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Iowa Lacrosse Association

Get Ready for Spring '24!!

Several clubs already are registering players for Spring 2024!!! 

That means lacrosse is right around the corner! If you want to check out a new sport or are a new player in Iowa, be sure to check out our member clubs across Iowa to find a lacrosse program for you! 

We are looking to grow new programs in other parts of the state – if you want to see lacrosse in your area, please reach out and let us work with your community to build youth play across Iowa!

Why Play Lacrosse?

Why should your son or daughter play lacrosse?

The simple answer is: It’s fun and its something new to try!

The benefits of being a multi-sport athlete are well known, but it can be hard to pull away from a sport for fear of falling behind or missing out. As the Great One notes below, you won’t fall behind – in fact, playing lacrosse makes you a better hockey player. For example, the similarities between lacrosse and hockey are eery. Don’t take our word for it, a quick google will find page after page of lacrosse and hockey coaches and former NHL players passing on how lacrosse helped them become better hockey players and vice versa. 

It’s not just hockey though. Football players can benefit from reinforcing footwork, agility, spacing, field awareness and more. More on that in a post to come!

Here’s some things to think about, play lacrosse this spring and here’s what you can learn!

  • Lateral movement and foot speed
  • Avoiding hits
  • Dekes and fakes
  • Positional play
  • Explosive power
  • Passing and setting up plays
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Sportsmanlike and team play
  • Acceleration and speed
  • Shooting and aim / accuracy
  • Core strength, follow through and second efforts
  • Checking and physical presence


Why hockey players should play lacrosse from Honest Engine Films on Vimeo.

Officials Training - Get Started Today

We absolutely must develop additional officials (boys/girls). In particular, prospects in CR-IC, the Quad Cities, Dubuque, and Tama/Meskwaki, but even in the greater Des Moines region - we can't continue growing local game play opportunities without more officials. We may be fast reaching a point where we will have to turn kids away because we can't guarantee games for them to play. We don't want that and I suspect you don't either.

Help us by taking some on-line courses this winter. That's how you start -- watching videos to learn about the details of the game. If that builds your interest, then we can discuss next steps. But, we need people to step forward and start the process. Reach out with questions.

This opportunity is open to our High School players too! Email to get started.

New to Lacrosse?

As is the case across the country, boys and girls in Iowa are discovering the exciting sport of lacrosse.  If you are interested in trying lacrosse, or have played in the past and are looking for a new lacrosse home, there are several clubs in the state with youth programs.  More information about those clubs is available here.

2023 Annual Report

As we get underway with the 2023-24 season, take a moment to review highlights from last year in the 2023 Annual Report.

2023-24 ILAX Board Elections

During its annual meeting on June 14, the ILAX Board of Directors elected the following officers for the upcoming year:

President – Jeff Kueter, Iowa City

Vice President – Britt Mitchell, Meskwaki

Secretary – Vince McGee, Quad Cities

Treasurer – Bruce Maxwell, Ames

In addition to these officers, the following individuals were elected to the ILAX board for two-year terms: Steve Gudenkauf, Dubuque.  

ILAX Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

The ILAX Board recently established a statement that makes clear the importance of inclusion and the value of diversity within the Association and member youth organizations. ILAX encourages members to define diversity as an organizational priority along with expectations of inclusion and equity within their programs.  The statement reads:

“The Iowa Lacrosse Association and its member clubs believe in and are committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its players, coaches and volunteers. We want to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation and improves the learning environment for players and positive experiences for coaches and volunteers from diverse backgrounds.”




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