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NEEDHAM GIRLS YOUTH LACROSSE

Welcome to Needham Girls Youth Lacrosse!
 

NGYL is a developmental lacrosse program for girls in grades 1-8 who live in and/or attend school in Needham. Our primary season is in the Spring, though we often provide Fall clinics and workshops as well.

Our Spring season runs from April 1st through mid-June and provides opportunities for girls to participate in clinic programs (younger grades), travel teams (older grades), and select travel teams (older grades).

Regular registration will open in the November timeframe. Please check back for updates.

NEW for 2017 season - all players will join or renew membership with US Lacrosse directly prior to registering with NGYL.  http://www.uslacrosse.org 

Please check our website regularly for updates and information, including links to summer lacrosse programs, club teams and other resources for parents, players and coaches.

 

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Registration Now Open for Spring 2017 Season
11/01/2016
Registration for our Spring 2017 programs is open and can be accessed...
Equipment Needs
02/08/2010
Are you a new lacrosse player trying to figure out what equipment...
 
Registration Now Open for Spring 2017 Season

Registration for our Spring 2017 programs is open and can be accessed at www.needhamlacrosse.com

 

US Lacrosse Membership

IMPORTANT:  All players must now register, or renew registration, with US Lacrosse prior to registering with NGYL. A US Lacrosse member # will be required to begin registration with NGYL.  The US Lacrosse membership fee is $30.  Go to www.uslacrosse.org to register.

 

Registration Dates

Registration for grades 3-8 will remain open until 12/15/16.  Decisions on number of teams/coaches/field requests will be made based on registrants as of 12/15/16.  Late registration (with accompanying late fee) will be available only for programs that are not at capacity after regular registration.  Waitlists will be kept for programs that are at capacity (in case cancellation spaces open up).  Registration for 1/2 clinics will stay open until mid-March. 

 

Season Dates

The season starts in early April and runs through early/mid June.  Registered players should hear from their coaches by mid-March with details (start date, practice nights/times, game schedule, etc.).  Waitlisted players should hear from NGYL throughout March.

 

Volunteers Needed!

NGYL relies heavily on parent volunteers, so please consider offering to help out when you register. Lacrosse experience is welcome, but not required, to volunteer. If you would like more information about coaching commitments, please e-mail us at girlslax@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2017 Program Summary & Descriptions

 

Grades

Program

Weekly Commitment (1)

Fees

1&2

Clinic

1 clinic  (Saturday)

$150

3&4

8v8 Travel

2 practices and Sunday games

$220

5&6

12v12 Travel

2 practices and Sunday games

$220

7&8

12v12 Travel

2 practices and Sunday games

$220

 

(1) Specific days and times are TBD.  NGYL will confirm the day, time, and location of practices in March after Needham Park and Recreation publishes final field assignments / permits.

 

1/2nd Grade Clinics

Girls are introduced to basic lacrosse skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.   There may be some small-sided games against other towns later in the season.

 

3/4th Grade Travel Program

Smaller teams (8v8) on a reduced-size field allow a focus on skills development, increased ball touches and an excellent introduction to playing officiated games.  Teams will have 2 practices/week and games on Sundays.  Sunday games will be either in Needham or at an away location.  Teams will likely play games against other Needham teams as well as teams from other (nearby) FGLL towns. 

 

5/6th Grade Travel Program

Geared towards girls interested in learning/practicing their skills as well as competing with other FGLL towns (12 v 12).  Girls should be committed to 2 practices/week and games on Sundays.  Sunday games will be either in Needham or at an away location.  New players are welcome (if enough interest, NGYL will offer a ‘New to Lacrosse’ clinic before/early in the season.)

 

7/8th Grade Travel Program

Geared towards girls interested in learning/practicing their skills as well as competing with other FGLL towns (12 v 12).  Girls should be committed to 2 practices/week and games on Sundays.  Sunday games will be either in Needham or at an away location.  New players are welcome (if enough interest, NGYL will offer a ‘New to Lacrosse’ clinic before/early in the season.)

 

Select Teams

NGYL will run 5/6th and 7/8th Select teams in Spring 2017.  Team selection will be based on two tryouts, coaches’ evaluations from prior year, and commitment to the requirements.  One of the requirements is that girls who play on a select team must also play in the Travel Program (described above).

 

Contact Us

Please contact us at if you have any questions or need any additional information. 


by needhamlacrosse posted 11/01/2016
Equipment Needs

Are you a new lacrosse player trying to figure out what equipment you need?

Are you an existing player who would like to upgrade her stick from the one you bought 4 years ago?
 

Needham Lacrosse equipment 2015/16
  1. Lacrosse women's regulation stick
  2. Lacrosse goggles
  3. Mouthguard--Colored only
  4. Cleats or sneakers

Here is some information to help you make a more informed decision.
Retail and on-line stores are listed at the bottom of this page.  

