Northwest Arkansas Youth Lacrosse Guide
I have a lacrosse sticker on the back of my car, and I get one of two responses from it: people ask me if we have lacrosse in the area, and where to get information, or they give me funny looks. Every day I come across people that don't know what lacrosse is, or maybe they have heard of it, but don't really know anything about the sport. Either way, most people don't know that we have lacrosse here in Northwest Arkansas.
Currently, lacrosse in Northwest Arkansas is only a club sport, through the Northwest Arkansas Lacrosse Club. NWA Lacrosse has a team for all ages, K-12th grade, boys and girls, from all over the area. K-2 is typically reserved for an instructional team, 3rd grade and above plays in a competitive league. Lacrosse is a great beginner sport and our coaches spend a great deal of time teaching basic skills, which improve the experience for your child. Modern lacrosse is a combination of hockey, basketball, and soccer. Experience is not required, and size is not a factor, as lacrosse is more of an agility, speed, and endurance sport.
Lacrosse is an excellent sport to get into, as it's the fastest growing sport over the past 10 years, and in last 5 years at the NCAA level, with scholarship opportunities for both boys and girls at multiple collegiate levels. Lacrosse, commonly referred to as "Lax" by players and fans, is the oldest sport in the country, and is dubbed the "Fastest sport on two feet."
Club Lacrosse in NWA:
- Northwest Arkansas Lacrosse Club (Bentonville)
- Games and practices held in Bentonville or Rogers
- The NWA Lacrosse Club is governed by US Lacrosse
- Teams are currently formed by grade, but will be transitioning to birth year in the next 1-2 years
- Younger kids usually have 2 practices a week and games on Saturdays
- High school could have 3 to 4 practices a week, with games on Saturdays and Sundays
- Missing games and practices frequently is usually not tolerated, especially on older teams
- Standard season is in the spring, with registration in October/November, and practices often starting in February.
- Recreational fall league with registration over the summer, and season September to November.
- Elite teams play over the summer, with tryouts in the Spring around March/April.
- Elite teams may travel further than normal club teams, to reach a higher competition level. This could include Kansas City, Dallas, and others.
- Registration needs:
- Birth certificate, medical information, US Lacrosse membership
- Spring Financials:
- US Lacrosse membership for $30-$35
- Instructional team club dues are less than $100
- Competitive team club dues are $250-$300
- $75-$200 fee for uniforms (home and away) that are usually good for 2 years
- Travel costs to games (older kids could have overnight stays on some weekends)
- Time Commitment:
- Practices are typically 2 hours long
- Younger kids practice 2 times a week, high school could be 3 or more times per week
- Games are over the weekend and are often outside of NWA
- Overnight weekend tournaments may occur for girls and high school boys
- Games are often in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Springfield MO, and occasionally in Dallas TX, Shreveport LA, Memphis TN, and Kansas City for girls and older boys, Tulsa only for youth boys
- Equipment needed:
- Boys - stick, helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, mouthguard, and cup.
- Girls - stick, goggles, and mouthguard.
Given there is only one club in Northwest Arkansas, below is the brochure for your convenience.
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