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March 2022

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 Board Vacancy: Secretary

MAYLA is looking for a volunteer to join its Board of Directors in the important role of Secretary.

Note that for MAYLA member programs in good standing with representative serving on the MAYLA Board may apply for a $100 grant. (The application will be made by the MAYLA Board Member on behalf of his or her program in September 2022; applications will be reviewed thereafter.) Only one such grant is allowed per MAYLA member program but, if approved, the grant will be applied to the annual team dues for the following season. Applications and more information can be found on the MAYLA website.

If you’re interested in joining the MAYLA Board of Directors, please contact us!

Important Deadlines & Policy Updates

MAYLA has updated its Program Manual to include a Concussion Management Plan as well as an Emergency Action Plan, in further compliance with USA Lacrosse's League Standards.

Further, MAYLA’s coaching requirements have changed: the Qualified coach level has been removed; it will no longer be accepted and coaches must be Certified.​ Last year, USA Lacrosse made online certification available. The course takes approximately two hours to complete. All MAYLA coaches are now required to be at least Level One-Certified coaches. (The Qualified coach level came about when the certification clinics were not as available as they are now.) The Annual Coaches Meeting will be held virtually from 9:00-11:00am on Saturday, March 5th.

All coaches must be at least Level-I certified by April 1st.

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.

Lacrosse Drills & Workouts

Harvard Lacrosse Agility Drill with Tim Mullen
Skill & Drill | Janine Tucker, Johns Hopkins University

Also, check out the latest from …

True Lacrosse | Wisconsin
Hot4Lax

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.

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.

Key MAYLA Dates

Looking Ahead — Calendar Year 2022

  • Coming Soon: the MAYLA schedule will be 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

  • June 4-5: Laxtravaganza!

  • June 11-12: Closing Weekend

More dates to come!

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.

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,
here.

For Officials

Upcoming Officials’ Training

The training for boys’ and girls’ game officials will be a combination of virtual education and on-field work. The schedules for both can be found through the WILOA website.

With questions about boys’ game officiating, contact Randy Kohn.

With questions about girls’ game officiating, email the WLLOA.

More information about becoming an official can be found here:

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

Again, MAYLA’s coaching requirements have changed: the Qualified coach level is no longer sufficient; it will no longer be accepted and coaches must be Certified.​ Last year, USA Lacrosse made online certification available. The course takes approximately two hours to complete. All MAYLA coaches are now required to be at least Level One-Certified coaches. (The Qualified coach level came about when the certification clinics were not as available as they are now.) The Annual Coaches Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 5th. And, again, all coaches must be at least Level-I certified by April 1st.

Also, please note that USA Lacrosse (USAL) is not requiring SafeSport training this season for member coaches; USAL will reimpose a SafeSport requirement with Abuse Prevention Training starting 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.

2022 Women Coaches Symposium

The Tucker Center's Women Coaches Symposium is back in-person at Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 22, 2022!

High-quality educational programming and professional development for women coaches. This full-day women-focused event serves as an avenue for networking and provides space to build community among women coaches. Women coaches of all sports and all levels are welcome. The WCS is a LGBTQI2S+ inclusive, safe space. While the WCS is a women-focused event, we welcome male allies who support women. Click here for 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, and Michael Severa 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

  • 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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