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College Lacrosse Recruiting: California And Connecticut Pass Laws To Make Colleges “Fully Disclose” All Benefits And Covered Expenses With “Student-Athletic Scholarships”, Including “One-Year Renewal” Feature

“Recruiters are fueling a lot of myths….Chief among them is the four-year scholarship. Four-year scholarships don’t exist, so this bill will show recruits the truth and point out things they need to consider when making a choice.”

This Friday, a new law takes effect in Connecticut that will require colleges to disclose exactly what student-athletes are agreeing to when they accept an athletic scholarship.

The law, which passed the Connecticut House by a 140-to-3 vote and was unanimously approved in the Senate, seeks to keep recruits informed that scholarships are only good for one year and are subject to renewal at the discretion of the school. It also mandates full disclosure of how sports-related medical expenses are covered and what out-of-pocket expenses a student-athlete can expect to pay. Schools must post such details online and make the link available to recruits, according to an Associated Press report by Pat Eaton-Robb and Rusty Miller.

“Families very often rely on schmoozing from recruiters who say things like, ‘The school will take care of you,’ ” state representative Pat Dillon (D-New Haven) told the AP. “They don’t necessarily know what they are getting into when they start signing documents.”

Similar legislation, signed into law in 2010, takes full effect next year in California. “Recruiters are fueling a lot of myths,” added National College Players Association founder Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA linebacker who helped sponsor the California legislation. “Chief among them is the four-year scholarship. Four-year scholarships don’t exist, so this bill will show recruits the truth and point out things they need to consider when making a choice.”

Out-of-pocket expense estimates can vary widely between institutions. If those are clearly spelled out for recruits, they will be better able to comparison shop. “I want to send my son or daughter to a school where they treat them not as commodities, but as valuable human beings,” University of New Haven sports management professor Allen Sack told the AP. “This kind of legislation will create competition among schools.”

James Jackson is one student-athlete who would have chosen differently had he known the score up front. Jackson, a wide receiver, had been under the assumption when he signed with Ohio State that the university would finance his ongoing pursuit of a degree, so long as he received satisfactory grades and stayed out of trouble. He says he was encouraged to transfer two years into his college career to free up a scholarship for another, more promising OSU prospect. Jackson now attends Division II Wayne State in Michigan.

“My main goal coming out of high school was to get a degree from a Division I program,” Jackson told the AP. “If I had known they wouldn’t keep me in school for four to five years, no matter what, I would have gone somewhere else.”

For more:  http://athleticbusiness.com/editors/blog/default.aspx?id=558

Growth Of Lacrosse: New York, New Jersey And Connecticut Have Seen A 42% Increase In Boys And Girls Lacrosse Participation Since 2003, Mirroring The Growth In Western States’ Lacrosse

“…the number of boys and girls playing lacrosse in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut has climbed above 91,000, according to US Lacrosse, the sport’s governing body…”

While more than four times as many kids play Little League baseball and softball, the growth rates tell a different story. The number of boys and girls playing Little League in these three states has dropped 9% since 2003. Lacrosse participation over the past five years has soared more than 42%.

  • The New York City metro area has seen a 40% jump in the number of kids playing the sport since 2006. Long Island, one of the sport’s breeding grounds, now has more than 100 competitive youth travel teams, compared to just four in 2002.
  • In Connecticut, participation has more than doubled in the past decade, helped by the addition of girls’ lacrosse.
  • New Jersey has seen an explosion, too. The state has fielded more than 300 high school boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs this year, more than triple its mid-1990s total. (By comparison, the state has roughly 375 girls’ softball programs). “It’s not like baseball isn’t popular in the community, but I think it’s fair to say that, at the present time, lacrosse reigns as king in our area,” said Mike Sandor, athletic director at Summit High School in New Jersey.
  • Perhaps the strongest sign of the sport’s gathering strength is its invasion into the five boroughs. There are now 30 New York City high-school lacrosse teams, according to the city’s Public Schools Athletic League, a five-fold increase from seven years ago. Because of that, the number of boys and girls high school players has more than quadrupled since 2002.
  • A number of the area’s best high-school teams are from some of the nation’s most affluent areas, including New Jersey’s Morris and Union counties and Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, more than 55% of regular lacrosse participants come from households that earn $100,000 or more.

Colleges that have excelled at the sport include elite academic schools like Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Duke and Virginia.

For more:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304392704576376023954172808.html

Connecticut High School Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Avon Old Farms Boys Lacrosse 11-9 Victory Over Phillips Exeter Academy On April 6

Avon Old Farms School Boys Lacrosse defeated Phillips Exeter Academy 11-9 on April 6, 2011.

Connecticut High School Boys Lacrosse: Avon Old Farms Boys Lacrosse Defeated Phillips Exeter 11-6 On March 31 (Video)

Date Opponent Result
3/23 at McDonogh   L,  5-4
3/25 vs. Western Reserve Acad   W, 15-10
3/27 vs. Worthington Kilbourne   W, 10-8
3/31 vs. Phillips Exeter   W, 11-6
4/03 at Northfield Mt Hermon    
4/07 at Berkshire School    
4/10 at Tabor Academy    
4/14 SIMSBURY    
4/17 CHOATE    
4/24 KENT SCHOOL    
4/28 at Hotchkiss    
5/01 at Trinity-Pawling    
5/05 at Brunswick School    
5/08 DEERFIELD    
5/11 TAFT SCHOOL    
5/15 at Salisbury School    
Coach: Skip Flanagan

Best Of High School Boys Lacrosse: Severn School Boys Lacrosse (MD) Vs. St. Joseph High School (CT) (Video)

Severn School College Prep Lacrose vs. St. Joseph High School.

