Parent Guide

Welcome to Our Parent Guide

Please dont hesitate to contact us with any questions!

A Brief History

Lacrosse, considered to be America's first sport, was born of the North American Indian, christened by the French, and adapted and raised by the Canadians. Modern lacrosse has been embraced by athletes and enthusiasts of the United States and the British Commonwealth for over a century..

Some of the earlier northeast colleges were essentially the first to participate in a collegiate lacrosse league. Lacrosse was first introduced in upstate New York in the 1860s and in Baltimore, Maryland area 30 years later. The rest of the country is now catching up to these two areas long considered lacrosse “hotbeds”.

The Game

Lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse - big or small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not just brawn. This allows players of all sizes and speeds to successfully participate in the game.

There are approximately 90 NCAA Division I, 50 NCAA Division II, and 180 NCAA Division III men and women lacrosse programs. In addition, there are nearly 200 additional highly competitive collegiate club programs..

Frequently asked Questions

1Is there a difference between boys and girls lacrosse?
While both boys and girls play lacrosse with the same size goal and a lacrosse stick, the games differ quite a bit. The Women's game stresses finesse, body positioning and stick skills. No body checking is allowed. The only equipment required is a women's lacrosse stick, a mouth guard and eye protection. Additionally, women play on a larger field with 11 players per team. The Men's game is played with a helmet, gloves, elbow pads and shoulder pads in addition to the stick. Don't let this scare you away, as the incidence of injury in lacrosse is lower than soccer. There are 10 players to a side and based upon the age of the player, body checking may be allowed.
2What is physical skills are needed to play lacrosse?
Lacrosse is a great sport because kids of all sizes and abilities can play. Lacrosse is a sport that involves running, team play, and stick skills. While individual athletic ability is rewarded, so are team work, stick skills and a positive attitude. Youth leagues are operated as to give every child a chance to play.
3When is Lacrosse Season?
Lacrosse is typically a spring sport. The great thing about the sport of lacrosse, is it does not require your child to compete year around in one discipline. There is an innate advantage to allowing our children to participate in multiple sports. It is our goal at the ILA to allow kids to participate in as many activities as they and their parents deem appropriate. The season typically runs February through May for High schools teams, and March through mid-May for youth programs. High school teams have practice 5-6 days a week, while youth programs have 1-2 practices a week. The YMCA operates Fall and Spring leagues. Additionally, there are opportunities such as the Idaho All-Star teams, summer camps and fall clinics.
4I'm thinking about signing my kid up, where do I start?
Visit your local youth sports association or city recreation website for information. Check out our community links on our home page. If you are having difficulty locating information, please contact us at Lacrosse Idaho and we will get you in touch with your lacrosse association. Most communities offer lacrosse at 8 years of age while more and more have begun to offer it at 6.
5What are the costs involved?
Most leagues have a fee to cover field space, team equipment, insurance and officials. This fee is very different for each association. Additionally, you'll need the appropriate equipment to play. For girls this consists of a stick, goggles and a mouth guard. All three can be purchased starting around $70. For boys, you'll need to rent or purchase a stick, helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, and a mouth guard which starts at approximately $230.
6How can I become involved as a parent?
There are ample opportunities to get involved in the growing Idaho lacrosse community. These range from providing a positive attitude on the sidelines, to being a team parent/manager, to coaching and officiating. The ILA provides clinics on a range of issues and can help steer you to a position you feel comfortable with. Please contact us and we'll help you find a role that fits with your experience and availability.

For the past 15 years, lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport in the country by a wide margin.


NCAA Division I Programs


NCAA Division II Programs


NCAA Division III Programs


Collegiate Club Programs