Daily Archives: August 8, 2011

International Lacrosse: Uganda Lacrosse Union (ULU) Is Recognized By FIL As 40th Nation For Membership And Will Compete For Right To Represent Africa At The 2014 World Lacrosse Championships In Colorado

Kevin Dugan, an assistant lacrosse coach from Notre Dame University and a director of Fields of Growth, came to Uganda and mulled over the idea of introducing the sport,” said Uganda Lacrosse Union (ULU) general secretary Maurice Sserunkuma. That is how the ULU was formed.

The ambassador for the USL is Davis Kamoga, a bronze medallist at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. The team practices and plays at the Makerere University Business School (Mubs) sports grounds.

Michael Bender, who played high school lacrosse in the US and now volunteers for Fields of Work, did the most of centre coaching and refereeing.

Chad Wiedmaier, 21, and his brother Kiefer, 23, the former – a defender at Princeton University, New Jersey, and the latter – a midfielder at Providence College, played with the Ugandans.

History was made when the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) recognized Uganda as the 40th country in the world to have associate membership.

The clinic sponsored by the FIL at Mubs will culminate in the national championships on August 13, the first in Africa, intended to have a sense of which talent holds a future and to create awareness about the sport.

The dream the ULU are carrying for now is to participate in the 2014 World Championships in Denver, Colorado.

“It’s my dream, it’s everyone’s dream here to go to the World Championships,” said current Uganda team skipper Ibrahim Makanda.

Qualification for the 2014 World Championships in Colorado calls for at least one team from every continent and Uganda were the first to be accreditted from Africa.

Fortunately, the FIL have also taken it upon themselves to fully sponsor a Ugandan team of 40 players to the championships as a way of promoting the sport in the country, according to Sserunkuma.

For more: http://ugandalacrosse.com/

High School Boys Lacrosse Rules: National Federation Of State High School Associations (NFHS) Eliminates “Current 10-Second Count To Return To Goal Area”, Updates Offsides Penalties And Other Lacrosse Rules At National Meeting

The current 10-second count to return to the goal area in high school boys lacrosse will be eliminated beginning with the 2012 season.

This change eliminates the need for players to continually “get a touch” in the goal area every 10 seconds.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee – at its July 12-13 meeting in Indianapolis – also clarified rules regarding offside situations and a “Get it in/Keep it in” command for game officials. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 4-15-1 regarding advancing the ball into the goal area was expanded to describe three situations. A team shall bring the ball into the goal area within 10 seconds 1) after crossing the center line with possession, 2) after initially gaining possession in the offensive half of the field, or 3) after regaining possession in the offensive half of the field following a defensive possession. This change eliminates the need for players to continually “get a touch” in the goal area every 10 seconds.

“This change allows teams to run their offense more efficiently and simplifies the counting requirements for officials,” said Kent Summers, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee.

In Rule 4-11, “a team is not considered offside if a team with too few players at either end of the field has not gained an advantage because the player(s) in question are off the field of play.” The official should withhold the whistle or flag in this situation, and observe how the potentially offending player re-enters the game.

“The team has not gained an advantage in this situation, and, in fact, may be at a disadvantage by having too few players on the field,” Summers said. “If the team with too few players gains an advantage by delaying the substitution, then an illegal procedure foul rather than an offside foul has occurred.”

In Rule 4-34, the committee adopted the “Get it in/Keep it in” command for officials to use in two situations involving offensive possession. When the ball is outside the goal area, the official verbally announces “get it in,” forcing the team in possession to advance the ball into the goal area within 10 seconds and keep it in. The “keep it in” command forces the team in possession to keep the ball in the goal area. The two “Get it in/Keep it in” situations are “Under two minutes remaining in the game when the game is not tied,” and “Stalling.”

Regarding stalling, the committee revised Rule 6-10-2 to state that the warning will be made when, in the judgment of the officials, a team in possession of the ball is keeping the ball from play by not attacking the goal. The phrase “in the judgment of the officials” was used to replace the former term “obvious.”

