The power of Twitter. Wow!

I tweeted about Lacrosse and so far within two days I’ve received 47 replies. And what’s amazing is they were not from people who normally follow me on twitter.

So, yeah, someone must have forwarded the message.

It was meant to be a positive Tweet, but might have been a hit and miss and maybe misinterpreted in some cases.

MY TWEET:

Wonder how much longer until high school lacrosse is sanctioned under the IHSAA umbrella as a team sport? It’s an exciting sport ... some say the fastest sport played on grass. Tick tock —Time to be recognized, folks!

Note: Someone wrote: “It’s up to the schools and athletic departments to recognize the teams and players.’’

Whereas I meant it was time for teams to be sanctioned. I think most schools already recognize both boys and girls lacrosse as varsity sports.That was followed by this:

“A sport can be recognized without being “sanctioned.” The two are not synonymous. Recognition is the perception of respect from your school and Athletic department. The original comment by Mark was about recognition.’’…@insiderLAX.
Again, what I meant was that the sport should be recognized by the IHSAA....and sanctioned!

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There is no discussion on formally adding lacrosse as a recognized sport any time soon, according to an IHSAA spokesperson via e-mail.

But the IHSAA Executive Committee does plan on having a conversation during a meeting later this summer about “emerging sports” (like lacrosse, bowling, girls wrestling, boy’s volleyball, etc.) and how they would fit into the IHSAA framework.
That is not to say that something is about to happen, because it’s not. This is expected to be just a topic of conversation among the IHSAA staff and the Executive Committee on the future with these sports that don’t meet the 50% participation rule among member schools.
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“If you’ve seen the problems in our neighboring states that are state sanctioned, you may not want to be state sanctioned…’’@hse_lax, @mfwchi.

“Love that Indiana only had a select group of teams get into the tournament! Wish Michigan would do that and squash the 3rd division talk." 

“The IHSLA does a great job….it gets it right…’’@fhclacrosse.

‘’Nice…you stirred it up!…’’@dsoneone.

You are welcome . . . thanks for reading and expressing your feelings!

Lacrosse folks have great passion. They truly love their sport. As a sportswriter who thinks the sport is great, I appreciate the overall response.

“Couldn’t agree more. These young men and women work just as hard as other student-athletes, and need to be recognized. How do we accomplish this?’’…@stewart602.

Good PR and coverage are key to the success of any tournament. This sport could use a lot more of both!

But best of luck to ALL! Glad that high schools recognize this fast-growing sport. Sweet!

The boys tourney got underway on May 22. The first round and quarterfinals are hosted by the highest-seeded team, according to IHSLA Boys Soccer; semifinals on May 31, and the championship games are on June 1 at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep on W. 86th St. in Indy.

The boys’ semifinals and finals will be broadcast by @IndianaSRN on May 31 and June 1.

Three Hamilton County schools are still in the running for the top prize among the boys.

Top-ranked Cathedral meets fourth ranked Guerin Catholic, a first-time final four participant in the opening semifinal at 6 p.m., while Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern then go at it at eight.

Last week, I mistakenly tweeted that the annual state event would be at one site, Guerin Catholic. Guess I had trouble reading the small print under the bracket I saw. Should have been GC was hosting a first-round match.

That was corrected, pronto — an interesting reply:

“We are hosting the tourney at Brebeuf HS! Same religion….different school’’…@authority_lax.

A total of 16 teams started the tournament, eight competing in each of the two brackets.
Among local-area schools in the final regular-season IHSLA rankings: Cathedral was ranked No. 1, Carmel No. 2, HSE No. 3, Guerin Catholic No. 4, Zionsville No. 5, Westfield No. 7. Noblesville No. 10 and Fishers No. 11.

Can’t help but wonder what the Indiana Girls Lacrosse Association (INGLA) and their fans might think of one day possibly being sanctioned by the IHSAA?

The lacrosse girls determine their INGLA state champions in two Classes. Noblesville, Carmel and Westfield have qualified for the semi-state rounds on the same dates as the boys, according to their website. There are also three Hamilton County teams: Noblesville vs. Brebeuf; Westfield vs. South Bend St. Joseph’s, and Evansville North vs. Carmel. Note: All 2A with exception of Westfield (1A).

And finally, I hope the IHSAA eventually makes an effort to sanction lacrosse as its next addition among its other great sports. I think lacrosse could — and should — be the next sport under the IHSAA umbrella.

It’s growing in popularity, and most feel like the Indiana High School Lacrosse Association, which is the governing body for boys’ lacrosse in Indiana, does a nice job overseeing the sport.

And a final thought from @mfwchi: “Great news, nothing helps grow the game more than exposure!’’

Well done, now you get it! Hoping more folks can help bring more exposure to the men and women in such a fast-growing high school sport.
I received notice that a handful of lacrosse followers are now following me on Twitter. That’s a good thing, right!

*—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at mediamarko5@gmail.com or by calling 317 460-8018.