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FAQs

1.  What is the HoCo Club Lacrosse Program?

​HoCo Club Lacrosse is a highly competitive club lacrosse program that practices and competes throughout the year. Our coaches are highly qualified & experienced having either played and/or coached competitively at youth, high school, college and professional levels.

2. What is included in the HoCo Club Fees?
 

The Following are included:

A.  Spring Club Leagues (NGLL & MYLA - Youth teams only)
B.  Fall Tournaments: 2 or 3 single day tournaments depending on age group.

     High School teams will play in 3 or 4 recruiting showcases during the fall.
C.  Summer Tournaments:  Youth Teams 3 or 4 tournaments depending on age group.

     High School teams will play in at least 3 recruiting showcases plus one other event during the summer.

D.  Practice Fields: Fall, Spring, Summer - Primarily turf and some grass field time in Howard County. 
E.  Practice Facilities: (Winter) – Indoor turf facilities around Howard/Baltimore Counties.
F.  Strength and Conditioning sessions (ONLY for teams 7th-11th grade) 
G.  Coaches’ Stipends: Teams with current or former collegiate players on staff as coach  

H. Administrative Costs (Web Fees, TeamSnap, etc) 
I.   Coaches Gear - Shirts, Jackets, Pants, etc.

J.  Large Equipment (Tents, Flags, etc)

K.  Small Equipment (Balls, First Aid, Canopies, etc)
L. Skills Training: In addition to practices, HOCO periodically conducts additional developmental clinics with guest coaches and players.

3.  What is NOT included in the HoCo Club Fees?

A.  Teams Indoor Lacrosse Registration Fees.

  • Participation in indoor lacrosse leagues are NOT part of our club fees or schedule as it does not require 100% team participation due to smaller indoor roster requirements, can limit availability of players to their alternate sport, and may create conflict among 2020 & 2019/18 players who may be asked to participate with their respective HS teams.
  • If teams teams have enough players and decide to participate, the indoor league registration fees would only be applied to the fees of those players competing.

​B. There are optional 3-Day Summer Overnight Skills Camps offered at Washington College or JHU that HOCO Girls may attend. Skills camp is for all youth age groups and provides specific skills training for all positions.

4.  What happens if my player cannot attend the required team strength & conditioning practice as scheduled in the winter season on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays?

​If someone misses a session with their team, they do not lose that session.  CSC will try their best to reschedule the session even if they do not come in the designated group time. However, parents/players must contact CSC to reschedule.

5.  What is the focus of the strength and conditioning sessions?

​To evaluate to develop as effective of a program as possible for the girls based on age and experience (as each individual athlete has different and specific needs). CSC’s goal will be to address and improve on all of them through the duration & frequency of the off-season training program; focusing greatly on how to perform exercises with proper form, as well as making sure they are enjoying their training time.
 
CSC Programs prioritize the following:

  • Strength development
  • Speed and Power development
  • Improving efficiency in Change of Direction and Body Control
  • Correcting muscular and postural imbalances
  • Improving Acceleration and learning the mechanics Deceleration (not being able to decelerate properly to stop or change direction is extremely overlooked and a major cause of injury especially with female athletes)
  • Plyometric Training and how to become a more explosive athlete
  • Injury Prevention through the most recent and well documented Mobilization techniques available to date
6.  Am I required to attend all HoCo tryout sessions?

​It is highly recommended that all players interested in making a HOCO team attend all tryout sessions to ensure coaches have ample opportunities to see each player. Missing a tryout session may adversely affect your chances of making a team.

7.  Where do you practice?

​Practices are primarily on Howard County turf fields.  Some practices may be held on grass fields in Howard County, and at local indoor facilities during the winter.

8.  When and where are the fall/summer tournaments?
  • Fall tournaments occur between start of practice and 1st week of November.
  • Summer tournaments occur between early June and end by mid-July.
     

