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 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/boys age divisions – U5, U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U18 and 4 girls age divisions – U8, U12, U15 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.
The U5 division is a mixed gender division for those born in 2015/16 for the 2020 field season. This division is strictly fun and skill development and runs on Sundays during the fall for approximately 8 weeks. All players new to lacrosse in this division receive a free lacrosse stick with their registration!
Girls field lacrosse is non contact sport and it is a game based on stick skills, speed and strategic play. In the U8 and U12 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 U15 and U19 divisions, girls play 11 vs 11 on a full field.
The Field Lacrosse Season:
Practices start for all age divisions
September – February
Regular season of about 20 games plus practices for boys U9, U11, U13, U15 & U18 and Womens U8, U12, U15 and U19
September – December
U7 regular season
February – March
Provincial competition for U11, U13, U15, and U18 and Women's Field Lacrosse
Field Lacrosse Equipment:
Girls can elect to play with the boys in the U7-U18 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.
Boys/Mixed Gender U7 to U18
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 U8 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.