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Kingwood Ladies Lacrosse Historical Information

WHO WE ARE: Kingwood Ladies Lacrosse (KLL) is a club sport that supports the Humble ISD District Athletic Policies.  We compete in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse South District, DIV I.  Our team consists of players from Northeast Houston from Kingwood High School, Kingwood Park High School, Atascocita High School, Porter High School, and Summer Creek High School.

OUR PHILOSOPHY:   The philosophy of the Kingwood Ladies Lacrosse program is to do more than provide competition between two teams. It is to teach fair play, sportsmanship, the understanding and appreciation of teamwork, the teaching of discipline and personal sacrifice, and that to quit means failure and hard work means eventual success.

Kingwood Ladies Lacrosse History

 

COACH                          YEAR

Maddie Campbell         2019 6th PLACE IN DIVISION

Molly O’Brien               2018

James Deaver              2017  TEXAS D I STATE QUARTER FINALS

James Deaver              2016   TEXAS D I STATE QUARTER FINALS

James Deaver              2015

Todd Shewmake          2014

Todd Shewmake          2013   TX SOUTH DISTRICT D II CHAMPIONS and TEXAS D II STATE CHAMPIONS

Todd Shewmake          2012   TX SOUTH DISTRICT D II RUNNER-UP

Todd Shewmake          2011

Brian Llewellyn            2010

David Sewell                2009

David Sewell                2008

David Sewell                2007  TX SOUTH DISTRICT D II CHAMPIONS  and  TEXAS D II STATE RUNNER-UP

Jim Harren                   2006  TX SOUTH DISTRICT D II RUNNER UP  and  TEXAS D II STATE CHAMPIONS

Various                        1998-2005

Quick Guide to Girls High School Lacrosse

This is an intense fast paced game that takes time to understand the nuances of the game and its’ various penalties. All of the rules are designed to keep the athlete safe. HIgh School Lacrosse is governed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) with the endorsement of US Lacrosse. 

12 players on the field

Game Time: A standard lacrosse game is 60 minutes, including two halves. Each halftime is ten minutes but the coaches could change that time and agree on less than ten minutes if it is prior to the start of the game.

Field: Ideally it is 110 yards long and 65 yards wide with the goals 100 yards apart. The center circle is where the play begins at the start of each half and after each goal. The lines that are 30 yards up from the goals and go across the field are called restraining lines. The offense and defense players cannot cross those lines until possession is called by the referee. Possession is signaled by the referee circling her arm and pointing in the direction of play. At each end of the field in front of the goals is a goal circle called a crease. No player except the goalie is allowed into this circle. In front of this circle are an 8 meter arc and a 12 meter fan. 

Protection: Women are only required to wear eyewear or lacrosse goggles and a mouth guard.

Lacrosse Stick Rule: The lacrosse stick has to be a certain length and the netted pocket must not be to shallow. The ball must be seen above the side when held at eye level.

Common terms:

Cradling: When a player moves her wrists and arms in a semi-circular motion in order to keep the ball in the top pocket (head) of the lacrosse stick using centrifical force, until the ball is passed or a goal is scored. The more the ball is cradleed the less chance of the ball it being knocked out or falling out of the stick.

Draw: The start of a game, when 1 player from each team stand in the center circle. The referee balances the ball in-between their sticks, when the referee blows the whistle they lift their sticks over their heads to release the ball toward their side.

Critical scoring area: This area encompasses the 12 meter fan and extends back to the end lines of the field. This area is very important because if a penalty is called in this area it usually results in a free shot on goal because of the free position rule.

Free Position: Every foul results in a free position. All players must move 4 meters away from the fouled player. On major fouls the aggressor must move 4 meters behind the fouled player. On minor fouls the aggressor will move 4 meters away in the direction she was coming from. 

Self Start: Following a whistle outside of the critical scoring area, the player who is awarded the free position after coming to a stop, may continue the course of play without waiting for a whistle from a settled stance(both feet stationary on the ground and the ball in the head of the crosse). Play resumes once the player moves her feet or makes a pass. A player cannot self start when the game clock is stopped, a restraining line violation(player crossed the line without a team having possession), alternate possession(complicated rule but basically anytime something happens to the ball and the referees can't determine whom was closest, offsetting fouls, game stoppage not specified in the rules), an inadvertent whistle or a goal is scored.

Common Major Fouls

Crosse in the Sphere: The stick of the opposing player enters a protected area that is 7 inches around the head. 

Illegal Pick: setting a moving or stationary pick outside of their field of vision without enough time or space to stop or change direction before contact occurs

Charging: Pushing into, barging or backing into an opponent including pushing into an opponent's stick. 

Illegal Stick to Body Contact: The crosse held in a horizontal position that makes contact with an opponent's body. This includes a cross check which involves pushing or jabbing the crosse and displacing any part of the opponents body. 

Tripping: Deliberately or otherwise tripping an opponent

Pushing: Pushing an opponent with the hand or body

Three Seconds: When a defender remains within the 8 meter arc without marking an opponent within a stick length

Obstruction of the Free Space to Goal (shooting space): This is the most misunderstood rule by both players, coaches and referees.In its simplest form... If the defender is not within a stick length of the ball carrier and enters the cone, they are in violation of the rule. The cone changes and moves according to the ball carriers position as illustrated in the pictures below. 

 

Ladies Lacrosse History

Although Kingwood Ladies Lacrosse has our own history, the history of girls lacrosse started in Scotland in 1890.  The women's game evolved from a male dominated sport that was originally played to resolve conflict.

As far as we know, women's lacrosse started when the headmistress of a school called St. Leonards visited New Hampshire, where she saw a lacrosse game taking place. She later wrote in her diary that, "It is a wonderful game, beautiful and graceful. (I was so charmed with it that I introduced it to St. Leonards)".

The game was adopted by young women, and they started an inter-dormitory competition for the right to be awarded the "shield of victory."

The first reports of women's lacrosse house matches were in June of 1890.

The St. Leonard's Gazette reported and wrote a commentary on the match saying;

"Whether the game on the whole has proved successful may be doubted but at least we have advanced so far in its mysteries as to get a good and exciting game in the field with teams of eight and they last one hour not including a ten minute interval in the middle. After which goals were changed... the game was close and fast but the play rather wild and far too much on the ground."

The newspaper was of the opinion that the game was played too much on the ground at the time. Modern day women's lacrosse, has changed dramatically and the game is mostly aerial now, with ground balls being picked up and cradled in the air as quick as possible.

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