Daily Archives: December 17, 2008

MAVERIK LACROSSE LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE: PREMIERS “RABIL THINK & IT’S ALIVE!” VIDEOS


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“Our goal for the new website was to create something really unique, just like our products.  We want players to get inside Maverik the company.  So, stop by and join our newsletter and we are always tweaking something to take it to the next level.  New videos will be posted every month.”

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Maverik Lacrosse launched a complete redesign of its website, www.maveriklacrosse.com , while also premiering two new video creations from the creative mind of Jay Jalbert and Maverik Films,  “RabilThink! and It’s Alive!”  

“Rabil Think!” is a video montage of what goes through the mind of Paul “The Bull” Rabil and his exhaustive work ethic, both mentally and physically, to prepare for battle.    “It’s Alive!” stars Maverik “Soldier” Johnny Christmas as the “Mad Scientist” who works feverishly in his lax-ratory and at a field somewhere in Gotham to bring to life the greatest lacrosse head the world has ever seen, the “JUICE.”   

Maverik’s home page features a streaming video player and access to a library of past videos; one click access: to product info, roster and bio’s for all of the Maverik “Soldiers,” a retail store locator, and info on how to contact Maverik.  Visitors to the site will immediately notice the scrolling “News Ticker” mid-page with the latest press releases on Maverik and its “Soldiers” efforts to take lacrosse and Maverik products to the next level. 

Maverik’s “Soldiers” include: Paul Rabil, John Christmas, Jay Jalbert, John Gagliardi, Stephen Berger, Sean Lindsay, Mike Springer, Stephen McElduff & Kyle Sweeney.  

“We are never satisfied with average, whether it is our products or the website,” said John Gagliardi, founder and CEO of Maverik Lacrosse.  “Our goal for the new website was to create something really unique, just like our products.  We want players to get inside Maverik the company.  So, stop by and join our newsletter and we are always tweaking something to take it to the next level.  New videos will be posted every month.” 

So bookmark the page, www.maveriklacrosse.com, because the Maverik story does not begin here and nor does it end.

About Maverik Lacrosse

Maverik Lacrosse LLC, founded in 2004 by John Gagliardi, Team USA Player and All-World Defenseman and Jay Jalbert, All World Midfielder, is an innovative lacrosse equipment manufacturer whose products are designed and developed by the world’s top lacrosse players for lacrosse players.  Maverik has assembled the most innovative lacrosse minds in the sport (Paul Rabil, John Christmas, Jay Jalbert, John Gagliardi, Sean Lindsay, Mike Springer, Stephen McElduff, Kyle Sweeney and Stephen Berger) to create Maverik.

Working with designers from other sports industries, Maverik is changing the direction of lacrosse.  In just three and a half brief years, Maverik Lacrosse has created products that are being used by Team USA players, professional as well as college players, High School & Youth.  Maverik thrives on change, understanding the past, while creating the future.  Maverik also embraces the lifestyle that goes along with the sport of lacrosse and offers a full line of casual clothing.   To Learn more please visitwww. maveriklacrosse.com.

Sand Storm Lacrosse Tournament In Palm Springs, CA (Jan. 10-11, 2009) Welcoming 40 Girls Lacrosse Teams And College Recruiters


“It is rewarding to see the West Coast lacrosse community embrace this event. We were confident that Sand Storm would be a wonderful addition to the California club lacrosse scene and that is proving to be the case,”

 

Forty girls’ teams from 10 different states are registered for the second Sand Storm, being held Jan. 10-11 at the lavish Empire Polo Club.

 

Sand Storm has also been welcomed with open arms by college coaches in the West, who can scout a large amount of talent in one location without traveling too far. Cal-Berkeley, Cincinnati, Oregon, Pepperdine, Stanford and Redlands were among the scholarship programs represented at last year’s tourney and the number figures to grow in 2009. 

