|New development league set to take the field in 2013 |
Thursday, September 06, 2012 2:10:28 PM
In a Saturday press release, the Prospect Lacrosse League announced its existence and its scheduled summer 2013 start. The league's purpose, it stated will be similar to that of MLB's summer minor leagues, geared toward developing current NCAA players for pro lax.
According to the release, Prospect will start with four teams, all operated by the league, next year, playing 12 games in the Chicago area. In 2014, they will open up to expansion teams. The announcement of the starting four clubs and their home bases will be made next month - apparently they already have names and logos.
The league's website featured an August 27 posting looking for - you guessed it - prospects. They will reportedly accept any player, D-I through club level, and anyone can register for the tryouts taking place in December. D-I guys' registration fees will be waived. Prospect said that, at the combine, they will fill half of the teams' rosters.
The release also stated that there will be no participation fees for players accepted onto a team. If they live outside the area, they will be sponsored by a host family, and ticket sales and concessions will offset other costs.
The named commissioner of Prospect, Joe Stefani, said, "We want to focus on the quality of the players, not who could 'pay to play.' We want to have a mix between Division I to club players from all over the country. Ideally a good chunk of guys will be from the Chicago and Midwest markets because of the heavy growth of lacrosse over the last decade."
We'll see if this new minor league will succeed in grooming and growing MLL and NLL players, but regardless, it should be good fun to have another outlet over the summer for elite men's lax.