The Novato Nighthawks Lacrosse Club (NLC) is a non-profit group of parents and participants organized to provide coaching, facilities, scheduling and playing opportunity for the youth of the North Bay Area of California to participate in the sport of lacr

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When is the Fall Ball season?

The Novato Lacrosse Club (“NLC”) runs Fall Programs inlcuding Fall Ball.  The "Fall Ball" sessions consist of weekend sessions in October & November of each year which provide the opportunity for new players to come out and try the sport without making any large financial commitment or needing to purchase any gear.  NLC provides loaner equiptment to any player requiring equiptment.  Returning players also participate in the Fall Ball program to practice and prepare for the upcoming season.  Sessions include skills and scrimmages for all boys and girls age groups.
 

What is the Spring Season?

The main season for lacrosse is in the spring.  Depending on the age group and number of players, there will be 1-3 teams at each age group which will be selected based on player assessments in December

Practices typically start in late January/early February with games beginning in early March and running through May.  Practices are held 2-3 times per week at local Novato schools

Games are held on weekends and include both home field (San Marin HS Turf) as well as surrounding lacrosse clubs in the North Bay with games also between San Francisco and East Bay programs.  Each game is approximately one hour and games are held on Saturdays and Sundays during the season.  Schedules typically include 12-18 games over the course of the season.

What are the costs of playing lacrosse?

For the 2016 season, NLC dues are based on the age group of your child. Please see 2016 registration information for more information.  The range is $275-$475 based on age.  Dues cover fields, referees, equipment, coaches, league fees and other operational costs.  Costs are also covered by fundraising and events held by the NLC over the course of the season.

What is the playing time philosophy?

The overall goal whether your child plays on our recreational or competive teams is to have them playing and getting game time exposure.

At the U8/U10 levels and 12B/14B levels we have a policy of equal playing time for all.   

For "A" level teams levels playing time comes at the discretion of the coaching staff and can be based on game situations.  Attitude, hard work and hustle all play a critical role in A team playing time.
 

Who do I contact if I have a question, comment or complaint?

If it is specific to your player's team, we urge you to contact the coach or assistant coach(es). They provide contact information at the beginning of the season. If it is specific to the Club, or you feel a team issue needs to be addressed by the Board, you can email communications and the email will be forwarded to the appropriate Board Member.

Why do players have to join US Lacrosse?

It is a requirement in order for us to maintain our insurance coverage. US Lacrosse provides insurance riders to our club for practices and games at the facilities we use. There are other player benefits as well. Information is available at www.uslacrosse.org.  Annual membership in US Lacrosse is $30 for players and is required as part of the NLC registration process.

How can we find out about the sport without joining the team or buying equipment?

NLC runs a Fall Ball Clinic starting early November through December for new and returning players where players can come out and get a feel for the sport over the course of six weeks. The NLC has limited equipment available for new players to borrow during the Fall Ball sessions.

Where can you get equipment and how much does it cost?

Local stores include Sling It! on 4th Street in downtown San Rafael are great places to buy a starter set.  In addition NLC has a loaner program for any new players who need all equiptment or part of the equptment.

For boys: stick, helmet, arm and shoulder pads, athletic cup, mouth guard and gloves (rib pads optional). Prices vary but starter kits can be purchased for approx $125

For girls: stick, mouth guard and protective eye goggles. Prices vary, but starter packages are available for approximately $100.

Remember, there is a difference between a girl’s and boy’s stick. Soccer shoes are ok, baseball cleats are not allowed.

How long is the season?

Lacrosse is a spring sport with practices beginning in February, games in March with playoffs in mid-late May. Practices vary by club and team level. Games are Saturdays and some Sundays at sites throughout the greater Bay Area. It is also an all-weather sport meaning rain doesn't stop play (unless fields are closed by local park and recreation departments or if safety is an issue).

Is there a difference between the boys’ and girls’ games?

Yes! Not only do the rules differ, but the equipment does too. Perhaps one of the biggest differences is that boys’ is considered a contact sport (checking allowed) and girls’ is not. www.lacrosse.org and www.ncjlax.org have rules and general game information.

How many players do you need for a team?

All teams will roster approximately 16-20 players depending on the age group. There are 10 players on the field for boys and 12 for girls.

Lacrosse is a contact sport. How safe is it?

The NLC is committed to maintaining the safety of the players above all else. Contact is limited by rule at the youth level. If a parent or player has any concern about this, they should not hesitate to let us know.  Boys lacrosse is a contact sport while girls lacrosse is not.  Boys U8/U10 levels stick checking is the only acceptable contact and at the U12 to U14 levels there are increasing levels of contact.  Our leagues have significant rules embedded at the varoius age levels maintain a safe atmosphere for all players.