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Laura Hebert - Notes
  • 2/23/2018

    NCAA Officials:

    The following documents have been revised. Please disregard the previous documents and use these going forward.

    Game Management and Mechanics (Revised 2.23.18)

    Possession Clock Situations (Revised 2.23.18)

    Coaches Meeting - Suggested Script (Revised 2.23.18)

    Melissa Coyne
    National Coordinator, Women’s Lacrosse Officials

  • 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

  • 3/8/2017

    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

  • 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

  • 4/8/2016

    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

     

  • 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 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

  • 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
  • 1/14/2016


    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

  • 12/1/2015


    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

  • 9/30/2015

    Coming soon.

 
 
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