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Overview 

The Memphis Lacrosse Youth League (MLYL) (the "League") is the governing and membership association for boys' lacrosse (MLYL Member School Programs) at the youth level in Memphis, Tennessee. The youth level is defined as grades three through eight. 

MLYL Guiding Principles 

  • Creating a structured environment in which student athletes, coaches, administrators and parents benefit from membership in an organization that facilitates the growth and rewards of playing lacrosse.
  • Promoting and protecting the health of participating student athletes by establishing uniform rules of play and cultivating the ideals of good sportsmanship, loyalty and fair play.
  • Working in harmony with the interscholastic governing bodies of TSLA Member School Programs, and other concerned Tennessee constituencies. 
  • Establishing and maintaining a process for continuous improvement of the League, by working with MLYL Member School Programs, and other concerned Tennessee constituencies. 
  • Building school based boy's lacrosse teams in Memphis, Tennessee (all players on a team attend the same source school, and ideally lacrosse is recognized as a school sport by the athletic director, and if a public school recognized as a school sport by the independent school district.) 

 

General League Rules

MLYL Member Teams - 

The MLYL shall be comprised of Member School or Lower School Club Programs made up of one or more Member Teams. Member Programs shall include those organizations paying annual League dues to Memphis Lacrosse. All such Member School Programs in good standing (having paid League dues for the current MLYL season), will be entitled to vote at any Member School Program meeting. Member Teams consist of 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade teams.

New Member Teams 

New Member Team applications shall be made through the Commissioner. The application shall consist of a letter to the Commissioner that details the new Member Team's startup plan and intentions. Only Member School Programs in the Division for which MLYL new member application is being submitted will vote to approve or deny the new member application. Teams must be prepared to be in compliance with MLYL rules immediately upon being voted into the League. 

Divisions 

The League shall be divided into Divisions governed by all General Rules outlined herein. 

Divisions are defined by scholastic grade, currently two grades per Division. As a scholastic league and as the League grows Divisions will be defined by grade. 

Division Structure 

Senior Division: Member School Teams with only 7th and 8th grade participants. 

Junior Division: Member School Teams with only 5th and 6th grade participants. 

Lightning Division: Member School Teams with only 3rd and 4th grade participants. 

Rule Making 

The General Rules of the League shall define the structure of the League, shall define and govern League play, shall define and govern League preseason and postseason events, and shall define and govern any and all directly related activities of the League. 

The General Rules related to League play, League preseason and postseason events, and any and all directly related activities of the League may be revised or amended at any meeting of the Member School Programs in accordance with a 51 % majority vote of all of the active, annual fee paying MLYL Member School Programs. Each Member School Program gets a single vote on each voting matter. 

The General Rules related to League structure and directly related rules may be revised or amended at any meeting of the Member School Programs with a 67% super majority of all active, annual fee paying MLYL Member School Programs. Each Member School Program gets a single vote on each voting matter. 

Dues and Information 

Each Member Team must submit annual dues payments to the League. The dues amount and penalties timetable shall be established at the Annual Meeting of the Member School Programs. 

2021 Dues: $50/Program 

Required Information: Member Teams are required to provide final valid team rosters, Team contacts, and Team schedules in accordance with the timetable established at the Annual Meeting. Team rosters will include student name, grade, school attending, birth date, and US Lacrosse number. 

Member Teams will maintain and update their MLYL web site team pages with schedules and scores. Each Member Team will provide a contact to act as the team/program website administrator. The MLYL utilizes the US Lacrosse sanctioned LeagueAthletics.com.

Eligibility  

Students enrolled in grades 3 through 8 are eligible to play on a MLYL Member School Team. 

MLYL eligibility rules support the MLYL Member School Program driven philosophy of schoolbased lacrosse. The Team a student plays for is determined based on MLYL priority order - school, intended HS (feeder program), "at-large" Team requirements, attendance zone, independent school district, and then closest independent school district/Team. 

A student who attends a public or private school with a MLYL Member School Program must play for that program. 

The "at-large" Team(s) designation and qualifications will be determined at the annual meeting. 

Eighth grade players may participate in both MLYL and TSLA JV events in accordance with TSLA guidelines. MLYL players may only participate for one team in a Division. Players may "play up" a division but never "down". Second grade players may participate in Lightning Division with the written consent of a parent. 

The use of a non-eligible player will result in the forfeiture of all games in which the ineligible player participates.  

Coaches 

All Member Teams must have a designated head coach. All Member Team Coaches are required to be active members of US Lacrosse, and comply with the US Lacrosse and The MLYL Code of Conduct. All Member Team Coordinators and/or Coaches are to ensure game scores are updated on the MLYL website within 48 hours of the end of the game

Improper Behavior 

Abusive, profane or violent behavior or language by coaches, players, or fans at any League function may result in such Team member, coach, player or fan being suspended or expelled. Players who are ejected from a game due to unsportsmanlike conduct will serve a one game suspension. The game served will be the next scheduled MLYL game on the MLYL website at the time of the ejection. 

