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  • 1/11/2018

    NCAA officials:

    Attached is a PDF of the 2018 NCAA Women's Lacrosse test questions. You can download this document for your use. 

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ORDER OF THE POSSIBLE ANSWERS BELOW EACH QUESTION MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN THE ORDER THAT APPEARS ON THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THE TEST. BEFORE TRANSFERRING ANSWERS FROM THIS STUDY GUIDE TO THE ACTUAL TEST ON ARBITER, BE SURE TO MATCH THE ANSWERS – NOT THE LETTERS.

    Should you have any questions, please contact Melissa or Stefanie.

  • 12/1/2017

    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Officials:

    The 2017 NCAA Rules Interpretation Webinars start next weekend! Please use the links below to sign up for one of the interpretation dates. 

    A few notes...

    1.  If you plan to attend the live rules interpretation at the US Lacrosse Convention or if you attended the rules session at IWLCA, you do NOT need to sign up for a webinar.

    2.  The sign up sheets are capped at 450 participants per session. If you receive notification that the date you selected is full, please pick another. If no other date works for you, email me.

    3.  You will receive the link to attend the webinar the night before or morning of the webinar. Please be patient (translation: please do not inundate Stefanie and me with emails).

    4.  You are being asked for your CWLOA member number so I can provide Patty Daley with a list of officials who attended a session. If you don't have a member number, list "0" in the field.

    5.  All Webinar times are Eastern Time.

    Here are the registration links:

    https://goo.gl/forms/XcWcUo0xTPTh75av1 DECEMBER 9 11AM ET

    https://goo.gl/forms/Y85DEMbdO6wF1utB3 DECEMBER 16 11AM ET

    https://goo.gl/forms/yOG6rMPcEYL8wGRC3 DECEMBER 17 12PM ET

    If you should have any further questions, please email me.

    Thank you,
    Melissa Coyne

  • 11/1/2017

    NCAA Women's Lacrosse officials:

    Welcome!  Another outstanding season of NCAA women’s lacrosse is right around the corner and I know all of us are excited to get back on the field. 

    We will continue to use ArbiterSports and the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Officiating Central Hub to communicate important information.  Please visit The Draw Central Hub frequently to stay current on the latest officiating news and information.

    The purpose of this Central Hub is to provide resources and information relative to collegiate lacrosse officiating. Here you will find interpretations, videos, tests and other educational materials that will help you navigate the NCAA women’s lacrosse rules and officiating mechanics. Each week, starting in mid-December, Stefanie Smith (Secretary-Rules Editor) and I will add content as it becomes available and provide answers to interpretation/rules questions. All of the rules memos, reminders, FAQ’s, etc. will be housed in this location. If there is content you feel is important, please reach out to me and I will gladly add it as necessary. We will be organizing the presentation of information on Arbiter during the month of December in order to provide the most current information and also archive information that is no longer applicable because of the systemic rules changes.  

    This year, with several rules changes and the introduction of the 90-second possession clock for Divisions II and III, it will be vital that the information shared with officials is consistent and that the interpretations you receive are clear. It will take all of us working together to continue to improve this wonderful game we all love. My sincere thanks to the CWLOA for their time and effort in examining the multitude of scenarios that arise from the new rules and developing the mechanics necessary for the implementation of the new rules on the field. It is important to me that we continue to move in a positive and inclusive manner.

    When available, please remember to register for one of the NCAA Rules Interpretations Clinics. We will use the Webinar and live interpretation format again this year.

    Stefanie and I will host live rule interpretations at the IWLCA and USL Conventions as well as the following webinar dates/times:

    December 9th: 11am ET
    December 16th: 11am ET
    December 17th: 12pm ET

    The webinar interpretations sign-ups will be available soon and will be on a first come, first serve basis. You may attend any webinar, regardless of your geographic location. You will receive login information 24-48 hours before the scheduled webinars so please be patient!

    Registration for the site is now open and the cost is $65.  Additionally, the ArbiterMobile app is now available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's officials' registration, and then click here to read ArbiterMobile FAQs.  Please note that welcome packets will begin shipping in early January.

