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NCJLA Interpretation of CDPH Youth Sports Guidance

Interpretation of CDPH Youth Sports Guidance for NCJLA Lacrosse Games

This document is intended for use by parents, athletes, volunteers, safety managers and club leaders of the NCJLA member clubs and the game officials from the NCWLO and NCLRA. The interpertation document focuses on two areas of concern: 1) compliance with the CDPH Guidelines for Youth Sports issued Feb 19, 2021 and 2) compliance with the NCJLA Infectious Disease Modifications for Games and Events Plan.

Further questions can be submitted via email to execdirector@ncjla.org but please note the NCJLA is not a public health organization and does not employ public health officials.

The document can be viewed in its entirety or for the specific roles listed below.

NCJLA Interpretation of CDPH Guidance for Youth Sports (full version)

Game Scheduling Meetings will take place the first and second week of March. Registered teams will be organized to follow CDPH guidance. Register Teams for FREE HERE. The exact date for each region will be determined by the club schedulers in those regions. Email execdirector@ncjla.org to have your club scheduler added to the group working on game schedules. 

by posted 02/24/2021
CDPH Youth Sports Guidelines
NCJLA Board of Directors To Review CDPH Guidelines in Preparation for Feb 26th Start Date

More detailed information coming Feb 24, 2021.

The NCJLA Board and Staff are reviewing the CDPH Guidelines for Youth Sports document and consulting with the officials organizations, the CA Youth Sports Alliance and a few of the CIF Athletic Directors. The NCJLA Return to Play Committee will be reviewing the NCJLA Infectious Disease Modifications for Games and Events to confirm that the league guidelines meet or exceed the CDPH guidelines.  

During this review period if there is a specific question that you would like answered please email  . The NCJLA staff is aiming to answer those questions by next Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Until then continue to wear a face covering, wash your hands and social distance. We are making progress!

REGISTER your team HERE for FREE!

Game Scheduling Meetings will take place the first and second week of March. The exact date for each region will be determined by the club schedulers in those regions. Email to have your club scheduler added to the group working on game schedules. Regions are organized by county to follow CDPH guidance. 

by posted 02/20/2021
2021 Season Plan and Resources


The NCJLA Board of Directors and Club Presidents met on January 26th to discuss the options for resuming play and competition this spring. Below are the plans and associated resources for clubs to use in order to offer lacrosse playing opportunities this spring. Families should contact their local NCJLA Club to determine what types of games and competition will be offered this spring. Clubs may field teams in the traditional, 8v8 or US Lacrosse Flex6 format at all age levels. A description of the rules for each type of game format can be found HERE.


2021 Season Operations Plan v2.1.2021


2021 Scheduling Resources

Virtual Regional Scheduling meetings are in the process of being scheduled and shared workspaces are being developed. The NCJLA has submitted the plans to regional commissioners for approval. Club schedulers will receive an email from the NCJLA when those plans have been finailized. The NCJLA webmaster and Executive Director will be available to support club schedulers with scheduling games this spring.


CA Department of Public Health Resources

by posted 11/20/2020
#SafeReturntoPlay Campaign

We were one of many organizations to co-write a letter to Governor Newsom asking for clarifications on when youth sports can continue playing in a safe manner.

Letter to Governor Newsom

Want to get involved? Reach out to your local officials.

Government Officials by County

Email Communications

If only a contact form is available - SUGGESTED WORDING

  • copy/paste the wording into the form
  • (replace highlighted areas with your specifics and remove highlighting)
  • be sure to fill out all of the required fields
  • when (if) you get a reply, use the direct email option below to proceed 

If direct email is available - SUGGESTED WORDING

  • copy/paste the wording into an email
  • (replace highlighted areas with your specifics and remove highlighting)
  • attach the PDF (below) of the letter sent to Gavin Newsom to your email
  • REPEAT for as many officials as you can! 

PDF of Letter sent to Gavin Newsom from Youth Sports Alliance (download to attach) 

Social Media Communications

If your club has Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter accounts, please consider posting something. We will have a relevant post on our pages that you can repost, or come up with your own message and use the hashtag #safereturntoplay 

You can also tag your local officials if you find their social media accounts (just search their names). 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NCJLA, @NCJLA 

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/norcal_junior_lacrosse_assoc @NorCal_Junior_Lacrosse_Assoc

by posted 10/20/2020
2020 Club Leadership Training

Webinars & Resources:

The NCJLA would like to thank the following panelist for their contribution to the 2020 Club Leadership Training Webinar.  Each has demonstrated a level of commitment to the sport that goes above and beyond. We are grateful for their willingness to share their time and expertise in the field of youth lacrosse.  

All of our panelists have graciously offered their continued support for those that would like additional information regarding club administration.  We have provided their contact information below.

Thank you Jim, Matt and Cathy.


Jim Kircher

Santa Rosa Youth Lacrosse BHS Head Coach

Former Petaluma Youth Lacrosse Athletic Director

Former NCJLA Board Member

NCJLA Boys High School Commissioner

NCJLA Member Since 2015

Contact: jkircher2244@gmail.com

Matt Beaulieu

Founder of Rocklin Lacrosse Club

Former Collegiate Lacrosse Player

Former Boys Lacrosse Coach at Marin Academy

Former Boys Lacrosse Coach Jesuit High School

Sacramento City League Coach – Granite Bay Lacrosse

Contact: mattbeaulieu@gmail.com

Cathy Reed

Sacramento Youth Lacrosse President and Founder

Current NCJLA Board Member

NorCal Chapter of USL Board Member since 2016

Lacrosse PE Program resource

Contact: Cathy@sacramentolacrosse.org


by posted 09/25/2020
2020 NCJLA Virtual Summer Workshop

2020 NCJLA Virtual Summer Workshop

For questions or additional feedback regarding a topic discussed please reach out to the appropriate NCJLA staff member:

Dan Miller, , website functionality

Erin Kramer, , girls game rules and officials

Chris Gehrke, , boys game rules and officials

Laura Jennings, , league wide topics and special committees

by posted 06/30/2020
2020 High School All Stars

Congratulations to the 2020 NCJLA

Click here to view the Award Winners

by posted 05/11/2020
Survival Guides
Players Click Here Parents & Coaches Click Here

by posted 04/07/2020
NCJLA President's Message

Ladies and Gentlemen - 

Sadly, I am reporting to you that on April 6, the NCJLA Board of Directors voted to cancel the remaining portion of the 2020 season.  This was not a decision we took lightly.  As a Board, we reviewed the actions and guidance from the state and counties and determined we could not safely complete the regular season, produce and manage our regional jamborees, nor hold our annual playoffs and end of season tournaments.  Given the cancelation of our End of Season events, the Board also voted to refund 100% of each team’s assessment.   

The Board of Directors will meet again on April 15 to determine any additional action for the remainder of the 2020 season and begin to develop plans for the 2021 season.  In the meantime, our Treasurer will be reaching out to each clubs’ President and Treasurer with the exact amount of their assessment refund and how we should send it. 

In the coming weeks, the Board and the staff would like to know how your club is weathering this crisis and how the league can support you.  By the end of the month, I would like to hold state of the league meeting to update you with our plans.  Please stay in touch and look for updates from Laura and me. 

Thanks and stay healthy and safe. 

Steve Walker 

NCJLA President

by posted 04/07/2020

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