Referees 

During the MLYL season, all games shall be officiated as assigned through the established league scheduling process of ArbiterSports.com. Payment of officials shall be the responsibility of the Home team or as determined by the coaches.                                                                

Rainout Procedures - Game Day cancellations should be made at a minimum of two hours prior to game time by a phone call to the assigned referees and Damon Boyce. If games are cancelled after teams and referees have arrived at the field, the officials will be paid "show" pay as determined by the Officials fees below. 

2021 Referee assignments and fees: 

Senior Division: (10 min stop or 12 min running) Two Referees at $70/per man per game; for single officiated games: $105 per game

Junior Division: (12 min running) Two Referees at $60/per man per game; for single officiated games: $90 per game

Lightning Division: No assigned officials as coaches will officiate on field

 

The Officials are to be paid prior to the game starting. The home team will pay the Referee and the visiting team will pay the Umpire per game as listed on Arbiter with the exception to those programs affiliated with a school that mails checks.

Rules of Play 

Games will be played in accordance with US Lacrosse Boys rules in accordance with the following:

Senior Division: U14 Rules 

Junior Division: U14 Rules 

Lightning Division: U12 Rules 

Waivers to these rules will be approved at the MLYL Annual Meeting of Member Teams and as described below. 

Equipment 

Equipment will conform to NFHS crosse dimensions and equipment requirements, including NOCSAE - approved helmets, with the following modifications: 

1.      The length of the crosse may be 37 to 42 inches for all players in Lightning Division. 

2.      The length of the short crosse may be 40 to 42 inches for offensive players in Senior and Junior Divisions. 

3.      Defensive players in the Senior Division may use a stick with a length of 52 to 72 inches.

4.      Defensive players in the Junior Division may use a stick with a length of 40 to 72 inches. 

Game Administration 

No home team or facility will be allowed to charge admission for MLYL games. If a team’s athletic director or the facility manager does not agree to waive admission fees for spectators, that facility and its team will not be allowed to host games. 

Spectators and fans will be placed on the opposite side of the field from the table and bench areas. If the field is laid out in a manner that does not allow spectators and fans to be located on the far side of the field, the referee can waive this requirement. When stands or seating facilities are not provided on the opposite side of the field, spectators, fans, and parents will observe the 6-yard spectator limit line on the far side of the field. 

Uniforms 

Team uniforms shall include either jerseys or pinnies and should have numbers on the front and back of sufficient size to be clearly visible by game officials anywhere on the field and opposing team’s jerseys/pinnies should have contrasting dominate colors.

Responsibilities of Home Team 

1.      Home teams are responsible for contrasting jersey colors and will wear pennies if needed. 

2.      Spectators are restricted from the bench area and from standing on the end lines. 

3.      It is up to the home team to supply clocks, horns, penalty clocks, goals, etc. 

Time Factors and Scoring 

1.      Senior Division: Four quarters, 10 minute stop or 12 minute running clock and ALL penalties are stop time.  

2.      Junior Division: Four quarters, 12 minute running clock and ALL penalties are stop time.  

3.      Overtime: In the event of a tie, two (2) four (4) minute (sudden victory) overtime periods will be played. If, after two (2) overtime periods the score is tied, additional sudden victory overtime periods may be played until a winner is determined; provided time permits and coaches and officials are in agreement. 

4.      Timeouts: Two (2) timeouts are permitted per half & One (1) timeout per overtime period (clock stopped) 

5.      The halftime is five minutes (unless otherwise agreed to by coaches). 

6.      The last two minutes of the game shall be stop-time in all Divisions.

Play of the Game 

The game is to be played with emphasis on the proper development of stick, team, and sportsmanship skills. All divisions will follow age appropriate rules with the following exception: 

Facing Off 

In any game, at any point during a game when there is a six-point lead, the team that is behind will be given the ball at the midfield line if they do not gain possession from the face-off as long as the six-point lead is maintained, unless waived by the coach of the trailing team. 

Advancing the Ball  

Senior and Junior Divisions will be in accordance with 2017 rules. No counts for Lightning Division. Only Senior and Junior Divisions will utilize the four second goalie count.

If a loose ball is not moving, the referee may re-start play following the alternate possession rule. 

Zone Defenses  

Zone defenses are not permitted in Junior and Lightning Divisions during non-man down situations. The official will issue one warning to the Head Coach and then assess technical fouls for subsequent violations. 

 

Personal and Expulsion Fouls

Slashing 

Personal Foul/Slashing - For Lightning Division: Any check making contact with an opponent (other than the gloved hand while holding the stick) will be considered a slash. 

