Q: What Equipment do I need to get?
A: Every player needs a black helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, protective cup, mouth piece, lacrosse stick and cleats.
Q: What does it typically costs to get all of the necessary gear?
A: Typical starter packages start just under $200.
Q: Do I need any special colors for the equipment we need?
A: Only for the Helmet. All players must wear a black helmet. Players may also opt to have the Renegades helmet stickers added for an additional cost.
Q: Do you have an Equipment Exchange?
A: On the Renegades Website there is a location in which you can post equipment to sell or look for equipment to purchase.
Q: I see grades 3 through 8 are listed as travel teams, is there a tryout? What if my son is new to lacrosse? What’s the difference between Recreation and Travel? Is Renegades a travel team?
A: We are a recreation team that travels and plays other recreation teams in other towns. There are no cuts everyone who signs up gets to play.
Q: What is a wait list?
A: We are a recreation program so we will accept everyone who wants to play. However there could be instances where there are not enough coaches or players to fill additional teams. So players maybe put on a wait list until additional resources can be found to fill an additional team. Having played in previous years does not guarantee your exemption from being put on a wait list.
Q: How far approximately do we have to travel for games?
A: While we try and minimize travel we do play in the North West Conference of our league which consists of towns from Warren, Sussex and Morris counties. So there are times we can travel up to 90 minutes away. We also try and schedule these long travel games on weekends and try to alternate between going to them and them coming to us.
Q: In the case where you have enough players at a grade level to have two teams, how do you determine the makeup of the teams?
A: A coach may hold an evaluation practice prior to the first game and with help from other coaches from other grades evaluate the players to form two teams.
Q: My son plays multiple sports or has various after school activities he attends how much commitment is there?
A: While we encourage boys to play and participate in as many things as possible because they should be well rounded athletes and individuals, boys have to understand that lacrosse is a team sport. Starting at Grade 6 we expect boys to commit to playing lacrosse so team concepts can be taught. Missing practices or games to attend other events can not only slow the development in lacrosse but the team as a whole. To maximize playing time and participation, 100% commitment is expected from grade 6-8.
Q: What is penalty for not coming to game or practice?
A: Missing a game or practice will limit the amount of playing time a player has in a game. Grades with multiple teams a player may be moved from one team to the other regardless of skill level.
Q: Is playing time equal?
A: Our league mandates a minimum amount of playing time which equates to 1 quarter worth of time (approximately 8 minutes) per game. Additional playing time can be award to players who show a commitment to attending practices and games.
Q: Can my son pick their playing position?
A: At the younger grade levels we encourage ever player to play every position including goalie. As they get older players will gravitate towards one or two positions. Coaches will still encourage players to play multiple positions but may identify areas of need and players may be assigned those positions.
Q: Can my son play on other lacrosse teams?
A: Our rules prohibit players playing on other teams during our season. If players play on other teams during the season they will be asked not to return and your registration fees will be forfeited.
Q: When does the season start and how long does it last?
A: Season starts around March 1st and ends the first weekend of June.
Q: How do we know if practice/game is canceled?
A: Our website has a notification system. All games and practices are listed on there. If a game/practice is canceled or moved you will receive a notification. At a minimum you’ll receive an email, you can edit your profile to also include txt message alerts.
Q: What happens if I am running late to pick up son? Will he be left alone?
A: We strongly recommend you try and arrive to pick up your son 15 minutes before practice is to end. If you are going to be late please make arrangements with another parent to pick you son up. If this isn’t possible the coach will stay until you or someone who is responsible arrives to pick up your son. If continual tardiness occurs, your son’s playing time or team assignment may be affected.
Q: Besides games do teams participate in other events like tournaments and festivals?
A: Our program encourages coaches to find local tournaments to participate in that do not impact the scheduling of games. It’s up to the coaches to determine what and how many to participate in. The program does offset some or all of the cost to participate in these tournaments.
Q: How do we address a concern as parents?
The Renegades Program has a 24hr policy. With the exception of injury, when a concern happens we suggest waiting 24hrs before addressing the issue with the head coach. It is recommend to approach the head coach after the game or practice and not before. If you are not satisfied with the head coaches response you can bring the issue to the boy’s director. If you are still not satisfied you can request to bring your concern to the Renegades Board.
Q: How are your coaches selected? Do they have credentials?
A: We are a volunteer organization so a coach first needs to want to coach. The Boys director will review their qualifications and accept them as a head coach or not. Assistant coaches are selected by the head coach with some oversight by the boy’s director. All head coaches are required to obtain US Lacrosse Level 1 Certification. All coaches are required to have a Rutgers Certification, attend a Renegades Coaches Clinic, obtain a Positive Coaches Alliance certificate, background checks, cpr, and other requirements the Renegades Board requires.
Q: How many coaches per team? What happens if only one coach at practice?
A: It is recommended that there should be a maximum of 5 coaches with clearly defined roles. Our league rules only permit 4 coaches on the side lines of games. In the event there is only one coach at a practice that coach can solicit the team parent or another parent with that has a Rutgers Certification to help at practice. If there is no qualified replacement available practice may be canceled.
Q: Does the program keep stats?
A: Wins and losses are not recorded until 8th grade. Other stats, like shots on goal are up to the coaches to determine. While our website allows this information to be entered it’s up to the coaches to determine how they want to track it.
Q: Do we have to fundraise?
A: As a program we have decided that we will only fundraise through our two main events, an annual dinner/golf outing type event and our annual Romp in the Swamp. Because these are the only things our program does we recommend everyone participate in them as much as they can.
Q: Does Renegades have insurance if my son gets injured?
A: Yes we fall under the Rockaway Twp. insurance policy. In order to file a claim, an accident report must be filled out by your head coach. Please note that if your coach holds a voluntary practice or organizes a team to play games or participate in an event outside the season, neither Renegades Lacrosse nor Rockaway Township is liable for any injuries that occur. You can seek coverage through US Lacrosse if your insurance doesn’t cover you.
Q: What about concussions? What do we do if we think our son incurred a concussion during game/practice?
A: We recommend everyone get baseline tested. In the event of a concussion this is a great tool doctors can use for diagnoses. Coaches are given instructions to what to do in the event of a head injury. If you suspect a concussion notify the Head coach right away and see your doctor. Coaches are advised to follow your child’s doctor’s recommendation for when they can return to play.
Q: What camps are available?
A: A list of clinics and camps can be found on the Renegades Website under Camps and Clinics.
Q: What are the basic rules?
A: Just like any sport there are quite a few rules. On our website under our documents and forms section is a few links to various rules and rule books.
Q: What is this US Lacrosse Membership fee and why do I have to pay for it?
A: US Lacrosse membership fee gives you access to various resources offered from a National organization, including an additional insurance policy. In order for Renegades Lacrosse to participate in various games and tournaments we need everyone involved to be covered under this membership.
Q: What are ways I can volunteer?
A: Great organization like Renegades Lacrosse can only run with great volunteers. There’s always something you can do to help, from Team parent, to coaching, to time/score keepers at games, to helping out at our fundraisers. If you are interested contact the head coach of your team or the boy’s director to express your interest.