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Welcome to Needham Girls Youth Lacrosse!
Welcome to Needham Girls Youth Lacrosse!  NGYL is a developmental lacrosse program for Needham girls in grades 1-8.  Our spring season runs from April through mid-June and provides opportunities for girls to play on in-town teams (grades 1-4), travel teams (grades 5-8), and a select travel team (grade 7-8).

Registration for our spring programs begins in early October and closes in late November.  Programs with openings will have late registration from December through mid-late January (with a late fee).  Select team tryouts take place in late October/early November for girls in grades 7 and 8.  

Waitlisted players should hear from NGYL by early March.

Registered players should hear from their coach by mid March with details (practice nights/times, game dates, etc).  If you do not hear from your coach by March 15, then please email us at to check in.  Please save the date Wed 3/26/14 evening for mandatory player/parent team meetings.  Practices start on April 1, 2014.  

Reminder that NGYL buys or renews US Lacrosse membership for all registered players.  Some of you may be getting renewal notices from US Lacrosse - - you can ignore them.

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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Spring 2014 Program Offerings
10/11/2013
Needham Girls Youth Lacrosse Spring 2014 Program Offerings &...
Equipment Needs
02/08/2010
Are you a new lacrosse player trying to figure out what equipment...
 
Spring 2014 Program Offerings
by posted 10/11/2013
 
Needham Girls Youth Lacrosse
Spring 2014 Program Offerings & Registration Information
 
Welcome to Needham Girls Youth Lacrosse!  NGYL is a developmental lacrosse program for Needham girls in grades 1-8 and is part of the Founder’s Girls Lacrosse League (www.fgll.org).  We are pleased to announce our program offerings for Spring 2014.
 
Registration is at www.needhamlacrosse.com.  All programs are capped (with waitlists) so please register soon to secure a spot.  NGYL fees include US Lacrosse membership and a T-shirt for all registrants.  
 
NGYL relies heavily on parent volunteers so please consider offering to help out (lacrosse experience is welcome but not mandatory) when asked during player registration.  The season starts on 4/1 and runs thru early or mid June.
 
                                 Spring 2014 Program Offerings Summary
Grades Program Weekly Commitment (*) Fees Regular Registration Closes Late Registration Closes (add’l fee)
1 & 2 Clinic 1 clinic
(Saturday)
$150 1/31/14 N/A
3 & 4 Intramural 2 practices and Sunday games $200 11/15/13 1/15/14
5 & 6 Travel 2 practices and Sunday games $230 11/15/13 1/15/14
7 & 8 Travel (**) 2 practices and Sunday games $230 11/15/13 1/15/14
5, 6,
7 & 8
Clinic 1 clinic
(Monday evening)
$150 1/31/14 N/A
* Specific days and times are to be determined.  NGYL will confirm the day, time and location of practices in March after Needham Park and Recreation publishes final field assignments.
** Girls who participate in this program may tryout for the 7/8 Grade Select Travel Team (details below)
 
1 / 2nd Grade Clinics
Girls are introduced to basic lacrosse skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.
                                                                              
3 / 4th Grade Intramural Program
Smaller teams (8v8) allow a focus on skills development, increased ball touches and an excellent introduction to playing officiated games.  Sunday games are all in Needham.
 
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 are either in Needham or at an away location. 
 
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 are either in Needham or at an away location. 
 
5 / 6 / 7 / 8th Grade Clinics
Clinics are geared towards 5-8th grade girls who are not able to commit or are not interested in committing to the 3 days/week required of the Travel Programs.  It is also a good option for girls who “just want to try lacrosse”. Clinics will focus on a broad range of lacrosse skills through drills and scrimmages. 
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**7 / 8th Grade Select Travel Team
Girls who participate in the 7/8th Grade Travel Program may tryout for the 7/8 Grade Select Travel team.  It is a developmental team that provides an additional, more competitive game/week through the Pioneer League as well as more advanced training to its players.
  • This team will be invitation only based on two tryouts, coaches’ evaluations from prior year, and commitment to the requirements. 
  • Girls who are invited and accept the invitation to play on this team are required by FGLL and the Pioneer League to also play on a 7/8th Grade Travel Team.
  • The overall commitment is regular attendance at 2 practices and 2 games / week:
    • 1 Select Travel practice/week
    • 1 Travel practice/week (girls are welcome, but not required, to go to their team’s 2nd practice)
    • 1 Select Travel game/week (Friday evenings, either in Needham or at an away location)
    • 1 Travel game/week (Sundays)
  • Cost is $125 for the season.
  • Tryouts are Sunday 10/27 from 1-2:30pm and Sunday 11/3 from 12:30-2:00pm at Memorial field.  NGYL encourages the girls to attend both tryouts. 
  • If you would like to tryout for this team, please register for 7 / 8th Grade Select Travel Team Tryouts by October 23, 2013.  Tryout cost is $25. 
  • Notification of team placement will be sent by late November. 
  • If you have any questions please contact Kate Blake at
 
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Equipment Needs
by posted 02/08/2010
 
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 2014
  1. Lacrosse women's regulation stick
  2. Lacrosse goggles
  3. Mouthguard--Colored only
  4. Additional

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
 

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Field Status
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 3:00 on weekdays and posts it to the website. The Parks and Recreation office asks that you do not call the office for this information as they do not have the staff to answer individula calls. Whenever possible, NGYL coaches or administration will notify teams of field closures. Thank you!
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