We truly hope this was a memorable season of town-based spring lacrosse. It seems like we just began, but there have been over 3,100 games played in our league with tens of thousands of goals scored, face-offs won, passes made, groundballs picked up, and friendships forged over this amazing sport.
Summer’s now here and for many of our players, lacrosse will continue with tournaments, camps, and clinics. For many of you, the sticks and helmets will get dumped into the garage to gather cobwebs until next spring’s season begins. In their place will be beach games, tennis rackets, football cleats, ski poles, and hockey gloves.
No matter your plans between now and our 2019 “Welcome Back” message, please make sure you are joining organizations that prioritize fun, teaching, value, and community.
If you’ve read all our newsletters this season, visited our website, or follow us on social media, you’d think we’re pretty obsessed with the word community. Well, we are. You’d think we believe community-based youth sports is the most important platform for growing and protecting athletics. We certainly do.
MBYLL is on the last line of defense protecting youth lacrosse against a variety of obstacles. We’re fighting hard for the relevance of town-based programs and battling to keep this sport affordable, inclusive, enjoyable, healthy, and nurturing. While there are many organizations who support us and help us in that mission, there is an alarming number trying to destroy town-based lacrosse. If they succeed, they will make entry into this sport difficult, exclusive, unaffordable, and at times – joyless. They are perpetuating myths and fallacies designed to put an end to MBYLL and other community-based leagues like ours.
Who can stop them??? You can.
Please continue to support your town program. Please dedicate your spring to the growth and preservation of lacrosse in your home town. Please tell your friends to come and play lacrosse with you. It’s NEVER too late to fall in love with this game. Please give back some time to help administer lacrosse in your town (you do not have to be a coach or former player to get involved).
And continue to stand up to those who may tell you “you’re wasting your time playing for the town.” Turn it around on those forcing you to choose. Stand up and tell them you are a proud member of Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League.
We’re certainly proud to play and coach and cheer alongside all of you.
On behalf of the all-volunteer board of directors,
Thank you for another tremendous season and have a wonderful summer!
MBYLL Director of League Operations & Communications
The Scoop, the official magazine of Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse is back with Volume IV, Issue 1. Read about Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse, our member towns, coaches and players! Features on town success sotries, new town programs and how programs are giving back to their communities! Plus spotlights on a 13-year coach and former players hitting college milestones! CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAGAZINE!
New to the 2018 Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League spring season is an award called "Sportsman of the Week" in which players and coaches are nominated for their commitment to sportsmanship, integrity, fair play, and character - ideals we champion at MBYLL. Each week, 1 coach and 1 player will be awarded as Sportsman of the Week and receive recognigtion and gift from Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse!
Player Sportsman of the Week: LANDON MITCHELL from Amesbury Youth Lacrosse
Coach Sportsman of the Week: NATE SKUSE from Beverly Youth Lacrosse
WEEK 6 (May 11-13):
Player Sportsman of the Week: AIDEN MULLIGANfrom Lowell Youth Lacrosse
Coach Sportsman of the Week: MIKE KELLY from Haverhill Youth Lacrosse
WEEK 5 (May 4-6):
Player Sportsman of the Week: JEREMY EATON from Melrose Youth Lacrosse
Coach Sportsman of the Week: Coach KEVIN REEN from Swampscott-Nahant Youth Lacrosse
WEEK 4 (Apr 27-29):
Player Sportsman of the Week: NATHAN CARLOfrom Walpole Youth Lacrosse
Coach Sportsman of the Week: CHUCK BOOTH and his assistants JOE DESTEFANO & GREG O'SHAUGHNESSY from King Philip Youth Lacrosse
WEEK 3 (Apr 20-22):
Co-Player Sportsman of the Week: MATTHEW BARBERA & ANDREW ALMQUIST from Wakefield Youth Lacrosse
Coach Sportsman of the Week: JOHN KEEGAN from Wakefield Youth Lacrosse
WEEK 2 (Apr 13-15):
Player Sportsman of the Week -- AIDAN MOORE (pic above) from Leominster Youth Lacrosse -- leadership in stepping into the role of Goaltender (for the first time) during a Select game when neither team goalie appeared (and without notice). Your coaches felt this was an enormous gesture to the rest of your teammates as well as to your opponents (so the game could be played) and that you did a very admirable job on top of it.
Coach Sportsman of the Week -- BRIAN HANCOCK from Groton-Dunstable Youth Lacrosse -- dedication to your players through a positive style of coaching and by giving back to your community by sharing your love of the game with the next generation of lacrosse players.
WEEK 1 (Apr 6-8):
Player Sportsman of the Week -- DAVID RIZZO from Metheun Youth Lacrosse -- leadership, enthusiasm, and verbal & emotional support of his teammates - especially four new players at Level 7/8, for which he cheered and motivated on and off the field over the weekend.
Coach Sportsman of the Week -- DAVID CITRO from Wachusett Youth Lacrosse -- when the opposing team (Leominster) had a player who was injured after a shot, his team scooped up the ball and had an opportunity for a fast break and a good scoring opportunity. Despite it being a close game in the fourth quarter, Coach Citro asked the officials to take their time-out so the opposing team could attend to their injured player.
MBYLL Announces New Partnerships Providing Benefits and Discounts to Member Towns, Coaches, Players and Families
As the Spring season approaches, we are continuing to create partnerships that will provide discounts and opportunities for our members. See below the following partnerships and benefits for Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse member towns, coaches, players and families!
WARRIOR LACROSSE -- Warrior Lacrosse, one of the largest lacrosse equipment manufactorers in the world has partnered with Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse to offer discounted items to our members. Each month, they will offer discounted itmes, available for 2 weeks and new items will be added each month!
April discounted item (Warrior Black Hole Bag) sale has ended. Check back in May for the next discount offer!
SMART BACKSTOP: Do you have a lacrosse goal in your backyard? Do your teams spend more time at practice on ball hunts, than shooting? Smart Backstop is the ideal piece of equipment for individuals, teams and towns! Save windows, save time, practice smart with a Smart Backstop! Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse member towns, coaches, players & families, save $25 off and get Free shipping by using code MBYLL at checkout! CLICK HERE to visit their site
FLIP GOALIE: Flip Goalie is a unique product for practicing your shooting. Acts as a goalie or target in any area of the goal based on how you set it up. Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse members can save 20% off when orderging online. Use the following codes, based on the number of panels you order:
RABIL TOUR - Boston: Paul Rabil is bringing the RABIL TOUR to Boston on May 27. Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse players can save $20 by using code MBYLL when signing up! This event will sell out CLICK HERE for more information on The Rabil Tour.
PAUL RABIL'S personal message to Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse players...
Winners of the 2017 MBYLL Player & Associate Official Scholarships & McCrae Williams Memorial Leadership Awards will be announced soon.
Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League awards a scholarship to one graduating youth player and one active AO (Associate Official) who best embody the mission of the league: To Teach, To Grow, To Honor the sport of lacrosse. The Leadership Award is named for former MBYLL player and Associate Official McCrae Williams who passed away in 2017. McCrae Williams was an enormous ambassador of the game locally and internationally, excelled as a player in the Weston Youth Lacrosse program, and was an exemplary official for MBYLL and EMLOA.
2016 winners (Declan Buckley of Walpole and Ryan Frost of Georgetown) receiving their award at the most recent Cannons game at Harvard Stadium
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