Amendment of rule 10.0 of Supplemental Rules and Regs to be effective September 21, 2015.
Rule 10.0 Coaches
10.1 High School Coaching Contacts With Players In Off-Season
10.1.1 Contacts. During the off-season (Monday of Week 50 to Sunday of Week 35), the coaching staff of a team is allowed to have coaching contact with its team one day per week. Any contact by any member of the coaching staff with any player counts as such a contact. Allowed contacts may not be “banked” to be used on consecutive days in a week. Allowed contacts may not be used for team tryouts. An additional 8 contact days will be allowed which do not need to be consecutive, but must be used by December 31st.
10.1.2 Captain Practices. A member of a team’s coaching staff may be present during off-season practices led by team captains, provided that:
10.1.2.1 The presence is required for safety and liability purposes; and
10.1.2.2 The coaching staff member does not participate in any way in the conduct of the practice.
This email is in regards to Bantam level penalty administration. However, there are several teams that do not have contact information on Madlax, and this is the only way I can get this out, so please forward to the Bantam people. Thank you.
There have been questions regarding the Bantam level penalties, how they are enforced, etc.
When a player commits a time serving penalty, he is asked to leave the field of play. The coach replaces that player with another, so the teams will never play man-down. The player that committed the penalty stays in the players area while a coach or assistant coach explains to him why he got that penalty.
Since this level of play is all about teaching the game and skills, and not about winning, I wouldn't expect to see that player for a few minutes. The only penalty for that player coming off, not getting any explanation before coming back on, is that he is not learning the game as he should.
All Youth Coaches, please adhere to this and all the teachings of the PCA, for the betterment of the game at the upper levels and in the future. You are building the foundation of honor and respect in Wisconsin Lacrosse.
The following ruling was requested to be intrpreted by the WLF board for the current season.
For 2010, three topics will be discussed with each head coach during pre-game certification.
Equipment certification. It is strongly recommended to return to the full certification text as presented by US Lacrosse.
Officials: if you need this information, it is available on the US Lacrosse website, through the WILOA, or through your local coordinator. Please use one of these resources to get the full text.
Coach's certification question.
"How many goalies do you have listed in the book?"
The purpose of this last question is due to the clarification in the 2010 NFHS Rules Book that each team must always have a properly equipped goalie on the field. The concern is, if a goalie receives a penalty, does the team have a true replacement? For safety reasons, a player who has never played the position, or for whom the equipment does not properly fit should not be used.
The WLF ruling: "In the boys game in the state of WI, regarding when a goalie commits a time-serving penalty, if there is a second identified goalie on the team and with his own equipment, the violating goalie shall serve the penalty minutes, if there is not, the goalie's penalty will be served by the in-home. The second identified goalie must be listed in the score book and must have properly fitting attire."
For purposes of penalty enforcement, if there is a second goalie listed, the goalie that committed the foul must serve the penalty, and the second goalie is inserted into the game. If there is not a second goalie listed in the book, then the in-home player must serve the penalty.
Further interpretation to this ruling, if no second goalie is listed, and the starting goalie is ejected, injured or for some other reason is unable to complete the game, that team must forfeit by rule.
As you prepare for your first games of the season you will be relying on parent volunteers to man the clock and sidelines timer positions. Linked below is the US Lacrosse Game Timer Guidelines, use this as a reference to instruct and guide your volunteers.
Rules specific to MALA games are below:
There are differences for the Timers of Youth games, as listed below.
Senior/Junior games are 4-10 minute, stopped time quarters
Bantam Level is 4-12 minute, running time quarters
Bantam level does not serve penalties. The player is to come off the field, and is replaced by another player. No time-limit is set for the return, but this is a golden opportunity for teaching an individual player
There is no overtime at any youth or JV level.
The "mercy rule" for youth is, the trailing team receives the ball at the center "X" after a goal is scored and the difference is 4 or more. The coach for the trailing team does have the option to face-off if he chooses. The coach must approach the official for this option.
Severe weather is common in Wisconsin during the spring months. Though rain and snow do not impede on the playing of a game, certain severe conditions do exist that can cause the game to be stopped. All coaches should familiarize themselves with the US Lacrosse Lightning policy linked below, the club requires that your conduct follow this policy in the event of lightning occuring during practice or games.
During the 2009 season a 5/6 player fell during play on the far side of the field from the bench. The play looked innocent and the player got up and returned to play. Having sustained a concussion during the play, the signs need to be recognized by coaches to prevent further injury to the player. The linked document below is from the CDC and is designed to give coaches the ability to recognize the signs of concussion and simple action plans if the injury occurs to a player. This is a must for the coaches clipboard, make sure you review the material and have it with you so you can recognize when this happens.
