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Hot Pot Of Lax: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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re·spect

–noun
4. deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect’s right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly.
5. the condition of being esteemed or honored: to be held in respect.
… 7. favor or partiality.

Every established program has it. Every emerging program needs it.

But how exactly does that emerging program obtain it?

More specifically, how does an emerging program like the Memphis Tigers men’s lacrosse team gain the respect it needs to be considered for adequate field time over intramural kickball?

Lacrosse > kickball, right? To some, I guess that’s just not the case.

What about the student starting a team at his high school who can’t seem to muster administrative support? The coach with a tournament next week who can’t get his school to charter sufficient transportation? The high school program that’s grown so much that 1 in 5 graduating seniors will have played varsity lacrosse? The girls youth team getting overlooked for practice time by league administrators who favor the boys?

How do these programs and their leaders gain the respect they undoubtedly deserve?

Your guess is as good as mine.

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LINK JUICE

– Memphis Athletic department has no love for lacrosse | Daily Helmsman

– Q&A With The Pioneer of Club Lacrosse at Marquette | GoMarquette.com

– PHOTOS: KU Men’s Club Lacrosse practice | Kansan.com

– Penn State club lacrosse ranked second in nation | Collegian

– Cornell lacrosse defense young but stout | IthacaJournal

– Syracuse’s JoJo Marasco again thrives in dual role in offense | Syracuse.com

– Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Release – Week 1 | The Ivy League

– A Team in Crisis, but Will the Owner Help Solve It? | Yahoo Sports

– Roughnecks Folding Would Hurt NLL Beyond Repair | In Lax We Trust

– Interview with John Grant Jr | ProSportsColorado.com

– Brad Banister You’re An Idiot | The NLL Blog

– Carolyn from Lacrosse the Nations is off to La Chureca! | LtN Blog

– Just a little bit…

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Jeff Brunelle is the founder and CEO of Lacrosse All Stars. A west coast native and product of the MCLA, Jeff moved back East after college and truly fell in love with the game. He now spends every waking moment building LaxAllStars.com and Red Label Sports from our headquarters in Boise, Idaho. Follow Jeff on Twitter and Instagram.

3 Comments

  • Hard work, consistency, the community around the team, and r-e-s-p-e-c-t for the game to name a few….strength of schedule help and I hate to say it but so does national location ( i guess direct relationship to schedule)

  • In regards to the link to the story about Memphis…. I am the president of a state university club team and we have the exact same problems as the Memphis team.
     
    It is one of the most frustrating things in the world trying to justify to your players to fork over $600 a year to play lacrosse for a team that can’t even secure field space for practice. There have been times where we’ve had to deal with a practice space that is no larger than 40′ by 40′, surrounded by ultimate frisbee players and international pick-up soccer all-stars. We can’t force these students off because they are students and have as much a right to field space as we do, but we are presented literally no options in terms of renting field space for practice at a fair price.
     
    We’ve been a nationally competitive team for the past four years, but I can’t imagine staying that way if conditions like these continue to persist.
     
    The worst part is that club sports can be used as such a draw for certain students. You can’t pitch a fully-fledged club sports program to prospective students when you don’t get any support from the University.
     
    And don’t even get me started on how high you have to jump to get team apparel that is fairly priced and approved by the University… 10x more frustrating…

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