    The NCAA test will be available January 8-February 9.  This test must be completed and passed on The Draw Central Hub in order to become eligible for NCAA women’s lacrosse postseason.  The timeframe to take the test has been shortened this year to allow officials to get the answers prior to the start of the regular season in most instances.

    Should you have any questions/comments/concerns/compliments, please feel free to reach out at any time.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
    mcoyne@uslacrosse.org
    443-255-6376

  • 9/18/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:
     
    The following links provide access to the recordings of the webinars introducing the new rules/rules changes for the 2018 season.
     
     
     
     
    We will be reviewing the webinars to ensure that there are no unintentional mistakes in the presentations.  If there are, we will be sure to correct any errors in a forthcoming memorandum, which will be distributed in the coming weeks as we expand the memorandum to include additional interpretations and clarifications based on questions from the webinars as well as feedback from the first few fall ball competitions.  
     
    While the webinars cover an ample amount of detail relating to the new rules and rules changes, below are a few interpretations and clarifications in response to recent questions and feedback.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  
     
    Interpretations & Clarifications
     
    - Players are not required to be in a "settled" stance when self-starting from out of bounds.  Players may not pass the ball to commence play while positioned out of bounds. 
     
    - The penalty for goal circle fouls by the defense shall be a free position taken at the dot.  The offending player, except the goalkeeper who is within the goal circle, shall be placed 4m behind the player taking the free position.  The penalty for goal circle fouls by the attack shall be a free position at the dot taken by the closest defender (not the goalkeeper). 
     
    - When an illegal draw occurs, a free position for the opponent is awarded at the center line. For the free position, the offending player must be 2 meters away.  The player awarded the free position may self-start. 
     
    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee
  • 9/1/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    For your reference and review, attached is the list of the approved rules changes for the 2018 season.  A memorandum outlining these changes with even more specificity and guidance will be distributed next week prior to the first webinar on September 6, 2017. 

    This list of changes is also available at the following link.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

  • 8/30/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    We will be offering two live webinars to introduce the new rules/rules changes prior to the fall ball season.  

    You can sign up for the webinar on September 6, 2017 at 8:30PM EST using the following link:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HqRhTLKsasLMhP-j9HvD84oaVvcFZCxCx3gHaR-YZPg/edit?usp=sharing

    You can sign up for the webinar on September 7, 2017 at 3:30PM EST using the following link:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y-d8TXQFrBq6wUB4Ex7d4GbYoN1aFphzOIe-QUeITu0/edit?usp=sharing

    Each institution/official may only sign up for one spot. 

    Participants will receive an email next week with instructions on how to access the webinar. 

    There will be a question and answer session at the conclusion of the webinar.  

    We intend to video one of the webinars for those who are unable to attend.  

    We hope you attend one of the webinars!  

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

  • 5/18/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached are clarifications.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  


    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

  • 5/5/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:
     
    Attached are interpretations, clarifications, and reminders in response to recent questions and feedback.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  
     
    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee
  • 5/4/2017

    NCAA Post Season Officials,
     
    If you are selected to officiate an NCAA Tournament Game, please read and review the attached document. Notification of Assignment for all three Divisions will begin after the NCAA tournament fields are selected on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
     
    Should you have any questions, please let me know.
     
    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
  • 3/24/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:
     
    Attached are interpretations, clarifications, and reminders in response to recent questions and feedback.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  
     
    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee
  • 3/16/2017

    NCAA Officials,

    Please review the following clips:

    Clip 1 (shooting space 1) shows the low defender in white placing herself directly into shooting space. She makes no attempt to move up the 8m arc at an angle toward the attacker. The attacker, in this case, does not shoot and the defender is not penalized for shooting space.  View Clip 1

    Clip 2 (shooting space 1a) shows the same defender again placing herself directly and blatantly in the path of the attacker’s shot with no attempt to move at an angle toward the shooter. In this instance, the attacker was penalized for dangerous propel. However, it is clear that the defender deliberately and flagrantly places herself in a dangerous position. The defender should have been carded (perhaps even red carded due to repeated fouls of this nature).  View Clip 2

    Clip 3 (shooting space 2) again shows the low defender making no attempt to move at an angle toward the shooter and instead places herself intentionally in a dangerous position. An immediate whistle for shooting space or a card for dangerous play on the DEFENDER could have been considered here.  View Clip 3

    Clip 4 (shooting space 3) is another example of a low defender (on left, in red) moving flat across the 8m as opposed to on an angle toward the shooter. Another 8m should have been awarded for shooting space.  View Clip 4

    These clips are being sent to me with some frequency. It is important that officials consider the actions of the defender in these cases. Attackers should not be penalized when a defender deliberately or flagrantly places herself in the path of a shot. The defender, in those cases, should be carded for dangerous play. 

