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Nominations needed for Admin of Yr and Kester-Spencer Award
06/23/2016
Nomination Form: https://leagueathletics.com/UserForm.asp?RegID=158117&org=Madlax.org With...
Article: How Adults Take the Joy Out of Sports
05/31/2016
http://changingthegameproject.com/how-adults-take-the-joy-out-of-sports/ A...
Open Board Positions
05/31/2016
MALA depends entirely on volunteers. It is essential to keep...
Role of Parents
02/18/2016
Please remember these positive points and help us all to enjoy a...
 
Nominations needed for Admin of Yr and Kester-Spencer Award

Nomination Form: https://leagueathletics.com/UserForm.asp?RegID=158117&org=Madlax.org

With the end of the 2016, MALA would like thank everyone for their contributions to the great game of lacrosse. We have two awards that we are looking for nominees:

MALA Administrator of the Year: This person will be in an administrative role who has contributed greatly and in a positive manner to the game of lacrosse.

Kester-Spencer Award: This award is intended to honor someone in the lacrosse community who has gone above and beyond their expected role, and who has worked to benefit not only one team, but lacrosse throughout the area. The award is for a lacrosse contributor at any level and any gender.

The Ginny Kester Award was introduced in 2010 to honor a great contributor to lacrosse. At the recommendation of Ginny Kester, the MALA Board voted at the June Board meeting to change the name of this award from the Ginny Kester Award to the Kester-Spencer Award. For more information visit the Kester-Spencer Award page: https://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=57189&org=Madlax.org.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, July 8, 2016. Thank you for your continued support.


by posted 06/23/2016
Article: How Adults Take the Joy Out of Sports

http://changingthegameproject.com/how-adults-take-the-joy-out-of-sports/

A must read for all coaches and parents that talks about returning youth sports to our children. Please take a few minutes to read this short article.


by posted 05/31/2016
Open Board Positions

MALA depends entirely on volunteers. It is essential to keep our board positions filled for each season to run smoothly. Please forward this to all of your club members.

We hope you will consider running for a board position by replying with your interest before the July 20 annual board meeting. 

Terms are two years (unless filling a partial term) and begin August 2016. The MALA Board meets one time per month. MALA has the following Board positions open:

 

Section 2.09. The Vice President- Boys’ High School.

The vice president shall perform the duties of the president at the break-out meetings for the boys division of MALA and such other duties as maybe assigned to him or her by the MALA membership or the president. The Vice President-Boys’ High School shall oversee the high school leagues and the officials of their respective divisions and shall work with the high school coordinators and the director of officials to schedule games. The Vice President-Boys High School shall work with coaches’ representatives, and Referee Coordinator to schedule games / enforce rules / recruit and maintain teams. $125 stipend. Working with the Vice President-Boys’ High School will be the following:

  • Coaches’ Representative – recruit coaches / keep all coaches aware of MALA decisions
  • High School Coaches

 

Section 2.10. The Vice President- Girls’ High School.

The vice president shall perform the duties of the president at the break-out meetings for the Girls division of MALA and such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the MALA membership or the president. The Vice President-Girls’ High School shall oversee the high school leagues and the officials of their respective divisions and shall work with the high school coordinators and the director of officials to schedule games. The Vice President-Girls’ High School shall work with coaches’ representatives, and Umpire Coordinator to schedule games / enforce rules / recruit and maintain teams. $125 stipend. Working with the Vice President-Girls’ High School will be the following:

  • Coaches’ Representative – recruit coaches / keep all coaches aware of MALA decisions
  • High School Coaches

 

Section 2.12. The Vice President- Girls’ Youth. (1/2 term)

The vice president shall perform the duties of the president at the break-out meetings for the girl’s youth division of MALA and such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the MALA membership or the president. The Vice President-Girls’ Youth shall oversee the girls youth leagues and the officials of their respective divisions and shall work with the coordinators and the director of officials to schedule games. The Vice President-Girls’ Youth shall work with coaches’ representatives, Referee Coordinator and to schedule games / enforce rules / recruit and maintain teams. $125 stipend. Working with the Vice President-Girls’ Youth will be the following:

  • Vice President-Boys’ Youth
  • Coaches’ Representative – recruit coaches / keep all coaches aware of MALA decisions
  • High School Coaches

 

Section 2.13. The Secretary.