1.   Lacrosse stick  

General info
  • Purchase a women's stick (often called a standard stick), not a youth or boy’s stick.  No mesh allowed!  
     
  • Very expensive sticks are designed for powerful, experienced players. If you are Grade 1-8, it is not necessary to buy a top-of-the-line stick. By the time you grow into the capability of that stick, there will be better technology out there!
     
  • If you are ordering by catalog make sure you order a “complete” stick which is one with the head and the shaft. 
New players Grade 1-6:

In the end, most sticks are good and we understand that color is important to most young girls.  Examples of sticks that are available: (complete stick = head and shaft)
 
  • Maverik Twist: Beginner Package at Comlax includes stick, goggles and bag. $79.99
  • Brine Empress-Complete Stick: $79.99
  • STX Ntrance: $85
  • Under Armour Assert: Complete Stick $99.99

Note: We prefer NOT to cut the stick shafts. However, for Grade 1-4 players, stick shafts can be too long for optimal cradling and passing and therefore can be cut. Please do NOT cut the stick yourself or let the store cut it. Bring your uncut stick to the first practice, and we will measure it and mark it for cutting. You can then cut the stick at home with a hack saw. Don't worry, we will take into account the fact that they will grow over the next few years!  

New players Grade 7-8:

If you are new in Grade 7/8 and might be interested in playing in High School, you may want to buy a slightly higher end stick, such as:
 
  • STX Fortress: $140
  • deBeer (db) NV3 Complete stick: $99.99
  • Maverik Wondergirl $119.99
 
  • Many other options to buy head and shaft separately
Do NOT have your stick cut.  You need the full length for longer passing as you get older.  

Intermediate/experienced:
 
If you have been playing for a few years and are into lacrosse, you may want to investigate the higher models by these manufacturers.  The technology has really improved in the past few years.  

We do not feel that you need to purchase a top-of-the-line stick.  The technology changes so quickly that it's very likely you will want a new stick in the next 2-3 years.  

According to one trainer, the 10-degree tilt is advantageous for keeping the ball in the pocket.  Although some players may need to get used to the slight difference in release point.  Head and shaft will be dictated by your position as you get older.

High end shafts aren't really necessary either.  You can always upgrade the shaft later.  And do NOT have your stick cut.  You need the full length for longer passing as you get older.

 
2.  Lacrosse goggles
All girls are required to wear protective eye gear that meets ASTM F803 requirements.  Color and exact manufacturer are up to you.  Examples of goggles we have used:
  • STX Rookie (for younger girls) $30  
  • deBeer Lucent ($60)
  • STX 4sight  Pro ($80) 
  • Brine Lux ($55)
Beware that "Mini" or "Youth" goggles might be too small, even for younger girls.  The adjustable strap does not extend far enough to fit larger heads and the cage can be tight/narrow.  Try on goggles to make sure they fit comfortably.  Please think about whether it is comfortable for a 1.5 hour practice!  It should not be tight.

If you wear glasses, you may need to try on several kinds of goggles before you find ones that fit over your glasses.  


3.  Mouthguards
Mouthguards are mandatory.  They must:

 
  • Be colored, i.e. not clear (so don't blend into the teeth!)
  • Have no straps or tabs protruding from the mouth. 
Youth or Adult sizes are available. Some orthodontist supply girls with a special mouth guard for braces. Other girls use the ShockDoctor for braces.

Please purchase two or three, as they are frequently lost. 

4.  Additional equipment

 
  • Soccer cleats or any molded rubber cleats are great; sneakers are fine when the field is dry.
  • Please purchase 3 or 4 balls for practicing at home. We supply practice and games balls but the players must not take these balls home.
  • Lacrosse gloves are not necessary or recommended.  Although some girls so opt to wear girls lacrosse gloves during the colder weeks of the early season.  
  • Always bring a water bottle to games and practices. Please put your name on the water bottle
  • A sweatshirt and sweatpants are necessary for outdoor practices in the spring

Where to shop
You may want to call the sporting good store before going to make sure the stick, goggle and mouthguard you want are in stock.  Best prices and color selections can often be found on-line. Below are a few suggestions:  
 
  • ComLax, Commonwealth Lacrosse, Needham, MA
                               1299 HIGHLAND AVE.
                               NEEDHAM, MA. 02492
                               781-400-5813

                               www.comlax.com

 
  • Modell's Sporting Goods
                      210 Needham St
                      NewtonMA 02464
                     (617) 965-4839
                     www.modells.com
  • Dicks Sporting Goods, 300 Providence Hwy, Dedham, MA 781-329-2862
www.dickssportinggoods.com
 

by posted 02/08/2010
Field Status

Click here for the town's field status page. 

Please use the Field Status tab on the left to check if a field is open or closed. Park and Recreation updates field status after 3:00pm on weekdays and posts it to the website.

Park and Recreation asks that you do not call the office for this information. Whenever possible, NGYL coaches or administration will notify teams of field closures. Thank you!

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