HoCo plays primarily in local tournaments based in Maryland, but some travel is expected. Teams will compete all around Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and potentially at various locations up and down the East Coast. For example, last year our teams played in tournaments in Ocean City, Germantown, & Bel Air MD. This year our youth teams will remain in state and our high school and 8th grade teams will play in National Draw (NJ) and Summer Genesis (PA).

9.  How much does it cost?

​HoCo is non-profit organization without salaries to a club program owner, and our club fees are typically less than half the cost of other competing club programs. HoCo club fees for the 2018|2019 season are expected to be:

  • All Teams Fees May Be Found HERE
10.  Is attendance at all practices and tournaments mandatory?

​HOCO GIRLS allows & encourages multiple sport athletes as we believe it is better for our players’s physical and mental development, increased self-esteem and prevention of player burnout. Attendance at every HOCO tournament is not mandatory.  We carry larger rosters to account for some summer family vacations and other commitments. 

​However, it is expected that any player who tries out for the HOCO GIRLS and makes a team; meet the teams seasonal player participation & commitment levels. Because HOCO GIRLS is the highest level of competitive girl’s lacrosse offered by HCLP, it puts us in a difficult situation when players accept roster spots and then cannot meet that commitment.

Please refer to PLAYER ROLES, EXPECTATIONS, TEAM RULES & COMMITMENT for further detail and seasonal player participation & commitment levels

11.  Will there be practice in the fall of 2018?

​Yes.  Coaches will schedule practices to prepare for the fall tournaments.

12.  When and how much do you practice?

Fall Teams may have practice 1-2 times a week. Every player and every team will have a practice session on Sunday morning on HoCo turf fields in preparation for tournament play on Sundays in September to end of October (when tournaments begin). Other practices days will vary. 
Winter

Youth Teams: (3rd - 6th) 2028, 2027, 2026, 2025
Participate in one (1) or two (2) indoor practice(s) a week occurring: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening until 1st week of January (when indoor leagues begin), then participate in one (1) indoor practice until last week of February. (Beginning of spring)

Middle School Teams: (7th & 8th) 2024, 2023
Participate in one (1) indoor team practice a week occurring: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening.
Players participate in one (1) team training session with Campanaro Strength & Conditioning on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings. 

High School Teams: (9th - 11th) 2022, 2021, 2020
Participate in one (1) indoor team practice a week occurring: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening.
Players participate in one (1) team training session with Campanaro Strength & Conditioning on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings.

Winter Player Workouts - (7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th)

These sessions with Campanaro Strength & Conditioning will differ in that they will include Power, Speed & Explosion sessions to advance your athletic development for your spring high school and middle school seasons and will be outside. (If you are free you are expected to attend).  

Location: Turf @ HCRP or HCPSS Field, TBA

Time: 10am - 12pm (subject to change)

Dates: Jan. 20, 27 Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24


Spring practice located around Howard County on turf/grass fields. 
For teams in 3rd-8th grade: three (3) weekly practices before the season games begin and then two (2) practices per week during the season; plus games on Saturdays, Sundays, and during the week depending on league or leagues your team plays in  
For teams in 9th, 10th, & 11th: teams resume practice two (2) times a week in preparation for summer tournament competition immediately AFTER the MPSSAA Spring Sports season concludes.
Summer Teams may have practice 2-3 times a week in summer. Every player and every team will have two (2) practice sessions, with one (1) occurring Mon-Fri (usually after 5:30pm ) & one (1) Sat-Sun (usually between 8am-4pm), on HoCo Grass/Turf fields starting 1st week in June until tournaments begin. Any additional practices days will vary. 

12.  Can I play in the summer but not the spring?

​No. We ask that you play both seasons as we participate in Spring League games. 

13.  Can I play in the spring but not the summer?

​No.  Summer is the primary season for HoCo.

14.  Do I have to live in Howard County to play for HoCo?

​No.

