T&C Lacrosse

Lacrosse Documents / FAQ

T&C Lacrosse offers programs for girls in 1st to 8th grades. The fall season is a clinic format (practices only, no games). Spring is the primary lacrosse season.

Girls Lacrosse FAQ's

What time of the year is Lacrosse played?

Lacrosse is a spring sport. Local Austin area leagues for both boys and girls run from February to May. Town and Country coaches run a fall skills clinic typically beginning in September for new and returning players.

How do I sign up for Lacrosse?

Registration is done on-line. The registration link is located on the Lacrosse Registration page of the Town & Country website.

When is the sign-up period?

Registration for the spring season usually opens mid-December and runs to early/mid-February, always subject to change pending dates and information from CAPLAX.  Once registration is closed or a team is filled, players may be added to a wait list.

Why is there a difference in cost?

Cost is based upon the number of practices and games played during the season. The younger age group (8U) does not have paid officials during the games so the absence of these costs generally lower the cost of registration for the younger ages.

T&C Refund Policy

There is a ten percent (10%) administrative fee deducted from all refunds. If a request for refund is made after tryouts/team placement, there will be an additional 25% fee deducted. There are NO refunds after games begin. No refunds are given to yard signs, decal orders, short orders, donations, late fees or credit card fees

 

Full refunds are given, without penalty, if T&C is unable to place the registrant on a team.

 

All Refunds are made to the credit/debit card that was used for payment.  The refund will appear on your credit card statement in 5-7 business days.

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What is the money used for?

Town and Country Optimist Club is a non-profit organization, whose purpose locally is to provide a phenomenal venue for youth sports and recreation. There is no government support. All funds go to the club, and support things like utilities, field maintenance and water. Other uses of lacrosse funds are for team trainers,  equipment, and player insurance. Town and Country also provides trained referees, background checks and coaches training for volunteer coaches. Any extra money is used to upgrade equipment and facilities for lacrosse.

What is included in the registration fees?

Registration costs include coach fees, team fees for games and officials, Each registered player will receive a jersey to wear that will be returned after the season has closed.  It is the responsibility of each player 3rd to 8th grade to purchase game shorts. Additional small fees may be required to participate in end of season tournaments.

What Equipment is Required?

A mouth guard, protective eyewear, and a girls lacrosse stick are required for ALL levels. Cleats or turf shoes are required for 5th-8th graders. Cleats or turf shoes are not required for 1st-4th graders, however sneakers/running shoes or tennis shoes are. However, cleats are highly recommended for 1st-4th graders.

Where can equipment be purchased?

Equipment may be purchased locally at Dicks Sporting Goods, Academy or Play it Again Sports.

Can Equipment be rented?

T&C has limited rental equipment for the players.

Can new/inexperienced players join?

Absolutely! Every team in the league will have at least a few new players who have never played before. The 1st – 4th graders will almost all be new to the sport. Even at the 8th grade level, new players are welcome and encouraged to sign up.

How many players on a Team?

  • 14U (7th-8th Grade) 12 players on the field, 11 field players, 1 Goalie.  Ideal team size 16-20. 
  • 12U (5th-6th Grade) 12 players on the field, 11 field players, 1 Goalie.  Ideal team size 16-20. 
  • 10U (3rd-4th Grade) 8 players on the field, 7 field players, 1 Goalie.  Ideal team size 12-16.         
  • 8U (1st-2nd Grade) 4 players on the field, NO Goalie.  Ideal team size 8-12.

The exact number of players will depend on the number of players who sign up

How are players divided into teams?

Our goal is to place players on teams with other kids from their school or neighborhood. Teams are also determined by the leagues age divisions as well as various skill/experience levels within each age group.  League rules as well as uneven distribution of players sometimes makes grouping kids from the same school very difficult.

Can my child pick the team he or she wants to be on?

You may request a coach or player to play with. We will attempt to honor requests, however, skill level and league rules will be met first.

Can my child play for the same coach as last year?

This depends. Your child’s coach from last year may or may not be coaching at the same age level this year. It will also depend on overall player sign-up numbers and the neighborhood distribution. If parents do not want their child with the same coach, they may request this. An e-mail to the lacrosse board with a brief explanation would be appreciated.

Who makes up the teams?

Teams are created and players assigned to teams by the Town & Country Lacrosse Board. Coaches at times will request to have certain players on their teams, usually former players or friends of other players on the team. These requests may be honored if they do not conflict with other priorities of the program. We cannot guarantee team placement or requests.

Who coaches the teams?

T&C Sports Lacrosse is trained by Johanna Owens (Coach Jo) from Texas Play Hard.  As a trained lacrosse player and coach, her experience in both recreational and competitive play provides quality and enjoyable training to all the girls who participate.

