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Final Four Tailgate

posted on May 22, 2015 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

See the Publication on the home page for details on the Final Four Tailgate this weekend

Reminders on Stick Specifications

posted on Mar 10, 2015 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson


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 (williescroggs@unc.edu) and he will respond promptly. Good luck the rest of the season.


Fees and Travel Reimbursement - 2015

posted on Jan 10, 2015 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

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.

2015 NCAA Test

posted on Jan 10, 2015 by Darrell Benson
Darrell Benson

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.

Good Luck!

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.


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Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2016

District III Breakfast meeting

The District III breakfast meeting this year will be held:

Date-Sunday, January 31, 2016

Location- The Days Inn, Route 18 in East Brunswick, NJ.

Attendance is Mandatory 

Jan 10 - Jan 11, 2016

District 1 Preseason Meeting

Nov 14 - Nov 16, 2015




Feb 7 - Feb 8, 2015

CO COC meeting

Location:Colorado College


Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2015

District III Breakfast meeting

The District III breakfast meeting this year will be held:

Date-Sunday, January 31, 2016

Location- The Days Inn, Route 18 in East Brunswick, NJ.

Attendance is Mandatory 

Jan 24 - Jan 25, 2015




Jan 18 - Jan 19, 2015

D-4 Clinic

District 4 Clinic in Charlottesville VA

Location: Board of Realtors

550 Hillsdale Drive

Charlottesville VA 22901

Time: 11- 1:00


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 25 - Jan 26, 2014

Oregon Dist. 11 COC/NCAA Meeting

Oregon Sports Authority. Starting at 1:00.