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2021 CONNY Tournament
05/09/2021
All- We are pleased to announce that the registration for the...
Reminders for Game Cancellations/Referee Assignments
05/01/2021
When a game is cancelled, you have to cancel the game in CONNY not...
Bob Russell
04/22/2021
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing...
CONNY 2021 Player Age Eligibility Cutoff Dates
09/09/2019
In order to keep as many players as possible with their grade classmates,...
 
2021 CONNY Tournament

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We are pleased to announce that the registration for the CONNY Tournament is now open!

As posted on the CONNY Website - CONNY will facilitate brackets at the highest seed!

Please note in the registration there are additional questions for the 2021 Tournament. ​Due to the pandemic, it will not be held at Yale this year.

We are asking towns to fill in what field availability they have to host games the weekend of the 5/6th, or even the Semis during the week. Please note given the CIAC schedules - there may be referee limitations and times for brackets will need to be spread throughout the day. ​Ideally, higher seeded teams would be the host site if they could facilitate. 

Note: Tournament Registration requirements are suspended for the 2021 Tournament (no game minimums, distance requirement etc.)

Who

All CONNY Teams are welcome

What do you need to do

Register your teams that would like to play in the tournament - REGISTER HERE 

Make sure your Teams have done Score inputs into the your websites (We use this info for bracketing)

When: 

Registration is Open NOW!

Please register teams no later than Thursday May 13th - late registrations will be handled on a case by case basis.

When: 

 Cost - Referee Fees only - Your team should bring to the field - Each town in a bracket will cover Ref fees for 1 game.

Why is it important to register:

We all want to make sure the kids get competitive games and keep the spirit of the end of season tournament alive.

Help assist Assignors with the number of games to expect - to plan ahead for Referees

 

Any questions can be sent to 

Thank you,

CONNY Exec Committee

 

 


by posted 05/09/2021
Reminders for Game Cancellations/Referee Assignments

When a game is cancelled, you have to cancel the game in CONNY not delete it.  This ensures that the referee assignors do not assign a referee to a game that does not exist.  

When entering girls games into CONNY at the Senior level, you must note if the game is transitional or modified checking to ensure the proper assignment of referees.

Games should be confirmed 7 days prior and any changes to games within the 7 day window of time prior to the game must be sent to the following people:

Boys - Lewis Socci - connyassignor@gmail.com

Girls - Kim Jones - jones7588@sbcglobal.net

Notifications for referee assignments will be sent out automatically from Arbiter to the contact of your league at least two days prior to the game.  Reach out to Hillary Sigersmith (hsigermith@gmail.com) or Karen White (njlgirlslax@gmail.com) if you are not receiving the Arbiter communications.

If a game is cancelled after the referee has been assigned to your game, it is the coaches/program's responsibility to reach out to the referee and assignor and advise them of the cancellation.  Contact information for the referee is included in the Arbiter notification email. Assignors are included below.
 
Assignors email - 
Girls -Kim Jones - jones7588@sbcglobal.net

Boys - Lewis Socci - connyassignor@gmail.com

 
As a reminder to all girls teams, if you do not have an appropriate level adult referee assigned to a Senior game, and junior referees that have completed the 2021 Junior referee certification and were field trained can be assigned, the game is to be played as modified checking.
 
Any specific referee questions should be directed to the assignors.
 
Thank you,
CONNY Exec Committee

by posted 05/01/2021
Bob Russell

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Bob Russell.

Bob has been a key contributor to the CONNY organization over its 30 year history, and his love for the game of Lacrosse in Connecticut were unparalleled.

His obituary can be found linked here -> LINK

In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of Bob's desire to support his community, you may make a memorial donation in the name of Bob and Katy Russell to CONNY Lacrosse -> LINK


by posted 04/22/2021
CONNY 2021 Player Age Eligibility Cutoff Dates

In order to keep as many players as possible with their grade classmates, without compromising safety by encouraging too wide age spreads, the CONNY Board of Directors has moved the oldest birthday permitted for each year group from the September 1st to the July 1st preceding the season (except 14U Seniors for which the birthday eligibility date remains the March 1st preceding the season to accommodate very old-in-grade 8thgraders who would not otherwise have a place to play in the spring). Thus, the 2021 player segmentation birthday cutoff dates will be:

CONNY Age Division US Lax Age Designation Born On Or After:
Senior 14U 01-Mar-06
Senior 13U 01-Jul-07
Junior 12U 01-Jul-08
Junior 11U 01-Jul-09
Lightning 10U 01-Jul-10
Lightning 9U 01-Jul-11
Bantam 8U – 6U 01-Jul-12

All teams are organized by birth year, with single birth year teams strongly preferred. Where numbers or other circumstances don’t allow that, two birth year combined teams are permitted within a CONNY Age Division (e.g. Junior, Senior).

Background: As strongly recommended by US Lacrosse, our sport’s National Governing Body, CONNY competitive divisions have been organized since 2017 by birth year (with an explicit or implicit grade consideration). CONNY has used the US Lacrosse recommended birthday cutoff of the September 1st preceding the season (except for the 14U March 1 exception). 

US Lacrosse’s recommendation to organize activity by birth year results from extensive research by its Science & Safety Committee which determined that excessive age spreads in contests and practices increase risk of injury and compromise player development. Further analysis revealed that in much of the country a single grade sometimes contained a birthday range of up to thirty months, and that birthday spreads within a grade were increasing. Nevertheless, recognizing that keeping as many children as possible together with their grade classmates is a significant social benefit, US Lacrosse chose the September 1 preceding the season as the birth year cutoff date to mirror August and September kindergarten entrance dates (date on which a child is age 5 or older) prevalent across most of the country. 

However, in Connecticut the kindergarten entrance date is January 1 of the school year…the only state with such a late entrance date. As a result, many Connecticut parents whose children would enter kindergarten as four year olds or young five year olds hold their children back until the next school year. This is especially a consideration if they believe they might later move somewhere with a more conventional entrance date, making their child by far the youngest in their grade. Due to this and other factors, Connecticut has perhaps the highest percentage of old-in-grade students in the nation. For CONNY, that means that such held back children must play with the next higher grade, though the Eligibility Committee does have an appeals process for such cases. Such appeals petitions have been numerous and often contentious over the last three years. 

Therefore, the CONNY Board of Directors asked the Eligibility Committee to determine if a different birthday cutoff date would keep as many players as possible with their grade classmates without compromising safety by creating too wide age spreads.

Analysis and Action:The Eligibility Committee analyzed all appeals petitions from 2019 and earlier seasons and numerous team rosters to determine if another birthday cutoff date might better meet the CONNY schedule and conditions. They discovered that a cutoff date of July 1 preceding the season would eliminate virtually all appeals and allow almost all children to play with their grade classmates. July 1 has the additional benefit of coming after the end of the CONNY spring season. Therefore, the Eligibility Committee recommended, and the Executive Committee unanimously approved, moving the birthday cutoff date to the July 1 preceding the season. 


by posted 09/09/2019
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