Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club and lacrosse.
Q. What is the Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club?
A. The Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club (Snolax) was established in 2002 to provide boys in Snohomish County with the opportunity to learn and play the sport of Lacrosse. The Snohomish Lacrosse Club was founded by Doug and Bonnie Roulstone and was the first High School and Youth Lacrosse program established in Snohomish County.
Prior to September 2015, Snohomish Lacrosse was a joint boys and girls club. In June 2015, the Snohomish Lacrosse board voted to split into separate entities to better serve our student-athletes. This split was finalized in September 2015, with a new organization formed called Snohomish Girls Lacrosse (snolaxgirls.com). The existing club changed its named to Snohomish Boys Lacrosse.
In 2016, the club split again after a decision by the WHSBLA to split Glacier Peak and Snohomish into separate high school teams. During the 2017 season, Snohomish Boys Lacrosse includes youth and high school players from the Lake Stevens school district and the Snohomish High School boundaries.
Q. What does SNOLAX mean?
A. SNOLAX is an abbreviation for Snohomish Lacrosse. Lacrosse is often abbreviated as LAX.
Q. Are the Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club teams affiliated with the Snohomish School District?
A. No. Although the Snohomish Lacrosse Club uses Snohomish School District facilities for games and practices, the Snohomish Lacrosse Club is not affiliated with the Snohomish School district.
Q. How many teams play for the Snohomish Lacrosse Club?
A. The Snohomish Lacrosse Club has High School and Youth Lacrosse programs for boys. At the Youth program level, we have teams for grade levels K/1/ 2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8. At the High School level there are both JV and Varsity teams.
Q. Who can play for the Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club?
A. BOYS: Youth - grades K through 8 should reside in the Snohomish High School boundaries, or Lake Stevens school district.
High School - grades 9 through 12 must reside in/attend school in the Snohomish High School.
Lake Stevens school district high school players are requested to register at LSLax.net (2019 will be Lake Stevens first year of having their own high school program). Lake Stevens youth under high school age should still register with SNOLax.com
Q. When does the Lacrosse Season start?
A. The Lacrosse season runs from February to June, with league games beginning in March. The youth start in early Feb and High School teams begin practice the first day of HS spring sports in late Feb/early March. Practices for youth team’s grades 3-6 are normally 2 days per week, 7/8 teams will practice 2-3 days per week. High School teams practice for 2 hours daily 5 days per week.
Q. Where do the Snohomish Boys Lacrosse club teams practice and play their games?
A. The Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club’s practice and home game fields are located at either a Snohomish or Lake Stevens district field.
Q. What teams does the Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club compete against?
A. The Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club competes against teams from much of the greater Seattle and North Sound area.
Q. How much does it cost to register to play on a Snohomish Lacrosse Club team?
A. Fees vary by grade level. Click the Registration Info Link at the top for details.
Q. Are any additional fees required besides the registration fee.
1. Uniforms - You can expect uniform fees to be up to $115 at the youth level for grades 5-8. For High School, SBLC has club owned uniforms that are issued at the beginning of the season and returned to the club at the end of the season.
2. US Lacrosse membership required - $30 for youth players, $35 for HS players.
Registration is required for all Snolax players, our registration system will direct you to US Lacrosse during the registration process.
3. Equipment - players must provide their own equipment (see below)
Q. Why am I required to become a member of US Lacrosse?
A. Insurance coverage is the main reason for this requirement. This policy protects the individual member if he or she is injured during a covered lacrosse activity, and cover most of the out-of-pocket medical, dental and hospital expenses resulting from that injury. See below for additional added benefits that come with your required membership.
Q. How much does the equipment cost and what is required?
A. All players will need to obtain equipment as required by the league.
Entry level boy's equipment costs typically range from $150 to $200 for the younger grades. Play It Again Sports in Marysville is a great place to save money on all LAX equipment. LAX WORLD in Bellevue also carries LAX equipment or ordering online is another option to finding great deals. The following are great online companies: lax.com, lacrosse.com, lacrossemonkey.com, Amazon, Craigslist and even EBay.
Q. Can I rent equipment?
A. Yes. Play It Again Sports in Marysville offers a helmet, pads and gloves rental package for the season for $100. You will still need to purchase a stick, mouth guard, athletic cup & cleats.
Q. What are the registration fees used to pay for?
A. Registration fees cover the operational expenses of the Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club, including, league dues, field rental expenses, referee fees, preseason and mid-season jamborees, game equipment (not player equipment).
Q. The Snolax website has a section that asks for donations. I already paid my registration fee why should I donate additional money?
A. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the State of Washington and across the entire country. As our club grows, the cost of fielding teams increases every year. League fees, field rental, referee fees, equipment and insurance continue to rise. Your donation will go far towards helping to keep the costs down for our kids, ensure more participation by those that otherwise could not afford it, and ensuring that lacrosse, the “Fastest game on 2 feet,” continues to thrive in our area.
Please email our club firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in making a donation to our club.
Q. If I donate money to the Snohomish Boys Lacrosse club is my donation tax deductible?
A. Yes. The Snohomish Lacrosse Club is registered with the Washington State Secretary of State's office as a Nonprofit Charitable organization, and is registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3)tax exempt organization.
Q. If we can’t afford the registration fee, what are our options?
A. If registration and equipment costs are preventing your child from joining the Club, we offer a payment plan for the registration fee between October and February, with payment in full by first practice. Under some circumstances the Snohomish Boys Lacrosse Club will also provide membership financial assistance to cover part of the registration costs for families who demonstrate financial need. Equipment can often be borrowed from other players or bought second hand. Financial Aid Applications are available under registration. Please contact club registrar at email@example.com with any questions.
Q. What is the refund policy for Spring Registration?
A. REFUND POLICY effective 2018 season:
- FULL refund for registration costs minus $25 admin fee if requested prior to the first scheduled practice.
- Uniform costs CANNOT be refunded do to the personalization.
- 50% refund for registration costs only after practices have begun, but prior to the first game.
- No refunds after the first game of the season.
Q. Are there any other costs involved throughout the season?
A. We do have fundraisers that we ask everyone to participate in and the money raised goes to general club fundraising efforts. We also participate in optional tournaments throughout the season. Player fees are typically about $35 per player. For the past several years, Snolax has participated in the Kennewick Three Rivers Shootout in late April and the Snohomish Harvey Cup in early June.