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Youth Boys Player Safety

Hello Flathead Lacrosse Parents and Fans,

The Montana Lacrosse Association would like to share an important message about dangerous play at the Youth Boys level. We would like you to closely review the message below before attending games this weekend. 

The Flathead Lacrosse Club values excellent sportsmanship above all skill, talent, or ability of their players. We would rather have players that excel in sportsmanship above scoring goals, picking up ground balls, or winning face offs or games. The ability to play as a good sportsman is of utmost importance and is a behavior they learn from coaches, teammates, and supportive parents and fans.


Please, please, please, reinforce good sportsmanship at all times on and off the field. As a fan you need to support the calls of officials, teach your players the importance of playing by the rules, and helping players control of their actions and emotions throughout the game. 

Please talk with your players about the severity of this issue on your way to the games tomorrow morning. We appreciate your support and expect you will always support officials calls to help keep the game safe.

 

Thank you for your reading and following this important message. 

Eric Hanson

 

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CALL TO ACTION: Youth Player Safety Initiative

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE AS IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
 
This season has been marred by numerous reports of rough and dangerous play at the youth boys level. Several serious season-ending injuries have occurred and the trend is unacceptable and must stop.
 
We all have the primary responsibility to ensure the game of youth lacrosse is played and administered by the rules for the safety of the youth players. Administrators, officials, coaches, parents and players need to know the rules, teach the rules, follow the rules, and respect those who enforce the rules.
 
This week Montana Lacrosse Officials Association has instituted several additional educational resources and a new pre-game protocol that emphasizes the urgent necessity to more stringently enforce all of the youth boys contact rules. 
 
The basic youth boys rules that protect player safety are very simple and clear.
They are highlighted below and further detailed in the "USL & MLA Youth Boys Contact Rules" information page linked at the bottom of this message. 
 
Please read the basic rules below and print the linked information pagefor further reference.
 
SUMMARIZED YOUTH BOYS CONTACT RULES
 
U9   Body Checking PROHIBITED
U11 Body Checking PROHIBITED
U13 Very Limited Body Checking Allowed
Body checks must be delivered in an upright position above the waist and below the shoulders from the front.
 
ALL AGE GROUPS

a stick check hitting anything other than the opposing players stick or gloved hand is a slashing foul

any contact to the head of neck is a personal foul

any contact to a defenseless player is a personal foul
 
COACHES AND PARENTS
If game officials hear a coach or parent encouraging dangerous play (such as "hit 'em, Billy or "take him out") they will penalize the team with an unsportsman-like conduct penalty.
If game officials hear a coach or parent disputing a penalty call based on player safety they will penalize the team with an unsportsman-like conduct penalty.
 

The Montana Lacrosse Association expects all of us to be a part of the solution. Thank you for your acute attention to this extremely important matter.

Click the link below for a PDF of the Youth Boys Contact Rules summary

 http://files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/17316/75014.pdf


by posted 04/29/2016
LAST CALL FOR FUNDRAISER HELP

The Project Whitefish Wine and Food Fest is coming up on May 4th at 6pm at Grouse Mountain Lodge.

We have had an excellent response from the U-15 Boys team however we need support from the Youth Girls, High School Girls, and U-9 Co-Ed programs which also use Smith Fields. Please review the following list below of ways you can support the facilities that your players use. This fundraiser brings in half of the operating expenses of Smith Fields. Without this fundraiser the costs of operating the park will increase the player field use fees. 

Here are several ways you can help this fund raiser become a success:

                 (A.) come to the event @ $70.00 a ticket

                       -tickets on sale at O’ Shaughnessy Box Office, Imagination Station, Village Shop or   online @ whitefishtheatreco.tix.com

                 (B.)  Sponsor a table for  $300.00 (table top advertising, no tickets, 100% charitable donation )

                 (C.)  Buy a table for $700.00 includes 10 tickets @ 50% charitable donation

                 (D.)  Give a gift certificate or goods from your family’s business

        (E.)  Think outside the box perhaps you have a favorite easy day hike you could take some people on, or to check out new bike paths?

