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GVAA Lacrosse is part of the Western Maryland Youth Lacrosse Conference ( and our spring season runs from the beginning of March to the middle of June.  Below are some frequently asked questions about the sport of lacrosse and our organization.

What is the difference between boys and girls lacrosse? 

Boys' lacrosse and girls' lacrosse are completely different games--completely different skills, tactics and strategies. There are different sticks that are used; the boys have a larger pocket than the girls do and defensive boys can use longer sticks. The field setup is different. Boys use protective equipment and padding and can hit each other; girls do not (except for eyewear). Since no protective equipment is used in the girls game rules have been created for safety purposes (shooting space, dangerous propel, are examples) It is definitely not the same game. 

Who can play? 

Outdoor teams are formed by the following GRADES for BOYS:
• 7th and 8th Grade
• 5th and 6th Grade
• 3rd and 4th Grade
• 1st and 2nd Grade

Outdoor teams are formed by the following GRADES for GIRLS: 
• 7th and 8th Grade
• 5th and 6th Grade
• 3rd and 4th Grade
• 1st and 2nd Grade


I’ve never played before, is that okay? 

Everyone has to start playing sometime!!  All conference clubs welcome new players each season and urges everyone to come out and give lacrosse try. They take new players and work very closely with them to ensure that they learn the skills necessary to be successful. Once you start playing, you’ll be hooked! 

Where do you play?

All practices will be held at Heritage Farm Park in Walkersville.  Practice fields are located on the right after entering the park entrance (near the county mulch pile).

What do I need to play? 

• Lacrosse helmet 
• Mouthpiece 
• Shoulder pads 
• Arm pads 
• Gloves 
• Boys LAX stick 
• Athletic supporter/cup 

• Lacrosse goggles/eyewear 
• Mouthpiece 
• Girls LAX stick 

Where can I buy equipment?

Most sporting goods stores now carry lacrosse equipment and offer beginner equipment packages that include all required equipment for a reasonable price.  GVAA recommends you purchase a white helmet but any color will work.

Local stores include Play-It-Again Sports and Dick's Sporting goods. 

Goalie equipment is different than normal field players equipment. Although GVAA does maintain some goalie equipment for use of players wishing to try the position it is suggested that players interested in becoming goalies check with their coach for specific requirements. 

How do I sign up? 

Please register using the site. You will need to create an account for your family before you can register.

Can I help out? 

Absolutely!! Coaches and volunteers are always needed for this rapidly growing program; please consider volunteering. Experience is not required. Coaching clinics are offered to assist you. Please contact Bryan Moran at  [email protected],com Thank you!

What if I have questions? 

If you have additional questions please send them in an email to  [email protected],com please include your name and phone number.

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Glade Valley Athletic Association

P.O. Box 302 
Walkersville, Maryland 21793

Email Us: [email protected]
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