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  MBYLL Select Lacrosse Program 

U15 & U13 town-based competitive youth lacrosse program

 

MBYLL Select Lacrosse Program offers MBYLL member towns an additional playing opportunity for their more experienced and committed U15 (7th & 8th grade) and U13 (5th & 6th grade) players to enhance their love for the game and improve their lacrosse skills through competitive games versus the best players from surrounding towns.

 

The MBYLL Select Lacrosse Program is a natural extension and fully integrated with the traditional MBYLL Town Program and is guided by the same mission and goals of the MBYLL as a whole.  The MBYLL Select Lacrosse Program practice & game schedule does not conflict with the MBYLL Town Program weekly practice & Sunday game schedule and is open to ALL interested towns.  Players choosing to play on a MBYLL Select Lacrosse team MUST also play on their town’s traditional MBYLL Town team as well.

 

Keys Points:

  • We established the MBYLL Select Lacrosse Program for the following reasons:
    • Improve the overall program and positive experience for all involved in the MBYLL
    • Enable more experienced middle school youth players to play together on a unified town team
    • Simplify parent/player travel & carpool logistics w/ local practices/games
    • Improve the competitive level of lacrosse, competition & capabilities in all players, teams & towns
    • Stay in sync with, and complementary to, the mission & goals of the traditional MBYLL Town program
    • A natural extension and logical progression of a growing MBYLL
  • and NOT for the following reason….
    • We are NOT doing this for the sometimes mentioned wrong reasons; to be exclusionary, Select to a fault, Elite Team fever, A-B-C rankings, or the better-than-you mentality.


Program Comparison:

 

Program Name:

MBYLL Select Team

MBYLL Town Team

U7 & Intramural Team

 

by grade, age & experience

by grade & age

by grade, age & if new

 

 

 

 

Teams @

U15 (7th/8th) & U13 (5th/6th)

U15, U13, U11, U9

U9 (2nd) & U7 (KG/1st)

Experience

Advanced

Balanced

New to Lacrosse

Game days

Fri. nights or Sat.

Sundays

Sundays

Practice days

Weekdays (1 or more)

Weekdays (1 or more)

Weekdays (1 or more)

Season Start/End

March to June

March to June

April to June

 

 

 

 

 

MBYLL Select Lacrosse games will be held on Friday nights or Saturday.  The MBYLL Select Lacrosse practice & game schedule will not conflict with the MBYLL Town practice or Sunday game schedule. The MBYLL Select Lacrosse program will have Division standings, playoffs, championships and an All-Star game at end of the season.  

 

Team Composition, Player Eligibility & Selection Process:

 

Players choosing to participate in the MBYLL Select Lacrosse program MUST also play in their MBYLL Town program to be eligible for the Select season. This is a league rule and cannot be waived by town programs.  The criteria for choosing players for  MBYLL Select Lacrosse Team may vary from town to town, however as a guideline it is recommended that towns select players based on experience, skill level, desire & commitment.  Some towns may choose to hold tryouts while others towns may work off of coaching input or have players & parents self select.  Players meeting the experience requirement should also have the desire & commitment to play on a competitive town-based team before opting on to a MBYLL Select Lacrosse team.

 

While MBYLL Select Lacrosse teams may not necessarily involve player tryouts, many of the teams participating in the MBYLL Select Lacrosse program will be at a higher level (versus a Classic team) at a particular age group.  

 

MBYLL Select Lacrosse Program, League Structure & Spring Season Details

 

The MBYLL Select Lacrosse program is an extension of the MBYLL and its mission to teach, grow and honor the game of lacrosse throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The league stresses sportsmanship and fair play where every game is played with our ‘Spirit of the Game’ philosophy.  Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules and the basic joy of lacrosse.

 

The MBYLL Select Lacrosse Season overview:

 

  • 7 regular season games
  • 1 tournament game (“win and stay in” tournament)
  • 1 All-Star game per age group
  • Each game will have two EMLOA Referee Officials

 

The MBYLL Select Lacrosse Structure:

 

  • Teams will be Town-based from MBYLL Programs
  • Players MUST play in their MBYLL Town program.  If their town offers a Select team at the appropriate level, a player must play Select where the play Classic.
  • MBYLL Select Committee Region representatives we will work together to finalize & communicate any additional program details and adapt the program where needed.

 

MBYLL Select Lacrosse Game Schedule & Divisions I and II III:

 

  • Games will be played primarily on Friday nights, or Saturdays.  No games on Sunday, so players can participate in their MBYLL Town game.  Rainouts can be re-scheduled, as long as both teams agree on an upcoming date.
  • Game scheduling will be done generally by region.  However, there will be cross regional play.  MBYLL Select Lacrosse teams should be prepared to travel a bit further for games especially during the playoffs  in order to facilitate a competitive game schedule throughout the entire spring season.
  • Town teams will be entered into one of three divisions:
    • Division 1 - Established Programs: mixed grade and/or "upper" single-grade teams. 
    • Division 2 - Developing teams or small programs: plays primarily D2 with some D1 or D3 games. 
    • Division 3 - New programs or "lower" grade based teams: requires waiver

 

MBYLL Select Lacrosse League Fees:

 

  • Team fees for each season will be set prior to registration opening, and will include the  Ref fees (paid by the league). Home team is responsible for game balls and timekeeper.

 

MBYLL Select Lacrosse Tournament:

 

  • The MBYLL Select tournament will be held over the final two weeks of the season.
  • Where practical there will be six (6) playoff brackets. Every team will appear in one of them:
    • U15 D1  Championship Bracket                     U13 D1 Championship Bracket
    • U15 D2 Championship Bracket                      U13 D2 Championship Bracket
    • U15 "Best-of-the-Rest" Bracket                     U13 "Best-of-the-Rest" Bracket
  • The Select Competition Committee will determine seeding for each bracket
    • As part of this process, the SCC will use a formula to determine a power-ranking
    • The formula includes the following factors, listed in order of weighted importance
  1. Your win/loss record
  2. Your opponents' win/loss record
  3. Your opponents' opponents' win/loss record
  4. Cross divisional adjustment (regardless of a victory or defeat)
  • At NO point will Goal-differential, or Goals be considered in setting brackets or seedings

 

MBYLL Select Lacrosse Member Agreement:

 

  • Each town must provide a safe, regulation-sized lacrosse field at no cost to league for all home games.
  • Each player and coach must be registered with MBYLL and in good standing. 
  • All coaches in the MBYLL Select Lacrosse program must be MBYLL-certified. Coaches are expected to wear their certification lanyards around their neck and visible for each game.
  • If a town enters more than one MBYLL Select team at any age level, then those two or more teams must play in different Divisions.
  • Teams must provide a Roster, including coaches and managers, based solely on those registered online with the MBYLL (www.mbyll.org).  Changes to a team’s roster during the season must be updated on the website and communicated to the head coach of the opposing teams prior to any upcoming game.