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2016 Welcome Letter

Exeter Youth Lacrosse Association
2016 Welcome Letter


Welcome lacrosse players and parents, REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 season is now open.  Please read to the end for the particulars.
The coaches and staff of the Exeter Youth Lacrosse Association (EYLA) welcome you to the 2016 lacrosse season. For those of you unfamiliar with our program, the EYLA is a total volunteer organization. We are not sponsored or funded by the school district or the town recreation department. The program is run by a Board of Directors and a volunteer coaching staff along with the assistance of the parents of all players. We are dedicated to the instruction of the game of lacrosse, sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play. The EYLA is open to all students who reside within the boundaries of the SAU-16 school district and those surrounding towns that do not currently field a youth lacrosse team.
Once again this year we will field a Seacoast League open to all U9 boys and U9/U11 girls. While the Seacoast League teams will not travel statewide, as the NHYLA league teams will, there will be some local travel to surrounding towns with other teams interested in playing U9/U11 games. Seacoast League practices will be 1 hour long two times each week with games on Saturdays. Lacrosse is a game that is played in all weather conditions (except thunder and lighting). EYLA reserves the right to cancel practices or games due to inclement weather. We also give each head coach the discretion to cancel a practice due to weather. At all levels we want to provide a positive experience for the children and it is towards this end that coaches will occasionally cancel a U9 or U11 practice while the older children U13 & U15, will still have practice. Since we have limited field use we are seldom in a position to reschedule practices. It is also critical that parents supervise what players wear to practices and games. Players improperly dressed for cold weather practices can seldom focus on the task at hand. It is always easy for a player to add or remove layers as the practice progresses. So send the kids with too many layers! Coaches will help emphasize this practice with the players as well so it’s not just mom and dad …
This year our U11 (boys), U13, & U15 (boys/girls) travel teams will be part of the NH Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA). These teams will travel statewide and play in the end of the season tournament in Londonderry the second weekend in June (11th & 12th). 

It is always our goal for all players, at each level, to play in each of their games. However, it is also important for each player to attend each practice every week. Players who fail to attend practice during the week will play in games at the coaches discretion. It is not fair to the players who attend each and every practice to give equal playing time to players who fail to attend practice during the week, for whatever reason.


EYLA plans to field travel teams at the following levels: U11 – boys, U13 – boys & girls, and U15 – boys & girls. If we have sufficient players in any of the U11, U13 or U15 groups we will field A & B/C level teams. When we have enough players to field two or more teams we will hold tryouts. We will announce a place and time for tryouts once it is determined that we have enough players to field two teams at that particular level. Players who try out for an "A" team and do not make it are automatically placed on the "B/C" team in their grade bracket.
The EYLA teams will begin to practice, weather permitting, at the end of March or the beginning of April 2016. Some of the older players may begin indoor practice early in 2016. The New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association requires us to notify them of the different teams that we will field by mid February. Therefore, we ask that you make your decision regarding your player’s participation in the spring lacrosse program as soon as possible and no later than the end of February 2016. There will be a $25 processing fee for those players who chose to withdraw for the season once they have registered.
Where to go to Register! Website:     www.exeteryouthlacrosse.org  

To determine your player’s level (U9, U11, U13, or U15) please use the following updated chart which is based on grade this year:  
If your child is in grade:
K - 2nd – then your player is U9
3rd or 4th – then your player is U11
5th or 6th – then your player is U13
7th or 8th – then your player is U15

If your player is in 9th grade, was 14 on August 31, 2015, and does not play for his/her high school program then they are still eligible to play youth lacrosse at U15.
The following forms must be completed on-line and the registration fee received in order to establish your player’s membership on a team roster. Registration will open on January 1st, 2016 and will end by a deadline of February 29th, 2016:


  • Regular Registration for all U15, U13, and U11 players - Begins January 1st, 2016 and closes on February 29th, 2016.
  • Registration for ALL U9 players will begin in September 2015 and close on March 28th, 2016.


