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Welcome to Hopkins Youth Lacrosse

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Jan & Feb Try Lacrosse Clinics for boys & girls beginners (for details click on the Intro to Lacrosse clinics button above)
  • Registration is open for Girls 3-4, 5-6 & 7-8 grade teams (for  details click on the REGISTER HERE button)
  • Registration is open for the Boys K-2nd Grade, U9, U11, U13 & U15 teams (for  details click on the REGISTER HERE button)

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OUR MISSION

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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Interview with Hopkins HS senior Scott Zaccagnini Jr.
02/05/2016
An interview with Scott Zaccagnini Jr. a Hopkins H.S. Senior on his...
Interviwe with Hopkins HS Senior Kamal Baker
02/05/2016
Interview with Kamal Baker, Hopkins HS senior on scholarship to University...
Try Lacrosse Clinic
01/20/2016
2016 Hopkins Coed "Try Lacrosse" Clinic for beginners...
Box Lacrosse Instructional Videos
01/11/2016
  Box Lacrosse Instructional videos... 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse...
K-2nd Grade Boys Player Development Program
01/11/2016
The Hopkins Lacrosse Boys & Girls K-2nd Grade Player Development...

01/10/2016
Todd Frykman of Maple Grove hired as the new head coach of the Hopkins...

10/23/2015
Registration for 2016 Girls Field Lacrosse is now open...   Here...
2016 Hopkins Youth Lax Registration Info
10/23/2015
Registration for 2016 Spring Boys Box & Field Lacrosse is...
Need your help recruiting youth players
04/29/2015
  To: Hopkins youth lacrosse parents, HS players, HS...
LACROSSE IS THE FASTEST GROWING SPORT
04/04/2015
Between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years, participation in...
 
Interview with Hopkins HS senior Scott Zaccagnini Jr.

An interview with Scott Zaccagnini Jr. a Hopkins H.S. Senior on his way to play lacrosse at Division III powerhouse Ohio Wesleyan University.

When was the first time you ever picked up a lacrosse stick? I was my eighth grade year. I had played catch with my friend Kamal in his backyard with a backup stick he had in his garage. I remembered thinking that it really was a unique sport in itself, kind of a mix between hockey, basketball, and soccer. But really, it was unlike anything I'd ever played in the past.

When was the first time you played on a team?  The first team I played on was a youth box league my eighth grade year. I wasn't very good, but after the first couple games, I felt that I could really get used to the sport.

What were the aspects of lacrosse that made you enjoy it and want to play? One thing that stood out to me was the mix of intensity and finesse that the game held. It wasn't just another sport that relied on a players brute strength or speed. It also required players have a distinct amount of skill; giving a certain class to the game.

Who is your favorite player? I would say my favorite player would have to be Romar Dennis. He's currently a senior midfielder at Loyola MD and is, I believe, one of the best dodgers in the sport today.

What made you the player you are today (practice with teammates after practice, travel teams, wall ball, camps, hard work and desire to be the best, etc)? I really liked the idea of being the first to practice, then the last one to leave. I felt that if I truly wanted to improve, I would have to take advantage of every opportunity I was given. Fortunately, I had a friend who shared the same drive and ambition to do the same.

 Who are the people that have influenced you so far in your playing career and how? I would have to say my parents have played a large role throughout my career. When I first started, they were always so supportive of the choices I made. Which gave me the confidence to continue to succeed in the sport.

You are both moving onto play college lacrosse. Tell us the story of your journey (travel teams, recruiting tournaments, which schools contacted you, who did you want to play for, college visits, etc)? After the starting of my career in box, I then moved on to a summer field team where got exposed to a new, outdoor aspect of the sport. It was soon after, I began to participate in camps, clinics, leagues, etc. All of which were run through the program known as Homegrown Lacrosse. It was then I began to develop the talent to participate in different club teams. Where I would get the chance to travel out of state and play in various tournaments all across the country. It wasn't until my sophomore year when I had started getting emails from schools. The ones that stood out to me were Jacksonville, Amherst, Robert Morris, and of course, Ohio Wesleyan. It wasn't until this past summer where I began to take visits to the various schools I was interested in. But I knew once I first stepped foot onto OWU, it was the place for me.

