Q. When can I register?
A. Registration starts at the end of November for returning players. New players can register after January 1st, registration will close on January 31, or when teams reach capacity, whichever comes first. After that, names will be placed on a waitlist.
Q. At what age can my child play with the town program?
A. Beginning in 1st grade through 8th grade.
Q. Why is the deadline so early for a sport that won't start until spring?
A. The Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League (MBGLL) establishes an early January deadline for all towns to register teams with them. Once we've closed our registration and signed up the appropriate number of teams per age group with the league, we cannot go back and add extra teams after their deadline so latecomers may not be able to get on a team.
Q. Can my child participate in other sports and activities during the lacrosse season?
A. Yes, many players also participate in other activities. Coaches are volunteers and put a lot of time and effort into the program, and make every effort to be somewhat flexible and respectful of the players' other interests and activities, we ask to please be respectful in return and don't register your child if she is unable to make a significant commitment to the team.
Q. What if my daughter is placed on a waitlist?
A: We do our best to accommodate all players who wish to play lacrosse. At some age groups, we are limited by the number of qualified coaches available, field space, and other factors, so a waitlist sometimes becomes necessary.
Q. How do I establish or renew my membership with U.S. Lacrosse?
A. Prior to going to the league registration site, first, please go to www.uslacrosse.org to establish or renew your membership (click on "Join Now" on their homepage...then follow from there). Please note your U.S. Lacrosse Membership Number (which you can look up on their website if you're renewing your membership) as you will need it to register. The U.S. Lacrosse annual membership fee is $25 per player.
Q. Why do we need to join US Lacrosse?
A. Our league, MBGLL, mandates that each participant be a member. In addition to being the leading national lacrosse organization and a great resource for information on the game, U.S. Lacrosse provides important supplemental insurance coverage to our program and your child. The benefits of joining U.S. Lacrosse are listed on their website. Please note that EACH player must have their OWN, current membership....the BGYL registration program is integrated with US Lacrosse and will not proceed without a valid US Lacrosse number.
Q. What is the time commitment for lacrosse?
A. Participants should count on two practices per week and a game on Sunday. Most practices are 75 minutes long, and the Sunday games last about an hour. There are eight scheduled games beginning in early April and continuing through early June. There are no games on Memorial Day Weekend, or Easter.
Q. Where are the games played?
A. Home games are played on the BHS turf field. Away games in our league can be as close as Danvers or Hamilton or as far as Georgetown. The league aims to schedule each team for four home and four away games, however, field availability can sometimes skew this goal.
Q. What is the cost?
A. The program fee is $150 per player and $125 per additional sibling.
Q. Are there any other costs?
A. As mentioned, all players must be active members of US Lacrosse for which you'll pay $25 when registering with them online. Equipment is the largest other cost. Girls equipment will cost in the neighborhood of $75 to $100.
Q. Where can I purchase the equipment?
A. Modelles in Beverly, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Comlax in Danvers all carry lacrosse equipment. Also, if you know exactly what you're looking for, a google search of "lacrosse equipment" yields many online retailers.
Q. What equipment is needed?
A. Girl's Lacrosse Equipment consists of a women's stick ($30-$200+), goggles ($30-$70+), mouthguard 2 ($1-$25+), and cleats ($30-$80+).
Q. How will I know about practices, games, etc.?
A. All communication is via email. When registering please be sure to include the email address(es) that you monitor, not just your child's. It is important that you check your email often, especially with our iffy New England spring weather, for last minute practice cancellations or game postponements.
Q. Are there indoor pre-season sessions?
A. Yes, February/March BGYL will have preseason indoor practices.