The registration fee this year for U11, U13, & U15 boys and girls is $255.  U9 fee is again $215 for boys and girls. Payment must be made online at the time of registration. Note, this includes uniforms for each player, field rental, officials fees, supplemental insurance, field supplies (goals, nets, paint, lining equipment), lacrosse balls, goalie equipment (lower level teams), and league fees.


Team rosters will be established in early March 2016. Players who missed the February 29th, 2016 deadline will be placed on a waiting list and assigned a team if there is space available. Team size for boys U11, U13, and U15 teams will be 22 players. Team size for girls U13 and U15 teams will be 18 to 19 players.  When necessary we will field more than one team in an age bracket (U11, U13, U15) as long as we have the parent volunteers to help manage and coach the team.

All families will be contacted in mid-March 2016 to learn the status of their player.

In order for your player(s) to be part of a team, you must register on-line at the following:
Website:     www.exeteryouthlacrosse.org  

Once you get to our web site click the Register Online button which is on the left hand side of the page, then click on the program that you want to register for (2016 U9 Boys, 2016 U9 Girls, 2016 U11, U13, & U15 Boys Spring, 2016 U11, U13, & U15 Girls Spring). All registration will be conducted on-line. Players will not be assigned to a team or allowed to participate in a particular activity until all fees have been paid. If you have difficulty with registration or with a particular fee please contact Wayne Demers at 778-8411 or wdemers@comcast.net.  

A mandatory parent meeting for all families participating in the spring season program will be held at the Cooperative Middle School at a date to be determined. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm and will be over no later than 8:30pm. The goal of this meeting is to give the parents and opportunity to meet the coaches, ask questions about the program, and hear about the various volunteer opportunities that need to be filled to assure a successful season for the players.

Equipment for the 2016 Spring Season: 
Each player will be provided with a jersey and shorts. Each player must provide his or her own equipment. Girls will need a stick, goggles, and a mouth guard. Boys will need a helmet, shoulder pads, arm guards, gloves, stick, mouth guard, and athletic supporter. All players should have rubber cleats for traction on the fields but sneakers are acceptable. Sneakers should be worn whenever we use indoor fields. All boys’ team players must wear regulation lacrosse helmets. (We recommend a silver body with navy blue visor and chin piece.)
Finally, we are sure that the Exeter Youth Lacrosse experience will be a positive one for you and your player. If you have additional questions contact Wayne Demers at 603-778-8411 or e-mail at wdemers@comcast.net. Please make a note of this contact information for future reference.

The Exeter Youth Lacrosse Association Board of Directors and Coaching Staff

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To the Exeter Youth Lacrosse Community,

Steve Arkell was a long time girls youth, middle school, and high school lacrosse coach. To help us honor his memory put on your running shoes, bring your family, and participate in this wonderful commuity 5K event.  See below for details.

The 2nd Annual Officer Stephen Arkell Community 5k registration is now open!  It will take place again at the Swasey School in Brentwood on Saturday May 7th.

Start time is 12pm. Registration can be found at: https://www.runreg.com/officer-stephen-arkell-community
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The Exeter Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors

by posted 02/13/2016
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Welcome to the 2016 Season

Dates to get on the Calendar

 If you are new to lacrosse coaching and would like to ask some questions please feel free to contact Wayne Demers (603-778-8411), Greg Lefebvre (443-255-8466) girls, or Michael Del Sesto (603-365-0970) boys.

Below you will find some dates to put on your calendars in preparation for the 2016 season. The Board has been working all fall to prepare for the upcoming season and we wanted to give you an update on where we are with preparations.

