To support the sport of Girls and Boys lacrosse in the Hopkins School district.
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Welcome to Hopkins Youth Lacrosse

Our mission is to promote and teach boys and girls the fundamental skills and team concepts needed to play the sport. We are dedicated to instilling the importance of good sportsmanship, a strong work ethic, and teamwork with the help of positive, encouraging coaches.   

North America's first sport, lacrosse is a Native American game played by almost all the tribes in North America. The game was given the name LaCrosse (bent stick) by the French missionaries who first saw it played by the Huron and Iroquois out east. The native names for the game include Stickball, the ball game,  the Creator's Game, the Bumping Hips Game and Little Brother of War.

Adapted by the Canadians in the early 1900's and given the rules we use today, lacrosse is now Canada's national summer sport. The modern game has protective gear and the benefit of new technology (plastic, aluminum), but it still requires the same skills used by the Native players, quickness, speed, agility, cradling, dodging, catching, throwing, scooping and shooting.

In the USA lacrosse is a varsity high school, college and professional sport and it will soon be an Olympic sport.  It is one of the fastest growing sports and combines the skills you already have in basketball, soccer and hockey. Plus, anyone can play lacrosse, big or small. The game rewards coordination, speed and stick skills.

We invite you to come join the Fun!

if you are interested in getting your son or daughter involved in lacrosse here in the Hopkins School District click on the "Join Our Email List" button on bottom left of this website. For more immediate questions contact HYLA President,  Mark Hellenack at  952-938-2723  or
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Come join the fun March 14th
Come join the fun at the Go Family Go family event at the Eidenhowwr...
Want to see Minnesota's top boy's HS players
Want to see Minnesota's top boy's HS players Come...
Girls Lax Pre-Season Tune Up @ Pavilion
  MN Elite GIRLS Indoor Pre-Season Tune-Up @ Hopkins Pavilion   3rd...
Why Should Hockey Players Play Lacrosse?
Hockey & Lacrosse - Prefect Together Why Should Hockey Players...
Lacrosse Rental Gear Now Available
You Can Now Rent Lacrosse Gear in the Twin Cities Eastside...
Spring Registration Now Open
Come join the fun March 14th

Come join the fun at the Go Family Go family event at the Eidenhowwr Community Cent from 9-12 noon on Saturday, March 14th. Hopkins Lacrosse will be represented and some of our youth coaches will be there promoting the sport in the community by doing skill demos and having kids shoot on a goal.

by posted 02/24/2015
Want to see Minnesota's top boy's HS players

Want to see Minnesota's top boy's HS players

Come watch the 2015 Captains Cup Showcase all day @ the Sea Foam Dome, Concordia College, St Paul, MN on Sat, March 7th...

The Captains Cup Showcase works to honor Minnesota's junior and senior class and celebrate the start of the spring season. The event also provides powerful leadership training that can be brought back to participants' home communities. The keynote speaker of the 2015 Captains Cup will be Team USA member and MLL All-Star Chazz Woodson.

Junior and senior ambassadors from every high school program in the state are chosen to compete on one of four regional all-star teams, each coached by top local UMLC college coaches. The day begins with a keynote presentation meant to inspire and develop the young leaders. Teams then compete in round-robin competition throughout the day. Each team plays a minimum of three games. The two regional teams with the best records after pool play compete for the Captains Cup in a final Championship Showdown. 

Here is the link to the Homegrown website and the Showcase game schedule:


by posted 02/23/2015
Girls Lax Pre-Season Tune Up @ Pavilion


MN Elite GIRLS Indoor Pre-Season Tune-Up @ Hopkins Pavilion
3rd - 7th Graders: Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30pm  March 3, 10, 17, 24
8th - 12th Graders: Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00pm March 3, 10, 17, 24
Each 90-minute session will have a different focus and our up-tempo training is sure to get you better, faster!
$35 per session
Open to all area girls - perfect for your school team training to get you ready for tryouts and the lacrosse season!  The pre-season training sessions are intended to develop the complete player and help improve your stick-work, body positioning, and lacrosse IQ as you head into tryouts and the spring lacrosse season.

Players in grades 3 - 12 (players divided by age and skill level)

Location is indoors at Hopkins Pavilion
11000 Excelsior Boulevard, Hopkins
Register for as many sessions that fit your schedule
Registration is limited due to low coach to player ratio

by posted 02/22/2015
Why Should Hockey Players Play Lacrosse?

Hockey & Lacrosse - Prefect Together

Why Should Hockey Players Play Lacrosse?

