FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What exactly is the Looney’s Lacrosse Club?
The Looneys Lacrosse Club is a not-for-profit lacrosse club based in Harford, Baltimore, and other surrounding counties, consisting of boys ranging in age from 10 to 17.
Is anyone eligible to try-out?
All boys currently in grades 4 through 9 are eligible to try-out. Your geographic residence, school, past club affiliations, or years of experience, do not preclude you from try-outs. You must attend at least a portion of try-outs on the scheduled dates to be evaluated.
How are try-outs conducted?
The coaches and officers of the club make selections. To ensure that evaluations are as objective as possible: 1) we will seek the assistance of select knowledgeable third parties; and 2) if an officer/coach is a parent of a player on a team, that coach will not participate in the evaluation of the players on that team. Among the factors on which players are evaluated is speed, athletic ability, strength, stick skills and scrimmage play. All boys who attend will be notified of the results shortly after tryouts are complete. Placement decisions are final.
How do I register to try-out?
The dates, times, and location of try-outs are outlined in the Registration section of this website. Registration is to be completed online. You may pay by credit card or check. Any changes due to weather or unforeseen events will posted in the announcements section of this website. There is a $30 non-refundable fee for trying-out. This is used to pay for non-reusable materials and facilities required for try-outs.
How are your coaches selected?
The best man’s lacrosse player in the world is not guaranteed to be able to teach an 11 year old boy to play lacrosse and the best teacher in the world can’t teach a boy how best to scoop a lacrosse ball in traffic if he’s never done it himself. Based on this, each Looney’s team will be coached by an individual who has significant personal experience in playing lacrosse AND has significant experience coaching/teaching children and young adults. It is our view, that this is the best way to ensure that our players will have the opportunity to actually take in and retain the knowledge imparted to them.
If my son signs up for Looney’s and makes a team will he have to stop playing for his recreation/MYLA team?
No. All players should continue with their current program. Club lacrosse season starts after the LAST recreation/MYLA weekend.
What does a season consist of and when/how much will you practice?
The club lacrosse season occurs from June through November, with at least three tournaments in June and July, and the entire month of August off. Teams will practice occasionally in May when rec teams schedules allow, and one or two evenings per week starting approximately the first week in June. This schedule will last throughout the summer tournament season. Fall practices will be infrequent and will vary. There may be only one or two prior to each tournament.
Where will you practice?
All of our teams practice at either Friends or St. Paul's Schools
How do I join US Lacrosse?
Log on to www.uslacrosse.org
and click on 'membership info.' You will receive a confirmation e-mail with your membership number.
Why is a US Lacrosse membership required?
For insurance purposes, the sponsors of many of the tournaments in which we play require that each player be a member of US Lacrosse. We therefore require all players to join US Lacrosse. US Lacrosse membership information is available at www.uslacrosse.org.
The membership fee also includes Lacrosse Magazine for one year and possible discounts on any US Lacrosse tournament
How did you select the tournaments?
These tournaments are known to be very well organized, host competitive teams and have an emphasis on college recruiting activities for the older teams.
Within all tournaments, do all the kids play equal amounts?
All athletes will receive a fair opportunity to compete but this does not guarantee equal playing time. Our teams will play to win with increasing emphasis as the teams get older. Playing time will be earned, with hard work, attitude, coachability, attendance and on-field success playing a role in determining the amount.
How many boys per team will the Looney’s teams carry?
We will carry approximately 16-22 boys per team. That is the maximum number of kids our volunteer organization can handle and ensure the highest quality and best experience for all.
How do you communicate with the players and family members?
Communication is primarily via email and website. We expect that you will access an email account on a daily basis to receive and reply to updates and announcements and to check this website for general less time-critical info.
What is your refund policy?
In general, no refunds will be permitted once a boy has made the team, accepted the position and his deposit checks have been cashed. If there is a very special circumstance, it will be evaluated by Board of Directors of Looney’s Lacrosse Club for Boys.
Once a child is a member of a Looney’s team, will they be required to try out again each year?
Yes. Our youngest boys may be as young as 10 years old when they try out for the first time. It would be irresponsible of us to assume that they will all remain great lacrosse players until they are 17! In order to ensure that a boy’s game and character are successfully growing, he must try out and make the team each year.