Minutes of October, 27 2008 Board Meeting


931:    The Board meeting of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association was held Monday, October 27, 2008, at 6:30 pm at the offices of Vern Smith 110-110th NE, Bellevue, WA.   Present were Vern Smith, Brandon Fortier, Tony Olney, and Ryan Kelly, Gail Shelton and Daniela Colter.  Present by teleconference was Kevin Martin, Rob Hawley, and Peter White.


932:    The September 13, 2008 minutes were reviewed and amended as follows:


            MOTION:  Item 907:  Strike clarification paragraph and Brandon will include it in the Handbook.  Motion passed 7-0


            MOTION:  Item 915:  Roosevelt is reassigned to Division II.  Motion passed 7-0


            MOTION:  Item 920:  Strike from the minutes and renumber.  Motion passed 7-0


            MOTION:  Item 922:  Strike from the minutes as there is no need for language change regarding transfers.  Motion passed 7-0.


933:    MOTION:  The Board meeting minutes of September 14, 2008 are approved as amended.  Motion passed 7-0.


934:    A long discussion followed regarding the selection of the option for Division II for the 2009 season.  Based on the feedback from a number of Division II teams, most prefer four 7-team conferences and the majority preferred option B.


            MOTION:  The Division II alignment for the 2009 season will be Option B.  Motion passed 7-0 






King's Way


Eastside Catholic



Nathan Hale



North Kitsap



North County

Port Angeles


Lake Tapps

San Juan

South Kitsap



Skagit Valley







Three Rivers



Vern requested Rob, Kevin and Peter draft the final letter to the Division II programs and get it out before the end of the week.


935:    A request from a student at Liberty High School to determine which school they are assigned to was discussed by the Board.  The closest program to Liberty HS that will take students from out of their District is the Maple Valley program, based at Tahoma HS.


            MOTION:  Liberty High School players will be assigned to Maple Valley LC.  Motion passed 6-0 with Vern Smith abstaining.


            Tony will contact the player who requested the assignment.


936:    The Board received a request from Snohomish LC for a boundary variance for players who live in the Everett SD and attend Jackson HS.  Players from the Everett SD are assigned to Mukilteo LC. 


            MOTION:  The Board denies the request to allow a boundary variance for players who attend Jackson High School and want to play for Snohomish LC because it requires crossing district boundaries.  Motion passed 7-0


            Vern will contact the Snohomish LC and cc Mukilteo LC.


937:    With the finals being scheduled for after Memorial Day, there are questions regarding scheduling of playoffs.  The Board asked Brandon to schedule the end of the Div. I season by 5/15 and try to schedule Div I. quarter finals on 5/21 with the semifinals scheduled for 5/27.


            Regarding Division II, there will be four rounds of play-offs with the league schedule being completed by 5/12.  The first round of playoffs will be 5/15 or 5/16, quarterfinals on 5/20 or 5/21 and semifinals on 5/27.  There will be 16 teams in the playoffs with no byes and the top 4 teams from each conference will automatically go into the playoffs.


            These are guidelines for Brandon and Rob will assist him in determining the final schedule for playoffs.


938:    Vern met with the WA Chapter President, Gail Loveland to discuss the state championship games.  Concerns were expressed by members of the Board regarding WHSBLA taking over and running the state finals and exactly what that would mean for the Board and WHSBLA members.  It was agreed that it is too late for WHSBLA to consider running the 2009 State Championships, but could plan for 2010.  Vern will contact Gail and express the following wish list from WHSBLA Board and members:  Venue:  Memorial Stadium; Prime time games (doubleheader); Game times 5:30 and 8pm.


939:    MOTION:  Games will be scheduled not later than 8:00pm Monday through Thursday, with start times no later than 8:30 pm.  Motion passed 7-0


940:    Item 8 on the agenda will be tabled until the November meeting.


941:    The Mueller petition (#63) was discussed. And it was agreed that he should play at Snohomish.  Brandon will send a formal email to the player and copy the Mukilteo and Snohomish coaches.


942:    WIAA has enacted a new transfer rule which basically has cleaned up the language so all transfers are treated equally.  This does not require changes to our Handbook.


943:    Item 11 on the agenda will be tabled until the November meeting.


944:    Tony has met again with Sue Haviland from WSLA and it is agreed that WHSBLA and WSLA will go forward in December and apply for WIAA recognition.  The petition requires the signature of a Superintendant and AD from one district and signatures of 4 other ADs.  It was agreed that Tony would request signatures from ADs around the region and Spokane.  Some suggestions were:  Bothell, Klahowya, Mercer Island, Northshore District, Lynden, Issaquah.


945:    Vern and Ryan reported on the negotiations with WALOA.  The 10-minute quarters are still an issue and Vern told WALOA he would be readjusting the mileage chart down because of the decrease in gas costs.  November 6 is the next meeting with WALOA.


946:    Item 14 on the agenda will be tabled until the November meeting.


947:    Each year the Chapter requests WHSBLA to send them one student/athlete to represent high school boys on the Chapter Board.  The Board reviewed all the applications and selected Bolton Lancaster and Jake Director as WHSBLA representatives to the Chapter.  Vern will send out letters this week to Jake and Bolton and the rest of the boys who sent applications.


948:    MOTION:  Having met all the necessary requirements, Kings Way is accepted as a full member of WHSBLA.  Motion passed 7-0.


949:    MOTION:  Selah, Three Rivers and Wenatchee Lacrosse Clubs have applied for and are received by WHSBLA as Provisional Members.  Motion passed 7-0.


950:    The Affiliation Questionnaire will be sent two weeks before the February meeting.


951:    Motion:  Daniela Colter, WHSBLA Secretary/Treasurer will be placed on the League bank account at Bank of America.  Motion passed 7-0


952:    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.


                                                                        Gail Shelton

                                                                        Executive Secretary