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October 2020

As a reminder, MAYLA publishes its newsletter, "The Scoop", each month to provide information to subscribers, including: MAYLA Program Administrators, Coaches, Parents, Players and local Officials. 

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MAYLA on the Radio

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).

It was a great segment and may be helpful for interested parents and even new programs.

Find the recording, here.

Board Election Notes

The Results are In ...
Congratulations to the following newly-elected or re-elected:
  • President:  Emily Anderson
  • Secretary:  Allisun Caproon
  • Girls' Director:  Mikayla Henry
  • Marketing & Communications:  Jay Bitter
  • Member-at-Large:  Wayne Hofman

Thank you to all of the candidates!  The MAYLA Board looks forward to serving the lacrosse community!

LaxCon 2021

LaxCon 2021

January 15-16, 2021

For nearly two decades, thousands of coaches, officials and fans have traveled to Baltimore or Philadelphia to experience the US Lacrosse Convention, annually the sport’s biggest trade show and professional development opportunity.

In 2021, US Lacrosse is bringing LaxCon to you.

The US Lacrosse Convention will be an all-virtual event January 15-16.  A sports industry leader in online learning, US Lacrosse has converted the physical halls and walls of the convention center into an immersive digital platform for people from all walks of the lacrosse world.

Registration will open in early November. 

More information can be found here.

Diversity & Inclusion

Best Practices & Resources

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.

US Lacrosse offers best practices and resources for working toward this goal, here.


Parent Resources
The Aspen Institute’s Project Play provides resources for parents to help their children navigate today’s pressurized world of youth sports.

This page offers free resources developed by Project Play and its partners, whether your goal is finding the best sport or local program for your child, mobilizing your community to improve its state of play, or coaching kids more effectively.

Important Equipment Updates
Please see these important equipment updates regarding:
  • Eyewear for 2020; 
  • Goalie chest protectors for 2021; and
  • Shoulder pads for 2022.
Please be sure to check this information when purchasing new equipment!
Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association ("MAYLA"), includes camps and clinics, below, for informational purposes only.  Events, services, or information provided as part of this section must not be considered a recommendation or an endorsement but are merely intended to inform our subscribers of lacrosse opportunities.  MAYLA makes no representations, warranties or claims of any kind about the events, services or information referenced in The Scoop.
At-Home Lacrosse Workout
At-Home Lacrosse Workout

Key MAYLA Dates
More dates are coming, but here's what we have so far:
  • January 15-16, 2021 – LAXCon Virtual ​ 
  • February 1, 2021 – MAYLA Program Applications Due ​ 
  • February 6, 2021 – Annual Meeting ​ 
  • February 15, 2021 – Boundary & Player Age Waivers, Team Data Due​ 
  • March 13, 2021 – Annual Coach Education Day​ 
  • March 15, 2021 – League Fee Payments Due, Schedule Released​ 
  • April 1, 2021 – Certificates of Insurance, Emergency Action Plans Due, Coach Data Due​ 
  • April 24-25, 2021 – Opening Weekend​ 
  • May 9, 2021 – Mother's Day, No Games Scheduled​ 
  • May 29-30, 2021 – Memorial Day Weekend, No Games Scheduled​ 
  • May / June 2021 – LAXtravaganza!​
  • June 12-13, 2021 – Closing Weekend​ 
  • September 1, 2021 – Membership Declarations Due​
  • September 30, 2021 – Annual Election​
It has been strongly suggested, that if your program has not started your registrations for 2021, to do so soon.  Nationally it is predicted that there will we see lower registrations due to COVID-19.  

Also, be aware of what is happening in your location communities in regard to field space that your programs have historically utilized.  It is suggested that even though field data is not due until January 15, 2021, that you begin to look for back up locations for spring.  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. 

Best Practices for Programs

US Lacrosse has collected and developed best practices from some of the country’s most successful and thriving leagues.  Activating these standards helps to provide your players with the best and safest playing environment.

The best practices can be found here.

Raffle Winnings / Laxtravaganza!

MAYLA representatives recently participated in the recent 2020 Program Leader and Urban Lacrosse Alliance Virtual Conference and were raffle winners.  The winnings are a bucket of Pearl Lacrosse Balls that will be stored for Laxtravaganza!  

The best practices can be found here.
Coronavirus & Youth Sports: The Path Forward
Recorded Webinar: US Lacrosse Insurance in COVID-19
Recorded Webinar: Risk Considerations When
Returning to Lacrosse Games and Events
Registering Players
Please remember to review the MAYLA policies as you start registering players.  (You'll find the policies in your Program Manual Guidelines; the 2020 version will be available shortly after the new year and will have minor updates).  No member clubs should be registering any players from outside their respective school district boundaries.

If you have parents who want to register with your club and they do not live within your respective school district boundaries then you should refer those parents to contact, Robin Buckley (league commissioner) to get 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 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 should NOT be recruiting players from outside the clubs school district boundaries

If a family attends a parochial/private school, then that family would register with the MAYLA member club that corresponds to the school district boundaries within in which their primary residence is located.

Programs' Contact Information
Many programs have had elections or otherwise changed leadership.  If your program has experienced a change in it's 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.

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, here.
Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association ("MAYLA"), includes the camps and clinics, below, for informational purposes only.  Events, services, or information provided as part of this section must not be considered a recommendation or an endorsement but are merely intended to inform our subscribers of lacrosse opportunities.  MAYLA makes no representations, warranties or claims of any kind about the events, services or information referenced in The Scoop.

Coaches Development

Upcoming US Lacrosse Coaches Development Programs (CDPs) will be virtual.  CDP Level-1s will begin in November.  CDP Level-2s and Level-3s will be announced as they are available.  Watch for more information as this important education was sidelined in the spring.
US Lacrosse seeks to lead efforts to make lacrosse a more inclusive, accessible and tolerant sport - where anyone can play and everyone feels welcome and respected.  US Lacrosse has created an online training tool focused on cultural competency.  This resource is designed to assist lacrosse organizations in further educating coaches, parents, and athletes about the impact of diversity and inclusion.
The national background screening is now part of all adult coach membership purchases and renewals.  US Lacrosse is absorbing the cost of the background check, with no change to the direct cost of membership for coaches.  
Learn more
We as adults hold the responsibility to create positive experiences for all of our kids.  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) for 2019.  All previous MAYLA coaches and administrators have been enrolled.  New MAYLA coaches and administrators will be enrolled soon.  Learn more
Other Information
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Nutrition, Heat & Hydration  

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

Your US 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
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