US Lacrosse Member Group on Linkedin

Posted: June 10, 2011 in US Lacrosse
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US Lacrosse Members

I recently asked the following question on the US Lacrosse Member Group on Linkedin:

“My sons have been playing for a team that apparently is not a member of US Lacrosse. The team positioned itself as a so-called “elite” team and we became really concerned when we discovered that they were a for profit corporation listing the coaches as officers/directors. We were told that our players had insurance but have never been given any documentation. Is this ethical?”  Mark Moreno

“Do not let your son step on the field with this “elite” group until you have proof of insurance!”  Feffie Barnhill

“Agreed. One of the best things a US Lacrosse membership will afford is insurance. The coaches should be members as well.”  Stephen O’Neil

“If your son is a current member of US Lacrosse, he will be covered by the Bollinger policy through US Lacrosse for field related injuries. I would also ask for proof of insurance for the organization that put on the elite team. Bollinger does provide insurance for events and teams.

You will find more and more for profit organizations offering camps, teams, events, and even as clubs. We have 32 clubs in the Denver market (305 boys teams), and approximately 1/3 are for profit clubs, 1/3 rec department clubs, and 1/3 non-profit. However, nearly all the ‘elite’ teams are being run by for profit organizations or individuals, as are the camps.” Andrew Fletcher

“For profit or otherwise I think it would be a good question to ask why the club isn’t a US Lacrosse member. Also, I’d listen closely to how they talk with the players in comparison to the parents–the key should be respect.” JD Hill

“I agree with JD….ASK why they are not afiliated.

So are they paying your son son to play??? LOL”  Kris Clements

“Any group that advertises itself as “elite” is suspect. The club should be the club, “elite”, “developmental”, or otherwise should be the reputation.”  Plunket Beirne

“This is common in many sports now, so it is hard to classify as ethical or not. My main concern is the “not a member of US Lacrosse”. There are major liabilities and restrictions that go along with not being a part of the national affiliated sports organization.” Jay Kemp

“Ethical…that’s for you to decide. The team/group should have required that each player be a member of US Lacrosse, and for reason beyond just receiving the insurance coverage. Most tournament require that the players be members in order to participate. As far as Elite, development…it is what is is. Also, groups like Aloha/Tiki that run tournaments are for profit events. That said, they do a great job for the most part and provide very competitive avenues for the boy’s and girl’s to play.” Robert (Bob) Mattie

“One more thing, we are in the beginning process of putting together a spring travel program and will do it as 501 c 3, with a board that will not consist of coaches, and people that do have boy’s participating, at least not for the first couple of years, we will also be part of US Lacrosse.” Robert (Bob) Mattie

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