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In the lax-crazy scholastic sports scene of the high-end Washington D.C. market, a game between Landon School and Georgetown Prep is essentially 'Skins vs. Cowboys, except with more people named Topper. They're two of the fancy-pantsiest all-boys secondary schools in the area, and their athletic rivalry offers a good bellwether for the rest of the sports-playing local gentry. Which is why it was interesting to see how both the Washington Post and the Montgomery Gazette framed this year's matchup —as a birthday party for a Prep star. He had just turned 19.

The lede of the Gazette's write-up:

Georgetown Preparatory School boys' lacrosse player Charlie Horning couldn't have asked for a better birthday present: a win over rival and fellow national power Landon.

Playing on his 19th birthday, the senior attackman scored three goals—including the game-tying score late in the fourth quarter—to lead the Little Hoyas (11-0) to a 9-7 win over the Bears (9-2) Friday in North Bethesda.
Nineteen used to be more an age for college kids, but anecdotal evidence abounds that private school students are being held back a grade, or redshirted, a whole lot more than they used to be. It's so commonplace now that the parents of prep athletes have come up with a new word, free of any unseemly connotations, to describe the practice. Bluebloods, it turns out, don't "redshirt" their kids; they "reclassify" them.

Whatever the term, it seems that every athlete from Landon or Georgetown Prep who makes the news these days is a little older than you might think. The Maryland gubernatorial campaign of Doug Gansler, for example, was derailed by a scandal in which the candidate, then and now serving as the state's attorney general, was photographed at a Landon beach week party where all the kids were drinking booze and he was doing nothing to stop the illicit imbibing. Gansler's excuse was that he'd dropped by the bash looking for his 19-year-old son, a fresh Landon grad and Penn lacrosse commit. Landon's lacrosse squad got publicity of a nicer sort when two of its players, Sam Offutt and Ryan Pride, each verbally committed to play for an NCAA powerhouse, the University of Virginia, before their freshman seasons. (You may remember Pride as the player bullied via email by Cabell Maddux, coach of the influential MadLax lacrosse club. Maddux, upset that Ryan had transferred to another club, threatened to get him blackballed among college recruiters.) Both are redshirts.

In the D.C. area, and essentially every school district, students have only eight semesters from their first day of high school to use up their athletic eligibility, so all redshirting takes place before ninth grade. In public schools, where taxpayers are footing the tuition bill, students generally are not allowed to repeat a grade without a valid medical reason or utter academic failure. At private preps, where the parents pay, the rules are a bit … lax.

"It used to be if you got held back, it was a scarlet letter, something you would never want," one Bethesda lacrosse parent told me. "Now, it's being done as a badge of honor."

This parent, who requested anonymity because he fears retribution from the lacrosse and prep school communities against his middle-school-aged son, attributes what he sees as a boom in rich-kid redshirting to the publication of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. The buzzy 2008 bestseller featured a section on what's known as the relative-age effect, describing how advantages tend to accrue to the oldest kids on youth hockey teams.

In hockey, and most kids' sports, teams and leagues are organized by year of birth; Gladwell's book purported to show that a disproportionate number of successful hockey players were born in the first few months of the year. But many top lacrosse camps, including Madlax, group so-called "select" teams by the players' projected high school graduation year. That scheme encourages redshirting. Held-back players are guaranteed to be older than their non-redshirted campmates, and thus, the thinking goes, they enjoy better odds of making the select squads, which means better coaching, which means better exposure to college recruiters, which means a better shot at winning an athletic scholarship. A redshirt also has a greater chance of gaining admission to, say, an Ivy League school because of the weight given sports extracurriculars.

To get those potential payoffs, moms and dads have to gamble an extra year of private school tuition. At Landon, which goes from third through 12th grades, that bet costs from $34,061 to $35,159. Lots of folks are taking that action. The anonymous parent briefly considered redshirting his boy after learning that half the incoming eighth-graders at Landon, where the kid hopes to someday play varsity lacrosse, were "holdbacks." (Landon spokesperson Meredith Josef would not confirm or deny that redshirt ratio, citing "students' privacy.") Ultimately, the parent opted instead to explain to his son that if he wants to make the team, he'll just have to try harder than the older boys.

"There's no social reason, emotional reason, or academic reason they're [redshirting]," the parent says. "It's to have an advantage physically over everybody else. It's institutionalized cheating, and it's everywhere, and the thing that's troubling is everybody's closing their eyes."

Landon, meanwhile, could excuse its riding the hold-back wave as simply an attempt to keep up with its rivals in the D.C. area. Take Georgetown Prep's lacrosse team. It's coached by Kevin Giblin, the only lax coach the Little Hoyas have ever had, and his record is fabulous. Last year's Prep lacrosse media guide—yes, the team has its own media guide—boasts that Giblin's teams teams have been ranked in the national top 25 in every season since 1998 but one; the school's teams also claim three national titles in that span.

Georgetown Prep goes from grades nine through 12, so there's no redshirting there. Giblin's day job, though, is as assistant headmaster at Mater Dei School, a fancy grammar and middle school in Bethesda. Mater Dei is best known for being an athletic factory that has long fed the programs at area Catholic schools, mainly Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga, another all-boy sports powerhouse in the nation's capital. You might say that Prep is just outsourcing its reclassifications, with Giblin overseeing the operation.

Mater Dei is viewed by many schoolboy sports observers as the epicenter of the hold-'em back boom. In basketball, recent stars for its middle school team include Nate Britt, Kris Jenkins, and D.J. Fenner, who were classmates and hoops teammates; all were redshirted at Mater Dei. Chase Plebani, currently a freshman pitcher at Davidson College, remembers his middle school days at Sidwell Friends School, a D.C. prep known more for academics than athletics, as a time of getting smeared by that trio of Mater Dei manchildren.

"In eighth grade, our basketball team lost one game: to Mater Dei, who beat us by 40," says Plebani. "I remember right after the opening tip, Jenkins had a put-back slam dunk. There was nobody on Sidwell who seemed as physically mature as anybody on their team.

"The joke was Mater Dei had a student parking lot."

