Q. When can I register?
A. For the 2021 season, registration will open on December 1st, 2020 and close on January 7th, 2021 at midnight, or when teams reach capacity, whichever comes first. After that, names will be placed on a waitlist. For players in Pre-K through third grade, registration will remain open until April 1st, but we encourage early registration for planning purposes.
For U11, U13 and U15, registrations after January 7th will only be accepted if there is space on teams.
Q. What if my daughter is placed on a waitlist?
A: We do our best to accommodate all players who wish to play lacrosse. At some age groups, we are limited by the number of qualified coaches available, field space, and other factors, so a waitlist sometimes becomes necessary. Sometimes we can roster a new team to the league -- other years we cannot. Please sign up early so we can plan accordingly, meet league deadlines and secure coaches.
Q. Why is the deadline so early for a sport that won't start until spring?
A. The Founders Girls Lacrosse League (FGLL) establishes an early January deadline for all towns to register teams with them. Once we've closed our registration and signed up the appropriate number of teams per age group with the league, we cannot go back and add extra teams after their deadline so latecomers may not be able to get on a team in grades 3-8. For Pre-K through second grade, there is not an early deadline because our program is intramural.
Q. How do I register my player(s)?
A. First register your player with Founders Girls Lacrosse League, pay a $30 league insurance fee, then register online for a Marblehead team at http://mhdgirlslax.org depending on your player's grade.
Q. What if the season cancels?
A. These are unprecedented times. We do not anticipate a cancellation of the 2021 season, however, we are planning for many scenarios. Last year, we offered partial refunds/credits to families after we were forced to cancel just two weeks into the season. Those who opted to rollover their registration fee as a credit for 2021 will see the amount in their player's account balance when they log into MHDGirlsLax.org. We will apply that credit to your player's 2021 program fee. We will not collect payment for program fees until March 1st, 2021 which gives us time to plan for a season without committing families financially. Once we begin the season on March 1st and we collect payment, program fees will be non-refundable as has been our policy in the past. We commit a good deal of our budget to field/gym rentals, league fees, coach education and equipment before the start of the year. Our 2021 refund policy hopefully reflects our hope to play lacrosse this season as well as our goal to protect families should something happen between when registration closes on January 7th and March 1st when we begin to play lacrosse.
Q. At what age can my child play with the town program?
A. Beginning in Pre-K (age 4+) through 8th grade.
Q. Are there tryouts for town lacrosse?
A. No. FGLL states that all of a program's teams for each grade grouping be equally matched (no A, B, or C teams, for example). Therefore if enough 7th and 8th grade girls sign up to necessitate three U-15 teams, they will be balanced to the extent possible with equal numbers of new and returning players and 7th and 8th grade players.
Q: My daughter made a select team, can she opt out of playing for a town team?
A: No. Without our strong Marblehead town program, there would be no Select program. Select players must attend town practices and games in addition to the select team commitment. Any select player that is regularly missing town practices or games will forfeit her position on the select team. We strongly recommend all players who are offered a spot on a Select team seriously consider all her other commitments before accepting. The time required to play on multiple teams should be taken very seriously before committing to a Marblehead select team, out of courtesy to fellow players who would like to play select.
Q. What is the time commitment for lacrosse?
A. Participants in U11, U13 and U15 should count on two early evening practices per week and a game on Sunday. Most practices are 60-90 minutes long, and the Sunday games last about an hour (not factoring in travel time to an away game). There are eight scheduled games beginning in early April and continuing through early June. There are no games on Easter or Memorial Day Weekend.
U9 players will have one practice mid-week, plus a game on Sunday (in MHD). U7 players meet on Sunday mornings for skills and games. Most practices are 60-90 minutes long, and the Sunday games last about an hour. There are eight scheduled games beginning in early April and continuing through early June. There are no games on Easter or Memorial Day Weekend.
Q. Where are the games played?
A. Home games are played on the Marblehead Village School middle field, and occasionally on Piper field. Away games in our league (for U11, U13 and U15) can be as close as Danvers or Hamilton or as far as Haverhill or Malden. The league aims to schedule each team for four home and four away games, however, field availability can sometimes skew this goal. U9 games are always at Marblehead Village School.
Q. What is the cost?
A. For the 2021 season, the program fee is $150 per player for U11, U13 and U15, $100 for U9, and $65 for U7. Note: No one will be turned away due to financial hardship. Please inquire via email (address below) for details.
Q. Are there any other costs?
A. All players must purchase individual player insurance through our league -- FGLL -- to play annually. Equipment is likely the only other additional cost. Girls equipment will run in the neighborhood of $75 to $200. In addition, players will need to purchase the skort portion of their uniform (approximately $15). The uniform tops (pinnies) are purchased by the program and are lent to the players for the season(s) they play. We collect all pinnies once players "retire" from our program.
Q. What equipment is needed?
A. Girl's Lacrosse Equipment consists of a stick ($30-$200+), goggles ($30-$70+), mouthguard ($1-$25+), and cleats ($30-$80+).
Q. Where can I purchase the equipment?
A. Marblehead Sports Shop, and Lacrosse Unlimited in Danvers all carry lacrosse equipment. Also, if you know exactly what you're looking for, a google search of "lacrosse equipment" yields many online retailers.
Q. Is there contact?
A. Girls lacrosse is not a contact sport. However, inadvertent contact does happen, and with any sport, injuries can occur.
Q. How will I know about practices, games, etc.?
A. All communication is via email. When registering please be sure to include the email address(es) that you monitor, not just your child's. It is important that you check your email often, especially with our iffy New England spring weather, for last-minute practice cancellations or game postponements. It is very important that you also enter your Cell Phone number, so we have Emergency Contact information for your child. Only the parent or guardian who registers the child can make changes to the child's account.
Q. Are there indoor pre-season sessions?
A. Yes, for the last several seasons, we have rented indoor practice space at the MHS field house, Veterans Middle School gyms and the Community Center to allow U11 - U15 teams to meet and practice prior to the start of games in April.
Q. Can my child participate in other sports and activities during the lacrosse season?
A. Yes, many players also participate in soccer, dance, or, at the older levels, on select lacrosse or school teams. While the coaches make every effort to be somewhat flexible and respectful of the players' other interests and activities, please be respectful in return and don't register your child if she is unable to make a significant commitment to the team.
Q. What if I still have questions?
A. If you still have questions, please email: Kim Hutchinson at email@example.com.