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In an effort to streamline the annual review of the fulfillment of OHSLA requirements by Clubs, beginning 2015 Clubs will only be required to submit a single Team certification document (see below for PDF) to the OHSLA each year. This document is a affirmation by a Club that it has fulfilled the following OHSLA requirements:
Each team will assume the responsibility to have on-file all actual certification & insurance documentation for a period of two years prior to the coming season. This information must be stored in an electronic format that would allow documents to be sent electronically, when requested by the league office. The league office will conduct random audits and will request some/all of documents, be sent to the appropriate Assistant Commissioner within 72 hours of the request. Once all requirements have been fulfilled, a signed version of the Team certification letter form can be sent to Carl Del Balzo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note - the PDF Team certification letter form is an editable PDF form, click here for tips on how to fill out a PDF form.
- Club Liability Insurance.
- Complied with the Concussion awareness training of Parents & Players (with signatures) as required by Oregon State Law (a.k.a Jenna's Law).
- All coaches in the Club have completed the OHSLA coach certification requirements.
Each coach is required to take certain online certification courses before they can be with players on the practice field. Some of the certifications need to be periodically renewed. The following table can be used to find the required online courses, who needs to take them, and how often they need to be renewed. Note: Each head coach at each team level (Varsity, JV, JV2, etc) must be certified, so programs with teams at multiple levels will have at least one different NFHS certified coach at each level.
Certification Training Requirement Required for Renewed NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching class (FoC)
This link should take you directly to the purchase page. If not, the class is called Fundamentals of Coaching. Please enter OSAA as the association.
All Head Coaches (Varsity, JV, JV2, etc)
and possibly more**
No renewal required NFHS Concussions In Sports Class (CSC)
This course fulfills the OSAA concussion requirements as called out in the Oregon State statute on concussion management (see Concussion tab on the OSAA Health & Safety page).
Annually Oregon Online Steroid Training and Assessment (OSTA) All Coaches (including Assistants) Every 4 years Positive Coaching Alliance Training (PCA)
The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has several Courses and Live Workshops to help coaches foster a positive, character-building youth sports experience. While the PCA training is not required, it is strongly encouraged by the OHSLA as a methodology to help athletes gain respect for the spirit of the game and get more out their sports experience.
Not Required NA
** As noted in the OHSLA SOPs, a NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching certified coach must be present at all times when players are on the field. Therefore a team may need more than one certified coach if there could be occasions when the head coach is not present at a game or practice..
Please send notification that you have completed the required courses to Carl Del Balzo at email@example.com. Once verified, you will be added to the certified coaches list. Failure to complete these classes by the first practice date means that you cannot meet or work with your team.
As noted above, the OHSLA SOPs require that all teams have proof of liability coverage. The SOPs also mention that OHSLA is aware of at least three different insurance providers that can provide the minimum coverage:
There is also a possibility that the school can include the lacrosse team as part of the school's insurance plan and that that plan may be sufficient to fulfill the OHSLA requirement.. The OHSLA insurance liability requirement is is only a minimum, it is up to every individual team to research its risks and determine the amount of coverage their team requires.
- Sportsplex Operators & Developers Association (SODA) at www.sportsplexoperators.com
- Bollinger, which is the underwriter for the US Lacrosse policy (below). Check www.bollingerinsurance.com
- US Lacrosse can also provide insurance to a team as part of US Lacrosse membership, but only if every player and coach is a US Lacrosse member for the entire season. The US lacrosse insurer, Bollinger, can add the the club as "also insured" for no additional cost. See How to Insure Your Team on the US lacrosse website and for more details on such membership insurance coverage and also check the US lacrosse insurance page. Important: As pointed out in the How to Insure Your Team, if any single player or coach is not a US Lacrosse member during the season (e.g. any single membership expires), then the team is not covered by by the US Lacrosse policy.
