IS CLUB LACROSSE RIGHT FOR MY DAUGHTER?
Only players and parents can decide if club lacrosse is right for their athlete. Dodgers competes against the top lacrosse clubs from around the country. If your daughter is a stand out athlete and you're ready for the commitment necessary to participate in club lacrosse (attending clinics, traveling to tournaments and encouraging your young athlete to practice on their own time), then Dodgers may be a fit. Understanding the Dodgers culture is also important. We prioritize the holistic growth of our athletes in addition to our passion for helping in the recruiting process, should a student-athlete desire to play at the next level. Attending a Dodgers clinic/practice is the best way to experience it all. Contact us at any time to discuss further, to learn about the upcoming season and to schedule an evaluation session as the first step in joining Dodgers. Our Mission →
HOW DOES AN ATHLETE JOIN DODGERS?
We understand that young athletes develop at different rates, and we want to help everyone reach their untapped potential. We accept players via multiple channels including coach recommendations and player/parent interviews. Dodgers require evaluations rather than traditional tryouts, and there is a $10 cash fee for participating in an evaluation. Evaluation Dates & Locations →
WHAT COSTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DODGERS?
Included in our Futures (grades 3-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8) Memberships is a t-shirt, uniform, backpack and headband as well as all clinics/practices and our annual team BBQ. Included in our High School Membership (grades 9-12) is a t-shirt, sweatshirt, uniform, headband as well as all clinics/practices and our annual team BBQ. Contact Us →
Membership includes entry to three required tournaments. Additional, optional tournaments are offered and range in cost between $150 - $350. Travel for all tournaments is provided by the family of each player. Dodgers will work with the tournament organizers to secure a block of hotel rooms (if needed) at a discounted rate, but the reservations and travel to and from the tournament is the responsibility of the player and her family. *Arrangements can be made to have players travel with coaches and staff to tournaments.
In addition to regularly scheduled Dodgers clinics (which are included in membership), we also offer showcases, camps and specialized clinics throughout the year in a variety of locations at an additional cost. Our 2017 Winter Showcase Camp will be held in Clermont, FL at The National Training Center. Winter Showcase Camp Information →
DODGERS SUMMER BOOTCAMP:
This four day, three night overnight bootcamp hosted by Dodgers and located at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA includes over 20 hours of instruction. Our event is open to all current members (at a reduced rate) as well as non-members. Registration opens January 15 for Summer 2017.
We offer a variety of additional gear including sweatshirts and pants, long sleeve shooting shirts, short sleeve warm ups, backpacks, lycra shorts, sports bras and headbands with the Dodgers logo. These items are an extra cost.
IS DODGERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP FEE DUE ALL AT ONCE?
WHICH TOURNAMENTS DO DODGERS TRAVEL TO?
Upon membership, Dodgers are required to attend three, pre-selected tournaments.*
FUTURES AND MIDDLE SCHOOL:
- New England Invitational (June in MA)
- National Draw (June in NJ)
- Northern Rise (July in MA)
- IWLCA New England Cup (June in MA)
- IWLCA Champions Cup (June in VA)
- Northern Rise (July in MA)
Additional, optional tournaments we attend include: NCAA Futures (May), Inside Lacrosse Invitational (June), Beach Blast (June), IWLCA Capital Cup (July), Star Spangled (July), LAX Xtreme (July), Battle at the Capital (July), New England Chill (October), Lax For the Cure (November) and the IWLCA President's Cup (November). Tournaments in Florida include: Southern Alliance (June), Lacrosse My Heart (September) and Florida Draw (October).
*Events subject to change.
WHAT IF THE ATHLETE CANNOT MAKE A MANDATORY TOURNAMENT?
Dodgers players are expected to attend a minimum of three tournaments. These events are paid for by the Dodgers in advance by six months to a year, with every member accounted for. Therefore, we adhere to a strict, NO REFUND policy. Instances of extreme sudden illness will be addressed on an individual basis, and the proper action will be determined by the Director in rare cases.
HOW DO DODGERS CONDUCT PRACTICES?
Dodgers practices are referred to as "clinics" because they're structured to include intensive instruction in a small-group setting. Strength and conditioning work, nutrition and injury prevention and referee certification are covered throughout various clinics. Staffed with Dodgers coaches and current college coaches, we provide separate instruction for goalkeepers. Each clinic will focus on one or two areas of the game (defense, clears/riding, offense) and always emphasize stick skills and one on one skills. Overall, Dodgers guarantee hundreds of touches on the ball by every player.
WHAT ARE CLUB SEASONS FOR DODGERS?
Futures, Middle School and High School Memberships run from September through July and includes clinics, practices, entry to three required tournaments and our annual summer BBQ. For an additional fee, opportunities to participate in optional events are also available. It is possible to join Dodgers mid-way through our season. Our Adult Team Membership runs through July with participation in events such as Lake Placid and Vail.
IF THE ATHLETE PLAYS A FALL SPORT, CAN SHE STILL BE A DODGERS MEMBER?
Yes; absolutely! We believe the best lacrosse players are well-rounded, multi-sport athletes. We offer optional tournaments and practices in the fall, and we are more than wiling to work in partnership with athletes fulfilling commitments in other sports. To encourage multi-sport athletes, we do set up fall/winter practices and clinics on Sunday afternoons. Dodgers also offers field hockey as an extension of the club! Contact Us →
WHAT IF THE ATHLETE ATTENDS BOARDING SCHOOL?
Yes; she may play with Dodgers! Because we require evaluations instead of tryouts, we're allowed to accept players any distance from our home base in Avon, CT. We have athletes join us from VT, MA, NH, NY, even as far away as FL, MN and Toronto.
WHAT IF THE ATHLETE IS IN 8TH GRADE AND WANTS TO REGISTER FOR HIGH SCHOOL?
All Dodgers memberships are based on grade registration. At non-IWLCA events, it is possible for athletes to play on mixed teams. However, due to IWLCA rules, high school tournaments are limited to current high school students.