Wellesley Youth Lacrosse Club

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YOUTH PROGRAMS are offered for Boys and Girls Grades 1st - 8th, who live in Wellesley or attend school in Wellesley.

Our Spring Season is the focus of the youth program, we have intown programs for 1st/2nd Grade players and then 3rd - 8th Grade players, play on balanced teams against other towns.

Spring Season begins mid March, with preseason practices for Grades 3rd - 8th.  Games are played on Sundays, except for Easter Sunday and Memorial Day Weekend. Jamborees if offered will be played in mid-June.

 

Does my child need to have prior experience?

Not at all. We encourage players of all levels at any age.  All we ask is they bring a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

We do our best to have balanced teams and equal playing time for all players on these Classic teams so that they can have a positive experience. 

 

Is it ok if my child plays another sport at the same time?

We think it is important for kids to play all kinds of sports throughout the year.  We only ask that you prioritize lacrosse in the spring season, if there are conflicts.  Lacrosse is a team sport and requires practices in order for your child and the team to be successful.

If your child plans to be absent for practice and especially games, please notify the team manager/coach ahead of time so that they can plan ahead.

For systematic conflicts (such as overlapping schedules with other sports or activities) PLAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE CONFLICT WITH THEIR COACHES AND WORK OUT A SATISFACTORY SOLUTION WHICH EQUALLY SHARES THE CONFLICT WITH THE OTHER SPORT OR ACTIVITY.

 

I don’t know anything about lacrosse. Can you tell me the basics of the game?

Players are grouped by grades 3/4, 5/6 or 7/8.  Games are approximately one hour long, and have a running clock.

  • In grades 3 / 4 they field 7 players plus a goalie and play on a modified field. 
  • In grades 5/6 and 7/8, teams field 11 players plus a goalie and play on a full lacrosse field.

Field positions include Midfielder (Middies), Attackers, and Defenders. It is a very fast-paced game, our officials explain whistles to the players as they occur. 

US Lacrosse has great information on their website here, including field diagrams and common lacrosse calls & glossary.  

 

When is registration?

Registration generally begins in November and will stay open until maximum team space has been reached.

Please go to the registration link on the HOME page of our website.

 

Do you provide uniforms? 

For Grades 1 and 2, girls will be given a pinnie at the first practice.  They should wear these to each practice.

For Grades 3 through 8, there is an opportunity to reuse your uniform from last year.  If your uniform still fits, please reduce waste and wear it for another season.  

If you need a new uniform, you will need to indicate that in the registration process and it will be given to your child before the first game. 

Girls are required to wear their game pinnie, game skirt and something underneath their skirt (your choice but girls usually wear black stretch pants/shorts)

**Coordinators may request the players to wear their game pinnie to each practice.

 

How are teams created?

Both the MBYLL and Founders Leagues require all towns to put together balanced teams.  Wellesley will make a best effort to assign players based on lacrosse skills, experience, athleticism, attitude, effort and availability.  No requests for player assignments will be considered unless a hardship is determined. 

Teams will be announced at least one week prior to the first game.

 

Who are the coaches? 

The majority of our coaches are volunteer parents who have either played in college or are interested in providing support to the town program.  Some of our coaches are also current college graduates that also played.  In addition, our WHS teams may assist with practices.

 

Does WYLC provide other opportunities to play throughout the year?

WYLC strives to provide opportunities for kids to play more lacrosse off-season and stay in Wellesley.  Programs that may be offered include Off Season Clinics, Strength and Conditioning Classes, and League run games.

Our leagues offer an end of the season jamboree type of event.  This is played in mid-June. You will be contacted by your coach or coordinator closer to the end of the season to sign-up for the jamboree. 

From time to time, other opportunities are presented to play in jamborees and tournaments.  At those times, WYLC will send a notice out for participation.

 

How do I use the website to find my whole families schedule?

Go to the WYLC website then to Team Info / Multi-Schedule

From here, choose the season we are in (For example, Spring 202X). Then select the team that your children are a part of (includes Boys and Girls) and Submit.  

 

What is the weather policy for games and practices?

If the weather is poor, there will be a determination made by 4:00 pm for practices and will be communicated by the Coordinator for that age group.   

If there is any unexpected lightening or threat of a storm while practice is going on, we ask that you or your caregiver comes to the field right away.

*Game changes if it is home or away – 

Coordinators will work with coaches and coaches will notify their teams of any game changes.

If a game is changed in advance, then a notification will go out through the WYLC automated system and you will be contacted in the manner in which you selected (text or email).

In the case of bad weather, always check your email and text before you drive to a practice or away game.

 

How will I be notified of practice or game changes?

Each week, the WYLC system will send automatic reminders of practices and games (as long as you signed up for it during registration). 

However, in case of bad weather, the coordinator will send any updates for practice changes, to all teams/parents by 4:00 pm.  Always check your email and texts before you drive to a practice or game.