Britt, Jenkins, and Fenner all moved on from Mater Dei to play for Gonzaga. Britt was named Gatorade's high school player of the year for Washington D.C. as a junior in 2012, and was the starting point guard for North Carolina last season. Kris Jenkins won the same award in 2013 as a senior and started for Villanova this season. Fenner eventually transferred out and moved to Seattle (where his father, nine-year NFL running back Derrick Fenner, once played for the Seahawks) and was named the state of Washington's 2013 player of the year his senior year. He's now playing for the University of Nevada.

Notable Mater Dei/Georgetown Prep athletic alums, meanwhile, include Andrew Phillips, an offensive lineman who blocked for Andrew Luck at Stanford, and Marcus Mason, a running back who has had stints with four NFL teams. Both graduated high school behind the class their birthday called for.

Mater Dei's reputation is such that it's noted matter-of-factly on UrbanDictionary, of all places:

Mater Dei: Catholic school that goes from 1-8 grade and is very concerned about their sports situation. They hold kids back just to play for them another year, making them a football, wrestling, basketball and lacrosse powerhouse. They sorta [lacrosse] everyone off.
Ned Williams, headmaster of Mater Dei, says he's aware of the "perception" that redshirting is used at his school to promote sports dominance. He argues that the image is inaccurate, though, and blames the reputation on parents of kids from rival schools who are unhappy that "our teams are good." Williams says that "maybe four or five" out of the 20 members of this year's class of first-graders are repeating the grade. He declined, however, to provide numbers for eighth-graders overall, or for the current Mater Dei lacrosse team. Regardless of the figure, he insists that sports played no role in determining whether any student would repeat a grade.

"We're certainly not holding kids back for athletics," he says. "People do it for the kids. It's an academic decision. In first grade, Nostradamus couldn't figure out if they're going to be a lacrosse player. We don't time them in the 40 or do a bench-press test [before making a redshirting decision]. "

Williams, son of legendary D.C. attorney and former Baltimore Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams, is himself a Mater Dei alum. Asked if he was held back, Williams says he repeated first grade in the 1960s. "I couldn't read," he says.

Ryan Norton makes a wonderful case for the Mater Dei way. Held back in first grade at Mater Dei, he says the perks of his reclassification didn't take root until high school, since so many of his peers were similarly old-for-grade. He agrees with those who think holding back kids for sports is wrong, but admits that there's a physical bonus to being older, and calls athletic superiority a salutary "side effect" of reclassification. In his senior year at Georgetown Prep, he was captain of the football and lacrosse teams, and as a laxer was named to the all-county, all-state, and Washington Post All-Met teams. He says that the maturity that came with his advanced age left him less susceptible to peer pressure—"You don't care as much what people think," he says—and gave him a built-in leadership quality. "You look up to the older kids," he says.

Advantages or no, it's important to remember that parents of first-through-eighth-graders, not the kids, are the ones making the redshirt decisions. Norton took the hand he was dealt and made the most out of it. He played on Mater Dei's dynastic Britt/Jenkins/Fenner basketball squad in eighth grade and says he was just one of eight kids on the roster who ended up in D-1 athletics (three hoops, five lacrosse). Norton's now a defenseman for Harvard. And he'll tell anybody who asks that his athletic prowess helped get him to Cambridge, as it would help any kid trying to get into an elite college.

"Being smart isn't enough all the time to get you into Harvard," Norton says.

For all the potential pluses of redshirting parents might glean from Outliers, there's also research that shows holding back kids can have lousy consequences off the playing fields. A study published in 1997 titled "Increased Behavior Problems Associated With Delayed School Entry and Delayed School Progress" found that there were, um, "increased rates of behavior problems" associated with "old-for-grade" students who'd been held back. (The baddest of the old-for-school lot: George Huguely V, a Mater Dei alum and Landon lacrosse captain, who went on to become D.C.'s version of the Preppy Murderer when he bludgeoned an ex-girlfriend to death at UVa. Consider him something of an outlier, though.)

U.S. Lacrosse, the nation's largest youth lacrosse sanctioning body, is doing what it can to stem the tide. The folks at USL spotted a national surge in redshirting several years ago (but only for boys. "I haven't heard of it" for girls, says USL spokesman Paul Ohanian). In 2009, in response to "safety and fairness" concerns, USL published official recommendations that all youth teams and tournaments be based on age, not graduating class. But, Ohanian says, recent tales of ninth- and 10th-grade redshirts making verbal commitments to play for NCAA lacrosse powers resonate more with parents than do the USL's guidelines, and have mitigated the group's efforts.

Redshirting "is relatively new to the lacrosse landscape," Ohanian says. "As our sport gains exposure, we're seeing more of these same elements that football and basketball were dealing with now coming into lacrosse. Our role is to tell parents this isn't the best process. If you're good enough to play in college, you're going to play in college."

For now the redshirts are winning out. As of the week of April 28, Georgetown Prep has the No. 1 lacrosse team in the nation and also tops the D.C. area poll, followed by Gonzaga and Landon. And, according to the headmaster, Mater Dei's middle-school team is undefeated.

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In the lax-crazy scholastic sports scene of the high-end Washington D.C. market, a game between Landon School and Georgetown Prep is essentially 'Skins vs. Cowboys, except with more people named Topper. They're two of the fancy-pantsiest all-boys secondary schools in the area, and their athletic rivalry offers a good bellwether for the rest of the sports-playing local gentry. Which is why it was interesting to see how both the Washington Post and the Montgomery Gazette framed this year's matchup —as a birthday party for a Prep star. He had just turned 19.

The lede of the Gazette's write-up:

Georgetown Preparatory School boys' lacrosse player Charlie Horning couldn't have asked for a better birthday present: a win over rival and fellow national power Landon.

Playing on his 19th birthday, the senior attackman scored three goals—including the game-tying score late in the fourth quarter—to lead the Little Hoyas (11-0) to a 9-7 win over the Bears (9-2) Friday in North Bethesda.
Nineteen used to be more an age for college kids, but anecdotal evidence abounds that private school students are being held back a grade, or redshirted, a whole lot more than they used to be. It's so commonplace now that the parents of prep athletes have come up with a new word, free of any unseemly connotations, to describe the practice. Bluebloods, it turns out, don't "redshirt" their kids; they "reclassify" them.