“What is obvious to one person may not be to another,” Summers said.

The final major rules change states that “a player who accumulates five minutes of personal fouls has fouled out of the game but has not been ejected.” Previously, the rule required five personal fouls.

“It is extremely rare for a player to accumulate five personal fouls. Thus, the previous rule wasn’t a deterrent to excessive roughness or to using an illegal crosse,” Summers said.

Other rules changes approved by the committee include:

  • Rule 1-2-1 Penalty: If, because of a logo or any other reason, the home team’s field is without a clearly marked center line, possession of the ball goes to the visiting team to begin the contest.
  • Rule 4-3-3: The crosses and gloves shall rest on the ground along the center line parallel to each other, up to, but not touching, the center line.
  • Rule 4-7-1: If at any point the ball becomes stuck in the front or back of the crosse, there shall be an immediate whistle and the ball awarded to the opposing team. This rule applies when a player loses his crosse and the ball remains in or under the head of the crosse.

According to the 2010-11 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey, 2,068 schools sponsor boys lacrosse at the high school level with 90,670 participants nationwide.

For more: http://www.nfhs.org/content.aspx?id=5604

Major League Lacrosse: “2011 MLL Championship Weekend” On Aug 27-28 Will Feature Boston Cannons, Denver Outlaws, Chesapeake Bayhawks With Either Hamilton Nationals Or Long Island Lizards Qualifying At Season’s Finale

After an exciting set of games on Saturday night, the field for the 2011 Sports Authority Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend has nearly been filled as three teams have clinched a play-off berth. The Boston Cannons (8-3), who earned a 13-8 victory over the Hamilton Nationals on Saturday, secured the MLL regular season title and as a result, will have the top seed for the MLL Championship Weekend. The Denver Outlaws (6-5) edged the Long Island Lizards by a 14-11 margin on Saturday night and earns a postseason berth for the sixth consecutive season. Defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks (6-5) defeated the Rochester Rattlers, 13-11, on Saturday night and earned a playoff berth due to owning a potential three-way tiebreaker against Hamilton and Long Island. Long Island (5-6) clinches a play-off berth with either a win and a Chesapeake loss ora win by seven or more goals. Hamilton clinches a play-off berth with either a win or a loss by fewer than six goals and a Chesapeake win.

Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats England 16-5 In 4th Round Of 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships; Face Australia Aug 9

A steady defensive effort characterized Team USA’s play in its match against England, as the U.S. emerged with a 16-5 victory at the 2011 FIL Under-19 Women’s World Championship.

Alyssa Blevins and the U.S. defense held England to its lowest scoring output of the U19 women's world championship in a 16-5 win Sunday. Team USA gets Monday off before playing rival Australia to wrap up pool play Tuesday. Photo by Greg Carroccio

The Americans held the English to their lowest scoring output in the tournament. It was Team USA’s fourth consecutive win.

“We wanted to have a real focus on body positioning instead of checking, and never stopping on the play. You keep it tight until the whistle blows,” said American defender Christine Ferguson. “It wasn’t just our core ‘D,’ either. Everyone was using their footwork, from the ride when their goalie got it all the way until our goalie had it in her hands. We worked our butts off.”

Facing a fast and athletic English team, Team USA head coach Krystin Porcella wanted to cut down on transition goals.

“We wanted our attackers to re-defend immediately, our midfielders to mark up immediately, and our defenders to deny that forward pass,” Porcella said.

Cortney Fortunato led all scorers with five goals and won Player of the Match honors thanks to a few scorching shots that beat English goalie Izzy McNab, who put forth a stout effort in the loss. Midfielders Taylor Trimble and Madison Acton also had hat tricks for the U.S. Five different players scored for England, which struggled to find a consistent way to beat the American defense.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/teamusa/u19women/2010-11/news/080711_suffocating_defense_sparks_another_us_u19_lacrosse_win