What influenced you most about your final decisions to go to D-III Ohio Wesleyan? One thing that really stood out to me was not only the success that the program had experienced on the field, but the success off the field, as well. I saw that in the team's most recent year, they had taken a record of 18-1. But another thing that had gained my interest was the fact that about 98% of the students were getting the jobs they wanted after graduation.

Any tips for our youth players and future Hopkins HS players? Every Always strive to be better than the player you were yesterday; there's always an opportunity to do so.


by posted 02/05/2016
Interviwe with Hopkins HS Senior Kamal Baker

Interview with Kamal Baker, Hopkins HS senior on scholarship to University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) to play division I lacrosse.

When did you first pick up a lacrosse stick and what was your reaction to the game? I first picked up a stick in gym class in 7th grade. It was a fast pace game and I enjoyed the high energy.

 What was the first team you played on? Hopkins Youth Box team.

 What were the aspects of lacrosse that made you enjoy it and want to play? The pace of the game and the room for creativity makes it one of the most interesting games in the world. 

 Who is your favorite player (college or pro)? It's really difficult to choose, there are so many different playing styles that I like so I'll give out a couple names. Favorite College Player is Sergio Perkovic, Deemer Class, and Hakeem Lecky. Favorite Professional Players are Tom Schrieber, Kyle Harrison, and Jeremy Sieverts.

 What made you the player you are today (practice with teammates after practice, travel teams, wall ball, camps, hard work and desire to be the best, etc)? Hitting the wall as often as you can. Even the pros talk about finding time on the wall. Additionally, I took on the attitude of being the first to show up to practice and the last one to leave. I took that with me all through my club team practices, camps, and even shoot-arounds with the boys.

 Who are the people that have influenced you so far in your playing career and how? Kyle Harrison was the biggest influence to me. Lacrosse is a traditionally white sport and seeing a black man being one of the best players in the game made me feel more comfortable jumping into this sport.

You are moving onto play college lacrosse. Tell us the story of your journey (travel teams, recruiting tournaments, which schools contacted you, who did you want to play for, college visits, etc)? It started with me being scouted by Cory Childs to play for True Lacrosse. From all the traveling out east for tournaments I realized that I wanted to play where the "hotbed" was at the time; Maryland. I bounced around from club team to club team; True Lacrosse to Minnesota Chill to Minnesota Elite then Team Minnesota. Each coach I've worked with in all of those clubs helped me out a ton with recruiting and getting my name out there. Especially LC Morschel from True Lacrosse who introduced me to Coach Settembrino, a UMBC assistant coach, at the Twin Cities Showcase. I talked closely with Albany, High Point, Mercer, and Salisbury before committing to UMBC. 

What influenced you most about your final decisions to go to D-I -UMBC ? The biggest factors for me was the team dynamic, academic integrity of the school, and the location. I knew early on that I wanted to play lacrosse out east for a college and I knew I wanted a good education. UMBC had both of those goals met being that its slogan is "An Honors University in Maryland". After my first visit one thing that stuck out to me was how close the players were to each other. There were no cliques; the freshman hung out with everyone including the seniors. It was a really close team and that is something you look for in a team.

Any tips for our youth players and future Hopkins HS players? Every coach in the world will tell you to 1. PLAY WALL BALL and 2. SHOOT OVERHAND. There is a reason they say it so much. 

 How can we get more Hopkins students to play youth lacrosse? We have to advertise the game more than we do. I feel like there is a general unawareness about the game that contributes a lot to our low numbers. We have to get the sport out there by talking to your friends about it if you play. Give your friends a stick and play catch. Next thing you know you've got a Scottie Zaccagnini going to one of the top Division 3 schools in the nation. 

More on Scott in te next interview....


by posted 02/05/2016
Try Lacrosse Clinic

2016 Hopkins Coed "Try Lacrosse" Clinic for beginners is set for Sun, Feb 28 @ Eisenhower Community Center gym


Try Lax Clinic - A Hopkins Try Lax Coed (Boys & Girls) Clinic will be held on Sunday, February 28th from 12 noon-2pm in the main gym at the Eisenhower Community Center on Hwy 7 in Hopkins.