As discussed in the Annual Club Requirements section at the top of the page, proof of insurance needs to be stored electronically by club administrators and may be asked for at any time during the season.
With Oregon's new laws on concussions, SB 721 (a.k.a. Jenna's Law) for private schools and ORS 336.485 & OAR 581-022-0421 (a.k.a. Max's Law) which governs public schools, not only are Coaches and Officials required to be aware of concussion symptoms and procedures, but parents and players too (see a summary here). The OHSLA requires that the following documents from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) be read by both parents and players: OHSLA Concussion Awareness Acknowledgement Form. Note - this PDF Acknowledgement Form is an editable PDF form, click here for tips on how to fill out a PDF form.
Click here for the text of the law or read this article for more information about what predicated it's enactment. In an effort to give parents, players, coaches, officials the best information possible the OHSLA aslo has a dedicated section for concussion information on the Injury Prevention page.
Please consult the OHSLA Injury Prevention Page for all of the videos and information related to Concussion Management.
The OHSLA SOPs have been updated for 2017. Click the link to view them, or right click to download the .pdf file. Please be sure to read them as there have been clarifications this year, including:
- Scheduling restrictions (number of games out-of-state)
- More text on the Rule-of-2.
- Resurrection of some rules of facilities and equipment for games which were omitted last year.
A US Lacrosse All Academic player is one who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on field, and represents high standards of academic achievement. There 5 available for the state of Oregon. All nominees must:
Submission must include school transcripts and a one page summary of players significant contributions of service. To make all nominations uniform, please use the OHSLA Academic All-American Nomination form. Note - the PDF All-American Nomination form is an editable PDF form, click here for tips on how to fill out a PDF form. All nominations must be submitted by the head coach electronically by 6pm May 10th, 2016. Send nominations to Comissioner Emeritus Dan Badders at DanABadders@gmail.com
- Be a Senior
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.8
- Made significant contributions of service to the school and/or community
- A current US Lacrosse membership
Other than some OHSLA specific rules that are covered in the SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures), the OHSLA follows the OSAA rules whenever possible. The OSAA rule book can be found at the following link:
2016 Clinic PresentationThis is the 2016 OHSLA Scorekeeper Trianing slide set prepared by Tom Hoffert and the OLOA for 2016.
2014 Scorekeeper Clinic FilesFor later reference, our master Scorekeeper trainer, Owen Davis, was kind enough to make copies of the training documents available on the site.
- 2014 OHSLA Table Book - Essential information for the table crew including Officials' hand signals, field measurements, and lacrosse terminology. Basically Cliff Notes from the class.
- OHSLA Handout
- Scorekeeper & Timers Main Presentation or PDF of Scorekeeper & Timers Main Presentation
- Penalty Stacking presentation or PDF of Penalty Stacking presentation
The 2017 SOPs state that teams will need to request a waiver from the OHSLA to play games against out-of-state teams. Contrary to what is stated in the SOPs, filling out a waiver form is not required. Coaches can simply send an e-mail to Commisioner Paul Schlesinger (Paul.Schlesinger@schlesingercos.com).
This year three more games have been added to the Final Four Event: an OHSLA All-Star game and two Oregon Youth Championship games. So there will be seven total games played at the host facility: two OHSLA Championship Semi-Final games on Wednesday and then five more on Saturday: Two Oregon Youth Lacrosse (OYLA) Championship games, the Cascade Cup Championship Game, the new OHSLA All-Star game, and finally the OHSLA Championship Game. Applications can be submitted electronically submitted to Assitant Commissioner Carl Del Balzo (firstname.lastname@example.org). For details on facility requirements and instructions on how to apply, right click on the following link for a PDF version of the application and select "Save As...". Applications are due on Friday, January 13, 2017.
