Information for New Players

Box lacrosse is a great way to get your run on, make friends, build confidence, and learn teamwork and self-discipline.  But it’s mostly about fun!   

Lacrosse is open to all youth in the Comox Valley. Teams are gender inclusive (combined) in the Comox Valley from ages 5 to 16.  

The Season

The box lacrosse regular season runs from April to June.  Team practices can start as early as mid-February before the start of the season.  Competitive divisions may play into July. See details below.

The Game

View Lacrosse Rules Made Easy from BC Lacrosse.

View the Canadian Lacrosse Association Rule & Situation Handbook 2019-2020 and other Minor Box – Rules for U7, U9 and U11 play on the BC Lacrosse website.

Player Registration

Registration opens in January and is open until the end of March.

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.

There are options for financial support for registration fees.

The U9 team playing at Campbell River in 2023.

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

Do Children Need Previous Sports Experience to Play?

Lacrosse players run a lot, and play involves pivoting on your feet, and passing and catching.  Experience in other sports is not necessary in the Development Divisions as these divisions focus on player development and are non-contact.

There are transferrable skills from many sports and activities that develop hand-eye coordination and motor skills, from badminton to basketball!

The older the players, the quicker the play. New players in Competitive Divisions would benefit from previous sports experience, but it is not required. 

Interested in watching a game before participating?  Check out the Island game schedule in the spring for your child’s age group and join us cheering on the team at the Comox Valley Sport Centre arena on Vanier Drive. 

Winter Learn-to-Play School Program

CVLA volunteers and senior players bring lacrosse to elementary schools in partnership with School District 71.  Learn-to-Play sessions rotate through the schools. CVLA volunteers try to visit as many schools as possible each winter.  

Learn-to-Play Drop In Sessions

These friendly sessions are held in mid-January and early February.  Watch the website news for dates, time and locations. The schedule is dependent on available indoor gym space.   

These sessions focus on introducing new players to the game. No experience is necessary and players will be shown some basic skills, participate in fun drills and even scrimmage games.  Players do not need to be registered.  Parents/guardians will need to sign a waiver and release of claims for your child to participate.  

Players just need to bring a hockey helmet with cage and hockey gloves. Sticks are provided by the Association. Full equipment is not required.

Pre-Season Team Practices

 Drop-in style team practices start in mid-February through March before the regular season begins.  The schedule is dependent on available indoor gym space.   

These practices take place indoors in a gymnasium and outdoors at the Martin Park outdoor box. Practices at Martin Park are weather dependent. The Martin Park outdoor lacrosse box is located on 20th Street near Willemar Avenue in Courtenay.  

You are encouraged to register your player to participate in pre-season team practices, however new un-registered players are welcome provided that parents/guardians complete a waiver and release of claims. 

Your team manager or coach will let you know when all required equipment must be worn as we move closer to the beginning of the season.  View the equipment page to find out what gear your player will need.  

Goalies

Is your player interested in being a goalie?  Talk to your team manager or coach at practice.

Find out about goalie equipment. Goalies are not usually dressed until closer to the beginning of the season in March.

Regular Season Practices – April to June

Full equipment is mandatory for all players for these practices. Players must be registered to play.

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

When:  One-hour team practices take place twice each week, either on  

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

U7 and U9 team practices usually begin between 5 and 6 p.m. with older division teams taking the later time slots.  U13, U15 and U17 teams may have dryland training before box practice.

Where:  Once the ice is removed from the Sports Centre arena in April,

  • the first weekly practice is held in the Sports Centre arena at 3001 Vanier Drive, and
  • the second weekly practice is held at the Martin Park outdoor lacrosse box on 20th Street near Willemar Avenue in Courtenay.  U7 and U9 teams may also use the outdoor box at Highland Park in Comox.

Games

Games for all divisions start in April.  Teams play 12 to 14 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 to players, to confirm player availability, and to assign parent scorekeepers and timekeepers.

The typical box lacrosse regular season for each division:

U7, U9, and U11: Games start the third weekend of April and end the second weekend of June.

U13: Regular season games start the first weekend of April and end mid-June for playdowns.

U15: Regular season games start the first weekend of April and end mid-June for playdowns.

U17:  Regular season games start the first weekend of April and end first weekend of July for playdowns.

For U7, U9 and U11 divisions, Comox Valley participates in North Island group of teams that may include 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.  Teams travel for ‘away’ games. 

U13, U15 and U17 teams may choose to participate in “playdowns” in June and early July for the opportunity to play in BCLA Provincial Championships held in July.  When the season ends for these divisions depends on the dates of Provincial Championships each year.

Tournaments

Tournaments are a great way to team-build and to build friendships! 

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.

2022 Peewee B Island League Champions

The Association pays the tournament fees for one tournament for each team during the season. If a team wishes to attend a second tournament, tournament fees must be paid by the parents or through team fundraising. 

Parent Participation

There are a lot of opportunities for parent participation!  Parents can operate the clock and scoreboard for home games, and participate in team fundraising to support tournament and other team costs.  Your team manager will reach out to parents to learn these roles.

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

Additional parent participation is encouraged for any home tournaments or Provincial tournaments hosted by the Association.

The CVLA executive encourages parents to participate on the board. Contact the president to express your interest.  Find out more about the board.

Team Fundraising

Parents and players can participate in team fundraising to assist with team tournament travel, team shirts, and year end parties.  Fundraising is organized by team parent volunteers with support from the Association Head Manager or Fundraising Manager.

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.

U15 Bantam A2 2018 Photo Gallery