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WCLL FALL MEETING CONVENES IN TOLEDO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5

   TOLEDO - The 23rd annual Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League's annual fall meeting will convene in Toledo, Ohio Sunday, November 5, 2017. The meeting will begin promptly at 10 am at the Radisson at the University of Toledo.

   The cost of the WCLL and WCLA is $300 for WCLL dues and $400 WCLA dues. Each team will have to pay the WCLL at the annual meeting $700, as the league will pay your national dues in one payment. Please make out the check to WCLL and you can pay by credit card at the meeting for your league and national dues. In addition to paying league and national dues, all WCLL teams will be required before the meeting to complete a WCLA team application by registering at website address: http://www.wcla.us/memberships. Please enroll as quickly as possible.

   The annual meeting will be staged at the Radisson at the University of Toledo, which is located at Radisson at the University of Toledo 3100 Glendale Avenue Toledo, OH 43614. The phone number is (419) 381-6800 and the fax number is (419) 389-9716. League organizers have secured a WCLL block of 40 rooms for the event at $99 a night, which we expect WCLL teams to use because without full occupancy the league will get charged for the meeting room. 

   "Please make sure you reserve a room at the Radisson because we have to fill up the hotel to save money. The other aspect of staying in one place is not driving around campus on Sunday trying to find the meeting room. The rooms are $99 a night, which is a reasonable price for a great hotel, so please get this done before the end of the month and every team must fill out the WCLA team application request as well before the meeting," said Greg Normand, WCLL president.

   The annual meeting will cover a wide variety of subjects that relate to the 2018 spring intercollegiate women's club lacrosse season and all teams are required to attend. If a school does not attend the annual meeting, league organizers will withdraw their entry in the league. The meeting will include rules coverage, officials assignments and scheduling, said league officials. Hotel arrangements are being made at the moment, so stay tuned for lodging information.

   For new teams looking to join the WCLL, please contact Greg Normand, WCLL president for more information. New teams will have to make a presentation Saturday night at the league's annual board of directors meeting. No entry will be granted into the WCLL without consulting and presenting to the WCLL board.

   If you have any questions about the WCLL or the meeting, please correspond at wclllacrosse@gmail.com. The mailbox is opened daily.

PROPOSED WCLL MEETING SCHEDULE NOVEMBER 5, 2017

10:00-10:30 am - Register and Pay League Dues

10:30-11:30 am - WCLL Operational Discussion of rules, scehedules, etc.

11:45 am - 12:30 pm - WCLL Game Scheduling

12:30-1:15 pm - WCLL Playdate Clearance 

1:15 pm - Adjourn 

BOARD WANTS ONE CENTRAL COMMUNICATION HUB - WCLLLACROSSE@gmail.com

   OXFORD - The WCLL league organizers are concerned about communications with member teams. In the past two years, all of the WCLL board members have received messages from coaches, team presidents and concerned citizens with the sole issue of looking for answers. The problem with contacting so many outlets at the league level is the messages are getting lost and that's a problem.

   "This is really simple, we want all of the communications concerning league matters to be sent to wclllacrosse@gmail.com so we can keep track of the issues and find answers in a quick and timely matter," said Greg Normand, WCLL president. "Any communications between teams, is still between teams, but if you have an issue, please use the league email address as the board members will be sending you back any specific requests and we hope this works for everybody."

   For any correspondence for the WCLL governing board, please use the email address wclllacrosse@gmail.com. If contacting an individual or team in the league, please use the separate personal email addresses that are highlighted on the website. 

2017 WCLL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS ARE PITT AND GRAND VALLEY


2017 WCLL DI CHAMPS UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH


2017 WCLL DII CHAMPS GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

WCLL READIES FOR 23rd LACROSSE SEASON IN 2018

     Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), an intercollegiate club lacrosse organization, divided into two divisions, that represents 53 universities and colleges that stretch a geographic region from as far east as New York and west to Missouri and from the Canadian border to Kentucky. The WCLL, the largest club league in the continental United States, is beginning our 23nd year of competition and we look forward to serving the many student-athletes in our conference. In the WCLL's long tenure, we have experienced the growth of womens' club lacrosse, whether watching a university club program transform into an NCAA scholarship opportunity or just witnessing a smaller club team enjoy the fruits of friendship, while competing in a shared experience. The WCLL's historical landscape is scattered with a number of successes and we're hopeful the trend will continue in 2018. We believe in our mission and fully support US Lacrosse and all that they represent. Our basic mission is simple:

WCLL  MISSION STATEMENT

     The mission of the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLL) is to develop the athletic opportunities of its participants, nourish the educational challenges of scholastic life and enhance the collegiate experience. We should strive to provide our student-athletes with a positive and creative outlet for their athletic hopes and serve our membership because we believe that fellowship and sportsmanship have value. If you are interested in learning more about our WCLL or the Womens' College Lacrosse Association (WCLA), our national organization, please contact WCLL League President League President Greg Normand at 1.248.425-2849 or gnormand7@att.net.

WCLA AND WCLL ARE USING NCAA RULE FOR FALL BALL

   SPARKS, MARYLAND - If you're confused about which rules to follow for the upcoming season, don't fret. The WCLA and WCLL board have been advised by the national rules committee that they are still deciding what rules will be used for the upcoming spring. For the moment, WCLA teams will be under the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rule Book. The rules should be finalized in October and they will be published.