    Should you have any questions, please let me know.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 3/9/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached is a memorandum with rules interpretations and clarifications in response to recent questions.  Additionally, the memorandum includes several officiating mechanic reminders. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 3/8/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Per request, attached is the 2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Table Reference Sheet for Divisions 2 and 3.  This reference sheet does not include the information relating to the 90-second possession clock.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee
  • 3/8/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Please use the attached UPDATED 2017 NCAA STICK CARD for the remainder of the 2017 season.  Our apologies in advance for any confusion.  The initial versions posted were not the most updated versions.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
     
    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee
  • 3/2/2017


    NCAA Officials,

    There seems to be confusion around the pre-game selection of 5 random sticks. Please refer to the attached memo for instructions. Officials are to select 5 STICKS…total. If a player has more than one, it counts as two…or three. You only need to check 5 sticks.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 3/1/2017

    NCAA Officials and Coaches,  

    Please use the attached REVISED 2017 NCAA Stick Card going forward. The revised version includes a pocket depth check as part of the coach requested checklist. I apologize for the oversight.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
    mcoyne@uslacrosse.org
    443-255-6376

  • 2/10/2017

    NCAA Officials:

    I received some questions regarding the attached picture (pocket stringing). Pictured is the approved Rail Elite Pocket. It is legal for play. 

    If you have any further questions, please contact me at any time.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
    mcoyne@uslacrosse.org
    443-255-6376

  • 2/3/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached is the 2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Carding/Score Verification Form.  A few changes were made to the electronic entry to improve its efficiency.   

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

  • 2/2/2017

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached is the 2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Table Reference Sheet.  The intention of this document is to provide guidance to your table personnel, specifically your Official Timer and Possession Clock Operator. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

  • 1/30/2017

    NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Officials:
     
    As discussed in the rules interpretations, any OPTIONAL head gear worn by players this season must meet ASTM standard F3137. There are currently two products on the market that meet this standard. The standard number (F3137) MUST be visible on the product. Any products that do not carry the ASTM number are NOT LEGAL for play. This includes any rugby style headgear, headbands or other products you may have seen in the past. I am attaching two photographs of the products. If you should encounter any other products during the season, you must only look for the ASTM F3137 mark. If it’s there, it’s legal. If it’s not, the player may not wear it. Additionally, eyewear continues to be mandated. Players choosing to wear headgear must still wear approved eyewear under the head gear product as directed by the manufacturer.
     
    Please note: The Cascade headgear carries two ASTM standard numbers. F3137 for the headgear and F3077 for the eyewear as this product incorporates eyewear into its product.
     
  • 1/9/2017

    The 2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Officiating Test is now available under the TESTING Tab. Please note a test study guide is available by clicking "Download PDF" on the testing page.  
     
    The test will be available January 9 through March 31, 2017 and must be completed and passed to become eligible for NCAA Women’s Lacrosse postseason.
  • 12/6/2016

    Collegiate Officials:

    Please register for a 2016-17 NCAA Rules interpretations webinar by clicking the "REGISTER FOR A WEBINAR" link below. You have 3 options to meet the rules interpretation requirement.

    1.  Register for the NCAA Webinar assigned to your CWLOA region
    2.  Register for the NCAA Rules Interp at the US Lacrosse National Convention
    3.  Register for both the NCAA Webinar assigned to your CWLOA region AND the NCAA Rules Interp at the US Lacrosse National Convention.

    You may only register for ONE WEBINAR.  The registration deadline is December 7th at 12pm ET.  After you register, you will receive a subsequent email from the Webinar service inviting you to participate. You will need to accept the invitation and follow the instructions given.  If you register for US Lacrosse Convention, you will not receive the webinar invitation. 

