Daily Archives: October 13, 2010

Lacrosse In The Media: New York Times Calls Paul Rabil “The LeBron James Of Lacrosse” In Article Titled “Can This Man Make Lacrosse Sexy?”

STICK MAN Paul Rabil signed with two pro teams. He also has signed with several sponsors, as in this photo shoot for Red Bull. Photo by Jame Vlahos, New York Times

PAUL RABIL, “the LeBron James of lacrosse” to loyal fans, was shooting. He can fire the ball at up to 111 miles an hour, faster than a slap shot in hockey and only slightly slower than an archer’s hurtling arrow. But this time the shot missed, hitting the top goal post and ricocheting out toward the stands. A little girl in the line of fire screamed in an accelerating crescendo, “I don’t want to get hit, I don’t want to get killed!” The ball sailed harmlessly overhead. Calming down she asked, “Who shot that?”

“Paul Rabil,” her mother replied, as people nearby in the stands nodded appreciatively.

The formidable powers of Mr. Rabil are no secret to anyone who follows the sport. At Johns Hopkins University, he set a school record for goals, points and assists. After graduating in 2008 he signed with two professional teams: the Cannons and the Washington Stealth, part of the National Lacrosse League, which competes indoors.

He quickly established himself as a ferocious competitor, and in 2009 Major League Lacrosse named him its most valuable player. This year was even busier. He powered the Stealth to the league title, then snagged a gold medal and the M.V.P. crown with Team USA at the world championships. And he helped propel the Cannons to its semifinal showdown against the Bayhawks.

For more:   http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/fashion/14rabil.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Lacrosse Commercials: Max Seibald Talks About Filming The “Nike BOOM” Commercial And How Lacrosse Is Going “Mainstream” (Video)

Max Seibald talks about his experience during the Nike BOOM Commercial shoot and what the mainstream publicity means for lacrosse. Visit http://www.maximumlacrossecamps.com for the latest Max Seibald news & information regarding his lacrosse camps.

Lacrosse News Programming: “LaxFeed” From Lacrosse Magazine Presents “DUKE LACROSSE: “THE LOVE-HATE SAGA” (Video)

LaxFeed, Lacrosse Magazine’s weekly video podcast by the producers of BL features DUKE LACROSSE: “THE LOVE-HATE SAGA” 

Cal Berkeley Athletic Program Elimination Decision: “Lets Apply Some ‘Operational Excellence’ To Sports Program Decisions”

By Eric Arden

In October of 2009, UC Berkeley launched an “Operational Excellence” (OE) initiative with support from the consulting firm, Bain & Company, to address the major budget challenges facing the campus community.  At a cost of $3M for a six month engagement, the process was very transparent with the deliverable and actions published on the OE website (http://berkeley.edu/oe/).
However, upon examination of the deliverable, even at a cost of $3M, it appears the scope of the OE effort left out any analysis of cost savings opportunities in the Athletic department.
In response to the current budget crisis, the Cal athletic administration has recently identified 5 sports programs for elimination, but what was the process used to make these significant cuts?  Without any underlying information regarding the process and basis of this decision it is difficult for the sporting community on and off the campus to support this direction or take action to help UC Berkeley improve the situation. 
The coaches, players, parents and sports community are looking for a comparable OE level of effort in the process used to make a decision that has such far reaching consequences. Additionally, the affected teams and their sponsors are prepared to work together to close financial gaps and maintain compliance with Title IX.  However, at this point, no one at UC Berkeley can answer the questions “How was the decision made to eliminate my program?”, and “How much money will be required to reinstate it?”
What follows is an example of an approach to execute a transparent process for the coaches and community to address the financial issues in the sports programs facing UC Berkeley today. This technique is targeted, can be done quickly and at a minimum expense to the University and tax payers.

1) Ask Haas for accounting help.

Follow the money. The Haas Business School has skilled resources that can support resolving the financial accounting issues related to the different sports programs.  Currently, the coaches are trying to pull these numbers together themselves.  Cal needs consistent accounting standards and a complete analysis across all of the 29 sports programs.
For example, each program to understand their position has a right to know:
  • Total revenue from ticket sales, alumni/booster/foundation contributions that support the program including external funding of scholarships.
  • UC Berkeley funded scholarships
  • Non-Capital expenses related to equipment, facilities etc.
  • Detailed Capital Improvement Projects related to facility expansions allocated to the programs requiring the facility

2) Identify and communicate all factors, internal and external, that deserve consideration in a decision to remove sponsorship for a sports program. 

