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Welcome to Hopkins Youth Lacrosse

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Hopkins Community Ed will also be running a fall 2016 Intro To Lacrosse series of 8 sessions for K-6th grade boys & girls on Mon & Thurs nights from 6:30-7:30 pm, Sept 19-Oct 17 at Meadowbrook Elem School gym & Lions Park in Golden Valley. For more details visit: http://www.hopkinsschools.org/community-education/youth-programs/fall-activities​.

Registration will soon be open for the spring 2017 Girls K-2nd, 3-5th and 6-8th Grade Player Development Program for beginners (April-May outdoors on Sundays @ Central Park in Hopkins) All equipment is provided. Click on the "REGISTER HERE" button on this website in Jan of 2017.

Registration will soon be open for the spring 2017 Boys K-2nd, 3-5th and 6-8th Grade Player Development Program for beginners (Tues evenings indoors @ Hopkins Pavilion, March 8-April 19). Sticks will be provided. Players will need to provide their own hockey or lacrosse helmet and gloves.Click on the "REGISTER HERE" button on this website in Jan of 2017.

Registration will soon be open for the spring 2017 Boys 10U, 12U, and 14U spring Box (indoor) and field (outdoor) lacrosse teams. Box practices are at the Hopkins Pavilion Arena and practices are one night a week on Tuesdays with games on weekends March-April. Field lacrosse practices will be on a local field on Mon & Wed evenings with games on weekends in May and weekdays in June. For details. Click on the "REGISTER HERE" button on this website in Jan of 2017.

Registration will soon be open is open for the spring 2017 Girls 3-4th, 5-6th and Prep 7-9th grade spring field (outdoor) lacrosse teams. Our 3-6th grade Hopkins student athletes play for the St Louis Park Lacrosse Association teams. Both associations combine  back in 2014. 3-6th grade Practices are two nights a week at SLP Middle School while 7-9th graders practice and play at Hopksin HS.  Games are on weekdays and weekends April-May. For details. Click on the "REGISTER HERE" button on this website in Jan of 2017.

QUESTIONS: call HYLA President, Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or email HopkinsYouthLax@yahoo.com

 

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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to promote and teach boys and girls the fundamental skills and team concepts needed to play the sport. We are dedicated to instilling the importance of good sportsmanship, a strong work ethic, and teamwork with the help of positive, encouraging coaches.   

North America's first sport, lacrosse is a Native American game played by almost all the tribes in North America. The game was given the name Lacrosse (bent stick) by the French missionaries who first saw it played by the Huron and Iroquois out east. The native names for the game include Stickball, the ball game,  the Creator's Game, the Bumping Hips Game and Little Brother of War.

Adapted by the Canadians in the early 1900's and given the rules we use today, lacrosse is now Canada's national summer sport. The modern game has protective gear and the benefit of new technology (plastic, aluminum), but it still requires the same skills used by the Native players, quickness, speed, agility, cradling, dodging, catching, throwing, scooping and shooting.

In the USA lacrosse is a varsity high school, college and professional sport and it will soon be an Olympic sport.  It is one of the fastest growing sports and combines the skills you already have in basketball, soccer and hockey. Plus, anyone can play lacrosse, big or small. The game rewards coordination, speed and stick skills.

We invite you to come join the Fun!

if you are interested in getting your son or daughter involved in lacrosse here in the Hopkins School District click on the "Join Our Email List" button on bottom left of this website. For more immediate questions contact HYLA President,  Mark Hellenack at  952-938-2723  or  x

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Girl & Boys intro to lacrosse fall clinics
08/24/2016
Local fall opportunity to play lacrosse for beginner and experienced...
Hopkins Youth lacrosse oportunities to play this fall
08/24/2016
Boys Opportunities to play lacrosse this fall? Fall League...
LACROSSE IS THE FASTEST GROWING SPORT
04/04/2015
Between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years, participation in...
 
Girl & Boys intro to lacrosse fall clinics

Local fall opportunity to play lacrosse for beginner and experienced girls & boys in 2nd-6th grade.

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NEW! Beginning Lacrosse (Thursday mornings @ Gatewood Elem)

For: Grades 2-6 (coed)

Staff: Jon Smart – Hopkins HS Girls head coach

Learn the basics of playing lacrosse, from passing and shooting to ground balls and basic rules. No experience or equipment is needed. Be ready to have fun and learn this great sport.

Details: Class ID #Y654: 4 sessions $29 Thurs., Sept. 29-Oct. 27 8:15-9:15 am No Class Oct. 20 Gatewood Elementary Basketball Court.

Registration link: https://hopkins.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2016/beginning-lacrosse

Intro to Youth Lacrosse (Mon & Thurs nights @ Meadowbrook Elem)

For: Grades K-6  (coed)

Staff: Mark Hellenack, former Hokins HS head coach & Hopkins Youth Lacrosse coaches and HS players.

Learn all the skills to play lacrosse — one of the most popular and fastest growing sports in Minnesota! Hopkins Lacrosse players and coaches will introduce you to this fast-paced game. Learn stick handling, proper positioning, passing, cradling, and team skills. Please wear appropriate clothing, athletic shoes, and bring a water bottle. Equipment is provided.

Details: Class ID #Y200: 8 sessions - limit 20 $59 Mon. & Thurs., Sept. 19-Oct. 17 6:30-7:30 pm No class Oct. 6 Meadowbrook Elementary Gym. The last two classes will be at Lions Park (grass field), 151 Louisiana Ave N, Golden Valley, for an end-of-class tournament.

