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Is A Passion For Lacrosse Enough?

9 - Published February 2, 2012 by in Commentary

We discovered this video from the Oklahoma State (LSA D2) squad down in Stillwater, OK. A Sports Media Major from the University put together a great piece on one of the bigger obstacles that is faced by all MCLA schools – the majority of their funds comes from the players and supporters of the team, with very little additional funding coming directly from the school.

In this case though, the Cowboys only receive $800 from the University to help fund their season – and that’s less than the majority of most teams’ individual player dues!  With home games costing $550 a piece and up to $650 for each time they travel, the Cowboys had to make the move to D2 to help offset their costs. Things look to be getting better for OSU though, as they will play in 12 games this season, traveling throughout Texas and Oklahoma for six of them.

This brings up some very serious questions that many MCLA teams are faced with every year:

How are we going to field, and pay for, our team?

Is the team’s passion for lacrosse enough to get them through the season?  

The cost to field a team in the MCLA is only increasing due to raising gas prices, increases in ref fees, and just trying to outfit your team with gear and uniforms.  Add in the value (and cost) of traveling to play other competitive teams and multiple road trips, and costs can spiral out of control quickly.

The light in all of this though, is that there are 211 other schools between D1 and D2 that have experienced, and hopefully overcome, the same, or very similar, problems.

Since we don’t believe in just complaining, let’s offer up some help to our fellow MCLA laxers, shall we?!?!?!

How does YOUR team help to offset the ever-rising costs of ref fees, lacrosse pads, travel, jerseys, lacrosse helmets, and everything else it takes to play a full season of our of favorite game?

Taking the time out to drop a comment on this post could be the difference maker for another MCLA squad out there.  Let’s do what we can to Grow The Game right here!

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9 Responses to Is A Passion For Lacrosse Enough?

  1. Anonymous February 2, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    mcladna.com will give you some helpful suggestions.

    It starts with alumni and parent support.  And that comes with communicating and being extremely professional in the operations and management of the team.  There are rough years before it gets better, but if you hold to a standard, eventually, you’ll reap the benefits.

  2. Alex Perry February 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Passion for lacrosse goes beyond the field, you have to be passionate about the development and survival of your program and run the team like a business.  It’s not rocket sciense, just have to be creative, persistant, and actually put in the work. 

    While playing at and running the University of Oklahoma team, we got No funding from the school, but managed to rally everyone to raise $40-50,000 a year to cover expenses while keeping individual dues around $600 per person.

  3. Aaron Klett February 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    One thing that I’ve incorporated at Biola is fundraising letters that players send out.  We used to use a company who did the work for us, but once a letter is formatted, all it takes is some updates for the current season before sending it out.  It also saved us money to do it on our own, and we earned 100% of the donations.

    One of the biggest challenges I face is having a team made up of a lot of kids who are not from the area the college is in.  High schools have the ability to keep parents involved, but I don’t have that luxury.  Using the fundraising letters not only gets people to donate, but at the very least the recipients can see what that particular player is up to at college, outside of class.

    This season I had each player send out a minimum of 10 letters.  We sent out about 260 letters for $160 total, and so far have raised over $2,250.  It’s not a ton of money, but its a good start, and an easy way to raise funds.

  4. stag February 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    This is how lacrosse is for the rest of the world.

    Personally I think too much emphasis is placed on luxuries such as matching equipment or smart facilities.

    Also, with the expansion of lax, some years in the future, away games will be more local and less costly and kit/equipment will become more available and so the costs will reduce. 

  5. Sam Hopkins April 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    very interesting article, i am transferring this year from Western Michigan University (mcla d1) to UW-Milwaukee (glll) and very interested in taking an executive position and making the switch

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