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Spring 2021 - Program Plans

We know you are all eager and excited to get back to playing lacrosse in 2021, and we are looking forward to getting back out onto the fields again this Spring as well. We have been considering many different options for how to return to the field. We want to maintain a good environment that allows for both socially responsible participation and beneficial lacrosse development for the players.

At its heart, NCLA is a program dedicated to development of lacrosse as a sport, and to the development of young athletes and we want to support your families with the best and safest opportunities we can.

Please take some time to review our plans for Spring 2021 programs below. Also, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll share news and program updates when we have them.

If you have any questions regarding our programs feel free to reach out [email protected]  (RALEIGH SITE) or [email protected] (SOUTH WAKE)

Spring Recreational Programs Will Begin on February 20th

The spring recreational program will be for players of all experience levels from the 8U to 14U age groups. 

Divisions (based on birthdate)as per US Lacrosse Age determination:
- 8U: Born Sept 1, 2012 - Aug 31, 2014
- 10U: Born Sept 1, 2010 - Aug 31, 2012
- 12U: Born Sept 1, 2008 - Aug 31, 2010
- 14U: Born Sept 1, 2006 - Aug 31, 2008 (NOTE: older 8th graders born outside this range may participate in this group)

Practice Times:
- Practices will begin February 20th and continue on Saturdays until Daylight Savings Time begins.
- Beginning March 15, practices will be 2 weekday evenings, 6:00-7:30 pm,  (NOTE: 8U practices only 1 evening per week)
    Please note, we are unable to determine practice days prior to February; practices will be either Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs. We will release this information as soon as possible

Practice Sites:
RALEIGH  - Kiwanis Park 2525 Noble Rd Raleigh     
SOUTH WAKE -  Pierce Farm Fields 8632 Pierce Olive Rd Apex NC
- After the time change, we will be able to practice on weekday evenings. 

Games will begin around   March 21. NO GAMES EASTER WEEKEND (April 3)
All games will be played at the Pierce Farm Fields in Apex.

We will consult with other programs to see if additional games can be schedule

- Our season will end on May 1st. 

- Each player must provide their own girls lacrosse stick, goggles and a colored mouth guard
- We encourage those new to lacrosse to ask us about equipment purchasing (see our FAQ page)
- Uniforms are provided by NCLA ($70 deposit returned upon receipt of uniform at the end of the season)

- 8U: $200
-10U: $210
-12U: $225
-14U: $225

Registration fees cover:
- Coaches Stipends
- Field Rentals
- Officials fees
- Required Team Insurance
- Team equipment and administrative costs


Game Play Featuring Smaller Teams, Olympic Format

Starting March 21, we will begin playing games on Saturday mornings.

Our games will be played “in-house” – meaning we will play other teams within our own organization. Games will be in a 6 v 6 format on a smaller field.  There will be 5 field players and a goalkeeper on the field for each team.

The 6 v 6 concept is one that is recognized by US Lacrosse’s Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM).  

There are many benefits to this format:

  • Small sided play allows for players to have more touches
  • Coaches and players have more involvement
  • Game play is faster and more fun!  

The LADM is encouraging for players of all levels.  World Lacrosse, which is the international governing body for lacrosse, has been developing the 6 v 6 format for the 2028 Summer Olympic games


COVID Precautions

After a successful fall program, with no issues and lots of learning about how to deal with masks and distancing on the field, we believe that we can do this!

As we did in the fall, NCLA will observe all state requirements with respect to group gatherings, cleanliness and social distancing. All of our plans are subject to change based on these requirements.

We will also be following recommendations provided by US Lacrosse for returning to play. That means that we may make requests of our players or parents in order to ensure a safe and healthy environment, which may include wearing a mask, sanitization, temperature taking, providing waivers or other actions.

Parent Participation

Smaller teams means more organization will be required to ensure a successful season and positive playing experience for all age groups. We’ll need help coaching and managing teams across the board.
Please email [email protected] or [email protected] if you are willing to assist a team at any level or age group! We can provide training, so no experience is necessary.


Registration opens on January 4, 2021.  We encourage early registration for all age groups! The sooner we have you signed up, the sooner we can solidify our plans for the season and for the teams.

Please be sure you sign up for the correct location – at this time we are planning to have teams in both Raleigh and South Wake.

To register, simply click the "login" button at the top of the page. Once you log in, registration options will be available for your player. 

New to our system? No worries! Once you click "login" above, just create a parent login and then a profile for your player. Registration options appropriate to the players age will be shown once the profile is complete.

Questions regarding online registration should be emailed to [email protected].