Whatever the term, it seems that every athlete from Landon or Georgetown Prep who makes the news these days is a little older than you might think. The Maryland gubernatorial campaign of Doug Gansler, for example, was derailed by a scandal in which the candidate, then and now serving as the state's attorney general, was photographed at a Landon beach week party where all the kids were drinking booze and he was doing nothing to stop the illicit imbibing. Gansler's excuse was that he'd dropped by the bash looking for his 19-year-old son, a fresh Landon grad and Penn lacrosse commit. Landon's lacrosse squad got publicity of a nicer sort when two of its players, Sam Offutt and Ryan Pride, each verbally committed to play for an NCAA powerhouse, the University of Virginia, before their freshman seasons. (You may remember Pride as the player bullied via email by Cabell Maddux, coach of the influential MadLax lacrosse club. Maddux, upset that Ryan had transferred to another club, threatened to get him blackballed among college recruiters.) Both are redshirts.

In the D.C. area, and essentially every school district, students have only eight semesters from their first day of high school to use up their athletic eligibility, so all redshirting takes place before ninth grade. In public schools, where taxpayers are footing the tuition bill, students generally are not allowed to repeat a grade without a valid medical reason or utter academic failure. At private preps, where the parents pay, the rules are a bit … lax.

"It used to be if you got held back, it was a scarlet letter, something you would never want," one Bethesda lacrosse parent told me. "Now, it's being done as a badge of honor."

This parent, who requested anonymity because he fears retribution from the lacrosse and prep school communities against his middle-school-aged son, attributes what he sees as a boom in rich-kid redshirting to the publication of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. The buzzy 2008 bestseller featured a section on what's known as the relative-age effect, describing how advantages tend to accrue to the oldest kids on youth hockey teams.

In hockey, and most kids' sports, teams and leagues are organized by year of birth; Gladwell's book purported to show that a disproportionate number of successful hockey players were born in the first few months of the year. But many top lacrosse camps, including Madlax, group so-called "select" teams by the players' projected high school graduation year. That scheme encourages redshirting. Held-back players are guaranteed to be older than their non-redshirted campmates, and thus, the thinking goes, they enjoy better odds of making the select squads, which means better coaching, which means better exposure to college recruiters, which means a better shot at winning an athletic scholarship. A redshirt also has a greater chance of gaining admission to, say, an Ivy League school because of the weight given sports extracurriculars.

To get those potential payoffs, moms and dads have to gamble an extra year of private school tuition. At Landon, which goes from third through 12th grades, that bet costs from $34,061 to $35,159. Lots of folks are taking that action. The anonymous parent briefly considered redshirting his boy after learning that half the incoming eighth-graders at Landon, where the kid hopes to someday play varsity lacrosse, were "holdbacks." (Landon spokesperson Meredith Josef would not confirm or deny that redshirt ratio, citing "students' privacy.") Ultimately, the parent opted instead to explain to his son that if he wants to make the team, he'll just have to try harder than the older boys.

"There's no social reason, emotional reason, or academic reason they're [redshirting]," the parent says. "It's to have an advantage physically over everybody else. It's institutionalized cheating, and it's everywhere, and the thing that's troubling is everybody's closing their eyes."

Landon, meanwhile, could excuse its riding the hold-back wave as simply an attempt to keep up with its rivals in the D.C. area. Take Georgetown Prep's lacrosse team. It's coached by Kevin Giblin, the only lax coach the Little Hoyas have ever had, and his record is fabulous. Last year's Prep lacrosse media guide—yes, the team has its own media guide—boasts that Giblin's teams teams have been ranked in the national top 25 in every season since 1998 but one; the school's teams also claim three national titles in that span.

Georgetown Prep goes from grades nine through 12, so there's no redshirting there. Giblin's day job, though, is as assistant headmaster at Mater Dei School, a fancy grammar and middle school in Bethesda. Mater Dei is best known for being an athletic factory that has long fed the programs at area Catholic schools, mainly Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga, another all-boy sports powerhouse in the nation's capital. You might say that Prep is just outsourcing its reclassifications, with Giblin overseeing the operation.

Mater Dei is viewed by many schoolboy sports observers as the epicenter of the hold-'em back boom. In basketball, recent stars for its middle school team include Nate Britt, Kris Jenkins, and D.J. Fenner, who were classmates and hoops teammates; all were redshirted at Mater Dei. Chase Plebani, currently a freshman pitcher at Davidson College, remembers his middle school days at Sidwell Friends School, a D.C. prep known more for academics than athletics, as a time of getting smeared by that trio of Mater Dei manchildren.

"In eighth grade, our basketball team lost one game: to Mater Dei, who beat us by 40," says Plebani. "I remember right after the opening tip, Jenkins had a put-back slam dunk. There was nobody on Sidwell who seemed as physically mature as anybody on their team.

"The joke was Mater Dei had a student parking lot."

Britt, Jenkins, and Fenner all moved on from Mater Dei to play for Gonzaga. Britt was named Gatorade's high school player of the year for Washington D.C. as a junior in 2012, and was the starting point guard for North Carolina last season. Kris Jenkins won the same award in 2013 as a senior and started for Villanova this season. Fenner eventually transferred out and moved to Seattle (where his father, nine-year NFL running back Derrick Fenner, once played for the Seahawks) and was named the state of Washington's 2013 player of the year his senior year. He's now playing for the University of Nevada.

Notable Mater Dei/Georgetown Prep athletic alums, meanwhile, include Andrew Phillips, an offensive lineman who blocked for Andrew Luck at Stanford, and Marcus Mason, a running back who has had stints with four NFL teams. Both graduated high school behind the class their birthday called for.

