Grade 3-8 Boys Lacrosse Information (2nd graders can play here if they would like)League Website: www.cvyl.org
South Hadley Boys Lacrosse Website
Due to COVID, there will be specific modifications that will be announced before the program starts in regards to play, required masks and limited spectators. For the 2021 season, it looks like we will just be playing teams from other Western Massachusetts communities and will not be playing in Connecticut. The league has already voted to have one division, with even teams if a community has more than one team in an age group. There will not be an emphasis on standings and playoffs. Jamborees and tournament will most likely be cancelled this season. The CYVL is waiting for the MIAA (high school organization) to layout their plans for their season so we can adopt similar playing rules.
As we know people are eager to get outside and play some sports this spring, we are allowing them to play any number of our sports this year; however, your attendance at practices will impact playing time. Please make every effort to communicate your schedule with the coaching staff. It is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate schedule requests for individual players.
Practices will start in late March or early April depending on the weather and field conditions. Play is typically at the Middle School and the turf field at SHHS. Games will start around April 26 and will run to June 13. You will hear from us and/or your coach in late March.
Players for Boys Lacrosse must have the following equipment at a minimum: helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves and cleats. Additional equipment allowed by rule may be used such as rib and leg pads. Information about equipment from US Lacrosse can be found here: https://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment
We recommend that you purchase a black helmet if buying a new helmet, although this is not required.
Beginning in 2022, players at youth, high school and college must also wear chest protection that meets the NOCSAE ND200 standard. If you are buying a new pair of shoulder pads for the season and plan on using them beyond this year, it is required to have the ND200 standard that provides heart protection. If you are not going to use them next year, you should be able to purchase a pair this year for less than normal as they have to move them out of inventory.
We have historically tried to provide starter kids for first year players, but COVID will make this more difficult to accomplish and there is no guarantee we can do that this season. We do have a limited inventory of equipment and cannot guarantee availability this spring. If you know another family that has gear they are no longer using, this might be a better alternative. We will send out an email closer to the season about the potential to borrow equipment.
The goalie equipment rules have changed this season and require that the chest protector meet the NOCSAE performance standard, ND200. All protectors provided by the Recreation Department will be in compliance with that regulation. If you are purchasing your own, please lookout for that standard when buying this. https://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment/chest-protector-faq