Friday, November 14, 2008
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McElman barely follows Major League Lacrosse, but when he does, he cheers for the local Chicago Machine. He pays a bit more attention to the National Lacrosse League because the Sears Centre, home of the Shamrox, is not too far from his parents' house.
In addition to lacrosse, McElman plays defence on the ice. He is a Chicago Blackhawks fan (boo!). But, he is also a Cubs fan (yay!). Of course McElman also cheers on the Hawkeye football team.
Like yours truly, McElman is a huge Paul Rabil fan (hence the number 9). After cheering him on at Johns Hopkins, he continued to pull for Rabil this season with the Boston Cannons. He also likes Duke's Matt Danowski and Zack Greer.
McElman prefers gear from Warrior and Gait, mostly because of the comfort they offer. Although he plans on being back in the Chicago area this summer, he wishes us luck on getting lacrosse going in Des Moines. He offers this tip to people just picking up the game: "Play wall ball; it helps with your stick skills a lot."
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Stillman plays attack for the University of Iowa lacrosse club. He wears number 23 and hails from Buffalo Grove, IL. At age 21, Stillman runs the show in Iowa City by serving as the team's captain and president.
This Hawkeye has been playing lax since his freshman year of high school and was introduced to the sport by his buddy's older brother. Unlike those of us in Central Iowa (and even Omaha), lacrosse was a varsity sport at his high school.
Being an Illinois boy, Stillman cheers for the Chicago Machine. Getting the occasional free ticket to Toyota Park may play into that a bit too, but knowing some guys on the team is just a bonus.
He is also a fan of Matt Streibel, mostly because he knows him personally. The Princeton grad is well known for his prowess in the midfield and can currently be seen playing for the (Philadelphia) Barrage of Major League Lacrosse. Stillman also follows Harvard lacrosse in the NCAA. His best friend plays on the team.
In addition to playing lax, Stillman prefers point guard when playing basketball. He enjoys the "Big Four" American sports: basketball, football, baseball, and hockey. Although I did not ask which teams he cheers for, something tells me they are all in Chicago...
Warrior is his brand of choice; the Hawkeye lacrosse club gets a fairly decent discount. He regrets not being able to help much with bringing lacrosse to the Des Moines metro area, but he is graduating this year and his plans will take him out of state.
Lastly, he gives this advice to new lacrosse players: "When you begin playing, practice right once, then left… you are not a righty or a lefty, you are a lacrosse player."
I wish Stillman well on all of his endeavors and hope for a successful season for the Hawkeyes. Their schedule will be posted directly on this site when it draws closer.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
For the record, the old poll shows Demons with 6 votes, Dragoons with 3 votes, Wolves with 2, Hunters with 1, and Flood with 1 (I added "Des Moines Lizards" as an additional choice now). Chumash had 1 vote and all types of lacrosse had 1 vote as well. Hopefully the new polls work better.
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Initial possession of the ball to start the game shall be determined by a coin flip or a face-off. If a face-off is used, whatever team wins the draw must take the ball back to its take back line. Whether you roll the ball out or face-off, the team that gains first possession must take the ball back to their own restraining line. If a team fails to do this it is a technical foul and the ball is awarded to the other team. Determine each team's "take back" line before starting play. When there is a clear change of possession the team with the ball must pass or carry it back to the restraining line in front of their goal, much like 3 on 3 basketball. If a team fails to do this it is a technical foul and the ball is awarded to the other team. There is no off-side rule in Chumash Lacrosse.
The Chumash field is 50 yds. long and 30 yds. Wide. The 6' high, 12" wide goal is centered in the crease, and the net shall be centered or sandwiched in the frame to accommodate shots from both sides. 20 yds. from the goal line and 5 yds. from the boundary on each end there shall be a dotted restraining or "take back" line.
Small crease: There are two creases in the game of Chumash. The first is a regular lacrosse goal crease with a nine-foot radius. The goal is centered inside this circle. There is no goalie and it is illegal to "guard" the goal in Chumash. No one can go in the smaller crease unless the ball is down in there. Then, the player may only pick up the ball and leave immediately. Failure to do so will result in a technical foul and loss of possession.
Large crease: The second crease uses the same arc. The top of the arc is 10-12 yards from the goal line. Players may move through this larger crease with or without the ball. They may not stop nor may they shoot from inside the larger or smaller crease. Players can "dive", but they may not land in the smaller crease ever. If they do it is no goal and possession is awarded to the other team.
The fatter the goal poles, the better. The net shall be centered or sandwiched in the frame of the goal to accommodate shots from both sides. Each team has a side of the goal to shoot at. There shall be a restraining or "take back" line 20 yds. from the goal line and 5 yds. inside each end line There is no "safe" zone behind the "take back" line. A player can be legally pushed out of bounds anywhere on the field.
Boyle's own words seem to best explain why Chumash is the best fit for the immediate future:
Boyle even extended an invitation as soon as we are up and running:
Hopefully we can take him up on that sometime...
Supplemental information obtained from: Rock-itPocket
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The first women’s lacrosse game was played in 1890 at the St Leonards School in Scotland, the first women's lacrosse team in the United States was established at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland. Men’s and women’s lacrosse were played under virtually the same rules, with no protective equipment, until the mid-1930s. At that time, men’s lacrosse began evolving dramatically.
Women's lacrosse rules are specifically designed to allow less physical contact between players. As a result of the lack of contact, the only protective equipment required is eyewear and a mouthguard. Although these are the only protective equipment, there are still many injuries due to accidental checks to the head and the overall aggressiveness of the sport. The pockets of women's sticks are shallower than those of the men, making the ball harder to catch and more difficult to shoot at high speed. Women play with three attackers (or "homes"), five midfielders (or "middies"), three defenders (starting from the back, called "point", "cover point", and "third man"), and one goalie. Seven players play attack at one time and seven defenders are present. There is a restraining line that keeps the other four players (plus the goalie) from going into the attack. If those players cross the line, they are considered offsides and a penalty is given. In women's lacrosse, players may only check if the check is directed away from the ball carrier's head. Also, players may only check using the side of their stick. If caught by one of the referees using the flat of the head, it will be called as a "held check" and the opposing team will get the ball.
There are two different surroundings around the goal on both sides of the field. The eight meter arc and the 12 meter fan. When committing a major foul inside either of these areas, all players that were previously inside the surrounding must take the most direct route out. The player who was fouled now moves to the nearest hash mark that is located around the edges of the arc or fan and either takes position to shoot or to pass (although, most often to shoot). When the whistle is blown, the player with the ball may move up and try for a goal.
The most important rule in women's lacrosse is shooting space, this is a violation of the rules. It occurs when a defender moves in at a bad angle on the offender while shooting in the 8 meter arc. This is a dangerous play made by the defender.
Women's games are played in two 30-minute halves. These 30 minutes are running time, except for the last two minutes, during which time stops when the whistle is blown (This can differ when playing high school or middle school games). While the whistle is blown, players are not allowed to move. In women's lacrosse, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their body or cover the ball with their stick in order to scoop it into their stick or protect the ball from picked up by an opponent.
At the current time,
I am not seeing a bright future for women's lacrosse in Des Moines. That is not to say that I am against the women's game or women playing lacrosse. I simply do not know much about it and have not seen ANY equipment available in the metro area. Also, local sports leagues indicate that the market for women's sports is significantly smaller than that for men's sports. Still, if the time comes that a group of women want to get their game going, I will be more than happy to help in any way I can.
Supplemental information obtained from: Wikipedia