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Team Information

Appalachian State Lacrosse

Table of Contents:

  1. Team Members
  2. Team Administration
  3. Team Finances
  4. Games and Practices
  5. New Member Information
History and General Information:
The first lacrosse team at Appalachian State was founded in 1973 by a group of students who had the†desire to go through the pains of starting a program. The team has since fallen under the umbrella of†Appalachian's Club Sports program, a program under the control of University Recreation. Along with†most of the 18 other club teams, Men's Lacrosse uses school facilities and is allocated small funding.
The team played and practiced on the fields at State Farm for most of its existence but currently plays games on the Old Soccer Field and practices at State Farm. During the early spring, the team practices in Kidd Brewer stadium and Sofield Indoor Practice Facility.

Along with being a part of ASU Club Sports, App lacrosse participates in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association, or MCLA (www.MCLA.us). The MCLA has two divisions, one and two which are split generally based on the sizes of the universities. Playing in MCLA provides ASU the opportunity to compete for a national championship against other club teams of universities that do not have varsities as well as varsity teams from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).†
The Mountaineers also compete in the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference or SELC (www.MCLA.us/SELC) a sub conference of the MCLA. The SELC provides the Mountaineers with the opportunity to play for a conference championship and the Northwest Division of the SELC in which ASU competes provides annual opponents. Like the MCLA, the SELC is split into two divisions and the SELC champion of each division receives an automatic bid to play in the MCLA National Championship tournament.†

The team plays during the fall and spring and plays teams in the MCLA, NCLL, and NCAA. The fall schedule typically includes 2-4 regular games and one tournament while the spring is 12-15 regular games not including the playoffs.

†† ††I.††††††† Team Members:

Every player on the Appalachian State Lacrosse team is a full time student (12 credit hours or more) that has not used four years of MCLA, NCAA, NAIA, or NCLL eligibility. Graduate students with 12 hours and remaining eligibility are also welcome to play.

Along with student-athletes, the team employs a coaching staff (typically a head coach and an assistant). These coaches are not players or undergraduate students and are compensated by the team.

†† II.††††††† Team Administration:

Along with coaches, the team has four officers per Club Sports regulations. The four officers are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers are team members and are responsible for organizing practices, scheduling games and other team events, organizing team finances, and accounting for all other obligations that the team may have. Officers are given no exceptions in any regard and are elected by their teammates annually.

III.††††††† Team Finances:

The team receives a small percentage of its budget from the University (about 5%). The rest of the money comes from player dues, fundraising, donations, sponsorships and sale of merchandise. Player dues include the following: coaching salaries, MCLA and SELC membership dues and officiating costs. Players purchase their uniforms, apparel, and equipment through the team which is able to purchase these items at a great discount. Players have means of reducing their dues, one way is to have supporters join the AppaLax Booster Club on their behalf, where they receive $20 team credit per member.

IV.††††††† Games and Practices:

Appalachian State Lacrosse competes through the majority of the school year. The first practices of the fall are usually in the second or third week of the semester. Practices during the fall are three times a week and usually continue until early November when increased academic loads and inclement weather make practice difficult.

In the spring, the team practices at least four times a week starting in mid-January and going until the completion of the season in late April-early May. Practices are usually at 6pm or later and take place on State Farm Fields. However, due to the large amount of rain and snow that Boone receives every year, the team often practices in other available facilities such as Kidd Brewer Stadium, Sofield Indoor Practice Facility, and other on campus facilities.

The team competes in several scrimmages in the fall and hosts the annual King of the Mountain Tournament.

In the spring the team competes in 12-15 games, not including the SELC or MCLA playoffs. Home games take place at the Old Soccer Field above State Farm. The team does travel for away games and typically makes 2-3 overnight tirps during the season. Travel expenses are covered by the team in a combination of fundraising efforts and out of pocket money from every player.

†† V.††††††† New Player Information

Every student interested in joining the team that is eligible to do so is highly encouraged to come out. Players should schedule their work and classes so that they have 5-10pm available to practice. The team does have an attendance policy, which makes exception for class and work obligations, so practices are efficient and those who are not coming to practice will not be allowed to play in front of those who do.

Per Club Sports regulation, the team cannot cut members but players are not guaranteed a specific amount of playing time. The team plays to win, but every player on the roster will see playing time during the fall and spring seasons. The current roster includes High School All-Americans, All-State, All-Conference, former NCAA players and players that did not start playing until college.

The emphasis is that the teamís only requirement is that every member dedicates their time and effort towards the teamís success. Previous accolades are irrelevant!

If you are interested in more information about the team, please contact appalachianstatelacrosse@gmail.com

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