CONNY/US Lax CEP LEVEL 1 Coaches Clinic March 15 - REGISTER NOW
CONNY requires US Lacrosse Coaches Education Program Level 1 or PCA Double Goal Coach training for all sideline coaches. These clinics offer a great opportunity to fulfill that CONNY requirement as the season gets going. The CEP Level 1 online course is great, but these hands-on clinics are even better, and are especially valuable for coaches who have also completed the online course. These clinics also count toward full US Lacrosse Level 1 Coaches Certification.
2014 CEPMen's and Womens Level 1 Clinic, Cheshire CT, March 15 March 15, 2014 - 8:30-4:30 Cheshire Academy
Cost: $50 for non-CONNY members and $30 for CONNY members
To register, click on the "register online" tab in the left margin menu on the CONNYlacrosse.org home page.
Administrators, DO NOT GET CAUGHT WITH UNTRAINED COACHES ON YOUR SIDELINES - YOU RISK CONNY SANCTIONS. SEND YOUR COACHES TO THESE CLINICS.
STX Recalls Shield Throat Protector Due to Laceration Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Recall Summary Name of Product: STX Shield throat protector
Hazard: The Shield Throat Protector can crack or break when struck by a lacrosse ball, posing a laceration hazard to the user.
Consumer Contact: STX toll-free at (888) 789-7894 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.stx.com and click on RECALL--Shield Throat Protector for more information.
Recall Details Units: About 4,000
Description: This recall involves the STX Shield throat protector. The throat protector is black and has the letters “STX” engraved on the outer surface of the protector. It has straps attached by silver screws on each side and bottom of the protector to attach it to a lacrosse goalie’s helmet below the helmet’s chin guard.
Incidents/Injuries: STX has received one report of the Shield throat protector breaking, resulting in reported bruising and lacerations to the user’s neck.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the Shield throat protector and contact STX and return the product for a full refund.
Sold at: Specialty sporting goods stores such as Athlete’s Connection, Commonwealth Lacrosse, Lacrosse Unlimited, Play It Again Sports, Sport Stop USA and Universal Lacrosse and online at www.LAX.com from September 2013 through February 2014 for about $20 to $25.
Importer/Distributor: STX, LLC of Baltimore, Md. Manufactured in: Taiwan
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.
CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.
Report an Unsafe Product
We are still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.
Additional Boxes: (These boxes in design, but not yet implemented):
In the future, CPSC plans to add automated safety tips and safety resource boxes to all recalls based on the high-level product category that this product falls in. Examples of high-level product categories are Toys, Baby Products, Sports Equipment, etc.
We still need quality action photos of CONNY teams in action in the 2013 season.
Please send your photos to
and be sure to indicate the names of the two teams playing and the division in which they compete. If it is a shot from the CONNY Tournament or other event, feel free to include that info a swell.
ONLY QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHS FEATURING TWO CONNY TEAMS WILL BE POSTED ON THE SITE.
BOYS teams in the Junior B (6th/7th) and Senior B (7/8 or 8th) divisions are invited to participate in the 9th Annual Danbury Youth Lacrosse Jamboree to be held at the Broadview Middle School in Danbury on Sunday, April 13th 2014.
The registration fee is $300.00 per team, which covers the expenses for “patched” referees, fields, lining, etc. All games will be played simultaneously on 1 turf and 2 grass fields.
Play will be 10 on 10, with each team playing 4 games. There will be no “take out” or heavy body checking allowed.
Seniors will begin play at 8am with the expectation of ending around 12pm. Juniors begin at 1pm with the expectation of ending by 5pm. All games will be 25 minutes running time, with a 5 minute break between games.
For more information please email Mike Gillotti at
The 2014 CONNYpostseason Tournaments and East-West All Stars Classic will take place as follows:
Saturday, May 31: U13 Junior Girls
Sunday, June 1: U15 Senior Girls
Saturday, June 7: U15 Senior Boys
Sunday, June 8: U13 Junior Boys
Saturday, June 14: U11 Lightning Girls & Boys and weather spare day
Sunday, June 15: CONNY East-West All Stars Classic and weather spare day
NOTE: This is a change from the schedule discussed at the January 16 Board of Directors Meeting, moving the U13 Junior Girls from June 14 to May 31 and the U11 Lightning Girls & Boys from May 31 to June 14.