The objective is to consider both direct and indirect or non-tangible benefits related to the sports program on and off the UC Berkeley campus. Sports programs are a way of marketing Cal to the high school population and attracting the best and brightest students. The Haas School of Business marketing department may also be helpful in this analysis.

  • Divulge the metrics that were considered in this decision.”Other important factors considered included… donor impact, student opportunity, proximity of national/regional varsity competition, contribution to diversity, impact on the campus’s ability to comply with Title IX, opportunity for NCAA and Pac 10 success, utilization of support services and history of competitive excellence.” Identify the specifics and replace perceptions that these are opinionated decisions with facts.
  • Consider the GPA of team members (average and cumulative).
  • Consider current participation and growth at the NCAA Level (http://www.ncjla.org/)
  • Consider current participation and growth at the high school level, especially in California (http://www.nfhs.org/content.aspx?id=3282&linkidentifier=id&itemid=3282)
  • Consider current participation and growth at the youth level, especially in California…
With the existing talent in the Haas School of Business, this transparent process and relevant analysis could be delivered in much less time with less funding than the Bain & Company engagement.  A robust analysis would certainly look good on the resume of  graduates looking for jobs in sports marketing or the consulting community.  Lets apply some “Operational Excellence” to sports program decisions and make balanced decisions considering internal and external factors in a process transparent to the community.
Eric Arden
Business Process Transformation

2010 Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational: “Wimmer Solutions” Roster Announced Featuring Casey Powell, Ryan Powell, Gary Gait, Paul Rabil, Kyle Hartzell And Brett Queener

The 20th Annual Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament on October 29th - October 31st, 2010.

Casey Powell
Ryan Powell
Garrett Billings
Steve Berger
Gary Gait
Matt Sauri

Anthony Kelly
Paul Rabil
Steven Brooks
Justin Smith
Terry Kimener
Jimmy Borell
Nate Kenney
Brian Silcott

Eric Martin
Kyle Hartzell
Matt Bocklet
Brett Moyer
Chris O’Dougherty
Josh Rachman

Brett Queener
Tom Groeninger

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Played Team USA Women’s Lacrosse During US Lacrosse “Stars & Stripes” Weekend (Video)

The Harvard women’s lacrosse team took on Team USA during US Lacrosse’s Stars & Stripes weekend.

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Colorado Men’s Lacrosse Announced 2011 Schedule Which Includes Air Force, BYU, Simon Fraser, Chapman, Connecticut And New Hampshire

  Home Team Visiting Team      
Feb 12
 Air Force Academy
 Colorado Buffaloes
 Feb 19
 Colorado College
Colorado Buffaloes
 Feb 26
Colorado Buffaloes
U of Northern Colorado
 March 5
Colorado Buffaloes
University of Kansas
March 11  Utah State University Colorado Buffaloes      
 March 12 Brigham Young Colorado Buffaloes      
 March 13  University of Utah Colorado Buffaloes      
March 18  Simon Fraser Colorado Buffaloes      
 March 20 Minnesota-Duluth Colorado Buffaloes      
 March 22 University of Oregon Colorado Buffaloes      
 March 25
Colorado Buffaloes
University of Arizona
 March 27
 Colorado Buffaloes
Arizona State University
April 2
 Colorado Buffaloes
University of Wyoming
April 9
Colorado Buffaloes
Chapman University
 April 10
 Colorado  Buffaloes
Texas Tech University
April 16
Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado State University
 April 22  Boston College Colorado Buffaloes      
 April 23 University of Connecticut  Colorado Buffaloes      
 April 25 University of New Hampshire Colorado Buffaloes      
 May 6 RMLC Semi-finals        
 May 7 RMLC Finals        
 May 17  MCLA First Round        
May 18  MCLA Quarter-Finals        
 May 20 MCLA Semi-Finals        
May 21 MCLA Finals