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NSGL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:  What do the fees cover?
Q:  Do you offer a family discount?
Q:  Do you offer financial assistance?
Q:  Why are sign-ups in November/December?
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 and Memorial Day?
Q:  How are the teams selected for each age group?
Q:  Can I request that my child play with their friend so that we can car pool?
Q:  I would like to volunteer but it seems like a big time commitment, can I help out just a little?
Q:  Is the game of girls lacrosse the same as boys lacrosse?


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 MBGLL, 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 $175. Every player needs to purchase a uniform for $60 for compliance to US Lacrosse standards.  Note that if you choose to subscribe to the US Lacrosse magazine, the final amount will be higher.

A: Yes, we offer $25 off for each child, up to a maximum of $75 per family.

A: Yes, NSGL does make financial assistance available for those in need (only available to Northborough or Southborough residents). Please contact  ; all conversations will be strictly confidential.

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A: We are part of the Massachusetts Bay GIRLS Lacrosse League (MBGLL) with over 120 area towns and about 8,000 girls playing. We are required to submit how many teams we will field for each age group by mid-January. We need to have registration complete so that we can determine how many teams we can have and should field. Late registrations pose a problem as we are also trying to be sure that the experience is a positive one for every child. If teams are too large, it only means less playing time, which can take the fun out of playing.

A: NSGL is open to all surrounding towns, although first preference is given to Northborough & Southborough residents.  After registration close, if spaces are available, we welcome residents from other towns.

A: We usually begin practices in early 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 MBGLL 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.

A: This website will be updated regularly and is the first place to check for information. The coaches will communicate urgent information to their teams. As the program has grown so large it is just impossible for personal calls to be made to everyone, especially since all of our volunteers and coaches are giving so much time while working full time jobs. We have tried to make available a phone number and an email address for each age group of one coach, and certainly in an emergency you should call directly.

New this year is the ability to contact you via text messaging. If you wish to utilize this, please make sure your cell phone number and provider are updated in your member account.

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 and Memorial 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 

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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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Q: Can I request that my child play with their friend so that we can car pool?


 A: First as described above, after splitting the teams it is very difficult to make a move that may throw the teams out of balance. Second, since we practice together all season car pooling should work out fine. If a child needs a ride to a game, please let the coach know who can email all families to see if someone who lives close by might be able to help out.

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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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Q: Is the game of girls lacrosse the same as boys lacrosse? 


A: The games are very different. About the only similarity between the two games is the fact that the object of the game is to propel a ball with the stick into the goal. The boys game is much more physical than the girls version. Body contact and contact with the stick and body is allowed. Boys lacrosse players wear helmets, shoulder pads, rib pads, arm pads, etc.

The game of girls lacrosse emphasizes speed, stamina, passing, catching and cradling skills and teamwork. All body contact is incidental and most of the rules in girls lacrosse emphasize player safety. Girls lacrosse is definitely more of a "finesse" game compared to the boys version.

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