TOHLA FAQ

Does my child have to be a Town of Hempstead resident to participate in the Lacrosse Academy?

Yes, all players who attend the Lacrosse Academy must be residents of the Town of Hempstead.

Does the Town of Hempstead provide any equipment?

No, all participants are required to bring his/her own lacrosse equipment. The lacrosse academy does not carry spare equipment. Each player will receive a scrimmage jersey, compliments of the Lacrosse Academy.

What equipment is needed for boys and girls to participate in the program?

Required equipment for boys: Stick, helmet, mouthpiece, shoulder pads, elbow pads, athletic supporter, cleats and gloves. In addition, goalies need to wear a chest protector.

Required equipment for girls: Goggles, mouthpiece, cleats and stick. Chest protector is mandatory for goalies.

Does the Lacrosse Academy teach beginners in the program?

Yes, we welcome all experience levels, especially beginners.

Does the Academy provide goalie instruction?

Yes. The academy provides quality instruction for all positions, including goalie.

Does the academy conduct its sessions rain or shine?

Yes, we do play in the rain, but not in dangerous weather conditions, such as thunder and lightning. The academy uses the NCAA guidelines in determining when to resume instruction (30 minutes after last lightning strike)

How will I be informed of any schedule changes due to weather?

Notices will be posted on the Parks Announcements web page. In addition, email notifications will be sent to those who join the TOHLA Mailing List.

Can my child participate in more than one week of the Academy?

Yes, all participants may sign up for multiple weeks of the Lacrosse Academy, and will be granted automatic placement in the next desired clinic.

How old do the participants have to be in order to attend the Lacrosse Academy? Is there an age limit for participation?

Children ages 5 to 15 may participate in the Lacrosse Academy. This summer the evening sessions will be open to youngsters from 6 to 15 years of age, and the day sessions will be split into the following groups: 5 to 6; 7 to 8; 9 to 10; 11 to 12; and 13 to 15.

Do the boys and girls play together?

No, the boys and girls will be practicing on separate fields with different instructors. The clinics are offered during the same time frames, but the boys and girls will be separated for instruction.

What is the ratio of instructors to campers at the Lacrosse Academy?

There are about five youngsters for every instructor during the boys’ clinics. The girls generally have three players to each instructor.

How are the players grouped together?

The young athletes are grouped by age, and within their age groups they are grouped by ability level. The players are evaluated by the Lacrosse Academy staff on the first day of the week, and are continuously evaluated throughout the week. The goal of the Academy is for every young lacrosse player to get the most out of their experience, and our staff will work hard to ensure that every player gets better and has fun at the same time.

Who are the instructors who coach at the Lacrosse Academy?

The academy boasts a championship-caliber faculty, comprised of respected college and high school coaches, along with outstanding college players.

Do I have to attend the week-long clinics before I can sign up for the One-on-One instruction?

No, you may sign up for individual instruction without participating in the weeklong Lacrosse Academy clinics. However, if you want to become a better lacrosse player, we suggest participating in both the Academy clinics and individual instruction sessions.

What are Fun Fridays?

Fun Fridays is an open lacrosse format where any Town of Hempstead youngster can come to Seamans Neck Park and play in scrimmage type games for two hours, at no cost to the family or the individual. The Lacrosse Academy staff supervises the games and the Academy staff splits teams accordingly. In 2014 Fun Fridays will be held on July 11, 18 and 25, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

How much does the One-on-One instruction cost?

Rates for the one-on-one training are set at $35 per hour with a special $90 rate for a set of three lessons. Reserve a time and location (town parks only) that is convenient for you (Mondays through Fridays). Groups of 2 to 5 players will pay $25 per hour, per player. The hours are flexible and appointments are required in advance by calling the academy office at 516-783-3208.

What does it cost to participate in the Lacrosse Academy? Are there discounts for multiple-child families?

The two-hour clinics for players ages 5 & 6 are priced at $60 per child per week. The three-hour clinics and the specialty position clinics are priced at $70 per youngster per week. There is a reduced rate of $50 for additional family members for both the two and three-hour clinics if scheduled for the same week. All payments must be made in the form of check or money order payable to the Town of Hempstead.

Is there a refund policy if my child does not participate?

The only time the Lacrosse Academy will give a refund will be for medical reasons. If an injury occurs and there is a signed note from a medical doctor stating your child can no longer participate, a refund will be provided.

When are payments due and who do I pay?

For the weekly clinics, completed registration applications must be accompanied by appropriate payment. You may mail or drop off an application in person at: Town of Hempstead Dept. of Parks and Rec., Attn: Lacrosse Academy, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY 11550. Registration applications can be accessed online. You may also reserve your child's spot in the program by registering online. For additional information on the town’s lacrosse program, call the academy office at (516) 783-3208 or the parks and recreation administration office at 516-292-9000, ext. 7245.