Registration link: https://hopkins.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2016/youth-lacrosse

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Scholarships:  We’re committed to equal access for all our Hopkins Public Schools students. If you are concerned about pricing, scholarships for activities are available (limited). Please call: 952-988-4070 for information.


by posted 08/24/2016
Hopkins Youth lacrosse oportunities to play this fall

Boys Opportunities to play lacrosse this fall?

Fall League options...

Since we don'thave enough players interested to form our own teams, we will be combineing with Mpls and ACYLA (see below).

Hopkins 14U and 12U players have been invited to play for the Minneapolis Youth Lacrosse Association teams in the GNLL Fall League which consists of 6 Sunday games Sept 11-Oct 9 at a West Metro location TBA.

If interested and for more details contact:

 12U Coordinator, Chris Miller at 612-824-8252  chris24miller@

14U Coordinator, >Mark McCleary 612-245-4625  mwmccleary@gmail.com

 

 

Hopkins 10U (formally U9) players have been invited to play for the Armstrong/Cooper Youth Lacrosse Association team in the GNLL Fall League which consists of 6 Sunday games Sept 11-Oct 9 at a West Metro location TBA.

If interested and for more details contact: Michaal at

Other Fall Options...

 

Fall Premier League: Homegrown’s Premier League is a regional, development program and team league that gives players an opportunity to build lacrosse IQ, strengthen lacrosse skills and become a more powerful, effective athlete. Players are coached to become students of the game and to understand the importance of building strong lacrosse skills and fundamentals. You can read more about the program including registration details here.

  • September 10 - October 15
    • Tryouts will be held on Saturday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 13
    • Team practices will take place on Tuesday evenings following the September 13 tryout day
    • Boot camp training sessions will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings, dates and times listed below:
      • 16U / 18U: Mondays, September 12 - October 10, 7:30 PM - 8 :45 PM
      • 14U: Thursdays, September 15 - October 13, 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Team games will take place on Saturdays

Fall Back2LAx Boot Camp: This is a great option for players who might not be able to commit to Premier League or it could supplement your Lakes League team's weekday trainings. Mixing speed and agility work with position specific skill building drills, Homegrown's Boot Camps will help players elevate their game and build confidence. Designed to help players grow in technical skill and confidence, each session challenges players to improve their abilities from both a conditioning and skills perspective. The program features progressive position specific instruction as well as high repetition skill drills. Every minute of field time is used to heighten player's on-field IQ while building endurance and lacrosse specific muscle memory. You can read more about the program including registration details here.

  • Boot camps will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings
    • 16U / 18U: Mondays, September 12 - October 10, 7:30 PM - 8 :45 PM
    • 12U / 14U: Thursdays, September 15 - October 13, 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

MN Chill All-State Tryouts: Our All-State Travel team, MN Chill, is back again! Tryouts will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 2. The Chill offers it’s players a unique product that incorporates on and off the field experiences. So, not only are players competing with the best teams in the country, but they are also having fun off the field with opportunities like hiking in the mountains, rafting, Wisconsin Dells, and more. Become a part of the MN Chill family and find out more info here. Age levels: 12U, 14U, U16, U17, U18

 

Team MN Tryouts: Tryouts will be held Sunday, Sept. 11 (Concordia University, St Paul) and Sunday, Oct. 18 (Woodbury). For more info click hereAge Levels: U7, U10, U12, U14, U6, U17, U18.

 

MN Select loons Travel Team Tryouts: Tryouts are scheduled for Sept 10,11 & 18 at University of Northwestern  in St Paul.  The Minnesota Loons provides talented high school players exposure to NCAA recruits, premiere showcase competition across the country and coaching to take thier game to the next level. We encourage our athletes to have a strong work ethic and provide a competitive and comfortable environment to do so. Our goal is to not only improve and develop lacrosse skills, technique, and know how; but also to help develop a strong work ethic for Minnesota`s youth and have them "Set their Sights" on their future and inspire on and off the field! For more info click hereAge Levels: U14, U66, U17, U18.


by posted 08/24/2016
LACROSSE IS THE FASTEST GROWING SPORT

Between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years, participation in high-school lacrosse grew 19 percent among girls (to more than 77,000 players) and 15 percent among boys (to nearly 102,000 players), according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations analyzed by BuzzFeed. Over the past decade, the trend is even stronger, with participation more than doubling over that time.

Among sports with at least 10,000 high schoolers, lacrosse has had the highest growth rate since 2009. Other growth sports include 8-player football (up 12 percent), cross country (up 8 percent for both boys and girls), soccer (up 8 percent for girls, up 7 percent for boys), and girls bowling (up 7 percent).

“There are two main reasons for the trend,” said Rick Burton, the Falk Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University, about the rise in popularity of lacrosse. “One is that lacrosse is being developed as a gender neutral sport. It’s a virtually identical game between men and women. Two, it’s an active, contemporary game. It’s not based on set plays with limitations of where people can play.”

Despite lacrosse’s reputation as a preppy, Northeast-centric sport, the sport grew the most in the Midwest and South. Between 2009 and 2013, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio saw the largest percentage increases in participation. And there’s an opportunity for much more growth: In 32 states, fewer than 1,000 students played high-school lacrosse during the 2012-13 school year, according to the NFHS data.

 

Read the whole article on Buzzfeed.com: http://www.buzzfeed.com/johntemplon/lacrosse-fastest-growing-sport#.loRWmvDew


by posted 04/04/2015
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