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January 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!

LaxCon 2022

LaxCon 2022 starts this week: January 14th-16th! As a reminder, those who have registered can view content from LaxCon all year; whether or not registrants were able to attend in-person in Baltimore, Maryland. Many MAYLA Board Members plan to attend, so please reach out if you are interested in connecting on-site.

Important Deadlines & Policy Updates

It’s hard to believe it’s 2022 and we’re already preparing for the upcoming lacrosse season! For programs, there are some important deadlines upcoming, many of which have been communicated by email from our MAYLA President; please take a look and be on the lookout for more.

For reference, the deadline for submitting field availability is January 15, the deadline for the MAYLA Program Acknowledgement & Application Form is February 1st, and the deadline for the MAYLA Member Club Declaration Form is February 5th.

MAYLA will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 5, starting at 9:00am. Plan on a virtual meeting and watch for more information.

Also, MAYLA has made updates its Program Manual to include a Concussion Management Plan as well as an Emergency Action Plan, in further compliance with USA Lacrosse's League Standards.

Further, MAYLA’s coaching requirements have changed: the Qualified coach level has been removed; it will no longer be accepted and coaches must be Certified.​ Last year, USA Lacrosse made online certification available. The course takes approximately two hours to complete. All MAYLA coaches are now required to be at least Level One-Certified coaches. (The Qualified coach level came about when the certification clinics were not as available as they are now.) The Annual Coaches Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 5.

MAYLA Grants

MAYLA is offering three new grants for MAYLA’s 2022 season!

  1. For first-year officials for MAYLA league games, $60. Applicants must officiate a minimum of 15 MAYLA league games this season, between April and June and applications will be accepted in June 2022.

  2. For MAYLA member programs in good standing, $50 for each of up to three USA Lacrosse Certified Coaches who have completed the Missouri Institute of Positive Coaching (MIPC) curriculum. Applications must be submitted between January 15, 2022 and February 15, 2022; applications will be reviewed thereafter. If the application is approved, the grant will be applied to the current season annual program dues.

  3. For new MAYLA member programs in their first year of membership, $250. Applicant programs must be recognized by USA Lacrosse and submit applications between January 15, 2022 and February 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed thereafter; approvals will result in the application of the grant against annual team dues for the 2022 season.

  4. For MAYLA member programs in good standing with representative serving on the MAYLA Board, $100. Each MAYLA member program with a representative serving on the MAYLA Board may apply for this grant. (The application will be made by the MAYLA Board Member on behalf of his or her program in September 2022; applications will be reviewed thereafter.) Only one such grant is allowed per MAYLA member program. If approved, the grant will be applied to the annual team dues for the following season.

The applications and more information can be found on the MAYLA website.

For Parents

US Lacrosse Important Equipment Updates

Please note that there have been important equipment updates regarding:

  • Eyewear for girls lacrosse;

  • Goalie chest protectors; and

  • Shoulder pads for boys lacrosse.

Keep these updates 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

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.

Key MAYLA Dates

Looking Ahead — Calendar Year 2022

  • January 15: Field availability data is due to MAYLA

  • February 1: Program Acknowledgements & Applications is due to MAYLA

  • February 5: MAYLA Member Declarations are due to MAYLA

  • February 5: MAYLA Annual Meeting

  • February 15: Team data deadline; waiver deadline

  • March 5: Annual Coaches Meeting

  • March 15: MAYLA schedule is released

  • April 1: Certificates of insurance, lightning policy, action plans due

  • April 1: Coaches certification deadline; background check status

  • April 10: Officials on-field training and scrimmages

  • April 16-17: Easter Weekend — no games

  • April 23: Opening Day

  • May 8: Mothers’ Day — no games

  • May 28-29: Memorial Day Weekend — no games

  • TBD: Laxtravaganza!

  • June 11-12: Closing Weekend

More dates to come!

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.

Additionally, 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 start registering players. (You will find the policies in your Program Manual Guidelines; the 2021 version is available on the MAYLA website). 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.

COVID & Youth Sports — Additional Resources

US Lacrosse has put together a lot of thoughtful information regarding COVID and the Return to Play. Much of that information can be found here.

For additional information on COVID and youth sports, please check out this website from The Aspen Institute’s Project Play.

105.7FM The Fan – Youth Sports Show

On his Youth Sports Show, Mike McGivern recently interviewed Jay Bitter (Marketing & Communications Director), Kevin Kane (Past President), and Robin Buckley (League Commissioner). This segment and may be helpful for interested parents and even new programs.

Find the recording,
here.

For Officials

Poor Sportsmanship, Pandemic Contributing to Shortage of Officials

From: the NFHS Voice

As high schools begin a third school year of sports and other activities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a familiar issue continues to challenge administrators nationwide: finding enough individuals to officiate all scheduled contests.

The shortage of officials in high school – and middle school – sports has been a growing concern for several years – in large part due to unsportsmanlike behavior by parents and other adult fans. Now, additional sports officials are electing to stay on the sidelines because of health concerns related to COVID-19, or they are uncomfortable wearing a mask during games.

The challenge for schools and state associations remains two-fold: how to recruit more individuals to become officials and how to retain those people currently serving as officials. Short of unexpected events like the coronavirus, if a new official remains active after the first three to five years, the outlook for a long-term career is pretty good.

Hoping to make an impact nationally on the officiating shortage and the sportsmanship issues at hand is Dana Pappas, who joined the NFHS staff last month as the new Director of Officiating Services. Pappas joins the NFHS staff after 24 years with the New Mexico Activities Association, including the past 17 years as commissioner of officials.

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
here.

Upcoming Training, Plans

We are currently working with USA Lacrosse to create a plan that will hopefully reduce the officials deficit across the state. (Truly, the deficit is nation-wide.) MAYLA is in the process of planning official's field training for the spring.

USA Lacrosse will assist in training more officials trainers for our state. Please watch for more information as it becomes available, and remember its never too late to talk about official's recruitment.

(MAYLA member clubs should be working on recruiting at least two new officials for the upcoming season — one for boys’ game and one for the girls’ game!)


More information about becoming an official can be found here:

Become an Official | US Lacrosse (usalacrosse.com)

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.

Certified, not Qualified

Again, MAYLA’s coaching requirements have changed: the Qualified coach level is no longer sufficient; it will no longer be accepted and coaches must be Certified.​ Last year, USA Lacrosse made online certification available. The course takes approximately two hours to complete. All MAYLA coaches are now required to be at least Level One-Certified coaches. (The Qualified coach level came about when the certification clinics were not as available as they are now.) The Annual Coaches Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 5.

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 Luke Hustead, April Klug, Lisa Farris, Blake Linebaugh, Felicia Bratcher, and Michael Severa 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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MAYLA Member Clubs

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  • University School of Milwaukee

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