Selection will be based on the following criteria:
Skill Level / Stickwork/Conditioning
Knowledge of Offensive/Defensive Concepts
Players will be selected to the Varsity or JV teams. Grades 6 - 12 players are eligible for Varsity or JV (Some of the players will be designated as Varsity “Swing” players. These players will dress and be ready for Varsity games, but, may be asked to play some JV in order to get additional playing time.
Team size will be determined by the coaches
Practices are held daily for both teams on non-game days on M-W-F both teams will start at 2:30, Varsity will end at 4:45, JV will end at 4:15. T-Th Varsity practices will be from 3:30-5:45, JV will be from 2:45-4:15. Practices will be held on release days at the regular time for that day. Varsity practice may be held on Sundays or no-school days when there is a game the next day. (The times will be at the best convenience of the team.)
Athletes are expected to be at all practices unless absent from school.
Please note that the Central Mass Tournament is scheduled from October 18 - November 1 and the MIAA Tournament is from November 1 - 23. Players will need to be available for practice and games throughout those dates.
Before joining a team, each athlete should determine whether they can meet the time commitment that is necessary for the good of the program.
Varsity games generally start at 3:30 or 4:00. JV games are usually right after the Varsity at 4:45 or 5:15. Both teams travel on the same bus. Parents need to pick up their child at Tahanto when the bus arrives from the away site.
Each player is required to have the following:
STICK LENGTH GUIDE
4’0” and under
4’1” – 4’ 3”
4’4” – 4’6”
4’7” – 5’0”
5’1” – 5’3”
5’4” – 5’ 6”
5’10” and up
Colored Mouth guard (cannot be clear or white)
Goggles As of 2020, ALL goggles will have to be permanently labeled with the words ASTM F2713. This is usually found on the silicone padding or the inside metal of the goggle. Please note that FH goggles have a vertical bar to the side of the eyes. Many lacrosse goggles are not legal for FH. (See the picture below.)
Large or Multiple water bottles (Enough for entire practice/game)
Cleats or Turf shoes
Sneakers for running practices All players will need dark green (away) and white (home) soccer socks for games.
Sock-style shin guards in the appropriate color can be worn without soccer socks.
*Goalie protective equipment will be provided. Please contact Coach Draper if your child will be a new goalie candidate, or if you have any equipment questions. ( )
Players should come dressed appropriately for practice: t-shirt, shorts, sweats and have both sneakers and cleats.
Players will be provided with a reversible scrimmage vest that should be worn for practices. Tanks or t’s should be worn under these.
Players are responsible for their uniforms and team-assigned equipment. Any player that loses his/her uniform is obligated to pay the replacement cost.
Varsity – No player is guaranteed playing time; every effort will be made to allow each player to contribute to the success of the team on a regular basis
JV – Every effort will be made to give each player the opportunity to play in the game provided they have attended practices, have displayed a positive attitude and have not violated any school/team rules
TRANSPORTATION : Please note, masks will be required on all bus rides
All team members must ride the bus to and from away games when a bus is provided.
Middle School students may ride home with their parent/guardian provided they have brought a note that has been signed by the main office on the day of the game. (Players may only leave an away game with their own parent/guardian NOT someone else’s parents) Notes should be given to the player's coach when they get on the bus.
Please make arrangements to pick your athlete up from the practices at the time that practice is over and from the games when the bus arrives back at Tahanto.
COMMUNICATION Communication regarding practices, game schedules, cancellations etc. can be found on the Tahanto athletic web site. Please check the site on a regular basis as changes are made frequently due to weather, cancellations, gym availability, etc. Each team has their own web page where the information for that team can be found.
If parents or players have a problem, concern, or question please contact the coach of the team. The coach’s contact information
can be found on the Tahanto athletic web site by selecting the team on the scroll down menu. If there is a general question please contact the athletic director. We strongly encourage players to talk to their coaches when they have questions or concerns.
SPECTATOR CONDUCT Please do not coach your son/daughter from the bleachers. Every parent wants to help their child succeed and it’s your parental instinct to want to do so at all times, even during the games. You should help your child succeed, but not during the game. Talk with them before the game, talk with them after the game, but during the game, that’s the coach’s job and the players’ opportunity to perform on their own. Remember the coach is the only one that is there at all practices and is coaching ALL of the players.
We believe the parents’ roles are to be our biggest fans and offer positive encouragement to all members of the team. Parents play a vital role in supporting our athletes and in the team’s overall success. Exemplary sportsmanship will be expected from parents toward our players, coaches, officials, and our opponents.