Every city has them. Crosstown rivalries. Those schools you hate just for the sake of having a rival, whether it’s athletically or academically. In Santa Barbara, there are 3 high schools: SBHS, San Marcos, and Dos Pueblos. Game days against these schools are a SUPER big deal. For example, the SB vs. SM boys volleyball game on tuesday, and the SB vs. SM girls lacrosse game on wednesday.
Beating a rival school is so satisfying, even though a lot of the times your good friends are on the other side. A bit of competitiveness between friends never hurts! Plus school having insane school spirit makes these events even more fun. A good scream team is CRUCIAL to your school’s success. Not to mention killer cheers. The typical Don’s house and “We can’t hear you!” cheers are always fun. And if your team is losing, you can always resort to the “WE HAVE MORE FUN” which was heard a few times at tuesday’s volleyball game. One of my personal faves.
Sophie and I ready to crack some SM girls at our lax game this week
Lacrosse is a super popular sport all around America, especially on the East Coast and in Northern California. It has yet to take hold here in Southern California, until just recently. Here in SB, they are starting in school teams open for anyone to join. My friend Sophie Tate and I immediately jumped on this opportunity. Both soccer players, we figured it wouldn’t be especially difficult to pick up. This past week were the first to practices and we have been having a blast playing. Wednesday we spent learning the basics of using the stick: passing, catching, cradling, checking, and ground balls. Thursday we went over the basics of the game, including the field positions, rules, and penalties. It’s definitely a lot to take in but I think all the beginners on the team (the majority) are starting to get a hang of it. Everyone is excited for our future practices and even games in the coming months until the end of school. 🙂
If you’re interested, you can find official rules for girls lacrosse here.
Our team has only 13 players out of the 12 girls playing on the field at once, and over half of our players are beginners, but no one is planning on letting this bring us down since everyone is so pumped to be playing. I definitely plan on spending more time learning about the game on my own time, and maybe even practicing a little with Sophie for fun. Lacrosse is an exciting new aspect at the high schools of SB, and is offered for both girls and boys.