Boys' youth lacrosse program in Westwood, MA

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Welcome to the Spring 2019 Westwood Youth Lacrosse Season!

We are excited for a great season. Below you will find an overview of the season which will be helpful to keep for future reference.

Please take the time out to read it over so you and your son are well-informed and well-prepared for a great season of lacrosse!

Player and Family Expectations

The MBYLL has a code of conduct for coaches, players and parents. The league places great emphasis and value on always keeping a positive attitude and respecting your teammates, opponents, coaches and referees, no matter what the score. Poor sportsmanship is not acceptable. Although winning is great, our goal is for you to develop the skills, discipline, and attitude that will help you succeed later in life. Parents and other spectators help to set the appropriate tone and an example for our players, so the league has the following Spectator Code of Conduct:

  • Spectators will not criticize, taunt or otherwise disrespect officials, players or coaches from either team.
  • Spectators will offer only positive words of encouragement, preferably to both teams playing.
  • Spectators will not instruct players or coaches during games or practices.
  • Spectators will allow others around them to enjoy the game by not being overly boisterous or belligerent.
  • Spectators will stand on the opposite sideline from the team bench.
  • After the game, I will do my part by taking my trash with me and helping to clean up the field.

For a detailed description of the league codes of conduct for coaches, parents and players, please click here.

Communications

Westwood Youth Lacrosse league-wide communications will be sent via email using our website notification system.

Messages will arrive from the address . Please add this address to your contacts to ensure you receive messages. Team-specific communications will come from your coach. Please also refer to our website (WestwoodYouthLacrosse.com) for answers to frequently asked questions and other helpful information.

Also, you can follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/westwoodyouthlacrosse/) and Instagram (www.instragram.com/westwoodyouthlacrosse)

Pre-Season

In order to start the regular season off on the right foot, WYL will run a number of indoor pre-season skills practices in March. This is a great time for our youngest players to get acclimated to their equipment, for all newer players to start to develop the basic skills they will need in the regular season, and for our returning players to refresh and broaden their skills. Please note, players will need full equipment to attend skills sessions and all practices.

G12: Wednesdays, March 13 & 27, 6-7pm

G34: Wednesdays, March 20 & April 3rd 6-7pm

G56: Wednesdays, March 13 & 27, 7-8pm

G78: Wednesdays, March 20 & April 3, 7-8pm

*All indoor skills sessions will be held at Compete Indoor Sports conveniently located at 576 Pleasant Street in Norwood.

In addition to our indoor skills sessions, WYL will be running a Spring Wall Ball Challenge starting March 1st (details below). So get out there and hit the wall!

New to lacrosse or looking for a refresher?

Check out the resource on our website under the player tab where you will find a variety of instructional videos, a glossary or lacrosse terminology, and a summary of field & line rules. This section is also helpful for new parents!

WYL Spring Wall Ball Challenge

Wall Ball drills are one of the most important exercises players can do to dramatically improve their throwing, catching and general stick skills, as well as their fluency with their non-dominant hand. A quick google search of “Lacrosse Wall Ball” will turn up a bunch of articles about the importance of routine wall ball practice to player development.

In an effort to help our players develop this healthy habit, WYL is trying out a Spring Wall Ball Challenge. It's a fun way for kids to to earn rewards and recognition for their participation as well as enjoy some fun, healthy competition.

The challenge will start March 1 and run through the end of May with players working toward earning helmet sticker for their weekly participation as well as entries into monthly drawings for prizes.

Click here for all the details.

Regular Season

Practices

Regular outdoor practices will start in the beginning of April, as soon as the town has officially opened the fields. Please note, field conditions dictate when the fields can open; we're at the mercy of mother nature and our New England weather! All players for each age group practice all together. Full equipment is required at all practices.

