FAQ

Club Lacrosse is an opportunity to be exposed to some of the best instruction and competition in the country. Club lacrosse IS NOT a recreational or social activity. It can be more aptly characterized as a cross between high school and collegiate play. For girls that are serious about playing competitive lacrosse in high school or college, club lacrosse is a must. College coaches from virtually every Division I, II, & III program in the country use the club lacrosse system to recruit their players. Exposure for an individual athlete is next to impossible if you are not on a club team, especially if your high school team is not competitive on a state or national level. In addition, it is equally important for any athlete who is considering joining a club to thoroughly investigate the available club options in your area as to the type of club, their success rate in placing the student athlete, cost etc.

What is expected of me?

MFL & SSL has one expectation…. the club needs to be your #1 “out-of-season” lacrosse commitment. The Northern club season begins the day AFTER the end of the Ohio Schoolgirls’ Lacrosse Association State Tournament and runs until the day BEFORE the first day of the OSLA season and for the South the season begins the day after the end of the North Carolina state tournament and runs until the day before the start of the high school spring season. To make the most of your club experience, all MFL & SSL members (whether Elite or Open) are highly encouraged to attend all IWLCA sponsored tournaments and to participate in all club clinics and practices. As an Elite player you are required to attend all Open and Elite practices for the Fall and Winter, the new pre-season camp program and all mandatory tournaments based on your graduation year.

Where will the practices & clinics be held?

Practices and Clinics will be held in areas where a membership base is present. Currently MFL is based in Columbus, OH but is exploring offering regional satellite sites with one mandatory Elite practice being held in the Columbus area. In the South, SSL is based in Charlotte, NC and is considering offering an Open clinic in Charleston or Charlotte and one Elite clinic in Charlotte.

Who will be the coaching staff?

Coaches will be all college level teachers of the game being either current college coaches in an open format to comply with NCAA rules, recent college coaches at all levels, current college players and recent upper level college players. We only use professionals of the game to give the athlete the most comprehensive information available so that the base of the player’s foundation of knowledge is current with the way that the game is played today.

Can I play other sports during the club season?

Absolutely!! We feel strongly that players should not “specialize” in just one sport, particularly at the younger ages. We hold our practices on Sundays so not to interfere with players’ other school sports schedule. We also will make accommodations for players that advance into state play at the high school level, as extended seasons can overlap into the Fall tournament schedule.

Can I play for another club team while maintaining my membership in MFL or SSL?

The quick answer is “yes.” We encourage players to attend as many camps, clinics, and tournaments as possible during the club summer season. However, playing or participating for another team will jeopardize participation in future MFL/SSL club events. Your first priority must be to MFL/SSL unless otherwise approved by the administration. If a player shows up rostered on another club team roster prior to the end of the current season that conflicts directly with MFL supported venues or practices is subject to removal from the club for the remaining season with no refunds. This is to prevent players who club hop club to club. We want the members to be committed to each other.

How will I travel to Club tournaments? Where will I stay?

While the club encourages parents to travel to support the players and cheer on the sidelines, solo travel is permitted for all high school players. The staff will coordinate all team transfers and meals so that players may travel alone. Your daughter will have a chaperone that will ensure her safety while in the Force’s care. In addition, we have created an inter-club secure forum on our website which allows families to post requests for travel, lodging and transportation needs. We highly encourage using this as a way for you to coordinate your travel plans and save money by joining forces with other players.

How old do I need to be to play for MFL or SSL?

Currently, players must be rising sixth graders through rising seniors to participate in national club events. However, we have summer playing opportunities for youngsters as young as 1st-5th grades. These are a part of our “local” jamboree tournaments held during the summer.

How does this club differ from other club teams in the area?

MFL & SSL are here to maximize your lacrosse experience. Whether you are playing club to learn new skills, to elevate your game, to gain national exposure, or to just have fun, we are committed to individualizing each player’s experience. We strive to provide not just guidance to increase your skill level, but also your athleticism and overall game sense. Additionally, we provide support in your college search. We assist our members and their families in all aspects of the recruiting process including college profiling and networking in an effort to find the best potential academic, athletic, social, and financial match.

Can I play for another club team while maintaining my membership in MFL or SSL?

The quick answer is “yes.” We encourage players to attend as many camps, clinics, and tournaments as possible during the club summer season. However, playing for another team or organization at a MFL/SSL sponsored venue will jeopardize participation in future MFL/SSL club events. Your first priority must be to MFL/SSL unless otherwise approved by the administration.

What’s the difference between Elite and Open status?

Any player who chooses to be an Elite status member must attend all required mandatory practices based on the athlete’s year of graduation as well as participate in all practices for both Open and Elite status players held primarily through the Fall and Winter. An Open player is required to participate in a minimum of four open clinics throughout the season and plays ala carte for any Open tournaments for additional fees.

What do my fees cover?

Elite status fees are all inclusive for all mandatory activities based on year of graduation and also include all turf fees which is new for this upcoming season. The only additional fees for an Elite status player is an invitational event, college campus run clinic or tournaments outside of their standard package. Fees for the high school membership are ala carte based on registration and participation. Fees for middle school membership are all inclusive and include weekly practices during the summer months and three regional jamborees during the summer. The middle school player has an option to continue to participate with the high school open clinics during the Fall and Winter for an additional small fee. Youth membership is for the summer only.

Sounds Great!! How do I register?

You may register immediately by going to the Member Registration page on our website. You may also contact us if you have questions or would like more information about club events…but hold on…you are about to take on lacrosse “like a storm”!!!

If you have questions regarding any aspect of Midwestern Force or Southern Storm Lacrosse, please contact us.

If you have questions regarding any aspect of Midwestern Force or Southern Storm Lacrosse, please contact us.