High school lacrosse: UHSAA, lacrosse proponents debate sanctioning the sport in Utah

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  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    July 31, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    The ULA will fight this in the end. They function as an organization as a result of the all the dues players must pay to participate. The ULA will loose all that money to the UHSAA if the sport becomes sanctioned! The ULA would become an unnecessary entity for the upper levels of LAX. Could they survive on the lower levels? That's my concern.

  • OlyTitans Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    We love both our LAX and football at Oly! We love all of our sports. Holladay is a great community that supports its youth! Many players at Skyline and Olympus play both football and Lacrosse. Lacrosse is a great sport to cross over with football. The state really needs to examine the possibility of sanctioning the sport.

  • footballisgood Holladay, UT
    July 28, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    I do not live in Holladay anymore, I have moved but did not change my location settings. This article is not about youth lacrosse or youth anything, it is about high school sports, so bringing up youth costs is not applicable. Sanctioned sports get funded for coaching stipends by district and state money. What I am saying is that most high school club sport coaches do not take money for coaching because they are self funded and allocate all of the money to team costs in order to keep costs down for players, while taking coaching pay is the norm for lacrosse coaches, which obviously has to be built in to fees.
    Furthermore, fundraising for sanctioned high school sports like football typically goes to raise money for team costs, since budgets are not very big. Stipends continue to remain small for coaches. I am not saying that lacrosse coaching making decent money for coaching is wrong or bad, my main point is that they might be unmotivated to get sanctioned and get paid less because of it.

  • volunteerlaxer salt lake city, UT
    July 27, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    Wait a minute. Isn't youth football around 250-300 this year and the coaches and board members kids plays for free? Also, aren't all high school football players "required" to do some sort of fundraising for the program. And....the high school football. soccer and baseball coaches are all paid. In the youth program of lacrosse (70-90 fee), the 'volunteer coaches' don't get a free ride for their kid and most of them are not on the board to maintain their kids position on a certain team. That's holladay football legacy right there.

  • laxbros salt lake city, UT
    July 27, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    Footballisgood. If you live in Holladay? Olympus dues are $250 and Skyline dues are $225. There must be another school in Holladay that I am not aware of. That, or the information you are being provided with is wrong. We provide many opportunities for our players to fund raise. Lacrosse doesn't have to cost anything. We even provide fundraising credits for equipment. We have a huge volunteer base. We work hard not to pass the cost to the players. I hear the volunteer football coaching is stellar in Holladay.

  • footballisgood Holladay, UT
    July 26, 2013 7:53 p.m.

    Oops, hit enter before I was finished. The difference is that the coaches for most other club sports that represent high schools as clubs (different than the multi school elite structure like in soccer or volleyball) is that they are 100% volunteer - the coaches do not get paid at all, and many end up funding the program partially out of their own pocket and actually losing money by coaching rather than pass further costs on to the players.

  • footballisgood Holladay, UT
    July 26, 2013 7:50 p.m.

    Thanks for the thoughts, whatisthe, but my sources on that info are several Lacrosse coaches. At my school, Lacrosse costs over $1000 to play, while other club sports cost between $150-$300 and those sports have similar costs (field rental, uniforms,equipment, etc).

  • whatinthe Holladay, UT
    July 26, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    Most lacrosse programs keep their fees to a minimal acceptable level. Coaches are paid minimally for the time that they put in. Footballisgood has his facts wrong. Fees are for field rentals, uniforms and equipment like nets, goals and lacrosse balls, we pay for refs in ULA fees. None of our balls are subsidized by the district mr footballisgood. Our "lacrosse club" paid over $5000 in rental fees for fields, both county and district. This would be a huge saving to lacrosse clubs if the sport was partially sanctioned. Loved "Nearly a decade ago, the ULA did approach the board of trustees with a proposal to add lacrosse" NEARLY A DECADE AGO. sheesh. someone (ula) must be getting big and fat off the lacrosse community.

    July 26, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    This sport should definitely be sanctioned by the state of Utah.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    July 26, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    Lacrosse is for rich kids whose parents wished they lived on the East Coast.

  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    July 26, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    My son will be a junior in high school next year, and has been playing lacrosse since sixth grade. Luckily, our high school has tried to keep costs down, and even has scholarship programs to help out those who might struggle to pay fees and such. The worst part about not being sanctioned is the lack of access to facilities. The best part about not being sanctioned is that there is not a limit to how many kids can play. Last season, we had two JV teams, as well as a varsity and sophomore team.

    In Utah last year, football, lacrosse and basketball were the top three sports as far as youth participation. It is inevitable that one day lacrosse will be a sanctioned high school sport; it is just a question of when..

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    July 26, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    I would love to see lacrosse grow out west and in LDS areas. Lacrosse is played in the spring thats the regular season not fall. Great to see the game growing. In Colorado the game has exploded.

    Who will be the first D1 NCAA college team west of U of Denver ? Many think USC.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    July 25, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    I'm all for it in the sense that now its athletes would to be under the auspicious of the UHSAA in regards to academic requirements. Right now the sport I feel often lets athletes that could play spring sports such as soccer, baseball and track participate because of lower academic standards. I think the sport needs to compete for athletes with a common rules with those other sports. I know many schools are deprived of good athletes in school sponsored sports to play lacrosse and rugby. It is a great sport, as is rugby, and I think its inclusion would be good for the UHSAA on a variety of levels. As stated above, I think the sport, which is growing in popularity, my boom if the cost for it was much lower. Only by sanctioning this, will costs be held down opening up the sport to more participants.

  • footballisgood Holladay, UT
    July 25, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    There is one other big factor here, and that is that most of the club coaches do not want to be sanctioned because they would lose money. Some programs charge HUGE amounts to play, over $1200 for a player, and most of this goes to pay coaches. If they are sanctioned, then they would have to be paid by district stipends, which are tiny in comparison. No way these guys want to give up the big money they are making off of these fees.