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September 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!

Join the MAYLA Board!

There are some exciting opportunities to join the MAYLA Board and with Board elections upcoming, it’s a great time to consider them for yourself or others you may know.

Board elections will be held virtually at 7:00pm on October 4th and the following positions (two-year terms, unless otherwise noted) are to be included this election cycle:

  • President

  • Recording Secretary

  • Corresponding Secretary (One Year Term)

  • Girl's Director

  • Marketing / Communications Director

If you or someone you know is interested in non-profit board service and further the mission of our youth recreational lacrosse league, Board job duties and a Nomination Form can be found here.

Note that for MAYLA member programs in good standing who have a representative serving on the Board, the Board Member may apply for a $100 grant to be applied to the member program’s annual team dues for the upcoming season. Applications need to be completed in September 2022. Additional information and the application and can be found here.

Virtual MAYLA Member Q&A Admin Meeting

On Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00pm CDT, members of the MAYLA Board will present information and answer questions regarding MAYLA. We’ll talk about forms, deadlines, team formats for 2023, schedule creation, a League Management System, and more. This time is geared toward program leadership but available to all. Please email MAYLA for a link to the virtual meeting.

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 the flexibility how best to deploy the grant resources and will be working with our USA Lacrosse Regional Manager to design a plan that will serve the league, the best.

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

Key MAYLA Dates

Looking Ahead …

  • September 27, 2022: Virtual MAYLA Member Q&A Admin Meeting

  • October 4, 2022: Board Elections!

  • 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!

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.

MAYLA Offers First Year Officials Grants; Second-Year Grants

Applicants who officiated a minimum of 15 MAYLA league games this season, between April and June, and applied and were approved for a grant, have received their First-Year Officials’ Grant of $60.

A Second-Year Officials Grant of $75 will be available in 2023.

USA Lacrosse Information about becoming an Official

Become an Official | US Lacrosse (usalacrosse.com)

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.

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

MAYLA’s coaching requirements changed for the 2022 season: the Qualified coach level is no longer sufficient; it will no longer be accepted and coaches must be Certified.​ This change was made due to USA Lacrosse making online certification available. (The course takes approximately two hours to complete.)

All MAYLA coaches are required to be at least Level One-Certified coaches.

Also, note that USA Lacrosse is now imposing a SafeSport requirement for coaches, with Abuse Prevention Training. This was implemented in July 1, 2022.

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, Hailee Kaestner, Jacob White, Curt Riley, Cody McDowell, Chris Powell, Don McCarthy, Cristy Nimrod, Zach Moore, Tony Vestal, Zach Buscher, Analise Barker, and Michael Severa who are 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

  • Brookfield

  • Elkhorn

  • Franklin

  • Kenosha

  • Kettle Moraine

  • Lake Country

  • Mukwonago

  • Muskego

  • Oconomowoc

  • Ozaukee

  • Racine

  • Sussex Hamilton

  • Whitefish Bay-Nicolet-Shorewood

  • Waukesha

  • Wauwatosa

  • West Bend

  • University School of Milwaukee

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