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Youth Lacrosse Minnesota Heat Guidelines

Summer lacrosse brings the requirement to be aware of the impact the weather indicator Heat Index has on the safety of our players. The Heat Index is a combination of temperature and humidity. The YLM endorses the guidelines below for determining what should be done when the Heat Index reaches certain levels. This document is also available on the YLM website, www.youthlaxmn.com.

The NOAA website (www.weather.gov) will provide the current Heat Index by city or zip code. This will not provide the exact Heat Index at your site and factors like the type of field (grass or artificial turf) can significantly impact player safety in high Heat Index conditions.

Coaches, officials, and administrators are encouraged to err on the side of caution. All those involved in administering the game including coaches from both teams, officials and site administrators should discuss precautions before the game and, if needed, again at halftime. When mandatory water breaks are needed, the timer should be directed to stop play and sound the horn approximately halfway through each quarter. Teams must be prepared in for high Heat Index conditions and bring coolers filled with water and towels and/or watermelon and oranges as well as ample water. Having an adequate supply of water for all players is an absolute requirement in order to play in high Heat Index conditions. In addition, players and their parents should be reminded that players need to consume addition water throughout the day before and after the game. If sufficient water is not available, the game should not be played.
 

Heat Index

Clock Impact

Precaution

Up to 89°

No game changes recommended.

Observe players for signs of heat reactions. Coaches should substitute more frequently and observe players on the sideline. Players should be encouraged to remove helmets and drink extra water.

90° - 99°

Mandatory one-minute water breaks per quarter. Each quarter should be shortened by one minute. Game clock and any penalty clocks should be stopped during water breaks. Officials should remind teams there should be no coaching during water breaks.

Players should remove helmets during water breaks. In addition players should pour water on their heads and/or apply cold, wet towels to their necks in addition to drinking plenty of water.

100° - 105°

Mandatory two-minute water breaks per quarter. Each quarter should be shortened by two minutes. Game clock and any penalty clocks should be stopped during water breaks. Officials should remind teams there should be no coaching during water breaks.

Players should remove helmets during water breaks. In addition players should pour water on their heads and/or apply cold, wet towels to their necks in addition to drinking plenty of water. In addition, players and their parents should be reminded that players need to consume addition water after the game.

105°+

Suspend play, notify YLM

 

 

While each association is responsible for ensuring that a game can be played safely. If the weather forecast indicates the potential for very high Heat Indices, the YLM Executive Committee may call for the cancellation of all scheduled games and practices. Such decisions will be communicated through the YLM website.

6U/8U/10U JAMBOREE Registration

Closes today 30-JUNE-2022.
Very Limited Spots Remain

One 10U slot at New Prague on Sat PM
Up to four  8U or 2-4 10U slots at Stillwater Sat PM

The Registration "YLM Home" is not currently available.


2022 Coach & Team Manager Registration


2022 Fees

Association Membership Fee: 
$500 per association.  Covers YLM overhead and administrative costs, including website, webmaster, scheduling.  A $300 year-end refund will be available to each association that timely fulfills its responsibility to post team coaches' contact information on all teams' YLM team pages; register and train coaches as required by YLM; and post team rosters to YLM team pages by published deadlines. Associations must request their refunds after the season and certify compliance. YLM reserves the right to verify compliance. 
 

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TEAM FEES:

Pre-Season Jamborees: $225 per team for all age segments. Covers up to two potential weekends of pre-season scrimmages (a total of four possible scrimmages); officials' pay; and assigning fees. 

6U team fees:  $0 again for 2022. Provides six games with out officials, as well as year-end jamboree .

8U team fees:  $550 per team. Includes six games with one to two officials per game (including assigning fees and RefPay fees), as well as year-end jamboree .

10U team fees:  $750 per team. Includes eight games with one to two officials per game (including assigning fees and RefPay fees), as well as year-end jamboree .

12U team fees:  $900 per team for both A-level and B-level teams. Includes ten games with two officials per game (including assigning fees and RefPay fees) and district playoff/state tournament games.