Maybe a float trip or a cabin up the North Fork with a stop at the merc for yummy treats or a beer at Northern Lights?

Perhaps you have a VRBO or time share in Mexico or Hawaii?  

Maybe you could offer to make Salsa from Purple Frogs ingredients,

or you love making desserts and you could offer one a month, anything goes be creative.

                 (F.)  Donate a nice bottle of wine for our Smith Fields’  Wine and Spirits Raffle Tree

                 (G.)  Call Gayle Mac Laren @ 862-5371 and offer your time to help with the event

 

If you chose D, E and/or F please drop off goods at the O’Shaughnessy Box Office  located @ 1 Central Ave. Whitefish before Friday April 29th and receive a donation receipt for gift certificates or goods rendered from your business.

The success of this evening depends on your involvement.  Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated!  

Thanks for your time.  If you have any questions feel free to call me @ ( 406) 250-8765.               

                                 Sincerely,

                                                  Mary Huston-Coulter


by posted 04/28/2016

Dear Soccer and Lacrosse Parents,

My name is Mary Huston-Coulter.  My husband and I have been blessed with 3 children and we live in Whitefish.

I am writing this letter to inform you of a fundraiser called Project Whitefish Wine and Food Fest, celebrating it’s 27th year!  

It is on May 4th beginning @ 6 p.m. @ Grouse Mountain Lodge.

 

Now, you ask yourself,  “Who is the beneficiary of THIS fundraiser?”   

Guess what— IT’S YOU!!!!  

 

The money raised at this event goes towards the maintenance of the Smith Fields Complex and the Whitefish Theatre Company.    

The fields don’t get mowed and watered and fertilized without a price tag and that’s where you come in.   

 

We need your help- we need donations!

 

In my opinion we shouldn’t ask the downtown merchants to donate yet again,

especially when we are the ones who should be taking care of our own tab.

So I am pleading with you to get involved with this fundraiser in some capacity, either:

 

                 (A.) come to the event @ $70.00 a ticket

                       -tickets on sale at O’ Shaughnessy Box Office, Imagination Station, Village Shop or   online @ whitefishtheatreco.tix.com

                 (B.)  Sponsor a table for  $300.00 (table top advertising, no tickets, 100% charitable donation )

                 (C.)  Buy a table for $700.00 includes 10 tickets @ 50% charitable donation

                 (D.)  Give a gift certificate or goods from your family’s business

        (E.)  Think outside the box perhaps you have a favorite easy day hike you could take some people on, or to check out new bike paths?

Maybe a float trip or a cabin up the North Fork with a stop at the merc for yummy treats or a beer at Northern Lights?

Perhaps you have a VRBO or time share in Mexico or Hawaii?  

Maybe you could offer to make Salsa from Purple Frogs ingredients,

or you love making desserts and you could offer one a month, anything goes be creative.

                 (F.)  Donate a nice bottle of wine for our Smith Fields’  Wine and Spirits Raffle Tree

                 (G.)  Call Gayle Mac Laren @ 862-5371 and offer your time to help with the event

 

If you chose D, E and/or F please drop off goods at the O’Shaughnessy Box Office  located @ 1 Central Ave. Whitefish before Friday April 29th and receive a donation receipt for gift certificates or goods rendered from your business.

The success of this evening depends on your involvement.  Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated!  

Thanks for your time.  If you have any questions feel free to call me @ ( 406) 250-8765.               

                                 Sincerely,

                                                  Mary Huston-Coulter

 


by posted 04/14/2016
TEAM STORE IS ONLINE NOW

You can order official Flathead Lacrosse apparel from the Flathead Lacrosse Team store. You can place orders online and have your orders delivered right to your door. 

Place orders today to help support your team. A small portion of your order will help fund the Flathead Lacrosse Club. 

Visit the Flathead Lacrosse Store NOW!

http://www.hockeywolf.com/modules/store/productlisting.cfm?Container=39063


by posted 03/14/2016
Boys Officials Training

​The following information is from the Montana Lacrosse Assocation: 

Please consider becoming an official soon. 

