Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How are the teams divided?
A: The teams are broken down into three age groups, U-16, U-14, and U-11. Within each of the age groups, there is a competitive team (“Lynx Team”) and a recreational team (“Rec Team”).
Q: When does the Spring season start?
A: Practices begin on April 30. Both Lynx and Rec teams will practice together on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. The Lynx teams will also meet on Friday nights.
Q: Where do we practice?
A: Wednesday night practices will be at the Westmount Recreation Center (in the hockey rink). Friday practices will be held at the King George Park and Sunday practices will be held at the Westmount Athletic Grounds. Apologies for the many locations, but practice facilities are hard to come by.
Q: Where are away games for travel?
A: There are a number of locations for away games. As games are scheduled, we will communicate the information to parents and players.
Q: How much does the program cost?
A: The Westmount Recreation program costs only $50 for the season. For those players who wish to play in competitive games, an additional registration will be required through the Westmount Lynx Lacrosse Club, which will cost an additional $200. The Club dues cover uniforms, referees, additional coaches salaries, etc.
Q: How does our family register?
A: Go to the Westmount Recreation web site for details.
Q: What is U.S. Lacrosse?
A: The national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse. Their website is: http://www.uslacrosse.org.
Q: What are the major differences between the Red and White teams?
A: For the Red teams, body contact is allowed above and checking sticks are allowed. For the White team, no body contact is allowed and modified stick checking at the U-14 and U-16 levels only.
Q: What is the uniform?
A: Westmount Rec will distribute shorts and pinnies. Westmount Lynx players will get a game jersey as well.
Q: Where do we get our uniforms?
A: Westmount Recreation will distribute the uniforms at one of the first practices. The Lynx will distribute jerseys as soon as they are ready.
Q: What equipment do we need?
A: Lacrosse Stick, Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Arm Guards, Gloves, Mouth Guard, and Athletic Supporter With Cup. Rib pads are optional. Footwear is personal choice; please wear sneakers in the gym, cleats are best on the grass. Please note that hockey helmets are sufficient for the U-11 teams. We suggest that WLX players avoid sticks that have narrow (“pinched”) heads as these sticks are designed for extremely advanced players.
Q: Where do we get our equipment?
A: From local retailers, sporting good stores or online. Below are some online vendors who sell ”starter kits” for first time players: