DODGERS FAQS

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 $15 cash fee for participating in an evaluation. Evaluation Dates & Locations →

WHAT COSTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DODGERS?

Club Membership: 

Included in our Futures (grades K-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8) Memberships is a t-shirt, uniform, and special gear for team members as well as all clinics/practices and our annual team BBQ. Included in our High School Membership (grades 9-12) is a t-shirt,  uniform, special team gear as well as all clinics/practices and our annual team BBQ. Contact Us →

Tournaments:

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.

Events:

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.

Merchandise: 

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?

No; Dodgers offers a payment plan. A deposit is required during registration. Dodgers provides a multi-sibling discount for team memberships. Contact Us →

WHICH TOURNAMENTS DO DODGERS TRAVEL TO? 

Upon membership, Dodgers are required to attend three, pre-selected tournaments.*

Futures :

  • New England Invitational (June in MA)
  • National Draw (June in NJ)

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

  • Lax For The Cure ( NJ in Nov.)
  • New England Invitational (June in MA)
  • National Draw (June in NJ)

HIGH SCHOOL:

  • IWLCA Presidents Cup or Debut ( Nov. in FL)
  • IWLCA New England Cup (June in MA)
  • One other IWLCA in June or July based on Grad year.(VA or IL)

Additional, optional tournaments we attend include: NCAA Futures (May), Inside Lacrosse Invitational (June), Beach Blast (June), IWLCA Mid-Western Cup (July), IWLCA Capital Cup (July), Star Spangled (July), LAX Xtreme (July), Battle at the Capital (July), Northern Rise (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 August through July and includes clinics, practices, entry totwo or 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. 

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EXPERIENCE THE DODGERS DIFFERENCE

HOW TO JOIN

 

If you're a top lacrosse player looking to improve your game and join the most competitive team on the field to face some of the best competition in the country, you've landed in the right place.

Instead of traditional tryouts, evaluations are conducted to help introduce and determine skill-levels of new athletes interested in joining Dodgers. Once approved by Dodgers staff, new members will be invited to register within the team of their appropriate age group. There is a $15 fee for evaluation participation. Evaluation Dates & Locations →

**Note: Evaluations and sign ups will begin August 1st 2017. Stay tuned for more information!


INSIGHTFUL ASPECTS

Ten Things To Know BEFORE JOINING DODGERS

  1. We currently have two regions of focus: Northeast and Florida. Our Northeast athletes hail from CT, NH, VT, MA, NY, RI, Canada and even Minnesota. Our Florida players stretch across Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. Dodgers is open to athletes from all areas. Contact Us →
  2. Our staff includes coaches, sports psychologists, nutritionists, college and prep-school financial aid experts and a national referee trainer. Dodgers athletes are provided the option to become certified lacrosse referees, which allows them to sharpen their eye for the game, give back to the sport and even make a little extra money. Staff →
  3. In addition to staff, Dodgers has active Division I, Division II and Division III college coaches participating as guest clinicians, all while remaining NCAA compliant. Our position specific training includes attack, defense, midfield and goalkeeping.
  4. We understand today's athletes have a number of distractions and stresses to balance, especially towards the end of high school. Sports psychology as well as nutrition and injury prevention are aspects of Dodgers training and education we provide at various camps and clinics to help our players be the best they can be mentally, physically and emotionally. 
  5. Current team offerings with the Dodgers include: 2018 (12th), 2019 (11th), 2020 (10th), 2021 (9th), 2022 (8th), 2023 (7th), 2024 (6th), 2025 (5th),  2026 (4th), 2027 (3rd), 2028 (2nd), 2029 (1st), 2030 (K). Teams →
  6. Dodgers membership is bundled to include gear and apparel, all clinics and practices, three pre-selected tournament entries, bronze-level recruiting assistance and our annual BBQ. Optional showcases, camps, tournaments and recruiting packages may be added for an additional fee. Family discounts are available for team registrations. We also offer financial support to qualifying athletes. Learn About Backers Program →
  7. Dodgers was founded in 2010 by current Club Director, Dee StephanAbout Dee →
  8. Dodgers offers a unique culture that offers athletes a healthy balance of a challenging lacrosse experience in a caring environment. Parent Testimonials →
  9. #DodgeMode is our go-to game face. Connect with us on social media!
  10. Dodgers was designed for female athletes, by female athletes. Our Mission →

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