  •  As of January 7, 2016 the Montana Lacrosse Association has only 17 new boys referee prospects. This is well short of the 30+ new refs we need to officiate the 2016 season. Flathead Lacrosse will need to recruit 4-6 new officials for this season.
  • Each program is expected to recruit 1 new official for every 25 players. One program has recruited 10 of the 17 prospects, two other programs have 3, and several programs have recruited ZERO.
  • As stated in the MLA Call To Action, we will cancel games if we do not have adequate officials to safely play. Programs that fail to recruit an acceptable number of new officials will have more games canceled than those that successfully meet the recruiting goal.
  • The online official’s classroom sessions begin Monday February 1, 2016. Only 2 weeks remain to recruit 15-25 new prospects.
  • It is imperative that all programs make a concerted effort to identify a significant number of new officials.  

Below is all the important information regarding the boys officials training.

Season 

The MLA competitive season will begin with games on March 26th and conclude by June 5th. Most games are played on weekends. Missoula area has some Thursday and Friday evening games. A typical weekend of games provides the opportunity to officiate several games the same day.  


Starter Kit

The MLA will provide each new official that successfully completes the training program described below with an official’s starter kit containing: hat, shirt, whistle, score cards, and flags.  


Pay Scale 

The MLA will start using Arbiter Sports for official assigning and payment. A designated Assignor will coordinate all game assignments and payments using this web-based system.  
 

Pay Scale

MLA Boys Pay  USL Certified Official   Non-USL Certified  
Per Game Two Officials One Official Two Officials One Official
Youth U15/U13 $40 $60 $30 $40
Youth U11/U9 $20 $30 $15 $20
HS Varsity / JV $60 $90 Certified Refs Only Certified Refs Only

 

Boy Officials Training Program

Online “Classroom” Sessions  

7:00-8:30pm February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
For more information: http://montanalax.org/Page.asp?n=102526&org=montanalax.org   

On-Field Sessions 
9:00am-4:00pm in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Dates to be determined For more information: http://montanalax.org/Page.asp?n=109314&org=montanalax.org
 
Contact: Jim Maddock    
MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT: http://montanalax.org/Page.asp?n=106105&org=montanalax.org 

 

Download a 4 Steps to Becoming a USL Certified Lacrosse Official


by posted 01/19/2016
IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION

 

Registration is OPEN NOW!

Please register to play lacrosse now if you would like to have a team that can participate in games. There is a high school game scheduling meeting on January 23 and a Youth Boys and Girls scheduling meeting on February 20th. We need a minimum of 15 players for each team in order to schedule games. We will not commit teams to a schedule without an adequate roster for High School on January 23 and for Youth Boys and Girls on February 20th. Please register as soon as possible if you intend to play lacrosse this spring. Please encourage new players to play and register as soon as possible. 

Teams will practice at Smith Fields or Grouse Mountain Fields.

Flathead Lacrosse Club will offer:

High School Boys and Girls

U15 Boys

U13 Boys

U11 Boys

Youth Girls (if there are enough girls in one age group they can schedule games)

U9 Boys and Girls (Introductory, STICKS ONLY program with no traveling or games)

 

Become an Official

There is a severe shortage of officials in Montana. If there are not enough officials for the 2016 season the league will not schedule games. The Flathead Lacrosse club will need 4-6 NEW officials this season. Teams that cannot recruit new officials will have less games on their schedule. If you would like to have more opportunities to play games please consider becoming an official or recruit someone that would be interested. Online training begins on February 1st. Please contact flatheadlax@gmail.com immediately if you are interested in becoming an official. No experience is necessary. 

 

Become a Team Manager

Each team will need a Team Manager to support the many aspects of keeping a team organized and parents informed. Visit our Team Manager page to learn more about the position. This person will be able to delegate job duties out to other parent volunteers. Please contact if you are interested in becoming a team manager.

