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2014 MAYLA Schedule Revision

Boys and Girls Master schedule released.

The 2014 finalized schedule has been revised and was released effective April, 2 2014. Games are scheduled for Saturday and Sundays starting April 12th 2014 thru June 1st 2014.

Unscheduled dates:
  • Mother's Day
  • Memorial Day weekend


MAYLA Laxtravaganza is scheduled for weekdend of June 7th and 8th.

Document includes game dates, times and hosts.

To download PDF formatted file, see link below.


MAYLA_2014_Master_Schedule_r3.pdf




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.





Registration open for Marquette Summer Camps

Registration is now open for the Marquette University Women's Summer Camps

Marquette Women's Lacrosse Camp is hosting unique summer camp opportunities for all ages. Marquette coaches will staff all sessions along with other highly qualified coaches and host of current players.

Why Marquette Camp?
Marquette’s four pillars of Faith, Excellence, Leadership, and Service are not only exemplified by the University and its students, but the Marquette Women’s Lacrosse team represents theses values on and off the field.

Coach Black's coaching philosophy is based on the team "maximizer." To the coaching staff this means "to get the best out of each player by creating a system based on the strengths of the team." Together they aim to figure out what their players can do best together as a unit so they then can, "create a system for the team and players to be able to excel at the highest level."

This coaching philosophy will be applied at the camp but at the individual level, the coaching staff will be aiming to "maximize" each camper's individual abilities and help bring them to the next level.


MU_Summer_Camp_20141.pdf




Black Lax Eagles Summer Travel Team

Black Lax Eagles Summer Club Travel Team has open registration. If your players are serious about lacrosse and want to play at the next level, or just want to play MORE, than this team is for them!

This team is open to 7th graders-12 graders. The only stipulation is the player must reside within a 50 mile RADIUS of Marquette. It is a direct line radius, not a travel mileage.

Document below is an information presentation about the team, a practice schedule, a tournament schedule and a registration form.

For additional questions please contact:
Meredith Black(blacklaxllc@gmail.com)


BlackLaxTravelClubInformation.pdf




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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