As we start into the weeks of our spring 2020 season, I am writing to you to share the latest information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. We are aware of the challenges and risks associated with traveling to other towns and are actively educating ourselves on the best and most appropriate response to the changing situation. We have sourced information through the CDChttps://www.cdc.gov/ and the MA Department of Public Health https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health
While COVID-19 is clearly a concern of public health, our sources continue to report that the immediate risk to our players and community members remains low at this time. The potential for infectious disease is always a concern and, as such, we are continuing to emphasize everyday preventative measures to remain as healthy as possible. At this time will continue with our scheduled practices and games with the utmost attention to the health and wellness of our community. We are emphasizing all the key points listed below and clearly on all the websites of our sources.
It’s extremely important to engage in social distancing, frequent hand-washing, avoiding contact with your face, covering your mouth with a tissue or your elbow, staying home if you are sick or questioning whether or NOT you are sick, don't share snacks or water bottles, and regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces.
For those that have traveled or are planning to travel as a family, we urge you to follow the travel, prevention, testing, and treatment recommendations outlined by the CDC. Most importantly, if there is any question as to whether you or your child are “coming down with something”, please be smart and get healthy before returning to our school and community programs.
Please be aware that over the few weeks we may hear from our town officials, MBYLL (Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League) or MBGLL (Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League) that games and practices will need to be cancelled or rescheduled. We ask that you please be flexible as our plans may need to be altered as well. Similarly, we will continue to plan for a successful season and will continue to keep you updated with any change that would affect our schedules.
Again, key points to take away in preventing the spread of infectious diseases including COVID-19:
Teams will practice twice a week and games are played on Sundays. The game schedule will be available in mid-March. Practices will begin in mid March.
Game Dates: April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 31, June 7
Jamboree:June 13th or 14th - all teams will play in 3 games
All players are required to have a girls lacrosse stick, goggles, mouth guard (not clear or with markings on it), and no jewelry allowed (so please don't go get your daughter's ears pierced during the season).
Everyone will need a lacrosse uniform shirt and shorts so if your daughter is new to lacrosse please purchase on the online store. If your daughter needs a larger size uniform she can trade it in for a largers size if the trade in uniform is in good condition.
Although the spring lacrosse season is still months away the NM Lax board is already making preparations. We need some help from you in order to have a great season.
1) REGISTRATION – OPEN!
We need everyone playing this year to register as soon as possible. We have to commit to how many teams we will have to the league by January. We hope to be able to field enough teams so that everyone gets to play. Once existing teams are full, registrations will be placed on a waiting list until there are enough players to add an additional team.
This year we have increased the registration fee to offset the costs to use the Turf field at the high school and the increase costs with registering teams with Mass Bay. The Turf cost is significant approximately $5000 plus an hourly rate for the season. We believe there is great value in playing on the Turf for games and a significant improvement on playing on the current grass fields. We are hoping each year we will have successful fundraising to help offset this cost in the future but fundraising needs volunteers. Please consider to volunteer to help support this great program.
If you have an interest in coaching as a head coach or an assistant – even if you’ve never played lacrosse – please contact the boys or girls coaching directors soon. Plenty of training and support will be provided. Having coaches on-board early allows us to field more teams and provide more 1-on-1 instruction to the players. There are important coaches training deadlines this winter so please let us know as soon as possible.
All girls registering for spring lacrosse are required to purchase a uniform. If you have not purchased a uniform in the past or need a larger size, please visit our webstore.
All boys in the U11-15 spring lacrosse program is required to purchase a jersey as well. If you have not purchased a jersey in the past or need to purchase a larger size, please visit our webstore.