Uniforms have been designed and we are preparing the orders. Before we can order we need to close registration so if you haven’t registered your player yet, please get it done. Also, it would be helpful if you could send out a note to your team from last season reminding them that registration will be closing in 2 weeks (February 20th). We have to commit to the league by March 1 as to how many teams we will field and we will only allow late registrations (after February 20th) to those teams who NEED more players. At this time we have 129 U11-U15 boys registered for the season and 83 U11-U15 girls. At the U9 level we have 15 boys and only 6 girls.

In case you have not heard the league has changed from age to grade in deciding eligibility. The new look is U15 = 7th & 8th graders, U13 = 5th & 6th graders, U11 = 3rd & 4th graders, and U9 = K-2nd graders. We will field boys U11, U13, & U15 teams and girls U13 & U15 in NHYLA. U9 & U11 girls and U9 boys will play in the SAYLL league. Dates for NHYLA games this season are as follows: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 2016. The NHYLA tournament is scheduled for June 11 & 12, 2016. SAYLL dates are still not finalized but will follow a similar lineup: April 9 (opening Jamboree at Portsmouth High School), 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4 with an end of the year Jamboree at Exeter on June 18th, 2016.

Coach’s certification continues to be a requirement for NHYLA coaches to be on the sidelines. If you have not become a US Lacrosse certified Level 1 coach you should begin that process now. To register go to uslacrosse.org, click on Participants then Coaching Education Program and follow directions from there. The process includes an on-line course followed by an on-site course. You will also need to become a member of US Lacrosse to begin the process. The final step will be to successfully complete the background check. Exeter Youth Lacrosse will reimburse you for any expenses that you incur with your US Lacrosse course work (USL membership, courses, and background check).

 Exeter Youth Lacrosse will once again host a US Lacrosse Level 1 on-site training at Exeter High School on Sunday March 20th, 2016. If you need to get certified please go on line and register at US Lacrosse now. Last year we hosted the largest training that US Lacrosse had ever held. We hold this in Exeter so that our coaches don’t have to travel out of state to become certified. This training does sell out so please don’t wait for the last minute. I also have some good news for those Level 1 certified coaches who were waiting for the Level 2 course to be held in State. On Saturday March 19th, 2016 Bow Youth Lacrosse will be hosting a coach’s Level 2 on-site training at Bow High School. Both the Level 1 & Level 2 training have an on-line course component and I encourage you to have the on-line course completed prior to the on-site training. Both the Level 1 and the Level 2 trainings can be registered for now by going to the US Lacrosse web site.

Our boys stick skills trainings are now being held on Monday nights at Granite Fields. Mike and Gerry could use some help so if you have some time please come by and give them a hand.

 Tentative tryout dates have been set. The boys will hold tryouts on Monday February 29th and, if necessary, again on March 5th. The March 5th date may be outdoors. The girls will be holding their tryout on February 15th at Granite Fields. We would appreciate it if all coaches were at tryouts to help. Head coaches will use this opportunity to field their teams for the 2016 season.

We are trying to put together some gym times for our U9 players. We will have more on that as we get closure to the beginning of the season. Chris Geier is also trying to find a location to hold a stick skills clinic for players new to the game. More on that has it develops.

Monday, April 4th is the date for the annual Rules Interpretation meeting. This will be held at the Exeter Parks and Recreation building on Court Street in Exeter. We will have official’s trainers (men’s and women’s) on site to update the new rule changes and to review Personal and Technical fouls. This is for the both the boys and girls rules updates. By NHYLA rules all coaches must attend a Rules Interpretation training prior to the beginning of each season.

The annual North/South game is back again this year. The Laconia Youth Lacrosse program has volunteered to host this year’s game. They will be held on May 28 &29th (Memorial Day weekend on the new turf at Laconia High School. Coaches get to choose a couple of players per grade to represent Exeter at this event. Criteria varies depending on the coach but it is usually players who have demonstrated a positive attitude

Finally, we would once again like to thank you for stepping up to help us make this 2016 season an great time for the children in our care.

