Newton Lacrosse, Newton Youth Lacrosse, lacrosse in Newton,

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I. History


The City of Newton has a long and proud lacrosse tradition.  It was among the first towns in Eastern Massachusetts to create a high school program, has produced multiple state championship teams and many college players.  Somewhat surprisingly, it was not until the early 1990s that Newton had a youth lacrosse program.  Founded by legendary coach Rick Clark, the program’s original goals were to offer basic skill training and game knowledge to grade and middle school children.  More than 25 years later the mission remains the same, though much else has changed. 


Since its inception, NYL has been a member of MBYLL (Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League), which is the largest youth lacrosse league in the country.  Newton is among the largest programs in that league.  NYL began with about 50 kids spread through U11, U13 and U15.  In 2000, Drew McAuliffe took over as President and ushered in a new era of growth.  With the help of new program leaders Ben Hinks and NNHS Coach Bussy Adam, NYL instituted a U9 program and grew enrollment significantly.  In 2006, recognizing the need for a more competitive offering, Drew, Joe Raso and Otto Mariano introduced a select program, then called “Sharks.” Select teams are tryout teams and play against the best competition from other MBYLL town programs. NYL regularly fields four select teams per season, one each at grades five through eight, and has competed for or won multiple MBYLL championships over the years.


As the program grew a new group of leaders emerged.  Guys like former Presidents Rich Claflin and Bill Ranta as well as Fran Yerardi became not just stewards but also carried on the legacy of great coaching.  NYL is also partnered with our two high school programs.  Newton is unique in that both high school compete in Division 1 and consistently make the state tournament.  


In 2020, NYL has close to 300 registered players, over 50 coaches and 20 teams.   As we've grown we have run into constraints on field availability and coaching.  Our mission is to maintain a standard of excellence in lacrosse training, create a safe and fun environment for our players, and to do so in as inclusive and inexpensive way that is possible.  Program leaders and coaches work year round to ensure this happens. We are constantly investing in  people, new equipment, training methods and management systems to be the best we can be. One way to help us achieve our goals is by providing input on our program.  Another way is to volunteer your time: be a coach, team manager, whatever, there’s plenty of work to do.


The people who built NYL have passed the torch to a new generation of leaders, but the goal remain the same.  We strive to offer an environment of sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play and respect for authority in which the children of Newton can learn lacrosse and maximize their abilities.  NYL has over 30 alums playing college lacrosse, we look forward to the next 25 years of serving the families of Newton and making great and passionate lacrosse players!


II. Divisions Offered :

NYL is primarily organized by a player’s school grade in accordance with the MBYLL regulations. 
Under 9 (U-9) - Also know as "Learn To Play" - Open to 1st and 2nd graders and is a developmental division.  The focus is on an introduction to lacrosse with an emphasis on skill development. Games at this level are played on a half field in an 7 vs. 7 fashion.
Under 11 (U-11) - Is open to 3rd and 4th graders.
Under 13 (U-13) - Is open to 5th and 6th graders.

Under 15 (U-15) - Is open to 7th and 8th graders.

III. League Membership :

Newton Youth Lacrosse belongs to the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL). See below for MBYLL mission and philosophy : 

MBYLL Mission, Philosophy, Season Goals and Our History

Mission:  Our mission is to teach, grow and honor the game in your town & every community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by providing leadership, guidance, training and structure to all town & city programs participating in the MBYLL’s spring game schedule and the annual MBYLL Jamboree held each June at the end of our season.
Philosophy Our philosophy in the MBYLL Classic program is all players participate equally (i.e. equal playing time) in all games on evenly balanced teams based on a player’s grade, age, skill, size & experience—U15 (7th & 8th), U13 (5th & 6th), U11 (3rd & 4th) & U9 (1st & 2nd)—playing a local game schedule in their region.  There are NO ‘A’ or ‘B’ or ‘stacked’ teams, nor standings or playoffs, at any level playing in the MBYLL Classic program & our traditional league games on Sunday’s. 
Our MBYLL Select program is an additional town-based playing opportunity—NOT a replacement for—a players participation in the MBYLL Classic program.  MBYLL Select team players must also participate on their MBYLL Classic team (Why?  See Goals below).  MBYLL Select has Division-based standings, playoffs, State Championship & All-Star games.
Our coaches are trained and certified to be teachers of the game & role models focused on player development, teamwork & learning the fun•damentals—especially the ‘fun’ part.  MBYLL is an inclusive organization open to all towns & cities where, collectively, we strive to always provide a safe, enjoyable, learning experience for all participants in an environment not swept up in the pressure filled, win-at-all-cost mania too common in youth sports today.
Goals:  Our primary goal is all MBYLL players, coaches, parents, officials and program leaders will have a fun experience while always demonstrating role-model sportsmanship on and off the field as together we learn, share and teach the fundamental skills and teamwork required to play the game well.  Responsible growth & participation in every member town is a secondary goal.
MBYLL provides training, guidance, certification & grade + age-specific rules of play for all member towns, coaches, players & officials with a particular focus on player safety, sportsmanship and fair play for a positive, fun experience for all participants. 
Honor the Game:  We honor the game by practicing positive coaching, teaching life lessons beyond the playing field and by developing a strong community among all MBYLL players, coaches, parents, officials and fans that will last a lifetime.
As MBYLL town members, we continue to improve our lacrosse knowledge & program capabilities each season as we learn, share and teach the game based on speed, stick skills, athleticism and teamwork—and not physical intimidation.
Your League:  Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL) represents 160+ towns split in to five geographic regions—for local game scheduling—in eastern & central Massachusetts with over 20,000 players in 1st to 8th grades on 950 teams and led by 2,000 active MBYLL & USL certified coaches this spring.  Below are some of the services and value the organization provides its members along with a few key highlights about what Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse, your league, represents today:

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