Fast Facts
History of Lacrosse
Player Bill of Rights
Player Responsibilities
Role of Parents
Role of Coaches
Boys Lacrosse
Girls Lacrosse
Brookline Rec. Dept.
  • Question: Are there try-outs?
    Answer: There are no try-outs. Every child is accepted in our program and receives equal playing time, coaching, and attention regardless of their athletic ability, skill, and experience. This is one of our core philosophies.
  • Question: When are registrations and when does the season begin?
    Answer: Lacrosse is a spring sport. However, we hold registration starting in December. Clinics for players new to lacrosse begin indoors in late February without the returning players. This gives new players a chance to learn the game in a low pressure atmosphere with individual attention. Returning players join the mix in March indoors. The regular season and outdoor prcatices bening the first week of April and run thru mid June.
  • Question: Are February clinics mandatory? When are they? Through when do they run?
    Answer: The February clinics are not mandatory. These are geared towards new players to give them more personal introductory level instruction before we bring our returning players into the mix in March. So while it's a very good idea for new players to attend, it's certainly not mandatory. In general, while we'd like players to attend as many practices as possible, we understand that kids have lots of activities/interests. While our schedule has not been finalized, we will likely have the clinics on Tuesday nights around 6:30pm and Sunday afternoons around 1pm. They will begin in late Feb. and run through the end of March. We'll actually get outside for practices for a couple of weeks in late March. Outdoor practices begin the first week of April (weather and field conditions permitting).
  • Question: Is there one team for each age group, or more than one? If more than one, how are they composed? With kids from various schools in Brookline, or are they organized by school? Are the teams parent-coached?
    Answer: We'll likely have 2 teams for all boys/girls groups. The girls U15 group (7th/8th grade) and the Boys U9 group (1st/2nd grade) may be the only exceptions as they may have just one team respectively. In keeping with the MBYLL's and our philosophy of equal playing time for all kids and keeping it fun for all, we compose the teams by balancing the teams and placing kids with their friends. We ask kids to list three friends that they would like to placed with and guarentee that they will be on a team with a least one of them. This also helps for carpooling purposes. We try to evaluate the kids skills during our March practices/scrimmages in order to balance the teams. The coaches are a mix of parents and recent college graduates. All of our coaches are volunteers with extensive lacrosse experience. We even have a few that were collegiate All-Americans! Most importantly, they love working with the kids, want to give back to the game of lacrosse after having played it themselves, and want to make sure that everyone has fun, gets exercise, and learns valuable life-lessons. Yes we want to win our games, but not at the expense of any of the kids. While we're a bit biased, we think we have one of the most well-rounded and well-coached programs in Brookline.
  • Question: Are there practices during the week? If so, how many/week? Any idea when they are held?
    Answer: We practice twice a week once the regular season starts in April. The practices nights vary by age group. However, they are all from 5:30pm-7pm. As noted above, while we'd like players to attend as many practices as possible, we understand that kids have lots of activities/interests.
  • Question: Which teams would we play? What time do games start? How long before the game do the players have to be there for any pre-game warm-up?
    Answer: While we are in the South Central division, the division is split into two geographic sub-divisions in order to try and minimize travel time. So traveling time should range from 20-45 minutes for away games. We play an 8-10 game season. So only 4 or 5 of the games would be away at another town. The games for the U11 boys teams (3rd/4th grade) are generally at 3:00pm, the U13 boys teams (5th/6th grade) at 1:30pm, and the U15 boys teams (7th/8th grade) at 12pm on Sunday afternoons. Boys U9 (1st/2nd grade) game times are yet to be determined. The games for the U11 girls teams (7th/8th grade) are generally at 1:00pm, the U13 girls teams (5th/6th grade) at 2:15pm, and the U15 girls teams (3rd/4th grade) at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoons.We ask that the players arrive 30 minutes before game time.
Brookline Youth Lacrosse is sponsored by the Brookline Recreation Department