Unsportsmanlike Conduct 

Personal fouls are to be taken seriously. In addition to the US Lacrosse rules, any player or coach who uses derogatory or profane language (starting with "damn") on the field or bench, whether addressing a player, coach or referee may receive: first offense, 1 to 3-minute non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty; second offense a 3- minute non-releasable expulsion foul. 

Ejection Fouls 

Players illegally playing down to any division will be ejected for the season and the team will be eliminated from any playoffs and ineligible for any titles or awards. 

Time Serving Penalties

Time serving penalties are enforced and man up situations are permitted in Senior and Junior Divisions; when running time is utilized, the penalty time must be kept separately using stop time procedures. 

Scheduling 

The Memphis Lacrosse website is http://www.leagueathletics.com/?org=memphislacrosse. Teams are required to use the Memphis Lacrosse website to post-game schedules and scores. All teams are strongly encouraged to assign a website administrator to keep the site up to date. This is to ensure adequate coverage of games by referees. Game results posted on the Memphis Lacrosse site will determine any seeding for end of season tournaments. All play, including rainouts, must be completed by April 27th.

All teams must play 1 league game against each team in their respective division. If a program is running multiple teams (such as 7th, 8th or A, B) the program must make it clear which team is eligible for league play (the other team's games will not count toward number of games played).

In the Senior Division: if two division games are played, the division counter will be based on a combined score for both games unless the coaches decide otherwise prior to the first game. 

Programs and Roster Restrictions 

Senior Division: 7th/8th Grade  

  1. MUS: only students who attend MUS or who will attend MUS (and do not attend a school that has a Senior Division lacrosse program)
  2. Houston: only students who attend Houston Middle School or Germantown Middle School or are designated (by Shelby County) to attend Houston or Germantown High School.
  3. St. George's School: only students who attend St. George's School.
  4. Brothers: all students who attend St. Louis, Holy Rosary, St. Dominic's or who will attend CBHS (and do not attend a school that has a Senior Division lacrosse program).
  5. Collierville: only students who attend a school within the Collierville school district (destined for Collierville High School).
  6. Lausanne: all students who attend Lausanne or whose schools do not operate a lacrosse program.
  7. Briarcrest: only students who attend Briarcrest.
  8. ECS: all students who attend ECS or whose schools do not operate a lacrosse program.
  9. Arlington: only students who attend Arlington MS (destined for Arlington HS).
  10. Bartlett: only students who attend a school within the Bartlett school district (Appling, Bon Lin, and Elmore Park middle schools destined for Bartlett High School).

 

Junior Division/Lightning Division: 5th/6th Grade and 3rd/4th Grade 

  1. Buzzards: Students who are attending PDS or who will attend MUS (and do not attend a school that has a Junior Division/Lightning Division lacrosse program).
  2. Houston: only students who attend Houston Middle School or Germantown Middle School or are designated (by Shelby County) to attend Houston or Germantown High School.
  3. St. George's: only students who attend St. George's School.
  4. Brothers: all students who attend St. Louis, Holy Rosary, St. Dominic's or who will attend CBHS (and do not attend a school that has a Junior Division lacrosse program).
  5. Collierville: only students who attend a school within the Collierville school district (destined for Collierville High School).
  6. Lausanne: all students who attend Lausanne or whose schools do not operate a lacrosse program.
  7. Briarcrest: only students who attend Briarcrest.
  8. ECS: all students who attend ECS or whose schools do not operate a lacrosse program.
  9. Arlington: only students who attend Arlington MS (destined for Arlington HS).
  10. Bartlett: only students who attend a school within the Bartlett school district (Appling, Bon Lin, and Elmore Park middle schools destined for Bartlett High School).

Any player coming from a school or geography not described or covered above is expected to play with the at-large team as determined by the commissioner. However, a player may seek permission to play with another program (procedure set forth under exceptions below). In which case, consideration should be given to proximity or some other appropriate need and the capacity of program to accommodate such player and the needs of the at-large team.

D1 Championship  

The Memphis Lacrosse Youth League Championships will be in Senior Division only with the top four teams as determined by the standings on the Memphis Lacrosse website as of May 2nd.  

If a program is running multiple teams (such as 7th, 8th or A, B) the program must make it clear which team is eligible for league play (the other team's games will not count against and in the league standings). 

Tie-breaking criteria 

In the event of a tie for a seed, the tie-breaking criteria are as follows: 

1.     Head-to-head competition between the teams that tie for the same seed. 

2.     Common opponents. 

3.     Goal differential (goals scored versus goals against) against league opponents with a 10 goal maximum for each game applied to the total goals scored and scored against.

2021 Championship Schedule

Semifinals – May 4th, 5th, or 6th (Locations determined by the higher seeds) 

Finals – May 8th (Location determined by highest seed)