14U team fees:  $900 per team for both A-level and B-level teams. includes ten games with two officials per game (including assigning fees and RefPay fees) and district playoff/state tournament games.

2022 KEY DATES

Dec 1, 2021 - Association and Leader Registration opens.
2022 association dues: $500.  YLM recommends that associations create generic email addresses (e.g., LacrosseAssociationName@gmail.com)  and a SportsEngine account under that email for this registration,  That will allow the association to have YLM emails forwarded to several leaders' personal email addresses. 

Jan. 31, 2022 - Association and Leader Registration closes

Feb, 1, 2022- Team & Field Registrations open

Apr. 22, 2022 - Field Registration closes

Apr. 30, 2022 - Team Registration closes

  • YLM voted in 2018 not to permit late team registrations, as it disrupts the scheduling process. 

May 1, 2022 - Coach and Team Manager Registration opens

May 16, 2022 - Draft schedule to associations for review. This version of the schedule is intended for comment and reconciliation only and remains subject to significant change based on association feedback.

May 18, 2022 - Comments on draft schedule due from associations. 

May 23, 2022 - YLM Summer schedule released.  Any subsequent changes due to field availability and inclement weather only  

May 24, 2022 - End of Season Jamboree Registration opens

June 1, 2022 - Coach  registration due.  Associations must certify that all coaches are:

  • USA Lacrosse members (USA Lacrosse coach membership includes free background check)
  • Have completed required coach education as approved at 2020 YLM AGM
  • Have current MSHSL concussion training
  • Are Safe Sport certified.

June 6, 2022 - League play begins. Coaches and team managers should double-check the schedule on their YLM team page frequently and verify that they understand how to access "assigned officials" information on YLM website.

June 6, 2022 - Team Page info due.  Each team shall have at least one coach, manager, or other contact's email address and telephone number posted on their YLM team page so that opponents can contact them in case of inclement weather, field closure, etc.

June 30, 2022 - End of Season Jamboree Registration Closes

July 1, 2022 - Team rosters due on YLM Team Pages. Team rosters must be locked in and published on each team's YLM team page; this is the team manager, coach, or association's responsibility. Final rosters must include players’ names, jersey numbers,  and US Lacrosse member numbers. You must have birthday information available upon YLM request. 

July 4-6, 2022 Independence day Blackout period - no YLM games scheduled

July 7, 2022 - Makeup day - for games canceled due to weather in the first half of the season

July 23-24, 2022
6U/8U/10U End of Season Jamboree Weekend

July 21, 2022 10:00 PM - All scores must be reported to be included in seeding.

July 24, 2022 - Release of  YLM Tournament schedule

 

July 30-31, 2022
YLM Championship  Weekend.

 


2021 6U Rules

Click on the link below to be routed to our documents page where you will find the "YLM 6U Rules 2021" & "6U Rules 2021 Summary" documents.


YLM statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

YLM continues to actively monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  As of March 16, 2020, YLM has no in-person events planned until the start of the regular season (June 1, 2020), at the earliest. Member associations, however, may be considering whether to hold spring clinics or tryouts in the near future. YLM encourages its member associations to defer to guidance handed down by public officials, including the  Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with respect to the cancellation of nonessential public gatherings. 

MDH website:                     https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

CDC website
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Guidelines from the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
     

As it relates specifically to lacrosse, additional recommended preventative measures include:

  • Avoid handshakes in postgame handshake lines.
  • Use good hygiene practices with water bottles.
  • Clean and sanitize lacrosse equipment.

Lacrosse Officials Needed

Please see message below from UMLOA Men's Game State Coordinator, Jon Day.

We are always looking to increase our ranks for officials.  We have a good training program and many of us (me included) have never played in a single game!  I am hoping that you can help get the word out to your programs.

We find many good officials who really like the game and want to stay involved in some way either while they are playing, coaching or just watching.

Youth Officials need to be at least 14 years old.  High school players can officiate as well and many do even during the season.   We get many kids coming back from college who pick up games as soon as they get back.  We have even had a few officials do games in KS and WI who are in college.

