FAQs & COVID
What is the nature of play at BayLax?
It’s both competitive and fun. Just like everything in life, some people take it more seriously, while others are more relaxed.
We have one big team which we split into groups for our Sunday scrimmages, and we send individual or multiple teams to tournaments if we have enough interest.
Who is this league for?
Open to women and gender-expansive people who are at least 18 years old.
I'm interested! How do I join? How much are dues?
Please refer to the Registration links at the top of the page to see the various dues for each season. If registration is closed, simply email us at BayLaxInfo@gmail.com and we'll get you set up.
I haven’t played lacrosse in a while. Is this league for me?
We welcome all skill levels and would love to see you on the field. You don't have to be the best player on the field, all skill levels are welcome. We only ask that everyone has had at least 1 year of official play (high school varsity play, college club, other adult league, etc.), in order to keep things safe on the field. However, if you haven’t played in some time, please make sure to brush up on the new rules before you come out. For example, I bet you didn't know that now you must have a colored mouth guard! (Email us with any questions. Part of our mission is to grow the game and many of us are coaches).
Are there practices?
Nope! We just play scrimmages against ourselves on Sundays, and occasionally we coordinate games with other teams in the area. However, don’t let that stop you if you want to organize a practice during the week!
What rules do we follow?
We will be following WCLA rules. You can access those here. Other than the rules listed on the WCLA rule changes, all other rules fall under US Lacrosse rules. Here's a link: http://www.uslacrosse.org/rules/womens-rules.aspx
I subscribed to the Google Groups, but haven't received any emails? Am I missing something?
If you signed up but haven't received an email from us shoot us a note at BayLaxInfo@gmail.com. We typically send out weekly emails (during season) so if you don't receive something in a couple of weeks reach out. We also post updates to our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Why, oh why, do we use the fields in the Presidio for the spring season? I mean, aren’t there more convenient fields for pete’s sake?
This is a great question. Please let us explain: First of all, the Presidio is a central location in San Francisco, whether you live in the city or are coming in from Marin or the East Bay. Secondly, we're lucky enough to have great partnerships with local schools who give us access to fields we normally we wouldn't have on our own. Getting field access in San Francisco is a tough competition.
Why are regular spring season games on Sundays?
Our game schedule is based on field availability and the requests of our members, which we constantly ask for feedback on every season. We try to accommodate everyone the best we can.
How are our dues allocated?
First of all, your dues are what keep the league going. Aside from small sponsorships for special events, our league is paid for by dues and run by volunteers. This money covers everything from field reservations, referee payments, equipment, jerseys, team outings and even some portion of tournament fees.
Do you offer discounted dues?
Sure, we’ll barter with you. If you lend us a helping hand with tasks such as lining fields or volunteering to be a BayLax officer (a more-formal process which takes place in the offseason), then we’d be happy to work something out with you. Just email us at BayLaxInfo@gmail.com.
Why do I have to be a US Lacrosse member to play for BayLax?
This is for insurance purposes, and again REQUIRED. Even if you have your own health care coverage, we are required to ensure that each of our players is a US Lacrosse member, many tournaments require this as well. Trust us, it comes in handy if you do end up getting injured.
Are dues refundable?
We aren't able to offer refunds after the season starts; but write us and we are happy to discuss depending on the situation.
Since we are coming out of a pandemic, what about COVID? What are the safety measures BayLax is taking during the pandemic?
In compliance with San Francisco regulations, BayLax will be slightly different than previous years. All players should be mindful of and protective of their teammates. We will have hand sanitizer on the field and ask that you social distance while on the sidelines and in huddles.
Do I need to be vaccinated to play BayLax?
BayLax cannot require you to get vaccinated before stepping on the field, but we highly encourage you to do so if you can. We will be asking for proof of vaccination and if you are unable to provide it we will require you to wear a mask.
I've recently (with the last 10 days) been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but I really want to play, can I still come?
You can come back to BayLax after following the current CDC and/or SF guidance provided for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
...But what if I've been vaccinated?
Same deal. Let's keep everyone safe!