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Little Laxers

Hopewell Valley Little Laxers (LL) is a co-ed, six-week introductory program for children in grades K-2.  The dual purpose of LL is to show beginners the fun of the game while teaching basic lacrosse skills, including cradling, scooping, passing, catching and shooting.

Each session is one hour long and combines lacrosse fundamentals with non-competitive, age-appropriate mini-games. LL is the feeder program for our boys’ and girls’ recreational competition which begins in 3rd grade.


Program Details

Sunday April 25 - June 6

(no practice Memorial Day)


Twin Pines Turf



Regarding equipment, safety is our first priority. We require the correct, lacrosse-specific equipment for boys and girls. The best place to buy is Lacrosse Unlimited in the Nassau Park Pavillion in Princeton (Dick's is a generic sporting goods store and are not lacrosse specialists). If you have any issues or questions, please reach out to See specifics below.


Little Laxers’ Mandatory Equipment Information - Required for first practice

Unfortunately, kids will NOT be able to practice without the below equipment.


Sticks (Crosse) - Each player is required to bring his or her own gender-specific youth lacrosse stick.  Shafts should be custom cut to fit the child in advance of the first practice.  Please do not purchase a "mini stick,” which is a gender-neutral toy lacrosse stick.  These toy sticks have head and shaft proportions that do not work with regulation-size balls. 

If you need help fitting your child with his or her lacrosse stick, you may speak to a member of our coaching staff.  Additionally, we recommend visiting Lacrosse Unlimited in Nassau Park Pavilion for guidance.


Helmets/Goggles - Boys are required to wear a properly-sized lacrosse-specific helmet. Girls are required to wear properly-sized lacrosse-specific goggles.  Hockey helmets or squash goggles are not allowed.  Please fit the helmet/goggles to your child's head prior to the first practice.

To reduce equipment costs, additional protective equipment like gloves, shoulder pads and arm guards are not required for boys to participate.  Our program uses “soft” lacrosse balls and does not allow body contact.


Mouth Guards - Boys and girls are required to wear a mouthguard.  Mouth guards must be properly trimmed and molded to fit comfortably in your child's small mouth.  (If your child has an orthodontist, check whether he/she provides and molds mouth guards).  It is our recommendation that you purchase more than one mouthguard for your child as they are easily lost.


We strongly encourage that you child use all equipment at home prior to the first practice.

We understand that Little Laxers may be your child’s first experience wearing sports’ equipment.  Coaches will be available 30 minutes prior to the first practice to help with any equipment issues.  We will work with each child to make sure they are comfortable and protected. 

Clothing - It is recommended that all players wear comfortable athletic clothing and sneakers, taking into consideration daily weather conditions.  Players should bring labeled water  bottles.  Cleats are acceptable but not required.


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