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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  x@yahoo.com
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Fall Coed Intro To Lacrosse Clinic for K-3/4-6th Graders
08/16/2015
Intro to Lacrosse Coed Clinic for K-3/4-6th Grade boys and girls . Dates:...
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...
 
Fall Coed Intro To Lacrosse Clinic for K-3/4-6th Graders

Intro to Lacrosse Coed Clinic for

K-3/4-6th Grade boys and girls

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Dates: Mon., Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5

           Thurs., Sept 17, 24, Oct 1 & 8

Times: 6:30 - 7:30 PM @ Meadowbrook Elementary School gym in Golden Valley, MN.

Note: Last two classes will be at Lions Park, 151 Louisiana Ave N, Golden Valley, for an end of class out-door tournament.

No equipment required, all sticks and balls are provided.

Cost: $59 per player.

Contact: Mike Bowman or call 952-988-4078

Registration Details: https://hopkins.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2015/lacrosse-for-youth#y200-a


by posted 08/16/2015
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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