FAQ's (Strathroy Minor Lacrosse)



Q:  What is Box Lacrosse and how do you play it?

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

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.  The sport utilizes shot clocks, and each team has 30 seconds 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.  There is zero tolerance for hitting from behind or head/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, goals for and against are an integral part of the ranking format. 


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

A:  Please visit the Ontario Lacrosse Association link for LAX Equipment requirements. Certain pieces of hockey equipment can be used for lacrosse, however, it is recommended that players use lacrosse specific gear.  Lacrosse packages including gloves, kidney pads and arm guards can be purchased at a reasonable price.


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

A:   Any boy or girl between the years of 1999 and 2015 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 2020;

Paper Weight:  2014/15
Tyke:               2012/13
Novice:            2010/11
Peewee:           2008/09
Bantam:           2006/07
Midget:             2004/05
Intermediate:    2003/1999 


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/Rep 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. We are also offering a girls bantam, midget and intermediate rep teams.  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, Midget and Intermediate.  Inexperience players are welcomed and encouraged to participate at this level if they are looking for a rewarding and challenging lacrosse experience immediately. We eventually want to transition from House League Teams to Rep Teams and have as many teams compete competitively in the OLA as possible.


Q:  Can my son or daughter play REP Lacrosse 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 Strathroy resident.  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 in the National Lacrosse League (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 senior teams will have some experienced players from neighboring associations.  Because every LAX team in the province is ranked we will attempt to schedule exhibition games and tournaments with similarly skilled teams.  Please visit the link below to view the LAX rankings for 2019.


2019 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 our house league teams. Partial or full refunds will be offered if this occurs. Competitive teams will have the option to 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.  Our programs will reflect the number of players we have at each level. 


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

A:  New players can practice the basic skills 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 2020 season?

A:  Yes, we are currently offering free Try-Lacrosse camps.  Please visit our LAX Camp 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 for our Competitive Teams?

A:  Only our Competitive Teams will travel. The  majority of those 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 2020,  please visit the below 2019 Bantam Rep schedule and results.

Strathroy Screaming Eagles Bantam Rep Schedule


Q:  Will the Screaming Eagles partake in any tournaments?

A:  Yes, the competitive teams will.  Every team needs to participate in one sanctioned tournament to be eligible for the Provincial Tournament at the end of the season. Tournament participation and selection will be a decision made by each 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 the ultimate goal for every lacrosse team in the province. The Provincial Tournament has multiple vendors, merchandise, activities, scouts, pro's, events and great lacrosse at all ages and levels.


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 of 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 also run for 8 weeks beginning in May and ending in June.  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 will it cost to register with SMLA?

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. Committed goalies will pay a reduced registration fee.


Q:  When does registration for the 2020 season start?

A:  Registration will open on-line January 1st, 2020 and end March 22nd, 2020.  There will be graduated pricing so the earlier you register, the more you save.  Please visit the Registration tab for more details.

Q:  Will there be any additional player fees?

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


Q:  How can I help?

A:  Sponsors will be required.  As a new non-for-profit sports association, money will be tight our first few seasons.  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. We struggled to find coaches for the 2019 House League season, please consider helping if you are available.  Without coaches and volunteers there will be no lacrosse.  Please visit our Volunteers/Coaching link for complete details.


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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