You have questions. We have answers.
FACTS. JUST THE FACTS.
WHAT DOES EACH PLAYER NEED TO PLAY?
Equipment: Stick, Helmet, Mouth Guard, Shoulder Pads, Elbow Pads, Gloves, Protective Cup, Cleats. You can find this equipment both online and in local sports equipment stores. Local stores like Dick's Sporting Goods (Leawood or N.KC locations) or Bardown Sports
**Note: When buying new shoulder & chest pads make sure they contain the NOCSAE logo and SEI certification mark on both the packaging and the product to be legal for play.
Click here for USA Lacrosse guidelines.
USA Lacrosse Membership: MVLA and LAKC require active US Lacrosse memberships for all players.
Visit USA Lacrosse for governing body guidelines and membership information.
WHEN IS LACROSSE SEASON?
Lacrosse is played in the Spring.
Youth will start outdoor practice the first week of March. Optional pre-season indoor practices may start in February, depending on field availability. Games typically start the weekend after Spring Break.
High School is more intensive.
Players who have availability are encouraged to attend pre-season fall outdoor practices, and indoor workouts will run November-February. Spring in-season workouts begin February and run through May.
**Note: There are opportunities to play lacrosse in Kansas City all year round, but Mill Valley Lacrosse primarily competes in the LAKC League which competes during the spring.
WHEN ARE PRACTICES?
Outdoor practices will normally begin during the first week of March
Indoor practices over winter months, if applicable, will be announced as needed to the relevant teams
Normal practice frequency
HS practices are 5x/week, Mon-Fri afterschool. Usually early evening.
Youth team practices are 2x/week in evenings, with specific days to be announced each season after field rental arrangement have been finalized.
WHEN ARE GAMES?
HS game are played during the week. Full game schedule is normally available early to mid February once released by LAKC. If available we will release sooner. High school league championship game is played Friday before Memorial Day.
Youth games are played on the weekends. Youth game schedules are normally available in early March once released by LAKC. Typically first youth games of the season are played the weekend after spring break, and full season is completed by the end of May.
HOW CAN I MAKE SURE I GET COMMUNICATION ABOUT GAMES AND PRACTICES?
TEAMSNAP! We use the app TeamSnap to communicated with parents and players for all things MV Lacrosse. Parents and Players need to have an active profile on TeamSnap and be assigned to their team roster.
After you register, you should have received an email invitation for TeamSnap. If you need the invitation to be re-sent to you, please contact MillValleyLax@gmail.com for assistance.
HOW CAN I HELP?
As parents, support your kids and their coaches with positive and encouraging attitudes!
- Like/Share club information on social media to help increase our local visibility.
Game Day: We always need help with the scoring table and with field setup & tear down. Jump in and help at your kids' games!
Club Admin: We are always in need of parents and volunteers to help run the administrative side of the club! Please refer to the Contact page and reach out to us.
Invite friends and neighbors to play lacrosse. It's a fun and growing sport, but we needs to your help to grow awareness.
WHAT IF I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT LACROSSE?
First of all...join the club. :)
Second of all...we know this is a new sport to many in those from the Midwest. Most of us grew up playing baseball, soccer, football etc....and know little to nothing about the sport.
To combat this lack of Lacrosse IQ we host Lacrosse 101 sessions for all parents interested in learning about the sport. We tackle questions like "what is a face-off", "can they really hit each other with sticks...and doesn't that hurt?", and "why do only half of the players cross mid-line?" and more!
Why not? But seriously, lacrosse is an amazing sport. It's fun, fast and physical.
It's the oldest sport & fastest growing sport in North America.
It's also great complimentary activity for any multisport athlete.
I HEAR LACROSSE IS EXPENSIVE...
Just like any other youth sport, you can spend as much as you want on gear.
However, we do not want the "start up cost" to be a prohibitive factor when considering trying lacrosse. In order to help with that, MVLA manages a robust used equipment program, to help mitigate costs for new players.
Reach out. We will do everything we can to get your answers in a timely manner.
Don't be afraid to ask, either. We were all "newbies" at one time and know there is a lot of unknowns when trying a new sport.
USA Lacrosse is the governing body for lacrosse in the United States. All players who compete for Mill Valley Lacrosse in the LAKC League are required to have a USA Lacrosse number.
LACROSSE ASSOCIATION OF KANSAS CITY
Mill Valley Lacrosse competes in the LAKC High School & Youth Leagues. High School & Youth schedules are posted on this site, as well as helpful information about lacrosse opportunities in KC.