Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive at Swax Lax Lacrosse. If your question isn’t answered below, please contact us.
Do you offer refunds or credits in the event of rain or terrible weather? What if my child is sick or our plans change?
Please see our refund policy.
Are the boys and girls kept separate at Swax Lax Lacrosse’s camps and clinics?
At locations where we run boys and girls camps concurrently, we keep them completely separated except during drop-off and pick-up. We believe some of the magic that is created at our camps and clinics comes from the fact that boys and girls have an opportunity to be themselves without feeling watched by members of the opposite gender.
My 5th grader has never played lacrosse. We’re worried that it’s too late to start, especially since many kids in this area have been playing for years.
No, it’s not too late! Our coaches have the amazing ability to coach players of all levels. What many parents, and players don’t realize is that lacrosse uses some of the important skills taught in other sports, as well as mechanisms from simply throwing a handball. Many of our players, including some of our coaches, didn’t start until they were in high school, and have excelled to becoming phenomenal lacrosse players in accredited programs.
Do you offer elite teams?
Swax Lax Lacrosse does not offer elite teams since our programs are geared for beginners and intermediates. In addition, our area offers a wealth of elite programs and travel team options.
What do I need to know about buying a girls or a boys lacrosse stick?
Read our posts How to Choose Your Daughter’s First Lacrosse Stick and My First Real Boy’s Lacrosse Stick, which do a good job at answering how to buy your child’s first stick.
Can I borrow equipment if my child is just starting to learn the sport?
Yes and no. Currently, we have a limited supply of sticks and goggles to loan out for girls if you contact us in advance. Unfortunately, we do not yet have a supply of boys’ equipment, but we’re working on it. Please keep us in mind if you’d like to donate old sticks or pads.
What equipment will my daughter need for a clinic?
Click here to read about what girls need to bring to a clinic.
What should my daughter bring to camp?
Click here to read about what girls need to bring to camp.
What equipment will my son need for a clinic?
Our What to Bring page lists what boys need to bring to a clinic.
What should my son bring to camp?
Our What to Bring page lists what boys need to bring to camp.
Why do you use high school players on your coaching staff? Aren’t they too young?
In our experience, we find that carefully selected and trained high school players have a lot to offer younger girls and boys in terms of knowledge of the game and skill instruction. They also serve as positive role models who inspire the young players to eat well, be fit, and work hard to pursue their goals on and off the field. Our crew of high school and college player-coaches are closely supervised by adult coaches, and we find their passion and energy make them well-suited for the job. Also, since they are fresh from the experience of having survived middle school, they are well attuned to what girls and boys would like to hear as they are learning a difficult, and at times frustrating, sport.
How do you find your coaches?
Swax Lax Lacrosse is known for its amazing staff. Our coaches are often referred to us from current and former Swax Lax Lacrosse coaches, as well as referrals from local high school and college programs. We also offer the ability for our high school coaches to work for community service hours, with the intention of paid work once they are Seniors in high school.
Isn’t kindergarten too young to start learning lacrosse?
Yes and no. We believe the majority of children aren’t ready to play a real lacrosse game until they are in 4th grade. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many fun and fabulous games and activities that teach the basic skills and tactics that children need to play a real lacrosse game when they’re older. Just ask one of our kindergartners or 1st graders to tell you about “Nuts and Squirrels,” “Sleeping Giant,” or “Shoot and Scoop Relay.” Although these are seen as lacrosse-like games, players at this age are taught more specifically on hand-eye coordination and moving their body as one. The ability to grasp these basic concepts, leads to a well-rounded player, as we are able to help shape the basics in a lacrosse-oriented way.
Will my son or daughter have an opportunity to participate on a team in your program even if they’re not playing on a team?
Yes! At the start of the camp week, we divide the boys into “Clans” and the girls into “Color Teams” in which they participate and do fun competitions all week long. This is one of the main ways in which we let the campers experience the joy of being part of a team long before they are able to play in their first game.
What if my child has allergies or asthma?
Swax Lax Lacrosse endeavors to provide a safe environment for all children at our camps and clinics. We partner with AFC Urgentcare — 704 Morris Tpke, Short Hills, NJ 07078.
Where are your spring programs?
Swax Lax Lacrosse does not run any programs in the spring because all of our staff either play or coach for their own school teams in the spring.