During its annual meeting on June 15, 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: Elliot Florer, Ankeny; Dave Hankins, Ankeny; Ashley Hicks, Quad Cities; Sean Mahoney, Waukee; Mike Ross, West Des Moines; Marc Shulman, Ames; and Beech Turner, West Des Moines. Thank you to all for serving.
Some twenty-five boys and girls from around the Des Moines metro took part in a new CanPlay lacrosse camp on June 13-16 in Clive. The CanPlay camp was supported by an equipment grant from USA Lacrosse and coaches and players from the West Des Moines and Waukee lacrosse clubs. The campers were new to the sport and learned some of the sport’s basic skills. A big thanks to all involved!
The Association has released its 2021-22 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 with a special focus on recruiting girls, support its competitive spring league, and continue to help introduce lacrosse throughout the state. ILAX also needs volunteers to carry out these efforts. Please contact the Association if you would like more information or get involved in our work.
The popular Xcelerate Nike summer camp is returning to the Des Moines area this July 11-14. The day camp is open to all boys entering grades 5-11 this coming fall, and will run from 9 am – 3 pm each day. For more information visit the camp’s registration page below.
ILAX OFFERS MENS & WOMENS GAME TRAINING
The game is growing quickly in Iowa and we need officials. If you currently are an official, and are considering becoming involved in another sport, please consider lacrosse. ILAX will help you get started as we facilitate USA Lacrosse training. We anticipate training will be offered this fall and winter in advance of next spring’s season which runs March through May. For more details about the opportunity, check out the link below:
All Iowa youth lacrosse clubs are underway with their spring seasons. High School practices started in late January for several clubs and their game schedules run through May while the Youth seasons typically start right after spring break. ILAX again has organized a Youth Boys League for clubs across the state with games scheduled from early April through early June.
Boys 14U competition at the new West Des Moines RecPlex
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.
The Iowa Lacrosse Association and USA Lacrosse sponsored a skills development clinic for new players on September 14 & 16 in West Des Moines. Coaches and players from area clubs helped run the two-night clinic. Boys and girls throughout the metro in grades 3-8 were introduced to the basic skills of the sport and also received a free lacrosse stick and a 1 year membership to USA Lacrosse as part of the promotion. 63 new players took part in the event. Thank you to all involved!
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.”
PROMOTION – EDUCATION – COMMUNICATION – COMPETITION – SPORTSMANSHIP
ILAX is helping you grow the game!