Q: When is lacrosse season?
A: We start practice in March when the fields are released; games are played on Sundays from Late March through Mid-June. (Same season as baseball and softball)
Q: When does registration open?
A: We open registration on November 1.
Q: I am having trouble with the registration (Boys)
A: In the registration process you are required to go to MBYLL and create and pay for a membership, and then it will bring you back to the AWYL web site. There is often on issue doing so on IOS based devices (iPads, iPhones)
Q: Why can't I figure out how to complete my registration on the AWYL web site? Why is it asking for an MBYLL player registration number (Boys)
A: You need to go to the MBYLL web site and register your player. You will create a profile for yourself, add your child, then register them for the spring season. You will pay the membership fee there and will be sent a code via email. The fee covers insurance for the year. The money will go back into the regions for trainings, coach education and other lacrosse based events.
Q: Why is the process to register my son and my daughter different?
A: The process within the AWYL web site is the same, but the parent leagues control where we get our insurance from. Founders for girls and MBYLL for boys.The Founders fee is included in our registration.
Q: How often do you practice?
A: U11 and above practice two days a week and play on Sundays
A: U9s practice one or two day a week , they also play on Sunday.
Q: Are there tryouts?
A: The town based teams do NOT require tryouts, we welcome all players, new or returning, as long as there is space.
A: SOME years we have enough kids to add a "select team" for addtional games and practice, those teams will require a tryout. We may also combine with other towns to form a select team.
Q: How much does it cost for the season?
A: Boys in 2022: the rate will remain the same as it no longer includes a uniform, it will be $185 for U11 and above, $155 for U9. That cost includes the $40 fee to MBYLL you pay directly on their website. http://mbyll.org/
A: Girls in 2022: the rate will remain the same as it no longer includes a uniform, it will be $185 for U11 and above, $155 for U9. That cost includes the $40 fee for Founders.
Q: Where do the Auburn Youth Lacrosse practice?
A: Over the past several seasons we have used Auburn High School, Lemansky Field and Swanson Road Intermediate School for practice and Auburn High School for games
Q: What equipment do I need?
A: Boys need a lacrosse helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves and a lacrosse stick. You can find starter packages for around $150-$200
A: Girls need goggles, mouthpiece and lacrosse stick (girls have different sticks than boys)
Q: What towns can play for Auburn and Worcester Youth Lacrosse?
A: The AWYL represent both Auburn and Worcester, but we allow players from surrounding towns that do not have their own lacrosse program. Girls from Dudley and Charlton can also play for us because they do not have a girls program.
Q: What league does AWYL play in?
A: The AWYL plays in the MBYLL and Founders, “town lacrosse”, there are programs all over Massachusetts that are part of the MBYLL and Founders.
Q: Who runs and coaches AWYL?
A: AWYL is a nonprofit all volunteer organization. We have volunteers that run the program as part of our Board. The coaches are all parent volunteers like you. Most have never played lacrosse.
Q: If your coaches didn’t grow up playing, how do they learn to coach?
A: The MBYLL and Founders sponsor a coach training program, there are required on-line training and in-person trainings. There are experienced coaches in the program always willing to help out or answer any questions you have.
Q: What do you pay coaches or do they get discounts on signing up their children?
A: We do not pay coaches and they still are required to pay for their children to play. We do reimburse coaches for the expenses incurred for training classes and certification.
Q: If is a spring sport, why do we register in the fall?
A: We are required to submit how many teams at each age group by early January to the league.
Q: What is the refund policy for the Auburn and Worcester Youth Lacrosse organization?
A: The AWYL can NOT refund any funds paid to MBYLL or Founders. Prior to March 1, the Auburn and Worcester Youth Lacrosse will refund all money paid to the organization for registration only. After March 1, AWYL will refund 50% of the fees paid to the organization for registration only. Exception being if we have a player waiting to take the slot of the player leaving. We incur 75% of the cost for the season prior to 3/1 which is why we can only offer the 50% refund.
Q: Why do we need to purchase a uniform?
A: Like most youth leagues now,, AWYL no longer provides a uniform for players. We will provide a uniform top for Grades 1st and 2nd to use for the season. These will need to be returned at the end of the season.
For players in 3rd-8th Grade, uniforms need to be purchased. A uniform consists of a jersey top and shorts. Players can use those uniforms untill they outgrow it. We shoot for, but can not guarantee, at least 2 years of use.