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NCAA Releases “2013-14 Women’s Lacrosse Sponsorship, Participation, Scholarship, Tournament, Graduation Rate And Budget Report”

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US Lacrosse Releases “2013 Lacrosse Participation Survey”; Record Total Of 746,000 Players Competed On Organized Teams, A 34% Increase Since 2008

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A record total of 746,859 players competed on organized lacrosse teams in 2013, as reported in the annual US Lacrosse Participation Report released today. The growth rate from last year (722,205) was 3.4 percent and youth participation topped 400,000 for the first time ever. The 403,770 youth participants represent over half of the total playing population and youth participation grew 3.6 percent over 2012. Roughly two-thirds of the youth participants are boys (265,428) and more players came from New York (55,298) than any other state. Lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport at the high school level, and a total of 290,046 players competed in 2013. According to data from the NFHS, from 2008 to 2013, a total of 621 schools added boys’ teams and 588 schools added girls’ teams. Those figures represent a 34 percent increase in the number of boys’ programs and a 36 percent increase in the number of girls’ programs, easily outdistancing other sports in terms of percentage growth. The second-fastest growing sports are water polo (13 percent for boys) and ice hockey (14 percent for girls). Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing NCAA sport, and more than 35,000 players competed on varsity, club or junior college teams in 2013. A staggering 60 new varsity programs were added in 2013, including eight new NCAA Division I programs. US Lacrosse has produced the Participation Report annually since 2001, and over that time span the number of players has grown 194 percent, from 253,901 to 746,859. This survey counts only play on organized teams, and does not count leisure-time play of the sport. The primary source of data for this report is provided by the 67 US Lacrosse regional chapters. Each chapter reports detailed participation at the youth level, and significant data is also obtained from US Lacrosse membership records, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations and LaxPower.com.

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College Lacrosse: NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Participation Rate Increases By 400% From 1981-2013; 416 Teams, 9521 Student-Athletes In Div I-III

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Lacrosse In America: Over 720,000 Players Participated On “Organized Lacrosse Teams” In U.S. In 2012, An Increase Of 66% In Last Five Years

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Growth Of Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Releases “2012 Participation Survey”; 47% Increase In Last Five Years Make It Fastest-Growing High School Sport

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A record total of 722,205 players competed on organized lacrosse teams in 2012, as reported in the annual US Lacrosse Participation Report released today. The growth rate from last year (683,730) was 5.5 percent, marking the ninth straight year of at least five percent growth.
More than half of the participants (389,275) compete at the youth level, representing a 7.8 percent growth rate from last year. Roughly 65 percent of the youth players are boys, but both genders have seen significant increases in participation in recent years. Over the last five years at the youth level, the number of boys playing has increased 62 percent and the number of girls playing has increased 61 percent.
Lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport at the high school level, and a total of 282,148 players competed in 2012. According to data from the NFHS, from 2007 to 2012, a total of 750 schools added boys’ teams and 638 schools added girls’ teams. Those figures represent a 47 percent increase in the number of boys’ programs and a 43 percent increase in the number of girls’ programs, easily outdistancing bowling, which is the second-fastest growing sport with an 18 percent growth rate for boys and a 22 percent growth rate for girls.
Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing NCAA sport, and nearly 35,000 players competed on varsity, club or junior college teams in 2012. Thirty new varsity programs were added in 2012, including the University of Michigan’s men’s team, the first school with a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) football program to add men’s lacrosse since 1981. http://www.laxmagazine.com/genrel/041513_us_lacrosse_national_participation_report_2012

NCAA Lacrosse Participation: Men’s Lacrosse Supported By 24.4% Of Member Institutions While Women’s Lacrosse Is Sponsored By 32.1%, Both Increases Over Previous Year

The NCAA issues an annual report on sports sponsorship, participation, and squad size. Their most recent report, which contains detailed information by gender and division for the period from 1982 through 2010, shows that 32.1% of NCAA member institutions sponsor women's lacrosse (up from 29.8% the previous year), and 24.4% sponsor men's lacrosse (up from 23.1%).

For NCAA Men's Lacrosse, the bulk of the growth has occurred in Division III.

