Category Archives: Middle School Boys

Lacrosse Injuries: “Dr. James Andrews Targets Youth Sports Injuries” Article Discusses “Overuse Prevention” And Importance Of Avoiding “Sport Specialization” Until Senior Year In High School

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Lacrosse Injury Prevention: US Lacrosse Releases “How To Make Proper Contact In Men’s & Boys Lacrosse” Online Instructional Course (Video)

US Lacrosse BannerThe US Lacrosse new online instructional course, How to Make Proper Contact in Men’s & Boys’ Lacrosse, is available free of charge to all of its members at

After several years of development and collaboration with professionals in martial arts, gymnastics and other contact sports, US Lacrosse has developed the course to help reduce the number of injuries resulting from illegal and hard hits by teaching proper technique to deliver and receive contact in men’s and boys’ lacrosse.

The course, featuring host Sam Bradman (LXM Pro Tour), is a valuable resource for coaches, players, parents and officials. It navigates the user through nine units of written and video instruction, graphs, drills and other US Lacrosse resources for members to use and refer to as often as needed. The units cover a range of topics including: what is making contact in lacrosse, age-appropriate contact, injuries and contact, receiving contact, making contact, and more.

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Inner City Lacrosse: “Brooklyn Lacrosse” Is A Two-Year Old Non-Profit Group Utilizing Top Former College, Professional Players To Coach Over 450 Girls And Boys, Ages 5 To 15, In New York City Area

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Our Mission is to bring the sport of Lacrosse to the youth of Brooklyn, emphasizing Fundamentals, Teamwork, Respect and Brooklyn. The essence of our organization is the belief that Lacrosse should be made accessible to all children, despite the various barriers of entry that exist in urban areas; such as cost, perception, and logistics.
Through community initiatives and outreach we strive to open up endless opportunities for the youth in Brooklyn through the sport of Lacrosse
We are the only Lacrosse Organization in Brooklyn whose coaches were National Champions (Div 1 and 2), Hall of Famers and Professional League Players.
Our program is open to boys and girls from Pre-K through 8th grade.

“…(Brooklyn Lacrosse) began with a free summer clinic in Prospect Park in 2012…Joe Nocella, 43, a former architect and lacrosse player at City College who now runs a bike shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn, started with 30 boys and predicts that 450 girls and boys will play this spring, the traditional lacrosse season. The practice sessions at Brooklyn Lacrosse, for ages 5 to 15, cost $99 for the season; they started on Sept. 8 and are to run through November. In the spring, teams will play tournaments…”



But across New York City, the image of lacrosse is shifting. Nonprofit groups have been attracting a racially and economically diverse population to play a sport, created by Native Americans, that has long been associated with elite prep schools and colleges.

Fall is the sport’s traditional off-season, but last Sunday, Joshua and Jordyn, 6, joined 300 other children on a turf field at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5, for practice with Brooklyn Lacrosse.

US Lacrosse First Stick GrantThe club is a two-year-old nonprofit group offering instruction at a reduced cost. It broke off from the Brooklyn Crescents, the borough’s longest running club, which has been playing since 2006 at Poly Prep Country Day School, in Bay Ridge. The Crescents, still thriving, enrolled 250 players this fall.

Mat Levine, 61, known as lacrosse’s godfather in New York City, started his club, Doc’s NYC Lacrosse, in 1996, when his children were playing. Since then he has expanded the club from Manhattan to the Bronx and Queens. Mr. Levine, who grew up on Long Island and played lacrosse at Williams College, also founded a nonprofit group, CityLax, eight years ago to introduce the sport to high schools in underserved neighborhoods.

Participation in lacrosse in city high schools has nearly doubled since 2009, mostly because of girls’ teams, said Eric Goldstein, the chief executive of school support services for the Education Department (who played in the city’s first public program, at Jamaica High School in 1985). In the last school year, 1,169 public school students played varsity or junior varsity lacrosse, up from 679 in 2009. In the same period, girls’ varsity programs grew to 21, from 10; only girls’ wrestling is growing faster.

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Lacrosse Skills And Training: “BTB Players Manual” Features 10 Online Videos Focusing On Offensive, Defensive Lacrosse Skill Development Combined With Strength, Speed And Conditioning Training

BTB Players ManualThe BTB Players Manual is a series of 10 online videos that focus on passing, catching, ground balls, dodging, shooting, offense, and BTB Lacrosse Videosdefense, as well as strength, speed, and conditioning training. The BTB Players Manual also consists of a complete workout calendar with daily workouts, a systematic training guide and tips, and a college recruiting seminar.

