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CONNY Tournament Lost and Found
06/22/2016
We have posted an itemized list of the articles left behind at this...
Katherine "Katy" Russell
06/10/2016
We regret to inform the CONNY membership of the passing of Katherine...
MLL Semifinal-Ball Boy Opportunity
04/05/2016
What does lacrosse mean to you? One simple question can ultimately...
CONNY Girls-Full Checking
03/23/2016
At the last CONNY meeting in the beginning of the month,...
CONNY/Play4theCure
03/09/2016
CONNY is proud to support the first CONNY/Play4theCure weekend....
AMERICA'S FIRST SPORT
05/15/2013
If you haven't already seen it, the following link will take...
US LACROSSE ISSUES STATEMENT ON RECRUITING
10/18/2012
BALTIMORE, Oct. 18, 2012 -- US Lacrosse today issued the following...
CONNY CONCUSSION RESOURCES
12/22/2011
With a rise in reported concussions in youth sports over the past...
 
CONNY Tournament Lost and Found

We have posted an itemized list of the articles left behind at this year's CONNY tournament in the Documents section of the website.  The file is in the 2016-2016 CONNY Tournament folder.


by posted 06/22/2016
Katherine "Katy" Russell

We regret to inform the CONNY membership of the passing of Katherine “Katy” Russell.  Katy passed away on June 10, 2016 surrounded by family and friends following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.   Katy Russell and her family have deep ties to CONNY.  All three of Katy’s sons, Rob, Matthew, and Kevin, played youth lacrosse for Madison and went on to star in high school, college and beyond.  Katy was  the volunteer Director of Madison Lacrosse, and her husband Bob has been a guiding force in CONNY, serving as long-time CONNY president and still maintaining an active role in our league.    We all hope to show Katy’s spirit at the CONNY tournament this weekend, remembering her mantra “Have Fun, Play Lacrosse”.   We hold the entire Russell family in our thoughts.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 14th at St. Margaret’s in Madison, CT at 11:00am.  A full obituary and service details can be found here.  ​In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of Katy’s desire to give back, you may make a memorial donation in the name of Katherine B. Russell to Fairfield College Preparatory School, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT  06824.  https://www.fairfieldprep.org/page.cfm?p=2767


by posted 06/10/2016
MLL Semifinal-Ball Boy Opportunity
What does lacrosse mean to you? One simple question can ultimately give eight kids the chance of a lifetime: the chance to be a part of a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Semi-Final Game.

MLL announced today an essay contest in conjunction with CONNY Youth Lacrosse (CONNY) that will give youth lacrosse players the opportunity to participate as a ball boy/girl during the 2016 Semi-Final Game at Rafferty Stadium at Fairfield University on Saturday, August 13.

“We’re excited to be working closely with CONNY again, on this Semi-Final Game and providing kids the opportunity through this essay contest to be part of the action so close to the field,” says MLL Commissioner David Gross.

The essay contest is open to all youth lacrosse players ages 12 and up. Those interested in the chance to join the playoff action must submit an essay of up to 500 words, double-spaced, answering the question, “What does lacrosse mean to you?” Jack Couch, Secretary of CONNY Lacrosse, will review the submitted essays and a selection committee will choose eight deserving winners.

The essay contest is open for both male and female lacrosse players.  Winners will be required to wear full protective equipment for safety: full padding equipment and helmets for males and goalie equipment and helmets for females.

If you are interested in participating in the contest, please submit your essay along with your name and a legal guardian’s name, email and phone number to  by Friday, June 3. The winners will be chosen and announced by Wednesday, June 15.

Tickets for the Semi-Final Game at Rafferty Stadium have officially gone on sale. To purchase individual or group tickets for the game, please visit the event page HERE.


by posted 04/05/2016
CONNY Girls-Full Checking

At the last CONNY meeting in the beginning of the month, the CONNY members voted on the girls rules for the season.  One of the topics was the full checking rule for Senior Girls.  Last year, all Senior girls games between Level 1 teams were played under full checking rules, and the decision was made at this year's meeting to include Level 2 teams for the 2016 season.    

However, we have received feedback from many programs that they don't feel they have enough time or resources to safely play under full checking rules this season.  While we feel strongly that this is a skill that should be taught to our players to prepare them for high school, we respect that programs may feel rushed to implement it for the beginning of the season.  As a result, we are rolling back the adoption of full checking for Senior level 2 teams to the rules used for 2015.  Full checking for level 2 teams can only be used if both teams elect to play by the full checking rules, notify each other in advance, and two adult certified officials are present.  

We hope that this alleviates the concern out there.  But we would also hope that programs realize they have an obligation to their players to include instruction on full checking as part of their curriculum at the senior level.  We will be sending out resources for teaching this skill to help support that development.  Also, we would encourage level 2 teams to aim to play one or two games (or more) under the full checking rules towards the end of the season, when players have been coached as to the proper technique and can perform the skill safely.  

We plan to have a more complete discussion regarding this rule at our fall CONNY meeting. 


by posted 03/23/2016
CONNY/Play4theCure

CONNY is proud to support the first CONNY/Play4theCure weekend.  We are encouraging all programs to hold a Play4theCure event over the weekend of May 14/15 (although any date works). Play4theCure is the sports fundraising arm of the National Foundation for Cancer Research, and 100% of the proceeds raised go directly towards funding cancer research.  To learn more about how you can participate, go to the Documents-2016 folder on the website.  To learn more about Play4theCure, click on this link:  http://www.nfcr.org/p4tc.  


by posted 03/09/2016
AMERICA'S FIRST SPORT
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.

http://vimeo.com/64675548

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.

Enjoy.
by posted 05/15/2013
US LACROSSE ISSUES STATEMENT ON RECRUITING

BALTIMORE, Oct. 18, 2012 -- US Lacrosse today issued the following statement on the complex nature of the collegiate recruting process for high school athletes:
Click here to read full statement

 
by Lisa Hurst posted 10/18/2012
CONNY CONCUSSION RESOURCES

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.


by posted 12/22/2011
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