Natick Girls Youth Lacrosse
Natick Youth Lacrosse is a non-profit sporting organization that currently has over 375 boys and girls ranging in age from 7-14 years old. The program was founded in 1999, by the husband and wife team of Jayne Rogers-Ehle and Brian Ehle. Since that time the program has grown into a vital and competitive program whose mission is to promote and enhance the game of lacrosse for youth and high school students in an environment that emphasizes fun while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity.
Main Recreation Program Overview
The program is open to girls who are Natick residents and are in grades 1-8. The program is built around participation in the Founders Girls Lacrosse League
Q: What are the age groups?
A: The Founder's League uses grade based teams. For the Spring Travel season Natick with have 1st/2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade and 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 on April 6 for the 3 older age groups. We are waiting to hear the schedule for school vacation week The younger girls games start a few weeks after the older girls to give them more practice time.
Q: Who do we play?
A: We expect the 1st/2nd teams will play a 6 game schedule. The older 3 groups will play an 8 game schedule. All of our teams are "travel teams" in that we play other towns both home and away. See FGLL (www.fgll.org) for more information on this league.
Q: When are the practices?
A:Practice times will be announced closer to the season. In past seasons, the practice times were as follows: In the late winter, there will be 2 or 3 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 will be two practices per week for the 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 teams and one practice per week for the 1/2 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.
Q: When are the games?
A: FGLL games will be played on Sundays, anywhere from 12 noon – 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.
Q: When is registration?
A: Registration for the 2018 starts on 10/1/17 and is open until 12/14/17. Click here to register!
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 on-line through the Natick Lacrosse Website (this site) and will be open until 12/14/17. Click here to register!
Q: How much does it cost to play?
A: For 2018, the Natick Girls Youth Lacrosse (in the FGLL) registration fee for Spring lacrosse will $245.00 for 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 players. The registration fee for 1/2 players will be $110.00.
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 Girl's Program Director- Derek Grant at
Q: What is US Lacrosse and why do we join?
A: During registration, players will be 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 1 year in length, are paid directly to US Lacrosse and are non-refundable. Note that many camps and clubs also require a membership so it is useful to keep your number where you can find it again.
Uniforms and Equipment
Q:Where do I get uniforms?
A: This year the 1/2 team will wear a Natick Lacrosse Pinnie rather than a uniform. In an effort to stay current we are changing the uniform program for the 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 age groups. We hope to have the new program in place in the coming weeks so please check back for updates.
Q: What equipment is needed? Where can I get it?
A: 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). There are many places that sell equipment, some offer a discounted "starter package." Options include; Lacrosse Unlimited in Wellesley, Dick’s in Framingham, COMLAX in Franklin or the Natick Outdoor Store.
FGLL League Information
Q: What is FGLL?
A: The Natick Girls Lacrosse program plays in the Founder's Girls Lacrosse League based in Westwood. Our schedule and rules are set by the FGLL based on recommendations from US Lacrosse. The league also organizes a year end Jamboree.
Q: Why is the FGLL philosophy unique and different from many youth sports?
A: 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. To learn more go to www.fgll.org.
Q: What other towns do we play?
A: Our division generally covers many neighboring towns including Wellesley, Dover/Sherborn, Needham, Wayland...a full list is on the FGLL website
The Game of Lacrosse:
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about the sport of lacrosse?
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse--the big or the 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 www.uslacrosse.org