Boys 5/6 Practices for Thursday, March 6 Rescheduled to Friday!
Due to the significant rains over the past few days and the impact on our field, we will not have practice tonight. While we contemplated doing something undercover at the school, we have too many kids to make that useful from a team perspective.
However, due to some luck, we can get time on PCC Rock Creek Field #1 Friday night from 5:00 to 6:30pm. Therefore, we will be holding practice this Friday night. Obviously, this is short notice, so if your player is unable to make it (or has conflicts with other sports), that is certainly understandable. If you are unable to make it, it would be helpful if you could shoot the coach a note (which will help the coaches develop an appropriate practice plan).
In the meantime, please strongly encourage your players to spend time playing wall ball between now and our next scheduled practice next Tuesday. If your player needs a reminder of a wall ball routine to follow, please see the Westview Youth Lacrosse Web page dedicated to wall ball (with an explanation of the benefits, and videos of sample routines).
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.
One of the major changes is for stoppages of play due to an out-of-bounds ball, a horn will no longer be sounded to allow time for substitution. Instead, players may substitute “on the fly” as they can during normal play.
Another change is 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.