Lacrosse Coaches Matt Rienzo and Jesse Miller have joined forces with some of the top professional lacrosse players in the country (Danny Glading, Mike Kimmel, Barney Ehrmann, and Kyle Dixon) to produce the most comprehensive lacrosse skill development and training program ever created.

BTB Lacrosse Team MembersFour year professional lacrosse player with the Chesapeake Bayhawks and 3-time All-American at UVA, Danny Glading, had this to say about the BTB Players Manual, “If you want to improve at lacrosse and become an elite player, then you need to use the BTB Players Manual.  It’s the only lacrosse development program of its kind, and it will teach you, step by step, how to take your game to the next level. This one of a kind program teaches you how to practice the most important parts of the game, in the right order, and the right way.  Coach Rienzo and Coach Miller are awesome coaches, and if you follow their program from start to finish, you will take your game to the next level.”

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Matt Rienzo, Former Georgetown Men’s Lacrosse Asst. Coach

Coaches Matt Rienzo and Jesse Miller have over 25 years of combined coaching experience at Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame, Tufts University, and Gonzaga College High School, and they have coached over 40 collegiate All-Americans.

Rienzo, who coached in six NCAA Quarterfinals and one Final Four, said this about the BTB Players Manual, “This program is perfect if you are a lacrosse player looking to get an edge on your competition.

It is great for coaches looking for new drills and techniques. It is also ideal for parents who want to learn more about the game to be able to teach their sons.

Jesse Miller Gonzaga College High School Boys Lacrosse Coach

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You learn the exact same techniques and drills that all the college and pro players do every day, and if you follow the program we guarantee that you will improve quickly and see results immediately.”

The BTB Players manual is available on your smart phone, tablet, or computer, and you can watch all the videos and workouts on the field during your workouts.

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Youth Club Lacrosse: NLL’s Colorado Mammoth And 3d Lacrosse Launch Colorado Box Lacrosse League; “Powerful Combination Of Training, Contacts, Players, Facilities And Operations”

Colorado Mammoth and 3D Lacrosse Launch Colorado Box Lacrosse League

The Colorado Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse announced today the joining of forces to launch the Colorado Box Lacrosse League, the definitive future of youth and high school box lacrosse in the state of Colorado.
The new league will be jointly owned, operated and managed by the two undisputed leaders in box lacrosse in the state. The Colorado Mammoth brings a world of assets including: professional players, the Pepsi Center, event management expertise, and associated resources to the partnership. 3d Lacrosse brings world-class training, leagues, club teams and event operations to the venture. Together, the new league sets a standard for box lacrosse that the combined parties believe is unsurpassed both locally and nationally.

3d Lacrosse BannerThe new Colorado Box Lacrosse League will begin operations this winter with youth and high school divisions accommodating recreational, elite, and high school teams in indoor rinks across metro Denver.  The Jr. Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse have consolidated their own individual leagues from past years to form the new league to build a bigger, brighter future for all players involved.  For more information on the new league and to register for this coming winter season, visit or

colorado mammoth“In just a few short years, 3d Lacrosse has altered the pre-collegiate lacrosse landscape on a national level,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “The Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse will be exponentially more impactful to the development of lacrosse players by working together.”

“After working independently for a number of years, it was not too hard to figure out that a joint approach would better serve the community and players in the long-term,” said 3d Lacrosse Chief Operating Officer Greg Waldbaum.  “The combined resources of the two entities make for a powerful combination of training, contacts, players, facilities, and operations that is undeniable, and bringing it together makes all the sense in the world.  We are pleased and honored to be working with Steve and the Mammoth organization and look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial future.”

The new League and entity intends to operate year-round with league play, clinics, tournaments, and training all revolving around the game of box lacrosse.  3d Lacrosse has built a local and national powerhouse based on its own box / field hybrid methodology and the Colorado Mammoth has been one of the most successful NLL franchises in the history of the game.  Together, the two entities bring an enormous amount of experience and expertise around the game of box lacrosse.

About the Colorado Mammoth

The Colorado Mammoth is arguably the model franchise in the nine-team National Lacrosse League (NLL), a professional box lacrosse league that was founded in 1987. Playing at Pepsi Center to crowds of more than 16,000 fans per game in its 11-year history, the Mammoth boasts a passionate and loyal fan base. The Mammoth is wholly owned and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the same company that owns the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche, MLS Colorado Rapids and NDP Lacrosse.

