Changes at LaxPower as the 2018 Season ApproachesLaxPower has now been around for 20 years, and the people running the site on a daily basis have remained the same since they came on board during the first few years. That will change by the end of 2017. Dan Larsen (who began in 1998) and George Baldassare (1999) will be leaving on December 15.
Dan has handled all news and photography postings, women's lacrosse schedules and ratings, job listings, script and database work, and helped with men's recruits and some Forum administration. George has taken care of everything related to high school boys' lacrosse, served as the chief Forum administrator and moderator, and has been the main person handling men's recruits.
Remaining with LaxPower are Bob Kroshefsky (men's lacrosse), George Hollenbeck (who will shift from girls' to boys' lacrosse), Bill Allen (women's lacrosse scores and recruits), and Larry Feldman (the site's founder, who maintains the ratings program and also works on NCAA tournament predictions and player ratings). George's daughter Keelin is slated to take over girls' lacrosse.
At the time this was posted, Active Network -- the company LaxPower is a part of -- will deal with several areas handled by Dan and George B. as follows:
* News Headlines on the home page and Scoreboard recap links: Will not be updated unless someone new is brought on board.
* Forum: It is likely that the link for new registrations will be available infrequently, if at all.
* Men's Recruits: Although existing listings will remain, new submissions will not be accepted.
* Job Listings: New submissions will not be accepted. Current listings will display until ads reach their expiration date. Note: You can list coaching vacancies at US Lacrosse.
It is not known if/when any of the discontinued services will be resumed. If we have more information before the curtain falls, we'll let you know.
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LaxPower started in the days of slow, often painful dial-up connections. Back then, we generated all of the ratings pages on personal computers and then FTP'd the files -- often numbering in the thousands -- to the server. One could stream several movies more easily and quickly today!
Times changed, thankfully, and almost everything was moved to servers and database tables. But LaxPower was a victim of its popularity. For years, the site carried no advertising, everyone worked as a volunteer, and we covered the cost of hosting and technical help ourselves. After a period of running Google ads to deal with expenses, we eventually looked for help. To make a very long story very short, in the summer of 2007 we were purchased by Active Network, at the time a privately held company and now a recent acquisition of Global Payments.
As almost everyone knows, times changed in another way: lacrosse exploded in popularity. From 2001 to 2017, for example, the number of boys' high school teams we covered grew from 1,622 to 4,033 (an increase of 149%), while the number of games climbed from 11,609 to 31,446 (171%). That's impressive, to say the least, and the trends are very similar for men's, women's, and girls' lacrosse.
Even though the six of us have worked since 2007 as either Active employees or contractors, an effort that began as a labor of love "for the fan, for the sport" continued with that as a primary motivation. George and I are very happy to have contributed in whatever ways we could to support the community in the growth and development of the sport. It's meant considerable work, but it's been both enjoyable and rewarding.
Thanks to the many, many of you who have helped us or the lacrosse community along the way! It's been a pleasure working with you. We will miss the interactions we've had with everyone over the years and hope to see you at a game in the spring sometime.
Dan and George
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