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GOVERNING CHARTER
RHODE ISLAND YOUTH LACROSSE LEAGUE (“RIYLL”)
Revised December 15, 2016
 
1)      NAME: RIYLL’s primary purpose is to administer the youth lacrosse league for RI non-profit boys and girls lacrosse programs.    
 
2)      PURPOSE: RIYLL’s primary purpose is to promote the game of lacrosse in a safe and sportsmanlike environment. 
 
3)      MEMBERSHIP: Membership in RIYLL shall be open to any Rhode Island amateur, community based youth lacrosse organization which is not-for-profit, maintains an open membership, and is voluntarily and primarily concerned with the promotion of the game of lacrosse as set forth and specified in these Bylaws. Specifically, an organization sponsoring a youth lacrosse program may be a member of RIYLL if it meets the following conditions:
a.      The organization must agree to promote the game of lacrosse among youth in a safe and sportsmanlike environment.
b.        The organization must be not-for-profit.
c.        The organization must have open registration. Registration must allow for participation regardless of sex, race, creed, color, or religion.
d.        No player may be paid money or other valuable consideration for his or her participation in the organization.
e.        The organization must pay on a current basis all RIYLL dues, assessments, and fees.
f.         The organization must maintain an appropriate liability insurance policy which minimum standards are set by the Board of Directors. (The current minimum standard is 100% player and coach membership in US Lacrosse.)
g.        All programs who are members of the RIYLL are responsible to be in good standing must submit a statement provided by the RIYLL indicating that they are in compliance no later than the start of the spring season of each year on the following items:
                                                               i.      They are an established corporation abiding by all state and federal regulations
                                                              ii.      The program is not-for-profit (or a 501 c3 non-profit organization) and adheres to all state and federal regulations.  
                                                            iii.      All players, coaches, and program board directors are US Lacrosse members. In the case of programs that run multiple youth sports like Cranston League for Cranston’s Future (CLCF), only the program’s board directors who are directly involved in lacrosse are required to be members of US Lacrosse.
                                                             iv.      D & O Liability insurance is in place for the program’s board of directors
                                                              v.      The organization must maintain an appropriate liability insurance policy with minimum standards set by the RIYLL Board of Directors. (The current minimum standard is 100% player and coach membership in US Lacrosse.)
                                                             vi.      Annual background checks are completed for coaches and assistant coaches of all teams affiliated with a program.   This would include coaches and assistant coaches involved in any fall, indoor, or spring season; jamboree; player clinics and training; and/or tournaments sponsored by the RIYLL.
h.        Programs that fail to provide an annual compliance statement or abide by its requirements may be removed from the RIYLL.
i.         The program must select a representative of the organization to be a member of the RIYLL Board of Directors.
j.         The organization must abide by and follow all RIYLL Bylaws and Rules & Regulations as adopted by the Board of Directors.
k.     The organization must be based upon, and draw its players from, a discrete, geographically contiguous community, such as a city or town, that does not overlap the territory of a current RIYLL member. In the event that any or all of a community seeking to start a new program falls within the geographic territory of a current RIYLL member, a clear geographic boundary, such as a town line or school district border, must be established between the programs. See the attached Addendum #1 which outlines the current geographic boundaries.
 
4)      EXECUTIVE BOARD AND BOARD MEMBERS: RIYLL shall have a board comprised of representatives of each participating program. Each program shall have one representative on the Board.   The RIYLL shall be operated and managed by an Executive Board made up of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.   The Executive Board is elected from the board members.   The Executive Board has exclusive authority to implement the rules of play and procedures for each season, except that the RIYLL Governing Charter may not be amended without approval by a majority of the program representatives that are participating in the upcoming RIYLL season.           
 
5)      LENGTH OF EXECUTIVE BOARD TERM: The term of the Executive Board shall expire at the end of each season, on or about June 15th, and a new Executive Board shall be elected by a majority of the programs that are participating in the upcoming RIYLL season by August 1st. Each participating program will have one vote for this purpose.      
 
