Wellesley Youth Lacrosse Club’s mission is to provide a fun, safe, and positive environment to teach the game of lacrosse, and to teach promote sportsmanship and respect by all players towards coaches, teammates, and opponents on the field of play.
Our program hosts lacrosse programs for both boys and girls in grades 1-8 who live in or go to school in Wellesley. The club believes in:
- open and welcoming environment for new players at any age level
- equal playing time for all players
- balanced team construction for all ages throughout our program
WYLC offers year-round programing, but Spring is the main season for lacrosse. The Club runs parallel programs for boys and girls that begin in late March and usually end the second week of June with a league Jamboree. The boys and girls programs are organized in four age/grade groupings: Grades 1/2, Grades 3/4, Grades 5/6, and Grades 7/8. The 1/2 programs for both our boys and girls are in-town, skill development programs. The 3rd – 8th grade boys participate in the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL), and the girls participate in the Founders Girls Lacrosse League (FGLL). Multiple balanced travel teams will be formed in each age/grade group, and Saturday or Sunday league games will be played either in Wellesley or away at other league teams' fields.
Lacrosse is a three-days-per-week commitment for boys and girls. Each age group practices twice during the school week and plays games on Saturdays or Sundays.
Team sports require commitment to the team. In addition to developing individual skills, players must also learn to play with teammates. The shared experience of teamwork is one of the key lessons to be learned from team sports. All players are expected at all practices and games. From time to time, however, situations may arise which will cause a player to miss a practice. There is no need to notify the lacrosse program for this. If a player will have to miss a game, please notify the team manager. For systematic conflicts (such as overlapping schedules with other sports or activities) PLAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE CONFLICT WITH THEIR COACHES AND WORK OUT A SATISFACTORY SOLUTION WHICH EQUALLY SHARES THE CONFLICT WITH THE OTHER SPORT OR ACTIVITY.
Wellesley Youth Lacrosse Code of Conduct
Wellesley Youth Lacrosse is committed to providing an environment that fosters fun, good sportsmanship, and personal and physical growth for its young athletes. Our goal is to ensure that the experiences of children participating in our programs promote responsibility and the best elements of team competition. Our organization welcomes all eligible participants to become a part of its lacrosse programs, but requires participants to acknowledge that appropriate behavior is an essential ingredient to the success of the program and the enjoyment of those involved.
Accordingly, each player, coach, board member, any other volunteer participating in Wellesley Youth Lacrosse are required to review and abide by our WYLC Code of Conduct as a condition of eligibility. Any individual who fails to abide by these requirements is subject to disciplinary action by Wellesley Youth Lacrosse, including suspension and a termination of participation, without refund of participation or other fees.
Player Code of Conduct:
The Wellesley Youth Lacrosse Club promotes good conduct by all participants. WYLC players will respect all players, coaches, referees, parents and spectators by the following:
- Play hard but fair. Play by the rules of the game.
- Demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents and spectators
- Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times. Win with dignity and lose with grace.
- Support your teammates at all times.
- Refrain from using profanity at practices or games.
- Be committed to the team. Attend and pay attention at practices and games.
- Respect referees by politely accepting their decisions. Never talk back or show up an official.
- Respect coaches by politely accepting their coaching and accepting their decisions about what is best for the team. Ask questions and seek to improve.
Parent Code of Conduct:
- Help your child understand and honor the Player Code of Conduct
- Recognize and applaud good play on both sides
- Encourage your child's commitment to his/her team
- Honor the game by never criticizing players, coaches or referees either explicitly or implicitly (e.g. groaning, physical motions, coaching from the stands)
- Encourage other spectators to honor these expectations