Our mission is to promote and honor the sport of lacrosse for the purpose of developing a love of the game through positive coaching, community among players, parents, coaches and officials. Our goal in honoring the game is that the game of Lacrosse teach

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Welcome to Northborough-Southborough Youth Lacrosse Association Inc., better known as NSYLA. This is the home of the Tomahawks Boys youth lacrosse program. This website is our primary method of communication to you throughout the season. Please make sure and add "Notification@LeagueAthletics.com" to your address book to ensure that emails do not go into your spam folder.

All of the coaches and team managers have the ability to use this website to blast out emails and text messages, and it helps if the alias above is in your authorized senders folder. There is a feedback button, and we do welcome feedback both positive and constructive criticism. We hope that you find this site to be user friendly, informative and useful. Please make sure you check out lots of places on this website with your son, as we try to make it a place to learn things and find fun stuff out about lacrosse.

NSYLA is committed to serving the children of Northborough and Southborough who are interested in learning to be well rounded individuals and who are willing to learn the great sport of Lacrosse as well as be taught life lessons along the way.  All players will follow the "ROOTS" approach to the game as outlined by U.S. Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance.

R = Respect the game
O = Respect the Officials and Coaches
O = Respect your Opponent
T = Respect your Team
S = Respect yourSelf


All members will follow this Philosophy as it is the cornerstone for success in sports and life.

Our league is called the Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL). MBYLL is divided into five geographic regions with a total of about 120 towns and 17,000 players, making it the single largest youth sports organization in the country. The West Central region of MBYLL has 28 town programs in it. We play against West Central teams during the season, and we play towns from other regions in the Jamboree.

The philosophy of MBYLL is quite different from most other youth programs. The emphasis here is on the children.

As MBYLL enters its 20thyear, the sport of lacrosse continues its explosive growth in Massachusetts. Lacrosse has become the fastest growing team sport in the United States!

Our Mission:   Promote the growth of the game of lacrosse throughout Massachusetts by providing leadership, guidance, training and structure to all town programs interested in participating in the MBYLL's eight game schedule and Jamboree held each spring.

Our Goal:  All players, coaches, teams & programs reflect role-model sportsmanship behavior on and off the field while learning & teaching the fundamental skills and teamwork required to play the game of lacrosse well.  MBYLL provides training, guidance, certification and age-specific rules of play for all participating coaches & referee's with a particular focus on ensuring player safety and a positive, fun-filled experience for all involved.  All MBYLL Member towns/programs continue to grow in their lacrosse knowledge and capabilities as they learn the game based on speed, stick skills, athleticism and overall teamwork--and not physical intimidation.

We would like to take this opportunity to review the League’s philosophy with both newcomers and veterans. MBYLL is an instructional community. It teaches the joy of the sport, as well as good citizenship on and off the field. The League’s official philosophy is:
There are no standings kept, and no league championships or playoffs. We field all players as equally as possible with the goal of teaching the sport and providing a fun experience for all involved. We are determined to provide kids with an outlet that has not been swept up in the pressure filled, win-at-all-cost mania conspicuous in sports today.
 

This philosophy leads to several practical hallmarks of MBYLL:

  • There are no “A” or “B” teams. All town programs who have more than one team at ANY age level (U15, U13, U11 & U9) will use their best effort--based on the honor system--to ensure their teams are as evenly balanced (no stacked teams) as possible at every age level based on player skill, experience, age and grade at each respective age group
  • All players participate equally (i.e. equal playing time) on every team in all game & league contests
  • Coaches receive educational support in both lacrosse fundamentals and positive coaching, and
  • MBYLL Rules are modified to emphasize sportsmanship.
Your child’s coach should never sacrifice your child’s playing time for the sake of winning a game.  Although MBYLL does not teach coaching to lose, neither does it stress winning as the only goal of the program. The goals are to help kids learn the game, to respect the sport and each other, and to have fun. This philosophy does not mean MBYLL games are not competitive. Anyone who has seen a close U15 game come down to the wire knows the League produces competitive players.

The MBYLL philosophy enables players to learn in a supportive environment free from undue pressure in which an honest, educational mistake may “cost” the team a game or championship. This approach also empowers coaches to focus on developing and supporting all the players and not on worrying about winning youth championships.

We have learned over 20 years that this approach benefits experienced players, new players at any level, and players who are less physically mature than their peers. High school coaches across the state will tell you of great players who didn’t pick up a stick until 8thgrade. Likewise, many high school and college lacrosse stars did not stand out in youth lacrosse but soared once they blossomed physically in their late teens. In athletic environments where instruction and sportsmanship take a back seat to performance and standings, too often these types of athletes receive inferior opportunities and drop the sport prematurely.  We believe there is nothing more detrimental to the growth of lacrosse than to tell children they aren’t good enough to play it. More and more we are seeing children chosen for a select or travel team in the fourth or fifth grade, having the effect of choosing who will be the high school team five years later as the other kids lose interest. Smart high school coaches should actively dismantle this action as it greatly lessens their chance for successful teams.

The results of this philosophy speak for themselves: MBYLL is the largest and fastest growing lacrosse league in New England, with over 17,000 athletes on more than 800 teams in 2011. MBYLL has been a major factor in the growth of the sport in Massachusetts, and is a principal reason for the selection of Boston to host the 2008, 2009, and 2012 NCAA Championships, and is regularly consulted by U.S. Lacrosse and other programs nationwide for advice on setting up new leagues.

The caliber of play improves every year, and the ranks of college lacrosse teams are increasingly filled by Massachusetts players who got their start in MBYLL.