See the Publication on the home page for details on the Final Four Tailgate this weekend
See the Publication on the home page for details on the Final Four Tailgate this weekend
March 6, 2015
TO: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Conference Commissioners, Athletic Directors and Head Coaches.
FROM: Robert Scalise, chair NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee
William Scroggs, Secretary-Rules Editor NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee
RE: Reminders on Stick Specifications.
The committee has been made aware of two issues in the early season and is communicating to clarify these items.
1. Altered Sticks. Please be aware that altering a crosse from the manufacturer in any manner to gain an advantage, is illegal (Rule 1-19, page 14). This includes cutting or removing any part of the stick (e.g., sidewalls). An altered stick is considered an illegal stick. Coaches in particular should be alert to these rules and able to confirm that all player equipment meets the rules specifications.
2. Stringing of Sticks. Several officials have observed stringing techniques that are clearly attempting to violate the spirit and intent of the rules. In these methods, the stringing creates a U-shaped channel and is in direct conflict of the intent of Rule 1-19. Please also refer to Appendix I/Stick Check, Shooting Strings Measurement (page 89).
Please be advised that stringing methods that create this type of channel are considered to be in violation of the current rule. The committee believes these stringing methods to be a blatant attempt to circumvent the rules.
Thank you for your time in reviewing this information. If you have any questions regarding competition rules, please send them to secretary-editor Willie Scroggs (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will respond promptly. Good luck the rest of the season.
You may now access the 2015 Fees and Travel Reimbursements on the NILOA site.
Login to the site, click in the Publications link at the top of the page and scroll down to the Fees and Travel Reimbursement.pdf document. The documents are listed in alphabetical order.
The 2015 NCAA Test is now available online.
Login to www.coclacrosse.org . Click on Your User Profile and click on the User Actions tab at top left of page. You will see a link to the online test as well as a link that will allow you to print a hard copy of the test.
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)
DISTRICT I GOVERNOR
DISTRICT II GOVERNOR
___ Jim O'Hara
DISTRICT III GOVERNOR
___ Buzz Lynn
DISTRICT IV GOVERNOR
___ Scott Rayburn
DISTRICT V GOVERNOR
___ Dave Kazmerowski
___ Ken Rizzo
DISTRICT VI GOVERNOR
___ Tim Kelly
DISTRICT VII GOVERNOR
___ Charles Rexer
____ Brad Scibak
DISTRICT VIII GOVERNOR
___ Gene Brown
DISTRICT IX GOVERNOR
___ Hank Freidman
___ Bill Johansen
DISTRICT X GOVERNOR
___ Frank Lansner
DISTRICT XI GOVERNOR
___ Keith MacFie
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 email@example.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.
The negotiated game fees and related charges for Division 1, 2 and 3 games can be found in the Publications area on the site.
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
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.
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.
Fellow Officials –
It is hard to believe, but the time is here. We have survived a lacrosse season that brought unprecedented snow, freezing cold temperatures, numerous rule changes, and another new faceoff mechanic. Memorial Day and the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four is this weekend.
It is certainly time for us to come together as a group and have some fun.
We will be holding an Official’s Tailgate at this year’s Men’s NCAA College Lacrosse Championships (May 23rd – May 25th at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia)
How can you find us?
Look for the Big Blue Dietz & Watson Tents (Picture Enclosed)
What will be provided?
Feel free to (BYOC) Bring Your Own Cooler with your own “favorite” foods and beverages. We can make room on the grill if you have special dietary needs.
Potato & Macaroni Salads Non–Alcoholic Beverages
(Soda & Water) Desserts
We are very thankful to have received significant support from our sponsors and officials associations. In addition to their financial support, they have been generously provided us the use of the tents, commercial grills, coolers, a cook, and discounted food pricing.
￼The Officials Corner
101 Robbins Road
Downingtown, PA 19335 www.theofficialscorner.com Email: info@TheOfficialsCorner.com
Dietz and Watson
State Farm Insurance
The Tap Room on 19th
2400 South 19th Street Philadelphia, PA 19145 www.taproomon19th.com
The Green Room
1940 Green Street Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Art Museum area)
Various Officials Associations NILOA, District 3, NJILOA KLOA, GPLOA, CPLOA and US Lacrosse
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Finally, we would like to thank the numerous volunteers who have signed up to assist us with the tailgate. The tailgate would not be possible without their help.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Final Four Tailgate Committee
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.
NILOA / NCAA RULES CLINIC
BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER
District 4 Clinic in Charlottesville VA
Location: Board of Realtors
550 Hillsdale Drive
Charlottesville VA 22901
Time: 11- 1:00
SPU- Bertona Bldg. Starts 2:30.
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
Oregon Sports Authority. Starting at 1:00.
Westminster College, Malouf, Room 201
9:00AM to 11:00AM