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  • 10/22/2018

    The NCAA Lightning Policy is a guideline. In conjunction with this guideline, schools may consider using additional equipment and information, including but not limited to lightning detection devices, radars, professional meteorologists and professional forecasts. A local lightning safety plan should be developed and regularly discussed with administrators and officials prior to the start of each competition.

  • 9/21/2018

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached are interpretations and clarifications relating to the rules change for 2019.  

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

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

  • 7/30/2018

    NCAA Coaches and Officials,

    After receiving over 94% support from coaches across all divisions during the comment period and with the support of the CWLOA, the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee submitted the rules proposal to permit substitutions when the game clock is stopped to the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel ("PROP") for approval.  On July 25, 2018, PROP approved the rules proposal.  The rules change is now official and will be incorporated into the next edition of the rules book.   

    Please see the attached document for more specificity regarding the rules change.  

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

  • 2/23/2018

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Please take a look at the 8-meter free position video that has been posted on Arbiter as a reminder of the permitted placement of players during 8-meter free positions.  This video also provides diagrams of the Restricted Area.  

    The start of the 2018 season has presented a handful of questions and scenarios.  Be on the look out next week as we expect to distribute clarifications/interpretations as well as a list of editorial corrections for the 2018-2019 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Book.  

    Good luck to all of the teams competing this weekend!

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

  • 2/9/2018

    NCAA Coaches and Officials:

    Attached is the 2018 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Table Reference Sheet

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

    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: http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2017WLAX_Rules_Changes_FINAL_20170720.pdf

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

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

  • 5/18/2017

    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
  • 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
  • 3/9/2017

    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
  • 3/1/2017

    The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee is now accepting your rules change proposals to be considered for the rules survey and discussion at its annual meeting in June. The committee is interested in your ideas and concerns relative to playing rules you think need to be changed.  Please click here to view the Memorandum and Rules Proposal link.

  • 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

  • 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.
     
  • 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

  • 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

    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

     

  • 2/12/2016

    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

     

  • 2/1/2016

    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

  • 12/21/2015


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

 
 
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