October 2022

MAYLA publishes this newsletter each month to provide information to subscribers, including: MAYLA Program Administrators, coaches, parents, players, and local officials. We encourage you to share this publication and check out our website!

MAYLA Board Election Results

The results are in …

The annual MAYLA elections meeting was held on October 4th, 2022. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated.

We welcome the following people to the MAYLA Board of Directors:

  • President: Emily Anderson (Incumbent)

  • Girls Director: Tom Harrison (Incumbent)

  • Marketing / Communications Director: Jay Bitter (Incumbent)

MAYLA is still looking for volunteers to serve in the Secretary and Boys Director roles.

If you or someone you know is interested in non-profit board service and further the mission of our youth recreational lacrosse league, please email the Board.

USA Lacrosse Grant

MAYLA Receives Direct Service Grant

As a league, the Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association, Inc. (MAYLA) is committed to fostering a lacrosse community that encourages understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of all. MAYLA provides education and training to our coaches and players, as USA Lacrosse members. MAYLA works to ensure that everyone involved has a consistently safe and positive experience.

Recently, MAYLA was recognized as a league that is aligned with the overall mission and vision of USA Lacrosse. MAYLA was fortunate to be a recipient of a grant through USA Lacrosse's Direct Service Grant Program. As one of the top-125 leagues in the country that agrees that all its coaches and players will be USA Lacrosse members, MAYLA will receive a grant of $2,574.00. This amount is based on the number of USA Lacrosse membership transactions from youth (U14) members affiliated with MAYLA from July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

MAYLA has been working with its USA Lacrosse Regional Manager to design a plan for the grant that will serve the league, the best. MAYLA will be sharing more information about this soon.

For Parents

National Celebrate Lacrosse Week: November 5-13, 2022

USA Lacrosse is excited to celebrate the sport of lacrosse this fall from Nov. 5-13, 2022 with its second annual National Celebrate Lacrosse Week.

A key component of National Celebrate Lacrosse Week will be free Pick Up & Play clinics that will give youth players a chance to try out the sport for the first time. These two-hour clinics are designed for players with no previous lacrosse experience and will utilize stations to learn various lacrosse skills.

Locally, there will be a free Pick Up & Play clinic in Franklin, Wisconsin on November 7, 2022 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Milwaukee Yard. This would be a great opportunity to introduce new families to lacrosse. Registrations will be limited. More information can be found, here.

Reminder: US Lacrosse Important Equipment Requirements

Please be reminded that there have been some changes to the equipment required:

  • Eyewear for girls lacrosse;

  • Goalie chest protectors; and

  • Shoulder pads for boys lacrosse.

Keep this information in mind when thinking about new equipment purchases!

For Players

MAYLA includes camps, clinics, and other information in this section for informational purposes only. The information included in this section is not recommended or endorsed by MAYLA; it is merely intended to inform our subscribers. MAYLA makes no representations, warranties or claims of any kind about the events, services or information referenced in this section.

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For Programs

Key MAYLA Dates

Looking Ahead …

  • October 27, 2022: MAYLA Fall Q&A Meeting #2

  • November 1, 2022: Little Scoopers Roundtable

  • November 5-13, 2022: National Celebrate Lacrosse Week

  • December 3-4, 2022: Midwest USA Lacrosse Regional Conference (Chicago)

  • January 20-22, 2023: USA LaxCon

  • February 1, 2023: Team Data Submission Deadline (Absolutely Final)

  • February 3, 2023: Member Declaration Forms Deadline

  • February 4, 2023: MAYLA Annual Meeting

  • February 15, 2023: Boundary & Age Waivers Deadline

  • March TBD, 2023: Weeknight Coaches Meeting

  • March 11, 2023: Coaches Meeting

  • March 15, 2023: Season Schedule Released; 2023 League Fees Due

  • April 16, 2023: On-Field Officials’ Training / Scrimmage Day

  • April 22-23, 2023: Opening Weekend

  • May 14, 2023: Mother’s Day

  • May 27-28, 2023: Memorial Day Weekend

  • June 3-4, 2023: Closing Weekend & Laxtravaganza!

More dates to come!

Changes Impacting the 2023 MAYLA Season

For the 2023 MAYLA Season, MAYLA will be adding a “Little Scoopers” Division (1st Grade / 2nd Grade — or U8) for girls and boys. MAYLA will schedule a roundtable for programs planning to form teams at this level.

MAYLA will also further align its league competition structure with USA Lacrosse Boys and Girls Rules. And, MAYLA is formulating ways to encourage officials’ recruitment and encourage competition with class and honor for the game. More to come on these and other fronts.

For more information, please email the Board.

Reminder: Member Program Guidelines & Compliance

In order to encourage good member program behavior and to protect those teams that have followed MAYLA’s mission and spirit of the league, MAYLA has developed operational and organizational guidelines with categories of member program status to ensure that all teams support and nurture MAYLA’s efforts. A copy of these guidelines can be found here.

Note that MAYLA recently responded to requests for clarification regarding its position on so-called "in-season tournaments", which are tournaments scheduled for dates on which MAYLA games are to be scheduled. MAYLA's letter of interpretation can be found here.