  • Lacrosse and hockey are very similar sports
  • U.S. College scholarship opportunities in lacrosse are available
  • Hockey players excel in lacrosse
  • It’s a great method to increase physical fitness in hockey’s offseason
  • Team sports build self-esteem, respect, integrity, & fairness
  • Lacrosse teaches leadership skills
  • It helps prevent sport burn-out by playing a new, fast-paced sport
  • Players of all fitness levels and abilities can compete in lacrosse
  • A player can learn basic plays and strategies
  • A player can learn to play both offensive and defensive positions and make a quick transition from defense to offence and vice versa
  • It reinforces the importance of quickness and agility around the net
  • Lacrosse increases hand-eye co-ordination when stick handling
  • It teaches players to play with their head up and to be more aware of their surroundings
  • Offensive scoring skills are honed by shooting at smaller targets and picking corners
  • Defensive skills are taught with individual and team concepts
  • Lacrosse teaches the creativity of fakes, back passes, & shots
  • Lacrosse is run in 5-player units and helps the hockey player practice playing a team concept
  • It is inexpensive to equip lacrosse players as most hockey equipment can be used in lacrosse

"If sport has a high point of the year, it must be the first week of spring.  When I was growing up, I used to love this time of year. It was when I put my hockey equipment away and I was absolutely ecstatic to see the end of the hockey season. One of the worst things to happen to the game, in my opinion, has been year-round hockey and, in particular, summer hockey. "All it does for kids, as far as I can tell, is keep them out of sports they should be doing in warmer weather. I could hardly wait to get my lacrosse stick out and start throwing the ball around. It didn't matter how cold or rainy it would be, we'd be out firing the ball against walls and working on our moves as we played the lacrosse equivalent to road hockey." "All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and everyone of them learned something from the game to carry over to the other - things athletes can only learn by mixing up games they play when they are young."

-Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One"

“The toughness and physical aspect of lacrosse has definitely had an influence on my playing ability in hockey.  Lacrosse was a great thing for me because it let me get away from hockey for the summer as a kid,” he says. “My mom never really believed in summer hockey. I needed a break and I always looked forward to the lacrosse season. And when hockey season came around I was really looking forward to that. It was good both ways to help myself in both sports.”

-John Tavares, 2009 NHL First-Round Draft Pick by the New York Islanders

by posted 01/29/2015
Lacrosse Rental Gear Now Available

You Can Now Rent Lacrosse

Gear in the Twin Cities

Eastside Lacrosse in Woodbury offers inexpensive lacrosse gear rental for boys and girls youth and high school level players new to the sport. They even offer goalie and box gear.

Click this link for more details:

Equipment Details

Helmet: Only NOCSAE approved helmets in sizes Youth XS to Adult XL.

Shoulder Pads: Sizes Youth S to Adult L.  Limited shoulder liners are available in adult sizes only.

Arm Pads: Sizes Youth S to Adult L.  Arm guards and elbow guards are available in adult sizes only.

Gloves: Sizes Youth 6” to Adult 13”.

Rib Pad: Rib pads for field/outdoor lacrosse.  Sizes Adult XS to L. 

Boy's Stick: Lacrosse sticks are available in Attack/Midfield or Defense lengths in aluminum only.

Goalie Stick: Goalie sticks have a handle option of 30” or 40” in length.

Chest Protector: Sizes Adult XS to L.

Throat Guard: Custom and generic (tie on) throat protectors are available.

Box Kidney Pad: Sizes Adult S to L.

Box Bicep Pads: Sizes Adult S to L.

Girl’s Stick: Standard 42” length only.

Goggle: Adjustable Adult S to L.

Eastside Lacrosse Address & Contact info

783 Radio Dr. Suite 102

Woodbury, MN 55125



by posted 01/21/2015
Spring Registration Now Open


for the 2015 Boy's Box & Girl's Field Lacrosse

Spring Season.

Click on the "REGISTER HERE" button on the left side of the home page and you will be taken to the registration page with practice and game times/locations, required equipment and other details. Scroll up or down to find the registration info your your son's or daughter's age level.

Hurry as spots are filling up fast for Boys U9, U11, U13 Box & U15 Field Registration and  Girls 3/4th. 5/6th & 7/8th Grade field lacrosse registration open through March 15th for the girls and March 7th for the boys.

QUESTIONS: Contact HYLA President, Mark Hellenack at or call 952-938-2723.

by posted 01/14/2015
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