Teams no longer fill out a dues form and submit it to the OHSLA. The OHSLA will create an invoice based on historical data for each team and bill teams directly. For this reason it is important that teams update the Treasurer information for their team so that the OHSLA has an address to send the invoice. Coaches/Team Directors, should log in and update your teams' for with Treasurer and Athletic Director contact info (new fields on the Team Info page) ASAP.
When there is interest in lacrosse at a school that has no team, but not enough interest to generate large enough numbers to start a new team at that school, it is possible to form a co-op with another school. This can be with either a new team or with a previously established team. The goal here is to combine both schools in order to create a large enough base of students in which to field a single team. The desired result would be to see growth occur at both schools, hopefully in enough numbers where they can both field individual teams in the future. This tactic has worked successfully in the OHSLA several times.
Co-ops can also be used to combine two small schools that could never support a team on their own, in order to create large enough numbers that a team could be formed.
Co-ops are not to be used to improve a teams quality (win/loss record).
Co-ops are not to be used as a method to get around OSAA rule 8.5.1. In other words, if you have a player who wants to play lacrosse but his school does not offer the sport, a co-op cannot be formed with the players school and an existing teams school in order to give this student a place to play. The OHSLA is fairly lenient in allowing an initial co-op in order for this player to build interest at his school for the first year. The hope here is that the player will work to add interest at his school. In the second year of the co-op, if interest has not built at the players school of attendance, it can only be assumed that the co-op was used in order to sidestep OSAA rule 8.5.1, instead of for the purpose of growing interest at a new school. The chances are pretty high that the co-op will be denied in year two if there is no growth at the players school.
Schools that wish to enter a Co-op agreement must complete the Cooperative Sponsorship Form. Note - the PDF All-American Nomination form is an editable PDF form, click here for tips on how to fill out a PDF form. Co-op agreements require three signatures: Athletic Director or Activities Director of both schools and the head coach of the host school.
When the co-op form is complete, please email the scanned copy of the signed form to Commissioner Paul Schlesinger Paul.Schlesinger@schlesingercos.com or mail a hardcopy to the address at the bottom of the form.
The OHSLA tries to keep an archive of any info given to us by the coaches from the annaul Nike Coaches clinics.
- 2016 - Brothers Dave and Scott Marr presented in 2016. Scott Marr has coached the University of Albany for 16 years, Dave Marr has coached at Yorktown HS since 2003. Check the 2016 Nike Clinic page for slides and videos.
- 2015 - This year featured Eric Seremet of the Air Force Academy and Andy Hilgartner from McDonough School of Maryland. The videos for Coach Seremet's presentation are available on the 2015 Nike Clinic page, the slides will be up soon.
- 2014 - Video and PowerPoints docs can be found on the 2014 Nike Clinic Summary Page.
- 2013 - Coach Stephen Finnel of Garden City High School was kind enough to make available copies of his two presentations: Offensive basics and Settled offense, faceoffs and transition (right click to download to your computer).
- 2012 - Syracuse coaches John Desko and Lelan Rogers gave the presentation. There is a PDF of Drills and Practice info as well as a Video of the clinic
With the start of the 2014 season, there will be a 2% increase for in Official's game fees. Subsequently there will be 2% pay increases for both 2015 & 2016.
Game Fees for OHSLA Officials 2012-2014 Fee Per Official 2013 2014 2015 2016
- Single officials receive 1.5 x standard fee
- Officials also receive travel fee based on zones
Level 2 Varsity $55 $56.10 $57.22 $58.37 Level 2S Varsity $68 $69.36 $70.75 $72.16 JV $46 $46.92 $47.86 $48.82 As of 2013: To be consistent with US Lacrosse, we have changed the Official's Level Terminology. With US Lacrosse, a Level-1 Official is a Youth Official. A Level-2 Official is a High School Official. Our previous Level-1 Official will now be labeled L2 and our previous L2 Official will now be labeled as an L2S ("S" standing for Senior).
This .pdf file contains a sportsmanship announcement that the OHSLA would like to have read over the PA system before the start of each game.