2023 BVL SPRING FAQ | Boulder Valley Lacrosse
Youth lacrosse program for boys in Northern Colorado, including Boulder, Broomfield, Erie, Lafayette, Louisville, Longmont, Superior, and Westminster.

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Boulder Valley Lacrosse
Boys Lacrosse FAQs: SPRING 2023


What is Boulder Valley Lacrosse?

  • Boulder Valley Lacrosse is a community based, nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to spreading the great sport of lacrosse throughout Northern Colorado.

  • We organize boys competitive travel teams for our primary lacrosse season, spring, as well as camps and clinics in the fall, winter, and summer.

Who coaches for BVL?

  • We have a mix of parents and young men who volunteer their time.  Almost all of our coaches have high school or college lacrosse playing experience.  In 2023, we will have boys coaches who played at top college programs including Colgate,   Bucknell, Hobart, Princeton, Penn State, and Colorado. We strongly encourage all of our coaches to participate in our coach certification program, which follows the recommendations of the Positive Coaching Alliance and US Lacrosse.

  • All BVL coaches pass a background check administered by NCSI and agree to our BVL Coaches Pledge of Responsibility.

  • BVL Executive Director Andrew Davies grew up playing in the lacrosse hotbed of Rochester, New York.  He is a graduate of Amherst College and holds a master's degree from the University of Colorado.  Before joining BVL, he served as the varsity head coach at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood and has coached for Denver Elite and Icon Lacrosse.  Andrew is one of several US Lacrosse certified Level II coaches in Colorado.  He serves on the Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association's Executive Committee and is a past member of the US Lacrosse National Men's Game Rules Subcommittee. In 2019, he worked as the Lacrosse Operations Manager for the Premier Lacrosse League, in its inaugural season.

My son has no experience in lacrosse.  Can he play for Boulder Valley Lacrosse?

  • All boys in grades 1- 8 are welcome to play for Boulder Valley. Our experienced coaches do a fantastic job teaching inexperienced players about the skills, rules, and uniquely sportsmanlike culture of lacrosse.

My daughter wants to play lacrosse.  Where can she play?

  • All girls are encouraged to play for the Boulder Valley Girls Lacrosse (BVGL) Program. For information on girls lacrosse, visit www.bouldergirlslacrosse.org.

What is the 2023 spring schedule for BVL boys?

  • We are waiting to learn if BVSD will allow us to start early practices at Manhattan the week of March 6th- 10th.

  • If they do not allow us to start early that week, we will start practices at Manhattan the week of March 13th-17th, after Daylight Saving Time takes effect.

  • Teams may choose to hold optional practices over BVSD Spring Break, March 27th-30th.

  • Boys games will be held every Saturday from April 1st through Saturday May 20th. There will also be games on one or two Sunday dates in April and/or May.

  • All BVL boys teams will conclude their spring season at the AYL Championships, held Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st.  Teams will play only on one of these two dates.   

When and where are BVL boys practices held?

  • Most boys teams will practice twice a week at Manhattan Middle School in Boulder, or another location in Boulder, from 600 to 730pm.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teams may practice twice a week at East Boulder Community Park or Horizons School in Boulder, likely from 530pm to 700pm. 

  • BVL Select teams will practice three times a week at East Boulder Rec Center turf or Manhattan Middle School.

  • Head coaches will determine the practice location and days for their teams.

  • We CANNOT promise to assign a player to practice specifically at one location or the other, or to specific practice days. 

Where are BVL games held?

  • All home games will be held at East Boulder Community Park or Manhattan Middle School in Boulder. 

  • All boys teams will travel for away games to locations around Colorado such as Arvada, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Denver, Evergreen, Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.

  • Teams will be scheduled for 7 regular season games and at least one playoff game at the AYL State Championships.  

What are the tentative game dates for spring 2023?

  • Saturday April 1

  • Saturday April 8

  • Saturday April 15

  • Sunday April 16

  • Saturday April 22

  • Saturday April 29

  • Saturday May 6

  • Saturday May 13

  • Sunday May 14

  • AYL CHAMPIONSHIPS for all teams:  Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st (concludes spring season)

Game schedule will be released by the AYL by Wednesday March 15th and emailed to parents at that time.  Teams will be scheduled for 7 regular season games.  Makeup games will not necessarily be scheduled in the event of games cancelled due to inclement weather.  

