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Girls Lacrosse Club Becoming a Sport

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Eleanor Percy

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Girls lacrosse is a great sport at Bishop Kelley right? Wrong. Girls Lacrosse is not a sport, it is a club. This sport is becoming very popular in America, but students cannot even play it as a sport in our schools.

Sports at Bishop Kelley, like soccer or volleyball, are during the block and practices are during school. Sports also count as a P.E. credit. Clubs do not have any of these benefits. Lacrosse takes place after school, 4:30- 6:00, and is not a P.E. credit. Many girls struggle with this like captain Ella Enzbrenner.

“It is really hard because many of the girls who play lacrosse and practice every day, can’t even use it as a P.E. credit,” Enzbrenner said.

These girls will have to take gym class or play another sport to get the credits. Another problem is having time for all of these girls responsibilities.  Taylor Rhoades (9) feels the time crunch.

“It is really great, but it is really hard to balance everything like homework because it is not a block and the practices are after school,” Rhoades said. These girls take four regular classes, then they have to go to lacrosse practice, and manage all of their homework.

Lacrosse not being a sport is not because Bishop Kelley doesn’t like it or they think it is not important, it is because there would be no league to play in. In an interview, Principal Jim Franz gave his opinion on this issue.

“We can only offer the sports that are in our league,” Franz said.

The OSSAA does not include lacrosse, so lacrosse can not be offered as a sport for schools in Oklahoma under OSSAA. Schools see that it is a very popular sport and try to institute it as a club, but it is not the same.

“It’s not a second a tier sport. It’s what do we have to make sure we can do,” Franz said. It doesn’t make lacrosse any less of a sport or not as important, but Bishop Kelley has to make their sports come first and then their clubs.

Lacrosse needs to make a move and become an OSSAA sport, but it might take a while because of the budget crunch with the OSSAA. There should be a change made with this system.

“A student led effort can go a long way with that,” Franz said.

Although this quick growing game is not a sport right now, there is hope for the future that it could become a sport by the OSSAA and be played in our school.

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