Queen Anne Quick Styx: FAQ's

Who can register for QAQS?
Athletes who reside in the Seattle School District west of I-5.  If you live outside these limits and you wich to play for QAQS must submit a waiver request form by no later than 1/23/13.

How do I register an athlete?

Registration information can be found under the Handout page.   The registration for your age group, code of conduct and concussion form must be completed, signed  and returned with a check for registration fees to the Registrar.  Additionally, all athletes must be members of US Lacrosse (valid through June 2013).

 



How much does it cost?

Fees are different for each age group.  Please see the registration form or division page for your program.

US Lacrosse membership is $25 for Elementary and Middle School athletes.

US Lacrosse membership link:

https://secure.uslacrosse.org/default.cfm?fuse_action=NewMem



Why do players have to join US Lacrosse?

It is a requirement for us to maintain our insurance coverage.  US Lacrosse provides insurance riders to our club for practices and games at the facilities we use. There are other player benefits as well.

 



At what age can my daughter start playing lacrosse?

The Quick Styx will have at least one team at all four girls youth levels ranging from grade 2 to grade 8.

 



What are the team colors?
Maroon and Gold

Where are games played?

Our home games and practices are currently played at the Queen Anne Bowl in Seattle.

Away games are played in Western Washington communities ranging from Bellingham to South Tacoma and Puyallup.   We will travel as far east typically as the Sammamish Plateau and we will have an occasional trip to Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island or the Kitsap Peninsula.

 



Are lacrosse games played in the rain?

Yes, lacrosse is an all weather sport.  Unless the weather is extreme, expect games and practices to be held.  Your first method of decisions of games and practices is to contact your team's coach.

Lightning - At the first sight of lightning, ALL players, coaches, managers and parents will move from the field to an area of safety.   Games will not resume until the official has made the determination that the field of play is safe.  Practices will suspended.

 



When is the lacrosse season?
The season typically starts in late February and will end in early June.

Where can you get equipment and how much does it cost?

Local stores include Breakaway Lacrosse which is geared for the lacrosse enthusiast.  Three GI's has in the past carried a very limited supply of lacrosse gear.  Some major sports stores carry lacrosse equipment or you can buy it online at a number of retailers: Sports Her Way, Lacrosse Monkey, Sport Stop and Lax World are just a few.

For girls: stick, mouth guard and protective eye wear.  Prices vary but you can plan on about $80 to $150.

 



Is there a difference between the boys' and girls' games?
YES! Not only do the rules differ, but the equipment does too. Perhaps the biggest difference is that boys'game is considered a contact sport (checking is allowed at all levels) whereas the girls' games is considered a finesse sport.  Currently the only checking allowed in the youth programs is at the U-15 level where there are modified stick checking rules.  No stick checking is allowed above the shoulders or with any empty stick.

Who are the Officials?

Washington Women's Lacrosse Umpire Association (WWLUA) exists to promote and facilitate a safe environment for women’s lacrosse; train and rate new officials, develop and retain higher-rated officials, and contribute to the overall values of sportsmanship and teamwork in the State of Washington

The league recruits refs to be trained via WWLUA clinics to become junior, apprentice, local and district umpires. Trained and certified referees are paid per game fees along with travel fees. We encourage family members to fully learn the game of girl's lacrosse by going to the WWLUA training. Please contact your team manager or a board member for more information or go to http://www.wwlua.org/join.html for more information about training dates. 



Lacrosse is a contact sport, how safe is it?

QAQS and WAGLAX are committed to maintaining the safety of the players above all else. Contact is limited by rule for Youth/Middle School play. There is NO stick contact or "checking" allowed at the 3/4 and 5/6 level of play. Checking is the striking of an opponent’s stick head in an effort to dislodge the ball. Stick checks should be controlled, short, quick taps.   A defender may never check toward the head or body. The modified version of checking is employed at grades 7 and 8. A defender may not check a stick head that is above the opponent’s shoulder. To counter the advantage this gives the player with the ball, a 3-second count is employed when the defender has both hands on her stick and is in good position to check a stick that is above the ball handler’s shoulder. If the player with the ball doesn’t reposition her stick away from the defender or pass the ball by the end of the 3-second count, it is considered a minor foul and possession is awarded to the defender.



Equipment and Protective Gear

The Crosse: The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood, or synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. A girl's crosse must be an overall length of 35 1/2 - 43 1/4 inches. The head of the crosse must be seven to nine inches wide. The pocket of the stick must be strung traditionally; no mesh is allowed. The top of the ball when dropped in the pocket must remain even with or above the side walls. The goalkeeper's crosse may be 35 1/2 - 48 inches long. The head of the crosse may be mesh and up to 12 inches wide.

The Ball: The ball must be yellow and made of solid rubber. The ball must be 7.75 - 8 inches in circumference and weigh 5 - 5.25 ounces.

The Mouthpiece: All players must wear colored mouth guards  with no part extending out of the mouth.  There are guards made especially for players with braces.

The Eye Protection:  Allplayers must wear ASTM certified women's lacrosse eye protection.

Protective Equipment: Close-fitting gloves, nose guards, and soft head gear are  optional, and may be worn by all players.

The Goalkeeper's Equipment: The goalkeeper must wear a face mask and helmet with a mouth guard, throat protector and chest protector. The goalkeeper may wear padding on hands, arms, legs, shoulders and chest which does not excessively increase the size of those body parts. All goalkeeper gear is provided by QAQS.