For Immediate Release – Utah High School Lacrosse League
All of the boys high school lacrosse programs within the state of Utah, along with Idaho Falls and Pocatello, will be playing together in the Utah High School Lacrosse League beginning Spring 2015.
Brae Burbidge and Jon Elmen brought all the teams together late this past summer in an effort to see if there was sufficient support from the programs to play within a single league. Through the efforts of many individuals from several programs the necessary groundwork was laid for the creation of a new independent league. In October the programs voted in favor of forming the new 46-team league. American Prep and Wasatch are joining the league as new programs. American Prep will compete in 2015 as a JV only program and Wasatch will compete as a varsity program.
In November the General Council met to determine the new league’s structure. It was determined that there would no longer be multiple divisions within the league, but that all teams would play within the same division. The league is divided into four conferences—North, South, East, and West with conference affiliation as follows:
With the programs playing in one division it was determined that LaxPower Reg In ratings would be utilized in determining six league-assigned conference games and postseason playoffs. The LaxPower Reg In rating is based solely on games played within the league, and not on games with out of state opponents.
Download the 2015 Conferences & League Assigned Games
Teams that finished with the highest rating in their conference this past season will play the six teams that finished ranked 2-7 in the conference. Teams that finished with the lowest rating in their conference will play the six teams that finished ranked directly ahead of them. Teams that finished in the middle will have a correspondingly more challenging schedule for 2015 the higher their final 2014 rating was.
Sportz Filmz will film all league-assigned conference games and where possible stream them live over the internet. This arrangement was made possible through a small portion of the $100 player league fee along with a generous league sponsorship by Zions Bank.
There will be three state champions for the 2015 season—Class A, B, and C. The 16 teams that finish with the highest LaxPower Reg In rating after the regular season will be seeded in relation to their rating in the Class A championship. The 16 teams that finish rated 17-32 will be seeded in relation to their rating in the Class B championship. And the 13 teams that finish rated 33-45 will be seeded in relation to their rating in the Class C championship. Teams are required to play 12 regular season league games to qualify for postseason play. Sites for semifinal and final games are yet to be determined.
How postseason awards will be made is also yet to be determined, but will be discussed at the upcoming coaches meeting that will take place on February 7th, as part of the Utah Lacrosse Convention.
The General Council of the league (one vote per program) is responsible for determining and voting on league policies. Each conference has elected two representatives from within the conference as members of the 8-member Executive Council, which is charged with implementing policies determined by the General Council. Craig Morris was selected as Chairman of the Executive Council.
Additionally, after interviewing several candidates it was been determined that Collin Madsen (former Olympus and Westminster player) would be contractually hired as League Administrator.