PYGL Frequently Asked Questions
When does the season start?
The season is expected to begin in February with our PYGL run clinics. These are informal practices designed to refine skills and better prepare the girls for the upcoming spring season. The cost for the indoor sessions will be determined in advance and collected prior to the start of the clinics.
How long does the season last?
Once the indoor sessions are underway, teams move outside as the weather permits. The City of Peabody makes the decision as to when the fields are playable, as is the case throughout the season. Game play starts in early April and ends in mid-June.
How are the teams created?
The MBGLL mandates that we field teams of equal strength within each level. The coaches use the indoor sessions and early outdoor practices to gauge each player’s skill level, then work together in order to create balanced teams.
When are games scheduled? Are all of the games played in town?
Games are on Sundays; times vary week to week. PYGL participates in a “travel” league. We play opposing teams in the Merrimack Valley, Cape Ann, and North Shore regions. Average travel time for away games is approximately 30 minutes. Our home games are typically at Peabody High School or Higgins Middle School.
When and how long are the practices? When is the schedule determined?
Typically teams practice twice per week for 90 minutes each session. Most practices are on weekday afternoons. The practice schedule is determined by field availability and coaches’ availability. Team rosters and final practice schedules are set typically in late March.
How do I establish or renew my membership with U.S. Lacrosse?
Prior to going to the league registration site, first, please go to www.uslacrosse.org to establish or renew your membership (click on "Join Now" on their homepage and then follow from there). Please note your U.S. Lacrosse Membership Number (which you can look up on their website if you're renewing your membership) as you will need it to register. The U.S. Lacrosse annual membership fee is currently $25 per player.
Why do we need to join US Lacrosse?
Our league, MBGLL, mandates that each participant be a member. In addition to being the leading national lacrosse organization and a great resource for information on the game, U.S. Lacrosse provides important supplemental insurance coverage to our program and your child. Please note that every player must have their own current membership. Your child will NOT be able to register for Peabody Youth Girls Lacrosse without it. There are NO exceptions.
Do I need to purchase a uniform or other special gear?
Yes, your daughter will need to purchase a PYGL shirt and shorts. Shirts and shorts may be used in subsequent years (depending on the condition of the shirt and shorts). Players also provide their own cleats or sneakers. Each player is responsible for having appropriate equipment. All of the girls will also need a women’s-game stick, protective goggles, and a colored mouthguard.
At what age can my daughter play in the lacrosse league?
Beginning in 1st grade through 8th grade.
Are there tryouts for lacrosse?
No. MBGLL states that the all of a program's teams for each grade grouping must be equally matched (no A, B, or C teams, for example). Therefore if enough 7th and 8th grade girls sign up to necessitate three U-15 teams, they will be balanced to the extent possible with equal numbers of new and returning players.
Is there a “Select” program?
Yes, the girls’ programs at the U-13 and U-15 levels offer the opportunity to play on a Select team. There is an additional fee for this team. An additional practice and game each week is expected of these players. Select games are usually on Fridays, sometimes Saturdays. (There is no Select program for U-11 or U-9.). Players are invited to participate on the Select team based on their coaches evaluations.
My daughter made a “Select” team, can she opt out of playing for a town team?
No. Without our strong Peabody program, there would be no Select program. Select players must attend town practices and games in addition to the select team commitment. Any select player that is regularly missing town practices or games will forfeit her position on the select team.
Which level is appropriate for my child?
PYGL uses a grade-based system for division of levels. U-9 is 1st/2nd grades; U-11 is 3rd/4th grades, U-13 is 5th/6th grades, and U-15 is 7th/8th grades.
Can my daughter play an additional sport in the spring?
For families that choose to participate in multiple sports, it is inevitable that there will be some conflicts. Our coaches understand this and our policy as a recreational program is to not penalize players with less playing time in games due to absence at practices. We certainly encourage attendance at all lacrosse practices in order for each player to improve and therefore have more fun; however we know that players have a variety of commitments. When conflicts arise, we ask that parents keep the coaches informed so that practice plans and game plans can be altered if necessary. Our number one goal is to provide a great experience with the game of lacrosse for all participants.
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