Monday, March 23, 2009

IYL Game Media and Stats Initiatives

We have just completed week #3 of the Spring season. While the weather continues to deliver wintry game-day conditions our players are delivering some great spring play on the fields. It has been equally gratifying to see all the parents & dedicated lacrosse fans bundled, huddled and cheering on our teams. Youth sports can best help our kids and our families when they are truly family events. For our early season fans who have often been forced to the local Starbucks to weather out especially tough conditions the IYL media team plans to have an IYL Game Media site up soon - watch for links here and on our IYL Home Site.

Game day photos are a great way to share the lacrosse experience and so are game day stats. IYL has introduced an initiative this season to capture key game statistics and report these out to our local and regional press. This is important for several reasons. First and foremost it is important for our players. It is very rewarding and motivating to see their hard work and dedication recognized in print. It also creates a sense of community around our players, teams and league. This exposure creates excitement about lacrosse and supports our efforts to promote the sport and to promote community investment in new and upgraded playing fields that benefit all youth athletics.

Here is a sample of the game stats we are providing the local media:

Issaquah Sr. Gold 10, Redmond Sr. Green 6
Gold 1-3-2-4 Final 10
Green 0-2-2-2 Final 6

Gold Player Shots Goals Assists Ground balls
Smith 9 3 1 1
Singh 1 1 1 2
Coburn 2 0 0 3
Lancaster 1 1 1 7
Brown 0 0 1 9
DeYoung 12 5 2 7
Leese 0 0 0 5
Rosen 3 0 0 3
Curtis 0 0 0 3
Farrington 0 0 0 1
Lee 1 0 0 3
Drorbaugh 0 0 0 1
Allard 0 0 1 2
Hahn 0 0 1 3
Undi 0 0 0 4

Watch the Issaquah Press, Sammamish Review, and the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporters for IYL lacrosse news, stats & game photos.

We are also introducing two new stats features with launch of the IYL Blog. Every week you will find the league game-day summary and a weekly Playmakers list. Lacrosse is truly a team sport and every player contributes. Through the weekly Playmakers feature we will also call out individual achievement on the field. It is a goal of our IYL volunteer coaches to have as many of our players appear on this list throughout the season as possible.

Remember - these are just tools that help enrich the program experience. Parents are the most important part of IYL youth lacrosse through supporting their young players, acknowledging individual success, maintaining motivation , providing guidance and perspective, and those impotant post-game kudos.

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