The CONNY Board wishes the best to Mikey Schneider, a member of the Norwalk Junior Lacrosse club. Here is information about an appeal to support Mikey and his family:
From Jack Couch, CONNY Board member and Norwalk Junior Lacrosse Board member, and Coach Matt Corry:
Dear CONNY Lacrosse Community,
I'm writing to share upsetting news about a member of the Norwalk Junior Lacrosse community, Michael (Mikey) Schneider. Mikey, a 6th grader and dedicated NJrL laxer, was recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system.It's heartbreaking and devastating but Mike seems to be in good spirits and feeling ok...and if ever there were a family of scrappy, boisterous, loving fighters, it's the Schneider clan!!
His cancer has metastasized throughout his body and will be difficult to treat. Most important, though, his cancer is treatable, and there is no reason to believe that Mikey will not make a full recovery. But it will be a long, tough fight. The Schneider Family and those who love Mikey all feel lucky that he is alive and that there is hope. He is truly pain free and is his typical fun loving, goofy self.
Those who know Mikey are not surprised to learn, that in true Michael Schneider fashion, even his high risk cancer falls into the “Go Big or Go Home” category. His tumor is so large that it has actually pushed his liver into the other side of his body. His Oncology team can not believe he has been able to wrestle so intensively for the last four years, play soccer, play lacrosse for both Norwalk and the Maker A Wish Lax programs, and pursue all of his other activities. His wrestling nickname, “Magic Man” has actually become a self-fulfilling prophecy...as has his other wrestling nickname, “Chaos.” Michael never disappoints, right?!
If anyone can do this, it will be Mikey. As many of you know, Mikey never chooses the easy path and will always do things his own way, with a little Mikey swagger. We expect no difference here.
The Schneider Family can’t thank you all enough for the support, love and care you have already given to their family. #MikeyStrong will be the motto for all of us to use during the long fight ahead. #MikeyStrong will serve him well and serve as a reminder to us all about how tough and resilient Michael will be in his fight against cancer. One of Michael’s greatest strengths is that he will always try 200% to never let himself or anyone else down.
Go Fund Me Page
Let's all show our support for Mikey in his battle and consider even the smallest donation to help his family through this very difficult time. Here's a link to a Go Fund Me page that has been set up to support Mikey and the entire Schneider Family: https://www.gofundme.com/5f237d-mikeystrong
As Mikey's lacrosse coach for the last 6-7 years, this hits home and I am "all in" to help this wonderful young man in his fight. He is truly a joy to be around and I can't wait to get him back on the field after his battle is won. You will be hearing from me with updates and additional pleas for support. Please just click the link...perhaps you'll be inspired to help.
A group of disgruntled fathers from the CONNY-member Connecticut River Lacrosse Club, known as the Ticks, have formed a renegade Senior Boys team, recruiting players from multiple CONNY member programs. They currently are attempting to schedule games with CONNY teams, representing themselves falsely as in some way associated with the Ticks.
CONNY member programs approached to schedule games with a purported “Ticks” Senior Boys team should confirm that the opponent is a legitimate CRLC Ticks team. Games against renegade entities like this bogus “Ticks” team DO NOT COUNT for CONNY Tournament and All Stars qualification.
Further, participating in such games undermines the very foundation of CONNY’s core concept of community-based competition.
Allow sufficient time - 1 hr 15 mins or 1 hr 30 mins to complete a full game, less for running time games
If the game is cancelled, use the STATUS = CANCEL and never delete a game
For girls senior division games, indicate Full checking game or not in the game type
Lightning (and bantam) games are "small sided" 8v8 games. Make sure your teams are sized appropriately, and that you declare enough teams at the age group to support the 8v8 format. Note that CONNY fees are reduced (50%) versus the teams for full field 10v10 play. Also you may wish to add new fields to accommodate 8v8 play (so you can schedule on the same full sized field 2 8v8 games at the same time) If so, contact
to add more fields.
A new season is being planned - welcome to the 2018 CONNY season
If you are a contact for a CONNY program - President, Vice President, Treasurer, Manager, Scheduler or Coach, please register here We cannot use the information which is linked from other club sites to email so this is our primary means to get in contact with the programs.
If you haven't already seen it, the following link will take you to a terrific documentary video about the origins, history, growth, and future of both men's and women's lacrosse. It is well worth the fifty-five minutes it runs.
The documentary does, however, omit one fascinating detail. James Naismith, credited with inventing basketball while teaching at Springfield College, was a Canadian and a lacrosse player. Thus, it's not that lacrosse is a lot like basketball ... it's that basketball is a lot like lacrosse.
With a rise in reported concussions in youth sports over the past several years, the CONNY Board is working to educate Program Administrators, coaches, and parents on concussion awareness.
To that end, we have created a "Concussions Resources" page on this website (on the left hand menu). This page is designed to assist your team, town, school, or league in creating a concussion awareness program. The resources available will also help parents and coaches with diagnosis and action when a player gets hit in the head.
Thank you for addressing this highly relevant topic with your program coaches and parents.