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July 1, 2021 — A crux of activity, plus lacrosse awards season

Today, July 1, is a very, very busy day here on the site. And it will be very, very busy this month.

This evening, the latest scholastic girls’ lacrosse season ever has its climax with the Division 1 and Division 2 tournament championship games in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Today and tomorrow, the knockout rounds in the U-19 National Club Championship take place in field hockey, followed by the inaugural Nex-US championship for youth players not taking part in high-performance duty.

Also, today is the first day that NCAA athletes will be able to take advantage of name, likeness, and image (NLI) regulations to allow them to make money while still in college. This could have any number of ramifications, from autograph signings to running sports camps in the summertime.

This month also sees the first of 30 games in the new Athletes Unlimited women’s lacrosse league, an exercise that puts the power in the hands of the players over the five-week season. Teams will be chosen by the best four players in the league, determined by statistical metrics. This creates a style of lacrosse which will be heavy on improvisation rather than an ingrained system of play.

Oh, and did we mention the Olympics begin the final week of the month?

In addition to all of this, we’re readying for awards season for lacrosse in 2021. Here’s what we have planned:

July 6: Region of the Year
July 9: The State of Lacrosse
July 13: United States Coach of the Year, the nominees
July 16: Games of the Year
July 20: Final Statwatch for 2021
July 23: The Final Top 50
July 27: United States Coach of the Year
July 30: Your national scoring champion