The fee is $9 per player and all loaner equipment is included.This is a skill development clinic for beginner boys and girls in grades K-8th and is sponsored by Hopkins Community Ed and staffed by Hopkins youth coaches and high school coaches/players.
TO REGISTER: visit the registration page for Hopkins Community Ed by usng this link: https://hopkins.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-winter-spring-2016/hopkins-try-lacrosse-clinic#htlc
QUESTIONS: Contact Mike Bowman at 952-988-4078 or   

   


by posted 01/20/2016
Box Lacrosse Instructional Videos

 

Box Lacrosse Instructional videos...

2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship: Iroquois vs. Canada

Here is a list of links for instructional videos for Boys Box lacrosse. We will also be adding a girls instructional video page shortly. This page is for both coaches and players to use and enjoy. Keep in mind that we don't play the traditional version of Box, but rather a less physical modified version retaining the skill building without the body and cross checking.

  • Dodging Concepts for Box:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_LeI9G55B0

Brian Langtry explains some key points of dodging in the indoor "box" lacrosse game.

 

  • Shooting on Box goals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaIJDlVlHbc

Jordan Hall of Reebok Lacrosse and the Rochester Knighthawks shows us the basics of    shooting on indoor lacrosse goals.

 

  • Pick & Roll - LAX 101:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Ry696P9ks&list=PLaOUmkVMs8sBQ9ha_dEKdWqPoKCOHNY_7

Washington Stealth forward and Stealth Lacrosse Academy Director Lewis Ratcliff teaches several effective ways to execute a pick and roll in box lacrosse (Video by JJ Youngquist).

 

  • Shot Fakes & Shooting Tips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB0PVTS9-7A&list=PLaOUmkVMs8sBQ9ha_dEKdWqPoKCOHNY_7&index=3

Jeff Zywicki takes time before practice to give a few tips on shot fakes. Zywicki has one of the most effective fakes in the game today, and he often leaves opposing goalies on their back as highlighted in this video.

 

  • Dodging - Lax 101:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOq2shv5rdc&list=PLaOUmkVMs8sBQ9ha_dEKdWqPoKCOHNY_7&index=2

Washington Stealth forward and Stealth Lacrosse Academy Director Lewis Ratcliff gives some box lacrosse tips on one-on-one dodging in this installment of Lax 101 (Video by JJ Youngquist).
 

  • Face-Off Techniques:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRmSWG-I4lg

Minnesota Swarm transition player Jordan MacIntosh demonstrates the proper way to win a faceoff.

 

Lacrosse legend Johnny Mouradian opens this on-field demonstration with the coaching points and philosophy behind the effective execution of various shots. Mouradian uses NLL players to demonstrate six effective shooting techniques: Underhand, overhand, backhand, sidearm, break away and screen shots. Quick stick and inside rolling shots are also covered.

 

  • Box Offense (line changes, transition, fast break, plays, etc.):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Vfbr20oBE&list=PLaOUmkVMs8sBQ9ha_dEKdWqPoKCOHNY_7&index=7

Ontario Lacrosse Association instructional video

 

 

 


by posted 01/11/2016
K-2nd Grade Boys Player Development Program

The Hopkins Lacrosse Boys & Girls K-2nd Grade Player Development Programs are now accepting online registrations...

Boys K-2nd Grade Program Details...

Season: March 1-April 19 (8 sessions on Tuesday from 7-8pm at the Hopkins Pavilion Arena on Hwy 7 in Hopkins)

Program Format: This skill development program teaches box & field lacrosse skills in a fun and safe environment and is run by Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association. We will use  soft lacrosse balls and modified youth lacrosse rules approved by US Lacrosse. We will have 8 indoor sessions and finish the season with some outdoor games. The objective of the program is to teach the skills and concepts to the players to prepare them for participation in the U9 box & field lacrosse programs next spring.

Grade Levels:  K-2nd Boys

Equipment Required: All players must wear a hockey or lacrosse helmet and hockey or lacrosse gloves. A loaner boys specific lacrosse stick (40-42" in length) will be provided.

Cost: $70 per player.

To Register: go to the www.HopkisnLax.org website and click on the REGISTER HERE button and choose the K-2nd Grade Boys Player Development program option in the drop down menu

Questions: Contact Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association - President, Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or @yahoo.com.

Girls K-2nd Grade Program Details...