    If you have a conflict with your assigned date/time, please email me: mcoyne@uslacrosse.org and I will work to reassign you.

    If you have questions, please contact me at any time.

    REGISTER FOR A WEBINAR

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
    mcoyne@uslacrosse.org
    443-255-6376

  • 11/21/2016

    Collegiate Officials,

    I know that many of you have been waiting for information regarding the 2016/17 NCAA Rule Interpretations. I appreciate your patience as Stefanie and I worked to determine the logistics.

    We are going to try something new this year...and yes, I know those words are concerning for officials. But, we are optimistic that the change will be a positive one. 

    NCAA rules interpretations are required for consideration for post season play (NCAA) and are highly recommended for ALL collegiate officials.

    The NCAA rule interpretations will be delivered via live webinars. You will be given a date and time based on your CWLOA region. The dates and times are below. PLEASE NOTE: THE USL CONVENTION WILL BE AN OPTION FOR A LIVE, FACE TO FACE NCAA RULES INTERPRETATION AS WELL AS SEVERAL OTHER SESSIONS FOR COLLEGIATE OFFICIALS. ALL OFFICIALS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS INTERPRETATION FOR CREDIT OR FOR AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY.

    To register for US Lacrosse convention, go to www.uslacrosse.org

    **If you are only attending the rules interpretation session and no other session(s), you will not be required to pay the convention registration fee.

    Webinar Interpretation Dates/Times:

    MID-ATLANTIC REGION: Saturday, December 10th: 11am ET.

    NORTHEAST REGION: Saturday, December 10th: 2pm ET.

    SOUTHEAST REGION: Sunday, December 18th: 4pm ET.

    MIDWEST REGION: Saturday, January 28th: 9:30am ET (note: all times are eastern times)

    WEST REGION: Saturday, January 28th: 12:00pm ET (note: all times are eastern times)

    *** The Times and Dates for these Webinars are almost identical to last year’s in-person opportunities.

    *** YOU WILL RECEIVE REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR THE WEBINARS IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO. ***

    There are several reasons why we have chosen to try this new option. First, we understand that officials sometimes have to go to great lengths, at great expense, to travel to an interp. This will alleviate that problem. You get to learn more about the new rules in the comfort of your own homes. Second, choosing locations is kind of like choosing a favorite child...no one really wins. With this new effort, everyone will be able to attend regardless of location. Third, Stefanie and I are working very hard to make sure the information you get as officials comes from us...first hand...which, in the past has not been the case. We hope it will create more consistent messaging. Finally, alleviating the costs for officials is important to me and I know it's important to you. The cost savings extend to the NCAA as well, meaning that I will be able to get out and observe more of you more frequently this season.

    WEBINAR LOGISTICS/RULES:

    Stefanie and I will perform the interps live...meaning we need you to be at a computer. We will mute you to minimize background noise. There will be the opportunity to submit questions during the webinar which we will answer at the end. If your question does not get answered, email it to us. We will keep a running list of questions in an FAQ document on Arbiter. It is important that ALL officials get the SAME answer to questions. The webinars will be recorded and hopefully posted to Arbiter so you may go back and review what you might have missed. WATCHING/LISTENING TO THE RECORDINGS DO NOT COUNT AS YOUR RULE INTERP. WE WILL KEEP AN ATTENDANCE LIST AT THE ACTUAL INTERP AND MATCH IT UP WITH THE REGISTRATION LIST. IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED FOR THAT INTERP AND DID NOT GET OUR PERMISSION TO SWITCH DATES, YOUR ATTENDANCE WILL NOT COUNT. YOU MUST STAY FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE INTERP FOR CREDIT…(yes, we can monitor that).

    Of course, there is always the risk that this will not go off as well as planned. And, I am certain you already have a pile of questions. I will do my best to try to answer some now and please feel free to reach out to me directly with additional questions.

    1. What if I'm not a member of CWLOA and, therefore, do not have a region?

     You should register for CWLOA. You can do that here: www.coalacrosse.org But, in the meantime, the map of regions is available on the CWLOA website. Do your best to register for that region's interp.

