Girls’ Youth Lacrosse is a non-contact sport that is played with 12 players (3/4 th games may be played with less on a modified field). The game is a combination of the fast pace of soccer and the concepts of basketball which involves passing, shooting, catching and scooping with a lacrosse stick.You can be big or small to play lacrosse and it is a sport of continual motion, which allows everyone to become involved on the field. For more information about the sport, visit the US Lacrosse website at www.lacrosse.org.
We play in the Connecticut River Valley (CRV) lacrosse league. The league does not keep scores/standings for regular season games; however, they do hold an end of season playoff in Agawam every year called the CRV Championship. To the game schedule, rules, etc… visit the league’s website at www.leaguelineup.com/crvlax.
Coaches are always needed for Recreation Department programs. We are looking for energetic people with a passion for teaching kids and the willingness to learn. If you are interested in being ahead or assistant coach, please indicate that at the time of registration. There will be plenty of training opportunities for the person with limited lacrosse knowledge.
Practices will start the week of March 27th. Games will start the week after April vacation and will run through early/mid June. Teams will travel to parts of Western Massachusetts and parts of northern Connecticut. You will play games or practice between 2-4 times each week. There may be some preseason practices held indoors and will be announced as the season approaches. Most South Hadley home games and practices will be held at the Town Farm Athletic Fields on Route 47.
Girls’ lacrosse is played with minimal equipment. You will need to supply the following: a girl’s stick (any price range will do and they are different than boy’s sticks), cleats and goggles. The Recreation Department will provide mouth pieces, game uniform and goalie equipment. If you have any questions about equipment, you can contact the Recreation Department directly or ask the coach once he/she contacts you. Recommended places to purchase lacrosse equipment are WhipsSports in Springfield or any Dicks Sporting Goods store.
We ask that the players make a commitment to their lacrosse team. Members are expected to make all practices and/or games with exceptions made only for illness, injury and/or excessive schoolwork. Players should not miss practices and/or games due to other extra-curricular activities.Players that miss practices will receive limited playing time during games.
The Recreation Department will supply each 5-8th grade player with a shirt that needs to be returned at the end of the season. Each coach will give you instructions on what shorts/skort you will need to purchase on your own. The Bantam players will receive a tee shirt that they keep.
The teams will enter some tournaments which are typically held on weekends. In the past, we have visited Longmeadow, Agawam, Granby CT, Southington CT and Somers CT. The coaches and our budget will ultimately decide where we go in 2016. A nominal tournament fee may be charged to each individual player; however fundraising through the teams may help pay the tournament fees.Your user fee helps to cover the cost of at least one tournament (maybe more depending on total participants and tournament costs). Game times for tournaments will be announced as the information becomes available.
Your coach will contact you in March with your first practice. The Recreation Department will email updates as they become available.If you have any questions about the sport, its equipment,you should contact the Recreation Department at 538-5017 x203 or [email protected] Cancellation Hotline:
For games/practices in South Hadley, if the Recreation Department decides to close any fields, we will update the cancellation hotline at 538-5017 x233. If a coach decides to cancel on their own,they will let you know via phone call, text message, email and/or team website. The form of contact is up to the individual coach.For games in other communities, the home coach will contact our head coach. They will notify you directly if those games are to be cancelled. The Cancellation hotline will not have that information.