Welcome to the Bandits Youth Lacrosse website. We are an organization that believes youth sports should focus on developing young players to be the best that he or she can be. We focus on developing a player's skill, sportsmanship, teamwork and love of the game. We, the coaches, will never berate an athlete or another coach or referee. We expect the same kind of attitude and behavior from our players. We play hard but we play clean and with respect for those around us. We hope your young athlete will consider joining us. We promise to teach your child what he/she needs to know in order to play this game competitively. We also promise to provide an environment which is positive and encouraging to help your child play the best that he/she is capable of playing.
We wanted to make two announcements. First, based on several suggestions from our members we will be partnering with Savers for a charity event/fundraiser.
We are asking our members to help us collect items from your closest, garage and attic. Items such as: clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, undergarments, jewelry, accessories, bags, wallets, bedding, towels, curtains, tablecloths and, other cloth materials.
They will also accept toys, small household goes, and small appliances, books, CDs and DVDs.
We are setting a goal of $1000. Savers pays $0.20 per pound for soft goods. The average kitchen trash bag holds 14lbs. To reach $1000 we would need to collect 5000lbs of soft goods or about 400 bags.
The drive ends 12/3/16. We will have a major collection/drop off day on 12/3, but will set up other drop off days leading up to the drive, and will be looking for volunteers.
Second, registration will open on 10/22 for returning players. We have completed the budget for the 2017, which includes all the fee increases, field costs, and Bandits operating costs. It will cost just over $26k to run the program for the 2017 season. In 2016 you paid $145 to the Bandits and $25 to US Lacrosse, the total for all but the U9 age groups was $170. In 2017 the US Lacrosse increases to $30 and the Bandits fees increases to $160. The total cost for the 2017 season will be $190; this fee will continue to include the uniform for each player.
We mentioned this in an earlier email, we have a few age groups this year that if 100% of our players return, we would be over our target numbers. From 10/22-11/7 we will NOT refuse any returning Bandits players. Once the registration opens to new players, we cannot hold your spot. Some age groups 5-10 new players would mean losing existing members, so PLEASE do not delay signing up this year. Due to field issues we do not have the opportunity to add items this year, so we would have to turn players away.
There will be more details on the fundraiser each week, we will also use Facebook to help promote. We ask you follow us on Facebook, and help spread the word on our event/fundraiser.
Can’t wait for the spring! Will be placing uniform order on 10/31!
We have been able to settle all the open items from our parent leagues(MBYLL and MBGLL). We will open registration to returning players on 10/23 and new players on 11/7.
The fees have increased in several areas in our parent leagues and jamboree costs. We will need to increase our fees from $145 in 2016 to $160 in 2017. US Lacrosse has also increased the fee you pay directly to them from $25 per year to $30 per year. The total cost for players from 3-8th grade will be $190, 1st and 2nd grade will be $165. This includes the US Lacrosse fee, Bandits fees and uniforms.
We have added the option to "opt out" of new shorts for 2017 that will allow you to reduce your costs by $15.
We are very dependent on you for recruiting players, so please help spread the word about our programs.
I have run into many of you around town and have gotten a decent amount of questions about registrations. We normally open on 10/1 for returning players and new players 10/15, but this year we have several open items to resolve before we can open registration.
First, as many of you in Auburn know Lemansky field is getting a much needed make over. The field will be out of rotation for a full year. So we will lose one field for the entire spring. We are working on alternatives.
The MBYLL (parent league for the boy’s program) has several changes coming. Some simple ones are that what we called U15 (7th and 8th grade) for the last decade plus will now be called 14U to align closer to the US Lacrosse standards. There are several other potential changes being discussed at the regional meeting next week, so we cannot open registration until that is settled.
The process for registration for the boys will change. In the past you have a flow that takes you from the Bandits web page to the US Lacrosse web site to purchase a membership and back to the Bandits web site. That process will be the same for the girl’s program, with the exception that the US Lacrosse fee increased from $25 to $30. For the boy’s program, all players and coaches will have to go the MBYLL website and register there first, then continue to the Bandits web site. You will pay $40 to the MBYLL, $30 of that is the US Lacrosse fee, the additional $10 will replace a fee the Bandits paid per team. In theory we will lower our fee $10 to offset.
Why did you say “In Theory”? Last season we found out a month before the season that we could have our home games at Auburn high school. That was not accounted for in the budget, we need to account for that this year. We will also be making more of a contribution to Auburn for field use and maintenance. We are working through all the preset costs and increases coming from the league and referees. The Jamboree and town registration fees are set to increase to almost double the 2015 rate. We are also anticipating increase cost for referees, only $5 per game, but time 2 ref’s across up to 7 home games a week, times 8 weeks, it can add up quickly.
We will do our best to get registration open by the end of the month. I would warn against waiting too long to register after that. One example is we have 51 players eligible for U15 boys this year. We have never carried that many, and with the loss of a field we will not be able to add a 3rd team. So if new players take spots before our returning players there is not much we can do. We hate to turn kids away, but trying to run a practice with 24-28 kids per team and get them all playing time each week is a challenge.
Sorry for the delay, please bear with us. We will email the program when registration is open.
A: We start practice in March when the fields are released; games are played on Sundays from April through Mid-June. (Same season as baseball and softball)
Q: When does registration open?
A: We open registration to returning players on 10/23, new players 11/7
Q: I am having trouble with the registration
A: In the registration process you are required to go to US Lacrosse and create and pay for a membership, and then it will bring you back to the Bandits web site. There is often on issue doing so on IOS based devices (iPads, iPhones)
Q: How often do you practice?
A: U11 and above practice two days a week and play on Sundays
A: U9s practice one day a week (last two years on Saturday mornings), they also play on Sunday.
Q: How much does it cost for the season?
A: in 2017 the rate will go up , it will be $190 for U11 and above, $165 for U9. That cost includes uniforms.
Q: Where do the Bandits practice?
A: Over the past several seasons we have used Lemansky and the (old) Middle School for practice and 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 the Bandits?
A: The Bandits represent both Worcester and Auburn, but we allow players from surrounding towns that do not have their own lacrosse program.
Q: What league do the Bandits play in?
A: The Bandits play in the MBYLL and MGYLL, “town lacrosse”, there are programs all over Massachusetts that are part of the MBYLL.
Q: Who runs and coaches the Bandits?
A: The bandits are 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/MGYLL and US Lacrosse 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 we will have by 12/31 to the league. We also place our uniform order by 11/1 to keep the uniform costs as low as possible
deBeers girl’s lacrosse goggles.
These are the ones that sell in Dicks and other stores for $30. We found them cheaper and bought 5 pairs to pass the savings on to our families
Anyone who may be interested in a coaching position for the upcoming 2015 spring lacrosse season can submit an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. All potential coaches or volunteers will need to be CORI cleared before being considered for a positions.