Whether you are new to the sport of lacrosse or already familiar with "the fastest game on two feet," physical education lacrosse, also known as soft-stick lacrosse, is a great way to introduce the sport to your students and community. The soft lacrosse sticks and soft balls are gender-neutral, and if you use the US Lacrosse Curriculum Guide to teach the sport, there is no additional equipment or protection needed to play.
VIDEO: Introducing Soft-Stick Lacrosse
US Lacrosse annually offers two (2) grant opportunities for physical education (PE) lacrosse and soft lacrosse, explained below as Grant Option 1 and Grant Option 2. These grants assist educators and other lacrosse stakeholders in introducing the sport of lacrosse by providing equipment and/or training to awarded lacrosse teams, leagues, USL chapters and schools.
The information below contains greater details about both grant opportunities.
2014 Application & Award Timeline - Cycle 2
- April 1, 2014 – Equipment and Workshop applications available online
- June 1, 2014 – Postmark deadline for submitting completed applications
- June 1 - June 30, 2014 – Application review process
- June 30, 2014 – US Lacrosse emails notification to all applicants
- August 2014: Awarded schools/teams can expect to receive the soft lacrosse equipment
- Summer 2014: Workshop awardees start planning local workshop with US Lacrosse staff
- December 31, 2014: All workshops must be completed by this date
Grant Option 1: Soft Stick Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program
The US Lacrosse Soft Stick Lacrosse Equipment Grant provides a set of soft lacrosse equipment to schools, after-school programs and community-based youth organizations. A set of soft lacrosse equipment includes:
Equipment Grant Application Frequently Asked Questions
Examples of qualifying groups are (but not limited to): individual schools, an existing lacrosse team, parks & rec organizations, and after-school or community-based organizations (i.e. YMCA).
If you are looking to apply for equipment for multiple programs or an entire school system, US Lacrosse strongly encourages you to apply for a workshop grant.
Grant Option 2: Physical Education Workshop Program
The Physical Education Workshop grant provides in-service training to help educators, coaches and community leaders learn how to introduce and teach the sport of lacrosse using soft lacrosse equipment, rules and skills. In addition to this in-service training, the grant awards a set of soft lacrosse equipment (outlined above) to each school or organization that is represented by a participant at the workshop.
Workshop Grant ApplicationFrequently Asked Questions
Workshop applicants are evaluated on their ability to host a workshop that reaches a group of individuals who are willing and able to implement soft lacrosse in their respective programs in the short-term future. Examples of qualifying groups are (but not limited to): school systems or school districts, parks & rec organizations, and after school programs and community-based organizations (i.e. YMCA).
If awarded a PE Workshop, the host group is responsible for the following:
- Securing sufficient location for a live interactive workshop that includes lecture and demo components and is of appropriate size for anticipated audience. Host group is responsible for any fees associated with use of the site.
- Hospitality for trainers and attendees, such as refreshments and snacks.
- Promoting the event, ensuring attendees register prior to the event.
- Communicating with the trainer to discuss specific of the event.
- Supplying post-event anecdotes, photos, etc. to US Lacrosse.
US Lacrosse will provide the following for PE Workshops:
- Scheduling a trainer for the workshop.
- Securing equipment, USL PE Curriculum Guides and workshop materials.
- Event insurance
- Promotional literature for the event