Founded in 2002 Wakefield Youth Lacrosse Association (WYLA) was created to provide the children of Wakefield and its surrounding communities an opportunity to learn and participate in the sport of Lacrosse. The association strives to offer a program that

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March 2019
 
For those of you who could not make the Parent Meeting last Tuesday below is a very long e-mail.  
 
Before I begin:   Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League asks that EVERYONE (coaches and players) are registered on their website at mbgll.org.  Go to mbgll.org then click the yellow PLAYER REGISTRATION button and register.  This MUST be done before practices/games begin. This is in place of the paper player waiver that everyone signed last year.  
 
For those of you who have never seen girls lacrosse before, it is completely different from boys lacrosse.  There is no contact in girls lacrosse - except at the 7th/8th grade level which has a modified check of the stick - and there are different rules.  It is closer to the pure lacrosse the Native Americans once played.
 

We have just a few rules for the girls that we expect from them and all the coaches as well:

1.  Follow safety rules at ALL TiMES!!!!

2.  They respect their teammates/coaches and the opposing teams’ coaches, players and the referees.

3.  NO GIRL at any time may walk home or leave the practice area.  Each girl MUST enter a car with an adult in the parking lot of the practice area.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

  If you tell a coach it is okay for your daughter to walk home or ride their bike please make sure the coach knows BEFORE practice or the game.

4. If you are going to be late and the coach needs to wait please let them know before practice OR if you are running late leave a message on their cell phone.

5.  Every girl should show up to practices and games to play with the proper equipment and uniform.

6. They should dress for success. It is very cold when we start in March and very hot when we finish in June. They should come dressed for the weather!!!

7.  They come to have a lot of fun!!

 

Each girl should have the following equipment for each practice and each game:

1.  GIRLS lacrosse stick

2.  eye protection - cage is probably the best choice

3.  COLORED mouth guard (not white or clear)- MANDATORY - nothing hanging out of the mouth - make sure they fit properly. HAVE MORE THAT 1 MOUTH GUARD AND KEEP IT IN THE CAR!!!!!

4.  Cleats - soccer

5.  Girls lacrosse gloves (OPTIONAL) they offer little protection

6.  water bottle or two (Please have the girls come already hydrated and not hungry. This will help them immensely out on the field)

g.  hand warmers for those frigid practices (practices only) (OPTIONAL)

h.  NO JEWELRY ALLOWED AT ANYTIME - ESPECIALLY GAMES!!!!  NO EXCEPTIONS AT ALL!! If they want to get their ears pierced they should wait until after the season ends. No covering of pierced earrings are allowed.

 

Practices

1st/2nd - Saturday - 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Landrigan

3rd/4th - Wednesday -  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Walton Field (At the Galvin on the North Ave. side)

3rd/4th - Saturday - 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.- Landrigan

5th/6th - Wednesday - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Walton Field (At the Galvin on the North Ave. side)

5th/6th - Saturday - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Landrigan

7th/8th - Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Walton Field (At the Galvin on the North Ave. side)

7th/8th - Saturday - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Landrigan

On Saturday, April 13th and Saturday, April 20th the HS teams have games that will be played during our practice times at least for the 1st-4th grades not sure yet about 5th-8th.  For those days we will have practice at a different time TBD.  Probably early morning.  Stay tuned.
 
Practices are important - we ask that all the girls try to make at least one practice per week.  This is where they will learn how to play, and improve, where to go during certain offensive and defensive plays, how to handle various situations, etc.
 
We also ask that the girls pay attention to their coaches and not goof off during the practice.  We want them to have fun, but not be disruptive.  
 
For 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th we will do a light skills evaluation to divide up the girls into 2 equal teams. This will be done during one of the first few practices of the season.
 
GAMES
1st/2nd - Play their home games at Landrigan Field
3rd/4th - Play their home games at Landrigan Field
5th/6th - Play their home games at Landrigan Field
7th/8th - Play their home games at Walton Field (At the Galvin on the North Ave. side)
 
Usually, we will divide the girls into three groups - defense, midfield, attack.  They will usually play that position for 1 or 2 weeks then switch to the next position.
 

