The first girls and boys lacrosse tournaments sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association will officially take place in 2017.



The official start date of practice for the OHSAA lacrosse season is February 20, and then matches will begin on March 17.



There will be two tournament divisions that will be sponsored in both girls and boys lacrosse. Seeding and bracketing for the tournaments will be May 7. The tournament will begin at the regional level, in a similar format to the football playoffs, the week of May 15. The regional semifinals and regional finals will take place the week of May 22.



State semifinal matches will be held May 30 and 31 at neutral sites around the state, similar to the format currently used for the soccer state semifinals in early November.



All four state championship games will be held on June 3 in Delaware at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Stadium, pending contract agreement between OWU and the OHSAA.



“We are excited to start putting the details in place for our first lacrosse postseason tournament,” said Dave Gray, the OHSAA interim commissioner. “Selby Stadium in Delaware is a great facility to host the state championship games. I know that our member schools that offer lacrosse are eager to get these key tournament dates on their calendars and get the 2017 season started next spring.”



The OHSAA Board of Directors voted to adopt girls and boys lacrosse as sanctioned sports beginning with the spring of 2017 back in June 2015. Lacrosse, which previously was coordinated by its coaches associations, will remain as a spring sport in Ohio.



“Ohio Wesleyan is pleased to partner with the OHSAA in hosting the state high school lacrosse championships,” said Roger Ingles, the OWU director of athletics. “Ohio Wesleyan has a great history of lacrosse and is very proud to be a part of growing the game in the state of Ohio. We look forward to welcoming thousands of lacrosse fans and student-athletes to OWU and the city of Delaware next June.”