On behalf of our RI Youth Lacrosse League Board of Directors, welcome to the 2022 lacrosse season! I'm happy to report that our 125 teams and more than 2500 kids are off to a great start as we enter week three of games. We've been blessed with decent weather and our coaches are reporting lots of fun, hard work, and progress on the field. That said, RIYLL strives for continuous improvement. Our goal is to provide a platform for the kids to thrive; one that promotes strong fundamentals, accountability, open communication, challenges, and sportsmanship.
Here are some important things to keep in mind as we settle in to the 2002 season:
Game Changes- Historically, RIYLL deals with several game changes the first few weeks of the season. This is typically due to weather, field availability, spring break(s), Easter, etc. This year was unusually challenging due to Easter falling during many of our program's school spring breaks. We predict far fewer game changes and cancellations as we move forward. Coaches are reminded that game changes must be submitted through your Town presidents by Tuesday of the week you're requesting the change.
Communication- RIYLL encourages open and regular communication amongst coaches, parents, and players. Coaches should and will notify parents and players as to changes in practices and games, with as much advance notice as possible. We encourage all teams to utilize technology for more efficient communication. Many of our Towns have adopted team apps as their primary communication portal. Here at Island Youth Lacrosse, we use SportsYou. It's been a game changer in how we spread the word quickly about changes to schedules, solicit volunteers for team functions, arrange carpools, post pictures, and share drills. Whether your team adopts SportsYou or some other group communication tool, we hope teams will migrate away from email as the primary means for communication.
Code of Conduct-Players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents, spectators and fans. In becoming a member of the lacrosse community an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of lacrosse and its participants. The essential elements in this "Code of Conduct" are HONESTY, INTEGRITY, and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team, and their organization. Those who choose not to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will be dealt with swiftly and directly.
Some best practices to keep in mind:
Keep it positive: No negative comments to players, coaches, referees, and/or other spectators. In other words, cheer 'for', not 'against'.
Profanity will not be tolerated.
Spectators and parents should refrain from coaching kids from the sideline
Spectators and parents are not allowed on the team bench side of the field
Learn the rules of the game so that you understand and appreciate why certain situations take place. Resources at www.usalacrosse.com
Let your coach know if you witness unsportsmanlike behavior on the part of a spectator
Our RIYLL Board is standing by should you have questions or suggestions.
Thank you, we look forward to seeing everyone on the field!
US Lacrossehas made an equipment change that will go into effect for the 2022 season. If your son currently has pads from last year, they must be changed out for this season. All shoulder pads must meet the NOCSAE ND200 and contain the SEI certification mark:
Please note that there are no changes to girls equipment at this time. We have included an equipment list below. Please reach out with any questions. Thank you.