FAQs for Youth Teams (8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U)
Q: When is lacrosse season?
A: The official season is in the spring. 10U, 12U and 14U teams generally begin practicing at the beginning of February and play games from late February/early March through mid-May. 8U is a shorter program that runs from March through early May. Stampede also offers an off-season Fall Ball program September-November, as well as summer clinics. Please see our registration page for currently available programs.
Q: How often are practices?
A: Regular season practices are held on weekdays 2-3 times per week for 1-2 hours dependent upon age and level. Fall Ball practices are once/week.
Q: Where do practices take place?
A: Practices take place at Grass Valley, Nevada City, and South County fields. Some teams will have practices split between GV/NC and south county locations. Practice field assignments and exact times will be provided by late January.
Q: What days are are games?
A: The game schedule will not be out until January, but games are generally played on Friday evenings, Saturdays and/or Sundays, depending on age and level. Stampede teams also participate in a jamborees and/or tournaments throughout the season.
Q: How are teams determined?
A: For 14U and under, players are placed on the appropriate team based on age. At this time, we only have one team per age group and do not hold tryouts or rank players by skill level. Stampede Lacrosse is aligned with the NCJLA mission of providing a positive, welcoming experience for all young players. We are committed to providing equal development and playing opportunities to both new and experienced players.
Age groupings are detailed on our registration page, and you can also refer to US Lacrosse for their age bracket chart: https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/USL_AgeGroupChart_20_21.pdf
Q: What equipment do I need?
A: Required equipment includes: a boys' lacrosse stick, gloves, helmet, mouthguard, shoulder pads, arm pads, cleats, and protective cup. Rib pads are recommended. It's also helpful for players to have an equipment bag to carry all their gear.
Goalies are excluded from wearing shoulder pads but must wear helmet, goalie gloves, mouthguard, arm pads, chest protector, throat guard, and protective cup. Stampede provides goalie gear for our youth teams.
US Lacrosse also has an equipment diagram that might be helpful for new players.
Q: Where do I get equipment?
A: Stampede is generally able to offer loaner equipment to our 8U and 10U teams, as well as some 12/14U players, on a first come first served basis. We can also make recommendations on stores to purchase equipment. Please contact our Equipment Manager, Eric Crabb, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: What about uniforms?
A: Stampede players on 12U through high school teams are required to purchase a uniform. 8U and 10U players will be provided with a Stampede jersey or pinnie for games. They will also need black shorts and a black undershirt.
Q: Can my child play lacrosse and basketball (or baseball, soccer, etc.)?
A: Playing two sports simultaneously will not keep a child from being registered and joining a lacrosse team. Please consider the practice and game schedules between the two sports. The player’s and team’s development is dependent on attendance at practices and games.
Q: Who are the coaches?
A: Stampede Lacrosse relies on volunteer coaches, many of whom are former players and/or parents. Each team will have a designated Head Coach a varying number of Assistant Coaches – volunteers are always welcome – who assist with practices and games. All of our coaches receive training from the league and from US Lacrosse (the national governing body for the sport), as well as background checks. We also have Team Managers who assist coaches with maintaining the team schedule, communication with families, and other aspects of managing their team.
Q: What "league" is Gold Country Stampede a part of?
A: Our 12U, 14U, and high school teams play in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA). Our 8U and 10U teams participate in the Sacramento City League (a developmental league geared toward 1st time players to get exposed to the sport).
Q: What about Girls Lacrosse?
A: Stampede does not currently offer girls' lacrosse teams, however girls are eligible to play on our boys' teams. Our 8U team is co-ed, and teaches basic skills that are applicable to both boys' and girls' lacrosse.
Q: I've registered my player. When/how do I get more information?
A: Teams will meet at the club-wide kickoff event, usually held in January. Your coach and/or team manager will also contact you around that time with information about when practices start, etc. If you need information before the start of the season, or haven’t heard from your coach and/or team manager yet, please contact Christina Oakes at email@example.com.
Q. How can I learn more about lacrosse?
A: Please check out the links for NCJLA and US Lacrosse on our website to learn more. You can also contact our registrar, Christina Oakes, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Club President, Michelle Bacon, at email@example.com.