Season: April -May on Sunday afternoons (7 sessions) at one of the school fields in Hopkins TBA.

Program Format: This skill development program teaches girls field lacrosse skills in a fun and safe environment and is run by Hopkins HS players and coaches. We will use  soft lacrosse balls and modified youth lacrosse rules approved by US Lacrosse. We will have 7 outdoor sessions and finish the season with some scrimmages. The objective of the program is to teach the skills and concepts to the players to prepare them for participation in the 3-4th grade field lacrosse programs next spring.

Grade Levels:  K-2nd Girls

Equipment Required: All players must wear a pair of lacrosse  goggles which can be found at local sporting goods retailers. A lcrosse stick appropriately sized for the players will be supplied and included n the cost of the program.

Cost: $70 per player. (includes a girls stick). Additional costs include a US Lacrosse annual membership ($25) and a pair of eye protective goggles ($25 or more).

To Register: go to the www.HopkisnLax.org website and click on the REGISTER HERE button and choose the K-2nd Grade Boys Player Development program option in the drop down menu

Questions: Contact Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association - President, Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or @yahoo.com.

 

 


by posted 01/11/2016

Todd Frykman of Maple Grove hired as the new head coach of the Hopkins High School boys lacrosse program.

Todd is a 2008 graduate from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Todd played defense for the Bulldogs and was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Maple Grove HS boys varsity lacrosse team and a coach with Team MN. Todd is from Maple Grove and attended Maple Grove HS.

We will be interviewing Todd and have more info here shortly about him and his vision for the Hopkins Boys HS lacrosse program moving forward.


by posted 01/10/2016

Registration for 2016 Girls Field Lacrosse is now open...

 

Here is the MSSLAX Hopkins Girl's Spring Field Lacrosse Registration Link for the 3-4th, 5-6th and 7-8th grade girls teams:Click Here

 

7-8th Graders to merge with Hopkins HS JV for spring field lacrosse (see details).

Due to the struggle to fill the roster of the Hopkins Girls 7-8 and JV teams in the pat it is in the best interest of the 7-8th graders to merge their program with the JV program. So, Hopkins H.S will offer 7-8th grade girls the opportunity to tryout for the JV team this season. Until the participation numbers improve this is the best solution for the girls.

Season: April 4 – May 22 (8 weeks)

Skill Levels: Beginner to experienced. 

Outdoor practices: Practices start the first week in April after tryouts are done and run Mon-Fri from 3-5:00 pm at Hopkins HS. 
Activities Bus: There is an activity bus that runs between West &  North/Hopkins HS for practice. There will also be travel to other Twin City suburbs by bus for away games.
Game Schedule: The game schedule will be released in late March and emailed out to players/parents as soon as its available. There will also be a player/parent meeting prior to the start of the season. The dates, time and location will be emailed to everyone that registers with the high school athletic dept..

Who Can Tryout:Current 7-8th grade girls attend Hopkins Schools.
Tryouts will be held on Monday, April 4th from 3-5pm indoors at the Hopkins Pavilion or outdoors at the high school depending on the
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 weather. You must register with the Hopkins HS athletic secretary by March 1st so you can be niotified about the Tryouts.

HOW TO REGISTER: Call the Hopkins HS main # 952-988-4500 and ask for Sherry the Hopkins HS athletics secretary. Ask Sherry how you can register for the JV Girls lacrosse team. You must do this by March 1st so you can be niotified about the Tryouts.

Player's Activity Fee: $TBA This covers the facility costs for games and practices, balls, a bus for all away games the coaches salary and uniforms. 
Required Equipment:  Woman's lacrosse stick, mouth guard, soccer style cleats and eye protection (lacrosse goggles) are required. A uniform is provided (home & Away jerseys and a practice jersey and shorts). Please see the 'Equipment Tips" button on this website for how to buy a stick.

Team Manager & Score/Time Keeper: We will need a parent to be a team manager and also a couple of parents to volunteer to be scorekeepers/timers at home games. Please let your coach know if you can assist.

Coach: Maggie Dionne will be the JV head coach. She is a Hopkins HS Lacrosse alumni and just graduated from and played lacrosse at Gustavous Adolphus College. She can be reached at 612-805-5522 or @gmail.com or Jon Smart - Hopkins High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach, 952-988-5220

 

3-6th Grader Girls registration is now open for the spring field lacrosse season...

