Bay, the opportunity to learn and play the wonderful game of lacrosse. Players learn stick skills, game fundamentals, how to be team players, and most of all, have fun! We are a member of the NCJLA where we will play other club teams of similar skill levels.


When does the Spring Lacrosse season start?

Registration for the 2021 Spring Season opened in November 2020. Given the abnormalities of the season this year, registration will remain open for an undetermined amount of time. Spring practice begins February 3rd. Regular season game play begins in March and runs through May. Practice Schedules will be made available on this website.

Age eligibility (Team Designation) for Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

 

Age Bracket

Earliest Birthdate

Latest Birthdate

Age on 8/31/20

14U

9/1/2006

8/31/2008

12 - 14 years old

12U

9/1/2008

8/31/2010

10 - 12 years old

10U

9/1/2010

8/31/2012

8 - 10 years old

8U

9/1/2012

8/31/2014

7 -  8 years old

 

In 2021, we intend to field B teams in each of the following age divisions:

14U - Girls and Boys
12U - Girls and Boys
10U - Girls and Boys
8U -  Girls and Boys

Minimum Age:

The minimum age is 7 yrs old at the end of the season, 8/31/2021. In some cases younger players are admitted, with the coach's permission, if the child will be close to 7, familiar with lacrosse, or has an older sibling who already plays. Contact the 8U coach to discuss it further.

How much does it cost to play?

Costs to play include registration, US Lacrosse membership, uniforms, and gear (available for rent from the Berkeley Lacrosse Club).  We offer need-based scholarships to cover the cost of registration, please don't let finances prevent you from being part of a great team experience!

Registration cost for the 2021 season:

 

GIRLS

 

BOYS

 

8U

$200

$240

 

10U

$250

$290

 

12U

$300

$340

 

14U

$350

$390

 

 

There is a $50 Earlybird Discount if payment is received by November 30, 2020, plus a $50 Sibling Discount. **NOTE: For the abbreviated, practice-only 2021 Spring Season, we are offering Earlybird pricing across the board. 

Registration includes field rentals, referee fees, practice field equipment, coaches and tournament fees. 

All players are required to have current US Lacrosse membership in order to participate - $30 per year, paid directly to US Lacrosse during the registration process.

Gear may be available for rent - a full set of boys' gear costs $50 per half year, a full set of girls' gear costs $10 per half year.

Uniform Fee -  $75 for girls, $95 for boys.   

Game Uniforms:

Boys must have the official Berkeley Lacrosse uniform shorts and reversible jersey to be eligible to play. The cost is $95 for a reversible jersey, game shorts and a shooter shirt. Returning players may use their uniforms from last season or purchase a new jersey and/or shorts. Keep in mind that jerseys are worn over pads so your child will likely need one 1-2 sizes larger than their usual size. A size chart is available here.

Girls uniforms: including a jersey and kilt (skort)  - $75.  

You will purchase jerseys, shorts or skorts during registration.

If you have questions about refunds, please visit our refund policy

SPRING 2021 COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES:

For Coaches:

  • Conduct daily health assessment before each practice.
  • If showing signs of illness, stay home and inform board immediately.
  • Sanitize hands prior to the start of practice.
  • Arrive 10-20 minutes early
  • Wear mask at all times.
  • Take player temperature and ensure families have completed health checks before each practice.
  • Have players place their bags 6ft apart.
  • Maintain 6ft distance at ALL TIMES during practice, water breaks, etc.
  • Ensure no physical contact among players at any point.
  • Keep equipment (sticks, balls, etc) exclusive to your pod. Players should not handle balls with bare hands (gloves and sticks only).
  • No eating on the field.
  • Do not leave until all players have been picked up. Make sure you have contact info (preferably phone numbers) for all parents of players on your team in case there is an issue.

For Players:

  • Conduct daily health assessment before each practice.
  • If showing signs of illness, stay home and inform board immediately.
  • Sanitize hands prior to the start of practice.
  • Arrive 10-20 minutes early
  • Wear mask at all times.
  • Take player temperature and ensure families have completed health checks before each practice.
  • Have players place their bags 6ft apart.
  • Maintain 6ft distance at ALL TIMES during practice, water breaks, etc.
  • Ensure no physical contact among players at any point.
  • Keep equipment (sticks, balls, etc) exclusive to your pod. Players should not handle balls with bare hands (gloves and sticks only).
  • No eating on the field.
  • Do not leave until all players have been picked up. Make sure you have contact info (preferably phone numbers) for all parents of players on your team in case there is an issue.

For Parents:

  • Conduct daily health assessment of your player with the provided Google doc before EACH practice and log results. In case of illness, keep player home and inform coach immediately.
  • To minimize the number of people entering the field area, we strongly suggest all parents/caregivers remain in their cars at drop off/pick up, however we realize that some younger or newer players may need assistance getting to the field/check-in point.
  • Please wait 5-10 minutes after drop off in case there is an issue.
  • Sanitize your player’s hands before practice.
  • Ensure your player has enough water, a proper fitting mask, and a back-up mask.
  • Unfortunately spectating is not allowed.
  • Communicate to your player the importance of distancing and mask wearing.
  • Make sure you are on time for pick up.
  • If you need to communicate with a coach, please do so via text, phone call, or email. Do not approach coach at practice.

Do you have a Fall Ball program?

Yes!  Fall Ball provides an excellent opportunity for newcomers to try lacrosse without the commitment of a full season.  Returning players can develop their skills for a running start in the Spring Season.  2021 Fall Ball will be held on Sunday afternoons in September and October.


Why do I have to register so early?

We understand - it seems strange to register in October for a sport that doesn't start until February.  This is driven by our league requirements, we have to submit final team registrations at the beginning of December.  Thus, we need to have player registration complete to determine how many teams to register before then.  We do try to accommodate late registrations when space is available, but we expect to have a wait list for the 12U and 14U boys teams and early registration is critical.


