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!
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:
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 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.”
Several youth lacrosse clubs in Iowa are back in action this fall with practices and clinics. Fall is a great time to knock off the rust, and for new players to pick up the game. While some compeition is planned, clubs are mostly focusing on skill development. The season will run through October with practices for the main spring season starting up after the first of the year for high schoolers and in March for youth and middle school players. ILAX again plans to sponsor league play for middle school and youth boys next spring.
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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