Since the early to mid 90s, the number of schools sponsoring NCAA Women's Lacrosse has grown sharply and has surpassed the number for men.

Growth Of Lacrosse: The “2010 US Lacrosse Participation Survey” Showed An Overall 10% Increase In 2010 With High School Lacrosse Growing At Over 12% In Latest Year

Growth Of Lacrosse In The United States: “US Lacrosse 2009 Participation Survey” Documents “Explosive National Growth” At All Levels


“Pay To Play” In Lacrosse: Charging Participation Fees Is “Unconstitutional” But How Else To Fund Lacrosse Programs In High School?

“It’s almost a fear of, if you don’t pay you don’t play,” McAllister said. “That pay-to-play is really abhorrent to a lot of people.”

The 1984 Hartzell vs. Connell court case concluded that “charging participation fees to students was an unconstitutional solution to school funding woes.”

The California Constitution weighs in on the issue, stating that the “constitutional right of free access encompasses all educational activities, whether curricular or extra-curricular, and regardless of whether credit is awarded for the educational activity. The right of free access also prohibits mandated purchases of materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms associated with the activity …”

Affluent families are willing to pay to have their children participate in classes and activities that expand their resumes and enhance the high school experience – sometimes forking over thousands of dollars. The idea that the lacrosse team can no longer charge for uniforms and coaches’ salaries, or that girls basketball can only subsist on voluntary donations, may mean an end to the programs altogether unless creative ways can be found to salvage the programs. And that possibility causes many students and their parents to lash out at the messenger. But ensuring equity is paramount. Should talented soccer players or gifted artists who, because of an inability to pay, be prohibited from developing their skills and reaching their full potential in the one institution in our society – public education – that purports to provide every child equal opportunity? Public education cannot solve the chronic problems of poverty and discrimination in society. But it is the one hope, perhaps our last hope, to level the playing field for those kids who have never received the kinds of advantages the middle and upper classes in our country often take for granted.

For more:   http://www.lajollalight.com/opinion/273473-education-matters-aclu-weighs-in-on-illegal-fees-in-public-education

Lacrosse Participation: National Lacrosse Participation In 2009 Increased 8.4% To Over 568,000 According To US Lacrosse

National lacrosse participation increased 8.4 percent in 2009, according to research by US Lacrosse for its annual participation report. There were 568,021 lacrosse players that were members of organized teams across the country in 2009, from the youth level all the way on up through the professional ranks.

 Youth participation (under age 15) saw a 12.1 percent increase with more than 30,000 players picking up the sport in 2009. High school participation increased four-percent in 2009 with 227,624 players nationwide. College play also increased at a sizable rate of six-percent, with 557 men’s and women’s NCAA teams competing in 2009.

 “We are grateful to see that participation in the sport has been increasing at such a substantial rate and that lacrosse continues to be one of the fastest growing team sports in America,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. “Since our organization’s inception 12 years ago, US Lacrosse has invested millions of dollars in human and programmatic resources to support the sport’s continued national expansion, and we’re pleased to see these positive results. A key to this growth has been the tireless efforts of volunteers, coaches, officials and parents that enable more young athletes all around the country to participate in this great game.”

 “Since 2001, the number of people playing lacrosse has increased by over 120 percent,” said Joshua Christian, managing director of sport development at US Lacrosse. “At that rate, participation in the sport will double again within the next ten years. With this anticipated trajectory, the infrastructure to support over a million lacrosse players nationwide will also need to continue to grow and evolve. US Lacrosse continues to responsibly foster the growth of the sport with coaches’ and officials’ education and recruitment platforms, grassroots development initiatives, equipment and safety grant programs, educational and training resources and so much more.”

 The US Lacrosse Participation Survey is produced annually by US Lacrosse. The survey is used to monitor participation at different levels of the sport across the country. The primary sources of data for this report are surveys that are sent to the 62 US Lacrosse regional chapters that were active in 2009. Data is also provided by the US Lacrosse database, National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Federation of State High School Associations, Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association and www.laxpower.com. The survey counts only participation on organized teams and does not include leisure time play of lacrosse. A full copy of the participation report is available on the US Lacrosse website (PDF).

 US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 63 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. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.