How to Start a Lacrosse Team

by Mark Nero

Lacrosse is a growing and developing sport in North America, and as such, new teams and leagues sprout up from time to time. If you're looking to start a lacrosse team, the most important thing, after having the players of course, is having the money to do it. It takes money to pay for things like practice space and equipment, and also to pay for liability insurance to protect you and your team in case a player is injured.

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Step 1

Find enough willing and able players, and get coaches for them. Outdoor lacrosse teams consist of 10 players; indoor teams must have a minimum of 6. Players don't need to have extensive lacrosse experience, but they should at least have some knowledge of the game's rules and regulations, or a willingness to learn. Your team will also need paid or volunteer coaches who have the ability to teach the game's various basic offensive and defensive strategies and techniques.

Step 2

Develop an operating budget. Any lacrosse team has to set an amount of money that it will use to operate with. A financial system needs to be set up to pay for special equipment such as lacrosse sticks and team uniforms. Budget for the rental or purchase of a suitable outdoor field or indoor space where the team can practice for and play games.

Step 3

Acquire any special equipment that's to be used during games. Required equipment that's specific for the game of lacrosse includes 5 oz. lacrosse balls, team jerseys, helmets and gloves. Other items include special sticks to carry, catch and pass the balls; and arm, shoulder and knee pads. Experienced players may already have some equipment, such as the pads, but if matching jerseys are to be worn, they should be provided by team organizers.

Step 4

Find a suitable location to play and practice. Outdoor lacrosse is generally played on a large open field, so a similar type of space is needed for teams to practice on to simulate the playing of real games. Indoor teams need a wide, open space, as well. If your team will play at a high school or college, a designated space should be available; if not, inquire with the city or county government, or local land and building owners about acquiring playing space.

Step 5

Get insurance. Liability insurance is needed in case one or more players or coaches is injured during a game or practice. Numerous insurance providers are available who cover athletes and sports teams; ask for recommendations from managers and organizers of other lacrosse teams in your area, and find out whether your league has a special deal with an insurance provider and if your team can be added on. Also, do some comparison shopping to find the best deal.

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