Norwich Youth Lacrosse Association, Norwich Connecticut

Sponsored By:   Norwich Public Utilities
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When is registration?
Registration will begin in January.  Be sure to join our mailing list to be kept up-to-date on registration announcements and introductory clinics.

Who can play lacrosse?

 Any boy or girl in grades 1 through 8

Do you have to live in Norwich to play NYLA lacrosse?

No. We have kids from many of the surrounding towns, including Griswold, Lisbon, Voluntown, Canterbury and Windham.

What season is Lacrosse?
Lacrosse is a spring sport. Practices start around late March/early April and games will begin the first week of April and continue until mid-June.

When are practices and games?
Most teams practice 2 times a week. Games are weeknights and weekends.

Who are games against?
NYLA is a member of NECLAX (a subsidiary of US Lacrosse) and we play home and away games against many of the NECLAX member teams.  This is up to the coach's discretion and may include Stonington, Ledyard, Groton, East Lyme, Waterford, Westerly, Colchester, Montville and some other out-lying leagues. 

Can my child play lacrosse and baseball?
There are many children in other programs that do both sports. We encourage you to carefully consider your objectives for playing both sports and then do what is best for your child.

Will there be try-outs?
No. This is an instructional program and children will be taught the game and skills.

Who will be the coach?
We have a team of US Lacrosse and PCA trained coaches.  We are seeking experienced players in the area who may want to help coach. We will have training opportunities to get interested adults up to speed with the rules and the skills a coach will need.

What equipment do I need to buy and where do I get it?
Boys need:

  • helmet
  • shoulder/chest and elbow pads
  • gloves
  • mouth guard
  • athletic supporter
  • lacrosse stick


Boys’ complete beginners’ equipment package run from $150 to $180.

Girls need:

  • goggles
  • mouth guard
  • lacrosse stick


Girls’ run from $50 to $60.

We advise you to go to a store and try everything on.  When buying a stick, there are a few things to look for.  A stick with a hard mesh or a traditional pocket is recommended.

There are several local stores that carry lacrosse equipment; Dick’s Sports, Lacrosse Unlimited (Madison), Lacrosse Monkey (Norton, MA), and several websites.

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Is lacrosse safe?
Yes, boys’ lacrosse is a contact sport; however, the rules and the equipment contribute to making it a very safe sport.  US Lacrosse provides guidelines for coaching, refereeing and playing.  Each game (for grades 3 and up) is officiated by 2 professional lacrosse referees who enforce sportsmanship and regulations which keeps the game safe. The national injury rate for boy’s lacrosse is 2.89 injuries per 1,000 participants, the most common injury being ankle sprains. For comparison purposes, the injury rate for football is 4.36, and soccer is 2.43. For more information on lacrosse safety, please visit

I don’t know much about lacrosse; why should I try it?
Lacrosse is exciting and fun! It is a combination of basketball, hockey and soccer. It is the fastest growing sport in the country and has the lowest drop-out rate of any youth sport.