WIAA declines opportunity for girls, boys lacrosse

April 23, 2010

WIAA declines opportunity for girls, boys lacrosse

RENTON, Wash. — The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Representative Assembly voted down amendments to sanction girls and boys lacrosse in Washington state, Friday at their annual meeting in Renton.

The girls amendment received 8 votes in favor of the amendment and 44 against with 1 abstention. The boys amendment did not make the floor. A 60 percent vote of the Washington high school rep assembly members is needed for an amendment to pass.

“As educators, parents and supporters of high school sports in Washington state, we are disappointed in the WIAA for not recognizing the demand for lacrosse among students and the chance to provide girls and boys with participation opportunities,” said Gail Loveland, president of the Washington state chapter of US Lacrosse. “With students from over 100 WIAA member schools now playing lacrosse, the sanctioning of lacrosse in Washington state is inevitable and a natural progression for the sport – double digit growth in 6 of the last 8 years is too strong to ignore,” said Loveland. “We are looking forward to working with WIAA in future efforts to sanction the sport.”

Passage of either amendment would have not required schools to adopt lacrosse, but would have validated the participation of over 2,700 high school girls and boys from over 100 WIAA member schools that already play the sport in eastern and western Washington.

Passage of the girls amendment would have handed schools and school districts a readily available, and financed opportunity to provide stronger evidence that they offer equal athletic participation opportunities for students under the federal Title IX gender equity law.

Seventeen states across the U.S. officially sanction high school lacrosse; many have adopted the sport in the last decade.

About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and in Washington State the sport has seen double-digit growth in six of the last eight years. In 2010, over 2,700 high school students representing 83 boys (www.WHSBLA.org) and 55 girls (www.WSLAX.org) varsity and jv teams in eastern and western Washington compete in a nine-week season March – May. The annual Boys and Girls Washington State High School Championships take place in late May.

For daily high school lacrosse results or to receive results through an RSS feed, please visit http://www.uslax-wa.org/media.html

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