Denver City Lax works to create opportunities for inner-city youth in the Denver area.
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Denver City Lax FAQ’s for 2016
Tell me about Denver City Lax

Denver City Lax is a Colorado non-profit organization developing a sports-based youth development program that currently involves elementary and middle school students playing lacrosse in underserved neighborhoods in the Denver metro area.

Denver City Lax is one of the original 14 BRIDGE programs (Building Relationships to Initiate Diversity, Growth and Enrichment). 

City Lax is supported by private donations from individuals in the lacrosse, business and educational communities of Denver; foundation grants; and numerous volunteers.     

How much does playing for Denver City Lax cost?
Players can sign up with Denver City Lax for no cost; however, we encourage players to pay $25 each if they can.

What about equipment?
Denver City Lax provides all players who do not have equipment with:  a uniform, helmet, stick, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, goggles (girls) and mouth guard.  All equipment is given out to players on a loan basis.
What if I have never played lacrosse?

Denver City Lax is about growing the game, and attempts to offer participation to individuals of all skill types.  Each year we try to start a new group of players at the U8 or U9 (2nd 
or 3rd grade) levels.  U10 through U15 teams have become more experienced each year.

What is the time commitment?
City Lax requires the following commitment from all members.  Typically, practices are twice a week, and games are once a week each Saturday.  Practices begin the end of Februray/first week of March, and the regular season goes through the first week of June.  Players are expected to be at all practices and games.
Where are practices held and when?

City Lax’s home fields have been Skyland Park, located behind Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center at 35th & Holly Street; the Martin Luther King Recreaton Center, located at 38th and Newport; and Fred Thomas Park, located at 26th & Quebec.  In 2016, we may use Skyland, MLK and City Park as needed. 

Practices will be held at our home field(s), and possibly at other neighborhood playgrounds and fields, depending on the age level of the team. 

Practices are generally twice a week, on Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri depending on the team, typically between 5:30-7:00 pm.
Who are the coaches?

City Lax coaches are generally former high school and college lacrosse players who volunteer their time to coach.  Each team is assigned 3-5 coaches.  

Coaches participate in City Lax coaches training, a league coaching certification program, and additional training.
How do I re-sign up if I am a returning player?

All returning City Lax players need to submit new registration forms.  These forms will be available the first week of practice and can filled out at that time.
What if I am a new player to City Lax?

Registration inquiry form coming soon...
What if the grade level I am in is not offered?
While we hope to eventually have teams at every grade level between 2nd and 8th grade, in 2016 City Lax plans to field the following teams:

U8                                          2nd
U9                                      3nd
U10                                    4
U11                                    5
U12                                    6th
U13                                    7th
U15                                    8th

U9                                      2nd-3rd
U10                                    3rd-4th
U11                                    5th-6th
U13                                    7th-8th
Players can play up a grade level when necessary and if it’s a safe.  Our goal is to get kids on the field but we must work within the rules and restrictions mandated by the Colorado Youth Lacrosse Leagues for both boys and girls.  Please contact us if you have specific questions and we will do our best to place every player on a team that fits.



What are the age cut-offs for each division?

Please note that both the boys and girls lacrosse leagues have changed from grade to age based divisions.  Here is a cutoff date chart for each division:


Division Born on or after Grade Equivalent Age on 5/31/2016


6/1/2007 2nd 8 or younger
U9 6/1/2006 3rd 9 or younger
U10 6/1/2005 4th 10 or younger
U11 6/1/2004 5th 11 or younger
U12 6/1/2003 6th 12 or younger
U13 6/1/2002 7th 13 or younger
U15 6/1/2000* 8th 15 or younger*

*All 8th graders in Denver City Lax will play U15.  Any student enrolled in 9th grade is not eligible to play youth lacrosse by league rule, and should enroll on an appropriate high school team.
**A player's eligibility for the 2016 season is determined by his/her age on May 31, 2016. 
For example, any player born on or after June 1, 2001 is eligible to play U12.  A player born on May 31, 2001
or before is not eligible to play U12 and must play U13.

***U-14 Girls and U-15 Boys are the same age divisions.  The Boy's league (CYLA) does not have a U-14 division while the Girl's league (CGLA) does.


Where do players live and go to school?
City Lax players come from a wide range of Denver neighborhoods.  While many City Lax families live or attend school in the Park Hill area, City Lax has a history of working with numerous players that live throughout the metro area including Park Hill, Montbello, Green Valley, Skyland, Clayton, Cole, Five Points, Whittier and other neighborhoods.

What is the 2016 spring schedule for City Lax? 
Practice will begin the week of March 1, 2016.

Games are played on Saturdays.  The season consists of 6-8 games played throughout April and May.  The official game schedule for Saturdays will be released by the league in late March.

City Lax boy’s & girl's teams will play in the CYLA Championship weekend on May 21-22, Saturday and Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
What if I have other questions?

Please contact us at
, or call 303-725-5500 or 720-837-4947.