The Exeter Youth Lacrosse Board

by posted 02/05/2016
Become a Youth Lacrosse Official

Dear Parent,

As you are aware the Exeter Youth Lacrosse Association is a volunteer program and it takes many hands to make this a great experience for your players. We are always looking for head coaches, assistant coaches, timers, score keepers, field liners, and an assortment of other positions each season.

I would like to suggest yet another way for you to become involved in your players lacrosse experience. It is our plan this year to provide more games and scrimmages at all levels. Often, the key to being able to hold a game or scrimmage is the availability of certified lacrosse officials. Each year we train a number of youth officials, boys and girls 14 years of age or older, to officiate our games. Unfortunately, all of our youth officials are also players. Since they also have a practice and game schedule, along with a school work load, they are usually only available on Sundays. We would like to hold games on weeknights and Saturdays, as well as our Sunday League schedule. To accomplish this we would like to have a group of parents train as lacrosse officials. Training consists of classroom and on field training, see details below. Officiating is not gender specific. Women officiate the men’s game and men can officiate the women’s game. It is your choice to choose one route or the other. Officiating can be a very rewarding experience and an opportunity to stay in shape. Officials also receive payment for their services.

Please review the requirements below and call me with any questions. Some training’s will begin right after the holidays.


Wayne Demers



To All Interested in Becoming a Boys Youth Lacrosse Official

To become a boys lacrosse official you must be 14 years of age or older by April 1, 2016, become a member of US Lacrosse with an Officials designation (Officials memberships expire on September 30th of each year), pass all required test with an 80% or better, and attend ALL required training sessions. Training includes 12 hours of classroom training and an additional 4 hours of on-field training. New youth officials, once approved, must market themselves to local youth programs in order to secure youth games to officiate.

Each year returning youth officials must attend a 1 day Rules Interpretation meeting and pass all required test with an 80% or better in order to recertify for the upcoming season. This meeting for returning youth officials is scheduled for March 6, 2016 at the Londonderry Middle School. The training will begin at 9am and be over by 2pm.

Cost include an annual fee of $75 for new officials and $65 for returning youth officials. New youth officials are also responsible for purchasing the correct uniform and equipment required for all boys lacrosse officials. Uniform and equipment specifics will be outlined in class.

There will be 2 options for classroom trainings in 2016. The first option will be 5 classroom sessions at the Londonderry, NH High School on the 4 Tuesday nights (6:00 to 8:30pm) in January and the 1st Tuesday night in February 2016. The second classroom option will be in the Wolfeboro, NH area on 2 Sundays (9:00am to 3:00pm) in March. Attendance at all classroom sessions (either all 5 Tuesday nights or both Sundays) is mandatory.

On-Field training opportunities will be held on Sundays in late March and early April. Dates, times, and locations for classroom and on-field trainings will be posted on the www.nhyla.org web site once finalized. Registration will open on November 1st, 2015. Click on Home then Officials Registration on the drop down menu.

If you have further questions please contact me at wdemers@comcast.net or call at 603-778-8411.



To All Interested in Becoming a Girls Youth Lacrosse Official

Training is in February each year, normally on two consecutive Saturday mornings in the Concord Area (last couple of years were at NHTI).  Candidates must be in high school to start the training, Umpires must be in high school to apply and take the class.

You can also check out the Facebook page, this specifically addresses high school age kids that are interested in becoming officials. https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Hampshire-Youth-Lacrosse-Umpires/173930055974745.  Will post updates here.

