Category Archives: Club Teams
Lacrosse Tournaments: “2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival” On January 18-19 Features Six Girls And Boys Divisions At Empire Polo Club In Indio, CA
Inner City Lacrosse: Encore Brand Lacrosse And Johnny Christmas Hosted Free Lacrosse Clinic For The Brooklyn Crescents Club (Video)
Johnny Christmas and Encore Brand Lacrosse travel to Brooklyn to host a free lacrosse clinic for the Brooklyn Crescents in conjunction with the esteemed Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. The collaboration was a success, showcasing the sport to an entire crowd, Spike Lee and world renown hip hop artist. ENCORE BRANDs mission continue
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Lacrosse Injury Prevention: US Lacrosse Releases “How To Make Proper Contact In Men’s & Boys Lacrosse” Online Instructional Course (Video)
After several years of development and collaboration with professionals in martial arts, gymnastics and other contact sports, US Lacrosse has developed the course to help reduce the number of injuries resulting from illegal and hard hits by teaching proper technique to deliver and receive contact in men’s and boys’ lacrosse.
The course, featuring host Sam Bradman (LXM Pro Tour), is a valuable resource for coaches, players, parents and officials. It navigates the user through nine units of written and video instruction, graphs, drills and other US Lacrosse resources for members to use and refer to as often as needed. The units cover a range of topics including: what is making contact in lacrosse, age-appropriate contact, injuries and contact, receiving contact, making contact, and more.
Find out more at USLacrosse.org.
Inner City Lacrosse: “Brooklyn Lacrosse” Is A Two-Year Old Non-Profit Group Utilizing Top Former College, Professional Players To Coach Over 450 Girls And Boys, Ages 5 To 15, In New York City Area
“…(Brooklyn Lacrosse) began with a free summer clinic in Prospect Park in 2012…Joe Nocella, 43, a former architect and lacrosse player at City College who now runs a bike shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn, started with 30 boys and predicts that 450 girls and boys will play this spring, the traditional lacrosse season. The practice sessions at Brooklyn Lacrosse, for ages 5 to 15, cost $99 for the season; they started on Sept. 8 and are to run through November. In the spring, teams will play tournaments…”
But across New York City, the image of lacrosse is shifting. Nonprofit groups have been attracting a racially and economically diverse population to play a sport, created by Native Americans, that has long been associated with elite prep schools and colleges.
Fall is the sport’s traditional off-season, but last Sunday, Joshua and Jordyn, 6, joined 300 other children on a turf field at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5, for practice with Brooklyn Lacrosse.
The club is a two-year-old nonprofit group offering instruction at a reduced cost. It broke off from the Brooklyn Crescents, the borough’s longest running club, which has been playing since 2006 at Poly Prep Country Day School, in Bay Ridge. The Crescents, still thriving, enrolled 250 players this fall.
Mat Levine, 61, known as lacrosse’s godfather in New York City, started his club, Doc’s NYC Lacrosse, in 1996, when his children were playing. Since then he has expanded the club from Manhattan to the Bronx and Queens. Mr. Levine, who grew up on Long Island and played lacrosse at Williams College, also founded a nonprofit group, CityLax, eight years ago to introduce the sport to high schools in underserved neighborhoods.
Participation in lacrosse in city high schools has nearly doubled since 2009, mostly because of girls’ teams, said Eric Goldstein, the chief executive of school support services for the Education Department (who played in the city’s first public program, at Jamaica High School in 1985). In the last school year, 1,169 public school students played varsity or junior varsity lacrosse, up from 679 in 2009. In the same period, girls’ varsity programs grew to 21, from 10; only girls’ wrestling is growing faster.
