Information For New Players

This page provides general information to families who are interested in participating in minor box lacrosse.  While we have done our best to provide up to date and accurate information here, this information may change without notice based on Provincial, Island and local lacrosse association rule and policy changes.

The Season

The typical box lacrosse regular season for each division:

U7/U9/U11: Games start third weekend of April until second weekend of June.

U13: Games start first week of April and end mid-June

U15: Games start first week of April and end last weekend of June

U17: Games start first week of April and end first weekend of July

Team practices may be called by the team coach in March before the start of the season. 

U13, U15 and U17 teams may choose to participate in “playdowns” in late June and early July for the opportunity to play in BCLA Provincial Championships held in July.

Player Registration

Registration opens in January.

You are encouraged to register early to confirm your child’s place on a team, subject to sufficient numbers to field a team in that division.  It also allows the Association to allocate coaches, set practice times, and declare teams as early as possible. 

The maximum team size is 18 runners and 2 goalies.  After the maximum registrations for a division are received, a wait list will be established. Additional teams in each division will be determined at the sole discretion of the Association based on the number of players on the wait list.

Registration fees support is available from KidSport and JumpStart programs.

Do Children Need Previous Sports Experience to Play?

No experience is necessary, but may be helpful for new players in Completive Divisions.  Lacrosse involves running, pivoting, and passing.  There are transferrable skills from many sports and activities, such as basketball and hockey, as well as any activity that develops hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

Player Divisions

Development Divisions (non contact)

U7 (Mini Tyke) – ages 5 and 6 in the calendar year

U9 (Tyke) – ages 7 and 8 in the calendar year

U11 (Novice) – ages 9 and 10 in the calendar year

Competitive Divisions (contact play)

U13 (Peewee) – ages 11 and 12 in the calendar year

U15 (Bantam) – ages 13 and 14 in the calendar year

U17 (Midget) – ages 15 and 16 in the calendar year

Practices

One-hour team practices typically take place on  

  • Monday and Wednesday evenings, OR
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

 

Once the ice is removed from the Sports Centre in April, the first weekly practice is held in the Arena 2, and the second practice is held at the Martin Park outdoor lacrosse box on 20th Street in Courtenay.  Practices at Martin Park are weather dependant. 

U7 and U9 team practices usually begin at 5:30 or 6 p.m. with older division teams taking the later time slots.

Team practice days are usually determined in early March based on coach availability.

Pre-Season Drop In Sessions

These sessions focus on introducing new players to the game and take place in February in a gymnasium space. Players need a hockey helmet with cage and hockey gloves. Sticks are provided.

Pre-Season Team Practices

Team coaches in may call team practices in March before the season begins. These practice take place in gymansiums or at the Martin Park box. Players should wear the required equipment.

Games

Games for all divisions start in April starting with U17.  Teams may play from 10 to 12 games in the season. The game schedule is developed by the Island Commission at the end of March. CVLA team managers use the TeamSnap app to send out the schedule and confirm player availability. 

For U7, U9 and U11 divisions, Comox Valley participates in North Island group of teams including Campbell River, Oceanside (Parksville-Qualicum), Port Alberni, Nanaimo, and Cowichan. Games are held on weekends and teams travel to these communities for ‘away’ games.

U13, U15 and U17 division games are held from Campbell River to Victoria throughout the season.

Tournaments

Each team typically attends at least one tournament during the season. Younger divisions usually attend on-Island tournaments. Older division teams may choose to travel off-Island.

The Association funds one tournament for each team during the season. If a team wishes to attend a second tournament, tournament fees must be paid by the team.

Parent Participation

Parents are expected to help operate the clock and scoreboard for home games, and participate in team fundraising to support tournament and other team costs. 

Parents can also participate as team manager and assistant positions and team coach and assistant coach positions.  Coach and referee clinics are held in February and March, usually in Nanaimo.

Additional parent help is necessary for any home tournaments or Provincial hosted tournaments.