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Spring 2020

Update  4/30/2020 

BMLA is continuing to monitor the current situation regarding the coronavirus, and the spread of COVID-19.  As the governor looks to opening businesses back up, we wanted to provide you with an update regarding the spring lacrosse season.

We regret to inform you that our travel season with the NPLL has been officially cancelled.  There will be no travel lacrosse season this spring.  However, there is still discussion with other NPLL teams to try and put together some game weekends towards the end of June.  These weekends would be a "pay to play" option, and would be more of a pick-up style, recognizing that there are still many kids who want to play lacrosse, but clubs may not be able to field a full team.  More information about these potential weekends will be determined later in May.  In regards to refunds, a final decision will be made on when and how to issue them based on what we are able to offer this spring. 

For our non-travel season, we are still going to try and have lacrosse here in Bismarck.  It may be a slightly shortened season, or extend longer into June than originally planned, but we still want to get kids out on the field, especially those of you who participated in our TryLax Clinics this winter.  As soon as we are able to get back out on fields, we will.

Finally, please watch for a separate email from us regarding the proposed indoor recreational facility here in Bismarck.Please continue to check your emails, visit our website and watch our Facebook page for the most current information and updates from BMLA.  Thank you to everyone for your support and patience.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us on our website, or message us on Facebook.


Update April 2, 2020

Hello Bismarck Mandan Lacrosse Families, 
We wanted to reach out to all of you and let you know that BMLA is continuing to monitor the current situation regarding the coronavirus, and the spread of COVID-19.  Our non-travel programs, including girls and Little Laxers, continue to be on hold, with the hope that we will be able to hit the fields at some point this spring. 
We continue to coordinate and work with our travel league, the NPLL, in regards to our travel season.  The latest decision is that all travel weekends for April and the first two weekends in May have been postponed, with the possibility of being rescheduled.  Our first NPLL travel lacrosse season would be May 16-17 at the earliest. The NPLL is also exploring the possibility of pushing the season out into June or even July, or offering a condensed schedule of only 3-4 weeks of travel.  Another NPLL update and decision will be made the last full week in April.   
Please continue to check your emails, visit our website and watch our Facebook page for the most current information and updates from BMLA.  Watch for a survey to get your input on extending the lacrosse season into June or even July that will be available in the coming days.  We need your input to determine the feasibility of playing into June and even July. 
Thank you to everyone for your support and patience.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us on our website, or message us on Facebook. 
Stay healthy and safe.
Sincerely,
Board of Directors  

Update March 24, 2020

Bismarck Mandan Lacrosse Families,

We wanted to reach out to all of you and let you know that BMLA is continuing to monitor the current situation regarding the coronavirus, and the spread of COVID-19.  In accordance with CDC recommendations, we are postponing any activities for the near future.   In addition, we continue to coordinate and work with our parent league, the NPLL, in regards to our travel season.  Our intention right now is to meet on a weekly basis and review current conditions at that time.  We are attempting to push back the season in its entirety, if at all possible.  At this time we have not made a decision to reschedule or cancel any travel weekends until they are closer.  The first travel weekend that is on our schedule is April 25-26 in Rapid City.


Please continue to check your emails, visit our website and watch our Facebook page for the most current information and updates from BMLA.  Stay active and work on those wall ball skills.  We will send out another update next week.  Thank you to everyone for your support and patience.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us on our website, or message us on Facebook.


Stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
Bismarck Mandan Lacrosse Association


General Program Information

For all programs listed, a current US Lacrosse membership is required to register for any of the BMLA programs. 


New players are welcome at any age level and into any program.  Do not shy away from registering your child from a program simply because they have never played before, including high school.  You are welcome to come and observe what lacrosse is all about, and those not registered will be allowed to sample lacrosse with a coach off to the side of practice.  However, in order to participate in regular practices, insurance requires that you have a current US Lacrosse membership and register for the program.

As a reminder for all programs at all levels, BMLA wants to make sure that all players, parents, coaches and officials are demonstrating good sportsmanship at all times. 

Please see the other pages of our website for more information on our free try lacrosse event, equipment requirements, as well as the most current practice and game schedules.



Girls 10U & Above ($50)

BMLA is committed to building a girls lacrosse program.   Because of our growing program, this group will cover everything from basic stick and movement skills all the way to game tactics.  Scooping, throwing and catching are the focus of skill development, and advanced skills are introduced such as the utilization of both hands.  Tactical skills are introduced, and position-specific skills may be covered.

Play of the game occurs in one of two ways: on a regulation size lacrosse field, with 12 players each side or on a cross-field, with 8 players each side.  A mouthguard, protective eyewear and stick are required.  Minimal stick checking and body contact is allowed.

Practices will most likely be 1-2 times per week, with the specific days and times set by the coaching staff.  Girls of all ages from 10U up to High School will practice together.