About 3d Lacrosse

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 3d Lacrosse has quickly become one of the premier training, event, and select club lacrosse operations in the country. Founded by former Division I coach Jamie Munro, 3d Lacrosse has operations, offices, teams and events throughout the nation.  Munro earned All-America honors at Brown, played professionally, coached at Yale and Denver, is a current men’s Division I analyst on ESPNU and is a regular contributor to Inside Lacrosse. For more information on 3d Lacrosse, please visit

US Lacrosse Announces “2013 Physical Education And Soft Stick Lacrosse Equipment Grants” To 49 Western Middle Schools And High Schools

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US Lacrosse today announced that 136 schools and civic organizations across 38 states have been selected as 2013 Physical Education and Soft Stick Lacrosse Equipment Grant recipients. Each organization will receive modified “soft” lacrosse sticks and balls, as well as instructional guides and DVDs to help support the introduction of the sport in their curriculums.

In addition, US Lacrosse has awarded eight workshop grants to school districts and community-based organizations in which US Lacrosse trainers provide in-service training. Each of these workshops could have up to 30 schools and organizations in attendance, each of which also receives a full set of soft stick equipment. Workshops were awarded to school districts and organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Arkansas, Nebraska, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

In addition, US Lacrosse has awarded eight workshop grants to school districts and community-based organizations in which US Lacrosse trainers provide in-service training. Each of these workshops could have up to 30 schools and organizations in attendance, each of which also receives a full set of soft stick equipment. Workshops were awarded to school districts and organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Arkansas, Nebraska, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

Central Middle School of Science – Anchorage, Alaska

Ardis Ann Middle School – Bentonville, Ariz.
Rite of Passage-Canyon State Academy – Queen Creek, Ariz.

Grant School – Redding, Calif.
University Preparatory School – Redding, Calif.
College Park High School – Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Sycamore Ridge School – San Diego, Calif.
Stellar K-12 Charter School – Redding, Calif.
Boulder Creek School – Redding, Calif.
Ventura Family YMCA – Ventura, Calif.
Toyon Middle School – Valley Springs, Calif.
Montecito Family YMCA – Santa Barbara, Calif.
Walnut Canyon Elementary School – Moorpark, Calif.
James R. Cowan Fundamental School – Sacramento, Calif.
Lompoc Family YMCA – Lompoc, Calif.
Mountain View Middle School – Redding, Calif.
Redding Recreation – Redding, Calif.
Summit Intermediate School – Etiwanda, Calif.
Calahan Elementary School – North Hollywood, Calif.
Santa Barbara Family YMCA – Santa Barbara, Calif.

Lotus 88/Lightning Stick Society – Westminster, Colo.
Loveland Lacrosse Club – Loveland, Colo.

Emmett School District – Emmett, Idaho

Berwyn Park District – Berwyn Bombers Lacrosse – Berwyn, Ill.
Union Ridge School District 86 – Harwood Heights, Ill.
Holy Trinity Catholic School – Fairview Heights, Ill.
Burr Ridge Middle School – Westmont, Ill.

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis – Fishers, Ind.
Indiana Chapter – Zionsville, Ind.

Prince of Peace Catholic School – Olathe, Kan.
Morris County Schools – Council Grove, Kan.

Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club – St. Louis, Mo.
De La Salle Middle School – St. Louis, Mo.
Siegrist Elementary – Platte City, Mo.

YMCA of Lincoln NE – Lincoln, Neb.
Norris Middle School – Firth, Neb.
Westside Middle School – Omaha, Neb.

Pecos Valley Athletics Assoc. – Roswell, N.M.

Corvallis Lacrosse – Corvallis, Ore.
Wilson Youth Girls Lacrosse, Inc. – Portland, Ore.

Hill Country Lacrosse – Boerne, Texas
Regents School of Austin – Austin, Texas
Uplift Williams Preparatory – Dallas, Texas
Faith West Academy – Katy, Texas
Wellington Elementary School – Flower Mound, Texas
Mountainview Elementary School – Waco, Texas
Tennyson Middle School – Waco, Texas
Frisco Lacrosse Association – Frisco, Texas

Queen Anne Quick Styx – Seattle, Wash.

Inner City Lacrosse: “Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership” Launches Girls Program; Over $5.2 Million In Academic Scholarships For Boys Program Student-Athletes In Last 3 Years (Video)


Support HLL’s girls program at Truth through our Indiegogo Campaign! Beginning September 16th, our latest crowdfunding venture will feature fun perks and regular updates on the progress of the girls in their first season — email to get involved!