6)      COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW: All members of RIYLL Board are obligated to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws.  Violation of the law is not tolerated.  RIYLL reserves the right to review such violations.  Board members are required once per year to submit a compliance statement and to complete a criminal background check administered by the RIYLL.   Board members must provide an updated statement within two weeks of any changes to their annual compliance form. Anyone who is convicted of a felony or who fails to provide an updated compliance statement will be removed from the RIYLL Board.              
 
7)      CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Members of the Executive Board and Board of Directors may not have a direct or indirect financial interest in for profit lacrosse businesses. 
 
8)      CONSEQUTIVE EXECUTIVE BOARD TERMS: Members of the Executive Board shall not serve more than three consecutive one-year terms.   
 
9)      BOARD ATTENDANCE AND VOTING: Program representatives serving on the RIYLL Board are expected to attend all scheduled meetings.   If a board member cannot attend a meeting they should send a representative from their program in their place and inform a member of the Executive Board twenty-four hours prior to the start of the meeting. The failure of a program to attend board meetings on a regularly basis may result in their removed from the RIYLL. Votes taken by the Executive Board or RIYLL Board on all matters are by majority.   Proxies are not permitted for any votes taken by the Executive Board and RIYLL Board.   The President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary must be present for all votes of the Executive Board.   A quorum of seven (7) representatives is required for all RIYLL Board votes. 
 
10) GRADE DIVISIONS: There are four divisions.   Teams in each division shall be organized by grade. The boys and girls will combine the following grades together to form each division: 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th.             Players in 9th grade but under-15 (as of 1/1/2009) may play in the 7th/8th grade division if they are not participating on a high school program and/or competitive club team.          

A program may request an exception to the grade division format if they believe a player would be best served by participating in a division lower than the one assigned.   Exceptions must be made in writing to the Executive Board.   Any exceptions granted to the grade division format are made by the Executive Board and are for one season only.   If a player receives an exception they must play in their assigned division in the next season.    

Players in grade divisions who exceed the following ages must play up in the next grade division:          

 
Current Grade Division*
Age as of 12/31/2008
      New Grade Division
1st/2nd
9
3rd/4th
3rd/4th
11
5th/6th
5th/6th
13
7th/8th

            * = Player attends school in one of these grades.    
 
11) RULES OF PLAY: Boys and Girls teams shall abide by the rules established from US Lacrosse for each age division.   Since the RIYLL is organized by grade the US Lacrosse rules shall be aligned as follows:           
 
US Lacrosse Division Names
2009 US Lacrosse Age Divisions
RIYLL Grade Divisions
Lighting
U-9 (no players born before Jan. 1, 2000)
1st/2nd
Bantam
U-11 (no players born before Jan. 1 , 1998)
3rd/4th
Junior
U-13 (no players born before Jan. 1, 1996)
5th/6th
Senior
U-15 (no players born before Jan. 1, 1994)
7th/8th
 
12) COACHING COMPETITIVE TEAMS: Effective in 2009, any individual wishing to coach or assistant coach a competitive team in a fall, indoor, or spring season; jamborees; player clinics or training; and/or tournaments sponsored by the RIYLL must obtain a US Lacrosse Level 1 Coaches Certification. A coach or assistant coach will have 12 months to complete this certification requirement once they have participated in the aforementioned RIYLL events for the first time with a competitive team or players. The RIYLL will consider exceptions to certification requirement for coaches who have extensive experience at the high school and/or college level.   Any exceptions to the coach’s certification requirement will be made by the Executive Board.        
 
13) GIRL’S PLAY:  
 
a.      PLAYER SKILL LEVEL AND EVALUATIONS: It is strongly recommended that each program in the RIYLL evaluate their players prior to the start of each spring season as a positive coaching tool for their players and a clear communication tool for their parents (guardians).    All RIYLL programs are encouraged to use the standards established in the US Lacrosse Level 2 Coaches Clinic to make these evaluations. Players shall be categorized as “A”, “B”, or “C” using the US Lacrosse Level 2 Coaches Clinic standards.     “C” Players are brand new players to the game of lacrosse and have yet to master the skills expected at their grade division. “B” Players have more than one year of experience and they have mastered several of the skills expected at their grade division. “A” Players have extensive experience and they have mastered virtually all the skills expected at their grade division.           

