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Mom's Concussion Clinic

Mom's Concussion Clinic to focus on safe sports play techniques and injury prevention.

An estimated one in five athletes will sustain a sports during the season. To help reduce the risk of sports-related injuries such as concussions and heat and dehydration in young athletes, the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Orthopedic and Sports Medicine program, is hosting a Mom’s Concussion Clinic in Waukesha on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Expert speakers include
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Licensed Athletic Trainer Drew Hacker
  • Dr. Kevin Walter, program director, Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine
  • . Topics covered include: concussion prevention, signs and symptoms, safe play techniques, and safety tips for heat emergencies. Special guest appearance made by: Ahman Green, Green Bay’s all-time leading rusher. A special hands-on tackling skills and drills session for the moms will round out the program.

    Event will be held rain or shine.
    Please wear clothing that is comfortable for light physical activity.
    There will be light breakfast items provided during registration.

    Drawing items include a football autographed by Ahman Green and 4 VIP tickets to a meet and greet with a Green Bay star at a taping of Inside the Huddle!

    http://www.kohlssafeandhealthy.com/concussionclinic/





    MAYLA BOD Nominations Committee seeking candidates for open positions

    MAYLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATING COMMITTEE REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION FORMS

    If you are interested in applying for a position on the MAYLA Board of Directors this form will need to be completed by a Current MAYLA board member, or another US Lacrosse member for consideration by the Nominating Committee.

    The form must be submitted no later than August 14, 2015.

    Positions open for applications are:
  • Vice President

  • Treasurer

  • Boys Youth Director

  • Education Director

  • Member at Large


  • Nomination Form can be found under the 'Documents' tab on this website. The Position descriptions can also be found under the 'Documents' tab.





    MAYLA League Structure Revised 2015

    The REVISED MAYLA League Structure is now available on the Document tab of the MAYLA Website.

    Coaches should take a moment to review and download the changes.





    MAYLA Boys Youth Rule Modifications

    The MAYLA Boys Youth Rule Modifications for the 2015 Season are now available on the Documents tab of the MAYLA website. All Boys coaches, please take time to download them and review them. Any questions can be addressed to Scott Breier through the website contact link.





    LAXtravaganza! 2015

    Laxtravaganza!2015 will once again be held at the University School of Milwaukee on May 30 – 31, 2015. We would like to thank the administration and staff for working with us to host this event, as there are very few venues in Southeastern Wisconsin with enough fields and services to host an event of this scope. For the first time, we are opening up sponsorship opportunities to the community to be part of this exciting event. If you are interested in field sponsorship, donating an item or two for the silent auction, or would like to volunteer during the weekend, please see the document tab on this website for the forms and information.
    The purpose of Laxtravaganza!2015 is to provide an end of the season event, within MAYLA's recreational youth lacrosse mission, where we can bring our entire membership together with our community to honor the game and celebrate the sport of lacrosse. We can't wait to see you there!





    US Lacrosse Level One CEP Clinic

    US Lacrosse Level One CEP Clinic

    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Wauwatosa West High School
    11400 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53222


    Brought to the Milwaukee-area by a grant MAYLA received from US Lacrosse, the Level 1 clinic brings the Level 1 online course to life through hands-on training facilitated by US Lacrosse-certified trainers.

    The curriculum is designed to introduce coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship.
    You’ll acquire the tools to teach rules, basic individual skills and basic team concepts to beginning players of all ages. This baseline training is relevant for all lacrosse coaches, regardless of experience.

    Coaches must complete a Level 1 clinic to attain Level 1 certification





    US Lacrosse Convention - Baltimore

    US Lacrosse will hold their annual convention at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD this year on January 23-25, 2015.

    If you have not registered yet, there is still time. You can save $20.00 per registration if you register as a group. If you are interested in registering, but haven't gotten around to it yet, now would be a good time. If you are interested in the group discount, please contact Mary DiGiacomo at

    marydjock@ameritech.net

    for more information.