We want all the girls to play all the field positions.  This helps them to see what is involved with each position and learn what to do in different situations from each position.  Playing each position will help your daughter become a better player. They will be able to see where each position plays on the field, how they interact with other players/positions, this will help them with the rules and to know the field better. All of this will help them improve as a lacrosse player.

 

We want every girl when they "graduate" from our program to their HS to know the basics, i.e., passing, catching, picking up ground balls and cradling. They should know rules of the GIRLS GAME, know the field and all the positions.

 
It is not about who has the most goals. We have no superstars.  It is about learning the game, being a good teammate and friend, how to win and lose gracefully and having fun.  
 
GOALIE
For 1st/2nd if someone wants to play goalie we will play them.  If we do not have any volunteers then we will turn the goal around and play without a goalie.  For 3rd/4th,5th/6th and 7th/8th we ask who wants to play goalie. If we have a volunteer then they can play (usually ½ a game) then someone else will come in.  If there are no volunteers, then we will choose someone.
 
INJURIES
If a player gets hurt on the field they will come off the field and be assessed by their coaches.  If we feel that they have a concussion or another injury that the coach feels should keep them off the field, they will not return to the field that day.  If they do have a concussion or another injury (i.e., broken bone) that keeps them from practices or games - until we have a note from your doctor saying they are cleared to play they will stay on the sidelines.  They are welcome to come watch the practices and games (in uniform) but without a note they will not play.  

 

GAME PREPARATION

We play an (8) games season, starting on Sunday, April 7th.  Each team will usually have (4) home and (4) away games. The first games of the day are usually the 1st/2nd grade at Noon/1:00 depending on what town we are playing.  Then 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and finally 7th/8th. Your coach will send an email out each week with the game arrival time, game time and game location.  The arrival time will be at least 30 minutes prior to the game.Your coach will have their cell phone with them at all games/practices if you need to contact them. They will send their cell numbers and e-mail addresses to their respective teams before the season begins.

 

For the 7th/8th grade teams their home games are at Walton Field. When 7/8 plays at home the first teams' game will begin at Noon.

 

Please  let your head coach  know if you cannot make a game or if you will be late so that they can prepare the game roster accordingly.  You will be able to view the game schedule soon. The full game schedule will be posted on the wakefieldlacrosse.net website under Girls Travel.

 

SELECT TEAMS

Both the 7/8 and 5/6 teams will be forming Select teams.

The 7th/8th grade team will play a full (6) game schedule and the 5th/6th grade team will play a (2) game schedule. 

Select games are for the more advanced players who want to compete with their town teammates at a higher level of lacrosse.  For the 7th/8th grade games,  if there are two referees, full checking will be allowed.  If there is only one referee modified checking will be allowed.  5th/6th grade games do not allow checking.

 

We will be having a Select meeting for grades 5th-8th to see how many girls are interested.  A few notes about the Select program:

a.  Players MUST attend their Classic League games/practices or they cannot attend Select practices/games.

b.  Games are on Friday nights.

c.  We will be holding try-outs for the Select team

 

CELL PHONES

NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED TO BE CHECKED TO TAKE/MAKE CALLS DURING PRACTICE OR DURING GAMES.  BEFORE PRACTICE STARTS THEY CAN CALL YOU, BUT ONCE PRACTICE OR A GAME STARTS THE CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF AND PUT AWAY.

 

UMPIRES/CHEERING

We ask that during games everyone sit in the stands and cheer on both teams.  The girls are expected to respect not only their own teammates and coaches but also the opposing team, coaches and umpires.  Before the game if the coaches have questions about rules/situations they will chat with the umpire to clarify.  After that, if the girls or the coaches have any questions about a call the umpire makes we can ask the umpire during halftime or after the game.  At no time is anyone to yell at an umpire.  They do their best and like all of us make mistakes.  

