WWLUA is wrapping up 2015 by helping provide officials for Fall Ball games throughout the Puget Sound area. While many of these games have been played in cold and wet conditions, the perseverance and enthusiasm of the players and officials has not diminished. It is true that playing and officiating lacrosse in the Pacific Northwest in the fall and winter builds character.
During the spring 2015 season, WWLUA provided officials for 1,103 youth and high school games. These games were covered by 94 certified officials. Official Mike Bucy ran the field the most while officiating 73 youth and high school games during the spring.
WWLUA officials traveled over 48,000 miles to and from youth and high school lacrosse games during the spring season. Official Leo Bundick traveled the most, covering over 4,000 miles and earning the 2015 Road Warrior Award.
The spring high school season wrapped with an exciting state championship game on May 15 between talented teams from Issaquah and Bainbridge Island with Issaquah taking home the trophy.
Youth teams finished up their spring with the annual End-of-the-Season Jamboree. Forty-four officials officiated games at this event at 60 Acre Park in Redmond. The Jamboree included over 90 teams playing 145 games at one location on the same day under clear blue skies. This was a fun event for everyone and lacrosse at its best.
SPRING 2016 LACROSSE SEASON
The spring 2016 lacrosse season is approaching. The WWLUA Board has been working hard since the end of the spring 2015 season to prepare for 2016.
Classes for new umpires in 2016 will be offered in Seattle and Tacoma. Classes for returning umpires will be offered in Seattle and Issaquah. 2016 class schedules and online registration for umpire training classes will be available on the WWLUA website in December 2015.
2016 US LACROSSE NATIONAL CONVENTION
The US Lacrosse 2016 National Convention will be held January 22-24 in Baltimore. Over 7,000 lacrosse officials, coaches, players and fans are expected to attend. Extensive training classes and workshops will be provided for officials and coaches. Represenatatives of the WWLUA Board will attend and participate in training classes and education programs.
The Fan Fest portion of the convention will be open to the public and will feature the latest in lacrosse gear, uniforms and swag from 150 exhibitors in the sport’s largest exposition hall.
2016 RULE CHANGES FOR GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL AND YOUTH LACROSSE
US Lacrosse has announced rule revisions for women’s lacrosse, ranging from changes in overtime to new carding procedures for dangerous contact. Most of the rule changes are effective for the 2016 girls’ high school and youth lacrosse seasons, with some additional revisions for equipment and uniforms effective beginning in 2017 or 2018.
Noteworthy changes for 2016 include the implementation of the alternate possession to eliminate the throw, the introduction of sudden victory in overtime (first goal ends the game), and a new mandatory yellow card for dangerous contact.
More information about these rule changes can be seen at the following link: US Lacrosse 2016 Rule Changes.