Mater Dei's reputation is such that it's noted matter-of-factly on UrbanDictionary, of all places:

Mater Dei: Catholic school that goes from 1-8 grade and is very concerned about their sports situation. They hold kids back just to play for them another year, making them a football, wrestling, basketball and lacrosse powerhouse. They sorta [lacrosse] everyone off.
Ned Williams, headmaster of Mater Dei, says he's aware of the "perception" that redshirting is used at his school to promote sports dominance. He argues that the image is inaccurate, though, and blames the reputation on parents of kids from rival schools who are unhappy that "our teams are good." Williams says that "maybe four or five" out of the 20 members of this year's class of first-graders are repeating the grade. He declined, however, to provide numbers for eighth-graders overall, or for the current Mater Dei lacrosse team. Regardless of the figure, he insists that sports played no role in determining whether any student would repeat a grade.

"We're certainly not holding kids back for athletics," he says. "People do it for the kids. It's an academic decision. In first grade, Nostradamus couldn't figure out if they're going to be a lacrosse player. We don't time them in the 40 or do a bench-press test [before making a redshirting decision]. "

Williams, son of legendary D.C. attorney and former Baltimore Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams, is himself a Mater Dei alum. Asked if he was held back, Williams says he repeated first grade in the 1960s. "I couldn't read," he says.

Ryan Norton makes a wonderful case for the Mater Dei way. Held back in first grade at Mater Dei, he says the perks of his reclassification didn't take root until high school, since so many of his peers were similarly old-for-grade. He agrees with those who think holding back kids for sports is wrong, but admits that there's a physical bonus to being older, and calls athletic superiority a salutary "side effect" of reclassification. In his senior year at Georgetown Prep, he was captain of the football and lacrosse teams, and as a laxer was named to the all-county, all-state, and Washington Post All-Met teams. He says that the maturity that came with his advanced age left him less susceptible to peer pressure—"You don't care as much what people think," he says—and gave him a built-in leadership quality. "You look up to the older kids," he says.

Advantages or no, it's important to remember that parents of first-through-eighth-graders, not the kids, are the ones making the redshirt decisions. Norton took the hand he was dealt and made the most out of it. He played on Mater Dei's dynastic Britt/Jenkins/Fenner basketball squad in eighth grade and says he was just one of eight kids on the roster who ended up in D-1 athletics (three hoops, five lacrosse). Norton's now a defenseman for Harvard. And he'll tell anybody who asks that his athletic prowess helped get him to Cambridge, as it would help any kid trying to get into an elite college.

"Being smart isn't enough all the time to get you into Harvard," Norton says.

For all the potential pluses of redshirting parents might glean from Outliers, there's also research that shows holding back kids can have lousy consequences off the playing fields. A study published in 1997 titled "Increased Behavior Problems Associated With Delayed School Entry and Delayed School Progress" found that there were, um, "increased rates of behavior problems" associated with "old-for-grade" students who'd been held back. (The baddest of the old-for-school lot: George Huguely V, a Mater Dei alum and Landon lacrosse captain, who went on to become D.C.'s version of the Preppy Murderer when he bludgeoned an ex-girlfriend to death at UVa. Consider him something of an outlier, though.)

U.S. Lacrosse, the nation's largest youth lacrosse sanctioning body, is doing what it can to stem the tide. The folks at USL spotted a national surge in redshirting several years ago (but only for boys. "I haven't heard of it" for girls, says USL spokesman Paul Ohanian). In 2009, in response to "safety and fairness" concerns, USL published official recommendations that all youth teams and tournaments be based on age, not graduating class. But, Ohanian says, recent tales of ninth- and 10th-grade redshirts making verbal commitments to play for NCAA lacrosse powers resonate more with parents than do the USL's guidelines, and have mitigated the group's efforts.

Redshirting "is relatively new to the lacrosse landscape," Ohanian says. "As our sport gains exposure, we're seeing more of these same elements that football and basketball were dealing with now coming into lacrosse. Our role is to tell parents this isn't the best process. If you're good enough to play in college, you're going to play in college."

For now the redshirts are winning out. As of the week of April 28, Georgetown Prep has the No. 1 lacrosse team in the nation and also tops the D.C. area poll, followed by Gonzaga and Landon. And, according to the headmaster, Mater Dei's middle-school team is undefeated.


Now these yellow bellied cheaters are doing it on an institutional level. So sad. Gee and we all thought that G-Prep just practiced harder than all the LI teams. What a bunch of miscreants that can't even compete against kids there own age. Imagine if St A's and Cham had more than half their kids held back? Please, when is USL going to step up and deny insurance for non age based events?

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Hey LI loser. Just because you can't compete with the Balt Wash area athletes is no reason to get your panties in a bunch.I know the schools and the kids mentioned in the articles. If the kids were held back it was done before first grade. So it wasn't done because they were lacrosse players unlike so many of your kids who do a pg year. Also bottom rat, the author quoted the urban dictionary. If you look up lacrosse dad from LI who posts on a lacrosse blog in the urban dictionary you will read a definition which says, little fat guy (usually italian) who never played a sport but tells everyone he did, whose sons try to play lacrosse and is bitter for the rest of his life because inside lacrosse and laxpower never rank their teams as high as the much better teams from Balt and Wash. If it is not in the urban dictionary, I will make sure i put it in there right after i hit the submit button. I can do that in case you didn't know because anyone can do that in urban dictionary. and stop writing bs in the blogs and hit the gym.

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Hey LI loser. Just because you can't compete with the Balt Wash area athletes is no reason to get your panties in a bunch.I know the schools and the kids mentioned in the articles. If the kids were held back it was done before first grade. So it wasn't done because they were lacrosse players unlike so many of your kids who do a pg year. Also bottom rat, the author quoted the urban dictionary. If you look up lacrosse dad from LI who posts on a lacrosse blog in the urban dictionary you will read a definition which says, little fat guy (usually italian) who never played a sport but tells everyone he did, whose sons try to play lacrosse and is bitter for the rest of his life because inside lacrosse and laxpower never rank their teams as high as the much better teams from Balt and Wash. If it is not in the urban dictionary, I will make sure i put it in there right after i hit the submit button. I can do that in case you didn't know because anyone can do that in urban dictionary. and stop writing bs in the blogs and hit the gym.


