Harvard Boys Lacrosse
2018 FAQ’s for Players and Parents
Welcome to the Harvard Youth Lacrosse Boys Program! The Harvard Youth Lacrosse program offers players an opportunity to learn and enjoy the “fastest game on two feet”.
The Harvard Youth Lacrosse (HYL) program is open to students in grades 1-8. We welcome players not only from the town of Harvard, but also surrounding towns.
Do I have to know anything about lacrosse to play?
No prior experience is required or expected. We will teach the basic skills necessary to play.
When is registration?
Registration is open NOW! Click the "Register Online" button in the left navigation to find the proper registration. And remember to register before December 18th to get the early discount!
How much does it cost to play lacrosse on the town team?
$235 (Grades 1-8; $200 with early discount) plus mandatory US Lacrosse dues $30 which must be paid before or when you register for insurance purposes.
- Registration fee includes costs associated with pre-season field rentals, league games and end of season tournament
- Uniforms are required (jersey and shorts) for grades 1-6 and components can be purchased during registration as needed
- We recognize lacrosse is an expensive sport and we offer sibling discounts. However, we would never want cost to be a factor that inhibits participation. Email
if cost poses a difficulty, and we will work something out. These inquiries will be kept confidential.
Do I need special equipment?
Yes. At a minimum, the rules require the following for boys: a regulation helmet with chinstrap, mouth guard, regulation gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and a lacrosse stick. "Long sticks" are routinely used by the defense (beginning U13). HYL is doing what it can to encourage equipment swaps; however, for new players, we strongly recommend you buy a new helmet due to safety concerns around used helmets. Also, the HYL program will make some used or new equipment available to families facing financial hardship.
Do I need a US Lacrosse registration?
Yes. US Lacrosse membership is a requirement to play HYL because it offers insurance coverage that protects the program in the event of a serious injury to one of its players while playing in the program.
However, you do NOT have to register in two places: during HYL registration, you will be asked to join or renew your membership to US Lacrosse. Costs: $30 (youth) or $35 (high school) which is separate from the HYL registration fee. You pay both fees at the end of the registration.
When is the lacrosse season?
Indoor practices typical begin mid-February and the season runs thru mid-June.
What league do the HYL boys teams play in?
The HYL boys participate in the Patriot Youth Lacrosse League (PYLL) which is a development league intended to teach the sport of Lacrosse and provide a positive experience for each player (www.patriotyouthlacrosse.com).
What is the practice schedule?
Two times per week, usually in the early evenings. We usually conduct a few pre-season indoor clinics in mid-February to mid-March, followed by outdoor practices when weather permits and throughout the season.
Practices for U13 & U15 boys teams will be held at Lower Depot Road field. Practices for U9 & U11 boys teams will be at Ann Lee Road field.
What is the game schedule?
Games are usually Sunday afternoons between noon and 5:00 PM. There will be a few mid-week games, as well. The games last about 1-1/2 hours.
U13 & U15 home games are played at Lower Depot Road field, while U9 & U11 home games are played at Ann Lee Road fields.
What do I get for my registration fee?
The registration fee varies by age and league. It covers PYLL or FGLL league dues, the referees, field use, team supplies, end-of-season PYLL tournament, end-of-season FGLL jamboree, goalie equipment, lacrosse balls, etc...
Coaches and other volunteers are needed to ensure this program runs. Interested parents should contact Jason Pinney (617-388-3141 or
), or any member of the Board of Directors.