Each program shall submit the number of teams they plan to field for 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th divisions and the number of available fields no later than the second Friday of February of each year.   For 2009 the deadline is Friday, February 13th.         

 The 1st/2nd grade division may play other local programs in close proximity to reduce travel time for games. They will play a team no more than twice during the spring season.  

 
b.      DIVISION ABILITY LEVELS: There is one level of ability in each division: Developmental.  The Developmental level shall be open to all players.  
 
c.       SCHEDULING: Once all team counts are received a representative(s) of the RIYLL shall form a separate schedule for the teams in each division.   Special requests can be made to the RIYLL scheduler but are not guaranteed to be granted.     

Given the need to create an 8-game season per team, the season will start the first Saturday in April.   In 2009, opening day is Saturday, April 4th.     

 
14) BOY’S PLAY:   
 
a.      PLAYER SKILL LEVEL  AND EVALUATIONS: It is strongly recommended that each program in the RIYLL evaluate their players prior to the start of each Spring season as (1) a positive coaching tool for their players and a clear communication tool for their parents (guardians) and also (2) to determine the number of teams you will have at each ability level of every division.    All RIYLL programs are encouraged to use the standards established in the US Lacrosse Level 2 Coaches Clinic to make these evaluations. Players shall be categorized as “A”, “B”, or “C” using these standards.  “C” Players are brand new players to the game of lacrosse and have yet to master the skills expected at their grade division. “B” Players have more than one year of experience and they have mastered several of the skills expected at their grade division. “A” Players have extensive experience and they have mastered virtually all the skills expected at their grade division. Given the fact that most teams will not be comprised of players exclusively from one ability level, programs can combine levels to form one team. The decision to combine players of different ability levels will be at the discretion of each program.      

Each program shall submit the number of teams they plan to field for 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th divisions including designating each one as Developmental or Competitive and the number of available fields no later than the second Friday of February of each year.   For 2009 the deadline is Friday, February 13th

For competitive play, each program shall submit the rosters for all their 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th division teams no later than 1 week before the start of the season which is to be determined.            Once rosters are submitted, players cannot transfer from one program’s competitive team to another and they cannot transfer from one program’s competitive team to another program’s competitive team.     

 The 1st/2nd grade division may play other local programs in close proximity to reduce travel time for games. They will play a team no more than twice during the spring season.  

 
b.      DIVISION ABILITY LEVELS: There are two ability levels in each division: Developmental and Competitive. The Developmental level shall be for “C” level players and some “B” level players.   The Competitive level shall be for some “B” level players and “A” level players. Players may play in one division or another, based on their ability level designation, but no player can play in both Developmental and Competitive.      

 
c.       FAIR PLAY: Scores and results will be tallied but not published for the Developmental ability level. The scores in this level will be used to monitor fair play.   The RIYLL recognizes that the ability level of a team can change from one year to another but expects all programs to place teams in the appropriate ability levels.   If a team in a division completely dominates at that ability level, they may be asked to move up in ability level for the next season. Conversely, if a team is completely dominated at an ability level, they may be asked to move down in ability level for next season. The decision to move a program’s team up or down a division will rest with the Board.          
 
d.      SCHEDULING:  Once all teams are received a representative(s) of the RIYLL shall form a separate schedule for the teams in each division and at each ability level.   Special requests can be made to the RIYLL scheduler but are not guaranteed to be granted. 

Given the need to create an 8-game season per team and playoffs for the 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th Competitive ability levels, the season will start in early April.   Opening day for the 2009 spring season has yet to be determined.       

 
e.      COMPETITIVE PLAY STANDINGS AND PLAYOFFS: Standings and scores shall be kept and published for the Competitive ability level only of the 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th Divisions.   Playoffs for the 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th Divisions shall be held the first Saturday of June. For 2009 it is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th. The top four teams in each division (based upon the number of wins) will play in a semi-final game (#1 seed vs. #4 seed and the #2 seed vs. #3 seed) with a championship to follow after the conclusion of the semi-finals. In the event of a tie in the rankings the following tie-breaker system will be used to determine the top four playoff teams:       
a.      Best Record
b.      Head to head matchups (Two teams)           
c.       Goals Against (Total # of goals against)
d.      Goal Differential (“Goals for” versus “goals against” with a maximum of a 5-goal differential per game)   i.e., A competitive team wins three games by scores of 11-3, 8-2, and 20-8.   The goal differential would be 15 even though the actual differential is 26.  
 
