We have received a few questions with regard to the US Lacrosse "Player Segmentation" guidelines approved by the USL Board of Directors in January.
Since the YLM is the only Gold Stick Applicant league in Minnesota, the YLM supports the clarification, analysis and guidance provided by US Lacrosse on appropriate age segmentation. The YLM doesn't feel any changes to our current segmentation are required to remain in compliance with USL guidelines at this time. The YLM has long believed that 9th graders should not be classified as youth players and the USL player segmentation policy provides clear support of this belief. For 2016, the YLM player segmentation will be the same as approved by the Member Associations at the Annual Meeting. As always, any specific questions or concerns should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also make note the approaching deadlines for team registrations for the 2016 summer season.
January 15, 2016 - Deadline for Association registration and dues ($500).
April 13, 2016 - Registration for pre-season opens on website. Associations will provide the number of pre-season teams, the age & skill levels and weekends they want to participate. The sites, dates and game times will be published by April 25th.
April 15, 2016 - Field and Team registrations open on website.
April 18, 2016 - Deadline to declare participation in pre-season play.
May 5, 2016 - Deadline to pay pre-season jamboree team fees ($200/team).
May 7 - 8th; 14 - 15th; 21 - 22nd, 2016 - Pre-season jamboree weekends. Host sites are needed.
May 16, 2016 - Deadline to register teams for YLM season. Team fees due. YLM will not accept late team registrations.
May 17, 2016 - Coach and CHILL Manager registration open on website. Every Association is required to complete background checks on all coaches, certify that all coaches are compliant with Minnesota mandated concussion training, verify that all coaches are US Lacrosse members and that all Head Coaches have completed YLM certification training. Deadline to withdraw a team.
May 23, 2016 - Preliminary YLM schedule released to Association Administrators & District Directors for review. DO NOT send or publish this version to your constituents.
May 25, 2015 - YLM schedule made public. The first week of the season will be FIRM. It is possible that the schedule may still change because of team subtractions and official’s assignments. It is important to check the schedule regularly throughout the YLM season.
June 8 - 9th, 2016 - Some games may be scheduled for that Wednesday and Thursday night.
June 13, 2016 - Full schedule of YLM games begin.
July 1, 2016 - Final rosters due with players’ name, jersey #, birth date & US Lacrosse #. Every Coach, CHILL Manager and Team Manager’s name and cell # needs to be current on the YLM website. All are needed to receive the full association refund (up to $350).
July 4 - 6th, 2016 - Blackout dates with no games.
July 23 - 24th, 2016 - U9 and U11B jamborees. Sites to be determined. Host sites are needed.
July 25 - 30th, 2016 - Statewide B level playoffs for U15 and U13. Host sites are needed.
July 30 - 31st, 2016 - State Tournament pool play for all U15, U13 and U11A teams. Sites to be determined. Host sites are needed.