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.
Big thanks going out!
Thanks to all the parents who donated items for the concession stand.
Thanks to all the volunteers who spend time at the field setting up, selling items, and helping us clean up the fields!
The "presentation" of the stand was the best we have seen.
Thanks to Coach Jarvis who spent the entire day at the field playing the national anthem and announcing the kids for all the games on the main field!
Thanks to Aaron C for helping coordinate all those activities in my absence!
We finally had a great weather day. I got to see parts of 4 games myself and seemed the kids really had fun and played some great games.
T-Shirts: There is plenty of sizes left for the kids in the on line store on the Bandits web site. Don't miss out, lacrosse T for $15, can't beat that!
UNIFORMS: I have sent a few emails about anyone who has uniform issues still. I heard people were looking for me at the fields Sunday. Anything you tell me on game days is 90% likely to be completely forgotten.
Email me during the week if you have issues. If you need a new uniform item use the same web link above. If you bought on this season and need a different size reach out to me at
I have cleaned my garage out, so these are all at the storage unit now. That just means it may take an extra day to get these to your next practice.
If anyone has additional questions or issues, please reach out to me this week. We are about half way through the season at this point, so don’t delay!
Sunday 4/22 we will have all 8 of our teams at home. We only have 3 dates with more than 3 teams at home this year. We like to take advantage of that and have a concession stand set up. (I overlooked the girls games on this date in previous email)
Over the past few seasons parents have donated a case of water, Gatorade, candy, chips, and small items we can see for 1-2 dollars each.
If you are willing to donate please drop it off at your next practice (week of 4/16-4/20), I will come and get them from the storage units at the fields after my practices. Do not donate more than one item, we won’t sell THAT much, and we run out of places to store it all.
We ALSO need parents from all our teams to volunteer to work the concession stand. Most coaches ask you to show up 30-45 minutes before your game anyway. We have you show up 1 hour prior to the game and work the stand before your players game, so you can watch your sons game and leave right after.
We need two volunteers for each hour from 9:00AM - 3:30PM. Please email me at
letting me know what shift you can take. In the past I have covered several hours before the games I coach, but I will be out of the area until at least 2:30 that Sunday. So, I REALLY need your help. (I mostly have coverage from 11-4 now, need AM help)
T Shirts: I have placed an order of T-shirts to have just in time to sell for the game on 4/22. They are limited edition, in that I only order 100 this year. We will sell them for $15 at the game. I will post an image when I get it from the vendor. It will be a purple shirt, white lettering and lacrosse sticks. Will say Bandits lacrosse with crossed sticks between the two lines of text.
We will offer these on line for the folks who want to order them early, but we find the grandparents get guilted into buying them at the field if the kids see them. You’re off the hook, and Grammie and Grampie are happy to buy them for the kids!
If you cannot make 4/22 we will be doing this again on 6/3 and possibly 5/20. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our year end event Spree Day, which is tentatively scheduled 6/1. Last years event was the biggest and best one yet, with the most prizes. You think I am not going to one up myself on the way out the door? Then you don’t know me that well!
T-Shirts: Please check out the new T-shirts in the online store. Those are the ones we will be selling at the games this Sunday 4/22. If your team is on the road, you can order your shirt ahead of time to ensure you get one. These are limited edition, meaning there are exactly 100 total, from Youth MD to adult XL.
Donations: Please drop me a note at
to let me know if you plan to donate items for us to sell. Case of water, Gatorade, chips, candy, anything like that you can get at BJs. To date only one person has contacted me about donating items.
Please contact me, but bring the item to practice with you and ask the coaches to leave it in the bin at the filed. I will swing by after my practices to pick up any items.
Volunteers: we 8 volunteers so far. We could use a few more to ensure we have bodies to help with that 15-minute rush between games. The rest of the time is pretty lowkey. Please drop me an email if you are available to help for 30-60 minutes. Here are the volunteers so far:
Sunday 4/22 we will have all 5 of our boy’s teams at home.We only have 3 dates with more than 3 teams at home this year.We like to take advantage of that and have a concession stand set up.
Over the past few seasons parents have donated a case of water, Gatorade, candy, chips, and small items we can see for 1-2 dollars each.
If you are willing to donate please drop it off at your next practice (week of 4/16-4/20), I will come and get them from the storage units at the fields after my practices.Do not donate more than one item, we won’t sell THAT much, and we run out of places to store it all.
We ALSO need parents from all 5 of our boy’s teams to volunteer to work the concession stand.Most coaches ask you to show up 30-45 minutes before your game anyway.We have you show up 1 hour prior to the game and work the stand before your players game, so you can watch your sons game and leave right after.
We need two volunteers for each hour from 11:30-3:30. Please email me at
letting me know what shift you can take.In the past I have covered several hours before the games I coach, but I will be out of the area until at least 2:30 that Sunday.So, I REALLY need your help.
T Shirts: I have placed an order of T-shirts to have just in time to sell for the game on 4/22.They are limited edition, in that I only order 100 this year.We will sell them for $15 at the game. I will post an image when I get it from the vendor.It will be a purple shirt, white lettering and lacrosse sticks.Will say Bandits lacrosse with crossed sticks between the two lines of text.
We will offer these on line for the folks who are on the road that week, but we find the grandparents get guilted into buying them at the field if the kids see them.You’re off the hook, and Grammie and Grampie are happy to buy them for the kids!
Many of you know by now, but after 8 years with the Bandits and 7 years on the board I plan to step away after the season to focus on other lacrosse related interests.If you want to “thank me” volunteer one hour of your time on 4/22.That is all the thanks I ask/deserve.
