CONNY GRADE-BASED PLAYER SEGMENTATION POLICY APPROVED
At its September 27, 2016 meeting the CONNY Board of Directors overwhelmingly adopted a player segmentation policy for all member programs that is grade-based, but with an age filter. The change was driven by the US Lacrosse age-based guidelines and their goal of increasing fairness and player safety. The new policy also addresses the confusing mix of CONNY age-based and grade-based teams that has seriously complicated scheduling.
This summer, a broad CONNY subcommittee was formed and tasked with making a recommendation to the CONNY Board. The objective was to strike the right balance between the USL proposal and what was best for the diverse CONNY member programs. The draft was vetted, revised, and approved by the CONNY membership on September 27th. The policy creates a unified player segmentation policy that will be effective immediately.
The CONNY policy, which is grade-based with a firm oldest age cutoff for each grade, is a modified version of the USL recommendation. The committee felt this configuration would encourage participation and better ensure fairness and safety.
For players in grades 5-7, the age cutoff will be September 1st of the year preceding the season. Those born before September 1st will automatically play up one grade. Players who are "young in grade" (i.e., are younger than their grade's birthday span) have the option of staying with their grade or playing down in grade.
The cutoff for 8th grade was moved back to March 1st of the year preceding the season, which results in an 18-month age span. This allows the vast majority of 8th graders to continue playing for their town program. Those 8th graders born before the cutoff date can petition CONNY to be allowed to play. To help avoid mismatches at scheduling, the 8th grade section of the CONNY team tiering spreadsheet will include additional columns to show the number of players who do not meet the cutoff, as well as the birthdate of the oldest player.
Where feasible, CONNY requires programs to configure teams by single grade. If this is not possible, grades can be combined, but only within divisions (i.e. 7th and 8th grade Seniors and 5th and 6th grade Juniors). All programs will require grade declaration at the time of registration.
For players in grades K-4, CONNY will not enforce an age cutoff. There was strong consensus for keeping these grades to a traditional intro to lacrosse model. Most of these players are relatively new to lacrosse and the committee wanted to stress keeping it fun, emphasizing fundamentals, and playing 7v7 or another small-sided play configuration.
A FAQs sheet on the new player segmentation policy is posted under documents, as are an explanatory grid and grade-by-grade eligible birthday spans for the 2017 season.
Regular Spring 2017 Registration is now closed, with Late Registration Open.
The program is open to boys and girls in Grades 1st – 8th. From the DYLA home page you’ll find the forms on the “Register Online” tab on the left side (www.dylax.com). Simply login and sign up. There are step by step instructions also available in the “Documents” section.
The following are the 2017 registration dates:
Regular registration November 2nd – January 13thCLOSED
Late registration January 14th – March 1st (50% late fee)
Waitlist March 2nd – April 1st (100% late fee); there is no guarantee of a spot
DYLA is not supplying shorts in the late registration window, so orders will need to be made directly from lax.com.
Orders placed by February 12th, will be available for pick up/delivery by April 1st
Orders placed by March 1st, will be available for pick up/delivery by April 15th.
For questions related to the shorts, please email John Arrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Late registration fees for the 2017 season are:
3rd/4th and 5th/6th House Fee $337.50
7th/8th Base Fee $487.50
5th/6th Travel Supplement $150.00
7th/8th Travel Supplement $125.00
Please note that each player requires a US Lacrosse membership. The $30 US Lacrosse fee payment and membership registration can be completed during the DYLA online registration process.
We’ll host an Orientation meeting on February 26th to welcome the players, hand out shorts ordered during regular registration and answer any questions you might have about the program. Look for more details to be sent in an email to follow shortly.
For any questions, please contact the Registrar at email@example.com. Anyone with questions on need-based scholarships should email Eric Strub at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weather permitting we plan on starting the season on Saturday March 4th. The full schedule can be found under the documents tab on the left hand side of the home webpage. Please look for the PDF file- weekly schedule.
TRYOUTS- Weather Permitting
7th/8th grade Boys are Girls tryouts will start Sat. March 4th and conclude March 10th
5th/ 6th Grade Boys and Girls tryouts will start Sat March 18th and conclude March 24th
You are not required to tryout for travel. If you chose not to tryout for travel you wll be placed on a house team
Please always check the web site for date, time and location of practices and tryouts as they can change due to weather and other situations beyond our control.
TRAVEL TRYOUTS & PRIVATE SCHOOL SPRING BREAK
Every year we receive questions about the impact of private school breaks on the travel process and why we cannot schedule tryouts for a different time period. As a program, we have children in private schools throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties, whose vacation schedules range from the first week of March to the last. We do our best to post the tryout schedule by early October so that families with children in private school can schedule vacations around the tryout schedule. With individual tryouts usually completed within a week, families have an opportunity to make most of the tryouts and still get away if they want. As we say every year, we encourage all players to make as many tryouts as they can but we do understand that family obligations may get in the way. We leave room on the original rosters to allow for upward player movement. The rosters are not finalized until 2 or 3 weeks after tryouts, during which we continue to evaluate all players through our house program, 7/8 Senior teams and B travel teams.
The website and email are our primary communication channels. Always check the home page, your team page and your email for schedule information prior to heading to the fields, especially if you have any question about the weather. Emails are generated and sent for all changes to the schedule, and you can link your calendars online to your player(s) schedules through the website. It is vital that you have correct email addresses listed so that you receive our communications. You can add/edit/delete emails and other contact information by going to "Edit My Account" on the website and logging in to your account.
Boys at all ages are required to play with full gear, which includes a stick, helmet (may be a hockey helmet), gloves, shoulder and arm pads, a cup and a mouth guard for boys 3rd - 8th. Girls at all ages are required to have a girls stick, face mask and mouth guard.
For those of you who are new to the program, you may not know this but DHS appears to have its own polar vortex, primarily in March and April. Dress accordingly. Please add layers, it always feels 10-20 degrees colder on the oval than it does in your driveway.
The DHS location is terrific for allowing us to be in one place for all of our home activities, but the traffic can be tough. Please allow for plenty of time to get your players to the fields. Plan on parking and walking the younger players to their fields, do not let them walk alone across the parking lots. Drive safely and pay attention as there are a lot of small bodies around.