frequently asked questions
What is the Capital Lacrosse Club?
The Capital Lacrosse Club is one of the most competitive clubs in the country and is comprised primarily of players interested in playing women's lacrosse beyond high school. The Club’s goals are to develop high school lacrosse players through high quality coaching and tournament play, to develop highly competitive elite teams, and to help players find and explore options for playing college lacrosse. The Club puts an emphasis on participating in tournaments which will allow the Club’s players to be seen by college coaches.
What level of participation is expected of each family? (See Player Commitment Below)
Capital Lacrosse Club is a parent-run organization. There are many ways that families of a player may help including volunteering as team or tournament managers or participation on the Board of Directors. At a minimum, it is expected that each family will assist those managing tournaments and club functions by helping with logistics, food and drink, and site clean-up.
What level of player commitment is required?
There are very few legitimate reasons to miss a club commitment. Each player and one of her parents must sign the Participation Policy and Code of Conduct form acknowledging the expectation that each player will attend ALL practices, ALL tournaments and ALL team functions. Summer programs and family vacations are not reasons for excused absences from Club functions. If a player is unable to make the required commitment, she will jeopardize her position on the team and participation in the Club. The Club generally completes the summer season by late July. Tryouts for the following year are usually held the third weekend in August. The Participation Policy and Code of Conduct may be found under Documents on the Club website.
How much does participation in the club cost?
For the 2017-2018 season, the total fee per player is $2,580.00 which covers all practice, tournament, field and coach fees. Additional costs which are not covered in the annual fee include transportation, hotel and meal expenses. Financial aid may be available and inquiries may be directed to the Board President.
How are tryouts handled and how many players are selected?
Open tryouts are held for the rising freshman class in late August. For sophomore and junior class teams, tryouts will be held only for vacant positions. Returning sophomore and junior players will be evaluated as part of the Blue/Orange team formation process. On-field evaluations are managed by the Capital coaches and several outside evaluators. Tryouts for the freshman class roster are done “blind,” and players are not identified by name, school, or previous club affiliation. Team placement (Blue or Orange) will be made by the coaches after several subsequent practices. Individual team size will vary but generally each team carries between 18 and 22 field players and two goalies.
When and where are practices held?
Fall practices (September through November) are generally held on Sundays. Late spring and summer practices (June through late July) are generally held on weekday evenings (one to two per week). Practices are held at various sites in the Washington DC area including Alexandria City, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. Field space is a challenge for all youth sports, and CLC is making an ongoing effort to find and secure the best available fields throughout our region.
When and where are tournaments?
Tournaments are scheduled throughout the fall and summer and are selected to provide the best opportunities for the Club’s players to be seen by as many college coaches as possible. Many tournaments are in the local Washington-Baltimore area, but each year a few tournaments will require more distant travel with overnight stays. To obtain a current tournament schedule, look at the "Tournaments" section of our website.
Will each player have sufficient playing time to showcase her skills?
Team rosters are formed in order to allow each player the opportunity to showcase her skills. In all game and tournament situations, playing time is at the discretion of the individual coaches but should be reasonably balanced among players in good standing. Playing time can be affected by player attitude, attendance, effort, and coachability.
What assistance with the college recruitment process does the club provide to the individual player and her family?
CLC assists players in a variety of ways, including responding to and contacting college coaches on behalf of players, providing assistance in completing recruiting forms and acting as a guide through the recruiting process. Information sessions regarding college recruitment are held for the sophomore and freshman players and their parents.
CLC Director of Lacrosse, Denise Wescott has over 30 years of Division 1 college coaching experience and an unrivaled network of connections in the women's lacrosse community. She will provide personal assistance to help Capital players identify opportunities to play college lacrosse.
What happens if my daughter is injured and cannot play for a significant portion of the season?
As long as a player remains in good standing with her team and the Club, she will be afforded the same support all players receive in the recruiting process. Due to the significant fixed costs of running the Capital Lacrosse Club, no refunds will be available to players who are injured or otherwise cannot play. Players accepting an invitation to play for the Club are liable for the full year’s fee.
What happens if a returning player is injured and cannot participate in tryouts due to that injury? Will she have to tryout?
All players seeking membership in the club must complete a rigorous tryout and evaluation period. Occaisionally a returning player will become injured in such a manner that she is unable to fully participate in the evaluation process. In such cases the player will be placed on the same team that she had played on during the immediate preceding season. Once cleared to participate fully, the injured player will be evaluated for appropriate placement on EITHER the Blue or Orange team for her graduating class. Upon returning to active play for evaluation the player will be subject to the same expectations as all other players in her graduating class.
In all cases it is the expectation that the player attend CLC activities while unable to play due to injury or illness, provided that attendance does not risk further injury to the player, adversely affect recovery from the injury or illness, or expose other players to a contagious illness.
A player should notify the Directors about her injury or illness as soon as possible, and seek guidance from the Directors, coaches and trainers/doctors as to whether it is appropriate to attend certain activities.