US Lacrosse ALL-AMERICAN
• Definition: US Lacrosse All-Americans are the best players from their area. They exhibit superior skills and techniques, possess exceptional game sense and knowledge, and embody good sportsmanship.
• Eligibility for Final Nomination: Players must be members of their varsity lacrosse team or approved scholastic club program. Players must have played in majority of their teams’ games for the current season. Players must be significant contributors to their team. Players must be of outstanding character and be in good academic standing in their school. Any player that has received a diploma from a secondary school will not be eligible for All – American status during post-graduate study. While not required, strong consideration is given for players who have received All-State, All-County, or All-District Team in current or previous seasons.* Sportsmanship and safe play are attributes that must be considered. In this regard, an account of the number of cards (Women’s Game) or Unsportsmanlike fouls (Men’s Game) attained by a player in the current season should be considered during nomination and voting. If a player has a substantial amount of cards or unsportsmanlike fouls, it is recommended that the Chair request testimony from the nominating coach as to how the player’s fouls are not lessening of their sportsmanship. **US Lacrosse recognizes that the hierarchy of honors differs from state to state. Chairs should contact US Lacrosse if their coaches’ association feels adjustments are necessary.
• QUALITY DEFINITION: A US Lacrosse All-Academic Player is one who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represents high standards of academic achievement in the classroom.
• Criteria/Eligibility Guidelines: (Must meet ALL of the following) A High School All-Academic Form for the player must be completed and submitted to the Recognition Chair through the online submission process. Players must be a junior or senior. Players must have played in majority of their teams’ games for the current season. Player must be a starter or significant contributor to their team. Players should have left their mark beyond the lacrosse field and classroom by making significant contributions of service to the school and/or community. Player has minimum cumulative (freshman year through application deadline) grade point average 3.7 GPA out of a 4.0 academic scale. If in doubt, please ask the school guidance counselor for assistance determining acceptable GPAs for a 5.0 scale or weighted GPA. Applications must include a signature from their schools Guidance Counselor and include information on any significant community service that was completed. A player who violates their school or a programs written contract or code of conduct may be excluded from consideration. Any and all violations must be noted on the player’s final nomination form. Any player that has received a diploma from a secondary school will not be eligible for All – Academic status during post-graduate study. *The head coach must fully complete and submit the US Lacrosse All-Academic application, Nomination Form through the online system.
US LACROSSE JACKIE PITTS AWARD
• Women’s Game Player- This award recognizes a senior player in each area who truly honors the game of lacrosse, is invested in the development of the game in her community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve her game, and is an exemplary member of her team. She exemplifies the spirit of the game, on and off the field. Academically, she is an outstanding student and a valued role model in her school.
• Criteria: High School Senior (Post Graduate students are not eligible) Resume and/or Letter of Recommendation referencing athlete’s contribution to lacrosse within her community Resume and/or Letter of Recommendation referencing athlete’s commitment to personal development within the game. Player is a starter or significant contributor (plays over half a game on average). Player has a cumulative (freshman year through application deadline) grade point average of 3.0 GPA out of a 4.0 academic scale. Please ask the school guidance counselor for assistance determining acceptable GPAs for a 5.0 scale or weighted GPA. (A minimum number of Honors, College Prep, or AP classes are not required) Athlete can be, but is not required to be an All-American or All-Academic candidate. Coach members must complete the Jackie Pitts Nomination Form. Jackie Pitts Forms that are not filled out completely will not be considered. One Jackie Pitts Award Allowed Per Area