15.  Who is coaching my team?

​As we are ever expanding, evaluating and adding to our current roster of coaches with each season, any changes that occur will be identified on our website on the specific teams information page. (Go To Teams)

16.  What should I bring to tryouts?

All players are expected to bring a regulation women’s lacrosse stick, mouth guard, and goggles. 
All goalies (with exception to those trying out for 2026*) are to provide their own equipment.
ALL registered players will receive a reversible numbered tryout pinnie upon check-in at their designated field BEFORE 1st tryout session. 
It is expected that players not swap, forget, or misplace their pinnie as that number is assigned to you for the duration of tryouts. 
For similar reason, players are NOT to bring/wear tryout pinnies from seasons prior. While HOCO LACROSSE, & COBRA LACROSSE apparel or apparel from their respective high schools may be fashionable, please leave it at home. HOCO does not want to project any perceived favoritism or bias towards returning HOCO GIRLS LACROSSE players.
Don't forget water!

*2028 | 2027 goalie candidates who need to borrow gear - please contact us no later than a week before tryouts are scheduled.

17.  How are teams organized?

​Teams are organized by school grade / graduation year.  However, some tournaments have age limitations that may affect team placement.


18.  How many teams will there be at each age group?

​This year HOCO will have 9 teams for the graduation classes of 2020 through 2028. Being that HOCO does allow players to play up a grade level. If the try-out numbers are very large for a specific age group, a second team may be added. 

19.  How are teams selected? 

Youth Teams are selected through a two day open tryout process in the late summer or early fall.

Players on High School teams retain their positions from the conclusion of their 8th grade season, and are invited back to participate next season. Coaches may open up their teams fall practices (which start in correlation with our youth tryouts) to the public, or to invite interested players to participate in a supplemental evaluation during to fill vacant positions. 

20.  Can players play OBL (Older But Lighter) or play down ?

NO, HOCO does not allow players to play down.

21.  What does the (Black) or (Pink) next to the team's graduation year mean?

If the try-out numbers are very large for a specific age group, and we add a second team, we identify the skill levels as Black or Pink, with Black identifying the Higher Level Team.

22.  Do you have a maximum roster size?​

Yes. Rosters are capped at approximately 20 field players plus 1 or 2 goalies for a maximum of 21 or 22; however, we are looking for an average of 18 players per team. Some HS teams may carry more due to players’ jobs, college visits, etc.

23.  What makes HoCo unique?

​HoCo Club Lacrosse is a non-profit, Howard County sponsored program without a profit driven owner.  HOCO provides high level coaching, organization, and facilities in exchange for very affordable dues, and we have preferred access to the best playing fields in Howard County.  HOCO's signature pink and black uniforms are also quite unique and very much enjoyed in the club lacrosse community!

24.  If a player decides to leave a team before seasons end for whatever reason, can they only pay for what they've participated in?

HoCo is a "pay to play" non-profit club lacrosse team. This means that since there is no profit being made through the collection of player fees. We rely on accurately forecasting, budgeting, and recovering our expenses (per player/team). These fees are extended to us in advance by HCLP so that we may register timely for, and participate in, the best tournaments/leagues/events at club level. The entire amount of the player's team fees, regardless of participation, apply to every player that accepts a position on a HOCO team. 

The team fee payment schedule does allot or account for expenses occurring in specific seasons within the club season. What this means is that, when we have our tryouts in August/September we've probably already registered & paid for ALL Fall tournaments, tryout fields, practice fields, small equipment, large equipment, winter indoor practice time, coaches gear, uniforms, & admin costs before August; and more often than not have also started registering and sending deposits for summer tournaments. We generally register for spring lacrosse in October/November. Then look to have summer practice fields, and pay the balances of summer tournaments before the new year. We forecast our total costs in order to divided up each teams expenses into 4 smaller, easier amounts payable by certain dates throughout the club season. It is because of this that a players limited participation has no effect on what is owed, as the player's team fees are not associated with any particular amounts specific to that player per season (fall/winter/spring/summer) in relation to any participation level. When you accepted the position offered for a team you are agreeing to pay the total amount of those fees for the entire Fall | Summer season.