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US Lacrosse Announces “2013 Physical Education And Soft Stick Lacrosse Equipment Grants” To 49 Western Middle Schools And High Schools


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US Lacrosse today announced that 136 schools and civic organizations across 38 states have been selected as 2013 Physical Education and Soft Stick Lacrosse Equipment Grant recipients. Each organization will receive modified “soft” lacrosse sticks and balls, as well as instructional guides and DVDs to help support the introduction of the sport in their curriculums.

In addition, US Lacrosse has awarded eight workshop grants to school districts and community-based organizations in which US Lacrosse trainers provide in-service training. Each of these workshops could have up to 30 schools and organizations in attendance, each of which also receives a full set of soft stick equipment. Workshops were awarded to school districts and organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Arkansas, Nebraska, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

In addition, US Lacrosse has awarded eight workshop grants to school districts and community-based organizations in which US Lacrosse trainers provide in-service training. Each of these workshops could have up to 30 schools and organizations in attendance, each of which also receives a full set of soft stick equipment. Workshops were awarded to school districts and organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Arkansas, Nebraska, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

Central Middle School of Science – Anchorage, Alaska

Ardis Ann Middle School – Bentonville, Ariz.
Rite of Passage-Canyon State Academy – Queen Creek, Ariz.

Grant School – Redding, Calif.
University Preparatory School – Redding, Calif.
College Park High School – Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Sycamore Ridge School – San Diego, Calif.
Stellar K-12 Charter School – Redding, Calif.
Boulder Creek School – Redding, Calif.
Ventura Family YMCA – Ventura, Calif.
Toyon Middle School – Valley Springs, Calif.
Montecito Family YMCA – Santa Barbara, Calif.
Walnut Canyon Elementary School – Moorpark, Calif.
James R. Cowan Fundamental School – Sacramento, Calif.
Lompoc Family YMCA – Lompoc, Calif.
Mountain View Middle School – Redding, Calif.
Redding Recreation – Redding, Calif.
Summit Intermediate School – Etiwanda, Calif.
Calahan Elementary School – North Hollywood, Calif.
Santa Barbara Family YMCA – Santa Barbara, Calif.

Lotus 88/Lightning Stick Society – Westminster, Colo.
Loveland Lacrosse Club – Loveland, Colo.

Emmett School District – Emmett, Idaho

Berwyn Park District – Berwyn Bombers Lacrosse – Berwyn, Ill.
Union Ridge School District 86 – Harwood Heights, Ill.
Holy Trinity Catholic School – Fairview Heights, Ill.
Burr Ridge Middle School – Westmont, Ill.

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis – Fishers, Ind.
Indiana Chapter – Zionsville, Ind.

Prince of Peace Catholic School – Olathe, Kan.
Morris County Schools – Council Grove, Kan.

Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club – St. Louis, Mo.
De La Salle Middle School – St. Louis, Mo.
Siegrist Elementary – Platte City, Mo.

YMCA of Lincoln NE – Lincoln, Neb.
Norris Middle School – Firth, Neb.
Westside Middle School – Omaha, Neb.

Pecos Valley Athletics Assoc. – Roswell, N.M.

Corvallis Lacrosse – Corvallis, Ore.
Wilson Youth Girls Lacrosse, Inc. – Portland, Ore.

Hill Country Lacrosse – Boerne, Texas
Regents School of Austin – Austin, Texas
Uplift Williams Preparatory – Dallas, Texas
Faith West Academy – Katy, Texas
Wellington Elementary School – Flower Mound, Texas
Mountainview Elementary School – Waco, Texas
Tennyson Middle School – Waco, Texas
Frisco Lacrosse Association – Frisco, Texas

Queen Anne Quick Styx – Seattle, Wash.

http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav/NewsandMedia/PressReleases/SoftStickLacrosseGrantsAwarded.aspx

Lacrosse Equipment: “Easton Lacrosse” To Be Discontinued By Easton-Bell Sports Inc.; Reports Lower Sales As It Exits Lacrosse Product Category


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Easton-Bell Sports Inc. reported on Tuesday a decrease in sales in its second quarter, largely due to lower hockey sales and its exit from the lacrosse product category.

The Company had net sales of $201.6 million for the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of 5.8% as compared to $214.1 million of net sales for the second quarter of 2012. The sales decrease is primarily attributable to the exit of the non-core fitness products category and lower hockey sales. Gross margin increased by 70 basis points (“bps”) to 35.7% from 35.0%. Adjusted EBITDA exclusive of one-time severance expenses related to management changes and costs related to the exit of the lacrosse product category was $23.5 million, a decrease of $2.2 million or 8.7% from $25.7 million during the second quarter last year.

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For more: http://www.sfvbj.com/news/2013/aug/13/hockey-lacrosse-hurt-easton-bell-sales/

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130813/Easton-Bell-Sports-announces-financial-results-for-second-quarter-2013.aspx

High School Girls Lacrosse: Princeton (NJ) School District To Require Headgear For All Middle And High School Girls Lacrosse Players


The SG360 model will be mandated in Princeton schools for women's lacrosse and field hockey.  (Photo courtesy of HRP Products, Inc.)

The SG360 model will be mandated in Princeton schools for women’s lacrosse and field hockey. (Photo courtesy of HRP Products, Inc.)

Princeton’s school board unanimously approved the new headgear rule following a strong recommendation from the district’s athletic director. Quinn said that as far as he knows, Princeton is the only district in the state to have such a policy. The district will pay for the SG360 headgear, which runs about $60 in retail.

