Billings Scorpion Lacrosse Club

2017 Season new player and parent informational meeting

About Lacrosse

  • Fastest Growing Sport in US
  • 70% of youth lacrosse players say they spend more time playing lacrosse than any other sport
  • Since 2013 Montana is the fastest growing chapter of US Lacrosse. LACROSSE PARTICIPATION IN MONTANA HAS GROWN BY 45%. The Arkansas Chapter is the second fastest growing USL Chapter at a mere 23%.
  • Nationally 82% of youth lacrosse players are at least a two sport athlete.
    • Most common boys sports- Football (38%), Soccer (31%)
    • Most common girls sports- Soccer (43%), Field Hockey (20%)
  • Growth rate at the college levels between 2000-2014 has almost a 50 point lead over the second fastest growing sport.
    • Women’s Lacrosse grew 109% (225 to over 470)
    • Men’s Lacrosse grew 95% (203 to over 350)
    • 57 new teams were created in 2016.
  • NCAA graduation average is 86%. Men 89% (#5), Women 96% (#4)
  • Notable Lacrosse players
    • Bill Belichick - Wayne Gretzky - Jim Brown

About us

  • We believe the ultimate goal of youth participation in sports should be to promote lifelong physical activity, recreation, and skills of healthy competition that can be used in all facets of future endeavors. We want players to be excited for practice and to enjoy lacrosse which is why we focus on having fun.
  • Formed in 2011 with 15 players ranging from 5th grade to sophomore
  • In 2016 we had 5 boys teams and 2 girls teams ranging from ages 6 to 15
  • Number of teams
    • 2011: 1 boys team
    • 2012: 2 boys teams
    • 2013: 3 boys teams 1 girls, 1 HS
    • 2014: 3 boys teams 1 girls, 2 HS
    • 2015: 4 boys teams 2 girls teams
    • 2016: 5 boys teams 2 girls teams
    • 2017: 5 boys teams, 2 girls, 1 girls HS

Montana Programs

Boys

  • Bozeman
  • Flathead
  • Kalispell
  • Great Falls
  • Helena
  • Missoula
  • Cody Wy

Girls

  • Bozeman (multiple teams)
  • Kalispell
  • Helena
  • Missoula (multiple teams)
  • Jackson Hole Wy

U13 and U15 State Championship tournament will be in Missoula Weekend after Memorial Day.

Girls HS State Championship is weekend before Memorial Day.

Registration

Boy’s

U9- $0

U11- $250

U13- $250

U15- $250

Girl’s

Elementary School- $250

Middle School- $250

High School- $250

Any registration after 1/14/2017 will incur a late fee charge of $50 per registration.

Multi player registration discount of $40 per additional child

Additional Costs

Boys

Starter Package approx. $180-$250

Helmet $99-$229 (we ask you get correct colors)

Shoulder Pad $18 -$100

Arm Pads $15-$126

Gloves $29-$221

Stick $40-$300

Mouth guard ??

Cup/Athletic Supporter ??

We recommend first year players spend no more than $200 as upgraded equipment is not necessary.

Girls

Starter Package approx. $90

Goggles $20 to $60

Soft Gloves optional $22-$50

Stick $30-$150

Mouth guard ??

US Lacrosse membership: $35 - includes US Lacrosse magazine and insurance while playing lacrosse

Shooter shirts are optional and not part of uniform and not part of uniform package being provided to you.

Uniform- First year player’s uniform will be free, a $130 value.

Program Costs

The average cost per player to the program is $429.51

Major program costs

  • Field Rental $12,000
  • Team expenses $5,000
  • Officiating $5,000
  • MLA Fee $2,000
  • Field Equipment $2,000
  • Coaches Equipment $2,500
  • Coaches with no players compensation $3,500

The average cost per player to the program is $429.51.

Major program costs

Equipment

DON’T buy a used helmet. You don’t know how old or type of abuse it has suffered.

Positions

Boys

1 Goalkeeper

3 Defenders

3 Midfielders

3 Attack

Girls

1 Goalkeeper

5 Attackers

6 Defenders

Boys and Girls differ in position terminology and duties.

U11 and U9 age groups play with 7 players total on a smaller field.

Winter Schedule

Spring Schedule

Travel Requirement

We would love to not have to travel but the fact of the matter is we typically have to travel on the weekends for games. Below are what a schedule would look like

2nd weekend april- Billings All teams

3rd weekend april- Boys Bozeman, girls Helena

4th weekend April- ½ boys and girls in Missoula, other half Bozeman

1st weekend May-Girls Billings, boys divided between bozeman and helena

2nd weekend in May- All teams at Helena

3rd weekend May Jackson Hole Wy all teams. Girls HS state championship in Great Falls

First weekend in June U13 and U15 boys and girls in Missoula State Championship.

Upgrading equipment

Below is the order that items should be upgraded

  • Mesh and professionally strung. Total Cost $20-$25
  • Head- Look to find an expensive one on sale. $60+
  • Shaft- Higher end shafts are lighter and stronger. $60+
  • Elbow pads depending on position. $60+
  • Helmet- better fit/increased protection. $140+
  • Shoulder pads. Wait until they outgrow them. Players will typically modify them as they get older. There are college players playing with one’s they got as freshman in high school.

