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 Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League FAQs 

What is the mission of MBGLL?

MBGLL’s mission is to promote girls’ youth lacrosse in an environment that emphasizes fun while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity. This includes…


  • Creating a weekly match schedule for member teams
  • Promoting the growth of girls’ lacrosse throughout Eastern Massachusetts and providing appropriate services for mature programs
  • Cultivating and assisting additional towns to start girls youth lacrosse programs
  • Training girls’ youth lacrosse coaches and umpires
  • Nurturing a player’s skills as they develop
  • Providing resources to address the growing competitiveness of girls’ lacrosse

What is girls’ lacrosse and how does it differ from the boys’ game?

Girls’ lacrosse is a non-contact, fast-paced sport where female athletes run up and down a field passing and shooting a ball at a goal with their lacrosse sticks.  Mass Bay goes a step further and promotes girls’ youth lacrosse in an environment that emphasizes fun while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity.  The main difference between boys’ lacrosse and the girls’ game is that the boys allow contact while girls’ lacrosse is a non-contact sport.

What ages play in MBGLL?

MBGLL offers instructional league play in four grade-based groupings:

  • 1st/2nd (U9)
  • 3rd/4th (U11)
  • 5th/6th (U13)
  • 7th/8th (U15)

Do the 3rd and 4th graders usually play 7 v 7 plus an optional goalie?

3rd and 4th grade teams in all divisions play 7 v 7 plus an optional goalie. (Most teams have a goalie.)  The 7 v 7 format encourages the mastering of the game’s fundamentals while allowing for an age appropriate transition to the 12 v 12 format

What rules do the leagues follow?
MBGLL teams follow US Lacrosse rules with a few exceptions. Otherwise, the leagues follow these rules:

  • 1st through 4th grade – Level C
  • 5th through 6th grade – Level B
  • 7th through 8th grade – Level A

Are scores and standings kept?

No, MBGLL does not permit teams to post standings.  As an organization, it is part of their mission to grow the sport of lacrosse.  MBGLL actively encourages new teams to join and new players to participate at any grade level.  Eliminating the standings helps to encourage these new programs and players to join MBGLL.

Are players required to have a colored mouth guard?
Mass Bay follows US Lacrosse’s guidelines regarding mouth guards. All mouth guards must be colored. No protrusions, such as tabs, are permitted.
Do players have to obtain US Lacrosse membership?

Yes, all players (and coaches) must obtain US Lacrosse membership prior to starting the season. MBGLL requires US Lacrosse membership to take advantage of its insurance benefits. No one may step onto the field without a current US Lacrosse membership.