To support the sport of Girls and Boys lacrosse in the Hopkins School district.

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Welcome to Hopkins Youth Lacrosse


  • Registration is now open for the Girls K-2nd, 3-5th and 6-8th Grade Player Development Program for beginners (April-May outdoors on Sundays @ Central Park in Hopkins)
  • Registration is open for Girls 3-4, 5-6 & 7-8 grade teams (practices 2 days a week and weekend game Aril-May)
  • Registration is open for the Boys K-2nd, 3-5th and 6-8th Grade Player Development Program for beginners (Tues evenings indoors @ Hopkins Pavilion, March 8-April 19)
  • Registration is open for teh Boys U9, U11, U13 & U15 teams Tues Practices weekend game March-April)
    To Register for any of these click on the REGISTER HERE button and select from the drop down menu.)



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  x

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Hopkins Box Teams make it into the Championship rounds
Congratulations to all three Hopkins boys box...
Not To Late To Register
The spring field lacrosse season has started. Registration...
Between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years, participation in...
Hopkins Box Teams make it into the Championship rounds

Congratulations to all three Hopkins boys box teams for a great season of lacrosse and skill development.


The Hopkins Boys U9 & U11 teams have made it into the GNLL Box championship rounds this Sunday, May 1 @ the Delano Arena. Exact game times will be posted here on Sunday morning.The Hopkins Boys U13 team plays at 12 noon & 3pm in the consolation round at the Hopkins Pavilion this Sunday, May 1. 

U9 Hopkns boys team & head coach Jason Mestemacher

U11 Hopkins boys team & head coach Nick Culp


by posted 04/30/2016
Not To Late To Register

The spring field lacrosse season has started.
Registration is still open for the following:

Hopkins Boys...(open to players living in or attending school in the Hopkins schools district)

U9 Team 

U11 Team

U13 Team

Hopkins Girls....(open to players living in or attending school in the Hopkins schools district)

​K-2nd Grade Player Development Program

3-4th Grade Player Development Program

5-6th Grade Player Development Program


for more details contact Hopkins Youth Lacrosse President -Mark Hellenack @ 952-938-2723


To Register or find more details about a team or program (Practice & Game schedule) 

click on the "REGISTER HERE" button on this website.

by posted 04/26/2016

Between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years, participation in high-school lacrosse grew 19 percent among girls (to more than 77,000 players) and 15 percent among boys (to nearly 102,000 players), according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations analyzed by BuzzFeed. Over the past decade, the trend is even stronger, with participation more than doubling over that time.

Among sports with at least 10,000 high schoolers, lacrosse has had the highest growth rate since 2009. Other growth sports include 8-player football (up 12 percent), cross country (up 8 percent for both boys and girls), soccer (up 8 percent for girls, up 7 percent for boys), and girls bowling (up 7 percent).

“There are two main reasons for the trend,” said Rick Burton, the Falk Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University, about the rise in popularity of lacrosse. “One is that lacrosse is being developed as a gender neutral sport. It’s a virtually identical game between men and women. Two, it’s an active, contemporary game. It’s not based on set plays with limitations of where people can play.”

Despite lacrosse’s reputation as a preppy, Northeast-centric sport, the sport grew the most in the Midwest and South. Between 2009 and 2013, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio saw the largest percentage increases in participation. And there’s an opportunity for much more growth: In 32 states, fewer than 1,000 students played high-school lacrosse during the 2012-13 school year, according to the NFHS data.


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by posted 04/04/2015
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