Due to the struggle to fill the roster of the Hopkins and St Louis Park Girls 3-4th and 5-6th grade teams we have merged our girls lacrosse program with St Louis Park. So, until the participation numbers improve this is the best solution for the girls in both communities.

Season: April - May

Grade Levels:  3-4th, and 5-6th grade

Practices & Games: Practices and games were held for at the SLP Middle School on Texas Ave in St Louis Park on Monday and Wednesday between 6-8pm starting April 2 thought May 22. More details will be provided as the season approaches.

Equipment Required: All players must wear girls lacrosse protective goggles, a mouth guard and a girls specific lacrosse stick.

Cost Per Player: 3-8th graders pay $250.00 which includes all outdoor practices and home games at St Louis park Middle School, a reversible jersey and away games in the West metro. Additional costs include US Lacrosse membership $25. 

To Register: Click on the Register Here button on this Hopkinslax.org website, choose the team you want tp register for on the drop down menu and follow the direction on how to register. You will also be directed to the SLPLax.com website to register there and pay

US Lacrosse membership Requirement: Just like last year, US Lacrosse membership will be required of all players and coaches so they will be covered by liability insurance and receive the other benefits of USL membership. The cost is $25 annually an is in additional cost.

Questions: Contact Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association - President, Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or @yahoo.com or Arianna Gavzy, SLP Girls Youth Lacrosse Director 952-944-6786.

 

Girls K-2nd grade Lacrosse Player Development Program

Season: April – May (7 Sunday sessions) on a Sunday afternoon.

Development Program Format: This skill development program teaches field lacrosse skills in a fun and safe environment and is run by the Hopkins Youth lacrosse Associations with assitance form the Hopkins HS girls program coaches and players. We will use  soft lacrosse balls and modified youth lacrosse rules approved by US Lacrosse. We will have 6-8 sessions and finish the last of the sessions with some games. Games will consist of two 20 minute halves and teams will play short sided with no goalies.

Grade Levels:  K-2nd Girls

Equipment Required: All players must wear girls lacrosse protective goggles, a mouth guard and a girls specific lacrosse stick.

Cost Per Player: The K-2nd grader girls per playercost will be around $70-$80. 

To Register: Click on the Register Here button on this Hopkinslax.org website, choose the team you want tp register for on the drop down menu and follow the direction on how to register.

US Lacrosse membership: The K-2nd graders must to be US Lacrosse members to participate. US Lacrosse membership is required of all players and coaches so they will be covered by liability insurance and receive the other benefits of USL membership. The cost is $25 annually. memberships is avilable online at www.uslacrosse.org

Girls K-2nd Grade Practices: will be held at one of the local elementary schools or Parks in the evening 1-2 times a week and run by  starting around the week of April 18 thought May 16. More details will be provided as the facilities are confirmed.

Questions: Contact Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association - President, Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or @yahoo.com.


by posted 10/23/2015
2016 Hopkins Youth Lax Registration Info

Registration for 2016 Spring Boys Box & Field Lacrosse is now open!.

You can choose to play both Box & Field or just one thsi spring

GNLL Box League U9, U11, U13, U15 Registration Link:Click Here

GNLL Boy's U9, U11, U13, U15 Spring Field Registration Link:Click Here

Hopkins K-2nd Grade Boys Player Development Program: Click Here

Sun, Feb 28 Hopkins Coed K-8th Grade Try Lacrosse Clinic for beginners  Click Here

Great Northern Youth pre-season Box Lacrosse League.

Season: March 12 – May 1 (6 weeks)

Box League Seasonal Format: Youth box “indoor” lacrosse will be part of the single season concept for lacrosse in Minnesota. Box lacrosse will be the pre-season (March-April) warm-up for the youth field “outdoor” lacrosse season in May-June when the weather is better and fields are dry and more available. Local youth lacrosse associations do not have to enter teams in box as it is entirely optional.

Box Rules & Format: We will use modified field lacrosse rules approved by US Lacrosse for indoor play. We will have an 8 game minimum with optional end of season tournament April 29-May 1. Games will consist of three 15 minute periods and teams will play 5 vs 5 plus goalies with rosters between 12-16 players.

