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This thread will be used for conversation related to the Looney's Boys Lacrosse Club.

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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.

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When are the Looney tryouts for next year?

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Their tryouts are always the weekend after Labor Day weekend. Check their website in August for dates, age groups, times....

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Quite a lot of disparity among these teams...some good, others not well coached. Very expensive club...buyer beware!

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agreed but you can say the same of any club. There are so many clubs now for the most part the parent and kid should judge the actual team they are playing for first, then the club. It is team by team with most clubs anywhere these days.

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How much is it for the Looneys summer season ?

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every team is different since some play in more tourneys and practice more than others but for the whole year (fall tourneys, spring league, and summer tounreys) they range between $850-$1,050.00 total. Again, depends on the team.

They are about avg. compared to others and have a good product. Other clubs are much more $$. In our experience it has been very good value.

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every team is different since some play in more tourneys and practice more than others but for the whole year (fall tourneys, spring league, and summer tounreys) they range between $850-$1,050.00 total. Again, depends on the team.

They are about avg. compared to others and have a good product. Other clubs are much more $$. In our experience it has been very good value.


Damn those prices would put them as one of the lowest priced teams on LI if they were from here.

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Are the Looney's doing anything to get more competitive at the younger levels? I have heard that they focus on the 2015 year and let the other grades finance that group...seems the club changed since the board turned over

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Older age-group team and younger team are competitive...not so much for the middle-school age teams. Club costs are typically about $1,200 for the year.

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Looney’s Recruitment Workshop

Looney’s Lacrosse Club will be hosting a Recruitment Workshop on Wednesday night, October 2nd from 7:00 – 9:00. The workshop will be held in the Minnegan Room at the Towson University Field House. Shawn Nadelen (Head Lacrosse Coach - Towson University), Paul Cantebene (Head Lacrosse Coach – Stevenson University and Andy Hilgartner (Head Lacrosse Coach – McDonogh High School) will be on the panel that evening.

This workshop is for High School boys and their parents.

If you wish to attend, please register on our website, https://leagueathletics.com/UserForm.asp?RegID=107989&org=looneyslacrosseclub.com and RSVP if possible so we may be prepared for the number attending (there is NO charge to attend).

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What happened with Looney's 2017 Orange team? At fl$ in 3d they went 0-3 and were outscored 32-6 with one shutout. My son's team had faced them in prior years and they were competitive.

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Unfortunately many of their better players left for other programs. I believe their older and younger programs are more competitive. The 2017 talent in Baltimore has shifted to Breakers, CA and Crabs. We'll see if the new coaching at the Greene Turtle can bring talented players back into that program.

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Rumor has it that the entire koopers 2022 team left for Looney's. Any truth to it?

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the coaches for the 2022 and 2023 went to Looneys.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
the coaches for the 2022 and 2023 went to Looneys.


does Looney's have better wings than Koopers?

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They sure don't have better lacrosse......

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you are saying Koopers has better Lacrosse than Looneys????

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Koopers has been around for 1 year so I don't think anyone is saying that

But considering who the team is connected to, don't be surprised if they eventually are on par with the top tier teams

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Who will be the top 2022 team?

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Looney's is an organization on the decline. They may have 1 or 2 competitive teams, but they epitomize the daddy ball philosophy at several of their age groups. People who are trying to get away from at the REC level won't be well served there.

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Completely false. Make your own judgments but they are one of the top programs in Baltimore. Crabs is number one top to bottom. After that it is a mixed bag depending on the grad year. All of the other clubs are basically even after crabs. Good team this year, avg the next etc

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All the Looney's resources are poured into the 2016 team...the director's son plays there. That is why there were so many defections a year or 2 back.

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All the Looney's resources are poured into the 2016 team...the director's son plays there. That is why there were so many defections a year or 2 back.


