4. Schedule and league format
The NLL regular season runs from December through April, with playoffs taking place in May and June.
The Roughnecks play home games on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 7 pm. Teams typically play one game each week, and there are 18 games in each season.
The NLL currently has nine teams divided into two divisions, with Calgary among four teams in the West, and five in the East.
At the end of the regular season, the top three teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The top team in each division earns a bye, while the second and third seeds face off in a one-game playoff.
The winner of that game then faces the top seed of their respective division in the Division Final. This was previously considered as the best-of-three series, but since the 2018 season, single game knockout was added.
The two winners of the Division Final advance to the finals, which is a best-of-three. The winner is awarded the Champion’s Cup.
5. The Women’s Professional Lacrosse League Takes Off
The history of female pro sports is rather short. Of the leagues associated with the SheIS Initiative, the WNBA is the oldest. And the WNBA is only in its 21st season. The other professional sports leagues for women in the SheIS Initiative includes National Pro Fastpitch (currently in its 15th season), Canadian Women’s Hockey League (11 seasons completed), and the National Women’s Hockey League (three seasons played). Besides, there’s also the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). The durability of the WPLL can currently be measured in hours. On Saturday, the WPLL launched with its first two games. The first game in league history resulted in the New England Command defeating the New York Fight by a score of 13-10. The leagues second game — which one can watch online — saw the Baltimore Brave play the Philadelphia Fire… well, you can watch to see what happened.
The WPLL comprised of 125 players, with players drawn from eight different national teams (the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, and South Korea).