2016 WWLUA BOARD MEMBERS
WWLUA Board members were elected at the December 2, 2015 General Membership meeting. Jeffrey Grose was re-elected as Board Chair for a one-year term. Edith Harris was elected as Chair-Elect and is in line to serve as Board Chair in 2017.
Visit the BOARD MEMBERS webpage for more information about WWLUA Board members.
UMPIRE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
Umpire training for 2016 has been completed. 175 individuals attended new and returning umpires clinics as part of their requirements to earn certification as a women’s lacrosse official. Over 120 of these individuals have completed the rigorous training process and are now in an elite group that is certified to officiate women’s lacrosse games in Washington State. Congratulations.
Umpire training for next year will begin in February 2017.
PRE-GAME STICK CHECK PROCEDURE
- Check all sticks that might be used (even “back-ups”).
- Check for mouth guard and jewelry.
- Drop the ball in pocket and view with the stick held horizontally at eye level. Top of ball must be visible above the sidewall after reasonable force with one hand is applied one time and released.
- Check free movement of ball (roll the ball towards the ball stop and back).
- Make a quick visual inspection of stick length (min. 35-1/2”, max. 43-1/4”).
- Look for altered or mis-shape head.
- Confirm no strings “weaving” back through the head.
- Confirm no more than 2 shooting strings and no more than 2 coils between thongs.
- Confirm sidewall stringing looks like either sewing stitches (hole to hole in a straight line) or looped over the bottom edge (not over top edge of sidewalls).
Recently, US Lacrosse issued a revision to Appendix B of the Rule Book regarding stick stringing. For this season only, US Lacrosse is allowing the thongs to be knotted around the edge of the ball stop for high school games (this is specifically not allowed in the NCAA). This will not be allowed in the 2017. Please tell coaches that next year, this will not be allowed.