Field Lacrosse Information

Note: For returning players, FYI Lacrosse Canada has revised its age categories which will affect the 2023-24 field season2023 Birth Year Updates.

Lacrosse is Canada’s national summer sport and is considered the fastest game on two feet. New Westminster has a long standing reputation in the game of lacrosse and the New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association {NWMLA} is proud to offer the youth of New Westminster a positive and safe recreational choice.

NWMLA is proud to offer a developmental program for players of all skill levels to learn the game of field lacrosse. It is run over the Fall/Winter months. There are currently 7 Youth (co-ed) age divisions –  U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, and U19 and 7 Women's (girls-only) age divisions – U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, and U19. 

Girls are welcome to register and play with the boys or they can choose to the female game of field lacrosse which is non-contact and quite different to the boys game. Girls field lacrosse is a non-contact sport and it is a game based on stick skills, speed and strategic play. In the younger divisions, girls play a 7vs7 style of game on a half field – the focus is on development of their stick skills, passing and positioning. In the older divisions, girls play 11 vs 11 on a full field.

2023-24 Field Lacrosse Calendar:

June 2023
Registration begins

September 2023 - January 2024
Practices and games start for all age divisions

December 2023
Schedule break in early December; games resume in January after holidays

February 2023
Provincial tournaments for U11, Provincial championships for older divisions

Field Lacrosse Equipment:

Girls can elect to play with the boys in the U7-U19 field lacrosse or can play Women's field lacrosse which is non-contact.  The equipment needed is different. 

Lacrosse equipment is available from a variety of sporting goods stores. For those who play box lacrosse or hockey, some of the same equipment can be used.

Youth (Co-Ed) U7 to U19
Hockey or field lacrosse helmet with wire face mask, (they must meet prescribed safety standards), lacrosse gloves, slash guards, elbow pads, athletic support with cup for boys, jill for girls, mouth guard, shoulder pads, kidney pads and a pair of cleats or soccer boots. Equipment can be rented from NWMLA for U7 players.  See our rental program

Women’s U7 to U19
Women’s field stick, goggles, mouth guard and cleats/turf shoes. Women's field lacrosse stick is a different stick than what is used in box lacrosse and can be rented from NWMLA.  See our rental program

A plastic headed stick is mandatory.

All equipment for goalies (except their helmet, gloves and jock) will be supplied to ensure maximum protection.