 

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Cathy Samaras has been running club lacrosse tournaments long enough to know when a new event has staying power. That is why she came away from the inaugural Sand Storm at Palm Springs so excited and enthused.  Samaras, founder and CEO of Synapse Sports, could feel the upbeat vibe and see the competitive energy during the weekend tournament held last January at the Empire Polo Club. She knew the event would become a long-term success based on all the positive feedback she received from players, parents, club directors and college coaches.   

 

So Samaras and her team at Synapse Sports decided to make the second Sand Storm even bigger and better. Word of mouth about the caliber of competition spread throughout the club lacrosse community and as a result the tournament field has doubled in size. A ground-breaking agreement has added a boys’ component to the event while the level of talent has attracted an increased number of collegiate coaches.  “It is rewarding to see the West Coast lacrosse community embrace this event. We were confident that Sand Storm would be a wonderful addition to the California club lacrosse scene and that is proving to be the case,” Samaras said.

Forty girls’ teams from 10 different states are registered for the second Sand Storm, being held Jan. 10-11 at the lavish Empire Polo Club. Many of the participating club programs are coming from emerging West Coast markets such as Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Equally impressive is the fact club teams from East Coast states such as Connecticut and Virginia are competing.

 

Among the newcomers to Sand Storm is Element 5, a San Diego-based club program directed by Dana Capello and Kristy Gallagher. Element 5, which draws from such solid high school programs as Bishops, La Costa Canyon, La Jolla, Poway, Torrey Pines, Helix, will be bringing four teams to the tournament.  “This is a big step forward for California lacrosse. It’s really important that people come from the East Coast and show the West Coast how to run these high-level club tournaments. The Samaras family always does a great job of organizing events and using their relationships to get college coaches to attend,” Capello said. “I’m looking forward to bringing our Element 5 teams to Sand Storm. I know the competition and number of college coaches will make it very beneficial.”

 

Sand Storm has also been welcomed with open arms by college coaches in the West, who can scout a large amount of talent in one location without traveling too far. Cal-Berkeley, Cincinnati, Oregon, Pepperdine, Stanford and Redlands were among the scholarship programs represented at last year’s tourney and the number figures to grow in 2009.  “I was pleasantly surprised with the level of competition and caliber of talent I saw at Sand Storm. There were a lot of top-tier athletes,” said Cal-Berkeley assistant Julia Southard, who spotted and ultimately landed a top recruit as a result of the tournament. “It’s nice to be able to take a 45-minute plane ride to see players as opposed to traveling all the way back to the East Coast.”

Southard said club tournaments such as Sand Storm help improve the level of play in California, which will ultimately benefit all the lacrosse-playing colleges in the state. Cal-Berkeley head coach Theresa Sherry, a former All-American at Princeton, would love to one day stock her entire roster with in-state products.  “In-state tuition is half the price of out-of-state tuition so obviously we can stretch our scholarship money farther by recruiting California kids,” Southard said. “Obviously, the key is to develop more players capable of competing at the Division I level and the best way to do that is through club tournaments such as this.”

Colorado-based Team 180 certainly had a lot of fun at the inaugural Sand Storm, winning the JV and Middle School divisions. Program director Sam Bartron is bringing four squads to this year’s tournament and hopes to take home a couple more championships.  “Our girls had a blast last year and are looking forward to going back. Who doesn’t want to be in Palm Springs in January,” Bartron said. “It’s nice for our club to be able to play in a top-notch tournament that is closer to home. It’s also a great opportunity to play in front of coaches from West Coast schools, which traditionally have been more receptive to recruiting Colorado girls.”

As part of a groundbreaking agreement between Synapse Sports and the Cheetah Group Inc., Sand Storm will include a boys’ tournament this year. G.W. Mix, who also serves as president and general manager of the L.A. Riptide franchise of the professional Major Lacrosse League, is on pace to reach his goal of having 12-16 teams compete. Mix has also organized the Great Western Lax Forum, which will give youth, high school and club coaches an opportunity to learn the finer points of the game from Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala and Rutgers head coach Jim Stagnitta.

