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Welcome to NHYLA
New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association

The New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA) was formed in 1994 and has grown as the vehicle for New Hampshire towns and programs to learn about the game of lacrosse, receive help launching lacrosse programs, and act as the guardian of the youth lacrosse game in New Hampshire. As a chapter of the national governing body, US Lacrosse, we adhere to its recommendations for organization and safety.
 

Since its inception the NHYLA has promoted and supported boys and girls lacrosse with members increasing in number each year in both areas. We currently have over 36 towns/programs participating in the NHYLA with approximately 310 teams (approximately 35% girls teams and 65% boys teams) from the ages of 7 through 15 years old.
 

NHYLA P.O. Box 812, Hampstead, NH 03841


 

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Important Changes to 2020 Lacrosse Season
03/16/2020
New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (“NHYLA”) 2020...
All Returning Youth Officials
10/08/2019
RETURNING YOUTH OFFICIALS All returning youth officials must attend...
To all interested in becoming a Youth Lacrosse Official
10/01/2019
To All Interested in Becoming a Youth Lacrosse Official Registration...
First Adaptive Lacrosse Game in NH
05/08/2019
History was made today in New Hampshire on the 5th of May, 2019...
Sportsmanship, Positive Coaching and Having FUN!
05/05/2019
Youth sports will have a big impact on young players/athletes. Please...
New Adaptive Lacrosse Program
01/21/2019
Dear Parent:                                    ...
 
Important Changes to 2020 Lacrosse Season

New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (“NHYLA”) 2020 Lacrosse Season Update

 

First and foremost, the health and welfare of our NHYLA families, student-athletes and other fans is our priority at NHYLA. The NHYLA Board has been in constant communications as it regards the ‘2020 Coronavirus Pandemic’. NHYLA is taking this issue very seriously.

 

Cautious containment efforts continue to emerge here in New Hampshire and NHYLA strongly recommends our Towns/Leagues and families follow recommendations from the professionals for the best information.

 

NHYLA Meeting on March 19, 2020 is CANCELLED. The NHYLA Board met on Sunday 3/15/2020, at length, to discuss the upcoming season. This was a formal meeting and minutes will be posted. NEXT NHYLA meeting is April 16, 2020 at Aloha Restaurant at 7:00pm.

 

2020 NHYLA Update/Changes

As of this date, 2020 NHYLA League Games will start Sunday April 26, 2020.

There will be 7 NHYLA League Games for each Town/League.

REMINDER NHYLA League Games occur on Sundays during April vacation week.

Memorial Day Sunday May 24, 2020 will have a NHYLA League Game.

Anticipated 2020 NHYLA game dates: 4/26; 5/3; 5/10; 5/17; 5/24; 5/31; and 6/7 (with make up date on Saturday 6/6/2020).

Festival is Saturday June 13th & 14th at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH.

ROSTERS are due to NHYLA on Wednesday April 15, 2020.

US Lacrosse Coach Certification status: NHYLA is, for 2020 waiving the CDP 1 certification requirement SOLELY regarding the “Live Instructional Clinic” (3 hour in person clinic called Developing the Individual Athlete). ALL other requirements must be satisfied.

 

What should NHYLA Towns/Leagues Do in Response to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic?

NHYLA highly recommends each Town/League follow the recommendations of professionals, particularly regarding the rapidly emerging cautious containment efforts. These decisions may also be influenced by your local school district, the facilities where you practice/play games etc.

 

Some facts about COVID-19 can be found here:

Federal Government information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

State of New Hampshire:

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/

World Economic Forum:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/coronavirus-keep-things-in-perspective-reasons-not-to-panic/?


by posted 03/16/2020
All Returning Youth Officials

RETURNING YOUTH OFFICIALS

All returning youth officials must attend a rules interpretation update each year in order to be eligible to officiate lacrosse games for the coming season (2020). Returning officials must also take and pass the youth rules and federation high school lacrosse rules exams with an 85% or better.

Boy’s rules interpretation update meeting is currently scheduled for March 8, 2020 at the Seacoast School of Technology 40 Linden Street Exeter, NH. The meetings will begin at 9:00am and will be done by noon.

Girl’s rules interpretation update meeting is currently scheduled for March 8, 2020 at the Seacoast School of Technology, 40 Linden Street Exeter, NH. The meeting will begin at 9:00am and will be over by noon.

