Which club should I register my child with this Spring?
Brigade Lacrosse serves those families within the western part of Prince William County.
When will Spring registration open?
Registration for the spring season usually opens in October. Be sure to join our mailing list so you do not miss any announcements or updates.
When will assessment begin?
We begin assessments in January.
What are assessments?
Assessments are an opportunity for our coaches to determine the level of lacrosse ability and/or skill in each player. There will be assessments for each age group. During assessments, players will participate in several different drills. Players are encouraged to attend as many of the assessments that are appropriate for their age group so coaches can properly determine the child's ability and skill level.
How are the teams determined?
Once assessments have been completed, coaches will make their player selections. Teams are broken up into three types:
Our “A” level teams is for our most advanced players, the “Upper B (UB)” teams are for intermediate players, and the “Lower B (LB)” teams are for novice or less experienced players.
If your child is selected for the "A" team, please expect a higher level of team commitment. If your child intends to play more than one sport in the spring season, you may want to consider not having your child play on an "A" team.
When are games played?
Girl’s games are typically on Sundays and boys on Saturdays, although with increasing demands on fields, anticipate games on Saturdays or Sundays. All game times will vary.
Where are games played?
Home games are played in the Gainesville area of Prince William County typically at Gainesville Middle School. Away game locations are dependent upon the opponent, but are held in Northern Virginia.
How long is the season?
The first games of the season are usually scheduled around the end of March. Teams will play an eight game regular season schedule that usually concludes the weekend before Memorial Day weekend. The regular season is followed by two weekends of playoff games, starting the weekend AFTER Memorial Day weekend. (this is subject to change by our parent league NVYLL).
When is the first practice?
The first team practices will be late February/early March. This depends on when the county allows us to use their fields, as well as favorable weather conditions. Once the coaches have made their player selections, they will notifiy their team regarding practice time and location. Practices are usually two or three days a week, in the late afternoon or early evening. Practice schedules are not finalized unil a week before practice begins.
Can I request a coach?
No, due to the amount of players in our league we are unable to accomodate requests for certain coaches.
What equipment will my child need?
Shoulder pads, elbow pads, helmet, stick, mouthpiece and protective cup (all of which must be provided by player)
All goalie chest protectors must be designed for lacrosse and meet the NOCSAE performance standard, ND200. All products that meet the NOCSAE standard, ND200, must be certified by the Safety Equipment Institute and include the NOCSAE Lacrosse label.
Beginning in 2022, all field players in the boys’/men’s game must have shoulder pads or protectors that also meet the NOCSAE performance standard, ND200.
Eye protection, mouthpiece, girl's stick (all of which must by provided by player)
All girls’ and women's eyewear must meet the current ASTM performance standard, F3077, and be certified to be legal for play. Look for the SEI mark on your product and check the SEI online listing for product certification.
Do you have a summer league?
No, but there are numerous travel clubs throughout Northern Virginia which have tryouts for their summer and/or year-round programs.
Do you have a fall league?
No, but we do conduct lacrosse clinics which usually begin in September and run approximatly eight weeks. Registration begins in August.