Supporters Urge Washington to Sanction High School Lacrosse
Over the past decade, the sport of lacrosse has experienced tremendous growth in popularity. Especially in the Pacific Northwest.“The growth nationally continues to be pretty strong,” said Dave Low, president of the Washington State Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, “but in the state of Washington, we’ve grown exponentially.”
Today, more than 4,000 high school students play club lacrosse in the state, according to Mike McQuaid, sports information director for the Washington chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. That popularity has led to calls for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) to follow the lead of other states and sanction boys and girls lacrosse as official high school sports.
The Washington chapter of US Lacrosse has more than 10,000 members from the youth to adult levels. Of states with that many members, only Washington doesn’t offer lacrosse as a sanctioned high school sport.
Lacrosse supporters argue sanctioning would bring acceptance and recognition on campus from peers and administration, give the sport better scheduling priority and allow for state championships run by the WIAA.
“The WIAA is very good at what they do,” McQuaid said. “They administer scholastic sports in this state, create rule structures, interface with the schools and put on state championships. They do everything that makes high school sports great in this state. It only makes sense that here is a high school sport and the kids want to play for their high schools. They want to play and be recognized as playing for their high schools. That’s what they aspire to.”
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