- the information CONNY needs from the town site webmasters and schedulers
For each program the key items are:
1) update the google sheet for team declarations - used to determine billing to the towns, coach or scheduler email and strength of team
2) Maintain town officers on the CONNY 2019 contact list
3) Make sure the town League Athletic sites are updated with coach and team information, linked to CONNY and passing a roster (or just the coaches data) - making sure emails are roster or public availability to ensure they are usable on the CONNY site - this can be updated as rosters and coaches change
4) US Lacrosse set up for the towns to at least include all coaches and board members - this will increasingly be used to monitor background status (free for coaches in CONNY towns) and courses taken
5) Set up in CONNY for games - only put in games (girls senior should identify checking or non-checking) - practices / jamborees / Yale tournament should only be entered on the town website - all games should be entered only on CONNY - home team enters games, away confirms
6) Only cancel games - never DELETE games as this creates issues of synchronization with the refereeing assignment sites.
7) firstname.lastname@example.org has to create or change game sites, and assign scheduler roles to users
Notes from the meeting last night - my personal recollections and not the CONNY board's minutes... (David Pretlove)
Timing for the tournaments: (added Nov 7 2018)
June 1/2 - Senior Boys and Girls at Yale
June 1or 2 - Lightning Tournament probably at Trumbull
June 8/9 - Yale already have an event - we may be able to play All Star games this weekend but no tournament
June 15/16 - initially proposed the Junior Tournament this weekend, but other options have to be looked at as many at the meeting felt that kids would be lost to Summer programs if this was scheduled so late
1) Age segmentation was adopted for all levels from 6U to 14U.
2) Exceptions to the age policy will be treated more sympathetically than last year and with a goal for the review committee to respond more quickly (within a week?)
3) Based on the players skills and ages, programs should adopt the best team structure - some may stay age based (separate 14U / 13U teams in Seniors) or can use mixed teams within the division (joint 13U/14U perhaps with A and B levels) - large programs may do both potentially
Addressing Poor Behavior from coaches
Over the last few years when dealing with issues with coaches a strong correlation has been found with
Coaches who have not completed CONNY requirements for training and testing
Coaching sidelines having too many coaches (more than 3 or 4)
a) Coaches US Lacrosse Registration and Background checks
US Lacrosse will require background checks for all coaches as they renew / sign up for US Lacrosse. Data entry is about 5-10 minutes for the coach, and decisions rendered in 3-5 days. An appeal can be made if the result is unfavorable. Coaches have 10 days to complete background
Additional training "Safe Sports" will also become available via US Lacrosse
b) CONNY will work to improve compliance with the coaching requirements
Closer integration with US Lacrosse will support tracking that coaches truly have qualifications to coach and are in good standing with US Lacrosse
Rule changes to limit the number of coaches on a sideline will be introduced in CONNY meetings before the season begins
c) Ultimately individual programs need to ensure CONNY rules are followed
Make sure each program understands the CONNY rules for who can coach, and ensures that all coaches meet those requirements - from the first game of the season and not just before the CONNY tournament
Merger of Stratford and West Haven
Approved with a review in 2 years - greater than 75% attendees approved a bylaw exception to support this change.
CONTACT information - please keep CONNY up to date
CONNY constantly needs new blood on the Executive Committee and is looking for new officer nominations and volunteers. Send any such to Nominating Committee Chairman Bob Russell at
. You may also call him at (203) 640-1892 (mobile) if you have questions.
The Nominating Committee intends to present its slate of 2019 officers at the October 30 CONNY Board meeting.
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.
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.