Please be aware of the 2010 MALA Youth ref payment policy below. This was adopted to address inequities in field conflicts that result in some teams having more home games than others.
NOTE*: this policy applies to all league games and may not apply to scrimages. Your team reps need to confirm ref payment arrangements when visiting another club, it is the VLC policy to pay the refs for home games in which we invite a team, particularly those visiting from Milwaukee.
"Referee/Umpire Payment: Teams will split all officiating payments and the home team will be responsible to ensure referee/umpires are paid prior to games or as soon as is practicable. The home team will collect half the fee from the visiting team; both teams effectively pay half the officiating fees for any given game(s). Teams should pay by check or cash. If the visiting team is unable to pay for whatever reason, that team will reimburse the home team as soon as is practicable."
The following are a summary of selected modifications to the NFHS rules governing play, adopted by US Lacrosse for 2009 entitled "Boys Rules".
Rule 3 — Time Factors
NFHS Rule 3 - Sections 1, 3 and 4 – Time Factors and Overtime
Length of Game
RULE 3 SECTION 1.
a. Senior and Junior Division — Four 10-minute stop-time quarters. In the event of a tie, two 4-minute sudden-victory overtime periods will be played. If after two overtime periods the score is still tied, additional sudden-victory overtime periods may be played until a winner is determined (provided time permits and coaches and officials are in agreement).
b. Lightning and Bantam Divisions — Four 12-minute running-time quarters. In the event of a tie, one 15-minute running-time overtime period will be played, with the team in the lead at the end of the overtime declared the winner. This is not a sudden victory period. If the score is still tied at the end of the overtime period, the game will end as a tie.
NFHS Rule 5, Section 3.1 — Body checking within 5 yards of a loose ball Body Checking
RULE 5 SECTION 3
Body checking is permitted in Senior and Junior Divisions; however, no take-out checks are permitted by any player. A take out check is defined as any check in which the player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to put the other player on the ground. Players in the Junior and Senior divisions may make contact in an upright position within five yards of the ball. No body checking of any kind (including man/ball “clear the body” type pushing) is permitted in the Lightning and Bantam Division. If a loose ball is not moving, the referee may re-start play following the alternate possession rule.
NFHS Rule Offensive Stalling
RULE 3 SECTION 10
Offensive stalling shall be enforced for the Junior and Senior Divisions; however this rule will be waived for Lightning and Bantam Divisions.
NFHS Rule 3, Section 3 - Final two minutes of regulation play
NFHS Rule 6, Section 10 - Offensive stalling
Senior and Junior Divisions: the team with the lead must keep the ball in the goal area during the last two minutes of the game. Lightning and Bantam Divisions are excused from this rule.
NFHS Rule 4, Section 28 — Team Timeouts Time Out
RULE 4 SECTION 28
Timeouts — two (2) timeouts are permitted per half. The number and length of team timeouts will be agreed upon before the game starts by the coaches and officials, particularly in running-time game situations, and will not exceed 2 minutes.
Two referee games: $65 for each referee of Varsity games, $55 for each referee of JV games; $45 for each referee of youth games.
One referee games: the rate of pay should be one and one-half times as much as the 2 referee games, which amount to: $97.50, $82.50 or $67.50 for a single ref who officiates a Varsity, JV or youth game alone (respectively). All Bantam level games will be scheduled for and officiated by a single referee.
MALA policy on the referee payment process is as follows: Each MALA team is responsible for paying one-half of the referee fees for the game. The home team coach or his/her representative will pay the referees (either cash, check or school voucher) before the start of the game, and the visiting team will reimburse the home team. (OPTION: If agreed upon, each club may pay one referee for "two referee games".)
Scenarios:While not complete, the following list helps identify the most common situations, and how they should be handled.
One ref is present to start the game, second ref shows up later
First ref gets paid 1 ref fee before the game. If no other ref shows up, first ref gets paid other 50%. Ref showing up late gets docked 25% per quarter missed.
Two refs start the game, one has to leave early.
Leaving ref pays back portion before leaving, if paid beforehand. If ref gets injured, they still get paid full.
One coach doesn’t have the money
Home team is responsible to pay. Any agreement between coaches is between them, but refs get paid at the field.
Rainout after the first game, before a second game
Refs paid for first game.
Incomplete game due to rain (first game if back-to-back).
If game doesn’t start, ref paid half fee. If game starts, ref gets paid in full.
Game doesn’t start due to weather (no games start)
Refs get paid half.
One team doesn’t show
Refs get paid half. The coach who is present should pay the refs, and arrange with the head coach later for reimbursement.
Both teams don’t show
Refs get paid full. Home team head coach should contact both refs, but if not, both refs should contact head coach to arrange payment.
The following is published by US Lacrosse and is a great reminder for parents of their role in the game. Feel free to share this with parents in your team meetings.
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.