    2. What if I cannot attend the date assigned to me?

     Of course, we understand there will be conflicts...and by conflicts we mean: a wedding, a work event, your son's Bar Mitzvah. Your NFL team's game time is not a valid conflict. Please plan accordingly. If you have an actual conflict, please let us know and we will reassign you based on availability/capacity of other webinar dates.

    3. Can I attend more than one Interp?

     SURE! You can attend your assigned webinar AND US Lacrosse convention....but you cannot attend more than one online webinar. We have capacity limits.

    That is all I have for now. Please keep an eye out for more information, particularly the registration information. 

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
    mcoyne@uslacrosse.org
    443-255-6376

  • 10/21/2016

    Coaches and Officials:

    Attached is a clarification document (90 Second Possession Clock Clarifications) related to the 90 second possession clock. Please let us know if additional questions arise.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

  • 9/15/2016


    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    A memorandum in preparation for the start of the Fall 2016 Season and the introduction of new rules, rule changes, and the experimental rule involving the placement of players for an 8-meter free position has been posted to "The Draw." The memorandum also outlines several officiating mechanics provided by Patty Daley and Laurette Payette of the CWLOA and Liz Brush and Peter Hyde of US Lacrosse.  Please click here to read 2016 New Rules, Rule Changes, Selected Clarifications and Mechanics Memorandum.

    Please contact Melissa and I with any questions. You can reach Melissa via cell: 443-255-6376 or email: mcoyne@uslacrosse.org.  You can reach me via cell: 603-494-1865 or email: ssmithsre@gmail.com.

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

  • 9/15/2016


    NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Officials:

    In the 2016 New Rules, Rule Changes, Selected Clarifications and Mechanics Memorandum, dated 9/15/16, a new mechanic for pocket depth and free ball movement check was described. I have posted videos of the new mechanics to give you a visual of what the mechanic should look like. Please note: the main change to the mechanic is that officials will no longer use a hand to apply “reasonable pressure” to the ball as reasonable pressure is already being applied with the ball itself. The changes to the mechanics will ensure consistency of this process and should remove any subjectivity as a result of varying techniques among officials.

    If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 5/5/2016

    NCAA Officials,

    Pursuant to Appendix E, Section 25, if a stick had just one shooting string (which is permissible), that shooting string must be directly attached to the sidewalls in the top 1/3.  

    If a stick has two shooting strings, the top shooting string must be directly attached to the sidewalls in the top 1/3 of the head and the bottom shooting string may be an inverted "U" and may be attached in the top 2/3 of the head (again it must be directly attached to the sidewalls).  

    It would be illegal to have just one shooting string attached outside the upper 1/3. 

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 4/26/2016

    NCAA Officials,
     
    As a reminder, Rule 6, Page 44 (Note) states: Repeated violations of minor fouls should be penalized as major fouls. Any minor foul done in a dangerous way may be penalized as a major foul.
     
    As an example,  if 3 seconds is repeatedly committed by one or both teams, the official may upgrade that foul to a major foul.

    There is no official number of violations that must occur before the foul is upgraded. Therefore, it is important that officials communicate with each other to determine if/when fouls should be upgraded.

    Additionally, officials should alert the coach or the captain of the offending team(s) that the penalty will be upgraded before upgrading. This is important, proactive communication that I encourage even though it is not expressed in the rules that officials must do so.

    Should you have any questions, please let me know.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 4/19/2016

    NCAA Officials:

    If you received an email that you are under consideration for NCAA post season play, PLEASE complete the steps required by the end of the week.  Most importantly, I need your season schedules and your blocked dates entered into Arbiter ASAP.

    Thank you,

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 4/19/2016

    NCAA Officials:

    The document attached details the pre-game stick check procedures for NCAA post season tournament games. These procedures will apply to all three divisions for every round of the tournament.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 4/8/2016

    NCAA Officials,

    Please take a minute to view the attached video. Overall, it should be noted that this game was very well officiated and managed and this short clip should not discourage the game officials nor is it meant to embarrass them. I could have pulled very similar sequences from any game. This is meant to help officials evaluate their own management of physical play.

