Mid-Week Growth Links

-Windsor Mulls HS (Vermont) Adding Lacrosse

-Hart High School (California) Readies to Add Lacrosse

-Hart HS Faces Hurdles in Bid For Lacrosse

-Horry County Schools (South Carolina) Consider Adding Lacrosse

-St. Charles High School (Illinois) Adding Lacrosse

-Coaches Survey on Shot Clock Implementation

-Participation in California Reaches Record Levels

-3D Lacrosse Opens Texas Office

-Kingston, MA Youth Program Continues to Grow

-Inside New York City's Thriving Lacrosse Culture

-Growing Lacrosse in Lake Placid Area

-NLL's Wings Moving to Connecticut

All Quiet on The Varsity Status Front

As the summer of 2014 winds down, this websites 5th summer of existence, we have started to notice a (somewhat worrying) trend specific to colleges and varsity status. Frankly, there just seems to be less colleges announcing varsity lacrosse this year than in recent years.

By compiling all the dates of university press releases announcing varsity men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, or both over the last 5 years we came up with the below data:

Year  Announcements Per Month
2010 1.5
2011 2.4
2012 2.75
2013 2.6
2014 1.5

Now granted 2014 is not over, and is currently in line with 2010s announcement rate, however there is reason to believe it could ultimately end up trending below 2010s rate.  In the four year period from 2010-2013 there was a total of 3 months where there was zero announcements for varsity status.  Halfway through 2014, we already have 3 months this year with zero announcements.

However there are also some reasons to think 2014 could turn things around.  Over the last 4 years the month of August has averaged the greatest amount of varsity announcements (4) in any given month, followed by September (3.25).  The fall months in general tend to be very active for varsity announcements, so here's hoping 2014 ends on a strong note.

So what does all this mean? Who knows, could be nothing.  It's certainly too premature to worry about a slowing in the games growth.  However when you combine this data with the US Lacrosse most recent participation survey that showed in 2013 we had the worst year to year growth since 02-03, it's certainly something to keep an eye on.

Sunday Lax Links

-American Football Eyeing 2024 for Olympics as Well

-How to Make Lacrosse Grow in 1983

-3D Lacrosse: Thinking Inside The Box

-Lacrosse Player Drug Use Up

-Ohio Machine Foundation Announced

-Olympic Lacrosse and the Iroquois 

-FIL Working Towards Unified Field Dimensions

-Beninati Joins B1G Network

-Oregon Team Growing Through Club Program

-St. Charles HS (IL) May Add Lacrosse

Thompson Trio Featured on SportsCenter

Quick Hits:

Colorado Man Lends Help to Colombia Lacrosse

-German Laxers Have World Cup Fever

-Lacrosse Moves One Step Closer to the Olympics

-Anthony Wayne High School (OH) to Add Lacrosse

-Despite Rocket Fire at Home Israel National Team Stays Focused

-Uganda National Teams Gets First Win

-NCAA DII Admits 300th Member, Several Lacrosse Playing Institutions

-Homecoming for CMU's First Coach

-Lacrosse Experiencing Chicagoland Boom

-Lacrosse Coach Helping to Grow Sport in Ohio

-Private Schools Adding Lacrosse to Attract Students

Small Colleges Using Lacrosse to Attract Students From East Coast

Even before the University of Indianapolis hired its men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches in June—and almost two years before the Greyhounds play their first game in the spring of 2016—Athletic Director Sue Willey already had fielded some intriguing inquiries.

 Wabash College has already landed players from California and Washington, and is also scouring the East Coast and nearby markets. “I got a call from a mother in Texas,” Willey said. “She was very interested in [the University of Indianapolis] because we’re adding lacrosse.”

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Quick Hits:

-Big Ten Expansion Huge for Lacrosse

-Lacrosse is Americas Fastest Growing Sport

-Grow the Game By Opening Avenues for Everyone

-Lacrosse Has Come A Long Way on Cape Cod

-Coming North to Grow the Game

-Support the National Campaign for Lacrosse

-Colorado Man Lends Help to Colombia Lacrosse