A few years ago, New Jersey enacted a law mandating student athletes with a suspected concussion get medical clearance before being allowed to return to play.

Now, the Princeton school district has gone a step further, requiring headgear for all middle- and high-school soccer, field hockey and lacrosse players.

While parents and coaches hope that will reduce the risk for concussions, some sports experts aren’t convinced it will help.

Tim Quinn, president of Princeton’s school board, said nothing can totally prevent a concussion from happening, “but if we can minimize the effect of any sort of head injury, I think that’s a good thing. I think what we’re doing here is looking out for the best interests of our athletes.”

For more:  http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/health-science/item/58190-princeton-schools-mandating-headgear-for-soccer-lacrosse-field-hockey?Itemid=3

“2013 US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program” Designed To Initiate And Enhance Participation At Schools, Community Organizations; September 1 Deadline To Submit Applications


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Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program  The 2013 US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant provides soft lacrosse equipment. The in-service workshop training explained above is not included in this option. This grant is designed to initiate and enhance participation in the sport by providing soft lacrosse equipment to schools and community-based organizations. A set of soft lacrosse equipment includes: 30 soft lacrosse sticks, 30 soft lacrosse balls, one (1) copy of the US Lacrosse PE Curriculum Guide and Reproducible packet.

Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program
The 2013 US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant provides soft lacrosse equipment. The in-service workshop training explained above is not included in this option. This grant is designed to initiate and enhance participation in the sport by providing soft lacrosse equipment to schools and community-based organizations. A set of soft lacrosse equipment includes: 30 soft lacrosse sticks, 30 soft lacrosse balls, one (1) copy of the US Lacrosse PE Curriculum Guide and Reproducible packet.

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Lacrosse Injuries: Pennsylvania High School Girls Lacrosse Team Using New “Kevlar Composite Protective Headband” In Pilot Program To Help Protect Players From Concussions (Video)


Unequal Technologies Kevlar Composite Headband For Concussion Protection

Unequal Technologies Kevlar Composite Headband For Concussion Protection

The same padding used to protect Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch and James Harrison from hard hits is now being tested by student athletes at an Allegheny County high school.

Quaker Valley freshman Aubrey Bouchard missed nearly four months of school with two concussions playing sports.

“(There was) dizziness, (I was) not able to concentrate,” she said of her injury.

Nellie Kraus, coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at Quaker Valley High School, was so concerned about concussions, her team became part of a pilot program to test a new Kevlar composite headband.

“I see girls with symptoms of concussions on a weekly basis,” she said.

There are no helmets in girls’ lacrosse but Kraus said the play can get pretty physical.

“There’s multiple properties going on in the composite that enables us to absorb anywhere from up to 50 percent of the impact,” Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies said while showing Channel 11 the padding.

Unequal Technologies is a Pennsylvania company that created the Band, an adjustable protective headband.

“It conforms to the body. It’s flexible and malleable, but it can stop a truck,” Vito said.

“In practice I got hit in the head with a stick and I was thankfully wearing my headband that could have been my third concussion,” said Bouchard.

When the girls first got the Band, they were a quarter of an inch thick.

They told company leaders they were too uncomfortable, so Unequal went back to the drawing board and readjusted.

Now, the Band is one-eighth of an inch thick.

For more:  http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/product-designed-better-protect-athletes-concussio/nXs3D/

Injuries In Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Endorses “Youth Sports Concussion Act”, Congressional Legislation That Increases Disclosure Of “Protective Benefits And Limitations Of Sports Equipment”


“US Lacrosse supports efforts, such as the Youth Sports Concussion Act, which seek to increase the accountability of sporting goods Concussion Legislationmanufacturers to accurately represent the protective benefits and limitations of equipment to mitigate injury and risk,” said Ann Carpenetti, managing director of game administration at US Lacrosse. “We have invested extensively in the area of injury research and prevention in the sport of lacrosse, and having sport specific equipment that performs to meet a protective standard is critically important to ensure player safety on the field.”

US Lacrosse is among the national sports organizations publicly endorsing the Youth Sports Concussion Act, a new bill that is expected to be introduced shortly US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safetyin the U.S. Senate. The proposed congressional legislation is aimed at reducing youth sports concussions by empowering both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to take stronger actions in guaranteeing equipment safety standards and claims by sporting goods manufacturers. Congressman Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is the primary sponsor of the bill.

Essentially, the new legislation hopes to extend the impact of the findings from a National Academies report on sports-related concussions, due to be released publicly no later than January 2014. That report is expected to include product safety standards that equipment manufacturers will need to consider for voluntary adoption.

The proposed bill also allows the Federal Trade Commission to take stronger action against manufacturers who make false and deceptive product safety claims in advertising and marketing campaigns.

The U.S. Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will be charged with initial review and approval of the bill before it advances to the full Senate for consideration.

To date, the Youth Sports Concussion Act has received public endorsements from numerous organizations and associations, including the American Academy of Neurology, Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Trauma Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Football League, NFL Players Association, NCAA, National Hockey League, National Federation of State High School Associations, and U.S. Soccer.

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US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has more than 415,000 members in 64 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.
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Injuries In Lacrosse: “Should Helmets Be Required In Women’s Lacrosse”, A Chicago Tribune Video Interview Of An Illinois High School Girls Lacrosse Player Who Suffered Four Concussions


Chicago Tribune reporter John Keilman interviews Sara Letmanski, a Glenbard West senior who has suffered four concussions as a result of playing lacrosse.