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ULA Releases New Blackout Policy for Boys & Girls High School

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The Utah Lacrosse Association has released their new blackout policy in a response to the blackout meeting held on September 16, 2013. The main changes to the policy include setting firm dates for moratorium. Those dates are Thanksgiving Day, December 24-26 and New Year’s Day. The coaches councils also decided to implement a two, two week block structure, similar to the UHSAA. The coaches councils have decided December 17 – December 31, 2013 and August 17 – August 31, 2014 will be the official blackout slots for the time being. As the ULA looks into restructuring the way decisions are made, these dates could change. Coaches/teams can appeal to the council to have their block moved but the council has to approve it and it has to be for a good cause.
Here is the document from the ULA:

ULA HIGH SCHOOL BLACK OUT PERIOD

Updated: September 30, 2013

  • 5.2.3 Annual Moratorium (Blackout)
    • 5.2.3.1 The purpose of the ULA moratorium period is to allow players and coach’s time away from lacrosse without the pressure of losing a level playing field. To prevent burnout and possible player injuries.
      • 5.2.3.1.1 Set Moratorium: No lacrosse related activities organized by the coach or program can take place on the following:
        • 1. Thanksgiving Day
        • 2. Christmas Day (Including 12/24 & 12/26)
        • 3. New Year’s Day
      • 5.2.3.1.2 Block Moratorium: Two, two week blocks, (exact dates will be set by the coaches councils, with the input of the participating programs prior to the start of each season). No lacrosse related activities organized by the coach or program can take place during the following periods:
        • 2014 Season
        • 1. Final two weeks of December (Wednesday, Dec. 17th – Tuesday, Dec. 31st, 2013)
        • 2. Final two weeks of August (Sunday, Aug. 17th – Sunday Aug. 31st, 2014)
        • Coaches may petition the council to adjust two week block under extenuating circumstances. Blocks can only be moved in full blocks. Exceptions are only good for the current season.
      • 5.2.3.1.3 Moratorium days apply to incoming 9th through 12th grade students.
      • 5.2.3.1.4 During the moratorium teams shall not meet, practice, compete or travel. Non-Lacrosse related activities are appropriate, such as parent meetings or fundraising events.
      • 5.2.3.1.5 Coaching Restrictions
        • (COACHES SHALL NOT)
        • 1. Organize or conduct any meeting related to lacrosse. (Parents meetings are appropriate.)
        • 2. Organize or conduct practice or competitions of any kind at any level.
        • 3. Organize or conduct any activities related to the sport including weight lifting and conditioning.
        • 4. Organize or conduct open field time.
        • 5. Coach or observe any potential player related to lacrosse. A coach may observe only if his/her own child is participating or if acting as a registered official assigned to that specific contest.

MODIFICATION TO SEASON DEFINITIONS
5.2.1.3. Any player participating in a scrimmage or game must satisfy the practice regulations.

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  1. I still think there should be some rules about the club teams being diversified and not containing more than 50% of a HS coaches own program.

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