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USL Coaching Certification Clinics
01/06/2017
Boys and Girls Coaching Level 1 Certification Clinic 9:00am...
Girls Lacrosse Helmets Optional
12/16/2016
Girls Lacrosse Helmets Optional The MLA has adopted the US Lacrosse...
New MLA Policies for 2017 Season
12/05/2016
New MLA Policies for 2017 Season The MLA has adopted and implemented...
Seeking New Lacrosse Officials
11/27/2016
MONTANA LACROSSE IS SEEKING NEW OFFICIALS The MLA is the fastest...
2017 MLA State Tournaments Announced
11/15/2016
MONTANA STATE TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT The Montana Lacrosse Association...
MLA U9 and U11 Small-Sided Competition Rules
11/07/2016
MLA U9 & U11 SMALL-SIDED COMPETITION RULES As part of the...
UPDATED: Girls Officials Training Classes
10/06/2016
UPDATED: Montana Girls Officials Training THE OCTOBER TRAINING...
Lacrosse Athlete Development Model
09/14/2016
US LACROSSE ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MODEL Montana Lacrosse Association...
Boys & Girls Uniform Requirements
09/11/2016
IMPORTANT: Boys & Girls Uniform Requirements Please take a...
 
USL Coaching Certification Clinics

Boys and Girls Coaching Level 1 Certification Clinic

9:00am to 2:00pm Sunday February 26, 2017

HELENA YMCA 1200 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

To register for the boys coaching clinic CLICK HERE

To register for the girls coaching clinic CLICK HERE


IMPORTANT: Effective in 2017, prior to a second consecutive season of coaching, all MLA coaches must complete a USL Level 1 on-field course thus becoming fully USL Level 1 certified.

by posted 01/06/2017
Girls Lacrosse Helmets Optional

Girls Lacrosse Helmets Optional

The MLA has adopted the US Lacrosse position that the use of headgear is optional in girls lacrosse for the 2017 season.
 

Points of Emphasis

  • The use of headgear is optional in girls' and women's lacrosse.
  • Any headgear used after January 1, 2017 must meet the ASTM standard, F3137.
  • The ASTM standard, F3137, is a performance standard, not a design standard.
  • Product designs will likely vary from one manufacturer to another.
  • Products must provide full coverage of the head.
  • Products must be worn with required ASTM women’s lacrosse eyewear.
  • There must be marking on both the packaging and product that states that the headgear conforms to ASTM standard F3137.
 
For more information please refer to this US Lacrosse link:
 
 
Approved girls lacrosse helmets:
 

http://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment/legal-womens-headgear


by posted 12/16/2016
New MLA Policies for 2017 Season

New MLA Policies for 2017 Season

The MLA has adopted and implemented several new policies for the 2017 seasons.

New policies include: the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model; Uniform Requirements; Sportsmanship Incident Reporting; Game Change Penalty; Officials Recruitment and Fees; and Revised Player Fees.

To download the complete policy change document CLICK HERE

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/17316/79334.pdf


by posted 12/05/2016
Seeking New Lacrosse Officials

MONTANA LACROSSE IS SEEKING NEW OFFICIALS

The MLA is the fastest growing US Lacrosse chapter in the country. As the game of lacrosse continues to grow here in Montana we need to recruit and train new officials.

Please help us meet our 2017 needs and goals.

The goal is to recruit and train 40 new boys officials and 15 new girls officials.

Therefore, the MLA is asking each program to recruit one new boys official for every 20 boys players in their programs. Likewise, the MLA is asking each program to recruit one new girls official for every 20 girls players in their program.

Click the link below to read the MLA Officials Call to Action

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/17316/79123.pdf


by posted 11/27/2016
2017 MLA State Tournaments Announced

MONTANA STATE TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

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
Missoula MT
 
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.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/17316/78967.pdf


by posted 11/15/2016
MLA U9 and U11 Small-Sided Competition Rules

MLA U9 & U11 SMALL-SIDED COMPETITION RULES

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:

http://files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/17316/78808.pdf

Please click the link below to download the U11 Small-Sided Competition Rules:

http://files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/17316/78809.pdf

Please click the link below to download an overview of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM):

http://files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/17316/77763.pdf
 


by posted 11/07/2016
UPDATED: Girls Officials Training Classes

UPDATED: Montana Girls Officials Training

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:
 
  1. Attend both days of the classroom and field sessions ($20)
  2. Become a USL member
  3. Take the online class (about 3 hours)
  4. 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 Non-Certified Official
  Two officials
(Rate perOfficial)
One official Two officials
(Rate perOfficial)
One official
U15/U13
U11/U9
$40.00
$20.00
$60.00
$30.00
$30.00
$15.00
$40.00
$20.00
Varsity and JV $70.00  $90.00  N/A  N/A

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.
 
Thank you,
Erika Burke
Montana HS/Youth Girls Director

(406) 544-8033


by posted 10/06/2016
Lacrosse Athlete Development Model

US LACROSSE ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MODEL

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 HERE to download a more detailed overview of the LADM.

The MLA will be releasing more specifics in the coming weeks and months.


by posted 09/14/2016
Boys & Girls Uniform Requirements

IMPORTANT: Boys & Girls Uniform Requirements

Please take a moment to review the uniform requirements documents by clicking the link below.

In summary, the most important requirements include:

  • Jerseys must be a single, solid color (no background graphics or sublimation)
     
  • Teams must have a light colored jersey and a dark colored jersey. Reversible jerseys are allowable. (The light colored jersey must be distinctly light. A team’s two colors must significantly contrast from one another. Green and black, blue and black, or red and black are examples of colors that typically do not contrast enough from one another).
     
  • Numbers must meet the size specifications, be solid (no outlines only) and be a highly contrasting color from the jersey color.

Please forward this link/news article to any involved in designing and procuring your team's/program's uniforms.

CLICK HERE to download the Uniform Requirements


by posted 09/11/2016