When does the season start & end?
TYL starts the spring season in mid-March. Games usually start in the first Sunday in April. The season is over before the public school summer recess (2nd weekend in June), although there are occasional tournament games in June.
When are practices and how long are they? There are normally 2 practices per week, usually weekday afternoons or evenings but could be Saturday mornings. Practice durations range from 60 - 90 minutes, with the younger teams usually shorter than the older teams. Practice schedules vary depending on coach availabilityand field space
When are games?
Games are scheduled for Sundays. Games that need to be re-scheduled due to weather postponements will be played on regular practice days and will be determined by the coaches and their organizations.
Where are games played?
Home games are played at Central Street Fields (Manter Fields) in Byfield, MA. Away games are played on the opposing team's fields across this region - most addresses available on the TYL website. There are usually 4 home games & 4 away games each season.
Where can I watch these games?
Spectators are required to watch the games on the opposite side of the field from the two team benches if sufficient room exists.
How are teams organized? Teams are organized by grades:
U15: 7th & 8th grade
U13: 5th & 6th grade
U11: 3rd & 4th grade
U9: 1st & 2nd grade
What are the requirements for instructional players? Do they play games? What equipment is needed? The TYL instructional players practice once per week on Saturday mornings usually at 8:30 AM. At this level, the focus is on fundamentals and having fun. There are no 'games' although light intra-squad scrimmages will evolve toward the end of the season. No formal equipment is required for instructional lacrosse. We try to provide 'loaner' sticks for the kids based on supplies, however you can purchase a beginner stick at a sporting goods retailer such as Dick's.
Can a player be on a team if they are not in the grade? Players may play "up" a level if requested by the parents and approved by the team coaches, player agent and president. Players may not play "down" a level unless TYL secures approval via formal waiver from the state level governing competition committees.
What positions do players get to play? As players progress through age levels they tend to self select into certain positions to which they are best suited by skill and physique. As they begin to learn the game they are rotated throughout all positions except that generally goalie is reserved for volunteers.
When is registration? Regular registration for the spring begins on or about October 15 and typically ends December 1. Late registration begins December 2 and remains open until the beginning of March depending on individual team numbers. There is an additional fee for late registration, and it is possible to be placed on a wait list if roster space is limited. Team registration can close earlier than March if rosters are full.
How do I register my child? On-line, linked through our registration page.
How do I pay?The standard method of payment is via credit card. If this is not possible, checks can be used made payable to Triton Youth Lacrosse; Suite 5 Box 254; 174 Newbury Turnpike; Rowley, MA 01969.
Are there tryouts?No
Are there playoffs? No. Both the MBGLL and MBYLL encourage balanced 'Classic' teams. The focus of 'Classic Teams' is player development - learning the game. The MBGLL and MBYLL host a 'jamboree' at the end of the season which provides a tournament atmosphere and a very enjoyable, competitive highlight for the season.
What if my kid gets really good at lacrosse, are there are other more challenging leagues available? Yes, other options are available in addition to the 'Classic' Town league. TYL, MBGLL and MBYLL encourage players to stay in the program. That is how the program and the future of the lacrosse develops within the community. The options are:
Select Lacrosse: Both the MBGLL and MBYLL offer select lacrosse. Select lacrosse is available to players at U13 and U15 and is intended for those who excel in the sport and wish to play at a higher level with other similarly skilled players. Select players compete at a club level with teams from across the league (statewide). Select teams normally require tryouts, additional fees plus practices and games beyond the regular town schedule. This is not an opportunity for extra reps, this is elite youth lacrosse. Given the relatively few number of qualified players, different town programs often combine to form competitive select teams. While our TYL girls program has not participated in Select as yet, our U13 and U15 boys have been very successful in recent years combining with Ipswich and Georgetown.
Club Lacrosse: There are more competitive club programs available at additional cost, require tryouts, are more competitive and have playoffs. We encourage our players to play for club programs that respect the "Classic' season and do not conflict with town schedules.
How can I prepare my player for the season or enable her/him to develop skills during the off-season? We encourage you to take advantage of skills clinics and training offered by several club programs in the area along with those offered by the Triton Varsity teams. We also encourage participation in Winter league lacrosse(boys) that is offered at the Topsfield Arena and HGR in North Andover. See the 'Player Development' tab on the top of the home page.
What kind of equipment do I need for girls? Girls need a lacrosse stick, mouth guard and lacrosse goggles. Soccer style cleats (no metal tips) are also needed.
What kind of equipment do I need for boys? Boys need a lacrosse stick, lacrosse gloves, lacrosse helmet (white if possible) mouth guard, lacrosse shoulder pads, lacrosse arm pads. Soccer style cleats (no metal tips) are also needed.
What about uniforms? TYL provides a way for players to purchase a game jersey, and game shorts. Players need to buy new uniforms only when they grow out of their old uniform. Uniforms are available via the Webstore link at the top of the website home page.