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For the first time in the history of the OHSLA, score keeping clinics are being held in each area of the state (Portland Metro/Salem/Eugene/High Desert). By rules of the game, the score keeping crew is part of the "Officiating Team" during the game, so the training will be conducted by officials from the Oregon Lacrosse Officials Association (OLOA).
This year the OHSLA will provide a new Lacrosse Score Book for each clinic attendee (meaning every program has a chance for a free Score Book), but the only way to secure one is to attend the clinic in your area. We hope score keepers will find the training informative and fun. As always the OHSLA thanks all the parents who volunteer to be score keepers for their teams, without them games would not be possible.
Below is the list of times and locations for the OHSLA Score Keeper Clinics. Any additional questions can be directed to Instructors who have supplied their contact info.
Area Clinic Location Date/Time Instructor Portland Metro OES Dining Hall
6300 SW Nicol Rd
Portland, Oregon 97223
Owen Davis (702)378-1805 Mid-Valley West Salem High School
1776 Titan Dr NW
Salem, OR 97304
Chris Davis (503)507-4033 &
Eugene Marist High School
1900 Kingsley Road
Eugene, OR 97401
Mike Brooks High Desert Summit High School
2855 NW Clearwater Dr
3-4:30pm <<- NEW TIME
Tom Johnson (541)598-6731 &
Jacob Bok (208)861-2894
Young people with undiagnosed heart defects, especially athletes, are susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest. Often there are no advance signs or symptoms and most routine physical exams will not pick up the defects. An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) is usually necessary to uncover signs of heart irregularities, which is something normally not done in "well-child" checks or even some sports physicals.
In an effort to protect the hearts (and lives) of area middle and high school students, the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute is sponsoring the Play Smart program to provide free painless, non-invasive heart/health checks to youth aged 12-18. For more information check out our Play Smart details page.
The 2014 Nike Coaches Clinic featured presentations from Tufts head coach Mike Daly, Jamesville-DeWitt High Scool coaches Jamie Archer and Tim Ristau, and Nike's Bill Daye. Coach Daly's talk focused on his team's up tempo philosophy, featuring videos of the drills his team uses to execute that style of play at the college level. Coaches Archer and Ristau focused more on the the High School and Youth level, while Bill Daye drew on his first hand goalkeeping career to give a brief "Goalkeeping 101" presentation for coaches who don't have experience at that position.
Slides and video from the presentations are available on 2014 Nike Coaches Clinic recap page.
With the addition of Girl's brackets, the SALI tournament will be bigger and better than ever before in 2014. This year there will be boys brackets from 1st grade thru High School and girl's brackets for middle school as well high school varsity teams.
Check the SALI Home page for details on brackets, registration, rules, and accommodations. Registration for SALI 2014 is now closed. If you want your team added to the wait list, please call Keiko at Sisters Park and Recreation, (541)549-2091.
As reported its article on the 2013 Adrenaline Showcase:The fifth annual Adrenaline Showcase marked another great event for western lacrosse as 170 of the most talented individuals in the west gained significant exposure to NCAA and MCLA recruiters from all over the country. The Adrenaline Evaluation Team (AET) and various college coaches have assembled a list of the top ten players who most impressed.
This list not only included players from states throughout the west (California, Colorado, Arizona, & Nevada), but a player from Canada as well. Yet another statement of the quality of Oregon lacrosse!!
On that list were three players from the OHSLA:
- Matt Burton - Sunset High School
- Jon Duffey - Lincoln High School
- Ben Paris - Lincoln High School
The OHSLA board and the Conference Coach Representatives have approved expanding the number of teams participating in post season play from 32 to 40 and create two separate playoff classifications, Championship and Cascade Cup.
The Championship bracket will have 24-teams calculated from a combination of conference standings and LaxPower ratings: the 1st and 2nd place conference teams (16 teams) and the remaining 8 spots determined by LaxPower rankings. The computation of the first round bye and seeding will not change from previous years for the Championship bracket. The new 16-team Cascade Cup bracket will be selected (and seeded) using the next 16 ranked teams (by LaxPower rankings) in the State. More details can be found on the OHSLA 2014 Playoff page.
The OHSLA believes this new format will not only allow more teams to participate in post season play, but create more competitive games within each bracket. Each bracket will have a final game played at the same site and appropriate recognition given to the winners of both brackets.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee approved several new rules at its July 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis. The OHSLA will be adopting these new High School Lacrosse rule changes for 2014. There were 19 rules changes approved by the committee. For more information, the LaxPower site has a detailed commentary on the rules discussing the reasoning behind the many of the changes. There was also a detailed presentation by Brian Platz in the 2014 OHSLA Coaches Meeting.
Note: Missing from both of these articles is the change in the ball to be used in games Beginning in 2014, all game balls must include labeling which states "meets the new National Operating Committee On Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) standard" - NFHS Rule 1 Section 5 THE BALL.
How do I know I am getting NOCSAE balls? All NOCSAE approved balls feature a prominent logo (as shown in the images on the right) and include NOCSAE markings on the packaging as well. Some balls have had NCAA and/or NFHS logos in the past but are not NOCSAE, the NOCSAE stamp is the key, a ball without NOCSAE on it can no longer be used in a game.
The OHSLA will conform to that rule and the officials will be required to enforce it, so clubs should make sure that they purchase balls marked with the NOCSAE stamp for their game balls. Please read the US Lacrosse article What's in a Ball? for more information on why these new balls are important.
What is the NOCSAE? They are the same standards body that created the specification for lacrosse helmets. Check out their website. To see other new specifications from the NOCSAE, check this article. As pointed out in these articles, the new ball is about improving the safety of players. Even though there are no NFHS rules requiring practice balls be NOCSAE approved, given the different physical properties of the ball and the improved safety, it is strongly recommended that teams use these balls for practice too.
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This year marks the twentieth year that high school lacrosse has been played in Oregon. Throughout the year the OHSLA will be celebrating this tenure with articles and memorabilia starting with this article.
As noted in this Laxpower article, and detailed in this data, lacrosse continues to be the fastest growing sport across the United States.
The graph to the right shows the number of NFHS athletes (male & female) participating in lacrosse. The actual growth of lacrosse is even larger because the NFHS universe does not span all teams playing sports in the US, so some 20% of the teams that USLacrosse believes are playing lacrosse in the US are not included.