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K-2 Lacrosse Information

We are happy to offer our K-2 lacrosse program this spring.  This program will meet one or two times a week, and has traditionally been held on Friday nights at the Middle School.  The specific dates and times will be finalized when the season gets closer with the coaching staff.  Players must have turned five (5) by 8/31/2020 to be eligible to play this season.  

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.  

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.  We will keep K-2 lacrosse off the tee-ball and soccer times for the most part if kids want to try all three activities this season.  


Please note we do allow second graders the opportunity to play up in the 3/4th division if they would like.  Those teams typically meet 2-4 times per week and do travel to other communities, play games and have equipment requirements.  We only recommend doing this if they have played lacrosse before as they will be playing 3rd and 4th graders from other communities.  

Players must provide a lacrosse stick and sneakers or cleats.  Any stick will do for this activity; however, boys and girls sticks differ so if you are planning on using it in future years, this might matter.  A girls lacrosse stick has a much more shallow pocket than a boys stick. More information can be found here:  https://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment

We use a very soft, safety lacrosse ball.  If the players want to wear eye protection or a helmet, that is up to them.  This activity concentrates on drills and skills, with some fun games so that is not required. 

Boys Lacrosse Information

Grade 3-8 Boys Lacrosse Information (2nd graders can play here if they would like)

League Website: www.cvyl.org

South Hadley Boys Lacrosse Websitewww.leaguelineup.com/shboyslacrosse

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.

Equipment Information:
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 

Girls Lacrosse Information

Grade 3-8 Girls Lacrosse Information (2nd graders can play here if they would like)

The girls play in the Western Mass Girls Lacrosse League (WMGLL).  The directors meet a few times each year, and communicate through the coordinators and coaches directly.  Our coaching staff will communicate all games and practices with the parents.  

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.  There will not be an emphasis on standings and playoffs this season and jamborees and tournaments will most likely be cancelled this season.  The WMGLL 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.


Equipment Information
Players must provide a girl’s lacrosse stick, goggles and cleats. Please note that the girls lacrosse stick has a much more shallow pocket than a boys stick. Any type of molded rubber cleats will work.  

Referees will be checking to make sure the eyewear is compliant as the rules have been recently changed, more information can be found here: https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/safety/USL-Memo-SEI-markings-2020.pdf

Players may wear headgear, provided it meets the rule requirements. Additional information about equipment from US Lacrosse: https://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/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. https://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment/chest-protector-faq 

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Contact

South Hadley Recreation Department
116 Main Street 
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075

Phone: 413-538-5030
Email: [email protected]

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