 

TURF FIELDS

Wakefield is fortunate to have new TURF fields that we need to show some love.  We are asking that ONLY WATER IS BROUGHT TO THE FIELDS. NO FOOD, CANDY, GUM OR ANY OTHER FORM OF DRINK.  If we all take care of our new fields we will have them for a long time!!!

 

EVENTS

For our annual Pasta Party on Friday, April 5th the food will be nut free. We will probably have broccoli/ziti, macaroni with red sauce, mac and cheese, bread, salad and nut free desserts the 8th graders will provide. If your child has allergies or is gluten free feel free to bring your own meal. Don't not come because of allergies. If your daughter wants you to stay please do. If you have a little one that insists on staying please stay. The girls will sit with their teams. Everyone else will sit somewhere else.

 

On Sunday, June 9th we have our annual Melrose-Wakefield Jamboree. We are hosting the Jamboree this year. All of our teams will play AT LANDRIGAN. After each game we will have pizza and Popsicles for everyone.

 

On Saturday, June 15th Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse hosts their annual Jamboree for all teams in all divisions at Chelmsford High School. It is a lot of fun. All the teams set up tents, bring food, chairs, dogs, families and watch their teams play 3-4 shortened games. There are vendors selling all sorts of lacrosse memorabilia. and food. Some of my best lacrosse clothing is from the Jamboree. This is truly a fun event that everyone enjoys.

 

 

Zach Frank Scholarship

This year for the second year in row the Wakefield Girls Travel Lacrosse program will be raising money for:  The Zachary P. Frank Lacrosse Fund, c/o The Wakefield Scholarship Foundation.  

 

This Scholarship will annually be given out to a Wakefield Memorial High School student who will be playing lacrosse in college.

 

Zach grew up in Wakefield, attended Wakefield schools then attended Plymouth State University.  Zach played lacrosse in Wakefield's youth program, was a stand out lacrosse player at Wakefield Memorial High School then again at Plymouth State University.  Zach also helped coach the Wakefield youth program. Zach was a really hard working and nice young man. He died in June 2017 after suffering cardiac arrest at the age of 24.  

 

In Zach's memory we are asking all the girls to recycle bottles and cans to raise money for this scholarship  If you want to recycle yourself you can give me the money. If you don't want to recycle, just give me the cans and I will be happy to recycle for you. Last year we raised about $130. Let's recycle more cans so we can add to that total to be donated to the Zachary P. Frank Scholarship.

Let's recycle for Zach!!

 

Dates To Remember

Pre-Season Practice - Tuesday, March 5th and Tuesday, March 12th - FEE  $25.00 Grades 1-8

Pasta Party - Friday, April 5th - 5:30 - 6:30  - All Girls Travel Teams Grades 1-8

First Game - Sunday, April 7th

Memorial Day, Sunday, May 26th - No Games

Last Game - Sunday, June 9th - Jamboree with Melrose at Home

MBGLL Jamboree - Saturday, June 15th

 

Also, for those of you who need to buy equipment:

Play It Again

Dicks

Lacrosse Unlimited

Lacrosse Monkey

Target

Walmart

 

Borrow from friends  

Before signing off, all of the coaches in our program are wonderful!!  I could not ask for a more dedicated group of coaches. Before practices they are creating practice plans.  Before games they area creating game plans.  They give up a lot of time to coach practices and games for our program.  Much of that time includes doing in person and online training required by Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse.  They treat your daughter(s) as they do their own.  We are blessed to have a top notch group of coaches teaching your daughter(s) the game of girls lacrosse!!

My home phone number is 781-245-7734 and My cell phone number is 781-264-4500.  If at any time you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or e-mail Debbie at .   

 

All of the coaches look forward to FUN lacrosse season with you and most especially your girls!!!

 

Make sure to check the wakefieldlacrosse.net site for Girls Travel updates/news.
Take a look at the mbgll.org website for more girls lacrosse information.
 

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Grazie,
Debbie