Below is the tentative practice schedule information. Final specific times and fields will be communicated by your coach. Following is the schedule and locations for Spring Practices:

G12

Tuesday Evenings, Thurston Middle School

G34

Tuesday Evenings, Thurston Middle School

Thursday Evenings, Flahive or Multipurpose

G56 Classic

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings, Flahive or Multipurpose

G78 Classic

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings, Flahive or Multipurpose

G56 & G78 Select

Thursday Evenings, Flahive or Multipurpose following Classic Practice

Fields

Thurston: grass fields behind the Middle School.

Flahive: turf field at the High School right on Nahatan Street.

Multipurpose: turf field behind the High School.

An Important Note about Fields and Schedules

Fields are at a high premium in Westwood. We are fortunate to have field time at Flahive, Multipurpose and Thurston. But, it's important to note that High School and Middle School Athletics may preempt WYL on these fields from time to time. As a result, our schedule will always be subject to changes and coaches will communicated changes as early as possible.

Games

Games are held on Sundays between 9am and 6pm. Our first games will be on 3/31 (UPDATED) and the last games will be on 6/2. No games will be held on Easter Sunday or Memorial Day Weekend. Sunday field availability in Westwood is limited so each team will have at least 4 away games. We expect the game schedule to be set by mid-March. Once schedules are set, they will be posted on the website under the teams tab.

Equipment

Prior to attending his first practice, your son will need the equipment outlined here. There is at least one discount day coming up.

  • Dick's Sporting Goods is running a discount weekend for players in MBYLL (the league WYL plays in). 3/2-3 MBYLL players will receive 20% off their purchase at Dicks in MA, RI & NH. Just bring a copy of this flyer.
  • We're working with other stores to additional discounts and days

Uniforms

Uniform orders were due on February 3rd. If you missed the deadline, the online uniform shop has been reopened through 2/22/19. Please note, all orders are subject to a $5 late fee.

Team Formation & Assignments

Team assignments have been made and you should be hearing from your son's coach in the next couple of weeks. For G12 teams, we work to group players on teams with their classmates by elementary school. For G34 as well as G56 and G78 Classic teams, head coaches from each level collaborate to create balanced teams to ensure a positive experience for all players and optimal player development program-wide.

June Tournaments & Jamborees

Westwood Youth Lacrosse participates in two year-end tournaments.

Westwood Davieson Annis G12 Jamboree

Each year Westwood hosts a small Jamboree to provide a tournament option for our younger players. Proceeds from the event go to fund a scholarship award for a Westwood High School senior boys' lacrosse player who best exemplifies the values of teamwork, perseverance and positive attitude. This award honors Davieson Annis who dedicated so much of his time to the Westwood Youth Lacrosse program and lost his battle with cancer in 2009.

Melissa Rose Kradin (MRK) Canton Tournament (G34, G56, G78)

The MRK tournament is a benefit run to support the Melissa Rose Kradin Foundation. Rick and Audrey Kradin created the foundation in memory of their daughter, Melissa Rose, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 12 after a two-year battle with a malignant brain tumor. The foundation works together with the Cam Neeley Foundation to fund research activities to advance the treatment of childhood cancers and to provide support to the families of critically ill children. Tournament entry fees go to the foundation; additional donations are appreciated.

This is a play-to-win tournament for which participating towns are invited to bring one team only at each level: G34, G56 and G78. To ensure a positive tournament experience for invited participants, head coaches at each level will collaborate to determine appropriate roster sizes and collectively nominate players to be invited.

It is an honor to be invited to play in the MRK. We request that players who accept an invitation make a commensurate commitment to the tournament game attendance. While all invited players will have reasonable playing time, equal playing time is not guaranteed. This is a weekend-long tournament played on the second weekend of June with games Saturday, Sunday and possibly Friday night. If your family schedule will not allow your son to play, please let your coach know.

Families of players invited to play at the MRK are asked to make a minimum donation of $30 to cover the tournament entry fee and the cost of our raffle basket donation which all benefit the MRK Foundation.

Call for Volunteers

Our G12 division is in need of assistant coaches. Please look for more information when you hear from your coach.