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-December timeframe. Please check back for updates.
NGYL buys or renews US Lacrosse membership for all registered players.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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:
Needham Park and Rec notes that with the severity of this winter, they are asking extra patience related to field status this Spring. Click here for the town's field status page. They have created a document about Spring field clean up efforts.
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!