Sounds like the article touched a raw nerve for somebody. I would have to imagine you are one of the parents referenced (really criticized) in the article. Hopefully your kid will play college ball and it will have been worth leaving him back because the article suggests otherwise.

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Hey LI loser. Just because you can't compete with the Balt Wash area athletes is no reason to get your panties in a bunch.I know the schools and the kids mentioned in the articles. If the kids were held back it was done before first grade. So it wasn't done because they were lacrosse players unlike so many of your kids who do a pg year. Also bottom rat, the author quoted the urban dictionary. If you look up lacrosse dad from LI who posts on a lacrosse blog in the urban dictionary you will read a definition which says, little fat guy (usually italian) who never played a sport but tells everyone he did, whose sons try to play lacrosse and is bitter for the rest of his life because inside lacrosse and laxpower never rank their teams as high as the much better teams from Balt and Wash. If it is not in the urban dictionary, I will make sure i put it in there right after i hit the submit button. I can do that in case you didn't know because anyone can do that in urban dictionary. and stop writing bs in the blogs and hit the gym.


Hey wanna be blue blood racist [lacrosse], yeah you. What are you the Donald Sterling of lacrosse? Can you count? The article said half the kids are 19. Your kids aren't any better, they just couldn't compete with our kids that are 17 as seniors in HS. So you held them back, knowing full well you were gaming the system. By the way racist, your posts aren't as Anonymous as might think...

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And packing boxes in the warehouse at lax.com.

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Isn't Manziel a 21 year old Sophomore?

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Hey LI loser. Just because you can't compete with the Balt Wash area athletes is no reason to get your panties in a bunch.I know the schools and the kids mentioned in the articles. If the kids were held back it was done before first grade. So it wasn't done because they were lacrosse players unlike so many of your kids who do a pg year. Also bottom rat, the author quoted the urban dictionary. If you look up lacrosse dad from LI who posts on a lacrosse blog in the urban dictionary you will read a definition which says, little fat guy (usually italian) who never played a sport but tells everyone he did, whose sons try to play lacrosse and is bitter for the rest of his life because inside lacrosse and laxpower never rank their teams as high as the much better teams from Balt and Wash. If it is not in the urban dictionary, I will make sure i put it in there right after i hit the submit button. I can do that in case you didn't know because anyone can do that in urban dictionary. and stop writing bs in the blogs and hit the gym.


I take offense to this - you've overlook us short fat long island Irish guys who also never played anything except stickball in the streets of Queens and Brooklyn. 2nd Manhole cover is a home run.

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Hey LI loser. Just because you can't compete with the Balt Wash area athletes is no reason to get your panties in a bunch.I know the schools and the kids mentioned in the articles. If the kids were held back it was done before first grade. So it wasn't done because they were lacrosse players unlike so many of your kids who do a pg year. Also bottom rat, the author quoted the urban dictionary. If you look up lacrosse dad from LI who posts on a lacrosse blog in the urban dictionary you will read a definition which says, little fat guy (usually italian) who never played a sport but tells everyone he did, whose sons try to play lacrosse and is bitter for the rest of his life because inside lacrosse and laxpower never rank their teams as high as the much better teams from Balt and Wash. If it is not in the urban dictionary, I will make sure i put it in there right after i hit the submit button. I can do that in case you didn't know because anyone can do that in urban dictionary. and stop writing bs in the blogs and hit the gym.


This Long Island loser has a true 14 yo 2017 son who is committed to a top 5 D-1 program. No cheating needed. No "reclassified" status...and he regularly kicks [lacrosse] at every Maryland tourney and is taking name for this summer's [lacrosse] kicking to come!!! And we aren't Italian. Imagine that?

Allow me to also contribute to the urban dictionary:

Beltlaxbrat: noun; def; that lacrosse player by decent, a product of the greater DC region, whose parents have held him back in order to game the system where his son couldn't compete against his own age group in hopes of gaining acceptance to a school he otherwise would not be remotely qualified for academically.

Cheers beltboy :-)

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Hey Genius.. John Elway was held back a year by his father so he could be a better developed football player .

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Hey Genius.. John Elway was held back a year by his father so he could be a better developed football player .


OMG....really......WGAF?

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Hey LI loser. Just because you can't compete with the Balt Wash area athletes is no reason to get your panties in a bunch.I know the schools and the kids mentioned in the articles. If the kids were held back it was done before first grade. So it wasn't done because they were lacrosse players unlike so many of your kids who do a pg year. Also bottom rat, the author quoted the urban dictionary. If you look up lacrosse dad from LI who posts on a lacrosse blog in the urban dictionary you will read a definition which says, little fat guy (usually italian) who never played a sport but tells everyone he did, whose sons try to play lacrosse and is bitter for the rest of his life because inside lacrosse and laxpower never rank their teams as high as the much better teams from Balt and Wash. If it is not in the urban dictionary, I will make sure i put it in there right after i hit the submit button. I can do that in case you didn't know because anyone can do that in urban dictionary. and stop writing bs in the blogs and hit the gym.


Now why on earth would half of the 2017's in a particular geographic groin be held back before 1st grade? Did their kindergarten prep scores not meet up with the projected IVY league standards??? Hahahaha!!!

You guys kill me....please do entertain us with the plausible reasons one would hold back a kid before first grade...do tell !!!!

Can't wait for this well deduced repartee!!!

Good luck...you're in an intellectual hole you're not going to crawl out of unscathed.

Best pipe down while you can....you feel that pinch in the back of your neck? ...that's pride F'ing with you. Don't let your pride get you in a tangle you won't be able to handle

Your kid isn't going D 1 even if he was held back. Odds are against you

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Ohhhh, lawdy me. Short and fat and Italian does describes a certain portion of the melting pot that is known as Long Island. I do wish that more of us LI Dad's had the money you DC guys do. If we did we could spend 40 grand to send our Toppers and Biff's to Landon or Georgetown Prep. Golly. You DC fellas really have it all figured out.

But, the article does state that half of the athletes are re-classified. I mean us LIer's with our public school educations can read--even if we are fat and short. Perhaps, you and your little fellas should spend their time and money on tutors.

