ILAX is offering a two-night lacrosse clinic for beginning players on September 14 & 16 from 6-7:30 pm at Jordan Creek Elementary in West Des Moines. The clinic is for boys & girls new to the game and who are in grades 3-8 (in fall 2021). Basic lacrosse skills will be taught by area coaches. The $35 fee includes a lacrosse stick to keep and an annual membership to USA Lacrosse. The event is limited to the first 50 boys and 50 girls that register.
Step 1: For boys, click here
For girls, click here
Step 2: You will be prompted to create a USA Lacrosse account, in doing so you are creating an account for YOU as the parent/guardian. Once that step is complete, you will be prompted to add information about your player
Step 3: Complete the registration process and pay the $35 fee.
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.”
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.
ILAX OFFERS MENS & WOMENS GAME TRAINING
Starting with classroom training in January and February, ILAX has helped facilitate US Lacrosse officials training for new officials. The effort culminated with 3 mens officials being evaluated on field during high school boys scrimmages at Tiger Field in West Des Moines on March 7. Those officials are now credentialed and can work high school games.
Bob Hoffer from Omaha did the US Lacrosse evaluations, and the event also attracted several local officials from other sports that were able to shadow the action. More recruiting and training is being planned. Anyone with interest in becoming an official should contact the Association.
Iowa youth lacrosse clubs are back on the fields this spring despite the challenges of the pandemic. With Iowa schools offering spring sports, all our clubs report they will also be offering a spring season, and will continue with their COVID19 protocols to help protect players, coaches, officials and fans that participate. ILAX is again offering a competitive league for boys this spring at the U14, U12, and U10 levels with games in April through early June. More details on a league schedule will be shared once participation levels are known.
The Association has released its 2020-21 Annual Report and was discussed at its June annual meeting. The report reflects on the past 12 months of ILAX efforts on behalf of youth lacrosse in Iowa, and also outlines what the Association plans to do in the coming year. The link to the report is below. Some of highlights are continued efforts to recruit and train officials, help member clubs strengthen their youth programs, support its competitive spring league, and continue to help introduce lacrosse throughout the state. ILAX also needs volunteers to carry out these efforts, and plans to form committees to address these needs. Please contact the Association if you would like more information or get involved in our work.
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