1. All registrations are done individually, online. This means you register as a single, but you can indicate which team you want to play for. Example, if you play for Wakefield or Masco, or Andover or even "Elite Gulls", you can input that information during the process and we will place you accordingly. We can even place you with a friend if you indicate that!
2. Make sure you have your US Lacrosse ID. That protects you and us in terms of insurance.
3. Tell a buddy-often it's the fact that YOU joined that will make your friends want to play too! Don't miss the chance to get a jump on the regular HS or Youth Lax season!
4. We are very aware of sportsmanship, carefully monitored games, and always have a Site Director, Athletic Trainer/EMT, and qualified, disciplined refs and coaches on site. We care about your FUN and safety.
Q. What leagues do you offer?
A. WINTER ALL NEW! We offer the Boy's High School Indoor League as well as a practice/play Middle School league for Southern Maine at the York Seacoast United facility on Rt 1.
A. SUMMER We offer the Boy’s and Girl’s High School Summer Leagues for Varsity level players, and JV players looking to make their respective varsity team next year.
A. We also offer the Pro League. We are currently expanding the Pro League to encompass the larger Metro Boston area, including those above and near the I495 loop, and those club teams in the Southern NH area.
A. Boy’s Middle School League for incoming FALL 6th/7/8th graders only, with a 5 team limit per league.
Q. What is the Summer League format? Rosters will include a minimum of 18 players, maximum of 23 position players. For the Pro League Teams, a minimum of 18 paid players with a maximum of 23 position players per roster. Middle School teams are limited to 20 players and 2 goalies.
Q. What is the skill level in the Varsity League?
A. The skill level is very competitive in the varsity league. Obviously, we do our best to maintain the competition, but once in a while, we do have a team start out 0-3…with better consistency and coaching, they tend to do well as the year progresses.
Q. What is the skill level in the Pro League?
A. These players will play collegiate lacrosse after leaving high school. Often, each team will have a few graduating players who will be attending any number of Div I, II, and III lacrosse programs, with the rest of the team heading in that direction. There are freshman, sophomores, juniors, and incoming seniors in this league who meet this criteria.
Q. What is the PRO League?
A. The Pro League was designed to bring the best club, travel, private, prep, and serious public teams together in one league to play each other all summer. In order to supplement the monotonous weekend tournaments springing up all over the eastern seaboard, we wanted our local teams playing against the best competition IN THEIR BACKYARDS! No other league brings so many great players in one league on the field at one time.
Q. How do I make a Pro League team?
A. You have to be a member of one of the club teams, which hold their own tryouts and are unrelated to the North Shore Lacrosse League. We accepted only full teams-we are in the business of running a GREAT LEAGUE, not creating teams just to make a schedule. If you want to join a Pro League team, you need to make any one of many local club teams including the RAPTORS, NORTHEASTERS, NESLL, ST. JOHN’S PREP VARSITY, MALDEN CATHOLIC, etc.
Q. When does registration open for the Summer Leagues?
A. We open on-line registration on January 1st
Q. When does registration open for the Pro League?
A. It opens when your adult team representative committs, send us a roster, and we send you the link. There is NO open enrollment for the Pro League.
Q. What age do I have to be to play for the North Shore Lacrosse Varsity Summer Leagues?
A. MAX for Varsity: You need to have graduated that June to play that summer.
A. MIN for Varsity: You need to be going into the 9th grade that Fall
A. For the WOMEN, special considerations are accepted due to the non-contact nature.
Some 7th and 8th grade girls are allowed with a parental note and a player bio/history that demonstrate adequate lacrosse skill
Q. Why do I have to be a member of US Lacrosse?
A. We support the non profit by asking all of our players to be members of the national body.
Q. Does this mean we have free insurance through US Lacrosse?
A. No, we purchase our insurance to be sure YOU are covered. We cannot depend on the chance that someone in the league may not be a member of US Lacrosse.
Q. When are your Varsity League games played?
A. The men’s league plays Sun-Thurs; each team will still play two nights per week in most weeks.
A. The women’s league plays on Monday's and/or Wednesday nights at 6 PM thru 10 PM, depending on number of teams.
Q. When does the Pro League play?
A. Every Wednesday night from 7-10 PM, all summer at Endicott College and possibly in other locale based on team geographics
Q. Where are your games played?
A. Most games have been at Endicott on turf, for varsity, pro, and women, while Middle play mostly at Bishop Fenwick, also on turf. We do have contracts with other local turf fields and use them when necessary.
Q. How do you hire your coaches?
A. We hire our Varsity League coaches based on recommendations and playing experience. For both men and women, we look for those who have collegiate playing experience, can committ to a fun experience, rotate players equally and accordingly, and serve as role models for the reinforcement of respect in all aspects of the game of lacrosse.
Q. Do you hire all of your coaches?
A. YES! We pay all of our coaches in the Varsity League because we want them dependable and committed.
Q. Would you like to submit a question?
A. YES! I will email you at firstname.lastname@example.org so other players and parents can learn more about your league!
Here are some questions from recent emails that may be helpful….
Q. Wanted to find out if there is room for a girls varsity team this summer? Ideally we would put one together made up mostly from girls in Ipswich. Is it possible to do this or do you randomly allocate the kids?
A. (4/1/08) Thanks for inquiring; we do have room for a women’s team. We plan on having 7-10 women’s teams based on past years, usually filling up by the first week of June. I seem to fill up earlier every year, so if there are girls interested in Ipswich, the sooner the better. I hate to say no to a girl or boy who wants to play, but unfortunately it happens often.
On the girl’s side, we have both open registration and “team” registration-at the same time without the coaches or team rep worrying about player fees or committments. This means that each player can sign up as an individual, and request that they will be placed on the “Ipswich” team when they register. It is actually an input field each player or parent can customize to make sure they are on the right team. The other option, if you want to keep a specific “team” together, is to send me a roster of Ipswich players, (just names), and we would match that roster up with our database. Anyone else from Ipswich by geography would be placed in the “free agent” pool.
For example, Hamilton Wenham always puts a team in, but does so by individuals signing up and registering on their own and indicating “Ham/Wenham”. Another team, the Homegrown Girl’s teams are entering as entire teams, with the club actually sending in one check for all the girls on one roster.