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NILOA 2014 Election Ballot

posted on Oct 7, 2014 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

From: Tom Sutton

A memo containing the ballot has been posted on zebra web specific to each District. The voting process is explained in the same memo. Bios for the candidates can be found on zebra web under the document section of the NILOA portal.

All Voting will be completed electronically. Election will close Oct. 14 2014.


YOUR NAME                          DISTRICT #

President         ___ Steve Miller (2)             VP at Large MCLA   ___ Gary Alabaster (10)           

Treasurer         ___ Dave Pinciaro (1)           Secretary                 ____ John Hill (1)

AT LARGE USILA (Districts 1-4 or 6)

___ Doug Donovan (3)

___ Andrew “Marty” Joyner (4)

___ Sean Murphy (1)

AT LARGE MCLA (Districts 5 or 7-11)

___ J.D. Doyle (9)

___ Fred Zensen (5)

VICE PRESIDENT – USILA (Districts 1-4 or 6)

___ Brian Abbott (4)

___ Paul Espinosa (6)


___Tim McCaffrey


___ Jim O'Hara


­___ Buzz Lynn


___ Scott Rayburn


___ Dave Kazmerowski

___ Ken Rizzo


___ Tim Kelly


___ Charles Rexer

____ Brad Scibak


___ Gene Brown


___ Hank Freidman

___ Bill Johansen


___ Frank Lansner


___ Keith MacFie

NILOA Elections

posted on Sep 18, 2014 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

The National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association, Inc. (NILOA) will be conducting elections for all Board of Director positions.  The positions include 11 District Governors (one ea. in all 11 Districts) and all Officer (Executive Committee) positions (President, Vice President-USILA (from Districts 1-4 or 6), Vice President- MCLA (From Districts 5, or 7 – 11), Treasurer, Secretary, At large position – USILA (from Districts 1-4 or 6), and at large position –MCLA (From Districts 5, or 7 – 11).

An open nomination period for all positions will be held from Thursday, September 18, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014 at which time the nomination process will close and a ballot will be developed. Shortly thereafter an approved ballot will be presented for the election. All nominees, nominators, and seconds must be a member in good standing in both NILOA and USL. Self nominations are acceptable. All nominations must have a second and be in written form which is to be communicated electronically as outlined below. If you are nominating a person, please attempt to verify the person is interested in the position.

If you wish to nominate someone, please email me. Do not reply to this email. You must either use the hyperlink or type my email address in the "Send to" box. Email address sutlax@aol.com

Upon receipt of your nomination an acknowledgment will be sent to you.

All positions are 2 years starting at conclusion of the election and ending at the conclusion of the next election.


Tom Sutton

Secretary NILOA/COC

Game Fees and Related Charges for 2015 - 2017

posted on Sep 18, 2014 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

The negotiated game fees and related charges for Division 1, 2 and 3 games can be found in the Publications area on the site.

2-24-14 Memo regarding Screens & Picks

posted on Feb 25, 2014 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

During the first several weeks of play this season there have been comments & concerns regarding “pick plays” and “screening tactics”. The comments we’ve received have come from both the offensive & defensive sides of the ball. 
The rulebook was edited last season to include new wording regarding Illegal Offensive Screening (page 55). The wording was added due to the increasing number of offensive plays, in recent years, where “picks & screens” are being set for the player in possession of the ball.  Players inside stick skills have also increased tremendously, making inside feeds to the crease area an integral part of offenses in today’s modern game.
This offensive tactic was used less often in prior years.
In addition, attack players are cutting to the ball & then setting up closer to the crease line (facing the goal & with their back to the defender) if they don’t receive an immediate  pass.
This type of offense has led to a number of plays, in all games, where offensive & defensive players are bumping into each other (either accidently or on purpose) very close to the crease line, causing crease violations & potential interference calls possible.
We’re asking officials to be aware, as the ball rotates around, and visual responsibilities switch, that this area needs to be closely monitored by the lead & single side officials. The Trail official can also help in this regard if the play is in a settled situation.  Fouls on both sides of the ball can occur quickly & need to be called.
Please review and cover this coverage in your pregame meetings, as well as reviewing Rule 6-5 on page 55, particularly the wording in letter “b”:
“The screener shall stay within his vertical plane with a stance no wider than shoulder width apart and shall not lean into the path of an opponent or extend his hips into that path, even though the feet are stationary.”
Lastly, we’d like to remind officials of this year’s NCAA Video and the comments regarding defensive players going through an offensive player’s screen.  Be aware of high or unnecessary hits from defensive players as they attempt to cover their man while getting through the pick.
As stated above, these plays are more prevalent & an important part of men’s lacrosse.  We owe it to the players & coaches to do our best at officiating them to our best ability.
Tom Abbott NCAA Officials Rep and Warren  Kimber NCAA Officiating Coordinator

2014 NCAA Changes and Mechanics Document

posted on Feb 14, 2014 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

A document has been added to the Publications library, describing the rules and mechanics changes for 2014. It is in pdf format and can be easily downloaded.

Revised 2014 NCAA Rulebook

posted on Feb 12, 2014 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

The revised 2013-2014 Rulebook has been made available to the schools and to COC officials. Members can access or download a PDF version by going to the Publications area on the menu at the top of the page.

