Q: When is lacrosse 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 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.