What is the boys registration fee for 2023?  

  • BOYS registration fee will be $320 for players registered in the month of January.  Registration fee will increase to $345 effective February 1st.

  • Uniform is NOT included in the registration fee.  All players new to Boulder Valley Lacrosse must purchase uniform (reversible, numbered game jersey and game shorts).  Jersey cost is $40, shorts cost is $35.

  • Uniform design will remain the same as 2022.  Returning players from spring 2022 are not required to purchase new uniform components, but it is strongly encouraged as most players outgrow the previous year's uniform.

  • All registrants must have US Lacrosse membership valid through May 31st. ($30 cost if renewal is necessary).  Registration fee covers our field rental expenses, lacrosse equipment including goals and balls, league fees, AYL Championship entry fee, officials charges, coaching and educational expenditures, coach background checks, and administrative costs.

  • Our uniforms are custom-made in the USA by Stylax Sportswear- right here in Denver, Colorado. 

  • Scholarships for deserving families are available to defray the cost of registration.  Please email to make a confidential scholarship request.

Why are players required to have US Lacrosse membership?

  • Membership in US Lacrosse provides us with substantially lower insurance costs and provides our players with supplemental insurance.   US Lacrosse provides our sport with important safety research, rules guidelines, and coaching development programs.

  • Most off-season lacrosse tournaments, camps and clinics by other providers require US Lacrosse membership as well, so you will save money in the future.

  • Our registration system is integrated with US Lacrosse membership.   If you need to purchase or renew US Lacrosse membership, you will be redirected to www.uslacrosse.org to sign up your son and then returned to our website to complete the registration process.  If you have issues with the US Lacrosse membership process, email .  Any issue with membership will not prevent your son from playing with us. 

How are boys teams formed?

  • Boys teams are formed on the basis of GRADE and experience. 

  • We strongly recommend that all parents read our placement philosophy: NOTE ON BVL TEAM FORMATION

  • Teams for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders will be formed primarily on the basis of age, geography and previous experience.

  • Boys' teams for 4th through 8th graders will be formed on the basis of coach selection and previous experience. Coaches in these age brackets will provide input regarding team rosters and formation.  A greater emphasis on competitive ability will be instituted at these levels.   Beginning players and players new to BVL will be placed on teams appropriate to their past experience level.

  • Our overarching goal is to place every player at the level best suited to his experience and athletic ability.  We believe that our players' personal enjoyment and growth is maximized when they are grouped with players of similar ability levels. 

  • IMPORTANT: We will not guarantee that any player will be placed on the same team from year to year.

How do we know what team our son is on, and when his practices are?

  • Team rosters, practice schedules, and locations will be emailed to parents and posted on the website no later than Wednesday March 1st. Practices will begin either the week of Monday March 6th or the week of Monday March 13th, depending upon BVSD field permits (see above).  Coaches will also email their teams as soon as possible after receiving their rosters.

  • You can view these rosters by clicking on the "Team Pages" tab at the top of the website, and then clicking on "Rosters" on its dropdown menu.  Rosters can only be viewed by BVL members, so you will need to log in at the top of the page.

What equipment do players need?

  • All players must have a boys lacrosse stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder and elbow pads, a cup, and a mouthguard.

  • Hockey gear is acceptable for new players.  Hockey helmets must have a 4 point strap and be NOCSAE approved.  We do not recommend the use of hockey gloves in lieu of lacrosse gloves, due to their increased stiffness and lack of dexterity.

  • Our sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods is a great source of lacrosse equipment.  

  • SAVE THE DATES of Friday February 24th through Monday February 27th, 2023! Our great sponsor Dick's Sporting Goods will again host BVL Shop Days at Flatirons Crossing on those dates- BVL members can save 20% off in-store purchases on this weekend. 

Should I purchase any specific brand of stick or equipment?

  • Boulder Valley Lacrosse does not endorse any specific brand of stick or equipment.  We generally encourage, but do not require, parents to purchase white helmets and green or black gloves so that players will have an “uniform” appearance on the field for us.

I have a question about boys lacrosse rules, such as how long are sticks allowed to be?  

  • Click here to view AYL Game Rules about game length, stick lengths, checking rules and more...

 I still have a question-- whom should I contact?

  • For questions about the BVL boys program, please email Andrew Davies at

  • For questions about the BVGL girls program, please email Annie Nicholson at