Hollis Brookline Youth Lacrosse is dedicated to promoting the game of lacrosse though instruction, teamwork, and sportsmanship for the towns of Hollis and Brookline, New Hampshire. HBYL is a member of New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse (www.nyhla.org). We are a private, volunteer-run organization consisting of a volunteer coaching staff, Board of Directors, and the assistance of parents and players.
HBYL plays games within the New Hampshire Conference of US Lacrosse.
An Update from the HBYL Association Board regarding the 14U Program
This past fall, the HBYL Association worked with the Hollis Brookline Administrative team to propose the formation of a middle school sponsored boys and girls lacrosse team for the following reasons:
1-Pride in the school and community by players - A middle school program puts lacrosse on the same footing as other school sponsored sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball.
2-Competition - Girls and Boys Middle school lacrosse is now a fully governed, recognized and sanctioned sport by the Tri-County League similar to all the other sports currently played at HBMS.
3-Skill development –
a.For our town to remain competitive in the long term, we need to have similar team structures as surrounding towns in order to ensure our players’ skill level don’t develop at a slower rate
b.Focused practices increase the speed at which skills can develop
c.Full time coaching allows for more practice time over multiple days
On November 15th, 2017 the Hollis Brookline School Board voted down the resolution proposed by the HBYL Association, despite the resolution’s support by the district superintendent, middle school principal and athletic directors.
The voting of the school board was as follows:
For: Melanie Levesque
Against: Holly Babcock, Tom Solon, Cindy VanCoughnett and Krista Whalen
Abstained: Elizabeth Brown
As a result of the school board’s decision, the HBYL Board deliberated and determined that the reasons supporting the formation of a middle school program remain valid.
As such, the HBYL Board voted unanimously to replicate a competitive middle school program as much as possible for the seventh and eighth grade lacrosse players in the 2018 season. This shift in philosophy at the middle school level will result in the following changes:
1-Skill assessments and associated team placement for a competitive seventh and eighth grade team
2-A focus on fielding the most skilled team
3-Increased number of practice days
4-Less focus on balanced playing time
We believe that absent a middle school sponsored program, it is in the best interest of the 7th & 8th grade players and the long term viability of lacrosse in Hollis-Brookline to provide them with as similar an experience as possible to that of a middle school sponsored team.
As the season approaches, we will follow up with further details and information.