LHSLL Adds 2 Programs

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October 21, 2017

The LHSLL voted to add two new member programs at their annual Scheduling Meeting held in Broussard, LA this past Saturday.

After their initial season last year, Friendship Capital, based in Baton Rouge, requested league membership and was added as a developmental program. They will predominately compete at the junior varsity level this year as they continue to grow their program.

The Lower Alabama Bayhawks, based in the Mobile area, also requested membership in the league. The Bayhawks formerly competed in the Gulf Coast Lacrosse Conference. Helen Milteer, representing the Bayhawks, explained that they can no longer play against their former Florida-based Gulf Coast opponents since those teams are now sanctioned by the FHSAA. They were drawn to the LHSLL due to their proximity and strong league organization. The Bayhawks boast over 100 players ages 8-18 in their youth through high school divisions. LHSLL voting members agreed to add Lower Alabama who will compete in the LHSLL East District along with Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, North Shore, Mandeville, and St. Paul’s.

The league also voted in favor of a proposal from Mike Biffel of Holy Cross to revise the official season dates. Biffel stated that his proposal will help grow the game by allowing players to participate in a Winter sport such as basketball or soccer in addition to lacrosse which is universally considered a Spring sport. Other advantages to a later season start alleviates conflicts between soccer and lacrosse for field access. After much discussion, the league agreed that official league games may start on or after February 1st. The end of the season will be pushed into the middle of May at the discretion of the league commissioner.

In other business, league Commissioner Val Browning and LOLA representative Steve Luxion outlined NFHS rule changes and points of emphasis for the 2018 season. The NFHS will continue to emphasize defenseless/blindside hits, mouthpiece usage, and crosse dimensions. New rules effective for 2018 include allowing a goal if the ball is released from the crosse prior to the end of the period. The league emphasis will be on sideline and fan behavior, language, and mouthpiece usage.

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