Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility for United Youth Lacrosse

Families with home addresses zoned for Agoura or Oak Park or Westlake Village High Schools or families currently enrolled in the Oak Park School District will be eligible to play in the combined youth program. Any families living in Calabasas west of Las Virgenes Rd. or in the Calabasas Colony or Malibu Canyon areas would be eligible to play for our combined program. Calabasas families living east of Las Virgenes Rd. and/or not in the Calabasas Colony or Malibu Canyon areas would be eligible for the San Fernando Valley youth lacrosse program.

When will the season begin?

See below for the tentative schedule.

Practices Begin Late February/Early March Jamboree 3/27 & 3/28* No Games - Easter Weekend 4/4 Regular Season Week 1 4/10 & 4/11* Regular Season Week 2 4/17 & 4/18* Regular Season Week 3 4/24 Regular Season Week 4 5/1 Regular Season Week 5 5/8 Regular Season Week 6 5/15 Regular Season Week 7 5/22 Regular Season Week 8 6/5 *If field availability allows - play all games/double headers on Saturdays

More details will be provided in February.

What are the age groups for the 2020 season?

There are 5 age divisions for Boys Youth Lacrosse. Age is determined as of 9/1 in the calendar year prior to the season (i.e., age as of 9/1/2020 will be used to determine eligibility for the 2021 Spring Season).

  • Boys/Girls Under 6

  • Boys Under 8

  • Boys Under 10 (Stripes & Stars)

  • Boys Under 12 (Stripes & Stars)

  • Boys Under 14 (Stripes & Stars)

There are 4 age divisions for Girls Youth Lacrosse. Age is determined as of 9/1 in the calendar year prior to the season (i.e., age as of 9/1/2020 will be used to determine eligibility for the 2021 Spring Season).

  • Girls/Boys Under 6

  • Girls Under 10

  • Girls Under 12

  • Girls Under 14

How many teams in each age group?

Number of teams will be determined by number of players registered for each age group.

What if my child has never played lacrosse before?

Beginner players are strongly encouraged to play, regardless of skill level. Basic lacrosse skills (catching, throwing, cradling, shooting, ground balls) are taught and practiced at every practice.

An “equitable” playing time approach guarantees that all kids will see playing time, regardless of skill level.

If your child is interested in lacrosse, please buy them a lacrosse stick and ball ASAP and start practicing. YouTube has numerous helpful videos demonstrating basic lacrosse skills and techniques.

Fall clinics are offered by LA Mavericks: Visit their website for more information http://www.lamavericks.com/

What are the rules?

See the following links:

Boys lacrosse US Lacrosse Rules - Boys

Girls lacrosse US Lacrosse Rules - Girls

How physical is lacrosse?

Boy’s lacrosse is a contact sport. However, U9 has a no checking rule (no body-checking and no stick-checking) and U11 has a no body-checking rule. Player safety is a primary concern and focus in our league.

Girl’s lacrosse is a non-contact sport.

How is the league run?

The Southern California Lacrosse Association (SCLA) is the governing body for Youth Lacrosse in our area. The SCLA coordinates administrative logistics (rules, game schedules, game dates, game locations, referees, rankings, playoffs, etc.)

The following towns have their own Youth Lacrosse programs that participate in the SCLA: Agoura, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Simi Valley, San Fernando Valley, Ventura and Pasadena.

Each town is responsible for registering eligible players, establishing teams, securing coaches, buying uniforms and coordinating the Youth program in their respective town. The CVS United Lacrosse Association is responsible for this activity for kids eligible to play for Agoura, Westlake, and Oak Park.

If you live in a town that does not have its own Youth Lacrosse league or if that town cannot field a team at your age group, you are also eligible to play for CVS United Lacrosse, pending SCLA approval.

Where are games? How many?

Actual game fields, dates and times will not be available until early/mid February. Games last approximately 1 hour. Historically, there has been a “Jamboree” at the beginning of the season where each team gets 3 pre-season games, followed by 8-9 regular season games and a one weekend playoff. Many of the games will be played at Arroyo Vista in Moorpark; however, due to the SCLA's town-based structure, you may have to travel to Simi Valley, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and/or Pasadena. Please note that game times and locations change regularly during the season. Flexibility and patience are required.

Where will we practice?

Practice fields have not yet been determined. We are currently working on it.

