Boys and girls lacrosse differ in equipment game rules by sammyc2007

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MAY 2008

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Spokane offers many options for local skateboarders
the northeast corner of Harmon Park and includes two center bowls, a snakerun, mini bowls, a pyramid, LAKESIDE ledges, rails and funboxes. Hillyard is opened from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. every PHOTO BY LAUREN COLTON day. UTF Skate Park is located unPHOTO EDITOR derneath the freeway and contains ven with the cold weather a pyramid, ledges, rails and pipes. Spokane has been experi- UTF is opened 24/7, though the encing, there are some ded- lights turn off at 2 a.m. Many skateboarders also enjoy icated skateboarders who continue to skate whenever and wherever skating wherever they can. Dusty they can. Skateboarding is a popular Moore, a student at Lakeside High, sport among many teens. As long as mainly just “skates around Suncrest you have a skateboard, you can skate- with friends” and even in “makeshift skate parks board anywhere. at friends’ shops.” CJ Greenfield, Greenfield, a resident of Nine Spokane has several Like Moore got interMile Falls, has skate parks, such as ested in skatebeen skateboarding UTF, Downtown Spo- boarding by others, for four years. especially by his “Everyone else kane Skate Park and brother. “I enjoyed started it and then I just got into it,” Hillyard Skate Park. it, so I stuck with it,” Moore said. he said. He skates Greenfield says whenever he can, what attracts him to skateboarding and loves going to the skate park. “My favorite thing is probably is “the people that skateboard; learnskating on the half pipe or just trying ing new tricks; the adrenaline rush to flow on everything I see,” Green- of doing big tricks.” Moore agrees, saying that “learning new tricks and field said. Spokane has several skate parks, eventually getting them down withsuch as UTF, Downtown Spokane out falling down” is his favorite thing about skateboarding. Skate Park and Hillyard Skate Park. Hillyard Skate Park is located at
MICHELLE DEZIHAN
Staff Reporter

Title IX: Referees enjoy using their whistles too much
The whistle and a foul. Too often have I seen and heard these calls and chuckled indignantly. A little push, some contact - eh, what is it to an athlete? Off the field or court, these actions may cause us to turn and SARA glare. But while we are playing, BLAKELY it is game on, and our gender Lewis and Clark should no longer matter. The best referees are the ones that let us play even when some little girl is pushing into us and then falls down on her own accord, or when that fast demon of a girl makes that perfect steal and the embarrassed player shakes her arm like she was fouled. When guys play, the referees are there to prevent dangerous play and to mediate the game, but when we girls play, referees begin to watch more closely and make calls based on assumptions. Let us play! We kill each other at practice, pushing ourselves to be better and focusing on being aggressive; making these minor calls only slows down the game and dilutes the intensity of it. Yes, we are women, but while playing, we are athletes: playing on instinct and habit just like men. The worst games are the ones where the referee assumes some things are accomplished only by fouling. It is like they have to second-guess our successes. The fact is, sports are constantly becoming more physical as we athletes continue to develop, women included. Let us play! Those of us who do not appreciate getting physical have other non-contact sports to choose from. Toughness is to be expected. We suck it up and play, for nothing is as satisfying as dishing out what we have been receiving.

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Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse differ in equipment, game rules
KENDRA LAHUE
Staff Reporter

LAKESIDE

From the size of the field, to the way the game is played, to the equipment worn, the game is different. Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse could almost be two totally different sports. “The exciting thing about lacrosse is that it is two games at once,” said Gonzaga Prep boyd’ lacrosse coach Mark Finley. “Boy’s lacrosse is extremely physical while the girls play with more finesse. The base skills are the same but the girls have far less contact, as body checking is not permitted.” While the girls concentrate mostly on execution, the boy’s game is more about the physical contact. It’s simple. Boys are allowed to make contact during play while

girls are not. This is also the reasoning behind the equipment worn, or lack thereof, for girls. Boys’ equipment consists of helmets, shoulder pads, arm guards, gloves and sometimes rib pads. Girls only wear protection for their eyes. Other Differences: • Girls’ sticks have restricted pocket depth so it is more accessible to the defense. • Boys’ sticks have a deeper pocket so they can maintain control of the ball longer. • Girls’ game prohibits stick-tobody contact. • Boys have considerable amount of stick-to-stick contact allowed requiring substantial equipment to prevent injury. • Techniques between throwing, catching, checking, cradling, and shooting differ because of the contrasting styles.

Despite all these differences, the objective of the game for boys and girls is the same. Each team works hard to score on their opponent’s goal while at the same time preventing their opponent from scoring on their own team’s goal. Another difference is that when an umpire blows his whistle, the girls must stand completely still and not move again until the umpire blows his whistle to resume the play. If necessary, the umpire will instruct the players to move according to the violation. The girls’ game is more traditional. Girls’ lacrosse teams are trying to emerge from the shadow of the boys’ lacrosse teams. They are trying to find their own style separate from the boys’ game. The game’s popularity is increasing very fast in high school and athletes are finding originality in the sport.

Kennedy Krossen / Staff photographer

Peter Lewis playing defense against Peter Ganz at a Gonzaga Prep Lacrosse practice.

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