NRYLL Frequently Asked Questions
When does the season start?
The season begins in March with indoor sessions typically on weeknights. These are informal practices designed to transition into the season. The cost for indoor sessions is included in the spring registration fee.
How long does the season last?
Teams move outside as the weather permits, usually by early April. Game play starts in early April and ends in mid-June. Teams may participate in the end-of-season jamborees, which occur in mid-June.
How are the teams created?
Each league (MBYLL [www.mbyll.org] for the boys’ program and MBGLL [www.mbgll.org] for the girls’) mandates that we field teams of equal strength within each level. The coaches use the indoor sessions and early outdoor practices to gauge each player’s skill level, then work together in order to create balanced teams. There are no tryouts and no "cuts."
When are games scheduled? Are all of the games played in town?
All games are played on Sundays; times vary week to week. Both MBGLL and MBYLL are “travel” leagues. We play opposing teams in the Merrimack Valley, Cape Ann and North Shore regions. Average travel time for away games is 30 minutes. Our home games are on the NRHS Turf Field.
When and how long are the practices? When is the schedule determined?
Teams have two 60 minute practices per week on the HS Turf Field. Girls practice on Mondays and Wednesday evenings and the Boys on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. Team rosters and final practice schedules are typically set in late March.
Which level is appropriate for my child?
NRYLL uses a grade-based system for division of levels. U9 is 1st/2nd grades; U11 is 3rd/4th grades, U13 is 5th/6th grades and U15 is 7th/8th grades.
Do I need to purchase a uniform or other special gear?
BOYS - Boys need a men’s game stick, helmet, shoulder pads, arm/elbow guards, gloves, mouthguard and a protective cup. Cleats or turf shoes are recommended, but not required.
GIRLS - Girls need a women’s game stick, protective goggles and mouthguard. Cleats or turf shoes are recommended, but not required.
Can my daughter/son play an additional sport in the spring?
For families that choose to participate in multiple sports, it is inevitable that there will be some conflicts. Our coaches are aware of this and our policy, as a recreational program, is to not penalize players with less playing time in games due to absence at practices. We certainly encourage attendance at all lacrosse practices in order for each player to improve and therefore have more fun; however we understand that players have a variety of commitments. When conflicts arise, we ask that parents keep the coaches informed so that practice and game plans can be altered, if necessary. Our number one goal is to provide a great lacrosse experience for all participants.
I don’t see the answer to my question here. How can I get more information?
Please email NRYouthLAX@gmail.com with any questions and a league member will get back to you as soon as possible.
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