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Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League

NEW DIRECTION SOUGHT FOR WCLL DURING 22nd CAMPAIGN

Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), an intercollegiate club lacrosse organization, divided into two divisions, that represents 59 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 22nd 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 2017. 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.

ANNUAL WCLL MEETING MOVED TO DETROIT

By Reiker Canfield III

   ALLEN PARK - The 22nd annual Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) organizational meeting will be staged at Oakland University in November, replacing the usual site at the University of Toledo.

   The WCLL annual meeting will take place from 9 am until 1 pm, Sunday, November 13 on the campus of Oakland University, which is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit. The meeting will be held in the Oakland University Human Health Building in Room 150, said event organizers.

   The meeting is usually staged at the University of Toledo in November, but was moved this year to centralize the event, said Greg Normand, the new WCLL president.

   All teams represented in the WCLL in 2016 will be required to attend the Sunday meeting and any new collegiate team looking to join the league will be requested to provide the WCLL organizational committee with a letter of interest and a basic plan of operation. New teams will have to meet with the WCLL organizational committee Saturday night.

   "Any team interested can contact me at gnormand7@att.net to set up a time to be interviewed Saturday night or to ask questions," said Normand. "We are just trying to ensure all the considerations about joining our league are covered."

   The address for Oakland University is 2200 North Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills. The Human Health Building is located at the extreme northwest corner of campus, which is located at Walton and Squirrel roads.

WCLA MAKES SOME DRASTIC CHANGES IN RULES FOR 2017

   By Neil Downe

   CHICAGO - The rules for playing women's lacrosse in the WCLA in 2017 continue to change as the sport evolves and develops. The new playing rules have been established, the WCLA organizing committee said this summer, to keep pace with the improvement in athletic ability and to keep young women safe.

   The WCLA has reached into the men's bag for a couple of rule changes this year and expanded on several others. Listed below is the new WCLA rules for 2017 and included in a WCLA-USL poster.

   The specific WCLA rules exceptions page to the USL rule book will not be listed in the USL rule book, as the National Federation of State High Schools has been change with that task in 2017. US Lacrosse officials suggested that coaches and players copy the new PDF to ensure there isn't confusion at intercollegiate club lacrosse games.

NEW RULES:

 Section 1: Notable playing rule changes for all 2017 scholastic play: 

1. Players below the restraining line on the draw may not cross until possession is established. 

2. Players may not use their bodies to play the ball, except with a kicking action on a non-shooting attempt. 

Section 2 : Rules specific to WCLA play: 

(Rules 1,2 are new for 2017) 

1. Players on the defending team in their defensive end of the field may run through or remain in the goal circle when their team is in possession of the ball. Defenders within the goal circle may only play the ball if they are wholly grounded (eg., Both feet within the goal circle). Defenders must immediately leave the goal circle when their team loses possession of the ball. 

2. Goalkeeper is exempt from shooting space outside of the goal circle. 

3. Horizontal Stick/Illegal Contact: Initiating crosse-to-body contact with the crosse parallel to the ground (9 and 3 o’clock) and hands apart. 

4. A player may reach into the sphere to make a safe check. Checks must be controlled, not intimidating or dangerous.

5. Games between DI teams must be played with 30-minute stop clock halves. 

6. All other games shall be 30-minute running clock halves with a stop clock 

7. On whistles in the last two minutes of each half. (Unless there is a 10-goal differential). All games may be played with 30-minute stop clock. 

8. Each team shall be allowed 3 timeouts during regulation time. Each team shall be allowed 1 timeout during overtime. 

9. All tie games at the end of regulation shall be resolved using USL overtime procedures. 

10. The WCLA National Tournament will use 30-minute stop clock halves. 

11. Leg and thigh padding is not required for goalkeepers. 

12. NCAA uniform regulations shall be used. 

For operational guidelines, player eligibility rules, or specific questions regarding the WCLA, please email: wcla@uslacrosse.org or visit uslacrosse.org/wcla.

WCLL OFFICIAL GAME ASSIGNERS HAVE CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR FOR DI

 By Phyllis Steen

   PITTSBURGH - The assigners for WCLL women's lacrosse games have changed coming into the new year, so the league board is asking club presidents and coaches to please check and make sure you know who is assigning your team this fall and spring for home games. The new head WCLL assigner is M.J. Evagash (refmj4481@gmail.com), who is based on Pittsburgh. The other assigners include Leslie Porteous (les.porteous@gmail.com), who is based in Indiana and last year's head WCLL assigner, and Scott McPeake (scott@madebymydad.com), who is based in Michigan.

   Any questions or concerns about assigning WCLL games can be directed at the specific assigner by email for the moment, said WCLL officials, and telephone numbers will be released in late October. Any specific problems with officials should be directed to your local assigner first, and then to the head assigner, who will contact the WCLL subcommittee for consideration.

The new WCLL assignments include:

Division 1: Scott McPeake

University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University.

Division 1 - M.J. Evagash

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 - Les Protease

University of Illinois, Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville.

The new WCLL D2 assignments include:

Division 2: Scott McPeake

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

Division 2 - M.J. Evagash

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 - Les Porteous

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

Scott McPeake

Scott McPeake

WCLL Michigan Assigner

Phone: 810-869-4344