Due to increasing requests by Windsor Jr./Sr. High School students to consider adding some of the newer, more popular school sports trending across the nation, we decided that Windsor Schools would launch its first ever grade 7-12 girls and boys lacrosse teams this spring. Approximately thirty excited male and female students joined head coach Randy Rupp in an introductory registration meeting where they learned about the history and nationwide expansion of lacrosse at the elementary, middle, and high school, collegiate and professional level. Lacrosse is said to be one of the fastest growing sports over the last ten years. It incorporates many of the same athletic skills as some of the more traditional sports such as, football, soccer, field hockey and basketball, which some of our students are already familiar with. What’s interesting however is that the majority of the students that attended the lacrosse meeting and are planning to play this spring are not team members of other spring sports currently in existence at Windsor High School. In fact, approximately 46% of students in grades 9-12 are not involved in a spring sport. Offering lacrosse as an alternative allows more students the opportunity to play a team sport, which they might not otherwise have chosen to do. Without question, the much needed inception of a new athletic team at Windsor cannot be expressed more articulately than by one of the freshman female students signing up for the team whom says, "I'm excited. I haven't played a sport here since fifth grade."
Spring sports begin on March 23rd. This year the spring season will include both a girls and boys lacrosse team comprised of a group of students who are eager to represent their school as the new Jacks Lax athletic team. Students proudly wore their Jacks Lax t-shirts, which were handed out at the end of the meeting, showing their excitement for this new program. In the interim, head coach Randy Rupp has organized a variety of events to get the word out to the broader community and give players as much exposure to the game as possible. This involves an upcoming visit to Dartmouth College’s Lacrosse Athletic Facilities, Schully-Fahey Field, team practice, and an evening information session for families.