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APR 2018

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Page 12 of 67 2018 Soccer & Lacrosse Fields & Facilities Sourcebook 13 recently in St. Louis, Mo., was a suc- cess, according to Logue. "We had 150 kids come out and they were all given a stick, a T-shirt and a ball, and had a two-hour introduction to the sport," Logue said. "We're rolling these out in different cities around the country and we hope to keep growing the number of cities." The Athlete Development Model is another initiative underway by US Lacrosse. "We want to provide opportuni- ties for all lacrosse players to participate in the sport for life," Christian said. "Too often in development in the sport, every- one rushes to identify the best players at an early age and that leaves potential play- ers behind with less opportunity to play. We want to keep more players participat- ing longer, allowing them to continue to enjoy the sport in the game that's best for them." The model starts with the appropri- ate-size field for younger players—i.e. a small field—and the appropriate number of players. Then, as the player's abilities increase, so does the size of the field and number of players. "We like to say it's all about the right game of lacrosse at the right time," Christian said. "Every skill level needs the right set of rules, the right safety parameters, etcetera, that are right for them to keep the game fun and enjoyable. We're generating resources for coaches, officials and parents to help make sure that happens." While US Lacrosse continues to do all it can to expose more people to the sport and make sure it's available for anyone who wants to play, destinations around the country are preparing to host major US Lacrosse events that are showcasing some of the nation's top talent. Round Rock, Texas, will host the US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championships on May 9 – 12 at the new Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. The complex is located within Old Settlers Park and the facility boasts 10 new, versatile outdoor fields. The Championships—which are new to Round Rock this year—showcase the nation's premier non-varsity collegiate teams. "This event is designed to offer athletes playing lacrosse at this level the chance to compete on a national stage showcasing the best lacrosse teams," said Kim Rogers, US Lacrosse's director of special events. "This premier event will attract and spotlight some of the best and brightest lacrosse talent in the club realm of colle- giate athletics." The Division I field will feature 16 teams, while the Division II tournament will consist of 12 teams. US Lacrosse chose Round Rock for the event because it exceeded its quality and quantity expec- tations when it comes to hosting a lacrosse event, said Rogers. "Collegiate-level play requires first-rate field conditions and larg- er field dimensions than most venues can accommodate," Rogers said. "In addition to the quality, having enough fields for ► t LACROSSE Spotlight K&K Insurance Group, Inc. is a licensed insurance producer in all states (TX license #13924); operating in CA, NY and MI as K&K Insurance Agency (CA license #0334819) With over 65 years of sports and leisure insurance expertise, K&K protects sports organizations with coverage designed for teams, leagues, events, tournaments, camps and facilities. And when claims occur, our colleagues are here to respond quickly and effectively. Affordable coverage is easy. K&K Insurance—the choice for coverage.

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