US LACROSSE ALL ACADEMIC AWARD CRITERIA
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, a template is available with an example from Mike Kelley (e-mail address below). All nominations must be submitted by the head coach electronically by May 20th, 2013.
Send nominations to Mike Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org
CERTIFICATIONS FOR COACHING IN THE OHSLA
Please note that Certification Requirements have changed slightly for 2013.
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 NHFS certified coach at each level.
** As noted in the OHSLA SOPs, at least one NHFS certified coach must be present with the players on the field at all times, so a team may need more than one certified coach if there will be times when the head coach is not present.
Please send notification that you have completed the required courses to Brian Fritz 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.
2013 Final Four Application
Schools that wish to host the 2013 Final Four must apply by January 12, 2013. Click here to download the application (in Word document format).
OHSLA Standard Operating Procedures
The OHSLA SOPs have been updated for 2013. Click the link to view them, or right click to download the .pdf file.
Attention regarding liability insurance: A major benefit of US Lacrosse membership is insurance. The coverage provided in the US Lacrosse membership fulfills the liability coverage requirements documented in the OHSLA SOP. If a team (coaches and players) has 100% US Lacrosse membership, and thus liability coverage for all players and coaches, they can have the US lacrosse insurer, Bollinger, add the OHSLA and school district as “also insured” for no additional cost. See How to Insure Your Team on the US lacrosse website and for more details on membership insurance check the US lacrosse insurance page.
Waiver Form To Play Non-OHSLA Teams
Thanks to an easing of certain OSAA guidelines, the OHSLA no longer requires waivers for member teams to play non-OHSLA teams.
Other than some OHSLA specific rules that are covered in the SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures), the OHSLA follows the OSAA rules quite closely. The OSAA rule book can be found at the following link:
FORM FOR COOPERATIVE SPONSORSHIPS (CO-OPS)
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.
Co-ops must be signed by the Athletic Director or Activities Director of both schools.
When the co-op form is complete, please mail the signed form to Commissioner Rick Gruen firstname.lastname@example.org. A mailing address is at the bottom of the form.
CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT VIDEO
Video from 2012 Meeting: This is a link to a video that features Dr. Andrea Herzka, a specialist in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at OHSU's Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Andrea, along with her colleague, Dr. James Chesnutt, are among the nations leading experts in Sports Medicine and concussions. This presentation and discussion was part of the 2012 OHSLA All Coaches Meeting, presented on January 7, 2012. Another great video to watch for both parents and coaches regarding the recognition, on field treatment and recovery of concussions.
INFORMATION FROM COACHES CLINICS
The presentations from Coach DeLuca (Cornell University) will be posted as soon as they are available.
PAY OF OFFICIALS
PREGAME SPORTSMANSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT