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Welcome to the New Hampshire Women's Lacrosse Umpiring Association Website, working to keep you up-to-date with our association.  Communication to NHWLUA can be sent to nhwlua@gmail.com.

Key take-a-ways from 2017 general meeting:

USL tests need to be done by March 26 - send results to our interpreter Libby Mongoen ( lmongeon@newmarketinc.com ).

NHIAA is allowing lacrosse balls for 2017 that only have the NOCSAE marking and do not have the NFHS marking.  This IS allowed under NFHS rules i.e. each state is allowed to override certain portions of the NFHS rulebook.

Tournament dates - to be posted soon.

NHIAA - game is to be played in HALVES.  If, for example, JV coaches agree to have just 20 minutes of playtime then do it as TWO 10-minute HALVES.

Get in shape!  40% of rating score is based on fitness/movement.  This is a running game - we need to be able to keep up with play.

USL Ratings and length have been re-defined again.  Will post the new list soon.

Interested in getting some tuneup games in before the season starts?  Get some field time in and fulfill your service at the same time:  I am looking for some people to help cover games at these pre-season rating events:

Sunday April 2 at UNH (midmorning to midafternoon) - may do some 3-person training.  Looking for 5+ people.
Saturday April 8 at Laconia (this is an all day event running 8am to 7pm) - looking for people to come for 2 to 3 hour stretches to cover a few games - looking for all hours of coverage.

If interested in attending any of these contact Nate Paradis (nate_paradis@yahoo.com) to sign up.

NHIAA Registration is open for the 2016-2017 season - message from NHIAA:
Welcome to the 2016-17 season, registration is open as of April 22nd and is just as easy as last year. The cost for registration is $65.00 per YEAR regardless of the number of sports you officiate. To register select NHIAA Central Hub from your “switch views menu” at the top right. Please select ALL sports you plan to officiate during your initial registration.  If you are not officiating the unified games – DO NOT REGISTER for them.  

For those interested in attending the US LAX convention or other approved trainings, there are some scholarships funds available.  To apply for these, please email NHWLUA@gmail.com with the training opportunity, costs incurred and a brief paragraph describing how you feel this training will benefit your officiating skills.  This information will then go to the Executive Board and if approved partial reimbursement (somewhere between $100-$250, depending on the number of applications) may be awarded. 
In addition anyone interested in college officiating, this information has just been received from the COA:
The first step an official with a Local rating must take in order to work at the college level is to attend a CWLOA (commonly called the COA) Transitional Clinic. These are available to any official who holds an L3 or L2 rating. 

There has been some confusion regarding what is legal for knots near the ball stop area of crosses.  The rules are different between USL and NCAA.  Under USL rules/guidelines knots are allowed to be tied around the ball stop area.  Here is the memo from our interpreter regarding this matter.  Below are pictures of the issues mentioned in the memo.