Daily Archives: October 5, 2010

“REVIVE THE FIVE”: Cal Berkeley Men’s Rugby Team And Supporters Step Up Against Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau And Demand Reinstatement (http://savecalvarsityrugby.com/)

Cal Berkeley Rugby's Chase Brogan is tackled by Chancellor Birgeneau and Vice Chancellor Yeary...stay tuned...Men's Rugby has been hit by far worse before and is the 2010 NCAA MEN'S RUGBY NATIONAL CHAMPION! http://savecalvarsityrugby.com/


How You Can Help

1.  Go the Save Cal Rugby Facebook fan page and show your support by click on the ‘like’ button.

2.  Urge your friends and family to like our Facebook page and email Chancellor Robert Birgeneau (chancellor@berkeley.edu) with a very direct message covering the following points:

  • You will not make any academic or athletics donations to Cal until they overturn this decision.

  • Demoting Cal Rugby does not save the athletic department any money.  The team is self funded and contributed over $300k to the general fund last year.

  • Cal Rugby is willing to fund and administer a women’s rugby team to keep the athletic department in Title IX compliance

3.  Tell every Cal fan you know that the University’s decision means the end of Cal Rugby as we know it.

College Lacrosse Recruiting: Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting Discusses “Rising Above Temporary Setbacks In The College Search For Athletes”

The college recruiting process can be a daunting effort if it is not well planned and executed with organization and enthusiasm from start to finish. In addition, one’s mental approach to the college search, especially when checkered with roadblocks, can make the difference between a fair and a great experience. What follows is a “snapshot” on how prospects and families can proactively prepare for and effectively deal with personal setbacks that will undoubtedly surface along the way.


College recruiting roadblocks come in different shapes and sizes. Whether it is a direct communication from Coach to inform you his athletic scholarships have been exhausted, or a difficult phone call to inform you that you just don’t have what it takes to impact his team, a good college coach will be honest and forthcoming with prospects and families.

If you happen to be that blue chip athlete that most coaches have their sites on, your recruiting effort will likely have fewer barriers. Conversely, if you are the prospect who sits in the “mid-pack” of athletes where recruiting is brutally competitive’ you will need to prepare better and more effectively to rise above the rest.

As a college advisor for athletes I use a number of exercises to help my families organize for the best and prepare for the worst. Presenting yourself as a worthy candidate needs to be at the top of the list and this can be done in many ways. Whether it is by developing an easy to read personal profile, streaming an eye catching highlight clip, or by cultivating a solid relationship with a college coach through regular communication, the manner in which you present yourself will determine the level of “grip” your recruiting effort will have.

Develop Thick Skin

OK. You have brilliantly crafted your recruiting plan and you are regularly providing the coaches with academic, athletic and personal updates and you have made an unofficial visit to campus. You are feeling confident about the effort you have made and you’re confident it will have some impact. Unfortunately, this is 50% of the battle and the next question is simply…How does Coach see me?

There are going to be some tough questions you will eventually present college coaches, especially when it comes to roster availability, admissions support and financial aid. Before you jump in, I suggest you firstly develop some “tough skin.” Compare the recruiting process to a job interview and I think you’ll see my point. If you have lined up 10 job interviews and they all go brilliantly, do you think you will receive 10 offers? Probably not. Just as the company’s you will eventually interview with, the college coaches are looking for specific candidates to fit specific roles.

If a college coach has to communicate bad news to a prospect, it is not because you have a character flaw and you should never take bad news personally. Considering the volume of recruits that coaches are cultivating, they need to develop a filtering system that will help them trim down their list to a more manageable grouping. A good college coach will be upfront with families and offer truthful and honest communication from start to finish.

Letting go and moving forward

If and when (and you most likely will) receive that phone call from Coach explaining politely that you will no longer be part of the active list of recruits, you have to be able to accept it, let go and move forward. There is no doubt that this can be a hurtful moment, but the prospect that has the ability to “take it,” saddle up and get back “in the moment,” will have a greater chance in grabbing that brass ring.

Everything in this world happens for a reason and where one family may see a negative experience as devastating; another family will see it as an opportunity. One prospect might break down from bad news, while another athlete will rise up, a little tougher, with a little more drive and determination to move on.

For most prospects and families, the college search will not be a straight line, nor will it be a downhill run in finding that right college match. In most cases, it will be a struggle and in that struggle will be intangible life lessons to be learned, hurdles to cross and heartaches to suffer, but in the end and with a proper and realistic approach, the right match is out there and waiting for you to snatch.

Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and the current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting (www.victoryrecruiting.com), where he provides advisement and counseling for prospective student-athletes and families in preparing for the college search.

2010 San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic: Proceeds From Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Matchup With Johns Hopkins On Oct. 16 To Benefit “BAYS Foundation”



All of the proceeds from the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic will go directly to the BAYS Foundation to support programs and organizations that provide opportunities and increase access for low-income youth in the Bay Area to participate in organized sports programs. Last year, BAYS made $50,000 in grants to five outstanding organizations as a direct result of the success of the 2009 San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic. Additional information about the BAYS Foundation and the programs they support may be found at http://www.sfbays.org.


Prior to the game, free youth clinics will be held for boys first through eighth grades, featuring coaches and student-athletes from the participating teams. A free coaches' clinic will be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame. Both clinics are being presented by Easton Lacrosse.

 The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team will face Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Oct. 16 in the second annual San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic. The exhibition contest is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. (PT) at Kezar Stadium. All proceeds from the game will benefit the BAYS Foundation.

Lacrosse has been one of the nation’s fastest growing high school and college sports over the past 10 years. There are more than 10,000 youth lacrosse players in California, an increase of more than 200% since 2001. Home to over 300 boys and girls high school teams, in addition to hundreds of youth teams, the Bay Area and California are ready to welcome back a great world-class lacrosse event that will help showcase the excitement of the game to both seasoned fans, as well as those experiencing lacrosse for the first time. North Carolina faced Brown last year in the inaugural San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic.

Go to http://www.sflacrosse.com. for more information on the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic.

The Fighting Irish posted a 10-7 record last season, which was their first in the BIG EAST Conference, and fell in overtime to Duke, 6-5, in the NCAA title game. That was the first NCAA championship game appearance in program history. Johns Hopkins went 7-8 in 2010 and fell to Duke, 18-5, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

For more:  http://www.und.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/100410aab.html

Lacrosse In The U.S.: 2011 US Lacrosse Convention Will Be Held At The Baltimore Convention Center From January 21-23 (Video)

The 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion®, returns to the Baltimore Convention Center again this January. Billed as “the unofficial start to the lacrosse season,” this event annually gathers the very best the sport has to offer, and provides the sport’s largest educational opportunity, with over 5,000 coaches, officials, program administrators and exhibitors in attendance.