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High School Girls Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Announces 2014 Youth Rules Changes Featuring Strict Enforcement Of Illegal Body Contact, Repetitive Fouls And Four Minute Red Card Penalty
The points of emphasis for the 2013-2014 season are strict enforcement of rules governing illegal: body contact, obstruction of free space to goal, repetitive fouls, and stick contact and cross checking.
Major rule changes for the 2013-2014 season at all levels of play include:
decreasing the number of players from each team on the draw circle from five to three;
increasing penalty time for a red card from two minutes to four;
disallowing additional facial protection to be worn other than ASTM International-approved goggles and mouth guard. ASTM International Women’s Lacrosse approved goggles have been the standard since the rule was created in 2004.
Inner City Lacrosse: “Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership” Launches Girls Program; Over $5.2 Million In Academic Scholarships For Boys Program Student-Athletes In Last 3 Years (Video)
Club Lacrosse: “3d Lacrosse” Continues Growth In California With Hiring Of Tom DeMaio As Director And Mike Hutnick As Manager In Orange County
3d Lacrosse continues to make waves in California. After their entrance into San Diego and Northern California, they are bringing their unique training to Orange County with the hiring of Tom DeMaio as Orange County Director of Lacrosse & Mike Hutnick as Orange County Area Manager.
3d Lacrosse will establish Orange County club teams as well as implement training programs and clinics for the players who are looking for a unique brand of training. 3D is committed to delivering a superior club team experience for players and families with its combination of exceptional coaches who are carefully trained in the “Box / Field Hybrid™ Development System”. Superior training followed by consistent instruction and thoughtfully planned tournament competition make the 3d Lacrosse unique and unlike anything most players have ever experienced.
Coach DeMaio has over 20 years coaching experience as a head coach at both the Collegiate and High School levels in Massachusetts. In addition to the hiring of DeMaio, 3D has also hired San Clemente Head Coach Mike Hutnick to assist DeMaio in developing players locally. Coach Hutnick in his first year with the Tritons led the San Clemente program to a 14-6 record this spring.
3D CEO Jamie Munro could not be more excited to have operations in Orange County. “Bringing Tom DeMaio on board in the OC is a coup for 3d Lacrosse. We pride ourselves on our position in the industry training coaches and players. We need coaches like Tom DeMaio who has real coaching experience, tremendous passion for working with kids and a national network of contacts. In addition, Mike Hutnick brings coaching experience, commitment to our core values, and a true entrepreneurial spirit. Tom and Mike are tremendous additions to 3d.”
High School Girls Lacrosse: Princeton (NJ) School District To Require Headgear For All Middle And High School Girls Lacrosse Players
Princeton’s school board unanimously approved the new headgear rule following a strong recommendation from the district’s athletic director. Quinn said that as far as he knows, Princeton is the only district in the state to have such a policy. The district will pay for the SG360 headgear, which runs about $60 in retail.
A few years ago, New Jersey enacted a law mandating student athletes with a suspected concussion get medical clearance before being allowed to return to play.
Now, the Princeton school district has gone a step further, requiring headgear for all middle- and high-school soccer, field hockey and lacrosse players.
While parents and coaches hope that will reduce the risk for concussions, some sports experts aren’t convinced it will help.
Tim Quinn, president of Princeton’s school board, said nothing can totally prevent a concussion from happening, “but if we can minimize the effect of any sort of head injury, I think that’s a good thing. I think what we’re doing here is looking out for the best interests of our athletes.”
“2013 US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program” Designed To Initiate And Enhance Participation At Schools, Community Organizations; September 1 Deadline To Submit Applications
Lacrosse Injuries: Concussions In Youth Sports, Especially Among Girls, Are Rising Due To “More Games Being Played At Higher Level Of Competition”; Helmets And Specialized Mouth Guards Do Not Prevent Concussions
“They certainly play more games than ever and more games at a higher level of competition,” said Dr. Kevin Walter of the concussion clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “They extend themselves more than ever. And with all the specialized training, they are bigger, faster and stronger. It adds up.”
Helmets, specialized mouth guards and headbands do not prevent concussions. “There is no known way to prevent concussions,” Stein said. “We love helmets and mouth guards; they protect your skull and your teeth. But they won’t stop a concussion from happening.”
Youth sports concussion clinics operate at the center of America’s heightened awareness and increasing worry about concussions among young athletes. Listening to the hundreds of stories of how concussions have occurred, examining patients and monitoring their recoveries, the doctors and staff members are a repository of anecdotal and medical concussion information.
- Female patients are making up a larger percentage of the clinics’ overall concussion patient population, a percentage that continues to rise year to year.“People used to say this was happening because female athletes are more likely than male athletes to report their concussion symptoms, but not many of us believe that is the reason any longer,” said Dr. Cynthia Stein of Boston Children’s Hospital. “Female athletes are just as aggressive about wanting to stay on the playing field, but maybe their sports are getting rougher.“Forty-one percent of our new patients are now female, which is a huge amount when you consider that the No. 1 sport causing concussions is football, and that’s nearly all male.”
- Many concussions seem to result from a hit the young athlete does not see coming. It is not just blindside hits in football; it is collisions in which only one party is braced for the collision, as seen in checking sports like lacrosse and hockey. Many soccer players are injured when they are hit in the head by a kicked ball at close range that they did not see coming, especially blows that came from the side or behind them.Doctors again have theorized that girding the neck for a collision or a blow to the head could be the body’s way of protecting the brain. If the blow comes without warning, that layer of fortification is not engaged.“As coaches always say, ‘Keep your head on a swivel so you know what’s going on around you,’ ” said Dr. Michael O’Brien at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It might be good advice for a lot of reasons.”
Club Lacrosse Teams: “Team 180” Girls Lacrosse (Denver, CO) Continues To Build Top Western Program As It Captures Three Championships At 2013 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival On Jan 19-20
There will always be a special connection between the Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival and Team 180. That’s because both the Synapse Sports event and Denver-based club program have enjoyed a similar trajectory. “We’ve been going to Sand Storm since its inception, and as the tournament has grown, so has our organization,” said Sam Bartron, who founded Team 180 in 2004. “The first year, we only had one team and there were about two dozen teams total. This year, we brought five teams and now there are well over 100 girls teams alone.” Team 180 enjoyed tremendous success at the sixth annual Sand Storm, placing four of the teams it brought in the finals and coming away with three championships.
“I’m so very, very proud of what our girls accomplished. It was so amazing to look around on championship day and see all those yellow jerseys. We had 130 kids out there in yellow like little bees buzzing around,” Bartron said.
Bartron said the key to the overall improvement of the Team 180 organization has been commitment. Coaches front-loaded each team’s training to prepare for Sand Storm, which was held Jan. 19-20 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal. It also helps that Bartron and staff are now working with players at a much younger age, instilling the skills and team playing style necessary to succeed at a high level. “We want to be the best club in the west, and that takes hard work. We have asked our kids to go above and beyond. Our players and parents have embraced this philosophy and are willing to do whatever it takes,” she said.