GIRLS PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Built around participation in the Founders Girls Lacrosse League (FGLL), the program is open to girls who are Natick residents and in grades 1-8.
FGLL is based in Westwood. Our schedule and rules are set by FGLL based on recommendations from US Lacrosse. The league also organizes a year-end Jamboree.
FGLL is considered an “instructional” league. There are no standings kept, no league championship or playoffs. Currently, all teams from each town are equal in skill (no A team/B team). The goals are teaching the sport and providing a rewarding experience for all involved.
Our division generally covers many neighboring towns including Wellesley, Dover/Sherborn, Needham, Wayland. For a full list of towns and more information on the league, visit http://www.fgll.org.
FGLL uses grade-based teams. For the Spring season, Natick has 1st/2nd grade (8U), 3rd/4th grade (10U), 5th/6th grade (12U) and 7th/8th grade (14U) teams.
Pre-season indoor practices start in March. The outdoor season starts in early April or when the town fields are open. The younger girls games start a few weeks after the older girls to give them more practice time.
We expect the 8U teams to play a six-game schedule. The 10U, 12U, and 14U teams play eight games. All our teams are "travel" teams in that we play other towns both home and away. Visit http://www.fgll.org for more information on this league.
Practice times are announced closer to the start of the season. In past seasons, practice times were as follows:
In the late winter, there are two or three total practices at an indoor field facility and/or skills practices in the Natick school gyms. Once the town has opened the fields, typically there are two practices per week for the 10U, 12U, and 14U teams and one practice per week for the 8U teams. Practices are usually held in the late afternoon or early evening during the week or on the weekend. Players are expected to attend practices or their playing time during games may be limited.
Games are played on Sundays, anywhere from 12 pm–5 pm. There may also be a few optional Saturday afternoon games during the season, which would be organized and scheduled at the individual coach’s discretion.
Registration for the Spring season starts in October and is open until December. While the timing seems early, there are a number of items that must be completed in late fall and early January including team submission to the leagues, uniform ordering, booking indoor practice time, and coordinating field time with the town.
Registration fee for the Spring program (in the FGLL) is $245.00 for 10U, 12U, and 14U players. The registration fee for 8U players is $110.00.
Financial assistance is available. We believe no child should be denied the chance to play due to financial reasons. To request a registration fee waiver, please contact the Interim Girls Program Director, Lyman Phillips, at email@example.com
During registration, players are automatically registered with US Lacrosse. US Lacrosse is a national organization that strives to provide programs and services to inspire lacrosse participation, while protecting the integrity of the game. More importantly, through the fees we pay, US Lacrosse members receive Accident and Liability insurance coverage. All of our players must be US Lacrosse members for the program and participants to be covered. Memberships are for one year and paid directly to US Lacrosse (non-refundable). Please note that many camps and clubs also require a membership, so it is useful to keep note of your membership number.
Uniforms and Equipment
8U players wear a Natick Lacrosse pinnie. 10U, 12U and 14U teams wear a Natick Lacrosse pinnie and shorts. Uniforms are ordered through the Natick Outdoor Store.
Girls are required to have: a regulation youth or women’s lacrosse stick (regulations vary by age group); approved lacrosse goggles; a colored mouth guard; gloves are optional (do not get boys’ gloves). Places that sell equiment include Lacrosse Unlimited in Wellesley, Dick’s in Framingham, COMLAX in Franklin, or the Natick Outdoor Store.
Sport of Lacrosse
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse, big or small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Lacrosse is played with a stick -- the crosse -- which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Youth participation in the sport for girls has grown 69% between 2006 and 2012. In 2012, there were 137,500 youth girls playing. At the same time, no sport has grown faster at the high school level and there are now an estimated 115,600 female high school players. Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last few years at the NCAA level with 100 women's D1 programs and more than 14,000 collegiate women participating. To learn more go to http://www.uslacrosse.org.