All the action will be held at the Empire Polo Club, a world-class facility with 24 full fields that also hosts the United States Field Hockey Festival. All teams will play a minimum of five, 50-minute games in a championship format.  Participants can count on the same level of professionalism that has always been associated with such successful Synapse Sports events as National Draw and All-Star Express. Nationally-rated umpires Bonnye and Tim Lang will supervise a strong group of tournament officials, Kaplan Test Prep will provide on-site SAT seminars while Utah-based retailer Tribal West will have plenty of hot apparel. Gatorade is serving as event sponsor and will be conducting fluid loss testing for all interested players – the first such offering for female athletes!      

Club directors or individual players interested in competing at Sand Storm should contact Cory Samaras at Synapse Sports at 410-573-1414 x117 or visit

 

US Lacrosse Provides Grants to Promote Sportsmanship


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“US Lacrosse is proud to provide the resources necessary to promote positive coaching and sportsmanship for lacrosse organizations across the country,” said Joshua Christian, managing director of programs and services. “It is our hope that these partnership grants will serve as the foundation for establishing and maintaining a healthy lacrosse environment.”

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US Lacrosse has announced its 2009 Sportsmanship Grant recipients. US Lacrosse , in conjunction with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), has provided grants to 19 organizations, the most in the program’s history.

 

The grants will financially assist these organizations in educating their lacrosse coaches, officials, athletes and fans in honoring the game. Most organizations use the grant to help cover the costs of a PCA workshop or to implement the US Lacrosse Sportsmanship Card program in their area.

 

US Lacrosse has collaborated for over eight years with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a Stanford University ( California ) based program. US Lacrosse and PCA have partnered in a nationwide endeavor to make lacrosse a positive, character-building experience for every athlete and to make the experience a more successful one for coaches, parents, fans and officials.

 

“US Lacrosse is proud to provide the resources necessary to promote positive coaching and sportsmanship for lacrosse organizations across the country,” said Joshua Christian, managing director of programs and services. “It is our hope that these partnership grants will serve as the foundation for establishing and maintaining a healthy lacrosse environment.”

 

Grant winners will receive their grant in December and have until March 15, 2009 to utilize their award.

 

PCA Grant Winners:

Aloha Youth Lacrosse Association (Stephanie Jones)

Colorado Girls Lacrosse Association, Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association and Colorado Lacrosse Foundation (Kate Dresher)

Connecticut Lacrosse Federation (Patrick Thibadeau)

Delaware Lacrosse Foundation (Kevin Greene)

Georgia Youth Lacrosse Organization (Don Rigger)

Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association (Pete Collins)

Madison Area Lacrosse Association (John Haney)

Minnesota Lacrosse Association (Mark Erickson)

New Jersey Junior Girls Lacrosse League (Susan Johnson)

North Texas Chapter Lacrosse (Tom Fitzsimmons)

Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (Keith Denebeim)

Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (Tim Udinski)

Somers Lacrosse Association (Mark Murdoch)

South Jersey Chapter , US Lacrosse (Neil Brown)

St. Louis Chapter , US Lacrosse (Christopher Brescia)

Vermont Chapter , US Lacrosse (David Hallam)

Western Maryland Chapter , US Lacrosse (Kim Lenta)

Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation (Robert Buckley)

York County Lacrosse Association (Robert Rhein)

 

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth. Through partnership with more than 1,100 youth sports organizations, leagues, schools and cities nationwide, PCA has conducted 5,000-plus workshops for youth sports coaches, parents, organizational leaders and athletes. To learn more about PCA visit, www.positivecoach.org.

 

About US Lacrosse

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 250,000 members in 60 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse , please visit www.uslacrosse.org.

 

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Contact:

Colleen Sperry Aungst

P: (410) 235-6882  Ext. 155

C: (315) 427-9265

E: caungst@uslacrosse.org

 

Background Information:

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