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Dear SYL Boys Travel Families (3rd-8th): RE: Boys U11, U13, U15...
Sacred Heart U9 Boys Jamboree 2017
Sacred Heart U13 Boys Jamboree 2017

Dear SYL Boys Travel Families (3rd-8th):

RE: Boys U11, U13, U15 League Change

I wanted to make you aware of a significant change in our Program this coming season.  Our Boys Program has played in the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL) since it’s founding in 1992.  MBYLL is a “rec” lacrosse league designed to support all levels of play, equal playing time, and no league standings.  This is exactly what the founding members of this Program wanted for the kids of Sandwich.

As we all know, youth sports are in a constant state of flux and change has become the rule rather than the exception.  Over the past two years, we have watched as nearly every local competitor has left the “rec” model in favor of the A/B model (teams divided by skill level through a tryout process).  SYL is one of the last hold outs in favor of the “rec” model, but the writing is on the wall.  We have two options going forward.  We can remain in MBYLL and travel North of Braintree for all our away games or make the switch to Crossroads Township League (CTL), which is the local A/B league option. Youth lacrosse is very different than baseball, basketball and soccer.  Sandwich can very easily offer both recreational and A/B leagues to families due to the sheer numbers of participants.  Lacrosse Programs don’t have that luxury, we have a limited number of players and limited resources when it comes to qualified coaches.

SYL’s definition of a successful Program is “kids having fun” and that will continue to be our benchmark going forward.  We have considered the pros and cons of both the “rec” and A/B models and a definitive answer has proved evasive.  Some would say “B” players playing with other “B” players will get a chance to be leaders on the field, be more involved in the action, and improve their skills because an “A” player isn’t defending.  Others would argue that “A” players make “B” players better.  The SYL BODs and Coaches have considered all feasible options and determined that switching to the CTL lacrosse league is our best solution at this time.

We will have more specifics as we get closer to the start of the season, but I wanted to make everyone aware of the change as we begin the registration process.  I have also drafted some Q&A’s below.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions and /or concerns at  Thank you for your understanding as we navigate the ever-changing dynamics of youth sports.

Ned Eastman

SYL President


SYL Philosophy heading into this new league:

We are changing leagues and the format of how we structure teams.  We are not changing how we coach players or how we coach games.  We will continue to measure our success based on personal improvement, strong team dynamics, and player happiness.  Winning games is not a goal, it’s a nice outcome.


Boy’s League Change Q&A

How will teams be determined/divided?

·       U11 (3rd/4th)- No changes from previous years.  We will have two teams at this age level divided evenly (not A/B).

·       U13 (5th/6th)- We will be submitting one “A” team and one “B” team to the league for this age group.  The teams will be called Blue and White (not A and B)

·       U15 (7th/8th)- We are planning on submitting one “A” team and two “B” teams to the league for this age group, but registration numbers and/or tryouts could alter that plan.

·       We are planning on bringing up “B” team players to “A” team games as numbers warrant and players skills develop.

We have several “retired” coaches in town that coached in our Program several years ago and would be willing to act as unbiased evaluators.  They have extensive lacrosse backgrounds and no affiliation with the kids in these age groups.  The actual team coaches will not attend the tryouts or have any involvement in the decision-making process.  We have asked that they run two practices in early March to determine where players belong.  We understand that a couple of short practices is not a perfect model for determining a player’s ability and value to a team, so we are installing a “coaches pick” per team based on the coaches previous experience and knowledge of the player(s) selected. 

Will the schedule change?

·       Games- Our game schedule will change.  We do not have any details yet, but games could be on Friday night, Saturdays or Sundays.  We are requesting that all our home games be scheduled on Sundays.  We should have a firm schedule before the start of the season.

·       Practices- Days and times will remain that same as in years past.   We are considering the possibility of age groups practicing on the same night, so that we can blend the group and conduct some informal scrimmages.

I have multiple children playing in the Program, will you still have the “sibling rule” which aligns families home and away games for siblings in different age groups?

We are considering continuing this option, but based on early analysis it does not look feasible based on the league’s scheduling.

Will we be playing different towns than we have in the past?

No, nearly all the local town’s we have competed against over the last several years have made the switch to CTL, so we will continue to play Falmouth, Plymouth, Lower Cape, Barnstable, etc.

by posted 11/17/2017
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