CONNY General Meeting - Boys Lightning Working Group - Please attend if interested
Phone Discussion:Friday 11/17 at 10am.
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The notes below summarize the work done so far by the working group. Feel free to join the call if you would like to make your views known to the working group.
We had a great meeting at Fairfield Prep on Thursday 11/9 which I will summarize below.
Overwhelming support to continue with small sided play. There was no discussion of moving to full field.
Consistency. We need to be clear with our communications and expectations for play at this level. There should not be any confusion about what rules apply at a CONNY Lightning game.
Tweaking of the rules. Several issues were touched on that could be addressed with some tweaking of thecurrent rules. A move to 8 v 8 (2-3-2 plus a goalie) has a lot of support. Greenwich and other programs have used this format in "house league" which addresses some of the issues people had with the 2017 7v7 configuration. GLE as the restraining line was also a major issue for many programs.
Referees. We need to be sure that we coordinate and enforce Lightning rules with WCLOA. We need an agreeable pricing model for refereeing games at this level. Some people have asked if using high school or junior refs is a solution here. It worked for the girls program.
Tiering and profiling of teams. This is simple and will save us all a lot of grief. We need to do profile and tier Lightning teams just like we do for Junior and Senior teams. For those not familiar, this declares the size of the team (Greenwich will have about 15 per team at this level), strength (tier 1, 2, or 3), and grade or age based (for those at Prep you know Greenwich will play grade based with age segmentation across our entire program in 2018).
Season ending tournament. This should remain small sided for consistency purposes. But, for those who want to play full field at the end of the year, they could declare this in their profile.
Program compliance. We need all of you as program heads (some are Presidents, some are VP boys, some are heads of Lightning, etc.) to own this. We can also lean on the CONNY board to help with compliance across our league. We have to get this right for the kids.
At the meeting it was agreed a small committee would convene to make a final recommendation to the CONNY Executive Committee. Here is a list of the volunteers. This is on top of the participants from the 5 programs (Fairfield, New Canaan, Wilton, Darien, & Greenwich) that had a preliminary discussion (all copied to this note). Below this note is the thread that summarizes the previous discussion and includes a table with Greenwich notes.
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.