The following Boys and Girls Rec divisions are available both Fall and Spring seasons.
K/1: Kindergarten & Grade 1
U9: Grades 2 & 3
U11: Grades 4 & 5
U13: Grades 6 & 7
U15: Grade 8
The registration system currently registers based on age using Sept 1st as the age cutoff date. For those players whose age and grade do not match due to skipping a grade or being held back, the registration system will require you to register in the division that is age appropriate. Once you’ve completed registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the deadline if you would prefer your child be moved to the appropriate division based on the player's grade.
The following Boys and Girls Select teams are only available during Spring season. Those interested must tryout for a spot on a team. Evaluations are usually held in late October-early November.
Junior Select: only 6th and 7th grade (8th graders are not allowed on Junior Select)
Senior Select: 6th, 7th and 8th grade
Although Pope Jr Greyhound Lacrosse is a grade level program, our parent organization and USA Lacrosse, are not. All of our coaches and players MUST be USA Lacrosse member in order for our program (including coaches and players) to be insured. As a result, we must adhere to policies USA Lacrosse has set in place (i.e. organization's player segmentation policy, passed by its Board of Directors in January 2016) and do our due diligence to ensure the link between our program and USA Lacrosse is accurate. That includes verifying each player's birth date. The great news is that this is a one time verification for each participant. Once the birth certificate is uploaded into our system, we will verify the age. In doing this, the birth certificate is no longer accessible by us and the birth date becomes read only for the participant. Future registrations for the participant will never need to be age verified again.
There may be situations that arise within the PJGL program that will create a need to ask players to “play up.” Once registration ends, a PJGL Commissioner will analyze registration numbers, team makeups, and available coaching staff to determine if additional players are needed from a lower level and will invite players accordingly. If a player is invited to “play up,” it is only good for the current season.
The Pope Jr Greyhound Lacrosse (PJGL) program has established that it is in the best interest of the players to play in the appropriate age/grade division as directed by Newtown Recreation. When “playing up”, a player may encounter playing with/or against a player who is much larger, faster, more aggressive and more developmentally mature. This can place the younger player at a disadvantage in achieving their potential and having success on the field, becoming a leader on the team, or enjoying the game. Experiencing success, "playing to their potential" and a player’s enjoyment of the game, are primary goals for PJGL. As a result, PJGL does not allow parents to request their child “play up.”
Pope Junior Greyhound Lacrosse is a volunteer run youth lacrosse program,
dedicated to teaching and promoting the game of lacrosse to players of all
skill levels. We pride ourselves in providing a safe environment for our
players, coaches, and parents.
Our positive instruction is focused on learning lacrosse fundamentals
through active participation, fair play, and friendly competition. We promote
the values of good sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect for all players,
coaches, officials, competitors, and parents.
Pope Junior Greyhound Lacrosse is a member of the Positive Coaching
Alliance where winning is important, but teaching life lessons is more