October 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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MAYLA Election Results

The results are in! The annual MAYLA elections meeting was held on Thursday, September 30th. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated.

We welcome the following people to the MAYLA Board of Directors:

  • Vice-President: Mary DiGiacomo (Incumbent)

  • Treasurer: Victoria Lusz (Incumbent)

  • Boys Director: Ed Eisenhauer

  • Girls Director: Tom Harrison (One Year Term)

  • Education Director: Tim Marquardt (Incumbent)

The Directors, above, look forward to contributing to MAYLA and the experience of its constituents.

Coming Up: National Celebrate Lacrosse Week

Celebrate the lacrosse! USA Lacrosse is excited to celebrate the sport of lacrosse this fall from Nov. 6-14, 2021. National Celebrate Lacrosse Week will offer daily themes throughout the event to bring the lacrosse community together virtually and in person to help showcase this special sport.

Part of this initiative is to make the sport of lacrosse more welcoming, diverse and inclusive. We welcome all individuals from every walk of life to come and experience a sport that has so much opportunity for all youth.

Find out more, here.

Coming Up: LaxCon 2022

After a successful virtual run in 2021, USA Lacrosse is thrilled to be back in person for the USA Lacrosse Convention Jan. 14-16, 2022 in Baltimore.

Learn from the sport’s most influential leaders. See the latest in lacrosse gear and tech. Create lasting connections with people who love lacrosse. Tap into a network of experts who are eager to share their experiences and knowledge to help grow the game.

Learn more and register, here.

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!

US Lacrosse has noted that it has spoken with multiple manufacturers and retailers and do not expect product shortages or delays affecting the start of next season. If there are any changes or developments, we will definitely keep members updated with the latest information. Those who may be concerned should purchase new equipment when it is in stock and without delay.

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 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.

(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 (

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

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MAYLA Member Clubs

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