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.
Bandits, this Saturday between 9AM and 12PM we will have volunteers at Savers in Worcester to help you unload your items.
Savers is located at on Lincoln Street in Worcester in the plaza with Wendy’s and Bob’s furniture. We will be near the side of the building helping to bring your items in.
ANYONE can donate, just tell your friends, neighbors, family members to come by savers at that time and look for the Bandits volunteers.
We have done some pre-collection. Coach Mike and I will need one other person with a pick up truck to meet us at Fort Knox storage on Rt56 in Leicester to pack those items and bring them to Savers. We will be there at 8:15 AM.
I have the following volunteers: Erin F, Michele F and Adam F, Mike J, Brian C, Aaron C and Andrea D.
Please let us know if you could spare an hour our two to help us that AM.
Because I was asked, YES we will sell Bandits Shirts (Black and Purple) and socks during that window. We will make the prices $10 even to make it easy to pay in exact cash or you can bring a check.
Our goal was to raise $1000 as part of this event. We would need 400 kitchen size bags full to get to that number. We are probably about 20% of the way there thanks to the pre drop of days. So we need that last 80% on Saturday!
Here again is the link of items that can be donated:
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!
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
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.