As unanimously voted on by the MLA board on March 9, 2017, all boys and girls youth games for the 2017 season will be played according to the current USL guidelines and rules.
By adopting the new rules now, clubs, teams, coaches, officials, and parents can utilize the tremendous resources provided by US Lacrosse. With these resources, every aspect of Montana Lacrosse will be on the same page as we move forward together.
CLICK HEREfor a more detailed summary of the rules and how they will be applied for the 2017 season. The document also highlights linked resources that clubs, team, coaches, parents, and players will need in preparation for the season.
The Montana Lacrosse Association is pleased to announce the year-end state tournament information:
MLA High School State Championships
May 19-21, 2017
Great Falls MT
MLA Youth State Tournament
June 2-4, 2017
IMPORTANT: Hotel rooms for the youth tournament in Missoula must be reserved in blocks by teams/clubs. This is a requirement of a Destination Montana tourism grant that will partially fund the tournament. Please click the link below for hotel instructions. Thank you.
As part of the US Lacrosse Athlete Development Model, MLA has established new "small-sided" competition rules for U9 and U11 boys game for the 2017 season.
The intent is "shrink" the game parameters down to age-appropriate levels for 7 to 10 year old players. In the past our youngest lacrosse participants have played games at the same level as U15 in regards to field size and many of the rules governing play.
Please click the link below to download the U9 Small-Sided Competition Rules:
THE OCTOBER TRAINING CLASSES IN MISSOULA AND BOZEMAN HAVE BEEN CANCELED.
REMINDER: In order to meet the increasing demand for girls officials, the MLA is requiring that each program recruit 1 official for every 20 girls in their program. (Example: Missoula has 100 girls in their program, therefore they need to recruit 5 active officials).
The MLA and US Lacrosse are hosting the following girls officials training classes in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings and Helena.
Spring 2017 Girls Officials Training Classes:
February 18-19th- Missoula
February 25-26th- Bozeman
March 4-5th- Billings
March 11-12th- Helena
Below are the requirements to become certified:
Attend both days of the classroom and field sessions ($20)
Become a USL member
Take the online class (about 3 hours)
Get rated as an official (This step is easy, all you have to do is start officiating. You will shadow an experienced official for a game or two. Then start officiating on your own. Once you are comfortable two experienced officials will rate you.)
What are the benefits?
The Montana Lacrosse Association offers a great pay scale for officials. Along with the pay below, we also pay for hotel and gas mileage. Carpooling and shared rooms is required to keep costs low.
USL Certified Official
Varsity and JV
We appreciate all you are doing to grow the girls game in Montana! Please forward this information on to your clubs, family and friends who may be interested in officiating.
Montana Lacrosse Association is following US Lacrosse’s lead and implementing the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model described below. The LADM is very similar to the systems that have been in place for youth soccer and youth hockey for years.
In essence the LADM focuses age-appropriate player instruction (coaching approach, drills, plays and games) to the player’s cognitive and physical abilities. The age appropriateness of each level is determined by well-established child development physiology and psychology. In other words, by utilizing the LADM we will be teaching kids the right lacrosse skills at the right time.
The MLA realizes this is a new paradigm and therefore adoption will begin with the youngest age groups as follows:
U9 and U11 will utilize the LADM Coaching Tools and play Small-Sided Competition games
U13 and U15 will utilize the LADM Coaching and no changes will be made to games at this time.
CLICK HEREto download a more detailed overview of the LADM.
The MLA will be releasing more specifics in the coming weeks and months.