At the latest District 203 board meeting, Superintendent Dan Bridges announced that after several years of competing at a club level, Lacrosse teams will soon be under the umbrella of their athletic departments.
“We want all of our student athletes to feel as though they represent the Huskies at the highest level and that we are supporting them at the highest level as well,” said Athletic Director of Naperville North High School, Bob Quinn. “When they don’t have the athletic status, there are some priorities that don’t always get them stuff that some other programs get, so that’s another reason why were trying to bring them under the athletic program.”
Upgrading to a sport means the district will now provide funding, recognize players as athletes, and comply with the rules of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).
The IHSA classifies Lacrosse as an emerging sport and will hold a state series only when there are 40 girls teams and 65 boys teams registered. As of this now, there are 39 girls teams and 56 boys teams entered in the tournament.
The Lacrosse teams from Naperville Central and Naperville North High School presented the idea of becoming a sanctioned sport to the board last fall.
It did not pass at that time because the budget was already in place for the year.
The district will begin the transition in the Spring, working on the funding and facility needs for the team so that they are fully recognized by 2016.