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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.