Welcome to SliderLAX - an unofficial resource for information about Girls' Lacrosse in Kentucky for Umpires, Spectators, Coaches, and Players.

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Welcome to SliderLAX - an unofficial website for Girls' and Women's Lacrosse in Kentucky.  Here you will find resources for umpires, spectators, coaches, and players.  You are invited to take some time to browse the column on the right where you will find books, videos, and links that will be of help to everyone involved in Girls Lacrosse in Kentucky.

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If you want to contact the editor, please do so at JohnWSlider@gmail.com.


Learn About the Officials National Structure for US Lacrosse

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The US Lacrosse Officiating National Structure is a multilayered structure that equips US Lacrosse to serve, lead and assist in the overall growth and development of the officiating communities across the country serving the sport and its athletes. The purpose of this structure is to deliver timely and relevant officials development communications, education, certification, programs, leadership and support that enhances the experience of US Lacrosse member officials and the constituents they serve throughout the country.

CONTACT YOUR STATE COORDINATOR for information about individual and association development opportunities

 


Sacred Heart Academy and Trinity Lacrosse Teams Raise Awareness of Suicide Prevention

From WAVE TV 3:

Student lacrosse battle raises awareness of suicide prevention

Trinity, Sacred Heart compete in support of Centerstone

 
 
By Kaitlin Rust | October 4, 2018 at 9:50 PM EST - Updated October 4 at 11:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Trinity High School and Sacred Heart Academy lacrosse teams joined forces for a charity game with a twist on Thursday night.

It was boys against girls for the 8th annual Rock the Heart event. This year, the schools chose to support Centerstone, a local mental health services center, because it has unfortunately become something that has brought them all together as a family.

All the proceeds from the game are going to Centerstone.

The game was played with girls' rules and equipment and, as always, it got a little competitive.

It’s not only for bragging rights, however. The topic of suicide has affected everyone on both teams.

“Both coach (Pete) Schroeder at Trinity and myself are both (military) veterans and we know that there’s a major issue with our veterans today committing suicide,” SHA coach Dennis Truman said.

The topic has also resonated with the players.

“If we don’t raise awareness, sometimes it can go unnoticed and that could be a tragedy,” Trinity senior Will Warner said.

Tragedy was a reality for the young teams last year. A Ballard lacrosse player took her own life.

“I played lacrosse with her and she’s a very sweet girl,” SHA senior Anna Laveck said. “It made a big impact on the whole lacrosse community, so I think it brought the whole lacrosse community together as a whole, and it made our team realize how much closer we have to come and how lucky we are to have each other.”

So, the donation to Centerstone was a no-brainer.

“It’s imperative we’re bringing this up among high-school-age kids,” Schroeder said. “It’s up to us to look out for the marginalized and reach out to them and make them feel inclusive and the more people that can do that I think we can hopefully make a dent in it.”

Trinity beat SHA, 14-13.

The proceeds will go toward a film screening Centerstone will be having on Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day -- at the Kentucky Science Center. They will be showing a film about a man who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in a suicide attempt and lived.

Click here for more information on the documentary screening.


2019 Rules Changes for Girls' Lacrosse

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There are some significant rules changes coming for Girls Lacrosse in 2019.  For an overview of the changes from US Lacrosse and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), please follow these links:

Click here for the NFHS rules changes

Click here for the US Lacrosse rules changes 

Download 2019 US Lacrosse High School Rules Changes


A Comprehensive Training Process Designed to Produce Consistency for Girls' Lacrosse Umpires

LAX Signal 1 NeutralConsistency in officiating is a primary "demand" in all sports.  Sports officials should strive to be consistent for the sake of coaches, players, and spectators.

SliderLAX has produced a comprehensive training process designed to produce a consistent "product" on the field by Girls' Lacrosse Umpires.

The promotional video is available below.  Manuals, Powerpoint Presentations, and Videos are available on this website. 


2018 Girls Lacrosse Signals for Umpires

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The following videos present the signals used by umpires to communicate during games.

Signals for Minor Fouls (4 minutes)  

Signals for Major Fouls (4 minutes) 

Signals for Violations (2 and 1/2 minutes) 

Signals for Game Management (2 and 1/2 minutes) 

Signals for Crew Communication (2 minutes) 


Officials Development, State Coordinator, US Lacrosse

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I am pleased to announce that I have been named as the Women's Game Kentucky State Coordinator, Officials Development, for US Lacrosse.

US Lacrosse Officials Development State Coordinators serve as the primary liaison for their state in connection with US Lacrosse. They will primarily assist with gathering and providing information to and from the Local Officiating Organizations, Certified Trainers, Observers and Assignors in their state throughout the year. They will work with US Lacrosse staff and the Region Coordinator directly to help identify areas of strength, need and opportunity for officials development throughout their state.

The State Coordinators specific duties are:

  • Assist with the selection and facilitation of Certified Trainers and Observers within their region.
  • Provide expertise, advice and direction to the Local Officiating Organizations to assist with the overall development of officials and officiating leadership in their area.
  • Communicate and coordinate directly with US Lacrosse Regional Development and Officials Development Staff to provide information and support for officiating needs.
  • Identify up and coming officials and those experiencing difficulty in developing to differentiate support as needed.
  • Deliver timely and relevant communications, education, certification, programs and support to the officiating communities within their state.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with the Region Coordinators and other leaders in their region.
  • Complete an annual assessment report on their state.