The secretary shall record all the votes of the directors and the minutes of the meetings of the MALA membership and of committees of the board in a book or books to be kept for that purpose; shall see that notices are given and records and reports properly kept and filed by MALA as required by law; shall be the custodian of the seal of MALA and see that it is affixed to all documents to be executed on behalf of MALA under its seal; and, in general, shall perform all duties incident to the office of secretary, and such other duties as may be assigned by the MALA membership or the president. The secretary will set dates, times, and locations for board meetings, distribute board meeting dates and notes to board members and member representatives to the board and compile and maintain MALA directory of board members, member representatives, member parent representatives, coaches, and other persons related to the business of MALA.

 

Section 2.15. The Sportsmanship Director.

The Sportsmanship director will work with all MALA Programs and the game official’s representatives to implement and maintain a “Culture Keeper” system for each MALA Program throughout their organization and teams, serve as the primary contact WLF Sportsmanship Director regarding Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Clinics and Initiatives, Sportsmanship Card (Blue Card) Program, etc. The Sportsmanship director will be a member of the MALA Rules and Regulations Committee and have primary responsibility on the committee for handling sportsmanship related grievances and complaints.

 

Section 2.18. Advisory Positions

  • The Girls Umpire Coordinator shall secure referees for all MALA- sanctioned games and tournaments for high school boys and girls. Shall be responsible for recruitment and training of all officials. Shall conduct a minimum of two meetings with officials and coaches to go over rules and regulations and shall work with WLF Representative. This Coordinator will Co-Chair the Officials Committee. $750 stipend.
  • The Web Master will administer and maintain the MALA website, including all information on the site, administer and maintain the website registration and hosting arrangements, and be responsible for content on MALA website. $500 stipend.

 


by posted 05/31/2016
Role of Parents

Please remember these positive points and help us all to enjoy a season of fun, fast and exciting lacrosse.


Visit www.uslacrosse.org for more information. 


The Role of Parents
You, the parent, are equally as important to your child's positive lacrosse experience as the coach of the team. In order for your child to get the most out of playing lacrosse, it is important that you do the following:

One: Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Positive reinforcement encourages learning and fun. Research has shown that a ratio of five positive statements (compliments, positive recognition) for each negative statement (criticisms, corrections) is ideal for helping young athletes do their best. Try to maintain a 5:1 ratio in your comments to your child.

Two: Attend games whenever possible. If you cannot attend, ask about your child’s experience, not whether the team won or lost. Some questions that you might ask before asking about the final score include: "Did you try as hard as you could? Did you have fun? Did you learn anything today that might make you a better player in the future?"

Three: Be a positive role model by displaying good sportsmanship at all times to coaches, officials,opponents and your child’s teammates. "Honoring the Game" is an important part of what US Lacrosse represents. Help us by honoring the game in your behavior as a spectator.

Four: Let your child set his own goals and play the game for himself, herself. Be your child’s "home court advantage" by giving him or her your unconditional support regardless of how well he or she performs.

Five: Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is playing. Use positive reinforcement with your child’s coach. Let the coach know when he or she is doing a good job.

Six: Respect the decisions of the referee or umpire. This is an important part of honoring the game. Your child will pay more attention to how you act than to what you say.

Seven: Read the rulebook. A full understanding of the rules will help you enjoy the game and educate others.

Eight: Get to know who is in charge. Meet with the leadership of the program, whether it’s school sponsored or recreational, to discuss topics such as cost, practice and game scheduling, insurance coverage, emergency procedures, etc.

Nine: Get involved! A great way to support your child's lacrosse experience is by becoming a volunteer for the program. Some of the ways you can get involved: keep the scorebook, run the clock, line the fields, manage equipment, chaperon trips, raise funds, organize clinics and team social events, update the team web site, photograph players and organize carpooling.

Ten: Sit back and enjoy the game. Remember, lacrosse is played for FUN.

http://www.uslacrosse.org/participants/parents.aspx


by posted 02/18/2016
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