MBYLL Mission, Philosophy, and Season Goals
As Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL) prepares to return for the 2021 spring season, we continue to look for ways to improve the league & organization. We’d like to reinforce MBYLL’s mission, philosophy & goals to all our member towns & coaches and share some history & key reasons why MBYLL continues to grow & thrive today.
Mission: Our mission is to teach, grow, and honor the game of lacrosse in your town and in every community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by providing leadership, guidance, training, and structure to all town and city programs participating in MBYLL’s spring league as well as the annual MBYLL Jamboree held each June at the end of our season.
Philosophy: Our philosophy in the MBYLL Classic program is all players participate equally (i.e. equal playing time) in all games on evenly balanced teams based on a player’s grade, age, skill, size and experience playing a local game schedule in their region. There are no "A" and "B" or "stacked" teams, nor standings and playoffs at any level of the MBYLL Classic program (our traditional league games on Sundays).
Our Mass Bay Select league is an additional town-based playing opportunity—NOT a replacement for a player's participation in the MBYLL Classic program. Mass Bay Select team players must also participate on their MBYLL Classic team (Why? See Goals). Mass Bay Select has division-based standings, playoffs, Championship, and All-Star games.
Our coaches are trained and certified to be teachers of the game and role models focused on player development, teamwork, and learning the fundamentals—especially the "fun" part. MBYLL is an inclusive organization open to all towns and cities where, collectively, we strive to always provide a safe, enjoyable learning experience for all participants in an environment not swept up in the pressure filled, win-at-all-cost mania too common in youth sports today.
Goals: Our primary goal is all MBYLL players, coaches, parents, officials, and program leaders will have a fun experience while always demonstrating role-model sportsmanship on-and-off the field as together we learn, share, and teach the fundamental skills and teamwork required to play the game well. Responsible growth and participation in every member town is a secondary, but important goal.
MBYLL provides training, guidance, certification, and grade & age-specific rules of play for all member towns, coaches, players, and officials with a particular focus on player safety, sportsmanship, and fair play for a positive, fun experience for all participants.
Honor the Game: We honor the game by practicing positive coaching, teaching life lessons beyond the playing field, and by developing a strong community among all MBYLL players, coaches, parents, officials, and fans that will last a lifetime.
As MBYLL town members, we continue to improve our lacrosse knowledge & program capabilities each season as we learn, share, and teach the game based on speed, stick skills, athleticism, and teamwork—and not physical intimidation.
Your League: Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL) represents 150+ towns split in to six geographic regions—for local game scheduling—in eastern & central Massachusetts with over 15,000 players in 1st to 8th grades on 900 teams led by 2,000 active MBYLL certified coaches each spring. Below are some of the services and value the organization provides its members along with a few key highlights about what Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse, your league, represents today:
MBYLL is one of the largest youth lacrosse leagues and organizations in the United States with over 40,000 players, parents, and coaches.
MBYLL Jamboree held each June is the largest youth lacrosse event in the USA with over 400 teams and 20,000 players, coaches, and fans.
MBYLL Jamboree event sponsors and partners contribute over 40% of our total annual operating budget—keeping member fees low.
MBYLL funds & organizes coaching education, certification, clinics, and online training for all our coaches and town leaders each spring.
MBYLL funds & organizes our Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) partnership for workshops and online Coach / Parent / Player courses.
MBYLL mandates all our coaches be MBYLL-certified at least every 2 years throuth MBYLL coaching clinics.
MBYLL funds & organizes the Classic (Sunday), mid-week, and Mass Bay Select spring game schedules with over 3,000 games played each season.
MBYLL funds & coordinates with EMLOA to contract for referee Assignors to schedule game officials for all MBYLL league contests.
MBYLL funds & contracts with EMLOA to train, certify, or re-certify all MBYLL Associate Officials (AOs) each spring for town members.
MBYLL funds & organizes the Regional Referee Coordinators & our AO support resources in each of our six geographic regions.
MBYLL is led by an all-volunteer board of directors who—as MBYLL town leaders and coaches—are all passionate about the game.
Thank you for your participation and efforts in making Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League a continued success ...