Fortunately, I shall be able to maintain my involvement as a Women's Game Umpire in Kentucky.  Unfortunately, In order to avoid any appearance of conflict, I am required to resign my position as Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-elect with the Kentucky Lacrosse Umpires Board.

I have communicated both my acceptance of this position and my resignation to the KLUB Executive Committee in the letters attached below.

I look forward to being of greater service to the Women's Lacrosse community in the future.

- John Slider


Kentucky Country Day Repeats as KSLL Girls Lacrosse State Champions

LAX SticksThe 2018 Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse Leaague Girls Lacrosse State Championship Game was held on Thursday, May 17, at Assumption Green.  Kentucky Country Day School defeated Sacred Heart Academy to repeat as KSLL champions.

The season ended with the following schools as the top five ranked programs according to LAXPower RPI rankings:

  1. Eastern High School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL) 21-4, .6776 RPI (90th nationally)
  2. Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL) 21-5, .6730 RPI (100th nationally)
  3. Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL) 23-4, .6539 RPI (164th nationally)
  4. Mercy Academy, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL)
  5. Woodford County Club Team, Versailles, Kentucky (CL)
  6. Notre Dame Academy, Covington, Kentucky, (KSLL)
  7. duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL)
  8. Ballard High School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL)
  9. South Oldham High School, Crestwood, Kentucky (KSLL)
  10. Louisville Collegiate School, Louisville, Kentucky (KSLL)

Final Four Set for the 2018 KSLL Championship

LAX SticksThe final four teams are set for the KSLL Championship.  The semi-finals are to be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Assumption Green Athletic Field starting at 5:30pm.  The winners of these two games will meet on Thursday, May 17, 2018, also at Assumption Green at 6pm for the championship game.

One semi-final is Mercy Academy (KSLL District 2 Runner-Up with an 8-5 record)* v. Kentucky Country Day School (District 3 Champion, 19-5). The other semi-final is Eastern High School (District 3 Runner-Up, 21-3) v. Sacred Heart Academy (District 2 Champion, 22-3).

The final four teams are also the top four teams ranked by RPI in the state.

  1. Eastern High School - .6904 RPI, #62 in the nation**
  2. Kentucky Country Day School - .6635 RPI, #129 in the nation
  3. Sacred Heart Academy - .6500 RPI, #177 in the nation
  4. Mercy Academy - .6046 RPI, #418 in the nation

Notes: * All statistics are from LAXPower. **There are 3,454 High School Girls Lacrosse teams in the nation ranked by LAXPower.


KSLL 2018 District Tournaments - May 7, 8, 9

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The 2018 Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League District Tournaments will be played on May 7, 8, and 9.  Please contact your local coach for locations and times.

Based on current information the following are the seedings and scheduled games for the first round. The district champions and runners-up qualify for the eight-team state tournament.

District 1

Male (4) v. Presentation (5) @ Collegiate (Monday)

Collegiate (1) v. Male/Presentation @ Collegiate (Tuesday 5:30pm)

Manual (2) v. Ballard (3) @ Collegiate (Tuesday 7:00pm)

District 2

Sacred Heart (1) v. Atherton @ Mercy (Monday)

Mercy (2) v. Assumption @ Mercy (Monday)

District 3

Kentucky Country Day (1) v. ML Collins (4) @ Christian Academy (Monday)

Eastern (2) v. Christian Academy (3) @ Christian Academy (Monday)

District 4

South Oldham (1) v. North Oldham (4) @ Notre Dame (Monday)

Oldham (2) v. Notre Dame (3) @ Notre Dame (Monday)


Team and Conference Rankings as of 30 April 2018

LAX SticksAs of 30 April 2018 the following teams are the top five of the 32 teams in Kentucky based on the LaxPower RPI:

  1. Eastern High School (ranked 51st nationally)
  2. Sacred Heart Academy
  3. Kentucky Country Day School
  4. Louisville Collegiate School
  5. South Oldham High School

Teams in Kentucky are organized into two conferences or leagues, or they are independent.  These groupings are ranked by average RPI as follows:

  1. Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League (17 teams) - average RPI of .5336
  2. Independent (6 teams) - average RPI of .4483
  3. Commonwealth League (9 teams) - average RPI of .4363

The KSSL teams are further organized into districts.  So the "conferences" within Kentucky are ranked as follows:

  1. KSLL District 3 - average RPI of .5704 - teams in eastern Jefferson County and Shelby County
  2. KSLL District 4 - average RPI of .5326 - teams in Oldham County and Kenton County
  3. KSLL District 2 - average RPI of .5312 - teams in southeastern Jefferson County
  4. KSLL District 1 - average RPI of .5022 - teams in central Jefferson County
  5. Independent - average RPI of .4483 - some teams in and around Lexington, one team in Bowling Green, one team in Louisville
  6. CL - average RPI of .4363 - some teams in and around Lexington, one team in Elizabethtown, one team in Northern Kentucky