Archive for the ‘Grassroots’ Category

Team Ontario in search of gold medal at North American Indigenous Games

Team Ontario is hoping to win gold at the North American Indigenous Games in Saskatchewan.
Team Ontario is hoping to win gold at the North American Indigenous Games in Saskatchewan.

Team Ontario is in the hunt for a championship as it travels to Regina, Saskatchewan, to participate in the 2014 North American Indigenous Games. The U16 team is coached by Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres. The games are being held from Sunday, July 20 through Sunday, July 27. The annual event features 4,500 participants from 21 teams, competing in 14 sports at three age categories in male and female divisions. The lacrosse portion of the NAIG will run from Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25. READ MORE »

Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame announces 2014 class of inductees

The Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) announces the newest members of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (OLHOF) located in St. Catharines, Ontario. The 2014 Inductees OLHOF are Louis Delisle-Player/Builder (Kahnawake), Ted Howe Jr.-Builder (St. Catharines), Doug Luey-Builder (Whitby), Mike McMillan-Player (Owen Sound), Ray Mortimer-Veteran (Mimico) and Rob Mason-Player (Fergus/Owen Sound). The Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame is located in St. Catharines Ontario at the Welland Canal Center, Lock 3, at the Welland Canal Parkway. The 2014 Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday November 1st 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview located at 6470 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls Ontario L2G 3W5. Please contact Chuck Miller at for information. READ MORE »

Suitor combining box and field training in Orangeville camp

Lakers star Andrew Suitor is running a combined box and field camp in his Orangeville home town. (Photo: Kendall Taylor)
Lakers star Andrew Suitor is running a combined box and field camp in his Orangeville home town. (Photo: Kendall Taylor)

It’s summertime, which means the lacrosse camp season is in full swing. Young players are travelling around the continent heading to camps to build their game and improve their chances of landing at the college of their choice. There are box camps and field camps and some camps, like Andrew Suitor’s Evolve Elite Orangeville, that combine the two disciplines. Suitor’s camp, run under the auspices of the Evolve Elite program headed by Tracey Kelusky, will be in his home town July 14-17 at the Alder Arena. But it won’t just be in the arena. Players will have the chance to hit the floors in the morning from 9 till noon, then after lunch they head outside and work on the fields. And of course, being an Orangeville affair, the camp features some of the great players in the game from the area. Future Hall of Famer Josh Sanderson, Toronto and Oakville Rock goalie Nick Rose and Jr A Northmen and University of Vermont star Ian MacKay are among the instructors. There’s nothing quite like summer camp.

Box lacrosse continues growth in U.S. as Indiana, Oklahoma City jump on board

Welcome to box lacrosse, Indiana. And Oklahoma City. Separate ventures with the Box Lacrosse Association will bring the game, with sanctioned leagues, to the areas in and around Indianapolis and Oklahoma City. On June 16-18, Minnesota Swarm assistant coach Aime Caines will lead a clinic of skills and fundamental in Oklahoma City, where OKC BOX LAX currently has more than 100 participants. A summer league will begin on June 19 and conclude Aug. 9 for ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, high school and adults. In Indianapolis, The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy has nearly 150 participants and will launch its box season with BLA rules. Leagues are anticipated for ages 5-6, 7-8, high school and adults. Find out more on the Oklahoma City league here, and more on the league in Indianapolis here.

‘Highway of Heroes Challenge Cup’ in Oakville to honor Canadian military sacrifice

The Oakville Minor Lacrosse Association and the Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association have joined together for a day of competition that will honour the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The First Annual Highway of Heroes Challenge Cup will see a total of 18 games played on Sunday between the two clubs with ages of players ranging from 5 year olds (paperweight) to Midget (17). The event will be running out of the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre on Sunday. Opening ceremonies are set for 9:45 a.m. The first game of the challenge starts at 10 a.m. with play going through the day until 7:30 p.m. Closing ceremonies to wrap up the event will conclude around 8 p.m. The most wins gets the Cup! READ MORE »

‘The Creator’s Game’ offers a lacrosse story that links generations with wise lessons

So many books with lacrosse as a theme are focused on the history of the game, and that’s great. But there’s a historical perspective that often is overlooked: teaching today’s youth about the history of this gift we call lacrosse, or baaga’adowe. The Creator’s Game, a story of baaga’adowe/lacrosse, by Art Coulson with illustrations by Robert DesJarlait, addresses this perspective and it’s a must-have for any lacrosse parent who wants to get started on history lessons right away with the young players in their lives. The story focuses on Travis Skinaway, a player in 6th grade who struggles with the game’s fundamentals. His confidence takes a beating, but he finds refuge at home with support from is mother and grandmother. But Travis also finds encouragement from his late grandfather, who appears to him in dreams. READ MORE »

AILA announces summer camp schedule

The AILA's summer camp integrates box lacrosse skills with the field game. (Provided photo)
The AILA's summer camp integrates box lacrosse skills with the field game. (Provided photo)

The American Indoor Lacrosse Association today announced it schedule for their Integrated Academies for Summer of 2014. The ALIA’s Integrated Academies will get off to a fast start in late June with day and overnight opportunities continuing through July and August that feature AILA’s In|Crosse System, developed by AILA President and Philadelphia Wings GM Johnny Mouradian. In|Crosse education and training, AILA’s proprietary system leverages the integration and convergence of the indoor version of lacrosse with the field game. The cutting edge program teaches bio-mechanics, principles, strategies and tactics of indoor lacrosse taking advantage of the several features like small goals (4’x 4’9), 30 second shot clock, five on five lacrosse, players learn to play offense and defense, to name a few skills. READ MORE »

Church, Mydske, Ratcliff to bring Monarch box clinics to Edmonton, Seattle and Austin

Monarch Lacrosse announced today the dates and locations for three box lacrosse camps to take place this summer. The camps, which are the first three scheduled since Monarch’s launch in early February, will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Seattle, Wash., and Austin, Texas. Online registration for the camps is now open at Canada’s national summer sport is lacrosse and in Edmonton people are as excited about the sport as ever as the local professional squad, the Edmonton Rush are making headlines with one of the best starts in National Lacrosse League (NLL) history at 15-1. READ MORE »

Finland is newest nation to commit for 2015 World Indoor Championship tournament

The Finland National Team has confirmed it will make its international indoor lacrosse debut at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, held at Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ Onondaga Nation Arena near Syracuse, and First Niagara Center in Buffalo in September of 2015. “We are excited to push this forward and see where we stand on the international level,” said Finnish Lacrosse Association president Matti Tähkäpää. The 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is truly an historical event as it is the first time the Iroquois Nationals, the indigenous lacrosse team of the Haudenosaunee, is to host a world championship. READ MORE »

AILA names Simmons VP of Development

The American Indoor Lacrosse Association is proud to announce that Charles Simmons, currently VP of Marketing and Strategy Development for Thomas Scientific, has been appointed as its Vice President of Strategic Business Development. “We are very excited to bring on-board Charles to share his wealth of strategic marketing and business operations knowledge,” said AILA President Johnny Mouradian. “His expertise and love for lacrosse will be a major driving force in our objective of developing well-rounded field players who can incorporate the intricacies and skill sets of indoor lacrosse to their field game.” READ MORE »