Archive for the ‘Grassroots’ Category


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 MonarchLax.com. 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 »


US Indoor Lacrosse to conduct junior summer box lacrosse program in Baltimore

US Indoor Lacrosse (USIL), the managing group for Team USA at the 2007 and 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, announced that the 2014 U.S. Indoor National Junior Program will hold a 2-day tryout/training camp April 12-13 in Baltimore, Md. Three practices are scheduled at the William J. Myers Pavilion Indoor Sports Facility in Baltimore, while a multi-game schedule has been created for the summer of 2014. The 2014 USIL Jr. Team Roster will be unveiled early summer. The two teams will be comprised of 14-15 year old boys (U15) and 16-17 year-old boys (U17). READ MORE »


Youth Box League opens sixth season in the Twin Cities this weekend


The Youth Box League (YBL) is proud to open its sixth season in the Twin Cities this weekend, and will once again provide local athletes with the opportunity to play box lacrosse in a competitive and fun environment. The YBL is the largest youth box lacrosse league in the country, and will feature two formats of box lacrosse this spring from March to May: the YBL Elite League and the YBL Developmental League.

This year, the YBL is excited to launch its inaugural Elite League, which will offer kids the opportunity to play real box lacrosse in a league format for the first time in Minnesota history.  Real box lacrosse is played by thousands of amateurs in Canada, and is played professionally in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Many of the country’s best NCAA DI collegiate players grew up playing real box lacrosse, and attribute their success to the sport. The YBL Elite League will be governed by the Box Lacrosse Association of America (BLA), the national governing body of box lacrosse in the U.S. READ MORE »


Plenty of players give back to lacrosse, but Chris McElroy takes it it to a new level

Chris McElroy
Chris McElroy

Chris McElroy knows the importance of giving back: He has dedicated his life to serving others. You get a sense of his purpose, which borders on the spiritual, when he talks about lacrosse. “I give back to the game because I have had so many great opportunities through lacrosse,” said McElroy. “The most respectful way I can show my appreciation for what I’ve received from the game is to give back to youth. Over the years, I have had more of a keen interest in giving back to First Nations youth and celebrating the culture of the game.” His passion for lacrosse has allowed him to travel throughout the United States and Canada teaching the game. His formula for success centers on a three-prong approach, which involves skill development, teaching the cultural aspects of lacrosse and leadership training. READ MORE »


Syracuse Stingers to host invite on April 13

Box lacrosse fans in Syracuse have gone a while without the game, at least at top levels. But that will change on Sunday, April 13, when the Syracuse Stingers host a pro lacrosse invitational with the Boston Blazers and the Vermont Voyageurs. And no, it’s not those Boston Blazers. But it’s close. Former assistant GM and coach Randy Fraser, along with Chuck Jaffe run the Boston Box Lacrosse League and have assembled a team of all-stars for this invitational. The Voyageurs are a Senior B team with the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League and all 3 of these teams will be part of the April 13 invitational at the OnCenter in Syracuse. The weather will have warmed by then in Central New York so make your plans now to get this event, which should provide some quality ball to enjoy.


Swarm players and coaches helping youth box lacrosse league thrive


The Minnesota Youth Box Lacrosse League is six years old, and like most six-year-olds it’s growing rapidly. What started with 185 kids taking part at the beginning has burgeoned to about 1,200 now playing under the direction of Aimee Caines, the league’s director as well as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Swarm. And the league is capturing some attention, as a recent story on Fox Sports attests. “One thing I have noticed is when you talk to the kids, you ask them what they like better, a lot of them have been saying box lacrosse,” the story quotes Shayne Jackson, a 23-year-old Scarborough, Ontario native in his second season with the Swarm. Alex Crepinsek is a Swarm defender who, like Jackson, was chosen in the first round of the 2012 National Lacrosse League draft. Crepinsek sees the youth league giving American players a better chance to excel at the indoor game with an eye to pursuing spots in the pro league down the road. “I think the guys on our team that started playing field lacrosse, their first box lacrosse experience was playing professional,” he said. “They’re just such good field lacrosse players that they could adapt and learn the game. With kids now growing up and playing box lacrosse, it should help the improvement of the league and help the popularity of it as well.”


Ratcliff, Monarch Lacrosse combine skills of field, box to shape new generation

Lewis Ratcliff is one of the driving forces behind the new Monarch Lacrosse program. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Lewis Ratcliff is one of the driving forces behind the new Monarch Lacrosse program. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Lacrosse players of all ages and skill levels have a new ally in the search for elite lacrosse training. A new and innovative lacrosse company, Monarch Lacrosse promises to provide a unique and rigorous training program that will allow young athletes to take their game to the next level with the help of some of the most sought-after experts in the game. Monarch Lacrosse, founded by former Vancouver Stealth President David Takata (CEO) and National Lacrosse League All-Pro Lewis Ratcliff (Director of Lacrosse Operations), has developed a training program that provides athletes with world-class training both on and off the playing field. READ MORE »