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What is the Treasure Valley Youth Lacrosse League?  The Treasure Valley Youth Lacrosse League (TVYLL) is a developmental lacrosse league based in the Treasure Valley.  The goal of the league is to promote the game of lacrosse to all youth players regardless of experience. TVYLL is a non-profit organization run completely by volunteers who have a passion for the game.
 

Overview of Lacrosse?  See the Lacrosse 101 Tab for a great primer and overview of lacrosse.


How are teams formed?  All teams are formed based on geographical area.  If there are enough players in one geographical area to create more than one team, the players will be placed onto teams to balance talent.  Each year we have new players coming into the league at all age levels as well as players moving from one age group to the next.  Because of the growth, the league cannot guarantee placement of players onto a selected team or with a selected coach.

Who can play?  Boys and girls 1st through 8th grade. The 9th through 12th grade boys and girls play in the high school league (IHSLL and TVWLL).  
Age brackets are divided by grade 8U (Grade 1-2), 10U (Grade 3-4), 12U (Grade 5-6) & 14U (Grade 7-8).


Per the Idaho Sports Association guidelines, however, players that have reached high school (or equivalent) in that the players are in 9th grade, are not eligible to play in the youth league regardless of their date of birth.

Teams will be created by geographic location.  This allows players to begin to play with teams that are in your neighborhood area .  

 
When is the lacrosse season?  
                Spring lacrosse is the largest program offered by TVYLL.  Registration starts in October and continues until January 31.  Registration deadline is listed for each season on the registration page. 
Teams are formed in February with practice starting the last week in February.  Games start the week before spring break for all age groups.   
Games are scheduled for Monday through Friday evenings (Saturday games are only scheduled for the Day of Lacrosse which marks the end of the season.)  Some divisions will have playoff and championship games following the final week of games.  The championships and consolation games are played on Saturday during Day of Lacrosse. Field availability may require some game play on Saturdays but this is usually a rare event or to accommodate visiting teams. 
                Fall lacrosse   League play will consist of regular season games with 6 games with playoff and Monster Mash End of Season tournament. Registration opens in late May and closes mid August.
Practices begin in early September and the season ends the Saturday before Halloween. 
Games are scheduled for Monday through Friday evenings (Saturday games are only scheduled for Monster Mash which marks the end of the season.)  

                Summer lacrosse programs are offered through Idaho Lacrosse Association (ILA).  Travel teams are formed during the year for experienced players.  These travel teams are run through other organizations and are posted on Idaho Lacrosse Association website and are under the Travel Team tab on our website.

When and how often are practices and games held?  Most coaches hold practice in the evenings to allow for parents to transport their players to the field (usually 5:30 to 6:00 start times).  Games are scheduled for start times of 5:30pm and 7:00pm when running back to back games or at 6:00pm if only one game is being played on the field that evening.  Most weeks will consist of 2 evenings of practice and 1 evening of game play.  Toward the end of the season, some teams may play two games in a week.  Pre-season: Coaches may have 3 regular practices and a 4th optional practice for skill building until games start, then we ask coaches to spend a maximum of three evenings a week with the team (practice or games) after games have started.

Where are the practices and games played at?   The teams are assigned by age group and geographically.  Coaches usually find practice locations in the geographical area that the team is comprised from.  These include community parks and local schools.  Games are played at Ann Morrison Park in Boise and Settlers Park in Meridian.  Additional fields are being evaluated in Meridian, Eagle, and the western Treasure Valley. 

Who will coach my team?  Coaches are most likely parents of other players on the team or other members of the lacrosse community who are passionate about teaching young players.  The league provides coach training through the Positive Coaching Alliance for head coaches as well as providing lacrosse specific training to any parents who wish to take on the role of a team head coach or assistant coach.  If you are interested in volunteering to head or assistant coach, please contact the boy’s director (email boysdirector@tvyll.com) or the girl’s director (email girlsdirector@tvyll.com) for more information or check those boxes during the registration process.

How many games will be played?  The number of games that are played depends on the season and age division your player is registered for.  The spring season generally consists of 8 games for the boys along with an end of season playoff and Day of Lacrosse game.  The girl’s spring season consists of a similar schedule.  Fall lacrosse is a shorter season with 6 games and a Monster Mash end of Season fun Tournament. 

What are the costs associated with playing youth lacrosse?  The costs associated with playing lacrosse would be registration cost and equipment cost.  The equipment costs will vary depending on if you play girls or boys lacrosse and if you decide to rent or purchase.
                Girl’s lacrosse equipment that must be purchased:  a women’s game specific stick, eye guard, and a colored mouth guard. Rental Equipment is available. 
                Boy’s lacrosse equipment that must be purchased:  a men’s game specific stick, a colored mouth guard, and a protective cup.  It is highly recommended that turf shoes or cleats be worn as well (no metal spikes).  In addition to the above equipment, the boy’s game requires the following protective gear – helmet, gloves, arm guards, and shoulder pads.  This equipment is available for purchase from most local sporting goods stores or can be rented from TVYLL.  The rental equipment is available on a first come first serve basis for players registering before late registration.  Most of the rental gear is aimed at the younger age players.  If you are purchasing equipment for your player in the 7thor 8thgrade, please make sure that equipment colors will match with your targeted high school colors.

What is included in the registration fee?  The registration fees will cover the cost of the league-sponsored games for the season –  fields, officials, game supplies & jersey rental.   The U.S. Lacrosse membership fee is separate, this covers a full year of lacrosse.  This fee includes membership, insurance, and a subscription to the organizations magazine.  Players will have to pay the U.S. Lacrosse fee if their membership expires before May 31st for the Spring and Oct 31st for the Fall.   USL Membership is good for 12 months.  


What are the refund policies?  Email refund requests to: treasurer@tvyll.com

 

  Registration Refund Policy:
     Requests made anytime prior to uniform distribution will be reimbursed for the full amount of registration.  
     Requests made after uniform distribution will be reimbursed 1/2 of the registration fees.  
     No refunds will be granted after games begin.
     Late fees will not be refunded.

  Equipment Rental Refund Policy:
     Requests made anytime prior to equipment pick-up date will be reimbursed for the full amount of rental.
     Requests made after the equipment has physically been picked up will be reimbursed at 1/2 of the rental fees, and will be processed AFTER all          issued equipment has been returned.
     No refunds will be granted after practices have started.


Are there financial scholarships available?  TVYLL does offer financial assistance to players in case of hardships.  Please go to the Financial Aid Request page on the TVYLL website to apply.  All applications will be reviewed after the regular registration period ends.  Grant awards will be made around the middle of February and recipients will be notified at that time.  Only requests made during regular registration period will be eligible for this review.  Most grants are awarded at 50% of registration and 50% of equipment rental.  

Are there volunteer opportunities?  The Treasure Valley Youth Lacrosse League is entirely comprised and run by volunteers.  There are opportunities to give back to this game by helping on the team level or league level.  If you are interested in volunteering at the league level, please email  .  If you are interested in volunteering at the team level, please check selected volunteer opportunities during the registration process.  

Are there employment opportunities? 
Officials: The lacrosse community is looking for youth officials for both boys and girls divisions.  If you are interested in learning how to officiate youth games, there is official’s training available through the Idaho Women’s Lacrosse Umpires Association for girls (email  ) or through the Idaho Lacrosse Officials Organization for boys (email  @gmail.com).

Field Managers:  TVYLL is looking for individuals to manage setting up and breaking down the bench area for each field area that we use during the regular season.  If you are interested in learning more about this function, please email
 info@tvyll.com.