15) GIRLS AND BOYS PROGRAMS: All participating programs must make every effort to have both girls and boys programs. This will include opening registration to girls and boys players and marketing the program as a girls and boys program. 
 
16) REGISTRATION FEE: Programs desiring to play in the schedule organized by RIYLL shall tender an annual registration fee of $250.00 per program by February 1st prior to the season and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the RIYLL Governing Charter.       

 

AGREED TO:
 
Cranston League For Cranston’s Future
Name: Derrick Maloney
Title:    Program Director
 
Cumberland Youth Lacrosse
Name: Douglas Caniglia
Title:    Program Director
 
East Bay Bristol County Lacrosse Association
Name: Matthew Hayes
Title:    Program Director
 
East Greenwich Lacrosse Association
Name: Jonathan Soule
Title:    Program Director
 
Northern Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse
Name: Steven O’Donnell
Title:    Program Director
 
North Kingstown Youth Lacrosse
Name: Chris Callahan
Title:    Program Director
 
Portsmouth Youth Lacrosse
Name: ________________________
Title:    ________________________
 
Providence Youth Lacrosse 
Name: Mario Rosario
Title:    Program Director
 
Island Youth Lacrosse
Name: Blair McKenzie
Title:    Program Director
 
South County Youth Lacrosse         
Name: John Litsinger
Title:    ________________________
 
Warwick PAL
Name: John “Jack” Paliotte
Title:    Program Director
 
 
 

 

 

RIYLL Addendum #1: Geographic Territory (amended below on 12/15/16)
 
Cranston League For Cranston’s Future (CLCF): Cranston
 
Cumberland Youth Lacrosse:Cumberland
 
East Bay Bristol County Lacrosse Association (EBBCLA): Barrington, Bristol, Warren, Riverside, Seekonk, Swansea, Somerset, & Rehoboth
 
East Greenwich Lacrosse Association: East Greenwich, West Warwick, & Coventry
 
Island Youth Lacrosse: Newport &Middletown
     
Northern Rhode Island Youth LacrosseJohnston, Smithfield, Lincoln, North Scituate, & all towns north to the Massachusetts border.
                  
North Kingstown Youth Lacrosse: N. Kingstown, West Greenwich, Exeter, Jamestown, & North Saunderstown
 
Portsmouth Youth Lacrosse: Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Fall River  
 
Providence Youth Lacrosse: Providence: East Providence, North Providence, Pawtucket, & Seekonk
     
South County Youth Lacrosse: S. Kingstown, Narragansett, South Saunderstown, & all points south to the Connecticut border
 
Warwick Police Athletic League (PAL): Warwick
 
 
 
RIYLL Addendum #2: Geographic Territory
As voted upon by the Board on December 15, 2016
 
 
Burrillville: Burrillville, North Smithfield, Glocester, Foster
 
Coventry: Coventry
Cranston League For Cranston’s Future (CLCF): Cranston, Hope section of Scituate (SOUTH of reservoir)
 
Cumberland Youth Lacrosse:Cumberland, Woonsocket
 
East Bay Bristol County Lacrosse Association (EBBCLA)Barrington, Bristol, Warren, Riverside, Swansea, Somerset, & Rehoboth
 
East Greenwich Lacrosse Association: East Greenwich & West Warwick
 
East Providence: East Providence
Island Youth LacrosseNewport & Middletown
     
Northern Rhode Island Youth LacrosseJohnston, Smithfield, Lincoln, Scituate except for Hope (NORTH of the reservoir)
                  
North Kingstown Youth LacrosseN. Kingstown, West Greenwich, Exeter, Jamestown, & North Saunderstown
 
Portsmouth Youth LacrossePortsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Fall River  
 
Providence Youth LacrosseProvidence, North Providence, Pawtucket, & Central Falls
     
Seekonk: Seekonk, MA
South County Youth LacrosseS. Kingstown, Narragansett, South Saunderstown, & all points south to the Connecticut border
 
Warwick Police Athletic League (PAL)Warwick