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 byWednesday, 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.
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.
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.
A guide to the CONNY scheduling process has been posted in the Documents section of the website (in the CONNY How To folder). Please refer to this if you have questions about scheduler registration, team declarations or scheduling games on the CONNY website.
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.