BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Youth Lacrosse is expanding this spring to include a club team for older boys, according to EMYL president Gayle Middleton.
The team is for high school boys in grades 9-12.
Opponents are already being lined up, according to Middleton, and she hopes to get enough participants to be able to hold intrasquad scrimmages.
That’s the biggest of the changes that are taking place with EMYL, but not the only one.
The other change is that EMYL is now working with the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department.
“The program should still look the same,” wrote Middleton in an email. “All area kids are still welcome. The difference is that we’ll have greater access to facilities, and our families will be able to use their online registration system.”
Once registration begins, forms and payment can be dropped off at the Parks and Rec office on Farm Road or filed online at the Parks and Rec website. The registration fee is $75, the same as last year, but a surcharge may be added for signups after the expected close of registration on March 15.
The first Try it for Free session will be conducted Monday at Bangor Parks and Rec’s gym on Farm Road. The grades 3-8 girls and grades 3-6 boys will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the grades 7-12 boys will run 7-8 p.m. The session will be with gloves and sticks only, and equipment will be available for attendees who don’t have their own.
Sessions will continue to be held each Monday until it’s warm enough to go outside, probably early April. The second session also will be at the Parks and Rec gym on Feb. 18; after that they will be held at the Doughty School on Fifth Street. There could be multiple sites, depending on numbers.
And EMYL is seeking more referees, Middleton said.
There is a six-step process to become a referee, but most of it can be done online.
One part that must be done in person is to attend a junior official clinic. Three have been scheduled for Maine. The first will be April 7 in the Cumberland/Falmouth area (contact Jonathan Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org), and the other two are April 28 in the Waterville/Oakland area (Tom Sheridan, email@example.com) and the Saco/Biddeford area (Mike Hersey, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Because of the online distribution of materials, the fee for the junior official clinics is now $16 for new officials and $10 for returning officials. Prospective officials who already have paid the previous fee of $25 will receive a refund when they attend a clinic.