Programs

PROGRAM FAQ

Spring Season

Registration is open for all YOUTH & HIGH SCHOOL boys & girls. The Spring Season is community based including, but not limited to; Alabaster, Birmingham, Chelsea, Helena, Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain, Trussville & Vestavia as well as outlying communities such as Clay/Chalkville, Pelham, Gardendale, Leeds & Irondale, to name a few. If you want to play lacrosse this spring, you register through the GBYLA and we will assign you to a team!

There are two components to the Spring Season program fee; GBYLA Base Fees and Community Add on Fees. The GBYLA base fees per division are posted through the registration module. Both fees, Base Fee & Community Add On, for the SPRING SEASON are posted on the SPRING SEASON webpage at www.gbyla.org under PROGRAMS. GBYLA Base fees cover operating costs to run the Spring Season . Community Fees are dependent on operating spring season expenses which may include field expense, coach equipment, etc. You can expect a range of $150 - $450 depending on division and community.

Our boys & girls divisions are based on grade. Boys 8U (grades K-2), Boys 10U (grades 3-4), Boys 12U (grades 5-6) and Boys 14U (grades 7-8).  Girls 10U (grades 1-4), Girls 12U (grades 5-6) and Girls 14U (grades 7-8).  Boys and Girls Varsity (grades 9-12).

Your child will play for his/her school or community team, if one exists. Team drafts (when necessary) are based on parity and formed within the community program. If a team does not exist at your school or in your community, your child is considered an 'orphan' and will be placed according to proximity of your residence address to the nearest home field location for youth teams and at the high school level, the geographic address of the nearest high school. Procedure regarding the placement of 'orphan' players can be found in our GENERAL POLICY found under 'POLICY' on the gbyla.org homepage horizontal task bar.

YES!! If your division is full upon registering, your child will be placed on a waiting list. Avoid the wait list and register early!

You can expect two to four practices per week lasting approximately 60-90 minutes depending on your team, age division & coach. Locations & times are determined by your community program based on field availability & personal coach schedules. Practice begins mid January. Practice schedules are released as soon as available by your community lacrosse program.

High School games begin approximately the 1st week in February. Youth games begin approximately the 4th week in February. A game schedule will be released to you by your coach once available. Youth plays a 10 game season and high school Varsity plays a 12 game season. Games are played during the week & on the weekend and are scheduled based on personal coach schedules & field availability. You will have both HOME & AWAY games. Away games consisting of neighboring Birmingham Communities, Auburn & Huntsville.

The Spring Season starts mid-January and ends mid May.

YES!! Lacrosse is a growing sport and all our GBYLA coaches know that everyone has to start sometime!

Yes, you will need to have your own equipment. ALL players are required to have cleats (no steel spikes) & a mouth guard as well as an athletic cup (boys only). Purchasing equipment can run from $135 to $185 for boys & $25 - $60 for girls. 

Fall

Our boys & girls divisions are based on grade. Boys 8U (grades K-2), Boys 10U (grades 3-4), Boys 12U (grades 5-6) and Boys 14U (grades 7-8).  Girls 10U (grades K-4), Girls 12U (grades 5-6) and Girls 14U (grades 7-8).

Experienced players pay $130 -$150 for pool play format.  New players pay $50 and participate in a clinic format.

No weekday or Saturday practices, primarily due to coach and field availability.  Just show up at your scheduled division time on Sunday ready to play.

Locations vary due to field availability.  Locations could include Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex & the Hoover Met Complex.

Fall Lacrosse is non-community specific.  Experienced players will be assigned to a team. New players will participate in a clinic format.

Teams are formed by a draft system for parity. Each player will be assigned to a team. You will play on the same team for the remainder of the season.

Sessions are typically 60-minutes long.

Schedules are determined once registration closes and we know how many teams we have in each division. This occurs approximately one week prior to the start of play. Sessions start at 1:00pm with the last session at 4:00pm (60- minute time blocks).

For experienced players, a minimum of one (1) full GBYLA Spring Season is required.  New players are welcome to participate with little to no experience.

Yes! Experienced players are required to have their own equipment.  New players only need to bring a stick.