Moon Area Lacrosses (MALAX) mission is to promote the growth and development of both the student-athlete as a strong individual and the game of lacrosse. This mission will be undertaken within the Moon Area School District and neighboring communities.
 
 
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Things You Should Know @ MALAX

The Board of the Moon Area Lacrosse Association welcomes you to our website. We are happy that you are exploring the opportunity for your child to become part of the newest sport in our community. If you’re like most of us were, we knew very little about the game of lacrosse when our child came home and said they wanted to play this sport. The following facts are offered to start your education:

Lacrosse, considered to be America's first sport, was born of the North American Indian, christened by the French, and adapted and raised by the Canadians. Modern lacrosse has been embraced by athletes and enthusiasts of the United States and the British Commonwealth for over a century.

The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse -- the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse.

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Youth participation in the sport has grown over 138% since 2001 to nearly 300,000. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 228,000 high school players.

This is Lacrosseis a 9-minute video produced by US Lacrosse that will provide a good overview of the sport. This video demonstrates the rules, equipment and differences between men’s and women’s lacrosse.

We began our development efforts in 2010 with three middle school teams - two 7th/8th grade boys’ teams and one 7th/8th grade girls’ team, with @ 50 players. Since then, we have grown to field both boys’ and girls’ teams at the varsity, junior varsity, U15 and U13 levels AND have introduced the game to over 200+ children.  For the 2013 season we are working to add teams at the U11, U9 and U7 levels.

Our boys’ and girls’ Varsity / JV teams play in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League. All rules and policies governing a school’s participation in the WPIAL will applied to our teams.  Indoor conditioning begins in Mid-January and runs for 6 weeks.  Indoor practice begins in February and moves outside in early March.  The High School season starts in late March and runs thru May.

Our U15 thru U7 teams play under the rules and governance of the Western Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse (boys) and the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (girls).  The season begins in early March with 2 to 3 evening practices per week. Our games are against other WPYLA boys’ teams and WPSLA girls’ teams and they start in early April and conclude with year-end tournaments at St. Vincent’s College in late May. The teams will typically play 12 to 16 games thru the course of the season. The boys U13 thru U7 program is under the leadership of Dan Mulford (Asst. Head Coach for RMU’s Men’s Lacrosse), while the girls U15 thru U11 program is led by Megan Nutter (Asst. Coach for RMU’s Ladies Lacrosse). Our coaches are all current or past college lacrosse player.

Parent’s Guide to the Game of Lacrosse
US Lacrosse has developed an introductory guide for parents who are relatively new to the game of lacrosse. We hope this information - ranging from game rules to equipment needs - will help you to gain a better understanding of the sport:
 
                       US Lacrosse Youth Boys Guidebook                               US Lacrosse Youth Girls Guidebook

Registration
Player registration is completed on-line at the MALAX website – www.moonarealax.uslaxteams.com. The on-line registration process is being managed by Peter M. Slavic ( ). If you have any questions or difficulties with the registration process, send an email to Peter and he’ll work to address these.

2013 Registration Fees
Returning*     New Players**
High School                   $420                $475
U15                              $310                $360
U13                              $270                $320
U11                               $250                $300
U9                                $250                $300
U7                                $200                $250

* Returning players are identified as having played on a 2012 spring season MALAX team. 
** New player’s registration costs include a one-time membership fee of $50.00.

2013 Age Grouping Reference Table
 
Birthdate                              Age Bracket
Born on or after 9/1/1997                    U15
Born on or after 9/1/1999                    U13
Born on or after 9/1/2001                    U11
Born on or after 9/1/2003                    U9

2013 Planned Fundraising Events – Family Support and Participation Is Expected
  • Steeler Raffle Ticket Sale – October 20th thru December 3rd - The proceeds from each family’s ticket sales will be applied to reduce their child’s registration fees.
  • Penguin Raffle Ticket Sale – TBA - The proceeds from each family’s ticket sales will be applied to reduce their child’s registration fees.
  • 80’s Dance and Cash Bash – TBA - ALL proceeds from this event will be used to fund the activities of the MALAX Association.
Lacrosse Equipment
The equipment needs are different for boys and girls due in part to the level of contact – boy’s lacrosse permits body contact; girl’s lacrosse does not permit body contact.

Boy’s equipment that is required includes: helmet (black is preferred); lacrosse stick; shoulder pads; elbow pads; gloves; mouthpiece; protective cup; and cleats (cleats are NOT required, but are encouraged, since the majority of the games are played on grass. A few games will be played on artificial turf, but good athletic shoes will work on this surface). The cost for this equipment can range between $150 and $300 depending on the product selected.

Girl’s equipment that is required includes: goggles, lacrosse stick, mouthpiece and cleats (cleats are NOT required, but are encouraged, since the majority of the games are played on grass. A few games will be played on artificial turf, but good athletic shoes will work on this surface). The cost for this equipment can range between $50 and $100 depending on the product selected.

Both the boy's and girl's equipment can be purchased at any of the following vendors:
-       Dick’s Sporting Goods @ Robinson Towne Center
-       Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store, Wexford - 724-934-1170 & Castle Shannon - 412-343-6105
-       QC Lax – Bridgeville - 1-800-240-0178
-       ComLax – Neville Island - 412-375-7465

US Lacrosse Membership
A membership with US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, is MANDATORY. While US Lacrosse membership provides numerous benefits, the primary benefit is the provision of Liability and Accident Medical Insurance to all members while participating in covered amateur lacrosse activities. If you would like additional information on the insurance provided, click here.

The US Lacrosse Annual Membership cost is $25 (U15 thru U7) or $35.00 (High School) and is a separate cost from the registration fee. You can join or renew your membership when you complete your MALAX on-line registration.

Practices & Games
Indoor practice will begin in early February. Outdoor practices will start as soon as the weather and field conditions permit (hopefully by March – we will practice and play in cold weather conditions if it is dry) and continue till the end of the season in late May. We hope to hold two to four practices each week. The frequency of practice, dates and times will be determined by the coaches and posted on the MALAX website.

Our outdoor practices will be held at one of the following locations: Moon Area Park (on the soccer / lacrosse field behind the softball field across from the main entrance to the park); Rhema Christian School Field; and/or the MAHS Stadium.

WPIAL games for the 2013 season are scheduled during the summer, while those for the WPYLA and WPSLA are schedule at each associations January meeting. Our intentions are to schedule 10 to 15 games / scrimmages for each of our teams. We will attempt to schedule mostly weekday games; however, depending on field availability of other programs, we anticipate the need to schedule weekend games also. Once the schedules have been finalized, they will be posted on the MALAX website.

Parent Involvement
While parent involvement is not mandatory, we would like to strongly encourage you to become an active and contributing member in the MALAX. We are beginning our fourth year, and the only way the program will continue to grow and thrive will be if we have participation from our parents.

For the 2013 season, we will need volunteers to assist in the following: Concession Sales; Fundraising; MALAX Spirit Wear; MALAX Facebook & Publicity; Coaching Committee; Team Parents; Equipment & Uniform Management; Field Lining; Game Day Home Field Announcer, Timekeeper & Statistician; Game Day Photography / Video; Team Pictures; Community Service Project; Senior Recognition; and Year-End Picnic/Banquet.

If you have any questions that we failed to address, please feel free to send an email ( ). We will take our best shot at providing you an answer.

Moon Area Lacrosse Association