FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Wilmington Wings Boys Lacrosse Program
The Wings Boys Lacrosse Program is a non-profit, community-based, recreation lacrosse program established to serve youth athletes from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Wings Boys Lacrosse Program plays in the Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA). The program that your son will play in will be determined by his birth date.
The Wings Boys Lacrosse Program (WGBL) is run by volunteer coaches and program directors/coordinators. Our goal is for athletes to have fun while learning and developing in the game of lacrosse. Sportsmanship and teamwork are emphasized at ALL levels. Beginners are taught basic skills and a broad sense of positioning. Experienced players are taught advanced skills, tactical play, and specific positioning.
Who can I reach out to with questions about the Wings Boys Lacrosse Program?
- Program Director, Erin Walther: erin@
- Coaching Directors, Brendan McCormick & Mark Donnelly:
- Wings President (boys & girls), Dawn Williams:
I'm not sure which age group my son belongs in. Is there a chart that might be helpful?
Yes, there is. Click here to view a quick reference table from US Lacrosse.
My son would like to play for the Wings, but we don't live in Wilmington. Can he play?
Teams are restricted by geographic boundaries. Players must reside in the Brandywine or Red Clay School Districts.
Can my son play for WBL if he has never played lacrosse?
Absolutely! We welcome all skill levels to our program, and we offer a variety of options to accommodate all ability and interest levels.
If my son plays at an advanced level of lacrosse, can he play up a grade level?
CCLA does not allow boys to play up regardless of their ability. We appreciate that every boy in the program may have a different experience level and, as we continue to grow, our goal is to ensure the program can grow with the skill level of the boys in the program.
What equipment do boys need?
Boys playing at 14U, 12U, 10U and 8U levels need the following equipment: helmet with NOCSAE safety seal, mouth guard, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, cup, cleats, sneakers, and a boys lacrosse stick. Goalie equipment is provided by WLA. Equipment can be purchased Dick's Sporting Goods, Lax Central, Lax Lounge, Lax World, Lacrosse International, Longstreth and many other online vendors. Each year, we have a special Wings’ Appreciation Day at Dick's Sporting Goods where our Wings families receive a special discount and assistance in choosing the right equipment for the game. Wings’ Appreciation Day will be announced later this fall.
How many boys are in the program?
In 2019, we had over 200 boys in our program. We continue to position our program for further growth at all levels.
When does registration open?
Registration opens November 1st and closes January 15.
Would registration close before January 15?
It is possible. If there are high numbers of boys in a certain age group then registration could close for that specific group before January 15th. Each team has a max number of players to guarantee that all players get playing time during games and so we can ensure appropriate ratio coach to player. Communication of an age group closing will be posted on the website. Register early!
Will registration be extended beyond January 15 as in year’s past?
Registration for teams/age groups that are not "full" based on our coach to player ratio could remain beyond January 15, 2020. However, once registration is closed for a specific age group, we cannot take any more players. Register early!!!
What is the Registration fee for the 2020 season?
8U: $200 + $20 pinnie/$25 shorts
10U, 12 U, 14U: $275 + $25 pinnie/$25 shorts
Is there a payment plan option?
Yes, WLA offers two payment options; pay in full or pay in installments (full payment received by registration close). Installments only a consideration for families registering in November/December. Please see registration details for the terms of the payment plan.
Does WLA offer financial assistance?
Yes, WLA has funds set aside to assist families. We do not want the cost of this sport to prevent young athletes from enjoying this game. If you need financial assistance, go to "Downloads" located in the left column of the Homepage. Print the Financial Assistance doc, complete, and mail!
Is there a new uniform for the 2020 season?
Yes, all players will order the new uniform (pinnie & shorts) as part of the registration process. We attempt to recycle uniforms for at least 2 years with option to purchase new sizes of either item at registration.
US LACROSSE MEMBERSHIP
Do we need to register our son with US Lacrosse?
Yes, all athletes must join or update their US Lacrosse membership before registering to play with Wilmington Lacrosse. US Lacrosse has adopted an age verification system, which includes a review of the birth certificate or other legal documents to confirm a players birth date. Besides membership offerings like Lacrosse Magazine and access to the US Lacrosse convention, US Lacrosse provides insurance coverage (beyond personal coverage) to your children and their coaches. This coverage is also a mandatory requirement for the facilities that we use and for all tournaments, clinics, and camps.
