ABOUT LAMAR WOMEN’S LACROSSE
Are you interested in playings women’s lacrosse? All girls who want to play lacrosse at Lamar will have the opportunity to play.
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse hosts an informational meeting in September for new and returning players and their parents. This is followed by a fall practice schedule which helps returning players renew and develop their skills, while incoming freshmen adapt to the high school level of play. Our regular season games begin in the spring.
We field both varsity and junior varsity teams, which provides all girls who want to play an opportunity, regardless of their skill level or experience. After the completion of the fall practices and prior to the regular season spring games, our coaches will designate players as either varsity or junior varsity based on their skill level, maturity, level of commitment, and other relevant factors. In addition to our regular season spring games, our teams typically participate in a number of tournaments and play days each year.
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse competes in Division One of the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League (TGHSLL). Our division includes both public and private school opponents including, Cy-Fair, Episcopal, Kingwood, Kinkaid, Memorial, St. John’s, and the Woodlands. During the season, we typically have the opportunity to play some of the Division Two teams as well.
Lacrosse is not a UIL sport in Texas and is instead operated as a “club sport”. Lamar Women’s Lacrosse is a club which is affiliated with Lamar High School, however, as a non-UIL sport we do not receive financial support from HISD and therefore rely on fees, fundraisers, and donations to cover operating expenses. The club is managed by a Board of Directors which is comprised of parent volunteers. Lamar Women’s Lacrosse is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions to Lamar Women’s Lacrosse are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse partners with Houston Youth Lacrosse (HYLAX) for practice facilities and fields for our home games. Lamar Women’s Lacrosse does not pay HYLAX directly for the use of their facilities, instead, each of our players also registers with HYLAX and pays the HYLAX registration fee. (For additional information on HYLAX click here: HYLAX) Additionally, each player must have a current membership with US Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse.
How to Join
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse welcomes athletes of all experience levels!
To join follow these steps:
1) Send an email to Susan Krause, President of Lamar Women’s Lacrosse, letting her know you are interested in joining.
2) Become a member of US Lacrosse here: US Lacrosse
3) Complete the Lamar Women’s Lacrosse (a) registration packet and (b) physical examination forms and return these to Susan Krause. The forms can be downloaded here: Forms
4) Pay the applicable Lamar Women’s Lacrosse registration fees, which can be paid securely online here: Store
5) Complete the HYLAX registration and pay the applicable HYLAX registration fees here: HYLAX Registration
Fees and Expenses
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse fall fees: $300
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse spring fees: $500
HYLAX fees: $525
US Lacrosse membership fee: $35
In addition to the fees described above, each player will need to rent a uniform ($25) and pay a refundable uniform deposit ($50). New players will need to purchase a practice pinny ($23). Players are responsible for providing their own required equipment, including a stick, goggles, cleats, and mouth guard. HYLAX also has a $120 fundraising commitment.
Partial scholarships are available for families financially unable to cover our fees. Contact Susan Krause, President of Lamar Women’s Lacrosse, to make a confidential application. The application form can be found here.
HYLAX offers a limited number of scholarships to families in need of financial assistance with the HYLAX fee. More information on HYLAX scholarships can be found here: HYLAX Scholarships
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse fees cover expenses including but not limited to: coaches’ salaries, tournament and play day registration fees, players’ travel, lodging, and meals for the Aggieland Classic Lacrosse Tournament, and coaches’ stipend and food for tournaments. HYLAX Registration fees cover expenses including but not limited to: field costs and expenses to HYLAX, game referee fees, TGHSLL association dues, tournament fees, and insurance coverage.
Fees do not cover players’ uniform rental, practice clothing, equipment (stick, goggles, cleats, mouth guards), optional team branded merchandise (t-shirts, sweatpants, backpacks, etc.), chaperones’ gas, lodging or meals for out of town tournaments.
We typically start fall practices in mid-September and continue until early December. We practice on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Practices resume when school resumes in January and occur Monday through Friday. Our first regularly scheduled game is usually in early February with regular season games continuing through late April. The state championship tournament is in early May.
We typically participate in 4 to 5 tournaments and play days each year, including the Aggieland Classic Lacrosse Tournament at Texas A&M University in February. Lamar Women’s Lacrosse pays for players’ (but not parents) travel and lodging expenses for the Aggieland Classic Lacrosse Tournament. Additional out of town tournaments may be scheduled and Lamar Women’s Lacrosse may elect to pay for players’ travel and lodging for those additional tournaments.
Our home games and spring practices are held on the HYLAX fields at South Campus Sports Complex on W. Belfort (between Stella Link and S. Main). Our fall practices are held at St. Catherine’s Montessori school which is adjacent to South Campus Sports Complex. During inclement weather, practices will move to The Zone on Stella Link which is very close to South Campus Sports Complex. Google Map locations below:
Uniforms and Merchandise
Our uniforms and Lamar Women’s Lacrosse branded merchandise are managed by a parent volunteer (Uniform Representative). It is best to contact the Uniform Representative regarding sizes and availability prior to paying online for merchandise. To view our merchandise and to pay, please visit our online store here: Store
Uniform Representative: Mary Rousseve (uniforms.LWLAX@gmail.com)
Athletic Director and Varsity Head Coach: Kristin Marchese
Junior Varsity Head Coach: Ana Vick
Middle School Skills Camp
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse puts on a two-day Middle School Skills Camp in September. The clinic is lead by Lamar’s coaches, and volunteer Lamar lacrosse players assist with the camp. Detailed information about the Middle School Skills Camp can be found here: Middle School Skills Camp
Board of Directors
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse is managed by a board of directors which typically meets monthly. New directors are elected to fill vacancies by the existing directors. Directors are volunteers and are not compensated. Parents, players, and other interested parties may contact any director with questions, concerns, complaints, or for any other reason. Follow this link for a listing of directors and director contact information: Directors
Lamar Women’s Lacrosse operates pursuant to Bylaws which may be found here: Bylaws