Newport Beach high school club teams ask school district for recognition as a CIF sport.It's a heady time for lacrosse in Newport Beach, even with spring still a few months away. Both public high schools in town have started lacrosse clubs over the last few years, with participation by both boys and girls on the rise. A local youth league offers sticks and balls to hundreds of elementary and middle-school students. UC Irvine is contributing coaches.
In the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, however, lacrosse is still missing one thing: status as an official sport.
This year, the booster clubs at Corona del Mar High School and Newport Harbor High School have started a push to get the Newport-Mesa district to institute lacrosse as a California Interscholastic Federation, or CIF, sport at the schools.
This is the first year that doing so has been an option: The CIF Southern Section has approved lacrosse as an official sport starting in spring 2006.