How are the teams grouped?
Our programs are based on birthdate with multiple teams in each program level.
Will there be evaluations?
Yes. Boys at 14U, 12U and 10U participate in evaluations. Our goal is to make team assignments where the athlete will have the most success. Athletes will be given a numbered pinnie used only for evaluations. This allows objective assessment of skills, speed and athleticism. Wings coaches, High School coaches and other objective evaluators will be responsible for scoring the players abilities. The father of a player may assist with running drills, however, will NOT be rating athletes. There will be two evaluation sessions at each age level. Evaluation attendance is mandatory for only ONE session. However, the best way for athletes to ensure consideration for the team they aspire to join is to attend BOTH dates. Participation on multiple days will greatly enhance the opportunity for players to be properly placed. New players will be grouped together to begin learning basic skills.
Where are evaluations?
MSI Field House, 1451 Conchester Highway, Garnet Valley, PA 19060
76ers Field House, 401 Garasches Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801
When are evaluations?
We urge parents to encourage their athlete to discuss any issues with their coach. If there is no resolution, the next step is for the parent to speak with the coach. The Boys Coaching Director is also available to hear your concerns.
Do you take team requests?
You may submit a request to the boys program director; however, please know we cannot 100% guarantee your requests. It is our first priority to make fair and balanced teams. Each age group will practice at the same time & place on the same days so carpooling is not an issue. We feel that meeting and making new sport friends is an important component to youth sports.
When does the girls’ season officially start and finish?
The season starts with try-outs in February at an indoor facility. Pre-season practices begin in early March following team selection. The game schedule will kick-off the first week of April and will run through the end of May.
What are some key dates for the 2020 season?
Team Evaluations (with exception of K-2): February 2020
Early Season Practices: March, location TBD
Regular Season: end of March through end of May
Practices take place at fields in the Wilmington area.
When will the full schedule be available?
· Early Season Schedule will be listed on our website in December/January.
· Please make sure your contact information is listed for all necessary parties that require these updates. It is crucial that this information is in there or you will miss out on important practice and game information.
· Once the teams are formed at the end of February, March-May practice and game schedules will be available online on your son's team page.
· Please download the SI Play (Sports Illustrated) APP on your mobile phone. This app will keep you up-to-date on any practice or game changes.
What days will my son play?
EARLY SEASON (March)
· We will try to have two practices in the month of March.
· Practices during March will be determined by facility availability and the weather (which is usually touch and go, so keep a close eye on your emails and the website).
IN SEASON (Apr-May) applies to all programs
· All teams practice once or twice per week depending on their game schedule.
· Games are played on durint the week, Saturday and/or Sunday depending on your program level.
Spring weather can be fickle. We do not play in a downpour, but DO in light rain. Play will be suspended in a heavy downpour and/or the threat of thunder and lightening. Practices or games can also be canceled due to field conditions and closures.
- PRACTICE: Your coach will email and/or post a notice on your team page. Every effort will be made to do this at least 2 hours before practice. Please be forewarned that it can be beautiful at 4:15pm - but when you arrive, the skies open up. Use your best judgment.
- GAMES: Games may be canceled because of weather and/or because the fields are saturated and unplayable. Please check the CCLA link before every game.
Coaches need to be informed regarding ALL health issues. We recommend that athletes give their team manager an inhaler marked with their name, to be kept in the team first aid kit. In addition, athletes must bring an inhaler to each practice and game.
Check your junk folder. Sometimes the Wings emails wind up there by mistake. To be certain we have your current email in the system, click on the 'Edit My Account' tab in left column of Wing homepage, log in and edit/add away.
How can I volunteer to coach or help out a team?
The Wings Program thrives on volunteers who are generally parents of the players. Each team will have a designated Head Coach who has primary responsibility for maintaining the team schedule, communicate with families, and manage their team. Each team will have a varying number of Assistant Coaches – and volunteers are always welcome – who assist with practices and game management. All of our coaches receive at least minimum training from the league and from US Lacrosse (the national governing body for the sport). Our Program Coordinators for both the boys and girls programs oversee all aspects of our programs – the Coordinators are Board members, as well.
Please consider volunteering so the program can continue to grow and be successful. If you are interested in coaching, please email the Erin Walther at firstname.lastname@example.org