So, do ya think that the re-classification really helps that much? It has been reported that 14% of all D1 lacrosse players hail from the beautiful shores and bustling strip malls of Long Island. Cheat on my friend. Cheat on. And, if me or any of my short and fat LI lax dads meet you at a tournament, I will hold you down as my short, fat Italian/Irish/(fill in the ethnicity here) kick your wanna be white shoe teeth in. Salut!https://www.backofthecage.com/images/icons/default_dark/thumbs_up.gif


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OUCH: #4 Georgetown Prep loses to St. Albans (5-10 record) 8-7 in OT

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at do DC Beltway law firm associates and 9th grade prep school lacrosse players have in common?
Both are bitter they are only driving a 3 Series.

I love Maryland.

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What do DC Beltway law firm associates and 9th grade prep school lacrosse players have in common?
Both are bitter they are only driving a 3 Series.

I love Maryland.

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Here you go--- assuming your 7th grader is currently 12 or 13 years old....
A Few Easy Steps (but start now!):
1) Have your kid complete 8th grade at his current school
2) Pay $28+g to go to Friends, Buckley, Waldorf, Portledge, GreenVale (or any similar independent private school).
3) Have your child REPEAT 8th GRADE at one of the above (reclassify your child to the year below his actual birth/academic age for travel / club lacrosse).
4) Let club team coaches know your 2019 kid is REALLY now a 2020 kid.
5) Bring your kid to as many showcases as possible so that he/she can compete against kids 1 year (or more) younger.
6) Now, submit to the high school entrance process, take necessary tests, etc.
7) Then choose a nice Catholic (CHS,STA,KEL) or Private(FA) and have them enter as a Freshman.
8) The child will be "Noticed" as standout Freshman and be rewarded with a premium spot on the lax team (possibly a jump to JV or Varsity) and play 4 years of HS.
9) The College Recruiting Process will be in full swing during all this... go to an many showcases and talk to coaches; also start exploring the costs of a Post Grad year at Deerfield, Salisbury, Avon, etc.
10 ) Accept offer to D1 Lacrosse Program (partial scholarship)to enter as a Freshman in 2021 (at age 20) two years AFTER your next door neighbors kid who is the same age.
11 ) Embark on a Red Shirt Freshman year.
12 ) Finally your child competes in his/her first meaningful college game at age 21.
13 ) Your child graduates in 2026 (at age 24 - 25)

What is also very important is that your child must be bigger, faster and act more mature than any other 12-13 year old that they face once they've reclassified because they will actually be 1 year (OR MORE) older...and you want to make sure they stand out in their new "MAGIC" age group.

Also, fairness and honesty and respect for fair competition must be forgotten... and don't ever think of it as cheating.

Sleep well.

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LI dads make the best entertainers. Non-stop crying.

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half of the parents in MD feel the same way according to the posts...how about you just stop cheating

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Perfect recipe. Because when its over....its over. No reason to try and rush through it. You get one lax career. Let's get our kids out on their own as quickly as possible as the job market and state of affairs are prime. Why even go to college as most people dont end up working in their degree anyway. Once again, if we don't do things the way you want them done, its wrong.

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Perfect recipe. Because when its over....its over. No reason to try and rush through it. You get one lax career. Let's get our kids out on their own as quickly as possible as the job market and state of affairs are prime. Why even go to college as most people dont end up working in their degree anyway. Once again, if we don't do things the way you want them done, its wrong.


You can do things any way you want... Have your 15 year old continue to use a pacifier, who cares. However, when your way of doing things impacts our hard working on age players, we'll continue to put in your face. We'll never stop. You and your ilk are low life scumbag cheats, plain and simple. Your the lawyer that bilks his clients account, the trader that churns an old ladies retirement fund, the Doctor that bilks medicare and the dentist that fills healthy teeth. Useless, bottom feeder sleazebag cheat. Lowest of the low. These are the lessons you teach your off spring. Good luck to you and your future 20 yo college freshman, a-hole. By the way, my on age beast hates cheaters from MD. He looks for them at showcases and events. He makes fun of them, right to their faces, and out plays them. What do Biff and Skippy do? Nothing. Because they know their own Mommy and Daddy had no confidence in them. Biff and Skippy know their own parents believe they can't compete with the best of their own age. You see my on age kid has confidence, because he worked hard and plays up. He challenges himself against older boys. He would never play down, because at 14 he has something you and your kid will NEVER have, it's called self respect! Now go console your 17 year old 10th grader because Petro hasn't called yet. PUNK!

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Hard Work
Self Respect
Achievement

These terms are meaningless to those who want to "give their kid every advantage".

I know which characteristics will serve my kid best in sports and in life beyond the field. I also know the qualities I would want in an athlete as a coach.

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Hey Mr. Resentment. We love guys like you, you always are the ones punching the drywall at the end. LOL. You are humorous. "my on age beast" "We'll never stop" "my kid has confidence" my, my , my, I , I, I. Give me an L, give me an O, give me an S, i think you get it.

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Hey Mr. Resentment. We love guys like you, you always are the ones punching the drywall at the end. LOL. You are humorous. "my on age beast" "We'll never stop" "my kid has confidence" my, my , my, I , I, I. Give me an L, give me an O, give me an S, i think you get it.


L.O.S....."S" !! As in a complete "loss" for words to describe the pathetic low return gaming that is employed in the greater belt area. (But allow me to try! )

A larger percentage of the "keep up with the cheating at lax Jonses" will fail in their pursuit to gain a great advantage in recruitment in the holdback attempt process. What do you all do then? Spend another year in 13th grade at 40-50k and try again?

You see; kids like ours on Long Island make their way without the hold back process. Plain and simple and statistically verifiable. This "process" was initiated in other sports but the greater well off lax parent community saw that their little boys couldn't match up with the best of the tristate area. Thus the dive into the holdback system with great hopes in mind.

I feel somewhat sorry for you all where you're spending or have spent so much private school dollars and have yet to realize that return you had so feverishly prayed for.

What should I do with all of the possible PG and private school money that I saved when my just turned 15 yo freshman in public school was committed ast fall to a top 8 seeded team in the current ncaa D1 tourney?