    US Lacrosse Level 1 CEP Clinic

    Level 1 CEP Clinic

    Saturday, March 14, 2015
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Wauwatosa West High School
    11400 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53222

    The Level 1 clinic brings the Level 1 online course to life through hands-on training facilitated by US Lacrosse-certified trainers. The curriculum is designed to introduce coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship. You’ll acquire the tools to teach rules, basic individual skills and basic team concepts to beginning players of all ages. This baseline training is relevant for all lacrosse coaches, regardless of experience.

    Coaches must complete a Level 1 clinic to attain Level 1 certification





    Important Update to US Lacrosse Level 1 CEP Clinic

    IMPORTANT Information
    for your Coaching Certification!

    It has recently come to MAYLA's attention that effective February 1, 2014, HTMPC was added to the requirements for men’s CEP Level 1 certification.

    It is recommended that the course be taken by coaches, players, parents, officials, as well as any coach that earned US Lacrosse CEP certification prior to the HTMPC requirement.

    Coaches that have not taken this online USL course may currently find that their certification status is "pending" upon completion.

    The course is free with USL membership.

    CEP Level One Clinic

    Saturday, March 14
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Wauwatosa West High School
    11400 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI

    50% of this clinic's cost is being subsidized.

    As a reminder! When renewing your USL Membership, remember to associate with 3 Levels:

    1. Your Local Program
    2. Your League: MAYLA
    3. Your State Chapter: WLF

    http://www.uslacrosse.org/participants/coaches/coaching-education-program/instructional-clinics/level-1-clinics.aspx

    How to Make Proper Contact

    The How to Make Proper Contact in Boys' & Men's Lacrosse course demonstrates the correct way to make and receive proper contact in boys' and men's lacrosse. The course, featuring host Sam Bradman (LXM Pro Tour & MLL's Rochester Rattlers), is an essential resource for coaches, players, parents and officials. It navigates the user through nine units of written and video instruction, graphs, drills and other US Lacrosse resources for members to use and refer to as often as needed.

    Access Your Online Courses

    Course Cost

    How to Make Proper Contact is free to all US Lacrosse members.

    Course Objectives
    •Embrace contact in the men's game as an integral part of the game.
    •Educate where contact happens during the men's game, and how learning to properly accept impact can help keep players safe.
    •Explain proper contact form and application to keep play safe and legal.
    •Encourage drills and skills to be taught as all age levels and based on the appropriate level of contact for that age group.
    •Educate players, coaches, and parents about situations that occur around contact and how to discuss and react to them as they occur in the sport.

    More About the Online Course
    •The online course contains a transcript, photos, diagrams and streaming videos to help visually enhance the learning experience.
    •The course will generally take about one to two hours to complete and can be done in more than one sitting. You have as long as you need to complete the course.
    •You also receive unlimited access to your courses and the resource materials as long as your membership to US Lacrosse remains current.
    •Online Course Registration/Access Instructions





    MAYLA Board of Directors Election

    MAYLA BoD Elections will be held at the September meeting. The following positions are up for election this September:

    • President
    • Secretary
    • Girls Youth Director
    • New Programs Director
    • Education Director
    • Marketing/Communications Director
    • Member At-Large


    We are hoping to get representation from all MAYLA clubs on the board and hope to have a great list of candidates for all positions up for election this September.

    • Board positions are elected positions that serve two year terms. Descriptions of each position are in the attached BOD Duties document.
    • The board typically meets once a month (usually the third Sunday evening of each month). Depending on the position the time requirements typically are 5 – 10 hours a month.
    • Attendance at meetings is mandatory and missing meetings can affect quorum and the board’s ability to conduct business.


    Any questions please contact Scott Beier or any member of the nomination committee.





    Available now, MAYLA newsletter

    The March edition of MAYLA's newsletter is available now. "The Scoop" is intended to be the one stop shop for MAYLA atheletes, parents and coaches. The monthly publication will include information on league announcements, educational opportunities, and Positive Coaching Alliance tips.

