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NSGL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:  What do the fees cover?
Q:  Do you offer financial assistance?
Q:  Can my daughter play NSGL if we do not live in Northborough or Southborough?
Q:  When does the season begin? End?
Q:  When do practices start outside?
Q:  Is there a place I can get information?
Q:  Do I have to buy equipment?
Q:  Are there any local stores that provide a discount?
Q:  How many days a week do you practice?
Q:  Are there games on Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day?
Q:  How are the teams selected for each age group?
Q:  I would like to volunteer- who do I contact? 



A:  The fees cover several things.  First is a membership in US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. This gives many benefits (such as the magazine subscription) but the most important is the membership includes supplementary insurance coverage required for all players and coaches before they can participate.
The registration fees also cover team registration with Founders League, referee fees, equipment costs, Southborough and Northborough field usage fees, Jamboree entry fees, player instructional clinics and coach's clinics.  This year, the registration fee is $185. Every player needs to purchase a uniform for $60 for compliance to US Lacrosse standards.  
A: We begin indoor practices in March. We are very fortunate that St. Marks School allows us to rent their indoor facility while their students are on break. We schedule practices there until we can get outdoors. The days are allocated as evenly as possible to each of the age groups, which has proven to be a challenge as the program has grown tremendously. The season typically ends in mid-June following the Founder's Jamboree.

A: We have to wait until fields are opened by the town for the spring. Not only does the snow need to be gone but the fields also need to be dry enough so that the first practices do not destroy the grass before it has a chance to get strong enough to last the whole season. Since evening practices begin at 6:00PM we also need enough daylight, so it is usually just after the clocks change. This is the toughest part of the season since it seems like we are just getting a rhythm and then we have two weeks of touch and go weather.

If you have any questions about the program, contact

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 Q: Do I have to buy equipment?

 A: Yes, each player needs to provide the following:
  1. Mouth guard (clear not allowed)
  2. Goggles
  3. Molded cleats (soccer style)
  4. Girls Lacrosse stick

A: Yes, Brine Sporting Goods, 978-443-4689, 615 Boston Post Rd Sudbury provides a discount for NSGL members.  Imagination Sports in Clinton (500 Main St, 978-368-9121) offers an attractive package. Be sure to mention Northborough-Southborough Girls Lacrosse to either store for a discount.

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Q: How many days a week do you practice?


 A: We practice twice a week, Wednesday and Friday from 6-7:30 pm.

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Q: Are there games on Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day?


 A: Mother's Day - YES to games, but we do tell the kids to be extra helpful to Mom all that week!

     Memorial Day weekend - NO to games

     Easter Sunday - NO games

     April Vacation - YES to games 

     Father's Day- YES to games at our end of the year Jamboree!

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Q: How are the teams selected for each age group?


 A: The whole league philosophy is about learning the game and having fun. This is only done when the teams are split evenly versus having an A and a B team. We go to great lengths to evaluate the kids and try to split the teams evenly. We make an effort to split goalies, by town and by grade, so that each factor is half and half. This is also important as we practice together all season long and it would not be fun with one team much stronger than the other. And it is important that the kids trust us when we tell them we will do this, because they know instantly if it is not done that way.

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A: Any help, even one day, is appreciated and needed! We have many tasks to keep the program running smoothly while maintaining our philosophy. Volunteers who have a lot of time can coach (experience is required to be a head coach but not to be an assistant coach), be a team parent or join the board of directors. If you only have a little time please contact the team parents, we have lots of one day, or one time jobs. They have a list you can choose from and we think you will enjoy it!
No experience necessay, training is provided.

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