Did he achieve that with mommy and daddy getting on their knees and servicing the private school coach of their choice and filling the schools coffers with yet more coin?

No. He did it the old fashioned way. Hard work. Dedication. Discipline. Self confidence. And with those; he gained self respect and that of his peers.

If your 2017 or older kid doesn't have these concepts drilled into the fabric of his life by now; he never will. And that makes you a failure as a parent.

no amount of PG holdback cheating money can ever be worth more than those values.

Invest wisely, my friends. Paving the road for your kid to have an easy path does not always yield the returns that the above principles will.

Now....back to your spelling bee cheer. Repeat it aloud as you look in the mirror tomorrow morning.


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Hey Mr. Resentment. We love guys like you, you always are the ones punching the drywall at the end. LOL. You are humorous. "my on age beast" "We'll never stop" "my kid has confidence" my, my , my, I , I, I. Give me an L, give me an O, give me an S, i think you get it.


L.O.S....."S" !! As in a complete "loss" for words to describe the pathetic low return gaming that is employed in the greater belt area. (But allow me to try! )

A larger percentage of the "keep up with the cheating at lax Jonses" will fail in their pursuit to gain a great advantage in recruitment in the holdback attempt process. What do you all do then? Spend another year in 13th grade at 40-50k and try again?

You see; kids like ours on Long Island make their way without the hold back process. Plain and simple and statistically verifiable. This "process" was initiated in other sports but the greater well off lax parent community saw that their little boys couldn't match up with the best of the tristate area. Thus the dive into the holdback system with great hopes in mind.

I feel somewhat sorry for you all where you're spending or have spent so much private school dollars and have yet to realize that return you had so feverishly prayed for.

What should I do with all of the possible PG and private school money that I saved when my just turned 15 yo freshman in public school was committed ast fall to a top 8 seeded team in the current ncaa D1 tourney?

Did he achieve that with mommy and daddy getting on their knees and servicing the private school coach of their choice and filling the schools coffers with yet more coin?

No. He did it the old fashioned way. Hard work. Dedication. Discipline. Self confidence. And with those; he gained self respect and that of his peers.

If your 2017 or older kid doesn't have these concepts drilled into the fabric of his life by now; he never will. And that makes you a failure as a parent.

no amount of PG holdback cheating money can ever be worth more than those values.

Invest wisely, my friends. Paving the road for your kid to have an easy path does not always yield the returns that the above principles will.

Now....back to your spelling bee cheer. Repeat it aloud as you look in the mirror tomorrow morning.



check the rosters of the quarterfinal teams. start with duke. Their starting mid/att are all hold backs or pg. ND leading scorer is a PG. Hopkins, well i don't even need to look.

Imagine the money your true 2017 could have gotten if you reclassed him?

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Hey Mr. Resentment. We love guys like you, you always are the ones punching the drywall at the end. LOL. You are humorous. "my on age beast" "We'll never stop" "my kid has confidence" my, my , my, I , I, I. Give me an L, give me an O, give me an S, i think you get it.


I'll give you a D, give you an O give you a U.... bag. I think you know what you are. No resentment here. Just remember, you knew your kid couldn't compete on age. Don't worry he won't figure it out for a while. By the way, everyone wants to give their children every advantage, some people just have a moral compass. Scumbag cheats and their off spring don't. Punching drywall? Not a chance. However, you might want to punch yourself in the groin. Seeing as how your underfunded loins couldn't produce off spring that in your own opinion couldn't measure up. Is that the phone? Hurry up it may be Petro calling... NOT.

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Hey Mr. Resentment. We love guys like you, you always are the ones punching the drywall at the end. LOL. You are humorous. "my on age beast" "We'll never stop" "my kid has confidence" my, my , my, I , I, I. Give me an L, give me an O, give me an S, i think you get it.


L.O.S....."S" !! As in a complete "loss" for words to describe the pathetic low return gaming that is employed in the greater belt area. (But allow me to try! )

A larger percentage of the "keep up with the cheating at lax Jonses" will fail in their pursuit to gain a great advantage in recruitment in the holdback attempt process. What do you all do then? Spend another year in 13th grade at 40-50k and try again?

You see; kids like ours on Long Island make their way without the hold back process. Plain and simple and statistically verifiable. This "process" was initiated in other sports but the greater well off lax parent community saw that their little boys couldn't match up with the best of the tristate area. Thus the dive into the holdback system with great hopes in mind.

I feel somewhat sorry for you all where you're spending or have spent so much private school dollars and have yet to realize that return you had so feverishly prayed for.

What should I do with all of the possible PG and private school money that I saved when my just turned 15 yo freshman in public school was committed ast fall to a top 8 seeded team in the current ncaa D1 tourney?

Did he achieve that with mommy and daddy getting on their knees and servicing the private school coach of their choice and filling the schools coffers with yet more coin?

No. He did it the old fashioned way. Hard work. Dedication. Discipline. Self confidence. And with those; he gained self respect and that of his peers.

If your 2017 or older kid doesn't have these concepts drilled into the fabric of his life by now; he never will. And that makes you a failure as a parent.

no amount of PG holdback cheating money can ever be worth more than those values.

Invest wisely, my friends. Paving the road for your kid to have an easy path does not always yield the returns that the above principles will.

Now....back to your spelling bee cheer. Repeat it aloud as you look in the mirror tomorrow morning.



check the rosters of the quarterfinal teams. start with duke. Their starting mid/att are all hold backs or pg. ND leading scorer is a PG. Hopkins, well i don't even need to look.

Imagine the money your true 2017 could have gotten if you reclassed him?


Money wasn't, isn't and won't be a problem! :-)

Sorry.

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First of all, the Philadelphia Metro area is the Hottest recruiting hot bed in the country. 2016 Class has 51 Div 1 commitments already. 51! Island isn't even close. With Haverford, Episcopal, Germantown, Malvern Prep, Lasalle,Conestoga, Radnor, all with in miles of each other, there is nowhere in the country with this amount of talent in such a small area. I would be that between Malvern and Haverford alone there are 40 commits between 2017 -2015. And yes there are some reclassified kids so it must be working. An your "on age beast" aint [lacrosse] down here. We'd whoop his [lacrosse].

