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Orange County High School Lacrosse: Saddleback Valley Unified School District Meeting Attended By 600 Lacrosse Supporters (75% of Total); School Board Undecided On Final Cuts To High School Lacrosse Funding

The Tuesday 3/10/09 SVUSD board meeting went well; although no definite determination; the school board saw, once again, the volume of support that lacrosse generates; of the estimated 800 people in attendance at the school board meeting, 600 were lacrosse supporters (75%; we had them sign in so this figure is accurate).

Will be coordinating with the district staff to work on details.

Thank you!

Tim Redwine

Parent, Trabuco Hills High School Junior Girl



Orange County Lacrosse: Saddleback Valley Unified School District Meeting At 6:15 Tonight In The Mission Viejo High School Theater; District High School Lacrosse Funding To Be Eliminated By Vote

Reduce Sport offerings and eliminate district funded Asst. Coach stipends.


Eliminates Lacrosse and Roller Hockey plus all stipends for Assistant Coaches for all sports.




To save the school board from making such an ill-advised decision, we must rally all of the lacrosse community and show our strength in numbers at the next SVUSD board meeting (there is no other chance; it will be voted on at that meeting):
Tuesday, March 10, 6:15pm, in the Performing Arts Theatre at Mission Viejo High School (note: this is not the usual meeting place; I presume it was moved in anticipation of a large crowd speaking about cuts; including lacrosse). Arrive by 5:45pm (to fill out speaker cards, preparation, etc).
If the program you’re involved with has a game that night, it is more important for the parents to attend the board meeting.
All of the lacrosse community needs to get involved in this. Although this immediate issue involves four high schools in one district, we need involvement and attendance from all of lacrosse: Capo District, youth lacrosse, private schools, etc.
Prior to the March 10 meeting, emails and letters need to be sent to the district (board members and superintendent). That information will follow in another email.
Although time is short, it may be helpful to form a steering committee to help organize (we did that in 2006 with the initial CIF drive). An ideal committee would include 1 or 2 representative(s) from each program from each school. Please reply back if you’re able to help and are involved with either boys or girls lacrosse at any of the four high schools.
Thank you!
Tim Redwine
Parent, Trabuco Hills High School Junior Girl

Orange County High School Lacrosse Alert: Email Saddleback Valley Unified School District To Support Lacrosse Programs At El Toro, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, And Trabuco Hills High Schools


To:  SVUSD Board of Directors/ High School Principals

To: Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Ginny Fay Aitkens
Don Sedgwick
Dore J. Gilbert
Nancy W. Kirkpatrick
Suzie R. Swartz
Trevor Geller
SVUSD – High School Principals

Board Members,

It has come to the attention of the Saddleback Valley Community that the status/ and or funding of C.I.F. lacrosse is in jeopardy of being eliminated throughout the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. This will have a devastating effect on hundreds of players, their families, fans, and upcoming lacrosse players.

We are asking you to:
• Not “Eliminate” Lacrosse from the Saddleback Valley Unified School District
• Not “Eliminate” Lacrosse funding from the Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Please consider:
• Lacrosse is considered to be America’s first sport, born of the North American Indian,
• Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States.
• Lacrosse carries large rosters allowing many HS men and women to participate
• Youth participation in the sport has grown over 500% since 1999 to nearly 250,000
• No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years
• There are now an estimated 200,000 high school players.
• Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last six years at the NCAA level
• There are more than 500 college club programs, including nearly 200 women’s teams that compete at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates level, giving many opportunities to lacrosse players
• Many former SVUSD lacrosse students have benefited from scholarships and opportunities to play in college.

Possible Solutions:
• Look for ways to cut expenses within the lacrosse budget (Competitive bids for field lining etc.)
• Take proportionately from each sanctioned sport distributing the budget burden out for the least impact.
• Consider the budget cuts that have impact on the least amount of SVUSD students and families.
• If you are not willing to have the other sports shoulder the budget crunch alongside lacrosse, please continue to sanction C.I.F. lacrosse and allow programs to self fund


The Undersigned



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