Oregon's high school lacrosse stars
As one of the well enjoyed sports worldwide, lacrosse has a good number of supporters and players in schools as well as nationally. The sport requires a team consisting of ten players, distributed equally among the attackers, midfielders and defense. It requires a ball and lacrosse stick together with suitable protective hear for the players and can be played both indoors and outdoors. With four major versions each having a different set of rules and equipment, the sport for caters for all those who are interested. The major categories include men's field lacrosse, box lacrosse, intercrosse and women's lacrosse. The men's lacrosse can only be played outdoors while the box lacrosse is specifically an indoor game with both allowing for body-to-body contact. Because of this, they require protective gear like helmets, gloves, shoulder pads and elbow pads. Women's lacrosse prohibits body contact and only allows for stick contact, though they still put on the protective gear. Intercrosse on the other hand is for mixed genders that uses plastics sticks and softer balls. It also prohibits contact.
Oregon's high schools have some of the best lacrosse teams in the state consisting of both men's teams and women's teams. These players have participated in several competitions at different levels with most of them getting university scholarships based on this sport. The players who are also known as lacrosse stars, are a group of players who do their best to ensure their team wins in whatever completion they are participating in. the teams are both women and men's teams and are competing for the state championship. Both teams have a set of rules drafted by the national federation of state high school associations that they have to adhere to. These rules though slightly different, are at par with the required principles meant to protect the young players. Since the players are 14 years and below it's important that they are given as much protection as possible. These rules not only protect them but also help them reach their full potential by practicing discipline as they learn and progress in the sport.
All the Oregon high school teams are very competitive making it hard for one team to stay the top for long. Some teams like aardvarks lacrosse from Oregon Episcopal high school have managed to keep a good balance between their wins and losses by ensuring they win more than they lose. The association maintains the competitive nature by offering awards occasionally. For example, Oregon high school lacrosse association named a goalkeeper from Lakeridge high school player of the month. Such awards together with university scholarships keeps the players motivated. The good number of high school stars who go on to play professionally is part of the reason why Oregon boasts of its talented lacrosse players. The number of new talented players joining the teams every season also contributes to what makes Oregon high schools the best when it comes to lacrosse.
Although the lacrosse equipment is universally the same, they differ in size according to the position a star is playing. Attack players tend to wear more pads that are also larger in order to protect themselves more since they encounter more impact. Strikers have thinner pads since chances of them colliding with others are minimal, whereas goalkeepers can choose not to wear arm pads without putting themselves at risk. In turn, they wear more chest protective gear as well as neck pads. This helps protect the areas of their bodies that are more exposed without interfering with their flexibility as they block the balls. Apart from the protection gear, the sticks also vary according to the position a player is in. an attacker may want a stick that helps him/her control the ball more easily, thus choosing one with a narrower head. A defender on the other hand may want to scoop the balls more easily, thereby finding a flatter and wider head more appropriate. The same case applies to the shaft of the stick with the defender finding thicker and stringer shafts more appropriate. A lighter shaft may be more appealing to an attacker as it allows the player to move easily and still pass the ball with ease.
Other than the potential college entrance, playing has many other benefits such as increasing the brain functionality and agility. The vigorous exercise in the field helps the body organs function better thereby improving the general health of an individual. Apart from all that, it also improves the coordination between different body parts leading to better life and promotes endurance among the players. Since it's a team sport, the reliability among the team improves individual social skills and helps the players become more productive. The discipline and hard work required in the sport encourages young people to be more respectful and put in more effort in other areas of their lives such as class work, as they become strategic in their perspectives. Problem solving skills and endurance are also part of the sport. The players learn to persevere during the intense work out routines and solve any issues that may arise among them.
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