What equipment does my child need?

Boys: See the following link: Boys equipment

Girls: See the following link: Girls equipment

Lacrosse Unlimited in Westlake Village and Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Thousand Oaks Mall have the best selection of equipment and the most knowledgeable staff.

What about uniforms?

The 2021 uniform colors will be some combination of Red, White and Blue. The design has not yet been finalized. It will represent a “united” town theme. Details will be released later in the season.

How will teams be determined?

Players will be assigned to teams to ensure the combined program is able to field as many teams as possible. It will be up to the “United” board to allocate players to teams regardless of legacy boundaries but will make every effort to roster teams in the best interest of fair and balanced competition for all SCLA teams, not just the “United” program.

Will my son/daughter be able to play with their friends?

Possibly. You will have the opportunity to request three friends during the registration process. Players will be assigned to teams to ensure the combined program is able to field as many teams as possible. It will be up to the “United” board to allocate players to teams in the best interest of fair and balanced competition for all SCLA teams, not just the “United” program. We will do our best to accommodate those requests, but can not make any guarantees.

What are Stars vs Stripes teams?

For Boys U10, U12 and U14, the league allows programs to field Stars teams (made up of more experienced / more talented players) and Stripes teams (made up of less experienced / less talented players). Stars teams from our program will play against Stars teams from other Towns. Stripes teams from our program will play against Stripes teams from other Towns. The “United” board and coaches will assess players at the U10, U12, U14 program during the first 2-3 weeks of practice and will assign players to appropriate teams in the best interest of player development. All decisions regarding Stars vs Stripes assignments are at the full discretion of the “United” board. However, if you son would prefer to opt out of consideration for placement on a Stars team – please let us know. Opting out of placement on a Stars team can increase the probability of friends playing together on a Stripes team.

What is Floating?

Floating describes a scenario where a player who is rostered on one team is able to play a game(s) for another team. Our league allows for floating on a limited basis. Floating rules include:

  • Floating is allowed within the same division (i.e., from one Under Boys 10 Stripes team to another Under Boys 10 Stripes team or from one Under Boys 12 Stars team to another Under Boys 12 Stars team)

  • Floating is allowed from Stripes to Stars within the same age group (i.e., from one Under Boys 12 Stripes team to an Under Boys 12 Stars team)

  • Floating down a division is NOT allowed (i.e., players are NOT allowed to float from a Boys Under 14 team to a Boys Under 12 team)

  • Floating from Stars to Stripes is NOT allowed (i.e., players are NOT allowed to float from a Boys Under 14 Starts team to a Boys Under 14 Stripes team)

  • Individual players are only allowed to float a maximum of 3 times throughout the season

  • Notify your coach, Team Parent and/or Division Director if you have a need to float; those discussions should occur prior to game days

How do I register?

Details to follow...

When will registration be open?

Before end of October.

When does registration close?

Details to follow...

What will registration fees be?

See table below:


Division/Other FeesBoys & Girls U6 $150Boys U8 $225Boys U10 $350Boys U12 $375Boys U14 $400Girls U10 $300Girls U12 $325Girls U14 $350Early Registration Discount $0Family Discount $50 per siblingUS LAX Membership Required? No

Why does it cost so much?

United Lacrosse is a not-for-profit entity and has a 100% volunteer board of directors. CVS United Lacrosse and the SCLA have many significant expenditures including: coaching fees, uniforms, field rental, referee fees, insurance, and equipment.

Will I get a refund if the season is cancelled due to COVID or other reasons?

A full refund will be provided if the season is cancelled prior to February 19th.

A partial refund will be provided if the season is cancelled on or after February 19th; the amount of the refund will be prorated for the cost of uniforms, and/or other expenses incurred through the date of cancellation (i.e., the cost of coach payments, field reservations, insurance, and other league related fees and expenses, etc.)

Will I get a refund if my son/daughter has to quarantine?

No.

What is the refund policy if my son or daughter decides to quit?

75% refund if requested before the first practice. 50% refund if requested before the first game. No refunds after the first game.

How can I help?

We are always in need of experienced lacrosse coaches to take on head or assistant coaching roles. If your son or daughter is a High School lacrosse player and interested in getting community volunteer hours credit as an assistant coach, please email cvsunitedlax@gmail.com

Who do I contact with questions?

Please email cvsunitedlax@gmail.com