Lacrosse Tournaments: “2014 US Lacrosse Youth Regional And National Championships & 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship Festivals In Denver”
Youth Club Lacrosse: NLL’s Colorado Mammoth And 3d Lacrosse Launch Colorado Box Lacrosse League; “Powerful Combination Of Training, Contacts, Players, Facilities And Operations”
The new Colorado Box Lacrosse League will begin operations this winter with youth and high school divisions accommodating recreational, elite, and high school teams in indoor rinks across metro Denver. The Jr. Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse have consolidated their own individual leagues from past years to form the new league to build a bigger, brighter future for all players involved. For more information on the new league and to register for this coming winter season, visit www.JrMammoth.com or www.3dlacrosse.com.
“In just a few short years, 3d Lacrosse has altered the pre-collegiate lacrosse landscape on a national level,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “The Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse will be exponentially more impactful to the development of lacrosse players by working together.”
“After working independently for a number of years, it was not too hard to figure out that a joint approach would better serve the community and players in the long-term,” said 3d Lacrosse Chief Operating Officer Greg Waldbaum. “The combined resources of the two entities make for a powerful combination of training, contacts, players, facilities, and operations that is undeniable, and bringing it together makes all the sense in the world. We are pleased and honored to be working with Steve and the Mammoth organization and look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial future.”
The new League and entity intends to operate year-round with league play, clinics, tournaments, and training all revolving around the game of box lacrosse. 3d Lacrosse has built a local and national powerhouse based on its own box / field hybrid methodology and the Colorado Mammoth has been one of the most successful NLL franchises in the history of the game. Together, the two entities bring an enormous amount of experience and expertise around the game of box lacrosse.
About the Colorado Mammoth
The Colorado Mammoth is arguably the model franchise in the nine-team National Lacrosse League (NLL), a professional box lacrosse league that was founded in 1987. Playing at Pepsi Center to crowds of more than 16,000 fans per game in its 11-year history, the Mammoth boasts a passionate and loyal fan base. The Mammoth is wholly owned and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the same company that owns the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche, MLS Colorado Rapids and NDP Lacrosse.
About 3d Lacrosse
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 3d Lacrosse has quickly become one of the premier training, event, and select club lacrosse operations in the country. Founded by former Division I coach Jamie Munro, 3d Lacrosse has operations, offices, teams and events throughout the nation. Munro earned All-America honors at Brown, played professionally, coached at Yale and Denver, is a current men’s Division I analyst on ESPNU and is a regular contributor to Inside Lacrosse. For more information on 3d Lacrosse, please visit www.3dlacrosse.com.
Club Lacrosse: “2014 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships” To Be Held In Aurora, CO On July 21-23; 32 Boys & Girls Lacrosse Teams To Compete
3d Select National (Colo.) became the first team with a majority of players from the West to win the boys’ national championship in 2013, while the Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.) girls won their first national championship after falling in the semifinals in 2011 and 2012. The 2013 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships drew 56 teams from 22 states.
Teams that participate in the championships may purchase discounted tickets to the July 17-19 playoff games of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men’s World Championships, which US Lacrosse is hosting at nearby Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver.
“We are thrilled to team with Visit Aurora to bring our signature youth tournament to the West for the first time, and to give our U15 teams the opportunity to experience the once-in-a-lifetime FIL World Championships,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “In addition to high-level competition, our youth tournaments emphasize sportsmanship and building relationships among teammates and opponents. Players, coaches and families will have the chance to connect with the world lacrosse community when they attend the World Championships.”
The 2014 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships will extend automatic invitations to the top four teams and “Keeper of Lacrosse” Sportsmanship Award winner at the 2013 event, the top four teams at each US Lacrosse Regional Championship in 2014 (dates and sites below), and a limited number of at-large teams via an application process. Team registration for regional championships and application forms for at-large bids are expected to be available at uslacrosse.org in September.
“Aurora is thrilled to host the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships at Aurora Sports Park,” said Gary Wheat, president and CEO of Visit Aurora. “This is a wonderful event that will introduce our city to US Lacrosse and the high level of competition associated with these championships.”
Aurora Sports Park is a 220-acre site that includes 23 fields, seven picnic shelters and five concession areas. It becomes the third venue to host the championships, joining Cedar Lane Park (Bel Air, Md., in 2009) and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in 2010-13).