September 2021

MAYLA publishes this newsletter each month to provide information to subscribers, including: MAYLA Program Administrators, coaches, parents, players, and local officials.

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Annual MAYLA Elections

The Annual MAYLA Elections are here! To be held on Thursday, Sept. 30th.

MAYLA does a lot for youth lacrosse in the greater Milwaukee area behind the scenes. Consider joining the MAYLA Board if you want to give back to the community and positively impact kids’ development through sport.

MAYLA Board Meetings are currently held monthly, via Microsoft Teams. (No need to leave the comfort of your home to participate!) Depending upon the board position, the average time commitment is about 8-10 hours per month. MAYLA’s Nomination Committee is looking for candidates to fill the following positions:

  • Vice-President

  • Treasurer

  • Boys Director

  • Girls Director (1-year)

  • Education Director

The Board of Directors’ duties can be found here.

If you are interested (or if you know someone that may be interested), please complete this form and return it to either Tim Marquart ( or Victoria Lusz ( They can also be contacted with questions.

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

Member Declaration

MAYLA Member Declaration Forms, used by MAYLA members to declare their membership annually, are due September 1st for programs that would like to participate in the annual MAYLA elections on September 30th. Declaration forms can be amended at any time throughout the year. They are to be completed electronically for 2022 and will be emailed mid-summer.

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.

Wegner CPAs Webinar | Basics of Nonprofit Grant Management

Webinar | September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Grants are a significant revenue stream for many nonprofits, but they can seem overwhelming to handle. How does my organization apply for a certain grant? What does my organization need to report to the donor, and what requirements must my organization meet? Will a grant require my organization to get an audit? We’ll dive into these questions and more as we explore nonprofit grant management.

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Key MAYLA Dates

Calendar Year 2021

  • September 1: Membership Declaration Forms Due​

  • September 30: Annual MAYLA Election​s

Calendar Year 2022

  • January 15: Field data due to MAYLA

  • February 1: Program applications due to MAYLA

  • February 5: MAYLA Annual Meeting

  • February 15: Team data deadline; waiver deadline

  • March 5: Coaches Education Day

  • March 15: Schedule 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.

Earn your Nonprofit Leadership Certification

Being a nonprofit leader requires much more than a keen vision, engaging personality, and interest in making the world a better place. You must also understand and embrace the technical aspects of leadership, including conducting organizational assessments, improving your team’s effectiveness, and measuring the benefits of every decision. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, now is an ideal time to invest in professional development, benefiting both your organization and yourself.

The Nonprofit Leadership Certification program from NonprofitWebAdvisor is for professionals in the nonprofit sector and it will empower you to:

  • Take your organization to the next level

  • Navigate the uncertainties of 2021

  • Master the technical aspects of leadership

  • Accelerate your career

Learn more about their eight-part certification series here.

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,

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

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.

More information about becoming an official can be found here:

Become an Official | US Lacrosse (

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.

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, and Blake Linebaugh 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

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price coming back to MAYLA as a charitable contribution!

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