  • Travel opportunities are a possibility, as other regional associations have expressed interest in trying to put together game jamboree weekends.  These weekends may or may not coincide with the Boys travel weekends.  This may require an additional cost, if established.
  • If there are enough total girls participants, BMLA may try and establish a 8v8 intramural league and provide weekly game opportunities.


Co-ed Little Laxers 8U ($50)

Little Laxers 8U lacrosse is our introductory program to provide young athletes with their first experience with the sport of lacrosse. The emphasis at this age group is to instill a love and excitement of playing, while developing fundamental movement skills, having fun and learning the basics of the game.  Scooping, throwing and catching are the focus of skill development.  Game tactics such as defense and positioning will be discussed, but at a high level.

Play of the game occurs on a cross-field, with 4 players each side.  A mouthguard and stick are required.  Both regulation and mini lacrosse sticks may be used. No stick or body contact is allowed.

Practices will most likely be once per week, with the specific day and time set by the coaching staff. 

  • The program is set up so the first portion of the time will focus on building and developing skills, while the second portion will allow for an introduction to actual game play.


Boys 10U (non-travel $50)

10U lacrosse is the age group where BMLA introduces full equipment and body contact.  The emphasis at this age group is further development of technical lacrosse skills, trying new skills in a team setting, and learning and exploring the overall play of the game.  Continued development of the basic stick skills scooping, throwing and catching are built upon.  Tactical skills and position-specific skills are also introduced.

Play of the game occurs on a cross-field, with 7 players each side.  Full equipment is required, and limited stick checking and limited body contact is allowed.  Body checking and one-handed stick checks are not allowed.

Practices will most likely be 2 times per week, with specific days and times set by the coaching staff.  All 10U level participants will practice together.  Depending upon coaching staff availability, 10U participants may be grouped with 12U participants.

  • Travel opportunities are a possibility, as other regional associations have expressed interest in creating a 10U travel division.  This would require an additional cost, if established.
  • If there are enough total 10U participants, BMLA may try and establish a 7v7 intramural league and provide weekly game opportunities.



Boys 12U (travel $225 and non-travel $50)

12U lacrosse is where BMLA has typically introduced the travel option.  The emphasis at this age group is building and honing technical skills, as well as begin building the tactical skills needed in lacrosse.  Developing stick skills with the use of both hands becomes a focus, and position specific training is increased.  Play will focus more on using technical skills in game situations and exploring and applying new tactical skills.

Play of the game occurs in one of two ways: on a regulation size lacrosse field, with 10 players each side or on a cross-field, with 7 players each side.  Full equipment is required, and limited stick checking and some body contact is allowed.  Body checking and one-handed stick checks are not allowed.

Practices will most likely be 2-3 times per week, with specific days and times set by the coaching staff.  All 12U level participants will practice together.

  • Non-travel participants, an intramural jamboree will be put together towards the end of the season to provide game opportunities.
  • Travel participants, 5-6 travel weekends of game jamborees will occur during the spring, from late April until early June.
  • If there are enough total 12U participants, BMLA may try and establish a 7v7 intramural league and provide weekly game opportunities.


Boys 14U (travel $225 and non-travel $50)

14U lacrosse is the beginning of a competitive environment, and an introduction to High School level lacrosse.  The emphasis at this level is building on solid fundamental technical skills and tactical awareness.  Conditioning, strength and speed are worked on, as well as advanced technical skills and refinement of position-specific techniques.  The major focus is applying skills, strategies and tactics from practice to competitive situations.  The speed of the game increases, and more complex game strategy is introduced.

Play of the game occurs on a regulation size lacrosse field, with 10 players each side.  Full equipment is required, and body checking is legal.  However, takeout checks and one-handed stick checks are not allowed.

Practices will most likely be 3 times per week, with specific days and times set by the coaching staff.  All 14U level participants will practice together.

        Non-travel participants, an intramural jamboree will be put together towards the end of the season to provide game opportunities.

  • Travel participants, 5-6 travel weekends of game jamborees will occur during the spring, from late April until early June.



Boys High School (travel $275 and non-travel $50)

High School lacrosse is where young athletes fine tune their lacrosse skills, both technical and tactical, in a competitive environment.  Athletes at this level will be divided into Varsity and JV levels based on player evaluations at the beginning of the season.  Evaluations are based on skills, tactical awareness, sportsmanship, work ethic, attitude and player safety.  Even with the higher competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should continue to model and emphasize fun and good sportsmanship.

Play of the game occurs on a regulation size lacrosse field, with 10 players each side.  Full equipment is required, and body checking is legal.  However, takeout checks are not allowed.

Practices will most likely be 3 times per week, with specific days and times set by the coaching staff.  All high school level participants will practice together.

  •  Non-travel participants, an intramural jamboree will be put together towards the end of the season to provide game opportunities.
  • Travel participants, 5-6 travel weekends of game jamborees will occur during the spring, from late April until early June.


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