If you can not make 4/22 we will be doing this again on 6/3 and possibly 5/20.We are also looking for volunteers to help with our year end event Spree Day, which is tentatively scheduled 6/1.Last years event was the biggest and best one yet, with the most prizes.You think I am not going to one up myself on the way out the door? Then you don’t know me that well!
Board meeting: We have the January Bandits board meeting on 1/22 at 7PM. It will be in the Presentation Room at Auburn High School. We are looking for other parents to start attending, we would determine what additional events we can get volunteers for, and new recruiting ideas. If you don’t have enough time to commit to the board, this is a great opportunity to volunteer a little bit a time, and make a big difference. Dates for Jan and Feb meeting are on the web site and Facebook under events.
Clinics: We have been working hard to secure indoor time to help with both recruiting clinics and to get the sticks in the kids hands again. Please check the web site and Facebook, we plan to post the dates and time next week. We will make updates to times for each age group once we can confirm coaches who can be at each session. The first one is planned on 1/28, TBD. After that 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, and 3/18. They will start at 7PM. As I said, we will update what gender and age groups once we can confirm coaches.
Registration: We are past the point where we can add teams for the girl’s program, and we are too far away numbers wise to have a second team at any age group for the boys. So once the teams fill up we will create a waitlist. If anyone drops we will pull from the wait list. We will try to find a way for these kids to participate in practice, but we can’t promise we can fit them on the game roster once we get to our numbers. Girls, we have barely enough at each age group, so we have submitted teams, but each team needs 3-6 more girls to have the numbers to subs at the games. U9 girls, we are still looking for more girls, we will be running an in-house league for this age group as we don’t have enough to submit an MBGLL team. They will still have a practice and a game each week, they will just all be at home.
Practice schedules: I am still getting emails asking about 2018 practice and game schedule. Please be patient, we will get these set as soon as we can. Probably by mid-February for practices, games we have no control over, we are part of a larger parent league that handles those schedules across the state.
With spring close than we all realize, please help us recruiting new players at all age groups. Please send them here:
New players looking for equipment, please look on line at places like eBay and Craigslist. The cost of initial equipment is often a deterrent for players, especially boys. Please see if you can find used gear for the first year or so before commit $200 or more. We do have SOME equipment we can lend out. You just need to reach out to us and see if we have something that fits your child. We have lots of shoulder pads, some gloves, some helmets and some sticks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use your contacts to spread the word to field hockey players, basketball players, soccer players, football players, or hockey players. Lacrosse is one of the few sports that can actually help players in ALL these sports become better players/athletes!
Where we are today:
Boys 7 and 8 grade: one team, can accepts a few more players, or need 16 more for a second team
Boys 5 and 6 grade: 90% of one team, 6 open spots, or need 18 more for a second team
Boys 3 and 4 grade: one team can accept a few more players or need 12 more for a second team
Boys 1 and 2 grade: 8 players, need 3 more at least, will take up to 12 more
Girls 7 and 8 grade: 11 players, we have 5 players from last year not yet signed up
Girls 5 and 6 grade: 10 players, we have 3 players from last year not yet signed up
Girls 3 and 4 grade: 6 players, we have 4 players from last year not yet signed up
Girls 1 and 2 grade: 3 player, this age group tends to come late
As you can see, we SHOULD be able to field a team at each age group on the girls side, but we need to submit how many teams we can field before the end of the year. Please sign up today and help us recruit MORE players. You can sign up now, and schedule your payment over 3 months.
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 in mid to late October
Q: I am having trouble with the registration (Girls)
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: Why can't I figure out how to complete my registration on the Bandits web site/ why is it asking for an MBYLL player registration number (Boys)
A: You need to go to the MBYLL web site and register your player. You will create a profile for yourself, add your child, then register them for the spring 2018 season. You pay $40 there and will be sent a code via email. The $40 covers insurance for the year and the portion of the league fees the Bandits used to pay directly to the MBYLL. The money will go back into the regions for trainings, coach education and other lacrosse based events. (US Lacrosse memebrship is no longer required for boys program)
Q: Why is the process to register my son and my daughter different?
A: The process within the Bandits web site is the same, but the parent leagues control where we get our insurance from. US Lacrosse for girls and MBYLL for boys. (New in 2018)
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: Are there tryouts?
A: The town based teams do NOT require tryouts, we welcome all players, new or returning, as long as there is space.
A: SOME years we have enough kids to add a "select team" for addtional games and practice, those teams will require a tryout.
Q: How much does it cost for the season?
A: Boys in 2018 the rate will go down as it no longer includes a uniform, it will be $180 for U11 and above, $165 for U9. That cost includes the $40 fee to MBYLL you pay directly on their website. http://mbyll.org/
A: Girls in 2018 the rate will go down as it no longer includes a uniform, it will be $170 for U11 and above, $155 for U9. That cost includes the $30 fee to US Lacrosse you pay directly on their website.
Q: Where do the Bandits practice?
A: Over the past several seasons we have used Lemansky and Swanson Rd Intermediate School for practice and Auburn High School for 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 Auburn and Worcester, 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 MBGLL, “town lacrosse”, there are programs all over Massachusetts that are part of the MBYLL and MBGLL.
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/MBGLL 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
Q: What is the refund policy for the Bandits?
A: The Bandits can NOT refund any funds paid to US Lacrosse. Prior to Feb 1 the Bandits will refund all money paid to the Bandits for registration only. After Feb 1 the Bandits will refund 50% of the fees paid to the Bandits for registration. Exception being if we have a player waiting to take the slot of the player leaving. We incur 75% of the cost for the season prior to 2/1 which is why we can only offer the 50% refund.
Anyone who may be interested in a coaching position for the upcoming 2018 spring lacrosse season can submit an inquiry to email@example.com. All potential coaches or volunteers will need to be CORI cleared before being considered for a positions.