The Delta Breeze Lacrosse program is designed to teach and expand the game of lacrosse into East Contra Costa County at the middle school level. We invite girls and boys ages 8 to 12 to the sport through practices, scrimmages and informal games during fall ball. Our NCJLA teams will participate in games both home and away during the Spring of 2021. We are a 501(c) 3 non profit organization.
Training and practices are organized and lead by
, a seasoned lacrosse professional with over 30 years of lacrosse experience as a player, coach, certified US Lacrosse high school and college level referee, and past President of the Northern California Lacrosse Referees Association. John is a history and economics teacher at La Paloma High School in Brentwood. Through the Delta Breeze program, he plans to give back to his community what lacrosse has given him for so many years.
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What is lacrosse?
Not only is lacrosse the oldest known sport in North America, it is also the fastest growing. The game was initially played by native Iroquois tribes dating back 500 years or more. The modern game has been popular in the Eastern US and Canada for many years, but has been spreading rapidly throughout the US at all levels. Lacrosse is a fast-paced field sport, with elements that are similar to soccer, basketball and especially ice hockey (in fact many ice hockey rules originated with the sport of lacrosse).
How do you play lacrosse?
Lacrosse is played on a field similar in size to a football or soccer field, with goals at each end. Players use sticks of varied length with a mesh net at one end. A hard rubber ball is thrown, caught, and carried using the stick. The objective is to outmaneuver the defense and shoot the ball into a 6’ x 6’ goal, defended by a goalie. Lacrosse is a relatively high scoring sport, with scores often exceeding 10 goals per side during a game.
Is lacrosse a physical game?
It depends! First of all, men’s and women’s rules are different, with minimal contact allowed in the women’s game. Men’s lacrosse allows more contact, including some forms of body checking. Youth lacrosse uses modified rules that progress from very limited contact at the U8/U10 ages up to full contact at the high school level. Contact is generally more that you would see in soccer or basketball, but less than in football or hockey. Additionally, physical conditioning is an important aspect of lacrosse, as it is a fast-paced full-field sport.
What sorts of skills are needed to play?
While players of all abilities can enjoy the sport of lacrosse, the most successful players will demonstrate skill in: hand-eye coordination, footwork, agility, tenacity and teamwork. Throwing and catching are basic skills that we emphasize at all levels. Nothing is more fun to watch than a team that executes crisp passing. Footwork and agility are important on both offense and defense. Tenacity is about playing hard and giving your best effort. Lacrosse is a team sport, requiring everyone to play for the benefit of the team. Above all else, we want our players to have a fun and positive experience. We encourage players to play other sports outside of lacrosse season.
When is lacrosse season?
Lacrosse is a spring season sport. Our practices generally start in late-January or early-February, and games will start in late-February and run through most of May. We also offer fall practices, and will be offering year round clinics as our program grows.
Is there travel required?
Yes. We play in a league that includes teams from throughout the Sacramento area, as well as the Bay Area and as far north as Redding. Initially we'll have unofficial scrimmage playdates, and this will grow to 12-16 games, most within a one hour drive. We will occasionally play games that require travel beyond one hour. There is often a season-ending tournament in the Bay Area.
What is the best age to start?
Any age is fine. We have had players as young as seven. Since we hope to become a feeder program for area high schools, our age limit is 14. Teams are based on the players’ age as of August 31 prior to the start of the season. U8 teams are generally1st and 2nd grade, U10 teams are generally 3rd and 4th grade (we may allow U8 players to play up to U10 team if there is no U8 team). U12 teams are generally 5th and 6th grade. U14 is primarily 7th and 8th grade. Youth players may be allowed play up one level with the permission of the parents, coach and DLA administration.
Are there tryouts?
At this time, a player’s admittance will be determined by the date payment is received for each player’s registration. Once the predetermined number of spots is filled, a player’s registration will be put on a waiting list and will only be admitted if a player already on the team drops. There are no tryouts for membership on the team. We play everyone as much as possible.
What equipment is needed?
To try the sport at one of our free practices, we will try to provide you with everything you need from our inventory of donated equipment. As we get closer to our first game, plan to have your own equipment no later than one week prior to our first game. Boys will need: a stick (boys/girls sticks are different!), gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, mouth guard, helmet and athletic cup. Rib pads are optional. Girls need the same equipment as boys (minus the cup) if they are playing on the boy's team. If they are playing on a girls team they'll need a girl's stick, mouth guard and eye cage. Football/soccer shoes work well, but any athletic shoes are fine (except metal cleats).
Equipment will cost from $100 to $300, with the helmet being the most expensive item. Do not overspend on a first set – the emphasis should be on comfort and proper fit. Girls’ equipment, if they are playing on an all girls team, will typically cost from $25 to $100. Most equipment will last several years. There are plenty of opportunities to acquire used equipment in good condition from older players, Play it again Sports, Craigs List, eBay, etc.
What is the cost?
The cost of the youth program for the 2020 season is $375 plus $30 US Lacrosse membership and the cost of equipment. This covers all in-season expenses, and no additional game/tournament fees or uniform fees are required.
Is there financial assistance available?
We have a scholarship program available on a first come first serve basis. We'll be open for applications as of October 1, 2020.
Who are your coaches?
Our coaches are generally current/former college players and/or parents of current players. All of our coaches are certified by US Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance, and must also pass a background check. We emphasize a fun and positive environment, fostering a love for the sport. While winning is fun, it is not the primary emphasis of our coaching staff.
What is the role of parents?
This sport, and our Association in particular, strongly encourages the active participation of parents in running and supporting our teams. It gives the parents an opportunity to participate in an activity with their child and it also distributes the tasks required to run the team among the parents, leaving the coaches to do what they do best.
Positions in the Association include: Board of Directors, Publicity, Webmaster, Fundraising, and First Aid Coordinator.
At the team level positions include: Scorekeeper, Timekeeper, Spotter, Statistician, Side Line Manager, Transportation Coordinator, Team Equipment Manager and Water/Snacks. We would love to have your help! During registration, you'll be asked to sign up for volunteer activities.
Where can I see a game?
Youth games are traditionally played at various middle and high school fields all over the bay area. You can see the schedules of various teams by going to their websites; Warrior Lacrosse Club, Diablo Scorpions, Stockton Spartans. Additionally, Diablo Valley College and UC Davis have both Men’s and Women’s lacrosse teams. On television, you can see Division I NCAA lacrosse games on CBS and ESPN. There is also a professional lacrosse league (MLL) that features many of the best lacrosse players in the world throughout the summer months on ESPN2.
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Delta Breeze Lacrosse Association