March 25, 2008 11:03 ET Launches Rankings for Top High School Boys & Girls Lacrosse and Baseball Players in the Country in Partnership With Sports Illustrated and Leading Sports Organizations

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - TAKKLE, Inc. (, the leading online social network for high school sports, in partnership with the Sports Illustrated Group, today announced the launch of TAKKLE Top 100 player rankings for high school boys and girls lacrosse and baseball. The launch of three new rankings follows the successful launch of the TAKKLE basketball rankings ( powered by Five Star Basketball and the TAKKLE Football rankings (, powered by Offense-Defense.

The boys lacrosse (, girls lacrosse ( and baseball rankings ( ) were posted on today.

"With the launch of rankings for lacrosse and baseball, TAKKLE has quickly become a leading source for high school rankings for athletes and fans on the Internet," said David Birnbaum, CEO and Co-Founder of TAKKLE. "We are excited to partner with SI and the leading lacrosse and baseball organizations in the country to bring an interactive forum and resource for all athletes and fans to see the best players in the country."

The TAKKLE Top 100 Baseball Rankings are powered by Baseball Factory (, a national organization that runs over 180 events each year including baseball tryouts, camps, tournaments, showcases and video sessions all across the country. Baseball Factory has paved the way for over 20,000 players to compete at the college level receiving over $500 Million in scholarships. Baseball Factory was founded in 1994 by CEO Steve Sclafani to provide a service that would advise and educate players on the college recruiting process. Today, Baseball Factory offers a one-of-a-kind concept that provides baseball players nationwide with the very best in instruction, tournament competition, and college planning and placement.

For the first time, women's lacrosse will receive equal billing with the men thanks to the TAKKLE Top 100 Lacrosse Rankings, powered by which runs numerous tournaments throughout the country, including All Star Express and The National Draw. is the premier provider of playing opportunities and recruiting events for girls lacrosse in the United States and beyond. Founder and CEO Cathy Samaras has been a trailblazer in the sport, working tirelessly for almost 20 years to promote the growth and development of the game, from grassroots to global.

The TAKKLE Top 100 Boys Lacrosse Rankings are powered by Blue Chip Lacrosse (, an organization that annually runs an elite camp for the top 120 juniors and seniors in the nation. The Blue Chip Experience provides an opportunity for the most competitive players to expose them to every facet of collegiate lacrosse and be evaluated by the top coaches in the nation. Over 90% of Blue Chip campers go on to play Division 1 lacrosse. In last year's Final Four there were 46 players from Blue Chip Lacrosse.

"The TAKKLE Basketball and Football rankings are a valued resource in the daily dialog of high school sports fans. The addition of baseball and lacrosse rankings will continue to fuel conversations and debate on a year-round basis -- providing another opportunity for fans and advertisers to participate," said Ken Fuchs, Vice President and GM, SI Digital.

The new interactive rankings for lacrosse and baseball ( will be updated every two weeks and will include in-depth video and photo content for each player.

As with the basketball and football rankings, TAKKLE users can vote for which baseball and lacrosse players they think are overrated or underrated, as well as check out the profile pages of players on the list, and post comments. Users can also post comments on the rankings home page to nominate their own players or favorites or if they think they missed somebody.


TAKKLE.COM, the largest and fastest growing online social network for high school sports, connects athletes, coaches, fans, friends and recruiters for all high school athletics. On TAKKLE, high school athletes can track and compare their stats, scout rivals, and share videos and photos with their teammates and opponents.

TAKKLE offers advertisers and marketers the ability to strategically target an engaged audience of high school athletes and fans. TAKKLE's investors include Wasserman Media Group LLC, Sports Illustrated, Greycroft Partners LLC, Jack Schneider, Managing Director at Allen & Company, Inc., IJ Smith Enterprises LLC and the New York City Investment Fund.

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