Best Of Connecticut High School Boys Lacrosse: Fairfield Prep Boys Lacrosse Defeated Simsbury 15-3 In 2009 Connecticut Division L Championship Game (Video)

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships in Norwalk, CT, where Fairfield Prep trounced Simsbury 15-3 for the Division L title, the Jesuits’ fourth-straight state championship.

Best Of Connecticut High School Boys Lacrosse: Darien Boys Lacrosse Defeated Wilton 17-11 For 2009 Connecticut Division M Title (Video)

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships in Norwalk, CT, where Darien topped Wilton 17-11 for the Division M title.

High School Boys Lacrosse: LacrosseRecruits “Top Connecticut Rising Junior Boys’ Lacrosse Players” (Video)

LacrosseRecuits.com culled 120 of the top rising junior boys’ lacrosse players in Connecticut, who threw down at New Canaan High School.

Lauren “Chico” Chicomascolo Brought Lacrosse Skills From Connecticut With Her To Lead St. Margarets To Title

(From NewsTimes.com article)

Lauren Chicomascolo gave area lacrosse fans a glimpse of what we’d be missing, offered a snapshot of a star in the making, during one of her last games for Newtown High.

This was in the spring of 2006 when Chicomascolo, still just a sophomore, led the Nighthawks past Brookfield 14-10 in the South-West Conference tournament final. Two of her game-high six goals came down the stretch after the Bobcats closed to within one, and she earned the most valuable player award.

Well, the future is now for the girl known as Chico, whose family moved to Orange County, Calif., two years ago. Recently named All-America for the second time, she closed out her scholastic career by helping St. Margaret’s Episcopal School capture the inaugural girls Southern Section championship, which includes Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Chicomascolo, who plays center, scored six goals in the 16-8 win over Palos Verdes and was named the MVP.

How’s that for sports symmetry?

“I never thought I’d feel anything like I did winning the SWC championship at Newtown. It was such a good experience,” she said during a recent telephone conversation a few hours before her high school graduation. “This year was really special, being the first team to do it, making history.”

East Coast. West Coast. For Chico, some things never changed. Including her devotion to Newtown, even though she couldn’t stay as long as she would’ve hoped. During lacrosse-related trips back East, she often stayed with Nighthawks’ coach Maura Fletcher.

 “We always talk. We never really stopped talking. It was so hard to leave them,” Chicomascolo said. “Maura is such a great coach.”

Imagine how good the four-time defending SWC champions might’ve been if Chicomascolo had been able to join forces with friend and fellow All-American Courtney Gleason?

“I haven’t seen her since a lacrosse tournament in Maryland last summer and we really miss her,” Gleason wrote in an e-mail. “When she played for Newtown as a sophomore she was amazing. Unstoppable. I can’t imagine how much she’s improved now and I would never want to go ‘one v. one’ with her.

“I remember when we were at practice and would get paired with her, we would sneak to the back of the line because no one wanted to go against her. If we had her around the past two years, our chances of making it to the state championship would have definitely been greater, I think. She had really good chemistry with everyone on the field and was a very unselfish player.”

Chicomascolo’s reputation preceded her arrival at St. Margaret’s, a small school in San Juan Capistrano with 100 students per grade and a modest lacrosse program that existed for about five years before she enrolled.

“Everybody knew about Chico before she got there,” St. Margaret’s coach Summer Crabtree noted during a recent phone call. “I had heard about her. I didn’t even know how to spell her name; I didn’t know how to pronounce her last name. But I’d heard about Chico and that she was coming and that she was a phenomenal player and that I was extremely lucky to have her.

“And she lived up to every bit of that and more.”

A 5-foot-7 left-hander, Chicomascolo scored 65 goals in her one season at Newtown and 68 goals for St. Margaret’s last year before enjoying a breakout senior campaign this spring. The Orange County Register Player of the Year, she had 85 goals, 40 assists, 81 ground balls and 203 draw controls.

“She’s made my job very easy,” said Crabtree, whose first season coincided with Chicomascolo’s arrival. “She shows by example. She’s not the most vocal leader on the field but she has such a strong presence out there that she leads the team in just her actions.”

She’s also got skills, athleticism and the talent to play Division I. Crabtree, who played at Princeton, should know.

“When she walks out on that field she’s just a dominant player. She’s dominant in her size. She’s dominant in her skills. She’s dominant in her speed and in her knowledge of the game, as well,” Crabtree said. “Everyone who watched Chico, and coaching her, I felt like every time she got the ball she could take it in and score. And a lot of times she chose not to. She wanted to help her teammates develop and create more opportunities for her teammates. She is equal strength on both sides and she has a powerful shot. Our goalies were scared when she would shoot in practice. She has a shot that you would develop in college.”

Chicomascolo grew up in Glastonbury and had lived in California for four years before the family spent the 2005-06 school year in Newtown. Because lacrosse remains in the growing stages in California, she occasionally returned to the East Coast for summer tournaments and clinics. At home, she would drive an hour south to San Diego, seeking out the best competition in the state for weekend tournaments.

Her hard work over the years, from coast to coast, paid off in the form of another championship for her team, All-America recognition and a college scholarship.

We got a quick look into the future, a tease of her talents. Too bad we couldn’t watch her develop into one of the best in the country.

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