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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.

Catch College Lacrosse in Iowa

Several upcoming mens' and womens' collegiate games across Iowa. Here are more details --


Saturday, March 25 (5/6pm) – University of Iowa vs Wisconsin White & Wisconsin Badger @ Hawkeye Tennis & Rec Center

Saturday, April 8 (11:45am/5pm) – Iowa State vs Minnesota & Nebraska

Friday, April 14 (7:30pm) – Iowa State vs St. Thomas

Saturday, April 15 (11:30am) – Iowa State vs Minnesota-Duluth

Sunday, April 16 (10am) – Iwowa State vs Missouri St



Friday, February 10, 4:00 pm -- William Penn v. Hamline @ MidAmerican Rec Plex, WDM

Friday, February 17, 4:00 pm -- William Penn v. Cornell @ MidAmerican Rec Plex, WDM


Be sure to check out the individual schedules for William Penn and Cornell for other games this spring - along with the other colleges in Iowa playing lacrosse (St Ambrose, Clarke, U Dubuque, Wartburg, and the UI & ISU club teams)!

Getting Ready for Spring Lacrosse!

Clubs across the State are gearing up for the Spring 2023 lacrosse season! Last year more than 600 boys and girls played America’s original game for clubs across Iowa. Most support play for ages 8 through 18. If you are looking for a second sport or just want to try something new, give lacrosse a try! 

It is a fast paced game emphasizing hand-eye coordination, body control, agility, teamwork, and conditioning. 

Contact a Club in your area today!

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.

New Officials Needed!


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:

Officials Recruitment Flyer


2022-23 ILAX Board Elections

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.  

Travel Team Tryouts

ICE LAX will launch its inaugural season for boys play in Summer 2023. Their goal is to field teams with players ranging in age from U12-High School '24.


ALL CENTRAL IOWA Practice Clinic & ICE LAX Player Evaluation

March 29, 2023. 7:30-10pm

RecPlex Outdoor Fields Parking will be limited

Arrive by 7:15 to check in

Sign up to let them know you're coming with this link

Questions – email

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.”


Fall Jamboree A Success

ILAX would like to thank member clubs and their parents and players for their support of the Fall Jamboree.  We also appreciate the support we received from the USA Lacrosse trainers for their work with several new officials.  The Jamboree involved several boys and girls scrimmages on Saturday, October 15 at the MidAmerican Energy RecPlex in West Des Moines.  The play day involved teams from Ankeny, Waukee, West Des Moines, Iowa City-Cedar Rapids, and Omaha in age groups ranging from High School to 10U.  We received favorable comments about the training and the opportunity to have a friendly competition as the fall season winds down.    



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