Girls typically don’t upgrade much other than upgrading sticks.

My Child has Never Played

  • Don’t worry about being new. The average player has played for no more than 2-3 years.
  • At first there is a noticeable difference in skill but by end of season there will be no difference at all.
  • Lacrosse has skills which translate from many other sports. Triangle offense and defense from basketball, physicalness from football and hockey, spacing and endurance from soccer, increased shot speed from baseball and golf.

If a player were to spend 35-45 minutes a day doing wall ball they would not only catch up quickly they would surpass many returning players in stick skills.

Playing catch with parents is also a great way to get better if there is not a good wall nearby.

Indoor practices are all about new players learning the basics and for returning players to dust the cobwebs off.

If a player were to spend 35-45 minutes a day doing wall ball they would not only catch up quickly they would surpass many returning players in stick skills.

Playing catch with parents is also a great way to get better if there is not a good wall nearby.

Indoor practices are all about new players learning the basics and for returning players to dust the cobwebs off.

Parent Expectations

We believe there are 4 teams at any game each with a very specific and important role.

Coaches- Job is to run sidelines, make sure players are working hard, make necessary gametime corrections, and ensuring players are doing the best they can.

Officials- Keep game safe, enforce the rules, help manage the game, help educate players on rules.

Players- Have fun, work hard, be a good teammate, listen to coaches and officials.

Parents- Cheer in a positive manner for your player and all good lacrosse plays. If an opposing goalie makes an awesome save cheer for that KID as well. HONOR THE GAME and be a second-goal parent.

We believe there are 4 teams at any game each with a very specific and important role.

- Coaches- Job is to run sidelines, make sure players are working hard, make necessary gametime corrections, and ensuring players are doing the best they can.

Officials- Keep game safe, enforce the rules, help manage the game, help educate players on rules.

Players- Have fun, work hard, be a good teammate, listen to coaches and officials.

Parents- Cheer in a positive manner for your player and all good lacrosse plays. If an opposing goalie makes an awesome save cheer for that KID as well. HONOR THE GAME and be a second-goal parent.

Parent Expectations

Second-Goal Parent

Parents have an especially important role to play as a Second-Goal Parent who helps their child become a Triple-Impact Competitor who makes self, teammates and the game better.

A Second-Goal Parent recognizes that there is a Little Picture and a Big Picture in youth sports. The Little Picture concerns things like whether the child is playing the right position, the team is winning, etc. The Big Picture, which often gets drowned out by the Little Pictures, is about what the child is learning from youth sports.

There are two broad goals in youth sports: striving to win and building character so kids develop into successful, contributing members of society. As important as winning may seem, Second-Goal Parents let coaches and athletes worry about the first goal of scoreboard results. Second-Goal Parents have a much more important role to play: ensuring their children take away from sports lessons that will help them be successful in life. That is the Big Picture.If you embrace your role as a Second-Goal Parent, it will transform the way you see youth sports. It will help you seize the endless procession of teachable moments that will come your way again and again when you are looking for them.

What might have seemed like a disappointing loss or a failure by your child becomes an opportunity to reinforce resiliency. A tough competition in forbiddingly hot, cold, or nasty weather can prompt a conversation with your child about learning to enjoy challenges. Whether your child succeeds or fails on the playing field, you will be able to use the experiences to reinforce the kind of person you want him or her to be.

Second-Goal Parent

Parents have an especially important role to play as a Second-Goal Parent who helps their child become a Triple-Impact Competitor who makes self, teammates and the game better.

A Second-Goal Parent recognizes that there is a Little Picture and a Big Picture in youth sports. The Little Picture concerns things like whether the child is playing the right position, the team is winning, etc. The Big Picture, which often gets drowned out by the Little Pictures, is about what the child is learning from youth sports.

There are two broad goals in youth sports: striving to win and building character so kids develop into successful, contributing members of society. As important as winning may seem, Second-Goal Parents let coaches and athletes worry about the first goal of scoreboard results. Second-Goal Parents have a much more important role to play: ensuring their children take away from sports lessons that will help them be successful in life. That is the Big Picture.If you embrace your role as a Second-Goal Parent, it will transform the way you see youth sports. It will help you seize the endless procession of teachable moments that will come your way again and again when you are looking for them.

What might have seemed like a disappointing loss or a failure by your child becomes an opportunity to reinforce resiliency. A tough competition in forbiddingly hot, cold, or nasty weather can prompt a conversation with your child about learning to enjoy challenges. Whether your child succeeds or fails on the playing field, you will be able to use the experiences to reinforce the kind of person you want him or her to be.

Getting Involved

Field Lining/Field set up

Team Manager

Assistant Coach

Head Coach

Official

Corporate Sponsorship

Field Lining/Field set up.

Team Manager

Assistant Coach

Head Coach

Official

Corporate Sponsorship.

Girls Lacrosse Highlights

Boys Lacrosse Highlights

2017 Scorpion Presentation - Google Slides