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Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League

REPORTING SCORES IS MANDATORY, BOARD SAYS

By Su Me Laater

   PITTSBURGH - In the past three weeks, more than 40 percent of WCLL and WCLA scores have gone unreported to Laxpower or the WCLA.US or WCLL.US websites and that's apparently not acceptable, according to the WCLL executive board. Scores must be reported immediately after games, said WCLL president Gary Neff, or teams will have to suffer the financial consequences at the end of the year. He said the board voted to warn first, then fine on a second offense for teams that do not report their scores.

​  "The importance of posting scores is so the WCLA ranking committees can fully do their job and the guys at Laxpower can keep our site category up-to-date," Neff said. "Posting a score only takes a few minutes and should be done immediately after games because you can post them from a smart phone."​ The WCLL board approved a plan last week that would warn any team that does not report scores within 24 hours of the game starting time and will eventually fine a team $25 per incident until compliance is met. Neff said any team with any outstanding fines at the end of the year will be ineligible for the WCLL playoffs staged in Detroit, Michigan.

   "We've tried everything we know how to do to get our teams to comply and still we have those who ignore their responsibility," Neff said. "We have absolutely no interest in fining anyone, so please listen to what we're saying and get this done." WCLL teams can post scores through the SportEgin Quick Score feature that is a part of the league website.  

WCLL BEGINS 21st YEAR OF COMPETITION ACROSS MIDWEST

   Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), an intercollegiate club lacrosse organization, divided into two divisions, that represents 47 universities and colleges that stretch a geographic region from as far east as New York and west to Missouri. The WCLL, the largest club league in the continental United States, is beginning our 21st 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 2016. 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 Gary Neft at 1.800.240.0178 or garylax@aol.com

THE SKINNY ON STICKS IS KNOW THE NEW RULES

There have a been a number of question on WCLA stick rules this year, so here's the scoop right from USL. In September of 2015, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors approved rule changes pertaining to the women’s lacrosse stick manufacturer’s specifications for the 2016 season. These specifications were accepted by the NCAA and endorsed by the NFHS. (Press Release).

US Lacrosse writes equipment specifications for all levels of play in the women’s game, and all levels of play have traditionally used a single set of stick specifications. For the 2016 season, however, the NCAA rules committee adopted more stringent officiating mechanics (stick checks) and additional penalties for players who were found to have altered their sticks beyond the allowable specifications.

US Lacrosse and the NFHS have not introduced additional stick checks or the penaltyfor sticks that have not met the new specifications. For high school and youth play in the girls’ game, the stick certification is performed during a pregame check – where officials are looking to ensure that the pocket depth is legal. 

Effective immediately, US Lacrosse is issuing several clarifications to the manufacturers specifications (section Appendix B) in an effort to provide further clarity to the rules and allow for certain modifications for the remainder of 2016. 

US Lacrosse will proceed in amending this section of the rules, effective immediately, according to the italicized sections below:

In Section 2, Appendix B/E of the US Lacrosse and NCAA rules should read:
NOTE: 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 B, may be filled with a substance to comply with Appendix B, 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 B/E, Section 28), and may not provide any advantage to a team.

In section 4, Appendix B/E of the US Lacrosse and NCAA rules should read:
To determine crosse compliance with the linear measurement specifications in US Lacrosse Appendix B, all measurements shall be made to the nearest 0.01 cm. NOTE: Due to the variances in measuring tools used by officials, any measurement taken by an official should allow a total deviation of .3cm (1/8 of an inch) from the standard (previously .09cm).

In section 20, Appendix B, USL rules
For the 2016 season, US Lacrosse will change the interpretation of a portion of Appendix B, Section 20 to read: "Any additional strings used for attachment of the pocket to the head of the crosse may not be tied behind the pocket above the ball stop, with the exception of the thongs knotted at the ball stop." NOTE: Thongs knotted at the ball stop are not in violation of section 20.

For the 2016 season, game officials for US Lacrosse/NFHS youth, high school and non-NCAA collegiate and post collegiate play should receive a point of emphasis from US Lacrosse and NFHS to not perform stick measurements, other than to determine ball-depth and stick length (Rule 3, Section 10).

Sticks that have been sold and are being sold, or used with thongs knotted at the ball stop are legal for play under US Lacrosse/NFHS rules for 2016. All other sections of the Appendix B will remain unchanged for the 2016 season.

WEATHER AT WCLL LEAGUE TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS

OFF THE FIELD - WCLA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

MSU LAX PLAYER EXPLAINS ABOUT LIVING THROUGH EARTHQUAKE

Environmental policy junior Shoko Hirtua speaks to students during the Japan club earthquake commemoration on March 14, 2016 at the International Center. Hiruta was in Japan during the earthquake.