 


by posted 10/08/2019
To all interested in becoming a Youth Lacrosse Official

To All Interested in Becoming a Youth Lacrosse Official

Registration Opens on November 1, 2019

 

BOYS:

To become a Boy's youth lacrosse official you must be at least 15 years old by April 1, 2020 (adults are welcome) and be prepared to complete the following items:

  1. Register with US Lacrosse as an official (in the past this has required a phone call to US Lacrosse membership department at 410-235-6882 X102.
  2. Take the following on-line official’s introductory course before the classroom sessions begin. Bring completion certificate to the 1st class. This is found on the US Lacrosse web site at uslacrosse.org then Officials, Officials Certification, Junior Officials Certification, then choose Boys Lacrosse Rules On-line Course.
  3. Attend classroom session (see choices below)
  4. Take the 2 on-line, open book, exams and pass with an 85% or better. Exams are found at uslacrosse.org then Officials, Officials Certification, Junior Officials Certification, then choose Annual On-line Rules Exams, log in using the UN & PW you created when registering with US Lacrosse, then choose Catalog, Officials, then Men’s game. The two exams are Boys – NFHS Boys Exam & Youth Boys Exam. This will be further explained in class.
  5. In late March or early April we will hold on-field training opportunities at locations to be determined. On-field training will involve new officials working 3 games in a row with experienced lacrosse officials. Completion of the on-field training will enable new officials to begin accepting games. The 2020 season will begin on April 11, 2020. All games during the season after the opening game will be played on Sundays.
  6. Rule Books and other classroom materials will be provided at the first classroom session.

 Go to www.NHYLA.org, click the Register on-line button on the left under Home, chose the training dates that will work for you and Begin Registration. Guardian information will need to be provided for applicants 18 years of age and younger. Class size will be limited to 25 students per location and must have a minimum of 10 students.

 

Boys Level 1 (New) Youth Officials Training – Londonderry, NH


Thursday nights: Jan 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and March 5, 2020

Londonderry High School -- enter the first night and follow the Lacrosse arrows to the classroom.
 

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Attendance is mandatory

Additional cost: Must register with US Lacrosse as an "Official" and a full uniform will be required for the on-field training portion which is currently scheduled for the last Sundays in March. Final dates TBD.

Boys Level 1 (New) Youth Officials Training -- Wolfeboro, NH

Sunday's March 1 and the 15, 2020

9:00am to 3:00pm

Kingswood Regional Middle School, 404 South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894

Attendance is mandatory. 


Additional cost: Must register with US Lacrosse as an "Official" and a full uniform will be required for the on-field training portion which is currently scheduled for the last Sundays in March. Final dates TBD.

 

GIRLS:

To become a Girl's youth lacrosse official you must be at least 15 years old by April 1, 2020 (adults are welcome) and be prepared to complete the following items:

  1. Register with US Lacrosse as an official (in the past this has required a phone call to US Lacrosse membership department at 410-235-6882 X102.
  2. Take the following on-line official’s introductory course before the classroom sessions begin. Bring completion certificate to the 1st class. This is found on the US Lacrosse web site at uslacrosse.org then Officials, Officials Certification, Junior Officials Certification, then choose Girls Lacrosse Rules On-line Course.
  3. Attend classroom session (see choices below)
  4. Take the 2 on-line, open book, exams and pass with an 85% or better. Exams are found at uslacrosse.org then Officials, Officials Certification, Junior Officials Certification, then choose Annual On-line Rules Exams, log in using the UN & PW you created when registering with US Lacrosse, then choose Catalog, Officials, then Women’s game. The two exams are Girls – NFHS Girls Exam & Youth Girls Exam. This will be further explained in class.
  5. In late March or early April we will hold on-field training opportunities at locations to be determined. On-field training will involve new officials working 3 games in a row with experienced lacrosse officials. Completion of the on-field training will enable new officials to begin accepting games. The 2020 season will begin on April 11, 2020. All games during the season after the opening game will be played on Sundays.
  6. Rule Books and other classroom materials will be provided at the first classroom session.

Go to www.NHYLA.org, click the Register on-line button on the left under Home, chose the training dates that will work for you and Begin Registration. Guardian information will need to be provided for applicants 18 years of age and younger. Class size will be limited to 25 students per location and must have a minimum of 10 students.

 

Girls Level 1 (New) Youth Officials Training – Londonderry, NH


Thursday nights: Jan 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and March 5, 2020

Londonderry High School -- enter the first night and follow the Lacrosse arrows to the classroom.
 

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Attendance is mandatory

Additional cost: Must register with US Lacrosse as an "Official" and a full uniform will be required for the on-field training portion which is currently scheduled for the last Sundays in March. Final dates TBD.

 

 

Girls Level 1 (New) Youth Officials Training -- Exeter, NH

Sunday's March 1 and the 8, 2020
9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Seacoast School of Technology, 40 Linden Street, Exeter, NH 03833


Attendance is mandatory. 


Additional cost: Must register with US Lacrosse as an "Official" and a full uniform will be required for the on-field training portion which is currently scheduled for Sunday's in late March 2020. Final dates TBD.

 


by posted 10/01/2019
First Adaptive Lacrosse Game in NH

History was made today in New Hampshire on the 5th of May, 2019 when the first ever adaptive lacrosse game was played at Sawyer Park in Kensington, NH. The NH team, based in Laconia, NH joined the Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse team from the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts. The players were supported by high school players from Laconia High School, Exeter High School, and the entire 2018 Division 1 state champion Pinkerton Academy boys’ varsity team from Derry, NH.