 

Please help spread the word to your teammates and new recruits. If you intend to play lacrosse this spring please sign up today.

 

A new lacrosse program has started in Kalispell called Sharp Shooters Lacrosse. These teams will practice and play at various locations in Kalispell. You can find their webpage at: http://northwestlax.com The Sharp Shooter Lacrosse Club operates independently from the Flathead Lacrosse Club.

 


by posted 01/14/2016
Officiating in 2016

Hello Lacrosse Fans, Parents and Players,

The writing has been on the wall for the last several years about the growth of lacrosse and in the 2016 season it will become a reality. There is a desperate need for new referees in the state of Montana. The Montana Lacrosse Association will need to cancel games from the 2016 schedule because of the lack of referees in the state.

Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a referee for the 2016 season. There are training opportunities available and you can get started right away. You can learn more about how to become a certified referee here.

Please review the message below from the Montana Lacrosse Association about the shortage of officials and the effects it will have on the 2016 season for boys and girls.

 

--CALL TO ACTION--

A Severe Lacrosse Officiating Shortage: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

 

Since the season ended in May, the Montana Lacrosse Association (MLA) has been working in preparation for the 2016 season. In an effort to solicit feedback and input from all members of the lacrosse family--program administrators, coaches, officials and parents--the MLA distributed a post-season survey. Equally important, we hosted our annual Constituents Meeting in Bozeman on September 13th that was attended by 23 individuals representing 10 programs from across the state (and beyond). The most critical issue to address is a severe shortage of officials.

 

The Good

The good news is that lacrosse in Montana is growing. The MLA projects that for the 2016 season over 900 boys will play lacrosse in addition to over 300 girls. Fortunately we have a core group of officials that are tremendously committed to the game. Last year 16 USL certified officials presided over 95% of the boys’ games in the state traveling 8,392 miles in the process. Despite this herculean effort, many youth games were played without proper officiating.

 

The Bad

In the past to best utilize the officials we do have, the MLA assigned officials to high school boys games as necessitated by the higher level of play and greater need of safety. The consequence has been a lack of qualified officiating at the youth level, resulting inconsistent officiating at best and at times even dangerous game situations. The MLA fully recognizes that this is unacceptable and cannot continue.

Overworking our outnumbered officials also contributes to attrition. Looking ahead to next season several of the officials will not be returning to the lacrosse pitch. In regards to the girls game, there is one USL certified girls official in the state of Montana. One.

 

The Ugly

Simply put, there are not nearly enough USL certified officials to properly cover every game being played in the state. To be blunt, if we as the Montana Lacrosse community do not recruit and train a significant number of new officials, the MLA will have to limit the number of games played and potentially put a moratorium on the formation of new teams and programs.

The MLA projects the 2016 season could include as many as 400 boys games and 140 girls games. With the current number of boys officials we would only be able to safely hold 250 to 300 of those games and cancel the remaining 150-200 games. With the extreme shortage of girls officials 80% of next season might need to be cancelled. Restated, over half of all lacrosse games in Montana will have to be cancelled next season.

 

Back to The Good

While the lack of officials is a serious issue, we can overcome this growing pain but it will take a concerted effort at every level--MLA Board, program administrators, coaches, parents and friends of the game.

The MLA is working closely with each program in the state to recruit new officials and provide the necessary training resources. The MLA website is the source information about lacrosse officiating including training requirements, payment schedule, USL officiating guidelines, officials coordinator contacts, and FAQs.

 

For more information about officiating lacrosse in Montana visit our website www.montanalax.org and click on the “Officials” menu.


by posted 09/18/2015
RHINO ACADEMY CAMPS

Check out Rhino Montana Lacrosse Academies that are offered this summer in several Montana locations. Register for these camps soon as they may fill up.

These day camps are offered on various dates in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. 

 

Visit the Rhino Lacrosse website for more information on the Montana Camps:

Kalispell Boys- June 29-July 2

Missoula Girls- August 3-6

ALL RHINO CAMPS in Montana and out of state camps.

 


by posted 06/09/2015
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