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This years Nike Coaching Clinic will feature Tufts head coach, Mike Daly and Jamesville-DeWitt High Scool Head and Assistant coaches Jamie Archer and Tim Ristau. Coach Daly (Tufts '95) has lead the Division III Tufts University team to five consecutive NCAA Tourney berths and a NCAA DIII national championship in 2011. Jamesville-DeWitt is a perennial high school lacrosse power-house in New York state. Led by Archer (Syracuse '93) and Ristau (Villanova '00), Jamesville-DeWitt won three Class B State High School Championships, including undefeated seasons in 2010 & 2011, and was runner up 2005 & 2013.
As always this clinic is free of charge and open to any Oregon lacrosse coaches who are interested.
The clinic will be held in the Tiger Woods Center at the Nike Beaverton Campus (see campus map to the right). Use the Walker Rd entrance to the Nike complex, take 1st left onto Del Hayes Way, and park in the first lot on the right. The Tiger Woods Center is down the hill towards the center of the campus.
2011 D-III Champion Tufts.
Coaches Archer & Ristau.
Nike Campus Map
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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 OHLSLA:
- 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.
Breakaway Lacrosse, Warrior Lacrosse, and Walax.com are pleased to present a free coaching clinic with University of Denver head coach Bill Tierney on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA (in conjunction with the Space Needle Shootout). Coach Tierney will be offering two separate hour long clinics geared toward youth & high school coaches. Bill Tierneys coaching bio available on the Denver Pioneer's site. There will be two sessions, registration information is further below.
- 11:00am - 12:15pm: Session 1 (youth & middle school)
- 1:30pm - 2:45pm: Session 2 (high school)
Each clinic will consist of a 10 minute presentation from Warrior Lacrosse, 35-40 minute clinic from Coach Tierney and then 15-20 minutes of Q&A with Coach Tierney. RSVP Required for attendance.
Due to the anticipated high demand and limited space for this event, all coaches interested in attending either clinic will need to RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please provide the information below with your RSVP.
- Full Name (first and last).
- Level you coach (i.e. youth, middle school, high school, etc.).
- Program you coach for.
- Contact number.
- Specific topics you would like to hear addressed.
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.
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.
Oregon has a new Boy's High School Lacrosse Champion and, as the picture below shows, it's Lakeridge. For pictures and details on the game 2013 Finals Recap Page.
Quoting OHSLA Commissioner Dan Badders about the weekend:
Photo courtesy of Bob Miller" 2013 State Championship games were a smashing success, that reflects well upon the entire league and the coaches and players of Beaverton, Jesuit, West Linn, and Lakeridge. The attendance totals for these three games, set a new record. The lacrosse played was exciting and the weather for the final game was perfect. My compliments to all the coaches and players involved, with special note to Curt Sheinin and his Lakeridge Pacer team...the 2013 state champions."
"The continuing success of lacrosse in Oregon, is also due to the many parents/people who volunteer hours of time and focused effort to make it all happen. Audra and Bob Smith and the 110+ Tigard High School volunteers, who made the state championship facilities possible, are at the top of the list to be acknowledged. Simply an outstanding team effort on their part. I also want to recognize the efforts of OHSLA Assistant Commissioners Brian Fritz, Lisa Hockman, Rick Gruen, and Mike Kelley for the countless hours they have devoted to make the season and the state playoffs happen."