Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive at Sum It Up Lacrosse. If your question isn’t answered below, please contact us.
Do you offer refunds or credits in the event of rain or terrible weather? What if my child is sick or our plans change?
Please see our refund policy.
Are the boys and girls kept separate at Sum It Up’s camps and clinics?
At locations where we run boys and girls camps concurrently, we keep them completely separated except during drop-off and pick-up. We believe some of the magic that is created at our camps and clinics comes from the fact that boys and girls have an opportunity to be themselves without feeling watched by members of the opposite gender.
My 7th grader has never played lacrosse. We’re worried that it’s too late to start, especially since many kids in this area have been playing for years.
No, it’s not too late! Our coaches are genuinely excited when middle schoolers try lacrosse for the first time with us. We find that a child’s “hand eye coordination” improves significantly at this stage of development, so he or she is often able to pick up the skills faster than they would in elementary school. There are many fine athletes—including some of our own coaches—who discovered lacrosse late in the game and go on to love and excel in the sport.
Do you offer elite teams?
Sum It Up does not offer elite teams since our programs are geared for beginners and intermediates. In addition, our area offers a wealth of elite programs and travel team options.
What do I need to know about buying a girls or a boys lacrosse stick?
Read our posts How to Choose Your Daughter’s First Lacrosse Stick and My First Real Boy’s Lacrosse Stick, which do a good job at answering how to buy your child’s first stick.
Can I borrow equipment if my child is just starting to learn the sport?
Yes and no. Currently, we have a limited supply of sticks and goggles to loan out for girls if you contact us in advance. Unfortunately, we do not yet have a supply of boys’ equipment, but we’re working on it. Please keep us in mind if you’d like to donate old sticks or pads.
What equipment will my daughter need for a clinic?
Click here to read about what girls need to bring to a clinic.
What should my daughter bring to camp?
Click here to read about what girls need to bring to camp.
What equipment will my son need for a clinic?
Our What to Bring page lists what boys need to bring to a clinic.
What should my son bring to camp?
Our What to Bring page lists what boys need to bring to camp.
Why do you use high school players on your coaching staff? Aren’t they too young?
In our experience, we find that carefully selected and trained high school players have a lot to offer younger girls and boys in terms of knowledge of the game and skill instruction. They also serve as positive role models who inspire the young players to eat well, be fit and work hard to pursue their goals on and off the field. Our crew of high school and college player-coaches are closely supervised by adult coaches, and we find their passion and energy make them well-suited for the job. Also, since they are fresh from the experience of having survived middle school, they are well attuned to what girls and boys would like to hear as they are learning a difficult, and at times frustrating, sport.
How do you find your coaches?
Sum It Up is known for its amazing staff. Our coaches are often inundated with requests for baby-sitting and private coaching because they are beloved by the children in their care. Many of the coaches we hire have attended our camps and clinics as younger players or are referred to us from current and former Sum It Up coaches. Our high school coaches work for community service hours in lieu of a salary until they are Seniors, at which point they earn $15 per hour.
What makes Sum It Up a non-profit? Why are your camp and clinic fees similar to those of comparable for-profit programs?
Sum It Up Lacrosse is a 501(c)3 educational charitable institution. (EIN: 26-0196936.) We endeavor to offer financial aid to any child in need of it. While we try to keep its clinic and camp fees as low as possible, we face the same costs as for-profit competitors such as: rent, insurance, staff salaries and equipment.
Isn’t Kindergarten too young to start learning lacrosse?
Yes and no. We believe the majority of children aren’t ready to play a real lacrosse game until they are in 4th grade. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many fun and fabulous games and activities that teach the basic skills and tactics that they need to play a real lacrosse game when they’re older. Just ask one of our 1st or 2nd graders to tell you about “Nuts and Squirrels,” “Sleeping Giant,” or “Cradle Tag.”
Will my son or daughter have an opportunity to participate on a team in your program even if they’re not playing on a team?
Yes! At the start of the camp week, we divide the boys into “Clans” and the girls into “Color Teams” in which they participate and do fun competitions all week long. This is one of the main ways in which we let the campers experience the joy of being part of a team long before they are able to play in their first game.
What if my child has allergies or asthma?
Sum It Up endeavors to have a certified athletic trainer on site at any program of more than 35 participants. The trainers offer basic first-aid in response to medical emergencies, including: bee stings; allergic reactions; asthma-related issues and common sports-related injuries.
Where are your spring programs?
Sum It Up Lacrosse does not run any programs in the spring because all of our staff either play or coach for their own school teams in the spring.