BOYS PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Main Recreation Program
The program is open to boys who are Natick residents and are in grades 1-8. It is built around participation in the Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL).
Q: What are the age groups?
A: The MBYLL League uses grade-based teams. For the Spring Travel season Natick has U9 - 1st/2nd grade, U11 - 3rd/4th grade, U13 - 5th/6th grade and U15 - 7th/8th grade teams.
Q: When is the season?
A: Indoor sessions start in late February or March. The outdoor season begins at the beginning of April or when the town fields are open. Games begin during the first week of April for the three older age groups. The U9 game usually start in mid to late April. The season runs until early to mid-June.
Q: Who do we play?
A: We expect the U9 teams will play a six-game schedule. The older three groups will play an eight-game schedule. All of our teams are "travel teams" in that we play other towns both home and away. See MBYLL ( www.mbyll.org ) for more information on this league.
Q: When are the practices?
A:Practice times are announced closer to the start of the season. In past seasons, the practice times were as follows: In the late winter, there are two or three total practices at an indoor field facility. Once the town has opened the fields, typically there will be two practices per week for the U11, U13 and U15 teams and one or two practices per week for the U9 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 regularly.
Q: When are the games?
A: MBYLL games will be played on Sundays. There may also be a few Saturday afternoon games during the season which would be organized and scheduled at the individual coach’s discretion or an occasional mid-week game (i.e., make-up games).
Q: When is registration?
A: Registration for the spring season typically opens in October.
Q: Why is registration in the fall for the spring season?
A: While it 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.
Q: How do I register?
A: Registration is done through our website through the Register Online section.
Q: How much does it cost to play?
A: Natick Boys Youth Lacrosse registration fee for Spring lacrosse is $210.00 for U11, U13 and U15 players. The registration fee for U9 players is $80.00.
Q: Is financial assistance available?
A: Yes. We believe that no child should be denied the chance to play due to financial reasons. To request a registration fee waiver, please contact the Boy's Program Director, Jeff Aronis, at
Q: What is US Lacrosse?:
A: US Lacrosse is a national organization that strives to provide programs and services to inspire lacrosse participation, while protecting the integrity of the game.
Uniforms and Equipment
Q: Where do I get uniforms?
A: NYL is updating its uniform policy. We will provide the new policy once it is finalized.
Q: What equipment is needed? Where can I get it?
A: Boys are required to provide their own equipment which includes lacrosse helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, stick, protective cup and rubber soled cleats. Rib guards are optional but recommended. There are many places that sell equipment, some offer a discounted "starter package." Options include Unlimited Lacrosse in Wellesley, Dick’s in Framingham, COMLAX in Franklin and the Natick Outdoor Store.
MBYLL League Information
Q: What is MBYLLL?
A: The Natick Boys Lacrosse program plays in the MBYLL Lacrosse League. Our schedule and rules are set by the MBYLL based on recommendations from US Lacrosse. The league also organizes a year-end Jamboree.
Q: Why is the MBYLL philosophy unique and different from many youth sports?
A: MBYLL classic travel league 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. To learn more go to www.mbyll.org.
There is also a Select League for more advanced players. For more information, see the Select League Information tab on our website home page.
Q: What other towns do we play?
A: Our division generally covers many nearby towns in the metro west but also includes other towns from around the state. A full list is on the MBYLL website.
To learn more about the game of lacrosse go to www.uslacrosse.org