Hello everyone. Just a few weeks until lacrosse season starts. Hopefully some of you are already out and throwing around already. There is a lot of information to deliver this month, before lacrosse season officially starts.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Shop Days Feb 18/19
Our partner, DICK’s Sporting Goods is hosting a 20% discount shop day for all Madison Area Lacrosse Association participants at their West Madison, East Madison, Janesville, La Crosse, and Brookfield locations on February 18th and 19th.
The 20% discount is valid on purchases STOREWIDE – including cleats, pads, athletic apparel, camping gear, bicycles – you name it! Certain exclusions apply (mostly limited to guns, ammo, and some golf brands). If they do not have a product in store you need, you can order it that day with the 20% discount and receive your product at home in 3-6 days. If your team would like to place an order, they can do so in the store over this weekend and receive the discount. Click here for the 20% off coupon or mention MALA/MadLax at the register to redeem!
If you need more incentive to come in for shop day, there will also be a raffle held at each location. One lucky family will win a $50 DICK’s Certificate, and the club that has the most members attend the event will receive a $10 Certificate for each player. Keep an eye out for the raffle box at each store to enter and don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to save and win!
New Sponsor – Prism Fitness Group
We are happy to announce Prism Fitness Group as a new sponsor for Madison Area Lacrosse Association. Prism fitness offers discounted pricing on field equipment to all MadLax teams. Teams can place orders for goals, field marking, fencing, scoreboards, conditioning equipment and more by calling 608.845.8300 or emailing
MadLax Board of Directors Meeting – Feb 15
The next MadLax board of director’s meeting is this Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7 PM at the Madison Central Library. The current agenda and past minutes are linked here. Click here to contact your friendly neighborhood board member.
MadLax Boys Youth Rules Modifications
For the 2017 Boys Youth Lacrosse season, MadLax will slightly modifying some of the US Lacrosse published rules.
Summary: 2017 Gameplay rules will follow the announced US Lacrosse rules changes. 2017 Administrative rules (age group nomenclature and field sizes) will follow the 2016 rules. The rules changes can be found on the MadLax Boys Youth page. The US Lacrosse youth rules can be found at this link.
US Lacrosse has published girl’s lacrosse rules through their rulebook and interpretation videos. You may find them at this US Lacrosse link.
MadLax Jamboree Approaching
The spring jamboree is now under the organization of MadLax and will be held March 25 and 26th at Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells. Cost is $95 per team. To register, send an email to
and attach the roster from this link: 2017 MadLax Jamboree Roster. The roster is due by March 18.
Lacrosse officials are needed for both the boys and girls side of the game. You don’t need any prior experience in officiating or lacrosse (though it does help). Training begins in March and will include both classroom and on-field training. You will need to have an active US Lacrosse membership as an official.
For more information, contact:
Girls (both new and experienced officials) - Bob Glover (
Boys (new officials) – Jeremy Sullivan (
Boys (experienced officials) – David Wollin (
Board of Directors Positions Opening Up
Madison Area Lacrosse runs on volunteers, whether it be coaching, running local clubs, or at the MADLAX board of directors level. There are several MadLax board of director positions opening up in July, when the terms of current board members are ending. Board positions which will be opening up include: President, Treasurer, Vice President Girls Youth, Vice President Marketing/Communications, Sportsmanship Director, and Awards Director.
Elections are to be held in July. Please consider serving on the board of directors to continue lacrosse in the Madison area. Contact MadLax President John Welke at
if you're interested.
Hello everyone. The weather is getting colder, but MALA is still at work, getting the groundwork in place for next year’s lacrosse season. Here are a few important announcements to pay attention to for the 2017 season.
3 new clubs join MALA
At the November 16th Board meeting the applications for MALA membership for Kettle Moraine, Elkhorn and Watertown were approved. Prior to approval the Board discussed the benefits and challenges of adding three new clubs for the upcoming season but felt that any challenges could be mitigated through careful scheduling and clear communication with all member clubs. As such the consensus agreement to address the influx of new teams for the 2017 season was:
Establish a 10-12 game base league schedule for each member team. Teams are free to schedule additional games with other MALA teams as their schedule and budget allows.
To minimize travel, incorporate as many games as possible in a play-date format where each team plays multiple games at the host teams field(s) on a single day.
Schedule, to the extent possible, only one day per weekend when games will be played as opposed to playing games both Saturday and Sunday
Based on the number of teams at each level, establish multiple division’s that are geographically based which will also reduce or minimize travel requirements.
To ensure adequate game official coverage, recruit and train additional umpires/officials to cover games. The current recruitment effort has netted 12-14 new officials for the 2017 season!
Review the 2017 season when completed and make adjustments as necessary prior to the 2018 season.
“With lacrosse continuing to grow and expand geographically we will need to be flexible and accommodating as we move forward,” commented MALA President John Welke. “We are really happy to welcome these new clubs. They will allow our historical club members an opportunity to play teams that they don’t normally encounter and that should be really great experience for everyone involved,” he added.
MALA Board of Directors Meeting - December 14
Because of the Christmas holiday, MALA board of director’s meeting for December has been moved to December 14, 2016 at the Madison Central Library, room 111.
US Lacrosse Age Segmentation Changes for 2017-2018
US Lacrosse has announced a new age segmentation policy to help with player safety, competitive fairness, and a consistent experience. The change will officially take place on September 1, 2017.
Notable items in the new age segmentation policy:
Emphasis on grouping players by single-age years.
Age based on the player’s age as of September 1.
Standardized nomenclature to list age first, e.g. 12U
Neither WLF nor MALA has yet decided to adopt these US Lacrosse changes as-is, or with modifications. Parents and coaches may give input through the respective MALA Vice President.
US Lacrosse Announces Rules Changes
In August and September, US Lacrosse announced changes for both girls and boys lacrosse, at both youth and high school levels. Summaries for the youth girls and youth boys rules have been on the Madlax.org website. High school girls and high school boys rules summaries will be in the 2017 rulebook, but can also be found on the US Lacrosse website.
Game Scoresheets Available on Madlax.org
Game scoresheets have been placed on Madlax.org for download, in both PDF and Excel forms. Home teams are required to have a scoresheet for each game, so this makes it easier for teams to use one without needing to go out and purchase a scorebook.
VP Girls Youth Still Needed
A Vice-President of Girls Youth is still needed. One of the primary responsibilities of the VP Girls Youth is creating the schedule. Without someone volunteering for this position, it will be difficult for the 2017 schedule to be created. Please contact MALA President John Welke at
if you're interested.
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.