Here is some info that we have posted and if anyone has questions, they can always give me a call.

Here is where they can get info on officiating -  http://www.umloa.org/join

Thanks,

Jon Day

Men's Game, Minnesota State Coordinator

USA Lacrosse, Officials Development Program


2022 Age Segmentation

Birth Dates Division Grade Field Players Goalie Off-Sides Pass Rule EMT
9/1/2007* - 8/31/2009 14U 7th-8th Full 10 v 10 yes yes none yes
9/1/2009 - 8/31/2011 12U 5th-6th Full 10 v 10 yes yes none yes
9/1/2011 - 8/31/2013 10U 3rd-4th Modified (small) 7 v 7 yes yes 1 attempt after faceoff no
9/1/2013 - 8/31/2015 8U 1st-2nd Modified (small) 5 v 5 no no 1 attempt after goal restart no

*6/1 cut-off date applies to players who have not yet entered 9th grade. Players who have begun high school cannot play on a YLM 14U team regardless of their age.

YLM Mission:

The mission of the YLM is to foster, promote, and perpetuate the game of lacrosse for Minnesota’s youth.

YLM Town Halls

Our periodic "Town Hall" events offer associations an opportunity to learn more about upcoming YLM league and organizational events, provide input about league operations, and meet other association and YLM leaders. 

If your association would like to host an in-person YLM Town Hall, please contact YLM at youthlaxmn@gmail.com

 

Next YLM Town Hall

 

Tentative Upcoming Town Hall Topics:

Virtual Town Hall March 2022
Website-Focused Town Hall May 2022
Schedule-focused Town Hall May 2022
Training-focused Town Hall June 2022

PAST TOWN HALLS

Virtual Town Hall. 
December 1, 2021., 7:30-9:00 PM

Website-Focused Town Hall
Wed Dec 15th, 6:30-8:30PM
All about page requirements and calendaring.  
Hosted by Chris Larson & Colin Winkler
Recording here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/PCrXFcUbQsl22EWGG3pQKDPLMuh02Nnkb5_UWXjrMyFJUXQlBlPB70--r3vHEdIS.qwTdd4DShOhb-t1A Passcode: *!8t=JtE

 

6U-focused Town Hall
January 19th, 2022,  7:00-8:00 PM
Discuss team formation, equipment requirements, scheduling.  Hosted by Mandy Zabel & USA Lacrosse

Schedule-focused Town Hall
January 25th 2021, 6:30-8:30 PM
Learn about the process to build and alter the summer schedule.  Hosted by Matt Myers, Matt Dempsey and Chris Larson.

Training-focused Town Hall
March 7th, 2022, 7-8:30 PM
Topic: YLM requirements for team coaches.  
Hosted by Steve Tessman

 

Shoulder pad and Chest Protector Standards

  • Effective January 1, 2022, shoulder pads for boys’ field players must be designed for lacrosse and meet NOCSAE standard ND200. Products are now available.
  • Effective January 1, 2021, boys' and girls' goalie chest protectors must be designed for lacrosse and meet the NOCSAE standard, ND200.
  • All chest protectors and shoulder pads must contain the NOCSAE logo and SEI certification mark on both the packaging and the product to be legal for play.

IMPORTANT:  At this time, the implementation date requiring that shoulder pads designed for lacrosse and meeting NOCSAE standard ND200 remains as January 1, 2022. USA Lacrosse is aware of concerns raised by some that there will not be enough products for the start of the 2022 season. USA Lacrosse has spoken with multiple manufacturers and retailers, and they do not expect any shortages or delays that will affect the start of next season. If there are any changes or new developments, USA Lacrosse will keep our members updated with the latest information. (posted Sept 15, 2021)

 

Rules Changes

USL published the 2020 Boys' Youth Rulebook on October 31, 2019.  For the 2021 season, both USL and NFHS have stated that no changes will be made to the 2020 rules. Minnesota Youth Lacrosse Rules will likely follow suit, subject to discussion at the 2020 YLM Annual General Meeting.  

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