    It is critically important that overly physical play be controlled and penalties consistently enforced. Although officials are often careful not to infringe on their partners’ territory, it is the responsibility of all officials on the field to whistle dangerous play whenever and wherever they may see it on the field. In this video clip, there is a clear escalation of physical play that occurs. First, in the beginning of the clip, the white player carries the ball along the sideline. She is chased by a blue player who takes a full swing at her, thankfully misses, and proceeds to fall uncontrolled to the ground. This play must be penalized. The player in blue is not in control of her body or her stick. After crossing the restraining line, the white player is then cross checked, pushing her out of bounds and to the ground. While this play was whistled as a foul, officials should consider whether this play deserved a card.

    In the next minute of this video, there are several cross checks and horizontal stick fouls which are inconsistently enforced. The first cross check at the top of the 12 is penalized correctly but there are three subsequent fouls that go without a call.

    Finally, at the end of the video, a blue defender pushes a white attacker to the ground. The penalty is called but again, officials should consider whether this play warranted a card.

    Controlling dangerous and overly physical play must be a priority going forward. Call it early and often to set the tone and please be sure you are discussing this topic with your partners prior to the game to be sure you are on the same page.

    Best of luck this week!

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 3/16/2016


    NCAA Officials,

    Please review this video clip. In this situation, the game clock read 1:13 seconds left in the game. By rule, any attempt to self start under two minutes is a false start penalty, possession should be immediately awarded to the opposing team and the play restarted with a whistle. In this situation, the player in purple self starts under two minutes, the penalty is not recognized and the purple team scores on the ensuing play. Many of you have asked if this situation could be remedied in any way. We have consulted with the rules committee and it has been determined (per my previous memo) that there is no remedy in this case after the goal has been scored or significant time has elapsed. Had one of the officials realized the mistake immediately and whistled the foul, possession would have been given to the white team and play restarted with a whistle. Outside of an immediate whistle, no other remedy is available.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

     

  • 3/16/2016


    NCAA Officials,

    The document attached provides pictures of premanufactured pockets that have been approved by USL for use. Should you encounter these pockets, please know that in concept, they have been approved. The measurements and other aspects of the stick check procedures will still need to be verified and any changes to the pockets must be observed as well but I am hoping this will give you good visual examples of stringing concepts that are legal for play. Please feel free to use this as a guide when you are evaluating sticks and to help alleviate some of the questions.

    If you are still unsure, please continue to send questions, pictures etc. to Stefanie and me.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 3/4/2016


    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached are clarifications regarding stick check requests, non-releasable yellow cards, and the possession arrow as well as a recommendation for the last two minutes of each half.

    Please continue to contact Melissa and I with any questions. You can reach Melissa via cell: 443-255-6376 or email: mcoyne@uslacrosse.org.  You can reach me via cell: 603-494-1865 or email: ssmithsre@gmail.com.

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

  • 2/26/2016

    NCAA Officials,

    With a couple of weeks of the season under our belts, I wanted to provide some additional clarification/guidance regarding a few things observed thus far:

    1.  The stick measurement card is to be used as a guide for the various stick checking procedures now required for NCAA officials. As such, it is not a perfect measurement tool. Please make sure you are using your tape measure to confirm any measurements. If you printed the card from the pdf, the ruler is not precise. PLEASE USE YOUR TAPE MEASURES to confirm.

    2.  You should have received notice from Stefanie Smith that, due to variations in measurement tools and weather conditions, officials should allow for a standard deviation of .3cm or 1/8 inch for all measurements. All stick measurements you take should include this deviation if necessary.

    3.  The horizontal stick rule is NOT OPTIONAL. If the defender initiates contact with her stick in a horizontal position and hands apart, it is a foul and MUST be called.

    4.  A friendly reminder about sticks…if you are not sure whether stringing you observe is legal or not, you are to allow the stick with no penalty and send a picture to Stefanie and me for review. Please do not penalize players if you are uncertain.

    5.  Thongs knotted above the ball stop ARE STILL ILLEGAL AT THE NCAA LEVEL.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

     

  • 2/26/2016

    If the player who is awarded the free position self-starts when self-starts are not permitted, the official shall blow the whistle, set the free position up for the opposing team at the spot of the foul, and commence play with a whistle.  
     