Environmental policy junior Shoko Hirtua speaks to students during the Japan club earthquake commemoration on March 14, 2016 at the International Center. Hiruta was in Japan during the earthquake.

Sunny Dhanjal | The State News

   EAST LANSING - On March 11, 2011, Shoko Hiruta, an environmental policy junior studying abroad from Japan at MSU, said she was was sitting in her high school math class when she felt the ground start to shake. Hiruta is a member of the Michigan State Women's Lacrosse team and plays in the WCLA this spring. Born in Japan, raised in California, and attending high school back in Japan, she had seen a lot of earthquakes before. She didn’t think much of it.

   It wasn’t until later she learned Japan was not only struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, but that a tsunami wave triggered by the quake, with maximum heights reaching up to 133 feet, was about to flood the eastern parts of coastal Japan. This would in turn set off three nuclear meltdownswithin the Fukushima power plant, causing several nearby towns to evacuate entirely, never to return to their homes.  “It was shocking,” Hiruta said. “When I turned on the news, I felt like I was watching a movie, not something that had happened near me. It didn’t feel real.” 

   On Monday, days after the five year anniversary of the events in Japan, Hiruta met with a few other speakers with MSU’s Japan Club to talk about her experiences in a memorial event to the tragedy of March 11.  “This is really just to get together and show our support,” child development junior and Japan Club president Shiori Egawa said. “Even if we’re far from Japan we still have our hearts together. It’s been five years, so a lot of people are starting to forget about it. We wanted to get together and remember that this happened, and that it can happen any time.” Hiruta, though not personally affected by the quake, had friends who were. Vice president of the Japan Club and economics junior Hitoki Okamoto said he was moved to bring MSU and the community of East Lansing to remember the quake because of a friend he had that were affected in ways he was not.  “His relatives are okay, but his family that lived near the area were devastated and they had to move to a different area,” Okamoto said. “Hearing that story from him just reminded me of how people can forget one of the bigger impacts of events like this, and made me want to remind people about it.”

There was an educational seminar on the tragedy, followed by an emergency survival food tasting. The night ended on a candlelit vigil around The Rock on Farm Lane, which the Japan Club painted on March 11, where members set off paper lanterns in solidarity for victims of the quake. Hiruta volunteered to help remove debris in the years following the quake, and said that the most important thing to her after the quake happened was being able to tell people about what she saw.

   “It was really different seeing the devastation with my own eyes,” Hiruta said. “But the most the important thing I remember was going back home and telling my friends what I saw.” Egawa said she wanted the memorial event to serve not only as a reminder to students about the quake, but also as a display of Japanese culture.

   “The population of Japanese students here is really small.” Egawa said. “We want to build awareness that we are here and also from a distance, culturally, we really have a culture of unity in Japan. Whenever a disaster like this happens, because event like this happens often in Japan, we really just combine and help each other.”

PLEASE CHECK THE DETAILS OR YOU”LL BE LEFT OUT IN THE DARK

BY NEIL DOWNE

  DETROIT - There are a number of key pieces of information that are vital to the operation of the WCLL. Please note below the following and comply with the team requests because it will make overseeing the WCLL easier and it keeps our organization compliant with the WCLA. We do appreciate your cooperation. In this communication we have included a spreadsheet of the Division I-II teams divided by assignors.

  1. Leslie Porteous – Indiana & Missouri
  2. Margaret Carlson – Illinois, Wisconsin & Minnesota
  3. Sandi Stech – Ohio & Kentucky
  4. M.J. Mellott - Pennsylvania, New York & West Virginia
  5. Scott McPeake - Michigan 

   If you have not sent your seasonal schedules to Laxpower and your assignors, please do it now. Please send your tentative schedule for all home games in 2016 to your regional team assignor and me, Leslie Porteous. Please make sure to include date, time, location and opponent for each home match. Please note that the regional WCLL assignors are in the process of updating the WCLL team’s contact information and every league contact should be receiving a "Welcome Email" from Arbiter to verify your team information. Please take the time to review the US Lacrosse website and the WCLA website, www.wcla.us, which is now launched. Please share and discuss the new rules with your team members and watch, for example, the video demonstrating shooting space  and defenders in the goal circle. Please review the new rules. Each team’s representatives need to review the WCLL website. All the documents that game officials use are located under the Umpire tab.  Be sure to know, as team representatives who host home games, what your responsibilities are for the visiting game officials. You should know the fees and policies for various situation like game changes or cancellations and make sure to contact your regional assigner by phone and email.