Recruiting Officials

There has been a substantial decline in the number of active and available officials, throughout the country and most sports but affecting lacrosse at the youth level in the State of Wisconsin. Games simply cannot be played without the requisite number of officials; the impact is critical.

We ask programs to help recruit at least one lacrosse official for each of the girls’ and boys’ games. Officials need to be at least 16 years old.

Grants are available for officials — information is on the MAYLA website. And, training dates are upcoming; see the section “For Officials”, below.

Organization Standards & Best Practices

USA Lacrosse, in collaboration with leading experts in the sports industry and the country’s most impactful member leagues, has developed standards that should be incorporated by youth lacrosse programs nationally. They are criterion for every league to measure progress and create a plan for continued success. These standards can be found here.

The goal for each program, chapter or league should be to become an organization where diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of the values and culture of the program. Bringing together varied life experiences and perspectives adds significant value to your community and reinforces the concept of inclusivity.

Best practices and resources for working toward this goal can be found here.

Reminder: Registering Players

Please remember to review MAYLA’s policies as you are registering players. (See the Program Manual Guidelines). No member club should register any player from outside of their school district boundaries. If parents or guardians want to register their player(s) with your club but they do not live within your respective school district boundaries then you should refer them to League Commissioner Robin Buckley, who will provide direction as to which member club they should be joining. Open-enrollment players must register in the club associated with the school district where they go to school. If a parent lives in a school district that does not have a MAYLA member club, that parent should contact League Commissioner Robin Buckley. If a parent lives in a school district that does not have a MAYLA club but that school district has a club from a different association, then they should be registering with the club associated with their school district. MAYLA member clubs must not recruit players from outside of their school district boundaries. If a family attends a parochial / private school, that family should register with the MAYLA member club that corresponds to the school district boundaries within in which their primary residence is located.

Contact Information

Many programs have had elections or otherwise changed leadership. If your program has experienced a change in its leadership, please contact Mary DiGiacomo or Emily Anderson with those names and email contacts so that we can be sure that everyone receives the information they should be.

For Officials

What Will You Need to Be An Official?

A great can-do attitude! Then of course, official's gear: shirt, hat, whistle, cards. Black clothing to help stay warm when it's cold. You'll be told what other items you'll need on game day.

Please be reminded that MAYLA offers Officials Grants! Please visit our website for more information.

With any questions, please contact MAYLA’s Officials Director, Tim Marquardt.

USA Lacrosse Information about becoming an Official

Become an Official | US Lacrosse (

Honoring the Game: The Official's Role in Creating a Positive Youth Sports Culture

60-Minute Online Course

The Positive Coaching Alliance ("PCA") is currently hosting an online interactive workshop that introduces the PCA's three main principles behind creating a positive youth sports culture for officials: Mastery (ELM); Never Too High, Never Too Low; and Honoring the Game.

The course is filled with powerful officiating tools, is based on the latest research from sports psychology, and reflects the "best practices" of elite officials across the country!

More information can be found

For Coaches

MAYLA includes camps, clinics, and other information in this section for informational purposes only. The information included in this section is not recommended or endorsed by MAYLA; it is merely intended to inform our subscribers. MAYLA makes no representations, warranties or claims of any kind about the events, services or information referenced in this section.

Coaching Requirements

As of October 1st, two new courses are required for the Level-I Coach Certification. Safe & Legal Defense for women’s game coaches and How to Coach Kids for both men’s and women’s coaches. These courses are free of charge for USA Lacrosse members and can be accessed via the e-learning portal.

As a reminder, MAYLA requires that coaches are USA Lacrosse-certified. (It is no longer possible for coaches to be “qualified” and not certified.) All MAYLA coaches must be certified to at least Level-I.

Background Screening

National background screening is now part of all adult coach membership purchases and renewals. USA Lacrosse is absorbing the cost of the background check, with no change to the direct cost of membership for coaches. Learn more.

The University of Missouri’s Institute for Positive Coaching (MIPC)

Coaches are responsible for creating positive experiences for players. MAYLA is proud to announce that it is renewing its partnership with Dr. Rick McGuire and the University of Missouri’s Institute for Positive Coaching (MIPC). All previous MAYLA coaches and administrators have been enrolled. New MAYLA coaches and administrators will be enrolled soon; please provide accurate data so that MAYLA can facilitate.

We encourage you to review your inbox for and complete The Power of Positive Coaching Digital Workshop. Shoutout to the many people who were among the first to complete the workshop and receive their certificates.

Focusing on Cultural Competency

These resources from USA Lacrosse are designed to assist lacrosse organizations in further educating coaches, parents, and athletes about the impact of diversity and inclusion.

Other Information

Your USA Lacrosse Membership

Whether you're a player, parent, coach, administrator or fan, when joining, renewing or updating your registration information, remember to indicate your affiliations, including your program, league, or chapter. More information can be found here.

Resources for Athlete Development and Performance

A healthy diet and good eating habits are essential for a young athlete's development and performance. More Information can be found here.

MAYLA & AmazonSmile

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