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While the first round of the Cascade Cup included a few upsets, the Championship Bracket now only includes the top eight seeded teams. The Championship Bracket and Cascaade Cup Bracket have both been updated on the OHSLA playoff page. Next up is the Quarter Finals for both brackets this Friday, May28th. Both brackets finish next week on June 4th, Championship Day, a full day of lacrosse including the Cascade Cup Final, first annual Oregon AllStar game, and State Championship Final. Details about Championship Day, including parking tips and detailed schedule info, can be found at Championship Page on the Beaverton Lacrosse website.
The first round of Championship Bracket playoff has completed with only a single upset: Sheldon edging Grant by a goal. The new Championship Bracket has been updated on the OHSLA playoff page. Next up is the first round of the Cascade Cup on Monday.
The regulare season is over and the two playoff brackets have been published on the OHSLA playoff page. First round Championship bracket games are this Friday and the Cascade Cup begins next Monday. The second round of Championship Bracket games will be next Tuesday. All-Conference Teams, which are the basis for the new Championship Day AllStar Game and the AllStar Tourney Weekend, will be out next Tuesday.
The end of the regular season is less than a week away and this year's post season will feature some new wrinkles. First, the Final Four will be hosted at Beaverton High School for the first time. Secondly, in addition to the Cascade Cup and State Finals, Championship Saturday will feature another first: the OHSLA All-Star game. This new All-Star game will be played between Cascade Cup and State Championship Finals. As with the last few years, after the finals the season will culminate with the annual OHSLA Conference All-Star Tourney in Sisters the weekend of June 18th. Details about Championship Day, including parking tips and detailed schedule info, can be found at Championship Page on the Beaverton Lacrosse website. For more details on the new All-Star game see below, while more information on the All-Star Tourney will be available soon. As always, playoff details including how brackets are determined, admission policies, and reimbursements can be found on the the OHSLA playoff page (also accessed from the Teams/Playoffs menu above).
The OHSLA is excited to announce the first ever All-Star game on Championship Saturday, featuring the best available players from all conferences in the state. Unlike the All-Star Tourney weekend, this is not a league vs league game. Players will be divided up to make even teams in order to have an evenly matched and fun game. Since the Game will be played on Championship day (June 4th), players involved in State Championship game or Cascade final will not eligible and, if selected for a team, be replaced by alternates for the game. Selection Process: 3 players (1 att, 1 Mid, 1 Def) from each conference statewide will be selected for the game. Each of the eight conferences state wide will submit the 3 players with their All-Conference team choices on May 24th. Rosters will then be filled out by the team coaches (former OHSLA HS coaches) using OHSLA all league selections. Each team will have 22-24 players. Recommendations will be used from current OHSLA coaches after all conference selection process is finished. All players will receive an all star game apparel package including a Nike reversible, Nike fly shorts and a performance shirt (provided by sponsors Nike and BSN sports) as commemorative keepsakes. The OHSLA is thrilled to provide this great experience for the many talented players statewide and hope it is a great addition to Championship Saturday.
First Annual All-Star Uniforms
Due to changes in the US Lacrosse timelines, the OHSLA now needs the Academic All-American nominations two weeks earlier than what was previously shown on the OHSLA Calendar. The submission deadline is now May 16th. For more information please consult the OHSLA Forms page.
2016 Oregon Lax Civil War
Saturday April 23rd, 5pm
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2016 Fritz Hayes Classic
The annual Fritz Hayes classic, featuring last year`s OHSLA Final-Four teams, will take place this weekend at West Linn High School. Jesuit takes on Lakeridge at 2pm and West Linn takes on Sunset at 4pm.
West Linn Athletic Event Parking
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On March 15th, OHSLA's newest member, St. Marys of Medford, hosted Roseburg HS at US Cellular Park that evening in what was the "First ever OHSLA sanctioned home game played by a High School team in Southern Oregon". This event created a significant media story in Medford and it is a great step forward for High School Lacrosse in Oregon. The hope is that St Marys will be the first of many schools south of Roseburg to create a lacrosse club creating a draw for players (and officials) in the area. Click For Larger Image
Scorekeepers are an important part of the OHSLA game experience and for this reason the Oregon Lacrosse Officials Association holds annual training sessions to train scorekeepers. While Officials ensure that the rules are followed, scorekeepers are integral to making sure the game goes smoothly and that events in the game are recorded properly (for history). In addition to running the clock and collecting statistics for the game, scorekeeprs assist officials throughout the game. All of the sesssions will be held on March 12th at the following locations throughout the state:
Area Time Location Instructor Bend 10-11:30am
Summit High School
2855 NW Clearwater Drive
Bend OR 97703
No Room # yet... Tom Johnson
OLOA Board Member
Marist High School
1900 Kingsley Rd
Eugene OR 97401
No Room # yet... Mike Brooks
Lake Oswego High School
2501 Country Club Rd
Lake Oswego OR 97034
(in Blue Building in LOHS front parking lot).
OLOA Board Members
South Salem High School
1910 Church St SE
Salem OR 97301
Room 106. Chris Davis
This year there will be two OHSLA Coaches clinics. The first will be Saturday, February 20th from 10am-1pm at McNary High School directed by OES head coach Dennis Sullivan. The second will be Sunday at West Linn HS from 1pm-4pm on February 21st, led by West Linn head coach Mark Flood. Both clinics will have players in attendance so that coaches can see the drills in action. These clinics are Free and Open to all coaches who wish to add to their skill sets. The McNary clinic will introduce a variety of exercises to improve individual skill and develop broader understanding of transition offense and defense, as well as half field play. Coach Sullivan has been OES varsity head coach since 2008, earning Oregon High School Coach of the Year Honors in 2009 when his undefeated team won the state championship. The West Linn Clinic will be a full out practice with a variety of drills for individual and team skills, including workouts for programs with smaller numbers on the field. Coach Flood has been head coach of West Linn Lacrosse since inception and led the program to 9 final four appearances & 4 state championships.
This year's Nike Coaches Clinic featured Albany coach Scott Marr and his brother Yorktown HS coach Dave Marr. Video from Scott Marr's presentations is available on the 2016 Nike Coaches Clinic page. The content includes video clips from Scott Marr, Dave Marr's slides, and some Lyle Thompson clips.
There are three rule changes for the 2016 season:
The Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee also issued five Points of Emphasis for 2016:
- New rules restricting shooting and sidewall stringing on the stick (a.k.a. cross).
- Minor clarifications in face-off rules.
- A new over-and-back rule to keep the ball in the offensive half of the field after a successful clear.
US Lacrosse has a nice summary and interpretation of these 2016 changes, including the reasoning behind the new Points of Emphasis. More details on the new rules can be found on the NFHS site as well as a their layman's interpretation of the new rules.
- Contact - Penalties for excessive hits to the head and neck, as well as penalties for hits to defenseless players and blindside hits.
- Helmet Fitting - Helmets shall meet current NOCSAE standards and be properly fitted for each player
- Halftime Warm-up - It is recommended that the final three minutes of intermission be used as a team warm-up period.
- Helmets and Equipment During Pre-Game and Practice Time - Coaches should educate players on the need to be properly equipped at all times.
- Defending the Crease - It is recommended that coaches not teach nor encourage field players to block the goal when the goalkeeper has vacated the goal crease area.