The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association notified Division I athletic directors and coaches by email Wednesday afternoon that it has reached an interim contract agreement with the Collegiate Officials Committee that is effective immediately and expires Nov. 1.
The agreement averts a major threat to impending fall-ball events scheduled for the next month, starting this weekend with the Syracuse and Iroquois Nationals scrimmage at SUNY Cortland, extending into high-profile events like HEADstrong, Play 4 Parkinson's and the Capital Lacrosse Classic in Bethesda early next month.
The two sides now turn their attention to a new three-year agreement that must be signed before early Februrary in order for Division I games to begin as scheduled with officials. A source with firsthand knowledge of the negotiation said Wednesday that the prospects for a smooth agreement going forward are grim and that labor issues will likely linger into the spring.
"The fall is taken care of. Now we have some more time to figure out the spring and the next three years," USILA president and Johns Hopkins AD Tom Calder told Lacrosse Magazine. "We're going to start looking at right now what we're going to do in the future with our agremeent."
The interim agreement states that all competitions involving a Division I men's team — including scrimmages and alumni or intrasquad games that officials are requested to participate in — will be officiated by three COC officials assigned by a district assigning authority.
Last weekend, Quinnipiac's alumni game was interrupted by the abrupt COC boycott, agreed to Friday, that prevented refs from working Division I games. The boycott stemmed from a breakdown in a negotiating session Sept. 16.
Golf tournament to honor former Hopkins All-American Schwartz
The Potomac chapter of U.S. Lacrosse and the Tewaaraton Foundation will host the inaugural Homer Schwartz Memorial Golf Outing on Oct. 18 at Bretton Woods Golf Course in Darnestown.
The tournament, which benefits U.S. Lacrosse's Potomac chapter, the Tewaaraton Foundation and Parkinson's research, is named to honor the former Johns Hopkins All-American and National Lacrosse Hall of Famer who died in December 2012 of cancer. Schwartz was an active referee in the Northern Virginia area and also served as president of the Potomac chapter.
In addition to being in the Johns Hopkins Athletic and National Halls of Fame, Schwartz received the lifetime achievement award from the Washington Area Lacrosse Officials Association in 2012.
Registration for the tournament begins at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Each golfer will receive lunch, dinner, drinks, a special giveaway, and a voucher for a free second round of golf at Bretton Woods. Register online at https://potomacgolf.eventbrite.com/.
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