FAQ's (Strathroy Minor Lacrosse)



Q:  What is box lacrosse?

A:  Box lacrosse is played inside on the arena floor after the hockey season is finished. Each player carries a lacrosse stick and attempts to run, pass and shoot a lacrosse ball past an opposing goalie into their net.

Q:  How do you play box lacrosse?

A:  Each team has 5 players and a goalie on the floor at one time.  Each team tries to score the lacrosse ball into the opponents net for a single point.  The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.  Lacrosse plays very similar to basketball with a very distinctive offensive and defensive component.  There are shot clocks and each team has 30 secs to take a shot on the opposing goalie or lose possession of the ball.  Please visit the below links to view some box lacrosse highlights;


Box Lacrosse Highlights 1


Box Lacrosse Highlights 2


Box Lacrosse Highlights 3

Q:  Why play box lacrosse?

A:  Please see our Why Lacrosse? link.


Q:  Is there a physical component to box lacrosse?

A:  Yes.  Body checking, cross checking, slashing and picks are techniques used in lacrosse.  Unlike hockey, these techniques are taught and utilized at all age groups and levels across lacrosse.  There are strict regulations governing how each component is utilized and there is zero tolerance for hitting from behind and  head or neck shots.  Players are constantly encouraged to play lacrosse with their heads up.


Q:  Do you keep score at lacrosse games?

A:  Absolutely, unlike soccer we keep score at the Novice, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget levels.  It is important for kids to learn how to win and lose.  Also, all competitive lacrosse teams are ranked throughout the province, so scoring each and every game is an integral part of the ranking format.


Q:  What type of equipment is required to play box lacrosse?

A:  Please see our LAX Gear link.


Q:  What are the age groups for lacrosse and who can play?

A:   Any boy or girl between the years of 2003 and 2014 can play.  We are encouraging younger kids to partake, so we can promote and develop a strong youth movement moving forward.  Below are the age groups for 2019;

Paper Weight:  2014/13
Tyke:               2012/11
Novice:            2010/09
Peewee:           2008/07
Bantam:           2006/05
Midget:             2004/03


Q:  How many teams will SMLA field?

A:  Depending on our numbers and interest, we would like to field as many teams as possible.  We are offering 1 Competitive/Travel team and at least 2 House League teams at Novice, Peewee, Bantam and Midget. At the Paperweight and Tyke divisions we are only offering 3 on 3, half floor, House League options.  Please understand however, that everything is depended on interest and overall numbers when registration is complete. To run a small house league and a competitive team we will need at least 35 kids registered for each age group. Please visit our Registration tab for more details.

Q:  Are we offering competitive teams?

A:  Yes.  But please don't get hung-up on the terms "competitive",  "rep" or "travel".  They are only labels and really don't mean the same as they do in hockey.  We are offering competitive teams at Novice, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget.  Inexperience players are welcomed and encouraged to participate at this level if they are looking for a rewarding and challenging lacrosse experience immediately.


Q:  Can my son or daughter play for SMLA having never played before?

A:  Yes, absolutely. First-time players at any age can pick-up the sport very quickly.  Your son or daughter can easily step in and play box lacrosse.  For example, Zach Herreweyers is a local resident and his mother is currently on our executive.  Zach started playing lacrosse when he was 11 in Wallaceburg.  He excelled and eventually received a scholarship to play college field lacrosse in the USA and currently plays pro lacrosse for the Buffalo Bandits of the NLL. 


Q:  How competitive will our competitive teams be?

A:  There will be a learning curve for our teams, players and coaches for the first few seasons.  Our younger teams should develop quickly and our older teams will have experienced players from neighboring associations.  Because every LAX team in the province is ranked we will schedule games and tournaments with similarly skilled teams.  Please visit the link below to view the LAX rankings for 2018.


2018 LAX Rankings


Q:  Are there boundaries for players and their respective LAX association?

A:  Yes there is and it functions similar to hockey.  Please visit the Association Boundaries section under our Registration Tab for complete details.


Q:  Will there be a selection process for competitive teams?

A:  Possibly?  Depending on how many players register and how many teams SMLA offers. If players are released, they will be asked to report to one of the house league teams. Partial or full refunds will be offered if this occurs. Competitive teams will also AP players from our house league.


