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US Lacrosse Adopts Strategic Plan for 2013-2015
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The following press release was issued by US Lacrosse during the second half of last week. BOTC's initial reading of this listing is motherhood-and-apple pie. Exactly where is the meat backing up the ideas being put forward? More commentary shortly.

BALTIMORE, Oct. 24, 2012 - US Lacrosse today released "US Lacrosse Strategic Plan 2013-15," a document outlining five areas of strategic priority and associated goals that will guide the operations of lacrosse's national governing body for the next three years. The US Lacrosse Board of Directors formally approved the strategic plan at its September meeting.

As detailed in the plan, US Lacrosse's areas of strategic priority and associated goals are:

Strategic priority: Enhance the quality of the lacrosse experience for participants.

Associated goals:
1. Promote and preserve game integrity and player safety.
2. Promote a positive sports culture and climate.
3. Empower and mobilize parents to promote US Lacrosse standards.
4. Utilize the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee as a key resource for improving safety and enjoyment of the game for players and fans.

Strategic priority: Strengthen access and opportunity for all.

Associated goals:
1. Develop, prioritize and establish strategies to increase participation for underrepresented and underserved individuals.
2. Develop cost-effective solutions for entry into the game.
3. Establish and implement a strategy to address capacity at all levels of lacrosse for access to and affordability of fields and facilities.

Strategic priority: Strengthen/modify US Lacrosse's structure/infrastructure to enhance the capacity to lead and serve.

Associated goals:
1. Develop and implement a regional structure.
2. Strengthen chapters.
3. Maximize volunteer/staff synergy.
4. Develop and implement strategies that promote collaborative efforts and US Lacrosse, its chapters and youth leagues to advocate, deliver and utilize US Lacrosse's programs and services.
5. Resolve the issue of a new national headquarters in a manner consistent with the strategic priorities of the organization.

Strategic priority: Strengthen and ensure long-term financial viability.

Associated goals:
1. Increase individual member value and increase market share.
2. Increase contributions from donors and grants.
3. Increase non-member sources of support.

Strategic priority: Elevate the visibility of the organization and sport.

Associated goals:
1. Develop and implement prioritized branding and sanctioning strategies for lacrosse events and programs.
2. Establish multi-faced public relations strategies to increase awareness of US Lacrosse and the sport of lacrosse.

"As a board, we're excited about the new strategic plan as it continues to move the fastest-growing sport in the nation forward with clear goals related to that growth," said Laura Hebert, chair of the US Lacrosse Board of Directors.

"US Lacrosse is pleased that participation in lacrosse continues to grow, and much of that growth is fueled by our operations," said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. "But our young organization must continue to provide growing leadership and resources to the national lacrosse community, and I believe this plan appropriately challenges us to make an even greater impact over the next three years."

The US Lacrosse Strategic Planning Committee, a diverse body of 10 individuals from eight states whose members work in different capacities in lacrosse, spent 18 months researching, developing and authoring the new strategic plan.

"I would like to thank the nine other members of the committee for their passion, time and effort in developing the US Lacrosse strategic plan," said Jim Landon, chair of the US Lacrosse Strategic Planning Committee. "We had a great group that brought numerous ideas to the table, provided insightful contributions from their diverse backgrounds, and who worked extremely well together to produce a challenging yet viable three-year roadmap for US Lacrosse."

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The following portion of this report certainly caught our eye on the initial reading :

Strategic priority: Enhance the quality of the lacrosse experience for participants.

Associated goals:
1. Promote and preserve game integrity and player safety.
2. Promote a positive sports culture and climate.
3. Empower and mobilize parents to promote US Lacrosse standards.
4. Utilize the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee as a key resource for improving safety and enjoyment of the game for players and fans.


BOTC's View : Certainly reviewing player safety would be a central issue on anyone's radar. However where is a more solid position on head protection for girls? Deeper contact regulations for boys?

As far as game integrity, what could be more important than guaranteeing age group compliance? What stance is US Lacrosse taking on finally crossing the player pass question? Nothing can possibly be more important to the integrity of the game than guaranteeing that the competition field actually matches the right aged-players with each other.

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BOTC is absolutely correct - there is nothing more important than getting kids to play agsinst kids their own age - this will solve some of the safety issues also.

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Are teams in this area Westchester/LI) aligning their teams with US Lacrosse age guidelines (U9, U11, etc.) or are the sticking with grade levels (3/4, 5/6, etc.)?If not aligning with age, why? It sounds like it will be confusing to have two different systems in a given region.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
BOTC is absolutely correct - there is nothing more important than getting kids to play agsinst kids their own age - this will solve some of the safety issues also.


I can not for the life of me understand why PAL LAx does not go to the same age based system with a book that its football program does. So tired of the shanninigans

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