Our mission is to promote and honor the sport of lacrosse for the purpose of developing a love of the game through positive coaching, community among players, parents, coaches and officials. Our goal in honoring the game is that the game of Lacrosse teach
MBYLL Season Guidelines All Coaches (and parents) should understand and follow the MBYLL philosophy. In short our goal is to teach the game of lacrosse in a non-win at all cost environment. All teams at the same level should be roughly balanced. All players should get equal playing time. Wins and Losses and individual statistics are not recorded or emphasized. The goal is to teach the game of lacrosse, have fun, and be safe.
BEFORE A GAME The Home team should contact the assigned referee to confirm time and location at least 4 days before a game (Thursday for Sunday games).
The Away team should contact the Home team to confirm time and location at least 4 days before a game (Thursday for Sunday games).
Contact information can be found on the MBYLL website.
CANCELLING A GAME Do everything you can not to cancel a game, the kids look forward to playing and rescheduling can be difficult and time consuming. The only real reason for a game cancellation should be weather. Try not to cancel games unless you are barred from playing on the field or you are sure of the weather. All weather cancellations MUST be made at least 2 hours in advance with the other team and with the referee.
GAME DAY There must be at least one MBYLL Certified Coach on the sidelines at all times. Coaches shall wear their certification lanyard visibly. There should be a lined field. There should be cones on the field (end lines, far midfield, Penalty Box). There should be 3-4 end line balls at each end line. There should be someone to keep time and penalties (with a clock).
PRE-GAME The Coaches and referee MUST meet together before each game and review rules and show him your card. Players should meet with referee to go over rules and have an equipment check.
All balls must be NOCSAE approved.
GAME KNOW THE RULES… In addition to knowing the basic rules and penalties of lacrosse make sure you are familiar with the following MBYLL RULES:
•There are 4 – 10 minute stop time quarters. •Overtime is played upon both coaches’ decision to play as one 4 minute sudden victory period.
•U13 and U15 must be within 3 yards (not 5 as in the past) to legally check. •There is No Hitting at U11. •There are NO TAKE OUT CHECKS AT ANY LEVEL! •A Coach from each team should be on the field during the game at U11 but not impeding play. •At U11 once an offensive player crosses the midfield line he must make at least one pass completion before anyone can shoot. The defending team must teach their players to actively play the man coming down on the fast break (no leaving him alone since he must pass). •There can be four "Tiger Poles" (60″ max length sticks) used at U13.
•There are NO long poles of any length allowed at U11. •There can be four full size defensive (72″) sticks used at U15. •Time Serving Penalties are kept at all levels excepy U9 (U11 coaches may discuss alternatives if they agree).
COMPETITIVENESS •If there is a 6 goal lead the team behind is awarded the ball at midfield after each goal until the margin is less than six goals. •If a team acquires a 12 goal lead the coaches and referee MUST meet to discuss adjusted rules of play. It is recommended that after a 6 goal advantage the leading team adjust its play. Good ideas include requiring 3-6 passes before a shot attempt, or having all the players on the leading team play only with their off-hand, or simply making sure that all players move to a position they generally do not play.
SUBSTITUTIONS •U11 and U13 can substitute on end-line and side-line out of bounds. U15 can only substitute on side-line out of bounds. •All levels can substitute during a TIME SERVING ONLY penalty. •All levels can substitute on the fly through Penalty Box (only).
TIMED ADVANCE RULES •U15 & U13 must advance the ball over midfield within 20 seconds after gaining possession in their defensive end. •U15 & U13 must get the ball into their Offensive Restraining Box (with possession) within 10 seconds (or get back into it once leaving it). •At U15 & U13 the leading team must keep the ball in the Offensive Restraining Box once they enter the box within the last 2 minutes of the game.