What equipment is needed?

Players are responsible for purchasing their own equipment. HOWEVER, the Berkeley Lacrosse Club is unique in offering our players low-cost rental gear for use during our Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.  A full set of gear for Boys can be rented for only $50 per half year, a significant discount from the $200+ purchase price with other teams!  Girls require a stick and goggles, available for $5 each per half year. Please see our Gear page for more details.


Is Lacrosse a contact sport?

Body checking is allowed for Boys grade 7 and up. Boys grades 6 and down and all Girls are allowed some controlled contact as in other sports such as basketball and soccer. All players are allowed to have stick-on-stick checking with different rules for Boys and Girls. Links to lacrosse rules listed below. 

Boys Lacrosse Rules
Girls Lacrosse Rules
Men's Lacrosse Rules

Women's Lacrosse Rules


Concussion Information

Please visit the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Associations Concussion Information page and US Lacrosse for concussion information

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a "ding," "getting your bell rung, " or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. You can't see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?

Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians

If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:

  • Appears dazed or stunned

  • Is confused about assignment or position

  • Forgets an instruction

  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent

  • Moves clumsily

  • Answers questions slowly

  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)

  • Shows behavior or personality changes

  • Can't recall events prior to or after hit or fall

  • Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  • Headache or "pressure" in head

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Balance problems or dizziness

  • Double or blurry vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Sensitivity to noise

  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

  • Concentration or memory problems

  • Confusion

  • Does not "feel right"

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD PREVENT A CONCUSSION?

  • Every sport is different, but there are steps your children can take to protect themselves from concussion.

  • Ensure that they follow their coach's rules for safety and the rules of the sport.

  • Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.

  • Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity (such as helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards). Protective equipment should fit properly, be well maintained, and be worn consistently and correctly. Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS A CONCUSSION?

  • Seek medical attention right away. A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports.

  • Keep your child out of play. Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your child return to play until a heath care professional says it’s OK. Children who return to play too soon–while the brain is still healing–risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent damage, affecting your child for a lifetime.

  • Tell your child’s coach about any recent concussion. Coaches should know if your child had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR A SUSPECTED CONCUSSION?

  • Any athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from the activity at that time and for the remainder of the day.

  • Any athlete who has been removed may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and has received a written clearance to return to play from the health care provider.

LET YOUR CHILD’S COACH KNOW RIGHT AWAY IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD HAS A CONCUSSION!

Adapted from the CDC. For more information, you can go to: http://www.cdc.gov/ConcussionInYouthSports

Reporting Concussion and other Injuries to the NCJLA

In order to improve the safety of the sport the NCJLA requests that all teams report any injuries that happen during practices or games that cause the player to miss playing or practice time and/or to visit a medical provider. As a result of the adoption of the State of California Health and Safety Code 124235(b)(3) all suspected incidences of a concussion are required to be reported via the NCJLA Concussion and Serious Injury Report form. Club administrators, coaches and parents are required to complete the form as part of the Return to Play Protocol. Club administrators are required to update the clearance to play information before an athlete can return to play. Please keep a record of your initial report. The NCJLA recommends that the Club President or the club designee complete and track the injuries reported to the NCJLA. Documentation can be requested by the NCJLA at any time.

This information will only be used in efforts to improve the safety of the sport and to comply with the CA Health and Safety Code. Team and player information will never be shared publicly.

NCJLA Concussion and Serious Injury Report

 

What are the expectations for participation?

Practice during the spring vary from 1-3 days per week depending on the age division. Practice times typically run from 4:00-5:30 at Tom Bates Fields. Players are expected to attend all scheduled practices, however we do understand the scheduling challenges faced by busy families. 

The Club can not make carpool arrangements for liability purposes, but we do encourage families to work together for transportation arrangements.  We have families at most elementary and middle schools in Berkeley, Albany, Kensington and El Cerrito - a car pool can likely be arranged!

Games during the spring occur most every weekend once they begin in March until the second week of May.  Tournament play may extend the season by 1 to 2 weeks.  Game schedules will be posted as soon as available, but are not expected prior to Jan. 1.

Check your team's page during the season for specific scheduling information.

 

Can my player "play up"?

BLC strongly supports the position of US Lacrosse that players should play with the age group as determined by their birthdate.   We also follow the NCJLA guidelines that the "playing up" player should be in the top third of the team that he or she is moving up to. 

That said, we are sympathetic to the desire of 5th and 7th grade players with fall birthdays who want to play with their classmates.  We will determine final team assignments based on roster sizes and skill level once all signups are complete and coaches have the opportunity to evaluate your player.  Please contact to inquire about the possibility of playing up.


What are the Volunteer requirements?

We need volunteers! Berkeley Lacrosse is a volunteer run 501(c)3 organization. Parents are expected to be involved in whatever way they can.  Hours are available to receive and organize gear, arrange another fundraising events, seek out club sponsors or to identify and staff outreach opportunities.  We are also in need of someone to coordinate volunteer hours and opportunities on a going forward basis.

Some examples of team level parent volunteer jobs are: coaching, team parents, game set up and take down, scorekeeping, and sideline managers.  We particularly need parents to step up to help with club level duties including planning fundraisers, gear rental assistance, uniform management, and publicity as well as help at special events like Solano Stroll and Golden Gate Fields Dollar Days fundraisers.

Don't wait until the last minute to fulfill your volunteer hour commitment!

If you are interested or or have any questions, please  .

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Have more Questions?

For more information on Lacrosse, visit the US Lacrosse's Parents Guide.
If you have questions about the Berkeley Lacrosse Club, please contact us.