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Eastern Massachusetts Chapter March Newsletter

CHAPTER UPDATE:

The Eastern Mass Chapter is currently working on:

  • Continuing to work and develop its communications and Social Media Strategy to provide and highlight local and regional lacrosse news, including web site redevelopment
  • Finalizing Grant/Support Awards for 2014
  • Working on developing Eastern Mass Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Recognition Evening for 2014
  • Supporting 2014 Coaches Educational Clinics (CEP)
  • Supporting Official Recruitment Programs
  • Working with US Lacrosse on emerging Gold Stick Program
  • Working with US Lacrosse on New Program Mentoring Program
  • Hosted both a Men's and Women's US National Team Players Clinic

BOYS HIGHLIGHTED RULE CHANGES FOR 2014:

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and US Lacrosse have published their rule changes for High School and Youth lacrosse respectively.  Most notably:

  • For High School boys' lacrosse (NFHS Rules) and for (US Lacrosse Youth Rules) U15 and U13 (with the option at U9 and U11) have eliminated sideline substitution horns.
  • Offside penalty is now a spot foul not a free clear
  • Substitution box widened to 20 yards
  • NFHS and US Lacrosse have classified the targeting of defenseless players as an illegal body check.

Intentional player-to-player collisions with players in a defenseless position will be a point of emphasis for 2014. 

The NFHS and US Lacrosse boys' lacrosse rules also have increased the severity of penalties on checks and cross checks to the head or neck to minimum two- or three-minute non-releasable infractions, another measure to reduce dangerous play.

According to a recent video analysis study of 34 concussion incidents in Fairfax County (Va.) high school boys' lacrosse games, most commonly injured players were unaware of pending contact. The study was co-sponsored by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee.

Additional information on 2014 Boys Rule Changes can be found in the US Lacrosse Youth Rules & Best Practices Guidebook for Boys Third Edition, the NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rule Book 2014, or at: uslacrosse.org/boysrules.


GIRLS HIGHLIGHTED RULE CHANGES FOR 2014:

The following are highlights of new rules for Girls and Women's Lacrosse 2014.  Most notably:

  • Maximum of 3 players from each team allowed between the restraining lines during the draw
  • Player receiving a red card will serve a four-minute penalty 
  • Fouls during and after the act of shooting will be penalized regardless of whether or not a goal is scored.
  • llegal Contact: crosse to body, or body to crosse contact 

Detailed information on 2014 Girls Rule Changes can be found in the US Lacrosse Youth Rules & Best Practices Guidebook for Girls Third Edition, the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rule Book 2014, or at: uslacrosse.org/womensrules.


2014 NOCSAE BALL STANDARD:

As of January 1, 2014, all lacrosse balls used for play MUST meet NOCSAE National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) standards and include the words "Meets NOCSAE Standard" at all levels of play.                               

All three governing bodies for lacrosse in the United States – US Lacrosse, the NCAA and the NFHS - have agreed to mandate that only balls marked as "Meets NOCSAE Standard" will be allowed for use in games.

Click here for 2014 NOCSAE Ball Standard FAQs

For additional information about this rule and standard please go to uslacrosse.org/2014BallStandard                                                                                      


NEW MEN'S OFFICIALS PROGRAM FOR 2014 IN FULL SWING:

With the continued growth of programs, teams, and games EMLOA (Eastern Mass Lacrosse Officials Association) has conducted a campaign to recruit, train and mentor new officials for 2014 to meet the growing need.  EMLOA has trained over 60 new high school officials in classes held in Shrewsbury, Bourne, Woburn and Dedham.  Pre season training will culminate at the annual meeting March 2 at Newton North High School.  In addition EMLOA has commenced its 2014 Associate Youth Officials training with classes held in Westboro and Walpole.  Additional youth classes are scheduled Wednesday 2/26 in Waltham and Saturday 3/1 in Abington and Lowell 90 youth were trained in the first two classes.


EASTERN MASS LACROSSE HALL OF FAME:

As some of you may know there is a New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  That Hall of Fame has been dormant for some years (the last induction was in 2006).  The New England Chapters are committed to reviving this Hall of Fame but in addition have decided to have local/Chapter Hall of Fames as well. Eastern Mass Chapter US Lacrosse is currently working to create the Eastern Mass Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

What is the purpose of an Eastern Mass Lacrosse Hall of Fame?  The Eastern Mass Lacrosse Hall of Fame is to recognize and celebrate the contributions and performances of those that have contributed to the growth, betterment, and success of lacrosse in Eastern Mass.  

Who will be Eligible for the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame?  The details are still being worked on but the intent to recognize the outstanding contributions of Players, Coaches, Officials, Administrators, Volunteers, and Benefactors.

How will this work?  The details are being worked on but there will be a method for nominations to be made to a Board of Governors who will evaluate candidates and make recommendations to Eastern Mass Chapter Board of Directors.

When will this be done?  It is the intent to try to have the first induction into the Eastern Mass Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the fall of 2014.  Failing to meet that objective there will be a "less formal" Recognition Evening for 2014.

How does this impact the New England Hall of Fame?  As mentioned previously, the New England Chapters are working on restarting the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame and specifics by which members of a local/Chapter Hall of Fame can be nominated to this Hall of Fame as well.


2014 US LACROSSE COACHING CERTIFICATION CLINICS:

Eastern Mass Chapter US Lacrosse supports the ongoing mission to provide the best coaching experience to our youth lacrosse players as such the Chapter helps by supporting and/or sponsoring US Lacrosse Certified Coaching Clinics.  

For more information on the CEP program & scheduled clinics in Eastern Mass please visit the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter site CEP page.

MBYLL Coaching Certification: Eastern Mass Chapter of US Lacrosse also helps support the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League/US Lacrosse Coaching Certification program.  Details on the MBYLL certification program can be found on: mbyll.org.                                           


2014 WORLD LACROSSE FESTIVALS:
 
US Lacrosse is excited to welcome boys' and men's lacrosse teams from around the world to participate in the youth and master's World Lacrosse Festivals, to be held in conjunction with the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship.                                                                    

All festivals will be held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park near Denver, Colorado. The complex features 24 beautifully manicured fields. All participants will receive tickets to attend world championship games during their event.

This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to play teams from all over the world, watch high-level lacrosse and experience the unique flavor of international lacrosse.

US Lacrosse has opened registration for boys' and men's teams to compete in the 2014 World Lacrosse Festivals, set for July 10-19 in Denver. The festivals run alongside the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Championships, also hosted by US Lacrosse at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Please visit the Denver FIL World Championships Festival website for more information on ages, fees, schedules and registration.