By Al Capone
COLUMBUS - The chance to make All-Conference in the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) has changed to be more inclusive, said members of the WCLL executive committee. The organizing committee voted unanimously in February to change the rules for post season honors.
The new rules will include less entries from each team, more scrutiny from a larger viewing audience and a higher degree of publicity for those WCLL honorees looking for a national audience at the WCLA level.
The first of the new rules includes that no member-WCLL team can nominate more than eight players for post-season honors, regardless of the overall entries. Each team can submit eight names, which includes their individual stats from the WCLA national website, a national requirement this year. The All Conference entries will be sent to Michigan head coach Dave McKinnon for Division I and Kim Crum, Western Michigan's head coach, for Division II.
"As an organizing committee, we just thought it made more sense to cut down the number of applications a specific team could enter. I know there are a lot of teams that don't submit entries, but this was one way for each team to have a better shot. It made no sense to me for a specific team to enter a dozen or so entries because other teams passed. I think that cheapens the process," said WCLL president, Greg Normand.
Normand said entries will be sent to the respective recognition chairs, who will then share that information with two members of the WCLL board, to ensure that a certain level of fairness has been applied to the process.
"We think a few more eyes on the subject makes for a better decision process. Listen, I want to thank those folks who take on recognition. It's not an easy job and they don't always have the information they need....so hopefully, this gives us more scrutiny and hopefully an easier time for the chairs," he said.
After the All Conference teams have been selected, the recognition chairs and the WCLL organizing committee will pick the 'best-of-the-best" to send to the national WCLA board for consideration. The hope, Normand said, is to get the national recognition committee 'better information on a smaller number of select players."
"It's kind of like advertising for the Heisman. We have good representation on the national level, but honestly, if your team doesn't make the national championship and you're a great player on an average team, you only have about a 15 percent chance of making All American and I think that's wrong," Normand said.
All WCLL Division I entries should be sent to Dave McKinnon at email@example.com and all WCLL Division II entries to Kim Crum at firstname.lastname@example.org. The dates for submission will be posted in about two weeks.
Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), an intercollegiate club lacrosse organization, divided into two divisions, that represents 49 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 email@example.com.
For any correspondence for the WCLL governing board, please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. If contacting an individual in the league, please use the separate personal email addresses that are highlighted on the website.
By Gina Kolata
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 2017 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_2017 during registration to save $15. The normal cost for USL membership is $35. If you have already registered for the 2017 spring season, there is no rebate for paying the higher fee, WCLA subcommittee members said.
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 2017 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 Michigan State head coach, who runs the WCLA website. "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 .
By Lester Holt
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.
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.
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: email@example.com or visit uslacrosse.org/wcla.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is based on Pittsburgh. The other assigners include Leslie Porteous (email@example.com), who is based in Indiana and last year's head WCLL assigner, and Scott McPeake (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
WCLL Head Assigner
WCLL Indiana Assigner
WCLL Michigan Assigner