...Jr.A and Jr.B lacrosse have no rules or controls over teams' spending on player "salaries", travel expenses, room & board, etc., so the "haves" can pretty well do whatever the heck they want (in terms of promising cash and other incentives to entice players) with no scrutiny whatsoever. What results is players picking and choosing where they want to play, and at what price for their services.
I went through a situation as a Jr.B manager where the homegrown star player came up with a list of $-related demands to be met before he would show up for training camp, and when it was explained to him that team rules were for the entire team, he pouted and stayed home, demanding a trade. He was very specific about where he wanted to be traded, which told me there had been tampering, and we only got an offer of $500 cash for an 80 point-per-season player from the tampering team. We stuck to our guns, taking the position that we couldn't replace 80 pts. with $500, and he appealed to the OLA for an unconditional release. The tampering team refused to offer anything even remotely reasonable in terms of trying to balance the trade, and even told me that they would just wait for the OLA release hearing, and get him for nothing. The OLA actually held 2 hearings in Toronto on the matter, and only acted (backroom fashion, putting pressure on the club that had been tampering to make a reasonable trade offer including real players) when told we would take the matter to court if they granted his release on monetary grounds. While all of this was going on, the player missed all but the last 3 games of the regular season, flopped in the playoffs for his new team, and was never seen playing lax again, even though he was an extremely talented offensive player.
My point is, if there were rules in place for Jr. lax that stated exactly what you can and cannot offer players, and proper scrutiny of team spending, like there is in virtually any other sport (NCAA lax, Jr. hockey, pro sports, etc., etc.), it would make for a much more competitive situation, and the sport would strengthen and grow exponentially. Salary caps in pro sports are being credited with creating competitive balance - look at baseball (the only sport without a cap), and the Yankees' annual dominance, as the example of what happens where there is no cap or enforced restraints.
A level playing field monetarily would give hope and incentive to all of the "have nots" in Jr. lax, and go a long way in growing lax in this country.
Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 9:56 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168