Bel Air Lacrosse Frequently Asked Questions
- When does registration take place?
Registration will begin in October and continue until one of the following occurs:
- The age group hits the maximum number of participants based upon potential coaches (A waitlist may or may not be opened.)
- Uniform orders need to be placed
- It is recommended that you register early to secure a place in the program
- Where is the lacrosse equipment shed?
The equipment shed is located across from the Bel Air Library on E. Pennsylvania Avenue in the town of Bel Air. It is the brick building with green metal siding. Use 100 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014 for GPS directions and the building is directly across the street.
3. What is the process for equipment handouts?
a. Clinic does not require equipment. A standard lacrosse stick is the only requirement.
b. Equipment handouts take place at the lacrosse shed. See FAQ number 1 above for directions.
c. Your player must attend in order to be properly fit for the equipment rented.
d. A check made payable to BARC in the amount of $250.00 must be made at the time of pickup. This is a security deposit that will be returned when the rented equipment is returned.
4. Can my son try out for a travel team?
Yes. Travel teams are selected at the beginning of each season by the Program Chair, Age Group Commissioner and selected Age Group coaches. (There are no travel teams in the Pee Wee or Clinic age groups.)
5. Do travel players automatically make the team, if they were on it the previous year?
No. It is an open tryout for each age group. Players are evaluated based on the try out performance. Selections are based on Speed, Stick Skills, Use of Off-Hand, field awareness and athleticism. Our goal is to be fair and impartial in the selection process and award spots on the roster based on performance.
6. How are Travel Coaches selected?
Our coaches (95% of them are parents with son's in the program) in most cases, are selected after the evaluation process is over and the teams are selected as to promote fairness in the evaluation process.
7. Who should I speak to if I have a complaint, concern or comment?
Issues should first be addressed with the coach. If the issue cannot be resolved at this level, please contact the Age Group Commissioner. The Program Chairman is available to discuss issues, but will defer first to the AGC (Age Group Commissioner) and coach.
8. Can I request a specific coach or practice day and time?
No. With over 400 boys in the program we will not honor these requests.
9. How often does my player practice and where?
This depends on your player’s coach and when his assigned practice times are. Practices for all Rec age groups (excluding clinic) will be twice a week and play games on Saturdays and / or Sundays with an occasional game during the week. Games and Practices are at one of the following fields: Ewing St. (Tyker and Pee Wee), Tollgate Park (Lightning, Midget and Junior), Red Pump Elementary (Lightning and Midget) and Tucker Turf (all age groups). Clinic is held at Tucker Turf on Sunday Mornings.
10. Can my player play other sports during the lacrosse season?
This is totally up to you but keep in mind a few thoughts:
a. There are no refunds. Please do not ask. (Especially if practices for lacrosse and the other sport have conflicting days and / or times.)
b. Missing team practices may affect your player's enjoyment of lacrosse.
c. We believe you are committing to lacrosse for the season. As we do not ask that your player miss the opportunity to play other sports outside of the lacrosse season, we hope you will provide a full commitment to lacrosse when it is in season.
11. What is Travel and what is Rec?
Travel will involve a slightly greater commitment as away games can be as far as Howard and Carroll counties. Travel teams may also play in multiple leagues during the year. This will involve additional fees due from each player.
Travel and Rec will have home games in the Bel Air area and normally on our practice fields at Tucker and Tollgate.
Both Travel and Rec may have games on Saturdays and / or Sundays with occasional games during the week.
12. What is Club Lacrosse?
We are not a club program or affiliated with any club program. In the past, club lacrosse was for the more “advanced” players, but that has since changed. Many “average” players are now joining club teams for additional lacrosse opportunities. That being said, some of our travel teams may play in leagues that have club teams and rec teams in them. Our program continues to evolve so that we may provide lacrosse opportunities for all levels of players.
13. When do practices begin?
- Clinic practices will begin in early April
- Pee Wee, Tyker, Lightning, Midget, and Junior practices will begin in early March depending on weather.
- If the weather allows, some teams may practice in late February.
14. When do games begin and when will the schedule for my player’s team be available?
Games will begin in late March or early April and the schedule will be released the week before the first game. Clinic does not play games.
The regular season will end before Memorial Day.