Age Levels & Eligibility: U9, U11, U13 and U15 teams. Both girls and boys may play box, but must use the boys style equipment (see below)

Equipment Required: All players must wear a lacrosse helmet and shoulder and elbow pads. A mouth guard and boys lacrosse stick (between 40-42" in length) are also required. The association supplies all the goalie equipment.

Cost Per Player: $250.00 includes all indoor practices at the Hopkins Pavilion, a stipend for the coaching staff, a reversible jersey and weekend home games at the Hopkins Pavilion Arena and other Metro area arenas for away games. Additional costs include an annual US Lacrosse membership $25.

US Lacrosse membership Requirement: Just like last year, US Lacrosse membership will be required of all players and coaches so they will be covered by liability insurance and receive the other benefits of USL membership. The cost is $25 annually an is in additional cost.

Practices: will be held for all teams at the Hopkins Pavilion Arena on the following dates and times:

Saturday - March 5 Clini for all teasm U9-U15 from 12 noon-2pm)

Tuesdays - March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5, 12, 19 (6-7pm = U13 & U15) (7-8pm = K-2nd, U9 & U11)

Questions: Contact Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association - President, Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or @yahoo.com.

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Great Northern Youth Spring Field Lacrosse League.

Season: Late April – June 25 (8 weeks)

Spring Field League Seasonal Format: Youth spring field “outdoor” lacrosse will be part of the single season concept for lacrosse in Minnesota. Field lacrosse will be played after the box season is over in April 25 - June when the weather is better and fields are dry and more available. Field lacosse is the version of the sport that is played on the high school level for boys and girls throughout the country in the spring.

Field Rules & Format: We will use modified youth field lacrosse boys rules approved by US Lacrosse. We will have an 8-10 game season with optional end of season tournament. Games will consist of two 20 minute halves and teams will play 10 on 10 including goalies with rosters between 18-24 players.

Age Levels & Eligibility: U9, U11, U13 and U15 teams

Equipment Required: All players must wear a lacrosse helmet and shoulder and elbow pads. Also required is a mouth guard and boys lacrosse stick (between 40-42" in length for offense and a max of 72" for defense).

Cost Per Player: around $250.00 which includes all outdoor practices at SLP Missle School, a reversible jersey and 5-6 weekend home games at St Louis Park Middle School and 5-6 away games. Additional costs include a $25 annual US Lacrosse membership.

US Lacrosse membership Requirement: Just like last year, US Lacrosse membership will be required of all players and coaches so they will be covered by liability insurance and receive the other benefits of USL membership. The cost is $25 annually an is in additional cost.

Practices: will be held for all teams at the SLP Middle School on Texas Ave in St Louis Park on 2 days a week (Last year its was Tuesday and Thursday) between 6-8pm starting in late April thought July 25. More details will be provided as the season approaches.

Questions: Contact Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association - President, Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or @yahoo.com.

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Hopkins Community Ed Boys K-2nd grade Lacrosse Developmental program.

Season: March 1-April 19 (8 sessions on Tuesday from 7-8pm at the Hopkins Pavilion Arena on Hwy 7 in Hopkins)

Development Program Format: This skill development program teaches box & field lacrosse skills in a fun and safe environment and is run by Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association. We will use  soft lacrosse balls and modified youth lacrosse rules approved by US Lacrosse. We will have 6-8 sessions and finish the last of the sessions with some games. Games will consist of two 20 minute halves and teams will play short sided with no goalies.

Grade Levels:  K-2nd Boys

Equipment Required: All players must wear a hockey or lacrosse helmet and hockey or lacrosse gloves. A loaner boys specific lacrosse stick (40-42" in length) will be provided.

Cost Per Player: $70 per player.

US Lacrosse membership: The K-2nd graders do not have to be US Lacrosse members but it is encouraged. US Lacrosse membership is required of all U9 - U15 players and coaches so they will be covered by liability insurance and receive the other benefits of USL membership. The cost is $25 annually.

Questions: Contact Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association - President, Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or @yahoo.com.

