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Timber Rattlers Lacrosse Frequently Asked Questions
What is lacrosse?
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. The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse -- the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball.

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Youth participation in the sport has grown over 77% since 2006 to nearly 400,000 in 2012. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 282,000 high school players. Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last nine years at the NCAA level with 671 college teams in 2012, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 500 college club programs, including nearly 200 women's teams that compete at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates level. (From the US Lacrosse website)


Who can play?  

Timberlane Youth Lacrosse (TYL) is open to boys and girls grades 1-8 who reside in the Timberlane School District as well as our neighbors in the Sanborn School District. At this time, girls are welcome to play in the boys group with boy’s rules. 

New participants are welcome to join TYL in any season at any age. 

These teams generally have two practices per week and play games on Sundays against teams from other local communities participating in New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA).


Players are assigned to a division based on school grade. Actual team structures will be based upon registration numbers and skill assessments.

·        8U – K through 2nd grades

·        10U – 3rd and 4th  grades

·        12U – 5th and 6th  grades

·        14U – 7th and 8th  grades

Is there a program for little ones?

The Little Rattlers program is designed for boys and girls Pre-K through 2 that have not played before. This program is designed to introduce the very basic fundamentals of lacrosse in a non-contact, fun setting. Our main goal is to foster a love of this amazing sport. Clinics will be run by experienced TYL coaches, former Rattler players & HS players from both Owl lacrosse teams. This program is held in the Fall.

When is registration?

When registration is underway, there will be a "Register" button on the left menu of our website. TYL will conduct online registration for the 2018 Lacrosse Spring season this year beginning October 1st thru December 31st. These deadlines are important so that we can order uniforms from our vendor.   

$45 Late Fee applies after 17th and Registration will close on Jan 31 2018.

When is the season?
Our season starts with indoor practices in late February or March. Indoor practices run 1 hour and are typically held at the Phanzone in Hampstead or Seacoast United in Epping. The outdoor season begins at the beginning of April or when the town fields are open. Games typically begin during the 1st week of April. The season runs until early to mid-June. Teams will play 4 home games and 4 away games.

All of these dates are subject to change, we play a Spring sport in New England!!)

Season ends with a fun 2 day tournament where all age groups participate. Details will be provided as the Festival date is announced.

Why is registration in the fall for the spring season?
While it seems early, there are a number of items that must be completed in late fall and early January including team submission to the leagues, uniform ordering, booking indoor practice time and coordinating field time with the town.

How do you register to play?  

All registration and payment is done through the TYL website.  Each parent must register their child for each season they wish to participate.
What does my registration fee go towards?  The fee covers referees, uniforms, indoor field time, field maintenance, team equipment (goalie equipment, goals, nets, balls cones, etc.), as well as NHYLA tournament fees.
Does TYL supply equipment?  TYL does not provide equipment for the children; however please inquire as we may have older players that have outgrown some equipment.

What equipment is required?  Required equipment for boys: stick, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, helmet (All helmets must be NOCSAE approved), colored mouth guard and athletic supporter/cup. Soccer or football cleats are acceptable. Baseball cleats are not approved. Fiddlesticks cannot be used.  WHITE HELMETS ARE THE PREFERRED COLOR.  
Where can I purchase equipment?  Equipment can be purchased from Dicks Sporting Goods, Lacrosse Monkey & Fast Break Sports in Derry. Online options are Comlax.com, LacrosseUnlimited.com and Lax.com. For used options: Play it Again Sports in North Reading.  
Does TYL supply uniforms?  For the Spring season (our primary season) all uniforms—jerseys, shorts AND shooter shirts—are provided by TYL as part of registration costs at all levels. Uniforms will be distributed once they arrive from our vendor. The uniforms  are for the player to keep.  Tanks and uniforms should washed in cold water and hung to dry. 

I love the logo where can I buy Rattlers apparel?

The Rattlers store is opened several times a year and will have many options for players and parents to choose from. You can purchase gear from t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and jackets. The store will have a link for you to purchase online at your convenience. Items are shipped right to your home!

Do all kids make a team?  THERE ARE NO CUTS. All children will make a team.

For Spring lacrosse, how many practices and games are there each week?  

Most teams will have practice two times a week. Practices are held usually late in the afternoon/ early evening during the week.  Older children may practice an additional day. Practices are held at Collins Park in Atkinson.

What is NHYLA? 
A: The Timber Rattlers Lacrosse program plays in the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association ( NHYLA). Our schedule and rules are set by NHYLA based on recommendations from US Lacrosse. The league also organizes a year end Festival.

 Where are games played? Games are played against other town teams in and around Timberlane School region. NHYLA schedules the games and attempts to make travel time within 45 minutes of your home field. The Rattlers home is Collins Park, 19 East Road Atkinson, NH 03811.

