BALTIMORE – Starting with the 2011 lacrosse season, US Lacrosse will add another level to its High School All-American recognition program. US Lacrosse will name first- and second-team National All-Americans in addition to continuing to select Regional All-Americans at the chapter and area levels. For both the boys’ and girls’ games, 24 players will be named to the US Lacrosse National All-American first team and 24 players will be named to the second team.
"The US Lacrosse All-American program is rooted in a deep tradition of recognizing the best throughout the country," said Ann Kitt Carpenetti, managing director of game administration at US Lacrosse. "With the dramatic increase in participation over the past several years, the US Lacrosse All-American program needed to evolve to reflect the current landscape of the sport. Our goal for the addition of the National All-American is to assist in appropriately recognizing those players."
The US Lacrosse National All-Americans must first be selected to the Regional All-America teams that are selected by US Lacrosse chapter areas on the girls’ side and high school area chairmen on the boys’ side.
The US Lacrosse National High School All-American Leadership Group will select the girls' National All-America Teams, while the US Lacrosse High School All-American Advisory Team will select the boys' National All-America Team. In 2011 the National All-America Teams will be announced after the Champion All-American Showcase.
The 2011 Champion All-American Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. will feature US Lacrosse All-Americans at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of the ESPN RISE Games. The Champion Girls’ All-American Showcase is July 17-19 and the Champion Boys’ All-American Showcase is July 20-22. The boys’ championship game will air on ESPNU, while the girls’ championship game will be shown on ESPN3.com.
For more about the US Lacrosse All-American nomination processes and eligibility criteria for boys' and girls' high school players, visit http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav2Left/Players/HighSchool.aspx.
For more information about the 2011 Champion All-American Showcase, visit http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav2Right/Events/2011ChampionAllAmericanShowcase.aspx.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.
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