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Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
  • Lacrosse State Series Will Not Debut in 2013-14 As Entry Numbers Fall Short

  • The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, December 16, 2013, where the Board heard an update on entries into the Boys and Girls Lacrosse State Series.
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    The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, December 16, 2013, where the Board heard an update on entries into the Boys and Girls Lacrosse State Series.
     
    The IHSA will not proceed with a Boys & Girls Lacrosse State Series in the spring of 2014, as the entry numbers required to begin a State Series were not met. The threshold to concurrently begin a Boys & Girls Lacrosse State Series is 65 schools entering to participate in the Boys Lacrosse State Series and 40 schools entering to participate in the Girls Lacrosse State Series. The entry numbers were met for Girls Lacrosse with 43 schools entering, but the Boys Lacrosse entry number was 55. The Board requires both to reach the benchmark in order for the State Series to begin.
     
    “We remain confident that lacrosse will become a sanctioned IHSA sport in the near future,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “The number of schools competing in the sport has continued to grow. However, we also know that financial restraints have prevented many schools from committing to the sport and believe it is in the best interest of the schools, and the sport, to wait until we reach the previously established benchmarks before beginning a State Series.”
     
     
    ACTION ITEMS
    No additional action items.
     
     
    ELIGIBILITY RULINGS
    1. The Board sustained the Executive Director’s ruling on a student from South Holland (Seton Academy). The student was ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA by-law 3.043.3.
     
    2. The Board sustained the Executive Director’s ruling on a student from Chicago Heights (Marian Catholic). The student was ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA by-law 3.043.3.
     
    3. The Board sustained the Executive Director’s ruling on a student from South Holland (Seton Academy). The student was ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA by-law 3.043.3.
     
    4. The Board modified the Executive Director’s ruling on a student from Park Ridge (Maine South). The student was originally ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA by-law 3.043.3. The student is granted immediate eligibility.
     
    5. The Board sustained the Executive Director’s ruling on a student from Mooseheart. The student was ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA by-law 3.034.3.
     
     
    DISCUSSION ITEMS
    At each meeting of the Board of Directors, there are certain items the Board discusses, but upon which no action is taken. The following is a report of those items from the December 16, 2013, agenda:
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    1. The Executive Director provided a report to the Board on the 2013 Town Hall Meeting
    Attendance and key discussion items from the various meetings.
     
    2. The Executive Director provided a report to the Board on the action taken by the Legislative
    Commission at its second meeting on November 25. The Commission voted to move 11
    proposals forward to the all-school ballot. Each member school can cast its vote online between
    December 2 and January 1.
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