    Click here to view online version

    Click here to subscribe to newsletter.





    MAYLA partners with Positive Coaching Alliance

    December 5, 2014, Milwaukee, WI- Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association (MAYLA) has established a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to ensure a positive, character-building experience for all youth athletes in MAYLA programs. PCA (www.PositiveCoach.org), a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, conducts workshops for coaches, organizational leaders, and parents involved in schools and sports organizations serving five-to-18-year-old athletes. PCA also provides workshops for high school athletes

    “Working with hundreds of youth sports organizations around the United States, PCA has developed practical tools and guidelines to help youth athletes, their coaches and parents get the most out of sports,” said Mary DiGiacomo, President, MAYLA. “We recognize the tremendous opportunity for character-building sports offers for today’s youth, so we are embracing PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® model, where winning is one goal and teaching life lessons is the second, more-important goal.”

    “We are delighted to partner with MAYLA,” said PCA Executive Director Jim Thompson. “Together, we’ll strive to help their youth athletes take a positive approach to pursuing victories in athletic competition and in life.”

    The workshops are scheduled starting in 2014, for information about dates and locations, please email PCA@MilwaukeeYouthLacrosse.com.


    About Positive Coaching Alliance
    Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 675,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has impacted more than 4.5 million youth.

    PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1,200 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online courses at www.PositiveCoach.org.

    PCA workshops and courses strive to establish these prevailing models in youth and high school sports:
    • The Double-Goal Coach®, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports
    • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
    • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

    PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson.





    Updated Women's Level 1 Coaching Online Course

    All new for the 2013 season!
    US Lacrosse's Coaching Education Program Level 1 online courses have been updated and feature even more resources, video and information for youth coaches nationwide.
    This course is FREE to US Lacrosse members and are essential training for every lacrosse coach.
    Click here to add this course to your cart, check out (no charge will be applied) and immediately begin accessing your course through the US Lacrosse online course portal.
    You MUST be a current US Lacrosse member to register for and continue to access your courses.
    If you took the Level 1 online course previously, we highly encourage you to sign up for the new course to view the updated content and resources.





    Updated Men's Level 1 Coaching Online Course

    All new for the 2013 season!
    US Lacrosse's Coaching Education Program Level 1 online courses have been updated and feature even more resources, video and information for youth coaches nationwide.
    This course is FREE to US Lacrosse members and are essential training for every lacrosse coach.
    Click here to add this course to your cart, check out (no charge will be applied) and immediately begin accessing your course through the US Lacrosse online course portal.
    You MUST be a current US Lacrosse member to register for and continue to access your courses.
    If you took the Level 1 online course previously, we highly encourage you to sign up for the new course to view the updated content and resources.





    New Teams/Programs

    Greetings to all MAYLA Programs and Potential Programs,

    MAYLA will be hosting a special meeting on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex at 7:00 pm to present information and answer questions for new programs or teams for 2013. This includes expansions of current programs as well as newly started programs or teams from any area wishing to join MAYLA. The meeting is open to any coach, parent or administrator who is interested in learning the how-to’s of a new team and all about MAYLA as a league. We would like to offer ongoing assistance and support as new teams prepare for the spring 2013 season. Exciting news: MAYLA has plans to host a full league schedule for girls youth lacrosse for Spring 2013! At this time, there are enough programs planning for girls’ teams to accomplish this long-standing goal!

    We ask your assistance in spreading the word about the meeting as we may not have the contacts of all interested parties. Please share any contacts you may have, including any current member updates to the e-mail distribution list.

    Please RSVP so we have an idea of the numbers to prepare for.