 


by posted 10/23/2015
Need your help recruiting youth players

 

To: Hopkins youth lacrosse parents, HS players, HS Booster Club parents and Alumni

From: Mark Hellenack: Your Hopkins Youth Lax fearless leader

RE: Need your help recruiting youth players for this summer and next spring

(Hopkins Youth Lax Recruiting and Promotion Committee members needed)

You may not know it but I am pretty much running the HYLA by myself. I don’t mind doing it, but really need your help with the most important aspect of the job, RECRUITING PLAYERS (convincing parents to have their kids play lacrosse and have a ball just like your kids do). In this regard, I need several of you to step forward and be the recruiters for each of the boy’s age level and girl’s grade level teams and be part of a group of parents, coaches and HS players and alumni to form a Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Recruiting & Promotion Committee. Our youth teams are the feeder program for Hopkins HS, so it’s important to the future success of the HHS boy’s and girl’s lax teams that high school players, coaches and parents be involved in the youth program too.

Here are the different age & grade levels teams and participation levels. Our neighbors in Minnetonka, Edina, Minneapolis and Eden Prairie have more players and sometimes 2-3 more teams per age/grade level then us. Let’s change that. Which team(s) would you like to help with?

BOYS…(YBL box in Spring, SLP/Hop Field Summer League in Summer)

K-2nd grade boys soft-lacrosse player development program Player Recruiter (in-house program run through Hopkins Comm Ed this spring/summer & Golden Valley Park & Rec in the fall)

U9 Boys Player Recruiter (14 Hopkins box players this spring)

U11 Boys Player Recruiter (11 Hopkins box players this spring)

U13 Boys Player Recruiter (12 Hopkins box players this spring)

U15 Boys Player Recruiter (4 Hopkins kids playing SLP Field lax this spring)

GIRLS…(MSSLAX field League in Spring, SLP/Hop Summer League in Summer)

K-2nd grade girls soft-lacrosse player development program Player Recruiter (in-house program run through Hopkins Comm Ed this spring/summer & Golden Valley Park & Rec in the fall)

3-4th Grade Girls Player Recruiter (0 Hopkins players this spring)

5-6th Grade Girls Player Recruiter (2-3 Hopkins players on the SLP team this spring

7-8th Grade Girls Player Recruiter (12 players on Hopkins 7-8 team this spring)                             

What needs to be done? Since we don’t have the budget or manpower of a Corporation trying to gain market share, we have to rely on the best kind of advertising there is, “WORD OF MOUTH”.  All of you can talk to other parents about getting their boys and girls to play lacrosse. Get the youth hockey, track, football, soccer, and baseball kids to come on board and play with your son or daughter. You know they will love it just as much as your kids do!

By forming this Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Recruiting & Promotion Committee we would have a group of parents, coaches and HS players working together to reach out to the kids at all the schools and make sure the registration info is in the e-newsletters that the parents get, posters are placed were they can be seen at schools, gym teachers and administrators are informed of sign-ups and asked to mention it in gym class and on the PA system in school. We can also plan informational meeting for potential players and their parents after school, just like other clubs do. I also want to push for more TryLax clinics, after school lacrosse clinics with Kids & Company, and a district wide spring sports registration night where all the ports are represented equally (school and non-school run sports alike). TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS.

Here is the list of schools in the Hopkins school district:

Elementary Schools… Alice Smith (AS), Eisenhower &  XinXing Academy (IKE), Gatewood (GW), Glen Lake (GL), L.H. Tanglen (TG), Meadowbrook (MB)

Junior Highs… North Junior High (NJH) and West Junior High (WJH)

The Next Step…So, the next step is setting up a meeting with all the people that want to be involved to form the Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Recruiting & Promotion committee and identify player recruiters for the boys and girls teams and a team of parents to be the promoters at the schools. Again, I don’t need help with budgets, renting school facilities or any of the administrative stuff, just the most important part of getting more kids to play.

Send me an email ASAP with any suggestions, questions and what you would like to help with. Once I hear back I will try and set up a meeting to get rolling on this in early May. It I’ll be fun I promise!

 

Mark D Hellenack – Hopkins Youth Lax Association, President

952-938-2723 h/o


by posted 04/29/2015
LACROSSE IS THE FASTEST GROWING SPORT

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.

 

Read the whole article on Buzzfeed.com: http://www.buzzfeed.com/johntemplon/lacrosse-fastest-growing-sport#.loRWmvDew


by posted 04/04/2015
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