Notice for the class will be posted on this website in December.  If you would like to receive email notification email Dave Pelletier at dp143@comcast.net


by posted 12/05/2015
Used Equipment and Goals
Hi All,
As you begin your spring cleaning keep the Exeter Youth Lacrosse program in mind. Each year we outfit a small group of new players with equipment. Without this equipment they would not be able to afford the game. This year we have depleted our supply of gently used gear. As you clean out the garage or closet in the playroom please keep us in mind. If you have any equipment that you feel would benefit a new young player please consider passing it on to the Exeter Youth Lacrosse program. If you have used equipment you may drop it off at 7 Granite Street in Exeter. Just leave it on the front steps if no one is home.
Also, if you have an old goal sitting in your back yard that you would like to get out of the yard please let me know. I will happily make arrangements to come by and pick up the goal. This season we have 278 players playing on U9, U11, U13, & U15 boys and girls teams. We also have an additional 55 Little Guys (K-2) playing our Saturday morning program. We need more playing space and more goals than ever before.
Thank you for your consideration and come watch our teams play at their home field behind the old Exeter High School. The NH Youth Lacrosse Association season (U11 – U15) begins on April 14th this year and the U9 season begins on April 20th.
by posted 04/06/2013
Choosing the Correct Girls Stick
Hi All,

We have had a number of inquiries regarding choosing the correct girl’s stick. Coach Preneta (Girls varsity coach at Exeter High School) has done some research and recommends the following choices:
Brine Amonte or Amonte 2
STX Exult
Nike sticks are made by STX so basically the same, just different colors.
The final analysis seems to be that when purchasing a girl’s stick you are better off buying a better stick. The better stick will make catching and throwing easier and unlike the boys sticks which get broken on a regular basis the girls sticks can last for a number of years. The boy’s game is much more physical with more stick checking which results in more broken sticks.
by posted 02/28/2013
New Exeter High School Girls Lacrosse Web Site.
Hi All,

Below is the link to the new Exeter High School Girls Lacrosse Team web site. Stop by and visit when you get a minute.


by posted 08/18/2012
2012 Girls Youth Night

Hi All,

On May 4th the Exeter High School varsity girls hosted the Exeter Youth Lacrosse girls teams and the CMS team to a night of excellent lacrosse and a clinic after the game. A good time was had by all!!!

by posted 05/08/2012
2010 EHS Girls Lacrosse Team with EYLA Players

2010 EHS Varsity Lacrosse Team with EYLA Players

2010 Exeter High School
Girls Youth Lacrosse Night

Each year the players from the EYLA girl’s teams are invited to attend a special high school varsity lacrosse game. After the game the youth players are invited onto the field to participate in drills conducted by the varsity girls. All players are welcome and we hope to have a full turnout for the 2011 High School Youth Night. Game date will be announced in the spring once the team’s schedule has been announced. A boy’s night will also be scheduled.

by posted 09/25/2010
Custom Made Mouth Guards

Hi All,


Once again this season Dr. Churchill is offering Custom made Mouth Guards free as a community service to any player in our program. I cannot stress the importance of using mouth guards to protect against concussions. If your player is baulking at wearing a mouth guard because it doesn’t fit correctly, this may be for you.


You should also be aware that league and US Lacrosse rules require all players to wear mouth guards. A change to the rule this year requires all mouth guards to be colored – so that officials can easily determine whether a player does, in fact, have a mouth guard in place.


I have talked to one parent who took advantage of this last year and she was very pleased with the service that she received.




My name is Dr. Katherine Churchill and I am a dentist in Exeter.  I have just recently started a youth mouth guard community service program that has been approved by the Exeter Parks and Recreation department.  I know that the Exeter Lacrosse program is an independent organization and would like to invite your program's athletes to join as well.  The program provides one free custom fit mouth guard to each athlete age 5-18 per year.  Additional mouth guards and or duplicates are $10 each within the same year.   To have a custom mouth guard made, a quick impression of their upper teeth takes approx. 5 minutes.  We make the mouth guards in our office so turn around is fairly quick.  We can even make mouth guards that can be attached directly to helmets as well.  Please let me know if you would like to participate in this program.   You can call me any questions at my office or discuss details at: (603) 772-3351 (M-Th 8am- 5pm).  Thank you for your time.  I hope to hear from you soon.


Dr. Katherine Churchill


by posted 03/31/2009
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