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OHSAA announces addition of lacrosse to sponsored sports

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Board of Directors announced on Thursday that boys and girls lacrosse will become an OHSAA sanctioned sport beginning in the 2016-17 season.
“The members of the subcommittee did an outstanding job studying lacrosse in Ohio and researching the sport both statewide and nationally,” OHSAA commissioner Daniel B. Ross said. “Lacrosse is definitely growing in our state at both the youth and high school levels, and it's exciting when schools want their sport to be part of our association and also exciting that more students will be able to complement their high school experience with another participation opportunity.”
Lacrosse will be categorized as an “emerging” sport, but could be elevated to a “recognized” sport if the OHSAA Board of Directors feels it is growing and improving after each annual assessment.
“Both the boys and girls lacrosse associations have required their membership to adhere to OHSAA Bylaws and Sports Regulations for several years now,” said Ross. “So, the transition to the OHSAA should be smooth.”
 The Ohio High School Lacrosse Association has been conducting a statewide tournament series since the 1988-89 school year, and the Ohio School girls Lacrosse Association has had a statewide tournament series since 1999-2000. While both the boys and girls currently have two tournament divisions, the Board of Directors did not take action to determine how many tournament divisions there will be in lacrosse when the OHSAA begins oversight in 2016-17.
The addition of boys and girls lacrosse increases the number of “recognized” and “emerging” sports sponsored by the OHSAA to 26, which includes 13 for boys and 13 for girls. The OHSAA last added sports in 2006-07 when boys and girls bowling were adopted.

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