WCLL OFFICIAL GAME ASSIGNERS HAVE CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR FOR DI

   DETROIT - The assigner for WCLL women's lacrosse games in 2017-2018 is M.J. Evagash (refmj4481@gmail.com), who is based in Pittsburgh. She will handle all assignments, so coaches should contact her for any issues related to officiating.

   "We are fortunate to have M.J. as our assigner this year," said Greg Normand, the WCLL president. "She brings a mountain of experience and is the head assigner for three NCAA leagues including Michigan based MIAA and the GLIAC."

   Normand said if you have any questions about officiating or assigning, especially play dates that you should contact her as soon as possible. Evagash will be assisted by Indiana assigner Leslie Porteous (les.porteous@gmail.com), but league organizers are asking teams to funnel their playdates and questions through her.

  The WCLL organizers are working on a new realignment plan to accommodate new teams entering the league or teams that dropped, but for the fall 2017, the WCLL alignment mirrors the following order:

WCLL DI

Division 1: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University.

Division 1: University of Pittsburgh, University of Buffalo, West Virginia University, Ohio University, Duquesne University, Miami of Ohio, Ohio State University, Marquette University, Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Division 1: University of Illinois, Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville.

WCLL DII 

Division 2: Oakland University, Grand Valley University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Saginaw Valley University, Ferris State University, Toledo University, Bowling Green University.

Division 2: University of Dayton, Xavier University, Marshall University, Carnegie Mellon University, Grove City College, Slippery Rock University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Case Western University, Augustana College, Wheaton College, University of Chicago, Lake Forest College, DePaul University.   

Division 2: Butler University, Saint Louis University, Grace College, Taylor University, Ball State University, Bethel College.

M.J. Evagash

M.J. Evagash

WCLL Head Assigner

Phone: 412-865-9043

Les Porteous

Les Porteous

WCLL Indiana Assigner

Phone: 317-403-7884

WEBSITE COMPLIANCE SET

   SPARKS, MARYLAND - The WCLA governance is 'cracking down a bit,' on the use or non-use of the WCLA website, said members of the WCLA governing subcommittee. The WCLA website has been in existence for two years, entering its third year, and the national subcommittee is hoping to get a larger percentage of member teams involved in the process. The national subcommittee has mandated some basic rules for using the site and requirements by member teams who compete in the WCLA.

   The national subcommittee is now requiring all WCLA teams to input six categories on the website if they want to be eligible for post-season honors or the WCLA National Championships,' said Liz Holmes, the WCLA subcommittee president.

   The required areas of information for the WCLA website are:

1. Register for the WCLA website.

2. Provide a complete game schedule.

3. Provide a list of team contacts.

4. Provide a map or list where home games are played.

5. Provide a complete roster on the website.

6. Provide statistics for each player for games played.

  The idea to provide the basic information to improve communications between teams, said WCLA subcommittee spokesman. Teams can register on the WCLA website at wcla.us and there is an 18-minute tutorial to assist you through the registration process. You can manage your team page once registered and the WCLA webmaster has granted access to your specific pages. Another aspect of registering is providing an online game schedule. After entering games online, opponents for each game must accept the game for it to appear on the WCLA website. Team contacts and game locations must be listed for the obvious reasons and rosters should be completed as part of the registration process. If you fail to observe these five requirements, teams will not be invited to the WCLA national championships, which this year are expected to be played in Salt Lake City, Utah.

   The biggest area of concern for the WCLA subcommittee on reporting is statistics. If teams want players to be considered for post-season recognition, they must complete a stats sheet for every game covering field players that include ground balls, draw controls, goals, assists, yellow & red cards and forced turnovers. The categories for goalies will include goals against and saves. There art of calculating stats is a often argued point and USL will provide a basic definition for each category before the start of the season.

ALL WCLA PLAYERS NEED TO JOIN USL

   NEW YORK - All playing members of the WCLA are required by rule to be members of US Lacrosse. The new policy went into effect last year and USL realized that young college students need a price break, so if you are registering for the upcoming 2018 spring season take note. A new USL-WCLA membership comes with a reduction in price if you know the secret word. When registering on the USL website, WCLA subcommittee members, said new members can enter wcla_2018 during registration to save $15. The normal cost for USL membership is $35. If you have already registered for the 2018 spring season, there is no rebate for paying the higher fee, WCLA subcommittee members said.

WCLL TEAMS MUST REGISTER WEBMASTERS

   SEATTLE - Every team in the WCLA that needs access to the organization's website, and more specifically their own individual team page, must register on the link that is provided with this story. The WCLA webmaster registration link went active on Monday, November 14, 2016 at approximately 2:30 pm after a previous link giving access to individual webpages had been removed from the lacrosse website. "If your team or players have already registered for the WCLA 2018 spring season, congratulations and thanks. But in order to enter schedules, rosters and the required league information, an individual from each team will have to register as a team's webmaster," said Greg Normand, the WCLL president. "We didn't realize until a week ago there was no webmaster link to register, so please take the time now, to register."

   Normand said registering as a WCLA webmaster for each team is a must immediately and access to the individual team page will take about 24 hours, provided the website isn't slammed with requests. Each team webmaster will be given access to their college or university page. The link for registering WCLA webmasters is  https://wcla.sportngin.com/register/form/998154046 .