How do parents and players find out what’s going on?  

Check the TYL website:  www.timberlaneyouthlacrosse.org for general information, schedules, cancellations, training tips etc.  During the season you can also contact your child’s coach or team parent. We also have Facebook page and Instagram. Follow us!

How we communicate
All team specific communication will be via email from coaches. For those that selected the text messaging option during registration, you will receive both email and a text message to your phone.  If you want to turn this on or off, please go back to the web site and click the “edit my account” menu.  It is the last menu choice on the left side home page menus.  You can edit other contact information such as email addresses and phone numbers. Practice cancellations or game changes will be emailed, and posted to website. Please check your email frequently.

Parents looking to add an email to your account, can do so by logging in to your profile and adding a comma in the email section, then the new email address you would like to add. Parents manage this, the league and coaches do not.  

What is TYL all about?

Launched in 2003, TYL is an all-volunteer organization with an all-volunteer coaching staff and board members.  At all levels, the primary goal of board and our coaching staff is to teach the game of lacrosse and to ensure your children have fun while learning and playing.
How can I become a TYL coach?  

If you would like to become a coach within the TYL program, contact the President or Vice President on our Contacts page. TYL invests in it’s coaches and will pay for US lacrosse certification.

What is U.S. Lacrosse and why do we join? 

During registration, players will be directed to register with US Lacrosse. US Lacrosse provides accidental medical insurance coverage for all US Lacrosse members if they are injured while participating in lacrosse activities. This insurance coverage is different and separate from any personal insurance policy you may already have. Additionally, this insurance is a mandatory requirement for TYL to operate as it provides liability coverage for our club (all players and coaches must be members). In addition to the on-the-field insurance coverage, US Lacrosse membership includes many other benefits including a subscription to US Lacrosse magazine, how-to videos, articles and clinics, and members-only discounts on event tickets, gear and apparel.  

Memberships are 1 year in length, are paid directly to US Lacrosse and are non-refundable.  Note that many camps and clubs also require a membership so it is useful to keep your number where you can find it again. Their website is http://www.uslacrosse.org.

Your son’s coach has been through a certification process from US Lacrosse.  This includes online courses, background clearance and field training.  A component of the training involves the application of the Positive Coaching Alliance methodology.  For more information, please click the “About TYL” menu on the left side of our home web site page.  Coaches will communicate with their teams via email.  Please make sure to check email daily. 

My son/daughter plays another sport during the spring. Will this be a problem?

TYL does not require a player to be a lacrosse player exclusively. Some of our players, especially at the 8U and 10U levels, play another spring sport and this is not a problem as long as the coach is informed. We do ask that players make at least one of the two practices per week. If a player simply shows up for games, coaches and parents will address together. 

However, as the players get older emphasis on practice time increases. At the 12U and 14 U levels coaches are given the opportunity to make decisions about playing time based on practice attendance among other areas. For the most part, this is based on safety and fairness to players who have made lacrosse their spring sport of choice. At the 14U level, almost all of the players have chosen lacrosse as their spring sport of choice.  We understand that in some cases a player's winter sport runs over into the early spring and conflicts happen. All we ask is that you inform your child's coach and provide them with as much notice as possible.



My kid can’t get enough lacrosse! Are there other opportunities available that complement their Timber Rattlers Lacrosse experience?

Yes, there are several clinics, fall and winter leagues and club teams available. Please visit the “Local Clubs” page of our website and contact your coach or a league administrator for more information.   


How can I learn more about lacrosse?


Come watch and support our local Timberlane HS Owls in both the boys and girls programs. Division 1 NCAA lacrosse is often on ESPNU every Saturday in the Spring and it's a great way to see the game played at a high level. Division 2 Merrimack College in North Andover is a perennial Top ten lacrosse program. Many of our families support the professional MLL Boston Cannons as well that play at Harvard University.

This sport is awesome! How can I get involved?


TYL is a 100% volunteer organization so your offer to help will not fall on deaf ears. Coaches are always needed. If you do not have any prior knowledge of the game we will pair you with someone who does. We will also pay for your training. We also need people to help on game days by providing field support (timers and field administration)


Home and away game parent viewing
Parents watch games from the side of the field opposite the bench areas.  Do not sit on the end lines as you could be hit with a stray shot.  Please provide about 3-4 yards buffer area from the sideline.  Parents are encouraged to root for their son and to applaud good play from both teams.  Parents should not coach their son from the sideline. Coaches coach, parents provide emotional support.  Players become confused when parents provide conflicting feedback.  Good sportsmanship is an important life lesson for our players.  Coaches will remove a player from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct. This includes language, taunting or bullying of an opponent or teammate.  Any spectator that verbally harasses an official, opponent or opposing coach will be required to leave the field area.