Oyster River Youth Lacrosse is a community-based lacrosse development program offered to girls and boys from kindergarten through 8th grade in Durham, Lee and Madbury. ORYA Lacrosse not only introduces the sport of lacrosse to student athletes who have never played before, but also develops the skills of those student athletes with prior lacrosse experience. We welcome all levels of play, no matter what age level. Our main mission is to provide a comfortable, yet challenging environment for all levels of play, and for each player to have a positive, enriching lacrosse experience.


Will all players make a team – YES!

Our 8U, 10U, 12U & 14U girls and boy’s teams practice 2 times per week and have one game per week for 6-8 weeks {Saturdays for SAYLL league play or Sundays for NHYLA league play}. The boy’s teams will practice on Tuesdays & Thursdays, the girl’s teams will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays. Specific times will depend on field and coach availability, but practices are 60-90 minutes in length. The season usually starts and ends with a league jamboree/tournament. We hope and expect players to make lacrosse a priority for the spring and attend the majority of practices and games, but understand conflicts and highly value multi-sport/multi-activity participation.

All interested lacrosse players are expected to attend at least one of our clinic & orientation dates and are encouraged to attend both. Even if you are new to the game and trying lacrosse for the first time, please attend one of these sessions so you can be introduced to the sport, our coaches and coordinators. As players get started playing in our relaxed clinic skill building environment, ORYA Lacrosse coordinators will meet with all parents and discuss program philosophy, approach and expectations of the season.

  • 7U Intro to Lacrosse

    The 7U program is a COED introduction to the sport of lacrosse, focusing on having fun while learning the basic skills. This 6 week program utilizes drills, small station work and activities to keep kids busy and engaged. Soft balls will be used and actual lacrosse games are NOT played until players are able to catch, throw and move with the ball. Participants will only need sticks and sneakers and all participants will receive a program t-shirt!

  • 8U Lacrosse

    All players make a team at this age group for boys and girls. While games are played on weekends with the SAYLL league this program is still focused on teaching the fundamentals of the game. Players continue to develop their love for the game while honing their hand-eye coordination, throwing, catching, cradling ground balls, and an introduction to using weak hand.

  • 10U Lacrosse

    All players make a team at this age group for boys and girls. Players build on what they’ve learned in 7U and 8U programs and begin to master some of their strong and weak hand skills. Other skills are introduced as players are ready and some small sided tactics are introduced to develop game play.

    FULL FIELD – 10 v. 10 – 4th graders with previous ORYA lacrosse experience or coach’s approval. Extensive travel is required. Sundays, NHYLA League. Saturday games, as well.

    SMALL FIELD – 6 v. 6 – 3rd graders with or without previous ORYA lacrosse experience and 4th graders desiring small field games or 4th graders who are new to the sport. Seacoast league – Saturdays.

  • 12U Lacrosse

    All players make a team at this age group for boys and girls. Players build on what they’ve learned in 8U & 10U seasons and begin to work on some advanced skills and team play. Skills are still introduced as players are ready but team offense, defense and specializing in positions may begin to take place.

  • 14U Lacrosse

    All players make a team at this age group for boys and girls. Players build on what they’ve learned in 10U & 12U seasons and begin to master some of the more advanced skills and basic tactics. Team play becomes more of the focus with players needing to understand their role within team tactics and positional awareness and specialization becomes more important.


The Oyster River Youth Association provides inclusive, fair, diverse and developmentally appropriate recreational programs to the youth of Durham, Lee and Madbury, NH. ORYA meets the changing needs of the children and families in our community for sports and recreational activities by acquiring and maintaining facilities, promoting volunteerism and seeking collaborative and strategic partnerships.