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.
I know when my emails get too long no one reads them all. So I will be sending a few short emails over the next week on different topics. The first one is on the "Bandits World Wide challenge"
This one is real simple. We know we had some great trips the kids took last year, and I have been hearing about more this year. We want you to send you vacation or travel photos to us to post on Facebook for all the Bandits to see.
You need to be in Bandits gear, uniform top at the beach, hat in Alaska, shorts hiking in the mountains, anything Bandits related. We will even accept Purple and black attire WITH a lacrosse stick in there somewhere.
We will weight all aspects of the photo, location creativity, "banditness"
We will post the picture on Facebook, and have a 3 person committee that will vote on the best ones. There will be prizes for the winners. (lacrosse/bandits prizes)
To contribute please submit 1 photo per "trip" to email@example.com. I will post them to Facebook a week or so after they come in for obvious reasons.
The season officially ended on Sunday with the U9 boys Jamboree.
I want to take a moment to thank all the coaches, board members, and parent volunteers fr all their hard work prior to and during the season.
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 10/1, new players 10/15
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 2016 the rate will go up for the first time in 6 years, it will be $145 for U11 and above, $95 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.