Anderson Lacrosse


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I am new to the sport and think it is a great sport, wish they had it around when i was in HS. So what can you tell me about Anderson's team. Division? I see theya re going for their third state title
theyre in the club division, which means there not recognized as a varsity sport and generally play other teams that have only been around for a few years or first year programs.
Soon, very soon...

At present, lacrosse is not a sanctioned high school sport in Ohio (unlike bowling?!?). Last year (see below) it was recognized by the Ohio Capital Conference and given the continued growth in entire state I would think should be revisted soon by OHSAA. In truth, lacrosse is "club" for most schools and not broadly supported or funded by the school organizations.

Since 2005, Boy's lacrosse in Ohio has grown ~30% from 64 teams to 83 teams and as of last year has consolidated to 3 divisions (D1, D2, D3/club). In our region (R4) Fenwick and Turpin are new D2 programs since '05 and there are 6 new D3/club programs (Elder, Colerain, Little Miami, Springboro, Lebanon & Clinton Co.) Several D3 programs have been around several years (e.g. Loveland, Anderson, Milford) and could (do) compete in D2. As this growth continues, sanctioning can't be far behind. Lakota will split and add a team for East next year.

Conference accepts lacrosse as sanctioned sport
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Thursday, June 29, 2006

ThisWeek Staff Writer

Eventually, lacrosse wants to be recognized by the OHSAA.

According to proponents of the sport, a step closer to the idea was taken at the OCC summer meeting June 20 as the executive committee voted to accept lacrosse as a sanctioned sport.

"As Ohio lacrosse grows, ultimately the goal is to be sponsored by the OHSAA," said Upper Arlington athletics director Chris Potts, who spearheaded the campaign. "This helps give lacrosse some stability that it is sponsored by a reputable league in central Ohio. I think that gives it more credibility because it's a very popular sport not just in central Ohio but in Ohio."

While it worked in lacrosse's favor in the end, the journey was rocky.

"There was some very lively discussion," OCC president Ed Palmer said. "Gahanna was not school-sponsored at all. They were sponsored by the recreation department in Gahanna. It has never been the intent of the OCC to have the league approve club sports."

Inconsistencies were found in the OCC bylaws which added to the debate.

According to Palmer, one section in the constitution said 10 schools are needed to apply for league sponsorship while four other references say it has to be school-sponsored.

"Some schools give varsity letters, but don't fund it," Potts said. "So we tried to work through that issue and ultimately we did have enough teams to have the board consider the sport."

The OCC does sanction boys volleyball and according to Palmer, when that occurred some club teams snuck through.

"That was never the intention," he said. "Including club teams in boys volleyball violated our own constitution. That's what I was trying to tell them, but we didn't have very many principals at the meeting who had history with the league. And with athletic directors turning over at a high rate, they're saying the OCC did it for boys volleyball and we should do it for everyone else. That was never the intention for the constitution -- it has to be school sponsored."

Bowling, which the OHSAA adopted as a new sport on April 6, also was taken to the executive committee to be added, but voted down.

Count Hilliard Darby girls coach Jeff Hill among those who think these latest events will help lacrosse become adopted by the OHSAA.

"It's generally a good thing anytime a sport is getting recognized by the OCC," he said. "It's a governing body for the local teams and it's great our sport gets that recognition."

Plenty of discussion is still to take place as Potts and his colleagues determine the fate of the central Ohio teams in the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association (boys) and Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (girls) as well as the alignment of the teams in the OCC.

"Now it's up to the ADs to sit down and really organize how we do divisions, game schedules and things like that," Potts said. "Lots of discussion is still to take place. What we've done is gotten approval that the OCC will sponsor it. Now we have to figure how it's going to work."

As for Anderson- they are a good program which has been around for several years. They have dominated the D3/Club division past several years and are doing well this year despite splitting off the Turpin team. They used to draw from several schools (e.g. McNick) so don't know if that changes as they have divided and grown.

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OHSAA Guidelines

I looked into this a few years ago and the OHSAA requires 150 schools (men's and women's sports are separate) to participate in a sport to be recognized as a sanctioned sport. There are exceptions, such as Men's Hockey or Women's Field Hockey which were grandfathered in and Lacrosse probably has a chance to be sanctioned before reaching 150 schools with the support of conferences such as the OCC.
OUCH... 150 schools? That could take 3-5 years.

What is the key benefit to players, programs of having OHSAA recognition/ sanctioning? Interesting, in looking at some recent Colorado LAX regs, they note Ohio as a state that does sanction HS LAX and therefore CO teams do not need special permission to schedule games with OH high school teams.

What gives?
it's sad how temas can remain in the CLUB division and beat up on developmental teams just because they are not recognized by their school. No schools, including Anderson, get better by doing this year after year