    Warm Regards,
    Mary DiGiacomo
    President, MAYLA
    Vice-President, WLF
    President, LCYLC





    WLF Member Registration for Upcoming Election of Directors

    Lax Greetings!
    I am passing on very important information from the WLF regarding their upcoming elections. Those who are the voting members for your program MUST RE-REGISTER! Since a deadline is not given, I would assume that it would be PRIOR to September 1-10 elections. So, please register before August 31. Very soon, those who are registered will be receiving, via email, a list of candidates for the open positions listed below. If you have any questions, please contact a current WLF director (Ken Stark, Adam Caccamise and myself are MAYLA resources).
    FYI: Those positions listed as a one year term, are those positions that were vacated prior to the nomination process. It was decided to seek those interested in fulfilling those current terms via the nominating committee and open the vote to all voting members. The Coach Director position was just recently vacated and will be filled by Board appointment per by-laws. If you, or one of your coaches, are interested, please contact me.

    WLF League Presidents & Representatives:

    PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF EACH OF YOUR LEAGUE'S PROGRAMS

    Annually elections are held for WLF Board of Director positions. From September 1-10, 2012, the following elections will be held:

    Two Year Terms (2012-2014):
    Vice President
    Treasurer
    Awards
    Communications & Marketing
    Girls (Women's) Umpire Representative
    Girls Youth
    Grants
    New Programs

    One Year Term (2012-2013):
    Boys High School
    Sportsmanship

    The "Members" of WLF vote for the board of directors. “Members” are defined in the WLF by-laws as local lacrosse programs in Wisconsin that compete under the administration of the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation, and are defined by the level of competition of teams and a single team within a school or club. These competition levels are boys’ high school, girls’ high school, boys’ youth and girls’ youth.

    For Example:
    • If a program supports boys’ high school teams (JV, varsity or both), and girls’ high school team (JV, varsity or both), that program would consist of TWO Members of the WLF.
    • If a program supports boys’ high school, girls’ high school, boys’ youth (senior, junior, bantam or all) and girls’ youth, that program would consist of FOUR Members.

    At this time we need each program to register by identifying the individual who will be their representative “Member” and who will cast the program’s vote in the annual elections. To register, please click on the following link: Click here to register for elections.

    The elections will be open from September 1 through September 10. Announcement of winning candidates will be at the earliest possible time after the close of elections. Newly elected members will begin their term at the Off-Season (September) board meeting.

    If you have any questions, please contact me.

    Mark Blume
    WLF Secretary & Nomination Committee Chairperson





    Tackling Concussions - A no Cost Webinar for Parents and Coaches

    Tackling Concussions - a no cost Webinar for Parents and Coaches

    Join us for a Webinar on August 9




    Space is limited.
    Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
    https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/975294288


    Approximately 3.8 million sports-related concussion will occur this year. What can parents of athletes and coaches do to keep kids safe?

    Hear from Dr. Jeff Mjaanes (Director of the Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic and sports medicine physician, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush), Mike Overturf (president of the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association) and Jim Osborne (Member of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists, volunteer at the Council on Brain Injury and certified PCA Trainer) on the latest in concussions research, prevention, signs/symptoms and treatment.

    Brought to you by Stop Sports Injuries Now, Positive Coaching Alliance, Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.

    Space is limited, so register today!
    Title: Tackling Concussions - a no cost Webinar for Parents and Coaches
    Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer





    WLF Announces the Coaches Grant recipients for the 2012 USL Convention

    WLF is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the WLF Coaches' Grant for the US Lacrosse Convention

    Robin Buckley, Northshore Girls Youth Coach, MAYLA Conference

    Eric Fernandes, Franklin HS Boys Head Coach, Classic 8 Conference

    Christopher Ledvina, Southwest Boys Head Coach, Bay Valley Conference

    Michael Storts, Verona HS Boys Asst Coach, MALA Conference


    There were many well qualified candidates for the four scholarships which caused for a hearty discussion with the selection committee. The recipients were chosen based on multiple criteria, including level in which they coach, area represented and their personal purpose for attending.

    Great thanks to all of the applicants and we encourage you to apply again next year.





