Behind the Whistle Editorial Policy
Adopted August 16, 2016
The IWLCA’s Mission
To cultivate the growth of and to promote excellence in intercollegiate women’s lacrosse.
The Mission of Behind the Whistle
- To provide a forum for IWLCA coaches to share their thoughts, experiences, perspective and/or opinions on issues relevant to our sport.
- To serve as a resource to articulate best practices and to position IWLCA members as experts in their field.
Behind the Whistle’s Objectives
(meaning each blog post should accomplish one or more of the following)
- To provide insightful commentary on contemporary issues facing our sport or sports in general.
- To educate and enlighten the lacrosse and athletic community about the coaching profession
- To promote growth and development for coaches, players, and officials involved in the sport.
Behind the Whistle’s Audience
Our audience includes IWLCA members, high school coaches, youth coaches, student-athletes, parents of student-athletes, as well as friends and fans of lacrosse and sports in general.
Submissions and Guidelines
Behind the Whistle welcomes and encourages submissions of content from IWLCA members including any ideas, comments, articles or suggestions that capture their experiences and opinions. We also will consider submissions from other members of the lacrosse community, including collegiate student-athletes, former coaches, officials, and media representatives.
- Topic Selection and Approval
The Editor, in conjunction with the Executive Board and Counsel when necessary, will approve all topics on a case-by-case basis; they must be consistent with the IWLCA and BTW mission statements. Before providing a submission, please ensure that it does NOT fall under any of the following categories:
- Promotional announcements, commercial endorsements or media releases; or
- Content which is irrelevant to the sport of lacrosse or collegiate coaching and its related issues.
You are encouraged to submit content along the following lines:
- Success stories
- Challenges and how you responded or witnessed those overcome
- Lessons learned and pertinent to share with others
- First-hand experiences
- Tips, ideas, how-to’s, tools for coaches at all levels
- Relevant photos, images and video links to support submitted content
- Coaching innovations
You are also required to submit a sideline coaching photo or if you are not a coach, some type of lacrosse-related action photo, to accompany your text. All images on the site are published based on the understanding that they are NOT subject to prior copyright restrictions and are royalty-free. Photo credit will be given when requested.
- Content Style and Formatting Tips
The optimal length for any blog article is between 500 and 2,000 words – however, depending on the topic this can be shorter or longer. Authors are encouraged to suggest titles for their entry; however, the editor reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the title.
- Rights to Edit and Publish
The IWLCA reserves the right to edit all submissions and to make all BTW publishing decisions regarding each submission, including without limitation, what is appropriate content, revisions, additions and deletions, publishing in whole, in part, or not at all, removal, and the timing and order of each post. Any content submitted that is deemed by the BTW Editor to be in any way inappropriate or objectionable will not be published. The BTW Editor may consult with the Executive Committee of the IWLCA Board of Directors regarding any questionable content and that group reserves the right to make the final decision regarding a submission. Such decisions will be communicated to the author. You agree and understand that Behind the Whistle is not obligated to use any piece of content you submit to it and you have no right to compel such use.
- Social Media Sharing and Linking
You agree and understand that any content published on Behind the Whistle will be shared via IWLCA social media accounts and re-published on Inside Lacrosse Women. We will provide links to external websites that provide relevant content and support the information covered in our articles and content pieces. The IWLCA assumes no responsibility for the content found on any external third party websites linked to Behind the Whistle.
Please submit your proposed content as a Microsoft Word document to:
IWLCA Director of Communications
This blog features entries written by a variety of individuals within the greater lacrosse community. The views, opinions and positions expressed within these guest posts are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), the IWLCA Board, or its members. The accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within these articles are not guaranteed. As a host site of the blog, the IWLCA accepts no responsibility for any errors, omissions or representations. The copyright of this content belongs to the author(s) and any liability with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights or any potential legal claims remains with the author(s).