Bishop O’Dowd was one of the first high schools in the Bay Area to field a varsity men’s lacrosse team. Founded in 1984, Bishop O’Dowd was part of the original Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA). As a pioneer in the western high school lacrosse community, O’Dowd has enjoyed a successful and storied history, including state championships in 1993 and state runner up in 1997.
With the recognition of lacrosse as a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sport, lacrosse has exploded in growth, and has been labeled as the fastest growing sport in the country (May, 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated).
Men’s lacrosse is still a growing sport with new opportunities every season. For the 2008 season O’Dowd is part of the Bay Sport Athletic League (BSAL) and North Coast Section (NCS) of CIF. This league includes Berkeley, De La Salle, Davis, St. Mary’s, Piedmont, and Clayton Valley.
The philosophy for men’s lacrosse is simple- Play Hard. Have Fun. Buy In.
We field both a varsity and a junior varsity team. The varsity team will have around 30 players and the JV team can have as many as 35 players.
Lacrosse is a spring sport with full practices beginning in early February with tryouts and ending in mid-May with end of the season championship games.
Tryouts, Games, Practices
Official tryouts will be held in early February. There will be preseason conditioning starting in October after school. Conditioning dates, location, and times to be announced at school.
After the teams are selected, practices will normally be held Monday thru Thursday either early morning (6:15am – 7:30am) or after school (4:00pm – 6:00pm). Game dates and times will be announced once all leagues have met.
Note: Once selected as a team member, players are expected to take part in all practices and games.
The school will provide uniforms and helmets for all team members. Those playing goalie will be provided with all goalie equipment. However, all team members will need to purchase the following equipment in order to play on the field:
- Lacrosse stick
- Mouth guard
- Elbow pads
- Shoulder pads
- Protective cup and jock strap
- Turf shoes
Football. Baseball. Hockey. Rugby. Soccer. Basketball. Cross-Country. Track. Swimming. If you have played any of these sports, you would be great for lacrosse. You will use skills learned in these sports that are applicable to becoming a lacrosse player.