Alex Ozuna oversees the sport of lacrosse for the Florida High School Athletic Association and he was gracious enough to allow me to pose some questions to him to clarify some of the questions I've been hearing from our readers. Here's his responses:
1) Must a school play all the District teams they are assigned to?
All teams must play their district opponents at least once during the regular season. The district regular season matches determine the seed for the end of the season district tournament.
2) Outside of district, are there any limits on how many 1A teams a 2A can play?
There is no limit on the amount of games a 1A school can play 2A school or vice versa. During the regular season, each team has a season limitation of 18 ga
I'll analyze the Boys' side first and hopefully there will be readers able to send me some insight on the Girls' side too.
Class 1A is for the smaller schools and Class 2A is for the larger schools, basically the same number of schools in each.
16 districts in each Class, based on what I heard there will be only the winner of the District making the FHSAA brackets.
At a quick glance:
8 teams in District 7 in 1A and 4 in District 2, the rest fall in between in size.
Multiple districts in the Southeast have 7 teams, no Class 2A district has 4 and most are 6 teams
There are some BRUTAL districts, both good and bad.
Class 1A - District 13
Suncoast 1589 1A 4 13
American Heritage (Delray Beach) 904 1A 4 13
St. Andrews 625 1A 4 13
Author's Note: Congratulations to Coach Speckmann for this terrific honor! And please USL, Rick Gilbert next year?
via US Lacrosse press release
US Lacrosse Announces National Lacrosse Hall of Fame's Class of 2019
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame announces the addition of nine new inductees as the Class of 2019, following approval by US Lacrosse’s Board of Directors. The newest members will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, October 19, at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.
The 2019 inductees are: Ryan Boyle, Charlie Coker, Kara Ariza Cooke, Rachael Becker DeCecco, Sarah Forbes, Cathy Nelson Reese, Matt Striebel, Paul Schimoler, and Richard Speckmann.
Tickets for the 2019 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, sp
I believe this is a first for the state of Florida to produce a finalist for either the Men's or Women's game! For those who don't know, the Tewaaraton Trophy is lacrosse's version of the Heisman Trophy, given to the Player of the Year in D1 College Lacrosse.
via press release
TEWAARATON AWARD ANNOUNCES MEN’S AND WOMEN’S 2019 FINALISTS: PRESENTED BY THE PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE (PLL)
WASHINGTON, May 9 – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the five men’s and five women’s finalists for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award. The Tewaaraton Award is
recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. These 10 student-athletes will be
invited to Washington, D.C., for the 19th annua
Here's some information from the FHSAA website:
Florida High School Lacrosse State Championships
When: Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, 2019
Where: Boca Raton High School
Host: Boca Raton High School & Palm Beach County Sports Commission
$8.00 per day in advance (click here to purchase prior to the event)
$11.00 if purchased the day of the event
Security Procedures: click here
Parking: $5 for cars/$50 for busses (cash only)
Schedule: click here
Championship Lodging: List of participating hotels (provided by host organization)
Webcast: NFHS Network
Okay, to remind everyone of the methodology:
64 teams, 16 per quadrant
The same districts, 1-32, divided by Quadrant as currently configured
The District winner gets the automatic bid
By quadrant, the next highest ranked teams get invited (I used MaxPreps for this exercise and there are a few at the end I might not agree with but for this exercise it suffices)
I would be open to making a few adjustments, so District members don’t play each other in the first round but for now we go by the numbers
Within the Quadrants we seed 1-16 to start and would like to see District winners get the first-round home game if they play an at-large team
Number next to the team is the MaxPreps ranking at the state level. Three teams that fell into the top 32 at large are skipped