What is Cumberland Youth Lacrosse Association (CYLAX)?
CYLAX is a youth lacrosse organizations dedicated to the great sport of lacrosse. Our members are include youths from the town of Cumberland and surrounding towns. CYLAX are associated with the US Lacrosse organization, which is the national governing body for the sport of lacrosse.
The Cumberland Youth Lacrosse Association (CYLAX) is an independent chapter of Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse League. All players from the town of Cumberland will be members of CYLAX.
Who is eligible to play?
Boys & girls who meet the US Lacrosse age guidelines are eligible to play.
Can my child play other sports concurrently with youth lacrosse?
We strongly recommend that if your child decides to join lacrosse, that he or she makes participation in lacrosse their #1 sport priority for the spring season. We have found that those children who treat lacrosse as a second priority do not develop their skills at the same rate as their teammates and this can be very discouraging for them and lead them to give up on the sport. Another reason for #1 priority dedication to lacrosse is that the team depends upon each and every player. Those children who do not attend practices commit a disservice to the rest of the team come game day. Players who do not attend practices, especially at the older age levels, do not learn team plays and strategies and therefore do not help the team on game day. We ask players interested in lacrosse to establish lacrosse as their top sports priority during the spring season. If they cannot make that commitment, then we ask that they not register in fairness to themselves and their teammates. It is only fair that the team be able to count on its full roster for participation and dedication. Please click on the "Commitment" tab on the left side of this page.
What are the team structures?
The CYLAX programs include boys and girls assigned to teams within their appropriate age group. The teams play against other teams within the same age group. The opposing teams are from the other 12 Rhode Island youth lacrosse geographic regions. Teams practice two nights each week and play games on Saturday mornings.
Can my son / daughter be on a team with his friend?
Teams are formed around specific age qualifications. By doing this Players tend to stay with the same group of kids as they matriculate through the program, typically with the same coach. Therefore we can not make any guarantees about friends being on the same team.
Where do practices and games take place?
CYLAX teams practice and play home games at the Diamond Hill fields in Cumberland.
Unfortunately at this time we do not know which evenings each team will practice. The assigned practice nights will depend volunteer coach's availability.
What is the cost to participate?
Each year the Board of CYLAX prepares a budget to set forth fees for the upcoming season. Pleas click the "Register Online" option to see current year fees.
Where does the registration fee go?
Volunteers run CYLAX and therefore all proceeds from registration fees go towards running the program. This includes uniforms, indoor fees, state RIYLL dues, referee fees, goals, hundreds of balls per season, field paint, misc equipment (goalie, scoreboards, cones, first aid supplies etc), end off season supplies for the CYLAX end of season activities, etc.
- Scholarships are provided for select families upon request - Please reference the Financial Aid link for details.
What about equipment?
All registrants are required to provide their own equipment. Click on the "Equipment & Uniforms" tab on the left for a full listing of equipment required by gender age division.
When does the season begin and end?
Lacrosse is a springtime sport. The CYLAX teams begin practice the week of April 1st, depending upon the weather and field conditions. Games begin on the following Saturday and run into early June.
CYLAX also tries to run indoor practice sessions during the Winter,
Does CYLAX have any coaching and parent assistance needs?
Definitely. We are always in need of coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, and members of the Board of Directors to help run the organization. Anyone can participate in any of these positions. You don’t need to have played lacrosse in your younger years to get involved. We welcome parents with no lacrosse experience who wish to assist the coach with a team and learn about lacrosse along the way. Hopefully they will eventually coach teams of their own or at least be assistant coaches for many seasons. For those of you who have been fortunate enough to play lacrosse in years past, please share your enthusiasm and knowledge with the kids and step forward to coach or assistant coach.