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WAYL:  Frequently Asked Questions
What season is Lacrosse?
Lacrosse is a spring sport. Practices start around late March/early April and games will begin the first week of April and continue until mid-June.

When are practices and games?
Most teams practice 2 times a week. Games are weeknights and weekends.

Who are games against?
WAYL is a member of NEClax (a subsidiary of US Lacrosse) and we play home and away games against many of the NEClax member teams.  This is up to the coach's discretion and may include Stonington, Ledyard, Groton, East Lyme, Norwich, Waterford, Colchester, Montville and Clinton and some other out-lying leagues . 

Can my child play lacrosse and baseball?
There are many children in other programs that do both sports. We encourage you to carefully consider your objectives for playing both sports and then do what is best for your child.

Will there be try-outs?
No. This is an instructional program and children will be taught the game and skills. The first 20 paid registrants will be on the team. The 21st registrant will go on the waiting list for the next team.

Who will be the coach?
We have a team of US Lacrosse and PCA trained coaches.  We are seeking experienced players in the area who may want to help coach. We will have training opportunities to get interested adults up to speed with the rules and the skills a coach will need.

What equipment do I need to buy and where do I get it?
Boys need:
  • helmet
  • shoulder/chest and elbow pads
  • gloves
  • mouth guard
  • athletic supporter
  • lacrosse stick
Boys’ complete equipment package runs from $150 to $180.

Girls need:
  • goggles
  • mouth guard
  • lacrosse stick
Girls’ runs from $50 to $60. We advise you to go to a store and try everything on.  When buying a stick, there are a few things to look for.  A stick with a hard mesh or a traditional pocket is recommended. 2nd Time Around Sports in Cranston has new and used equipment and provides the best prices for complete packages.

WAYL provides equipment for the Instruction and U9 boys and girls teams.

Is lacrosse safe?
Yes, boys’ lacrosse is a contact sport; however, the rules and the equipment contribute to making it a very safe sport.  US Lacrosse provides guidelines for coaching, refereeing and playing.  Each game (for grades 3 and up) is officiated by 2 professional lacrosse referees who enforce sportsmanship and regulations which keeps the game safe. The national injury rate for boy’s lacrosse is 2.89 injuries per 1,000 participants, the most common injury being ankle sprains. For comparison purposes, the injury rate for football is 4.36, and soccer is 2.43. For more information on lacrosse safety, please visit

I don’t know much about lacrosse; why should I try it?
Lacrosse is exciting and fun!. It is a combination of basketball, hockey and soccer. It is the fastest growing sport in the country and has the lowest drop-out rate of any youth sport. 

What is the minimum age and is it boys and girls?
Yes, there are teams for boys and girls, grades K-8.

When is registration?

Registration will begin in January.  Be sure to join our mailing list to be kept up-to-date on registration announcements and introductory clinics.