    Self-starting when self-starts are not permitted is considered a false start and should be treated like any other false start on the field.  Whether there is 10 minutes left in a half, less than 2 minutes left in a half, or during overtime, self-starting when self-starts are not permitted is penalized with a change of possession.

    Stefanie Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

     

  • 2/26/2016

    Due to the variances in measuring tools used by officials and weather conditions affecting stick materials, any stick measurement taken by an official should allow for a total deviation of .3cm (1/8 of an inch) from the standard (previously .09cm) deviation.

  • 2/19/2016

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached are clarifications regarding team stick check requests during team timeouts. Please continue to contact Melissa and I with any questions. You can reach Melissa via cell: 443-255-6376 or email: mcoyne@uslacrosse.org.  You can reach me via cell: 603-494-1865 or email: ssmithsre@gmail.com.

    Stefanie Sparks Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

     

  • 2/16/2016

    NCAA Officials:

    I received many calls and emails regarding the "new recessed screw rule." To clarify, the rule is not new. The change is the wording that a recessed screw MUST be used. In the past, the wording indicated the head MAY be attached with a recessed screw. The screws that are being used by manufacturers are not illegal. The key is to make sure a screw is there.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 2/12/2016

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached are clarifications regarding pre-game stick checks and stick check requests. Please continue to contact Melissa and I with any questions. You can reach Melissa via cell: 443-255-6376 or email: mcoyne@uslacrosse.org.  You can reach me via cell: 603-494-1865 or email: ssmithsre@gmail.com.

    Stefanie Smith
    Secretary-Rules Editor
    NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee

     

  • 2/12/2016

    NCAA Officials:

    Attached are pictures of legal and illegal sticks to help guide you through the weekend. Please continue to contact Stefanie and me with any questions. You can reach Stefanie via cell: 603-494-1865 or email: ssmithsre@gmail.com and me via cell: 443-255-6376 or email: mcoyne@uslacrosse.org.

    Good Luck!

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 2/4/2016

    NCAA Officials:

    Attached are pictures of the sticks and the modification to the ball stop that has been made. These sticks are legal for play as long as the holes are filled and the stick does not present other violations to Appendix E.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 2/4/2016

    It has been brought to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee’s attention that several schools, primarily in the Midwest DII and DIII, had purchased a pocket locking system for their sticks prior to the release of the Appendix E revisions (over the summer at some point). This locking system keeps thongs in place below the ball stop. It requires the drilling of holes into the ball stop. Most of the teams expressed their concern that they cannot purchase new sticks for their teams this year due to budget constraints. In light of the potential financial effects that are likely to result by not providing an alternative resolution to this problem, the Committee has decided on the following resolution.  This remedy will not be allowed following the 2016 season.

    The Committee's resolution:

    For the 2016 season only, additional holes that have been drilled into the head of a crosse prior to the release of the changes to Appendix E, may be filled with a substance to comply with Appendix E, Section 2.  The substance used to fill the holes may not impede the free movement of the ball, may not be added as a sticky/tacky substance to the thongs (see the Note following Appendix E, Section 28), and may not provide any advantage to a team.

    Game officials should not penalize teams that have filled these holes (only through the ball stop) as long as those holes have been filled with a substance that does not impede the free movement of the ball and does not give an obvious advantage to teams.

  • 2/1/2016

    NCAA Officials:

    The video presentation of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Interpretations is now available for viewing. Those officials who registered for but were not able to travel to the US Lacrosse Convention due to weather will receive credit for viewing this video in lieu of attending another site. It is also available to officials West of and including Texas who were not offered a rules interpretation within their region this year.

    If you have questions after viewing the video in its entirety, please submit them via the Central Hub to Stefanie Smith.


    VIEW THE VIDEO

    Thanks,

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 1/29/2016

    NCAA Officials,
     
    Please click the link for a PDF of the Stick Check Cheat Sheet Card. This card lists the various stick checks that will be performed during games and lists the specific measurements to be used as well as other observations to make for each option. This card should serve as your guide as you navigate the various stick checks.  I would recommend that you print the card out and carry it with you to games to ensure that we are consistently applying the new stick check/stick stringing rules throughout the season.
     