BS. he has 2 other kids the play on middle school teams and coaches 2021 team. they have non-parent coaches on the HS teams. look at the website, coaches bios are there. all dad coaches have had significant playing careers and experience coaching youth lacrosse. most clubs have parent coaches at younger levels.

emergence of FCA 2 years ago hurt Looneys as some of the coaches went there and kids followed. Really effected Green Turtle. I'm sure some the FCA kids would have ended as Crabs or breakers too. FCA btw has mostly parent coaches

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In other words, daddy ball around.....

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Saw looneys team 2021 team loose to a younger 2022 this summer. I think The program is on the decline.

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Probably the 2021 b team. They have a and b. By the looks of their results this summer they are hardly on the decline. Be real. All of these programs are pretty much the same beyond crabs. Good grad years, avg ones, poor ones. After crabs in baltimore looneys, breakers, turtle, roughriders, rock, fca are all about the same.
http://www.looneyslacrosseclub.com/Page.asp?n=35270&org=looneyslacrosseclub.com

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Probably the 2021 b team. They have a and b. By the looks of their results this summer they are hardly on the decline. Be real. All of these programs are pretty much the same beyond crabs. Good grad years, avg ones, poor ones. After crabs in baltimore looneys, breakers, turtle, roughriders, rock, fca are all about the same.
http://www.looneyslacrosseclub.com/Page.asp?n=35270&org=looneyslacrosseclub.com


The 2021 team didn't do well at all this summer
1 - 2 at Green Turtle
2 - 3 at Blue Hen
2 - 3 at NXT Cup

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Looney's started their club with a bang. That team (which is now the 2015 team) had some great talent. They followed it up with another really good team (2016s).

Since then, the subsequent grade-based teams have been pretty marginal. The 2017 team, for example, is really non-competitive. The magic they caught in a bottle for the first two teams has escaped them subsequently.

Overall, it's not a great club.

Crabs is still the best club top to bottom. FCA is on a tier below, followed by Breakers. The other clubs are much farther down the foodchain.

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Agree with your assessment totally. 2018 & 2019 "A" teams are horrible. 2020 is decent, but will loose their players when reality hits....

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Where do you put Madlax or do you see that team as a VA team.

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Where do you put Madlax or do you see that team as a VA team.


Madlax is the closest to the Crabs from top to bottom

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Fca hurt the 2017 and 2018 teams. Took both coaches and a lot of kids followed. They have recovered ok but definitely are still hurting from it. Other younger teams are strong, kids are having fun, older kids committing to good colleges. Overall a very good program.

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Top to bottom crabs only have 2 teams last year add 2021 team that was .500 at best.

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Hawks have a pretty strong program across the board.

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Here are the combined win % for all top level teams in their age brackets for the spring Npyll and HoCo seasons.

These are games played on real fields with real refs using standard rules with consistent players (unlike most tournaments).

These are only the teams through 8th (going into 9th) grade.

Club. Win %

Crabs 92.0%

Annapolis Hawks 85.4%

FCA 72.4%

Bethesda 68.0%

Madlax 65.9%

Baltimore Breakers 65.4%

Greene Turtle 58.3%

Club Blue 57.5%

Looney's 55.6%

Arden Diamondbacks 52.2%

Kooper's 50.0%

Rough Riders 50.0%

Next Level 48.8%

Storm 44.4%

VLC 42.9%

API Select 41.7%

Cannons 38.6%

Zingos 33.3%

Rock 30.4%

MD Elite 23.1%

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Where do you put Madlax or do you see that team as a VA team.


Madlax is the closest to the Crabs from top to bottom


No. They are good at capturing the youth market in DC, but the HS program is pretty weak. Most of the best kids peel off for Blackwolf, Crabs and VLC when they reach HS.

FCA is building a very strong program top to bottom. They have been able to attract a lot of MD kids and DC kids.

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I would have to disagree that Looneys 2019 A team is horrible. We played them twice in MVP Blue Hen, tied once and we did beat them in the final. Seemed to be well coached and had some talent. You sure you arent speaking of their lower 2019 team?
They had a goalie and a pole that could easily play for better teams.

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