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 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.
US Lacrosse annually offers two (2) grant opportunities for physical education (PE) lacrosse and soft lacrosse. 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
- January 1, 2014 – Equipment and Workshop applications available online
- March 1, 2014 – Postmark deadline for submitting completed applications
- March 1 - March 31, 2014 – Application review process
- March 31, 2014 – US Lacrosse emails notification to applicants
- May 2014: Awarded schools/teams can expect to receive the soft lacrosse equipment
- Spring 2014: Workshop awardees start planning local workshop with US Lacrosse staff
- December 31, 2014: All workshops must be completed by this date
Frequently Asked Questions
Applications for the US Lacrosse Physical Education Lacrosse Workshop and the US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant will be evaluated based on the following key criteria:
- Grant will impact an area where lacrosse is not traditionally played.
- Grant will help establish or grow the sport of lacrosse in this area.
- Grant will ultimately result in more youth having the opportunity to play the sport.
- Demonstrated financial need (a program for which current participant and outside financial contributions cannot fully cover associated costs).
- Applicant group is committed to implementing PE Lacrosse in the classroom or soft lacrosse in their community.
The following criteria will apply to US Lacrosse PE Lacrosse Workshop Program applicants:
- Grant will have an impact on a wider school system, school district or community.
- Workshop can be utilized as teacher professional development.
- Local experts in PE lacrosse or soft lacrosse are lacking in this area. Applicant group or area will benefit from a national trainer conducting the workshop.
- Workshop could result in area being able to train its own teachers in the future.
Grant Option 1: Physical Education Workshop Program
The US Lacrosse Physical Education Lacrosse Workshop grant provides in-service training for up to 30 educators in a school district or school system. In addition to this in-service training, the grant awards a set of soft lacrosse equipment to each school that is represented by a participant at the workshop. The objective of the workshop is to provide standard in-service-style training to educators who want to learn how to introduce and teach the sport of lacrosse using soft lacrosse equipment, rules and skills. Participants will leave the workshop feeling confident and able to teach students how to play co-ed soft lacrosse in a fun, age-appropriate, safe manner that allows all children involved to learn the game and participate in physical activity.
Awarding of a Physical Education Lacrosse Workshop is limited annually based on resources available and trainer availability. 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): US Lacrosse Chapters, school systems or school districts, 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
Grant Option 2: Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program
The US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant provides soft lacrosse equipment. The in-service workshop training explained above is NOT included in this option. This grant is designed to initiate and enhance participation in the sport by providing soft lacrosse equipment to schools and community-based organizations. A set of soft lacrosse equipment includes: 30 soft lacrosse sticks, 30 soft lacrosse balls, one (1) copy of the US Lacrosse PE Curriculum Guide and Reproducible packet, and one (1) copy of the Teaching Soft-Stick Lacrosse DVD.
Awarding of a Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant is limited annually based on resources available. USL places emphasis on applying organizations that are located in emerging lacrosse areas. Qualified applicants can be schools, school systems, community-based programs, and lacrosse programs looking to add an introductory version of the game for younger players. Examples of qualifying groups are (but not limited to): US Lacrosse Chapters, individual school or lacrosse team, after-school or community-based organization (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.