The day began with introductions of players and a thirty minute skills and drills session followed by a forty-five minute game that saw impressive play from players on both sides of the ball. Following the game players, partners and families got together for a pizza party and an after the game wrap up. After a meeting with the coaches additional games have been planned as well as an invitation to the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association end of the year Festival that will be held on June 8 & 9, 2019. The NHYLA Festival is a two day event that brings together 300+ youth lacrosse teams from around the state with 6,000+ players and their families joining together for a fun end of the season event. A great time was had by all today and we look forward to expanding the number of teams in both New Hampshire and New England.


by posted 05/08/2019
Sportsmanship, Positive Coaching and Having FUN!

Youth sports will have a big impact on young players/athletes. Please do not underestimate the life lessons youth sports can offer all of us.

 

“My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.” Don Shula, Positive Coaching Alliance (2019).

 

1)    Be positivehttps://www.positivecoach.org/the-power-of-positive/

 

2)    R.O.O.T.S. Respect Officials, Opponents, Teammates and Self. SO important. A coach MUST be a role model for players when coaching and making comments about officials calls. https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/book/roots-honoring-game-and-sportsmanship

 

Today (5/4/2019), while I was officiating a youth game, a coach on the sideline FAR from the play exclaimed “That was the worst call I have ever seen!”. The coach was 70 yards from the call/foul. The official was 10 yards. Bottom line: Near or far; what message are you sending to student-athletes when you exclaim such a frustration?

 

Manchester Union Leader, Sunday May 5, 2019: Credit to coach Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) for saying, “I don’t complain about officials. We have a lot of things we have to work on.”

3)    Athletes must learn to respect ALL participants in a sporting event. Please, as an administrator, a coach of a NHYLA team, or a parent on the sideline, be the best role model you can be for everyone involved in our game.

 

Resources:

https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/article/working-together-stop-madness

https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/video/mike-brey-how-coaches-can-correct-athletes-bad-body-language

https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/article/double-goal-coach-job-description

 

NHYLA is looking for sportsmanship nominations! If you see a team/league that exemplifies sportsmanship - please email with your comments and recommendations!

 

Thank you again for ‘volunteering’ to fill a lacrosse role this season!

Please feel free to reach out to the VP of Girls and/or Boys at www.nhyla.org for resources when challenged with a situation and/or concern.

VP of Girls - NHYLA

 

by posted 05/05/2019
New Adaptive Lacrosse Program

Dear Parent:                                                                                        October 8, 2019

The New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA) and its Board members are pleased to announce the inception of an adaptive lacrosse program in the state of New Hampshire.

It has come to our attention that US Lacrosse, in an effort to expand its diversity and inclusion goals, has developed guidelines for adaptive lacrosse programs. According to US Lacrosse the adaptive lacrosse program is an opportunity for people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities to become involved with the game. Our goal is to become a state “where diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of the values and culture” of lacrosse in New Hampshire.

The vision for the state, at this early developmental stage, is to field 3 unified coed lacrosse teams. One team to be located in the Seacoast of New Hampshire with Exeter as its home base, one team to be located in South Central New Hampshire with Amherst as its home base, and a third team to be located in the North Central New Hampshire with Laconia as its home base. This is the first program of its kind in New Hampshire and parents are welcome to register in whichever location is most convenient to them.

Ideally, team size would be 12 to 15 players along with an equal or greater number of youth volunteers from area high schools. Games would take place on Sundays along with the regularly scheduled NHYLA games.

Cost to participating families would be minimal. Each family would have to register their player with US Lacrosse. The current cost for this registration is $35. Equipment would be provided for each team (it would be available at each game/practice). We would be using soft lacrosse balls so helmets and other protective gear would be optional. Cost for uniforms and game officials would be absorbed by the various programs and NHYLA.

The program will be open to participants ages 10-21. This program offers a way for kids with physical and developmental disabilities to enjoy the sport in a non-competitive and adaptive environment. Coaches and organizational participants will emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and skill development on an age and ability appropriate basis. The program will be structured to have middle and high school lacrosse players from local community’s team up as a “partner” or “mentor” for each adaptive participant. These partner coaches will assist in adapting the skills and teaching methods to the needs of each participant’s ability and specific requirements. Equipment and rules will also be modified as necessary to meet participant’s needs while maintaining the overall fundamental lacrosse team experience.

 The lacrosse season in New Hampshire begins in early April and ends the 2nd weekend in June with the NHYLA Festival. The Festival hosts over 300 New Hampshire youth lacrosse teams, a little over 7000 lacrosse players, and this would also be the final weekend for the unified teams to play.

Registration will be open on January 1, 2020. To register a player parents can go to NHYLA.org, click on Home, Scroll down to Register Online, and choose the area of play that would be most convenient for the family (i.e. Seacoast, South Central, or North Central). It is my hope that we can recruit enough players to fill three teams in New Hampshire. If we have enough players in various age groups we could field an elementary level team, a middle school level team and a high school age team in each area. This would be an ideal scenario and will be dependent on our ability to interest parents and players in the program.

Anyone who has questions can contact me at . The goal is to begin the season with the other NHYLA teams in early April 2020.

I appreciate your time and I hope to meet many of you on the lacrosse field.

 

Wayne Demers

603-778-8411

 


by posted 01/21/2019

 

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