Updated Saturday April 11, 2015 by Clarington Minor Lacrosse Association.

1.  I heard there is Peanut or Soft Lacrosse for 3-4 year olds. What is Soft Lacrosse ?

Due to recent rule changes from Ontario Lacrosse, 3 and 4 year old children are only able to play soft lacrosse providing this program is offered by a Lacrosse Association.   Clarington Minor Lacrosse is offering Soft Lacrosse in their Peanut Division. Soft Lacrosse focuses on “unstructured, fun environment” developing the basic Lacrosse skills such as Shooting , catching, passing, ball control and team play. There is no contact allowed of any kind. Each player will receive qualified instruction in a fun lacrosse environment. Each session will last 45 minutes.

SoftLax require:

Helmet, Mouth guard, Gloves,Shoulder pads, Athletic Support (Jock or Jill), LAX Stick,
Shorts & Running Shoes

2.  What nights will my child play?

This can not be determined at this time. This will be affected by the number of teams made up which won't be decided until registration is complete and the availability of floor time is determined.

3.  My child has never played before. Will there be any new player lacrosse clinics for my child to attend?

There will be clinics for new players, but no dates have been determined yet. This information will be available at registration and on our website when we can set the dates.

4.  What about the rep teams. Will those players play houseleague too?

Clarington has one or two Rep teams in divisions from tyke to intermediate. The first two teams for each division will not play houseleague providing there are enough kids to support a viable houseleague division. Any third team will play houseleague. In rep, the minor and major players are combined in their respective divisions. The level of play (A, B, C or D) for each rep team is based on preliminary ratings set out by the OLA. At the start of July the final ratings will determine the level of each team. There will be a Rep Team for the Senior Paperweight Division as well. Junior Paperweight players are also invited to Tryouts.

5.  My child is new to lacrosse. What equipment do they need?

Each player needs a mouth guard, CSA approved helmet with full face cage/shield, shoulder pads, shocker pads, rib/kidney pads, gloves, jock or jill, lacrosse stick, running shoes, shorts and a sweater. Most hockey players already have the shoulder pads, helmet with mask, gloves, jock or jill and a sweater. Specific to lacrosse is the shocker pads for your arms, the rib/kidney pads and the stick. Most players choose basketball type running shoes because the playing surface is cement. For the Peanut Division, rib/kidney pads are not required.

Equipment guidelines

6.  What does my child receive for playing in Clarington?

Each player will be allowed to play on a houseleague team and will be able to keep their jersey. At the end of the season they will also receive a team and individual picture and an award following their end of season championship game. Also they will make new friends and have a great time learning the awesome game of lacrosse.

7.  Is lacrosse full contact for all players?

Yes, for boys and girls ages 6 and up (senior paperweight to intermediate). This means that there is contact allowed by players using their stick to dislodge the ball from another player by checking the other players stick or cross-checking their body from the front or the side.

For 5 year old players (junior paperweight) only stick checking will be permitted as per CMLA rules. No body contact or cross-checking will be allowed. For the Peanut( softLacrosse) Division, there will be NO kind of contact allowed. This division is strictly focused to skills development.

8.  My child played last year and is therefore a returning player to Clarington Minor Lacrosse. Do I need to bring their birth certificate?

All players who have not competed the ONLINE RESGISTRATION will need to provide a birth certificate that one time.

9.  5. Do I have to provide my child's health card number?


10. My child is a new player for this season. What do I need to bring to registration?

Every new player must provide one copy of their birth certificate when they register ONLINE.

ONLINE Registration for Clarington Minor Lacrosse will start on January 2014h.

Please have a digital copy of your child's birth certificate, it will need to be attached to your registration.  Best way to do that is to use your smartphone and snap a picture of it.  Then email it to yourself so you can attach the pic to the registration.

11.  My child does not have a birth certificate or it can not be found. What other proof of age will you accept?

Clarington Minor Lacrosse will accept the following proof of age:

A.    new type of Ontario Health Card (green one) that shows the date of birth. The old red and white cards do not show the date of birth.

B.     current passport.

C.    Baptismal or Confirmation certificate.


12. The CMLA CODE OF CONDUCT can be viewed here

13. OLA Tech Bulletin

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