    To further ensure consistency, Stefanie and I ask that if you encounter stick stringing that is not specified on the card and you are having difficulty determining its legality, please stick to the parameters of the card, determine the legality based on those parameters and submit other questions or concerns to Stefanie and I without making a potentially incorrect judgement on the field. Stefanie will likely submit those questions to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse rules committee for a ruling which we can then circulate back to officials and coaches as necessary. This will prevent the inconsistent application of stick stringing rules and the potentially incorrect application of a significant penalty to players.
     
    Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stefanie or me.
     
    Thanks,

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
  • 1/21/2016


    As of Thursday, January 21st, the scheduled NCAA rules interpretation session at USL convention is on as scheduled for Sunday, January 24th. Please check your email and USL website (www.uslacrosse.org) for any further updates as this status could change.

    If you can attend, we will be happy to have you. If you cannot attend, we will provide you with information regarding your alternatives early next week.

     

  • 1/15/2016


    Our sincere apology for the delay with the launching of this year's annual rules and officiating exam.  We expect the exam to be available Monday, January 18, 2016.

  • 1/14/2016


    NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Officials:

    For 2016, there are several changes to stick checks and stick measurements. Here, you will find 4 videos briefly describing each stick check. You will receive more in-depth information soon, including a cheat sheet you can use at the game site to help you navigate the changes. I will post that cheat sheet to the ArbiterSports Site after the USL Convention.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Melissa Coyne

  • 12/21/2015


    To view the IWLCA Rules Presentation, please click the image below.
     

     

     Click here for a PDF of the revised version, which includes space for notes.

  • 12/17/2015

    NCAA Officials:

    Attached is a brief video on Covering that was not included in the NCAA rules interpretation video. As a reminder, officials should not penalize a player for covering or “raking” the ball when another player is not challenging for possession. Officials should consider the following when trying to determine if a penalty has occurred:
     
    1.  Is the player covering/raking the ball being challenged by another player?
    2.  If there is another player in the vicinity, is that player simply within a close distance or actually attempting to play the ball?
     
    Notice in the video the second player without the ball. Although she is approaching the player covering/raking the ball, she is not attempting to play the ball herself and thus no penalty should be called.

    COVERING VIDEO

  • 12/1/2015


    NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Officials,

    Welcome! I hope you all enjoyed a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

    The purpose of this Central Hub is to provide resources and information relative to collegiate lacrosse officiating. Here you will find interpretations, videos, tests and other educational materials that will help you navigate the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse rules and officiating mechanics. Each week, starting in Mid-December, Stefanie Smith (Secretary-Rules Editor) and I will add content as it becomes available and provide answers to interpretation/rules questions. All of the rules memos, reminders, FAQ’s, etc. will be housed in this location. If there is content you feel is important, please reach out to me and I will gladly add it as necessary.

    This year, with the numerous rule changes, it will be vital that the information shared with officials is consistent and that the interpretations you receive are clear. It will take all of us working together to continue to improve this wonderful game we all love. My sincere thanks to the many national officials who have volunteered their time and effort to help sort through the various interpretations of the new rules. It is important to me that we continue to move in a positive and inclusive manner.

    If you have not already done so, please remember to register for one of the NCAA Rules Interpretations Clinics. Those locations have been posted to this site.

    Should you have any questions/comments/concerns/compliments, please feel free to reach out at any time.

    Best,

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials
    mcoyne@uslacrosse.org
    443-255-6376

  • 11/17/2015

    Please click here to read NCAA Sports Wagering Policy, a memorandum from Mark Lewis, Executive Vice President, Championships and Alliances, and Dan Calandro, Director, Championships and Alliances.

  • 11/4/2015


    November 18, 2015 – 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    IWLCA Convention (Coronado Springs Resort) Orlando, FL

    December 20, 2015 – 11 a.m.
    Syracuse University (Lacrosse Auditorium)

    January 24, 2016 – 10:15 a.m.
    US Lacrosse Convention, Baltimore, MD

    January 30, 2016 – 6 p.m.
    Limestone College (Hamrick Hall, Room 127)

    January 31, 2016 – 11:30 a.m.
    Southern New Hampshire University

    February 13, 2016 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Ohio Stadium (Football Recruit Room), Columbus, OH


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