The Glastonbury LaxFest is currently registering teams for this year's event. CONNY teams are encouraged to register. The event is a highly competitive youth lacrosse tournament featuring high level teams from Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.
Boys teams compete as Bantams (3rd and 4th graders), Juniors (5th and 6th graders) and Seniors (7th and 8th graders). The boys event fields an Elite (A) Division and a B Division. Teams will be matched accordingly. Last year well over 85 boys teams participated.
Girls teams compete as Juniors (5th and 6th graders) and Seniors (7th and 8th graders). Last year over 30 girls teams participated.
All games will consist of 25 minute running time games, with a 5 minute intermission between games, and all teams will be provided with a minimum of 4 games.
Junior B Division - Saturday May 3rd - 9:00AM – 1:00PM
2014 CONNY SCHEDULING TIMETABLE, PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES
The following are the timetable, procedures, and guidelines for scheduling and postseason event participation/seeding for the 2014 CONNY Lacrosse season.
TIMETABLE AND PROCEDURES
JANUARY 12, 2014
Due Date for Scheduling Contact Information and Team Profile and Competitive Tier Estimates – for every Senior, Junior, and Lightning team you anticipate entering in CONNY play. Please use the Excel spreadsheet form found in the "ABOUT CONNY - CONNY DOCUMENTS" section of this website, accessible via the vertical tabs on the left hand margin of the home page.
Please submit the required information electronically to
for boys and to
We will not keypunch data for 400 teams into the master spreadsheet. Use the form as provided so that compiling that spreadsheet will be a simple cut-and-paste process. Games scheduled with teams that have not submitted these forms will not be accepted for posting and confirmation on CONNYlacrosse.org.
Instructions for completing the required form—please read and follow carefully:
1. 2014 CONNY Team Profile Estimates: We realize that teams will not have been selected by early January. We do ask that members make good faith best estimates of their various teams’ composition by birth date and grade. Especially for the older age levels, this should be relatively easy based on 2013 rosters. Please fill in both birth date and grade information, regardless of how your team is organized. This information helps find appropriate match-ups during scheduling.
2. Competitive Tier Estimates: Please try to predict if your team will be in the top tier, middle tier, or bottom tier of all CONNY teams at the applicable age level. Please designate the tiers only as 1, 2, or 3, so that they can be sorted easily on the eventual master scheduling information spreadsheet. Use the “Comments” column for further qualification (e.g., “low Tier 1”) or other information.
3. 2014 CONNY Team Scheduling Contact Information: Add additional rows under each category/team as necessary to accommodate multiple contacts for one team. Please repeat the team name info if providing multiple contacts for the team. Otherwise, the form should be self-explanatory.
If you have any questions or comments about completing the form, please contact Trish Weber for girls (203-981-8409) or Jack Couch for boys (203-838-0232).
All the submitted Scheduling Contact Info and Team Profile and Competitive Tier Estimates will be compiled into a comprehensive scheduling information document and distributed to all designated scheduling contacts before the January 14, 2014 CONNY Board meeting.
Now until FEBRUARY 3 (Girls) or FEBRUARY 12 (Boys)—Preliminary Scheduling Period
Using the comprehensive scheduling information document, schedulers should seek to complete about two-thirds of their schedules before the Scheduling Scramble(s) in February. Member programs are encouraged to form informal, ad hoc “forums” with similar programs and/or teams to initiate this preliminary scheduling. These forums should be based on geographic location, as well as traditional rivalries, team organization principles (i.e., age-based or grade-based teams), or any other considerations that seem appropriate to the members. Forums should meet early in the scheduling process to exchange information and accomplish core scheduling before the CONNY Scheduling Scrambles. If there is interest, time can be made available for this purpose before or after the January 14 CONNY Board meeting.
TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 4—GIRLS SCHEDULING SCRAMBLE
This will be the time to fill in the remaining games on your schedules. There will be a brief CONNY Girls business meeting before the scramble.
TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 11—BOYS SCHEDULING SCRAMBLE
This will be the time to fill in the remaining games on your schedules. There will be a brief CONNY Boys business meeting before the scramble.
FEBRUARY 15 to APRIL 1—Post and Confirm Games on CONNYlacrosse.org
Teams formed subsequent to the original scheduling process due to unanticipated late registrations must submit their Team Profile and Competitive Tier Estimates to the Secretary, VP-Communication, and VP-Boys League Play for boys and VP-Girls League Play for girls before they can post and confirm games on the CONNYlacrosse.org.
