We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. MBYLL continues to look to and follow the guidelines and recommendations from the Governor and local health authorities in hopes that we can start the 2020 season. The health and safety of all will be the top priority in decisions made. School re-opening, and the MIAA’s high school sports start date will also be a guide as to when we begin MBYLL play. Based on the current dates being set by the Governor and the MIAA, we are looking at May 10 as the potential start for the 2020 MBYLL Season. Given these current dates and guidelines, it is still our goal to work with towns, referees and scheduling to give all Classic teams 8 games to play.
Please note, that while we are being optimistic about playing lacrosse this Spring, the Board is discussing and developing plans should this situation go into late May/June and the season is severely shortened or worse case cancelled. We will share more information on these plans should the Governors actions push the potential start date beyond May 10.
We are communicating with your Town Program leaders potential options on how to reschedule games, when to play rescheduled games, how many games would they like to see played in a shortened time frame. We are asking for their feedback and opinions, so we can develop a plan that has everyone's interest in mind.
COACH COMPLIANCE & CERTIFICATION: Coach Compliance and Certification has continued online! We have been asking our coaches to be ready to go as soon as we get the all-clear to practice and play games. We moved all in-person clinics to online video courses so coaches could still get educated and certified. Thank you to all our coaches completing the compliance and certification requirements!
COACH/PLAYER WEBINARS – MBYLL hosted 10 webinars last week for coaches and players with some of the best lacrosse players and teachers in the sport. Trilogy Lacrosse ran 4 webinars conducted by Ryan Boyle, Mitch Belisle and Matt Striebel. Martin Bowes (MLL pro & Compete Lacrosse Academy) ran 4 webinars for coaches and players with drills to work on at home, wall ball and more. Joe Nardella (PLL pro & Face Off Factory) ran a 1-hour Face Off Webinar. Sean Quirk (Boston Cannons) and Eric Hagarty (Endicott College) of Peak Goalie ran a 1-hour goalie webinar! Watch recordings of ALL the webinars on our YouTube Channel CLICK HERE
DRILLS FROM HOME- PLL Pro DEEMER CLASS has shared 20 videos of drills you can work on from home to keep your skills sharp and tuned! CLICK HERE to get the videos!
TAG US! - Is your player working on their lacrosse skills while at home? We'd love to see the videos of MBYLL players practicing in the yard, or any unique drills/challenges you are doing to keep the kids active! Post them on social media and be sure to tag MBYLL! We will like/share/retweet/comment on our favorites!
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We look forward to getting everyone onto the lacrosse field as soon as its safe to do so!
I am writing to update everyone on the Status of the GD Lacrosse Season.
To date we have followed national, state, and local guidelines.
In effect we are promoting:
No Practices - Indoors or Outdoors - Boys or Girls – Will be updated by GDY Lax on or before March 29th
Boys Start of Season - Delayed One Week. The Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL) board of directors on Friday Match 13th announced the cancellation of Week 1 of MBYLL season (April 3-5) for both Classic and Select due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Week 2 of Select play (April 10-11) will be rescheduled for later in the season. At this time, the MBYLL season will be scheduled to start on the weekend of April 17-19 for both Select and Classic league play. - Will be updated by MBYLL as necessary.
Girls Start of Season– No Delay. The Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League (MBGLL) Board has decided to follow the MIAA guidelines and not make any changes to game dates at this time. MBGLL’s board will continue to monitor the situation closely and will reconvene the last weekend of March to again review the available data and determine whether or not we want to revise our spring season’s opening day.
As this situation continues to evolve we will continue to update you to changes to the Groton Dunstable Youth Lacrosse Season.
Thank you for your continued support and patience.
President GDY Lacrosse
March 13, 2020 – The Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL) board of directors today announced the cancellation of Week 1 of MBYLL season (April 3-5) for both Classic and Select due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Week 2 of Select play (April 10-11) will be rescheduled for later in the season. At this time, the MBYLL season will be scheduled to start on the weekend of April 17-19 for both Select and Classic league play. The board will continue to monitor the situation and take any necessary actions based on the latest facts and recommendations from local, state and national health and government agencies.
The MBYLL Board is asking all member town programs to follow local and state government mandates and guidelines regarding gatherings and the use of public space and fields in their towns. The board is strongly advising its member town programs TO CANCELL ALL in-person lacrosse activities through the end of March and reassess at that time based on information and guidelines at that time. This includes indoor and outdoor practices, team meetings, and any in-person gatherings.
“The health and safety of our players, coaches, referees and families is the utmost importance to our league,” said MBYLL President Jim Dalton. “While our first games are three weeks away, the fast-paced changes taking place in all of our communities led the board to make this decision to provide guidance and understanding for our 12,000+ families for at least the next month.”
MBYLL will be in contact with town directors about having extra help with re-scheduling games later in the season.