FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse League?
Who is RIYLL?: All lacrosse programs are part of the RIYLL or the Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse League...www.riyll.org. They are the governing authority for the 15 different regional leagues around the state. They are also responsible for the entire game schedule for the state (a monstrosity) and the assigning of officials for all those games each week! There are regional programs for Island, Portsmouth, East Bay, Providence, Northern RI, Cumberland, Warwick, Cranston, Coventry, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South County, Burrillville, East Providence and Seekonk, MA
Why do I have to purchase a US Lacrosse membership?
RIYLL (the parent organization for all youth lacrosse in Rhode Island) members voted to support the establishment of a national governing body for the sport of lacrosse. In so doing, RIYLL and all RI Leagues decided that all lacrosse players would therefore be active members of US Lacrosse. In addition, the benefits to USL membership are substantial. In addition to training, those benefits include a variety of programs, services and discounts. To facilitate this process, we will collect the fee and complete the membership process on your behalf. To play in any RI league you must have a US Lacrosse membership that expires on or after 6/30. All RI Lax programs have the same membership requirement. Check out the US Lacrosse web site for much more info. http://www.uslacrosse.org/membership/membership-faqâ€‹ You will be re-directed to the US Lacrosse website during registration in order to locate your existing membership, renew your existing membership or apply for a new membership.
I registered, what next?: Registration will remain open until February 15th (or until we reach capacity). The platform you used for registration also drives all email communication and game or practice change notifications. In early March, your child will be placed onto a team and they will have their own private webpage to post photos, communicate with your coaches and one another for carpooling and see all the contact info and upcoming practices & games. Coaches will contact parents & players in March to introduce themselves and prepare for the season.
When does the lacrosse season start?
The Lacrosse season typically runs from the first Monday in April to the end of June each year. We are reliant of the weather and often "April Showers" will prevent us from being able to get onto outdoor fields.
What age bracket is my child in?
All teams in the RIYLL program are grade based teams. The divisions are Grades 1/2; Grades 3/4; Grades 5/6 and Grades 7/8.
Do you offer girls lacrosse?: Check back for more info
What team will my child be on? When do we practice?
Teams are selected in MID to LATE March. Expect to be contacted by a coach in late March notifying you of your team placement and practice schedule. Until the town confirms the available fields, we cannot schedule practices. We will notify you you of your practice day as soon as possible.
Can my child be on the same team with a friend?
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee and requests for specific placement. We first and foremost have to distribute the players equally by skill. So each team has the same number of experience, mid level and new players. If for example we load up one team with 8 kids who have been playing for 4 years because they all asked to be together, then another team will be lopsided with an excessive amount of lessor skilled players. It is not a fun experience for either group. Killing a team is not a learning experience nor challenging and being beaten week after week can be a crushing experience. We can make note of written requests but cannot guarantee any requests will be honored.
What gear does my child need to play?
Boys: Lacrosse helmet (hockey helmets are not permitted), mouth guard, gloves, cleats, arm pads, shoulder pads, stick and athletic supporter.
Girls: Stick, mouth guard, cleats and lacrosse eye protection. Many girls also wear gloves.
Mouth guards are mandatory for both practices and games. Boys should purchase mouth guards that attach to the helmet.
US Lacrosse has a guide to help you understand the items required and their proper fit. Please use this link & read more under the PARENTS tab: http://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment
Do I need to purchase a uniform for my child?
Check back for uniform details.
Can I keep my jersey number? How do I get a new jersey?
Check back for uniform details.
My child plays two sports and can't make it to every practice or game./ What is the 80/20 rule?
Your child must be committed to this program. In order to create viable teams for our coaches to coach and for our program to commit to the RIYLL game schedule, your player must attend at least 80% of all practices and games. Teammates depend on each other to attend practices and games so please make every effort not to let your team down. If there are extenuating circumstances and your child cannot attend a practice or a game, you must notify the coaches well in advance. If you cannot make these commitments, please do not sign up.
What is mandatory volunteering all about?
As a growing league we need everyone to help out with the league work in some fashion at least once during the season. We have a variety of things that you can volunteer to do for a team or the League. Positions are not labor nor time intensive and it takes a village to offer a great program and keeps kids active and safe.
I received a notice my child has been wait listed? What should I do?
For now you will have to wait & see if space becomes available. The wait list for all teams is a first in/ first served basis. If a space comes available you child will be moved into the available spot and your credit card charged accordingly. You will be notified immediately of the opening. We will also be working with the East Bay Lacrosse, Providence Youth Lacrosse and Seekonk Youth Lacrosse to find a spot for your child.