Q:  Will there be a house league option?

A:  Yes.  We are currently offering house league teams as well as competitive teams.  This will depend on interest and the number of players registered by the end of March. 


Q:  How can my child prepare for lacrosse this spring?

A:  New players can practice the basics at home with their lacrosse stick - catching, throwing, and cradling the ball.  "Wall ball", "rebounders" or catch with a parent can help with the catching and throwing aspects.  "Cradle Babies" or similar homemade devices can help with controlling and cradling the ball while moving.


Q:  Will there be any camps prior to the 2019 season?

A:  Yes, we are currently developing a fall camp and winter camp prior to the 2019 season.  Please keep an eye on our web site or Face Book page for more details.


Q:  How is the league administered?

A:  We are administered by the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) and will be part of Zone 7.  Zone 7 is comprised of 4 other associations, the London Blue Devils, the Sarnia Pacers, the Wallaceburg Griffins, and the Windsor Warlocks.


Q:  Who will the Screaming Eagles play and how much travel is involved?

A:  The majority of our competitive games will be played against London, Sarnia, Wallaceburg, and Windsor.  However, there will be games scheduled against teams from other zones, like Kitchener, Brantford, Six Nations, North Perth etc...   For an idea of what the Screaming Eagles competitive schedule will look like in 2019,  please visit the below London Blue Devils 2018 schedule links.



Tyke 1

Tyke 2

Novice 1

Novice 2

Pee Wee 1

Pee Wee 2

Bantam 1

Midget 1


Q:  Will the Screaming Eagles partake in any tournaments?

A:  Yes, the competitive teams will.  Every team needs to play in at least one tournament to be eligible for the provincials at the end of the season. Plan to partake in at least 2 tournaments or more throughout the season. This will be a decision made by your team's coaching staff.


Q:  What are the Provincials?

A:  The LAX Provincials are a massive year-end tournament, held in Whitby, Ontario  during the first week of August.  Every competitive team in the province is invited and grouped with 16 teams of equal skill based on their LAX rankings.  This tournament is fantastic and is what every team plays for.  There is multiple vendors, merchandise, activities, scouts, pro's, events and great lacrosse at all ages and levels during this week.


Q:  How long is the competitive season?

A:  Practices and possible selection will start in April.  Games will begin in May and continue through June and July.  The season ends the first week in August after the Provincials. Plan to play approximately 20 games or more for the entire season.  This number will include tournament games.  Your coaching staff will have an impact on how many games your team will play.

Q:  How long is the house league season?

A: The Novice, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget house leagues will run for 8 weeks beginning in May and ending in June.  Each team will have 1 game and 1 practice a week.  The games will be officiated by OLA referees. Please see the Registration tab for complete details.
A: The Paperweight and Tyke house league will run for 10 weeks beginning in May and ending mid-July.  Each team will have 1 game and 1 practice a week.  Their games will not have any officiating and will mimic 4 on 4, half-ice hockey. Please see the Registration tab for complete details.


Q:  How much with it cost to register?

A:  It will cost $450 to register for a competitive team, and $250 for a house league team.  Please see the Registration tab for complete details.


Q:  When does registration for the 2019 season start?

A:  Registration will open on-line January 1st, 2019 and end March 31st, 2019.  Please visit the Registration tab for more details.

Q:  Will there be any additional costs to the player?

A:  Possibly if your child is playing competitive lacrosse.  Those additional fees may be for additional tournaments, clothing, equipment and apparel. This will be a decision made by your team's coaching staff.


Q:  How can I help?

A:  Sponsorships will be required.  As a new non-for-profit sports association money for our first few seasons will be a huge issue.  Monies will be required for arena rental fees, officiating fees, OLA dues, Zone 7 dues, insurance, jerseys, shorts, balls, nets, shot clocks .... etc.  Volunteers will also be required to help coach and manage the teams.


Q: Can we currently purchase any Screaming Eagles merchandise?

A:  Yes.  Pete's Sports located at the Gemini Sportsplex in Strathroy currently carries Screaming Eagles merchandise.

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