Frequently Asked Questions 2019
1. When is Lacrosse season in Hawaii?
AYLA practices generally start in late February and games runs through the middle of May. Practices are during weekday afternoons at various locations. Games are about an hour long and played on Sundays. Off-season clinics are generally offered from July - November and Jan-February for a nominal cost. AYLA also offers clinics and camps once or twice a year featuring highly regarded Collegiate or Professional players/coaches who visit Hawaii. These special events are offered at a fraction of the cost of comparable US mainland camps.
2. How much does it cost to play Lacrosse in the season?
For the 2018 season:
- Boys & Girls K-8 $150 ($120 AYLA registration fee plus required $30 US Lacrosse youth membership fee)
- High School Boys: $170 ($135 AYLA registration fee plus required $35 US Lacrosse HS membership fee)
- High School Girls: $155 ($120 AYLA registration fee plus required $35 US Lacrosse HS membership fee)
AYLA registration fees cover operating costs that include supplies (balls, repair kids, first aid, field equipment, storage rental, etc.); uniforms; season t-shirt; coaches stipend, training & certification fees; referree fees; field permits; and other administrative cost (website, marketing, etc). AYLA is 100% volunteer-run and is a registered 501.3c organization. USL Lacrosse membership is required for all players and coaches which covers insurance, a magazine subscription, and USL regional support for AYLA.
In addition to registration fees, there is a cost for required Gear to either purchase or rent. See below Q4,Q5,Q6.
3. Is there Financial Assistance?
Financial assistance is available to players who demonstrate need. We ask that you complete and submit the Financial Assistance form online. In exchange for assistance, we ask that the player and/or family volunteer in some capacity. Volunteer opportunities will be arranged through the coach and/or commissioner. The only fee that AYLA doesn't cover is the US Lacrosse membership which $30-$35 annually.
4. Which Area should I register for?
AYLA currently has 3 area chapters on Oahu: East Honolulu (EH), Windward (WW) and Ford Island (FI). There may be a new Leeward area forming - more info to follow. In addition, we have a High School Boys and Girls division. Each area practices are located below:
- EH - Kapiolani Park by Paki Avenue
- WW - Ka'ohao Elementary, Kailua
- FI - Ford Island fields (military/DOD ID is required to get on base)
- LW - Leeward -- TBD
- Boys High School - Honolulu Club & Punahou Club at Kapiolani Park; St. Louis at SL campus
- Girls High School - Kapiolani Park
5. What Lacrosse Gear do I need and what will it cost to buy?
- Boys - Helmet, Stick, Shoulder pads, Elbow pads, gloves (new about $250 and up in total)
- Girls - Goggles, Stick (new about $50 and up in total)
- Goalie gear is provided by AYLA
- Other needs: mouthguard (Boys & Girls), cup (required Boys), cleats (recommended)
6. Where can I get Lacrosse Gear?
There is currently no store on Oahu that sells Lacrosse gear. AYLA purchases most of our equipment through Sport Stop, Lacrosse Unlimited, lax.com and others places including Amazon that sell gear. During the preseason, AYLA will partner with online retailers that offer special pricing and discounts to our members for a limited time. Be sure to take advantage of this. Many return players will purchase gear while on the US mainland on family vacations.
Used Gear Exchange is a place on our website for players to advertise used gear no longer needed or have been outgrown. You can post to give away or to sell.
7. Can I rent Lacrosse Gear?
AYLA has a limited amount of gear available for rental and as temporary loaners for our off-season clinics. It is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and is meant for new players or for players who require financial assistance and unable to purchase their own gear. We highly encourage return players to purchase their own gear. The 2019 cost for rental equipment is below:
- Helmet $30 (plus $120 refundable deposit)
- Gloves/Shoulder pads $20 (plus $30 refundable deposit)
- Stick $20 (plus $75 refundable deposit)
- Arm pads $15 (plus $30 refundable deposit)
- Goggles $15 (plus $30 refundable deposit)
8. Are there uniforms?
NEW for the 2019 season, all players K-12 will be asked to wear BLACK athletic shorts. Game day team jerseys will be provided and are to be returned at the end of the season. Black AYLA logo shorts are available for purchase (info on how to purchase coming soon). Practice pinnies may be provided to some teams.
9. How can I volunteer?
AYLA is 100% volunteer-run. Our coaches, administrative board, and operations committees are parents, former lacrosse players/coaches and other lacrosse enthusiasts. Lacrosse season doesn't happen without YOU. We welcome and NEED volunteers at all levels -- board/committee and team. Our head coaches typically have playing and/or coaching experience at high school or collegiate levels. We will also train parents and other enthusiasts to be coaches and learn the game. Teams need team managers or parents to help coaches with communications and game day logistics. We need volunteers for our various league committees in field operations, PR/marketing, equipment/uniform, and other adminstrative functions. We realize everyone leads busy lives with packed schedules, but with many hands working together, the load is lighter. Volunteering is a great opportunity to contribute your skills and talents to keep lacrosse in Hawaii growing and robust. It's also FUN to meet and get to know fellow lacrosse supporters! Contact your area presidents or email@example.com to volunteer.
10. How do I start a Lacrosse Team at my High School?
Over the years, AYLA leadership has been in contact with school adminstration and athletic directors to promote lacrosse with the hope that lacrosse will eventually be included in the state interscholastic athletic program. We have had as many as 5 boys high school programs at one time in the late 2000s-2012 (Iolani, MPI, Punahou, Kapolei, Mililani, Mixed HS). A sustainable program requires parent/player support and actively cultivating the next new generation within the schools and that can be a big challenge. Parent and player support within schools in conjuction with faculty and administration support are the best way to establish and sustain a lacrosse presence in a school. AYLA can provide support by providing coaches, training and major equipment. Field space is at a premium, so field access at a school is also helpful. Please contact the AYLA Board if you would like to explore starting up a team at your school. We are here to help!