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 »
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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.
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.”
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 »
The big day is fast approaching for members of The Hill Academy’s post-graduate program. This Friday night, at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, they will begin what is planned as a 30-hour game of lacrosse that will break the Guinness World Record for longest game. They’re doing it to raise funds to support a humanitarian trip they have planned for this April. They’ll be heading to Nicaragua on a Me to We trip on which they will help to build schools for Nicaraguan children, along with other activities. You can read more about the game and the trip the PG student-athletes will be taking here.
How can you not like it when Jason Johnson, Cody Jamieson and Craig Point take the game to kids with the goal of getting them off the couch, away from video games and into an active lifestyle? That’s the message this Rochester Knighthawks trio has for kids at Six Nations, along with the message that a lacrosse is more than a stick, and a lacrosse game is more than a game.
The Box Lacrosse Association of America (BLA) is proud to announce that it will begin governing youth box lacrosse leagues this upcoming spring in the United States.
The BLA (www.blalax.com) was established this past November with the goal in mind of providing American lacrosse players with the opportunity to play REAL BOX LACROSSE in a safe and competitive environment. The BLA features a rulebook that is based off the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) rulebooks, and will govern leagues for both Boys and Girls at the U9, U11, U13, U15, high school and collegiate levels. The BLA rulebook is unique in that additional rules have been added to enhance player safety, and requires all coaches and referees to pass certification and training courses to participate in BLA registered leagues. READ MORE »
The back-to-back National Lacrosse League champion Rochester Knighthawks are hosting a winter lacrosse clinic for boys from December 26-27. The clinic will be held at Brighton Sports Zone and will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon both days. The cost of the clinic is $69 ($39 for goalies) and the price includes a free Knighthawks ticket for the home opener on Saturday, December 28 versus the Minnesota Swarm. Additional tickets for family members will be just $10. Instructors for the clinic will be Knighthawks goalie and NLL Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc, Rochester native and Knighthawks forward Joe Walters, and Knighthawks transition man Brad Self. Also included on the instructor roster are Nazareth lacrosse coach Rob Randall and Pittsford coach Andrew Whipple. The Winter Lacrosse Clinic is open to boys lacrosse players ages 7-14 and once the campers arrive at the clinic they will be put in groups according to age and ability. To register, go to rochesteryouthcamps.com. Call the Knighthawks front office at (585) 454-4295 and ask for Nate Snyder if you have questions.
Lacrosse has a proud history in Brantford, but the present is becoming a concern. “The problem is our numbers have declined so badly over the last few years, it’s getting to the point now where we’re having a hard time maintaining a league,” Eric Herron, president of the Brantford Minor Lacrosse Association told The Brantford Expositor. “Now we’re struggling to have a house league and we don’t have rep teams in each division, either.” Just 11 years ago, the program had more than 300 players across the board. Last year, the Association had just 135. The Association’s annual general meeting is at 7 p.m. tonight at Brantford Glass and executives are encouraging anyone who wants to help to attend. “Our goal is to keep it running,” he said. “A lot of us on the executive have brought our kids here. We don’t want to see it go.”
Elite lacrosse programs across the country are shifting their training programs to include indoor lacrosse (box style) as part of their coaching and player development. The American Indoor Lacrosse Association is proud to announce their first group of AILA Integrated Programs. AILA President Johnny Mouradian and his certified integrated coaching staff will be sharing their knowledge and programs and services with owners of the Shamrock Lacrosse Club (NJ), Leading Edge Lacrosse (NJ), Black Bear Lacrosse (PA), Baggataway Lacrosse Club (PA), Heads Up Lacrosse (NJ), New England Storm Lacrosse (CT), Tampa Bay Fire (FL) and Rochester Fire (NY) programs. “We welcome the owners, their coaches, players and the families of these high level field organizations,” said Mouradian. READ MORE »