2014 NCAA Mens Lacrosse Rules and Officiating Video

posted on Jan 14, 2014 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

The 2014 version of the NCAA Mens Lacrosse Rules and Officiating Video is available for viewing. Click on the following link and the video should launch in a viewer
Click here for NCAA Video

If you have issues viewing, email me at dbenson1@comcast.net

If you want a hard copy DVD, contact your District Governor.

Letter to All COC Members - 2014 Gift - Game Pants

posted on Dec 27, 2013 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

Dear COC members,
The COC Board would like to extend a Happy Holiday Season to all of our members. We appreciate the support you have given us throughout the years which has enabled us to successfully complete negotiations of our contracts with the USILA and the MCLA, create a new web site, improve and expand our Observation program, maintain a strong balance sheet and deliver the support our officials need to continue their excellent officiating in the college game.
In recognition of all of the above and to further improve the uniformity of our appearance on the field, the Board has made arrangements to provide all members with a pair of long black pants. The pants consist of the same material as the football referee pants but without the stripe. The vendor we have chosen to provide the pants is Honig's Sporting Goods.  All COC members will be able to order 1 pair of these pants FREE of charge which includes shipping. The document with instructions for ordering the pants (Honigs Instructions for How to Order Pants) AND the Honig's Order Form (Honigs Order Form Pants 2014) can be accessed in either of two ways -  download either document directly from this post by clicking on either of the following links:
Honigs Order Form Pants 2014
How to Order Document
OR go to the Publications page (click on tab at top of page) and click on the Download button to the left of the desired document.    The cut-off date to order these free pants is April 1, 2014.
We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in January and hope you can make it. And we look forward to another great year for all of our officials on the field in the Spring. Let's get in shape now and make this our best year ever.
Best regards.

COC Board

Wednesday Update Sept.25, 2013

posted on Sep 27, 2013 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

Shortly after noon today the COC and USILA reached an interim agreement. This agreement will expire on November 1, 2013. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure officials are allowed to work the fall season. This agreement mirrors what the COC Board approved in July.  There is still work to be done to finalize the total agreement. We did get a commitment from the USILA’s Tom Calder  that the entire deal will be completed by November 1. Currently we have no talks scheduled. 
All games and fees will be entered in Zebraweb by the DAAs.
As we begin to officiate these games in the coming weeks please attempt to avoid discussions regarding this agreement or the entire agreement with anyone outside of the COC. If a coach or administrator would like additional information please inform them to contact Kevin or Tom. Be positive and supportive and beware that additional attention will be given to things we say and do. Make sure we support each other. Please do not discuss this with any members of the media or on the internet and again you may refer them to Kevin or Tom.   
Go out, work hard, and let your actions on the field do all the talking.
Thanks for your support. We will continue to work to finalize the entire deal.

REMINDER - COC and US Lacrosse Dues

posted on Sep 25, 2013 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

We are rapidly approaching our deadline of Sept. 30, 2013 to pay dues for the COC and USL. If you do not pay dues by Sept. 30, 2013 you will not be a member in good standing thus will not be eligible to officiate fall games. The DAAs will be instructed to remove nonpaid members from fall games if dues are unpaid. This process will begin starting Oct. 1. If you are removed from a game you will not be reassigned.  
Please see the letter below and make sure you pay your dues.
if you have paid your dues you may disregard this email.

COC Letter to Members

Your US Lacrosse and COC memberships will be expiring on Sept. 30, 2013. In order to maintain your good standing with US Lacrosse and the COC, you need to complete a two-step process this year. The following two steps need to be completed. It is important to realize that you need to complete your renewal on both USL website and the COC website. You will need to make a payment on both websites as well.

1) Go to www.uslacrosse.org/join to complete your US Lacrosse renewal. Please check and update your contact information while doing so to make sure that we have accurate data for this year's COC directory.

2) After renewing your US Lacrosse membership, go to www.coclacrosse.com to pay your COC-specific dues. Please check and update your contact information while doing so to make sure that we have accurate data.  

If you have any questions regarding your US Lacrosse renewal, please contact Brian McGettigan, Men’s Game Manager at bmcgettigan@uslacrosse.org

If you have any questions regarding your COC dues, please contact your local district governor.

Thank you.


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Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2015

D-4 Clinic

District 4 Clinic in Charlottesville VA

Location: Board of Realtors

550 Hillsdale Drive

Charlottesville VA 22901

Time: 11- 1:00


Jan 25 - Jan 26, 2015

District III Breakfast meeting

The District 3 breakfast meeting will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Days Inn, Route 18 in East Brunswick, NJ.

Jan 24 - Jan 25, 2015




Feb 1 - Feb 2, 2014

Make-up - Colorado COC meeting

Jan 26 - Jan 27, 2014

Washington Dist. 11 COC/NCAA Meeting

SPU- Bertona Bldg. Starts 2:30.

Jan 26 - Jan 27, 2014

District III Breakfast Meeting

The District III NCAA Rules Clinic and Breakfast Meeting:

Location - The Days Inn

Exit 9 NJ Turnpike

Route 18 in East Brunswick, NJ

Date - Sunday January 26, 2014  

Time - 9am to 1pm


Jan 25 - Jan 26, 2014

Oregon Dist. 11 COC/NCAA Meeting

Oregon Sports Authority. Starting at 1:00.

Jan 25 - Jan 26, 2014

CO COC meeting

Location: University of Denver

9:00AM to Noon.

Jan 25 - Jan 26, 2014

UT COC meeting

Westminster College, Malouf, Room 201

9:00AM to 11:00AM

Jan 18 - Jan 19, 2014

Colorado COC meeting