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No doubt Philly area is a respected hot bed for recruiting. But you need to check your numbers in regards to Long Island my man. Where are you getting your numbers? Several kids in 2016 & 2017 from LI that are committed aren't listed on a couple of sites. Not sure about your comment of "isn't even close". The list below could be off a few players.

Long Island D1 commits-
2015- 12
2016- 15 (Hop, 2 to Cuse, Mich, Duke, 2 to PSU, 2 to Army, Nova, SJU, AF, Bing, 2 to Hofstra)
2017- 9 (PENN, 2 to Hop, Bucknell, UVA, G'Town, Fairfield, Boston U, PSU)

You been watching any NCAA lacrosse on TV? Our Island guys are doing "ok".
-Fowler (Duke)
-Jones (Duke)
-Kavanaugh (ND)
-Chanenchuk (Maryland)
-Locasio (Maryland)
-Raffa (Maryland)
-Schreiber (Princeton)
-Massa (Bryant)
-Zomerfeld (Bryant)
-Pellegrino (Hop)
-Crawley (Hop)
-Saputo (Drex)
And I'm missing a bunch more.

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First of all, the Philadelphia Metro area is the Hottest recruiting hot bed in the country. 2016 Class has 51 Div 1 commitments already. 51! Island isn't even close. With Haverford, Episcopal, Germantown, Malvern Prep, Lasalle,Conestoga, Radnor, all with in miles of each other, there is nowhere in the country with this amount of talent in such a small area. I would be that between Malvern and Haverford alone there are 40 commits between 2017 -2015. And yes there are some reclassified kids so it must be working. An your "on age beast" aint [lacrosse] down here. We'd whoop his [lacrosse].


Go feed your 17 yo sophomore some more scrapple... He ain't whoopin nothing. Except maybe your [lacrosse] when he figures out you held him back for sports dumba--. Hurry up, go get the phone it might be Petro... NOT.

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Hey Mr. Resentment. We love guys like you, you always are the ones punching the drywall at the end. LOL. You are humorous. "my on age beast" "We'll never stop" "my kid has confidence" my, my , my, I , I, I. Give me an L, give me an O, give me an S, i think you get it.


L.O.S....."S" !! As in a complete "loss" for words to describe the pathetic low return gaming that is employed in the greater belt area. (But allow me to try! )

A larger percentage of the "keep up with the cheating at lax Jonses" will fail in their pursuit to gain a great advantage in recruitment in the holdback attempt process. What do you all do then? Spend another year in 13th grade at 40-50k and try again?

You see; kids like ours on Long Island make their way without the hold back process. Plain and simple and statistically verifiable. This "process" was initiated in other sports but the greater well off lax parent community saw that their little boys couldn't match up with the best of the tristate area. Thus the dive into the holdback system with great hopes in mind.

I feel somewhat sorry for you all where you're spending or have spent so much private school dollars and have yet to realize that return you had so feverishly prayed for.

What should I do with all of the possible PG and private school money that I saved when my just turned 15 yo freshman in public school was committed ast fall to a top 8 seeded team in the current ncaa D1 tourney?

Did he achieve that with mommy and daddy getting on their knees and servicing the private school coach of their choice and filling the schools coffers with yet more coin?

No. He did it the old fashioned way. Hard work. Dedication. Discipline. Self confidence. And with those; he gained self respect and that of his peers.

If your 2017 or older kid doesn't have these concepts drilled into the fabric of his life by now; he never will. And that makes you a failure as a parent.

no amount of PG holdback cheating money can ever be worth more than those values.

Invest wisely, my friends. Paving the road for your kid to have an easy path does not always yield the returns that the above principles will.

Now....back to your spelling bee cheer. Repeat it aloud as you look in the mirror tomorrow morning.



check the rosters of the quarterfinal teams. start with duke. Their starting mid/att are all hold backs or pg. ND leading scorer is a PG. Hopkins, well i don't even need to look.

Imagine the money your true 2017 could have gotten if you reclassed him?


PG and 8th grade cheaters are two different issues. The PG kid most likely earned his way on age. At least that's the case for the ND kid as he is from LI. As for your 8th grade repeater that's straight up cheating. I know, the truth is a tough pill to swallow... Sorry.

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First of all, the Philadelphia Metro area is the Hottest recruiting hot bed in the country. 2016 Class has 51 Div 1 commitments already. 51! Island isn't even close. With Haverford, Episcopal, Germantown, Malvern Prep, Lasalle,Conestoga, Radnor, all with in miles of each other, there is nowhere in the country with this amount of talent in such a small area. I would be that between Malvern and Haverford alone there are 40 commits between 2017 -2015. And yes there are some reclassified kids so it must be working. An your "on age beast" aint [lacrosse] down here. We'd whoop his [lacrosse].


Go feed your 17 yo sophomore some more scrapple... He ain't whoopin nothing. Except maybe your [lacrosse] when he figures out you held him back for sports dumba--. Hurry up, go get the phone it might be Petro... NOT.


Fact is, this Summer U15 in COLORADO is the closest to gather who is held back and who isn't. If you GO to play at the U15 than you ARE ON AGE (you DO need proof of age). If you don't go AND your teammates goes (or players from your team align with someone else) than its a obvious your older.

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Two Broad Poll opinion Based questions.....

What % of Long Island HS Lax players are either held back, or reclassified (meaning playing below academic age level)?

Does it happen more in the Catholics & Privates or in the Publics?

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How would anyone know the percentage? It's not like someone is collecting this data across all of the LI teams.

Yes, reclassying happens almost exclusively at private schools

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He meant give your best guess or estimate.....
Simple question

My guess is 15 % are held back at the big LI school lax programs

Probably 5-10% additional reclasifed at the catholic and privates.

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He meant give your best guess or estimate.....
Simple question

My guess is 15 % are held back at the big LI school lax programs

Probably 5-10% additional reclasifed at the catholic and privates.


Chaminade freshman group has at least 5 held back players - STA freshman has at least 3.

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