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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Hop/SLP Youth Summer League
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Awards Breakfast @ Hopkins VFW


Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Boys & Girls 

Awards Breakfast @ Hopkins VFW Post 425

Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2015   TIME: from 9am-11am.

Location: the George R. Wolf VFW Post 425 banquet hall on 100 Shady Oak Rd. in Hopkins (across the street from Tuttle's bowling Alley). NOTE: George Wolf from Hopkins was the 1st veteran to loose his life serving our country in WW1.

Cost: $7 fee per participant. Includes Pancakes w/sausage, French toast w/sausage or Eggs w/sausage, and orange juice, coffee or tea to drink).

What to expect: Each team's coach (Boys U9, U11, U13 and Girls 7-8) will present awards during the breakfast, plus we will hear from the Hopkins HS boys and girls coaching staff. Veterans from the VFW Post will also be on hand to speak at the ceremony and say the pledge of allegiance. This event provides a great opportunity for our players and parents to meet and hear from our local veterans. We will have the veterans sit with the players and parents during the breakfast and talk to them about their experiences in the service of our country. A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will benefit both the VFW and the Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association.

How To Sign-Up: The online sign-up form for the annual Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association Spring Boys & Girls Lacrosse Awards Breakfast is now open. Go to the website and click on the “Register Here” button and find the sign up form or use this link to be taken to the Awards Breakfast sign-up form:

As you go through the online sign-up process you will be prompted to enter the total number attending the breakfast from your family and the number of breakfasts per category (either Pancakes w/sausage, French Toast w/sausage or Eggs w/sausage, and orange juice, coffee or tea to drink). If you are Gluten intolerant, please order the eggs and we will make sure the sausage is gluten free. NOTE: Please indicate the number of gluten free meals you require on the online form. After that you will be prompted to pay by credit card or mail a check (payable to HYLA).

Deadline to Sign-Up: We need all payments on or before Saturday, May 23rd as the VFW needs to know the number of players and parents attending and the amount of food to order a week in advance.

See you all on Saturday May 30th!

QUESTIONS: If you have questions contact HYLA President Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723,

by posted 04/25/2015

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
Hop/SLP Youth Summer League

Registration to open in May for the Hop/SLP Youth


Boys & Girls In-House (no travel) Summer Leagues

 Boys U9-U11 & U13-U15 Age Level League teams.

Girls 2-5th & 6-8th Grade Level League Teams 

WHO IS HOLLYWOOD: Kevin "Hollywood" Reed is the founder of the the St Louis Park Youth Association & long time head coach of the SLP High School program. He is a very funny and colorful character who was the President of the MN Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association (MBSLA) for many years and he played lacrosse and coached at both Hopkins HS and the University of St. Thomas.  We honor him and all his efforts to grow the game by naming the summer league after him.
Registration Deadline: June 1st

To Register go to

NOTE: Registration will be open in May, 2015
Boys Age Levels:
Division 1 U15 and U13 age levels play together (basically 6-8th grade).
Division 2 U11 and U9 age levels play together (basically 2rd-5th grade).


Girls Grade Levels:

Division 1 (6-8th Graders play together).

Division 2 (2-5th graders play together).
Cost:  Division 1 = $200/ Division 2 = $180
The Summer League is a small field skills focused in-house lacrosse league.  The goal of the League is to identify individual strengths and weaknesses and focus on developing the players individually skills rather than the team as a whole (the traditional approach). Two games will be played one day a week (Double headers) on a Tuesday or Thursday. There will also be a team practice once a week on a Tuesday or Thursday. For example you might have practice on Tues, 2 games on Thurs.
There will also be five Mini (Individual Skill training) Clinics open to all Players on an optional basis. These will be scheduled on a Monday or Wednesday evening so they don’t interfere with the games or practices.


Here is an example of the 2014 Calendar

(NOTE: the 2015 Schedule of events is not available yet):
Tues, June 11 – Player Evaluations @ SLP HS turf
Thurs, June 13 – Player Evaluations @ SLP HS tuft
Mon, June 17 - Coach drafted teams released @ TBA
Tues, June 18 to – Fri, August 9 Games and 9 Practices @ TBA
*** Week of 4th of July off ***
August 13 HLL Championship @ SLP HS turf
Game Play Details:
*Small field (60’ x 40’) format with short sided (7 v7).including a goalie Each team will have 2 att, 2 mid, 2 def an 1 goalie on the field at one time. 

*Modified Field Lacrosse Rules will be used with no body checking and an emphasis on fun and skill development.

* Minimum pass (1-2) rules may be enforced early on in the season and dropped as the season rolls on and skills improve. 

* Team rosters will be limited to 10 players for a 1-10 coach to player ratio.

* To keep teams balanced Coaches have GM rights like in pro sports…. So, players may be traded between teams Mid-season to keep things balanced and competitive. 
Player Receives:
·       Team Penny (reversible)
·       Access to all Mini-Clinics
·       Coaching in a small group setting
·       Instruction from an experienced adult Coach and Current SLP/Hop lax Varsity Player
·       Each player receives a confidential evaluation
Mini Clinics (Individual Skill Training):
- Sharp Shooting
- Crease Monkey
- Playing Defense Like a Pirate
- Face off Fever
- Dodging Downtown
All games, clinics and practices are at St. Louis Park High School Stadium (Turf), St. Louis Park Junior High (Texas Rd) or at a field in Hopkins TBA.  

US Lacrosse membership Is Required:
A current US Lacrosse membership is also required ($25).  If your son doesn't have a valid US Lacrosse membership, please register online at prior to registering for Summer Lacrosse as you will need your US Lacrosse membership number to complete the registration.

BOYS EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:  Lacrosse Helmet, Boy’s Lacrosse Stick, Gloves, Arm Guards, Shoulder Pads, Mouth Guard and Athletic Cup with Supporter.


GIRLS EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:  Girl’s Lacrosse Stick, Eye Protective Goggles, and Mouth Guard.


QUESTIONS: contact Boys Summer League Director: Jared Mickeson at , 952-220-9038 or Girls summer League Director: Arianna Gavzy at 952-994-6786 or

HYLA President Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or


by posted 03/16/2015
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