    US Lacrosse Fast Break Initiative

    A new tab has been created in the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation web site exclusively for the US Lacrosse Fast Break Initiative.

    Here you will find the latest offering and clinics that will be available in the area. Click here to go to the Fast Break Initiative tab.





    NFHS Free Sportsmanship Course

    The National Federation of State High School Associations developed this complimentary course to give you a better understanding of sportsmanship, how it impacts the educational process and your specific role in promoting it at all interscholastic athletic events. We’ll also share insight throughout the course from fans, players, parents, teacher coaches and officials.

    Click here to register.





    2011 State of MAYLA

    Greetings!

    It is hard to believe that the 2011 season is over. After dealing with the typical Wisconsin spring weather and so many canceled, then rescheduled games, the second half of the season seemed to pass by in blur! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable season and saw growth in all your players, both on and off the field.

    The purpose of this letter is to inform all of you of the changes MAYLA has seen in the last few months. While many great things happened for MAYLA, the board also acknowledges that there were many issues this past season. The board understands there are some critical changes that must be made for next season and beyond; and we’re already working toward those goals.
    Going forward, MAYLA feels it is important to take the necessary steps in order to keep up with our growth and expansion as well as to provide the best service and functionality for all.

    I apologize for the length of this document, but we have much to share. Print a copy, pour a refreshing drink, settle in your favorite deck chair and read away! The following topics will be covered: Growth of Lacrosse, Website, Declaring Teams and Scheduling, Board of Directors (BOD), By-laws, Dues, Tax issues, Post-season meetings for all levels, Current BOD “Hot topics”. Thank you for taking the time to read this report. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.

    Mary DiGiacomo
    MAYLA President

    Click on the link below to open the pdf document.


    The State of MAYLA.pdf




    2011 WLF Person of the Year Award

    The Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation proudly announces Ken Stark as the recipient of the 2011 Person of the Year Award.

    Ken has been involved in lacrosse for the past nine years in the Milwaukee area and as the Boys' Youth Director to the WLF.

    Ken has been involved in establishing youth teams in three areas and advised numerous others. He has served on the Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association Board in many capacities, currently is the Vice President. Ken has also dedicated his time in serving on numerous committees including the bylaws committee, rules and regulations committee and the state tournament committee.

    He has spear-headed the Laxtravaganza in Milwaukee to promote lacrosse to all the area athletic directors and was instrumental in developing the two divisional playoff system now in effect for the Wisconsin Boys High School State Tournament. Ken has been involved in the growth of the game for years and we are now seeing this dedication and hard work come to fruition.

    Thank you Ken.





    Girls to Women

    MAYLA proudly honors its high school girls lacrosse alum who are playing for the following institutions of higher education:

    Indiana Tech (Indiana) - Ashlee Barwick, Madie Berg and Rachel Schmidt - All Class of 2011
    Aquinas College (Michigan) - Sarah Orsini and Taylor Truttschel - Both Class of 2010
    Liberty University (Virginia) - Mikayla Henry - Class of 2011
    Tennessee Wesleyan (Tennessee) - Sarah Fischer - Class of 2010
    North Central College (Illinois) - Mallory Bahr - Class of 2010
    Maritime (New York) - Carolina Klein - Class of 2010





    WLF Concussion Policy

    Parents, Coaches, Players and Friends of the WLF,

    After extensive research and discussion, the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation has developed a Concussion Policy which is to be followed by all WLF member teams. Please read the policy carefully. The information it contains is for all those involved in lacrosse. It will help define each person's role in determining whether a player should be allowed to play or not. Coaches and parents, please share this and discuss with your players at all levels. The individual may be this best at determining a potential concussive injury.

    Please, let me know if you have any questions at all regarding concussions. I am not an appropriate healthcare professional, but I have been learning a lot, and the bottom line is...

    ...when in doubt, sit them out.

    Dave Wollin
    President
    Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation

    Click here to view the current WLF Concussion Policy.




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