Key MAYLA Dates
More dates are coming, but here's what we have so far:
March 13: Annual Coach’s Meeting
March 15: League Fee Payments Due, Schedule Released
April 1: Certificates of Insurance and Emergency Action Plans Due
April 1: Coach Data Due
April 24-25: Opening Weekend
May 9: Mother's Day — No Games Scheduled
May 29-30: Memorial Day Weekend — No Games Scheduled
June 12-13: Closing Weekend
September 1: Membership Declarations Due
September 30: MAYLA Annual Election
MAYLA strongly suggests that programs start their registrations for the upcoming season, if they have not already. Nationally, it is predicted that there will we see lower registrations due to COVID-19.
Programs should also be in contact with their communities about field availability and possible restrictions and plan accordingly. Contingency plans are more important than ever. At least one school district will be having football moved from fall to spring, so that program found it necessary to look elsewhere for field space.
Member Organization Standards & Best Practices for Programs
US 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.
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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.
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