How can I volunteer to coach?

There is a section in the registration to designate your desire or willingness to volunteer. Volunteers need to complete a background screen and abuse prevention training every two years.

Are there other opportunities to volunteer other than coaching?

Absolutely! Town and Country is a volunteer organization. There are several opportunities to help out directly with your child’s team. Positions such as Assistant Coach, Team Parent, Game Day Administrator, Timer, Score Keeper and Spotter are explained in the “Volunteers Corner” on the T&C Lacrosse web page.

Are there geographic limitations for players at T&C?

Most of our players are from the north and northwest Austin/Round Rock/Pflugerville/Cedar Park/Georgetown areas. Most of our players are enrolled in schools from RRISD or LISD. We are happy to have players from other areas participate. We have a large number of players who are enrolled in private schools as well. We follow the rules of CAPLAX geographic boundary rules.

When does the season start and end?

Typically Spring practices begin in early February. Most Divisions start games in early to late March. Sometimes an optional pre-season clinic is offered at an additional cost.

The season will typically run through mid-May.  There will be no games scheduled Easter weekend.

When and where are practices held?

All teams will practice at the Town and Country fields 1 or 11. Players in older divisions will practice two weeknights per week. Some coaches will hold an optional weekend practice prior to the start of games in late March. Practices are on lit fields. The two sessions are 5:30 to 7 and 7 to 8:30. Younger age group teams usually get priority for the earlier time slot. The nights that practices are held will ultimately be up to the head coach. .

When and Where are games played?

Games are typically played on Saturday morning or afternoon. Occasionally games may be played on a Sunday afternoon.

 

Each team in the league is required to provide a field for their home game. Fields may be in Austin or surrounding areas.

How long are the games?

  • 14U – 7th/8th graders play two 20 minute running time halves, with stop time the last two minutes of each half, no overtime. 
  • 12U – 5th/6th graders play two 20 minute running time halves, no overtime.
  • 10U – 3rd/4th graders play two 18 minute running time halves, no overtime. 
  • 8U – 1st/2nd graders play two 12 minute running time halves, no overtime.

Why is there a difference for the boys and girls?

The game of girls’ lacrosse is played quite different from the boy’s game, at all levels up through college. The girls’ game involves limited physical contact. The boys’ game is played more like hockey or rugby. Please note that there is a difference in the depth of the pocket between a boys and girls lacrosse stick. When purchasing a stick, please ensure that you select one that is made for the appropriate gender of your child.

The rules are according to USA Lacrosse Rules with some variations as decided by CAPLAX (which governs the local Girls Youth Lacrosse League). More information on rules can be found on the Coaches Corner tab of the T&C Lacrosse Web Page

What is the T&C Lightning Policy?

The Town & Country Sports Complex is now monitored by a Thor Guard lightning prediction and warning system.  The Thor Guard system measures atmospheric conditions at the T&C campus and surrounding area.  When the conditions reach the threshold for potential lightning, an alarm will sound (one long blast of the sirens) and the strobe lights will begin to flash.

Steps to take when the Thor Guard sirens and lights are activated:

1.  EVERYONE on the T&C campus must take immediate shelter, either in cars or in the T&C restrooms (these are the safest structures).

2. Only when the Thor Guard system gives the ‘all clear’ (3 short siren blasts and the lights go off), may activities resume.

It is the responsibility of every adult on campus to comply with these steps, and to ensure that every child also complies.  This is a Zero Tolerance safety condition for participating at T&C.  Failure to comply is to do so at your own safety risk, and with possible expulsion from the T&C campus and future activities.

You may view the status of the T&C Thor Guard system from your smart phone or PC at this link:  tandcsports.thormobile7.net

Additional Common-Sense Steps:

In the unlikely event that you see lightning in the vicinity or hear thunder, and the Thor Guard system has not activated:

1.  Notify the Commissioner on Duty (COD) for your sport.

2.  The COD will consider this information and determine if activities should be suspended.  The COD may use additional sources of information, such as the ‘Weatherbug’ app, in making the decision.  Lightning strikes within 10 miles identified by the app warrant suspension of activities.

3. If the COD decides to suspend activities, he/she will retrieve the bullhorn from the lightning box by the main office, and trigger 5 long blasts.  Upon hearing these blasts, EVERYONE on campus, across all sports, must immediately seek shelter in cars or restrooms.

4. The COD who initiated the suspension of activities will communicate the ‘all clear’ 30 minutes after the last reported thunder or lighting.  This will be done through 2 blasts on the bullhorn.

For more detailed T&C Thunder and Lightning Policy and Procedure click here.  Your help on complying to this policy will be appreciated.

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