APRIL 1—Start of Regular Season
Dues must be paid to the Treasurer by this date, or before teams play games that they want to count for CONNY Tournaments seeding, All-Star allocation, etc.
MAY 9—Last Day to Declare Teams for the CONNY Tournaments.
Member programs must declare irrevocably which of their teams will participate in the CONNY Tournaments. Along with that declaration, teams must submit CONNY Tournament rosters, actual team profiles based on those rosters, and final competitive tier estimates based on actual competitive experience. Use the same forms you used for your original profiles and tier estimates submitted in early January (attached). These profiles and estimates will be combined with game results for CONNY Tournaments pre-seeding and final bracket assignment. Failure to submit rosters, actual team profiles and final tier estimates will exclude a team from CONNY postseason events.
At the time they declare teams for participation in 2014 CONNY postseason tournaments, member programs must send a check to cover each team’s event and officials’ fees. Last minute cancelations and no-shows at the CONNY Tournaments cause major dislocations for organizers and other teams. Scrambles to compensate for these cancellations too often result in ugly mismatches. If a team withdraws after declaring for an event, or fails to show for the event, all fees will be forfeited and other penalties will be assessed against the team’s sponsoring program.
MAY TBD—CONNY Tournaments Pre-Seeding Meeting(s)
MAY 27, JUNE 2, & JUNE 9—CONNY Tournaments Seeding Nights (dates are subject to change; determined by final Tournaments schedule) Teams will receive their tournament schedules on or before the Thursday before they play.
SCHEDULING GUIDELINES AND CONSIDERATIONS
CONNY is an age-based league, in compliance with US Lacrosse Rules, but some member programs organize their teams around grade, rather than age. Most of these will be big programs that never changed from grade to age-based teams in 2008. These programs generally have enough players to field several single-grade teams at each level, so the maximum age spread of the players on each team is limited to the spread within a single grade, typically eighteen to twenty-four months. Smaller programs that cannot readily field single-grade teams often accomplish the same eighteen to twenty-four month age spread on the field by scheduling age-based opponents that share common twenty-four month birth windows (U15, U13, etc.).
Both CONNY Boys and CONNY Girls are sufficiently large and flexible to accommodate both age-based and grade-based organizing principles, while not changing the essence of the four-division, age-based format adopted in 2008. The following guidelines and requirements will help members schedule in this environment:
Because it is likely that there won’t be enough pure grade-based boys or girls teams to fill out full schedules for all such teams, especially under-squads, grade-based teams are permitted to schedule games against age-appropriate age-based opponents. (That information will be on the comprehensive Team Profile and Competitive Tier Estimate scheduling information document distributed to the membership and all scheduling contacts in early January.) Such games must be against teams in their actual age division (as determined by the birthdate of their oldest player) to count for CONNY Tournaments qualification for either team. Some grade-based teams may want to schedule scrimmages against age-based teams in the age division determined by the ages of the preponderance of their players, but this category of contests will not count for CONNY Tournaments qualification for either team (this should not present a problem given the low 7-game qualification threshold). In scheduling these scrimmages, great care must be taken, using birth date profiles and other information, to avoid unsafe disparities or mismatches. The Sportsmanship Committee and the Scheduling and Systems Committee will monitor game results for any pattern of mismatches, especially in games and scrimmages between age-based and grade-based teams.
In addition to age-based Tournaments brackets, again in 2014 CONNY boys and girls will provide separate brackets for 7th Grade Only and 5th Grade Only teams, assuming there is sufficient demand. In the likely event that members do not declare even multiples of four grade-based teams for each of these grades, excess single-grade teams will be placed into mixed brackets with age-based teams that match up appropriately with their birth-year profiles (e.g., a 7th grade team that is half U-15 eligible players will be placed in a U-15 bracket that matches up well with them by age). In these cases, the bracket seeding standard will be good matches, not age or grade orthodoxy.
For scrimmages between age-based and grade-based teams, the CONNY Rules of Play governing the younger/lower grade team will be in effect. The most salient issues here for the boys will be the different rules governing stick lengths and the number of long poles allowed at each level and the different body contact rules for U13 Juniors and U11 Lightnings.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about any of these procedures and guidelines, don’t hesitate to contact Trish Weber for girls at
or 203-981-8409, or for boys, Jack Couch at
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 an alarming rise in 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.