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3d Lacrosse Launches Major California Expansion In 2014 With New Offices, Club Teams, Leagues, Events And Staff To Develop Western Players

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Westward expansion has long been part of the American ethos, even before scores of optimistic fortune seekers set their compasses towards the setting sun at the height of the Gold Rush in 1847. 3d Lacrosse, the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse training, club and events Company began its own version of California Gold® in 2008, developing the two-day event as the West’s premier college recruiting showcase. And with renowned lacrosse advocate Pete Worstell at the helm, 3d Lacrosse has operated “Be the Best” camps during the same period.

To date, 3d Lacrosse has served more than 5,500 players in northern and southern California. Today, the Company announces a major expansion in the state to better serve players in California and the Western region with: 

  • New Offices and Staff: 3d Lacrosse has opened new offices in San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco and, very shortly, Los Angeles. Each is staffed with top- rated coaches dedicated to developing Western players;   
  • New Events: The Oceanside Hustle, a twice-yearly tournament (June and December) modeled after the Western powerhouse Denver Shootout, and The Cable Car Classic, a tournament for boys and girls in grades 4 – 8, scheduled for June. 
  • New Camps: The Adventure Series, which will combine top lacrosse instruction with surfing and other outdoor fun will take place in August, while “Be the Best” camps will expand statewide; and
  • New Club Teams and Leagues: Increased development of up to 30 nationally- competitive club teams, plus the inaugural season for a Temecula-based Box League.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our first-class operations, instruction, leagues and events in California,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Jamie Munro. “To date, California and Western players have embraced our instructional methodology and welcomed our organized staff and top-rated coaches.

Our mission in California continues to reflect that of the entire organization: to foster developing talent with winning skills that will differentiate these players from their competitors and to train further the best players in the world.”

Greg Waldbaum, President and COO noted that, “We have been growing steadily in California for several years and we are now forwarding the increased interest we’ve seen in 3d Lacrosse into investments in people and programming.”

Western Success: Major Victory Increasing interest and participation has also netted significant results. “3d Lacrosse is the first club west of the Mississippi to have won the US Boys ESPN U15 Lacrosse National Championship with a team comprised entirely of players from California and Colorado,” added Munro. “We’ve proven that Western players are a force to be reckoned with and our new plans have been developed to broaden these winning ways.”

New Events: The Oceanside Hustle & Cable Car Classic Adding to current company events such as California Gold (July 8 – 9 in Danville), 3d Lacrosse is launching a new twice-yearly tournament, The Oceanside Hustle (June and December). Modeled after the nationally-recognized Denver Shootout, western teams can anticipate top-level clinics and multi-game tournament play across an exciting lacrosse- packed weekend. Founded in 2008, the Denver Shootout now hosts 4,000 players (U9 through High School Elite) and 60+ college coaches.

The Oceanside Hustle will take place at the new, highly-coveted SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, a 97-acre outdoor recreational facility that includes 22 multi-use athletic fields.

Also new is the Cable Car Classic, a tournament for boys and girls teams from 4th through 8th grades, (June 21 – 22). It will be the first-ever lacrosse event to take place at the beautiful Pleasanton Sports Park which boasts 12 multi-purpose grass fields.

New Camps: Adventure Series New for action-fueled lacrosse players who also love the ocean and water sports, 3d Lacrosse is introducing an Adventure Series Camp (August 1 – 5) at the Academy by the Sea (the Army and Navy Academy) in Carlsbad, Calif. for players of all abilities. While not on the lacrosse field for morning drills or late afternoon scrimmages, campers will learn to surf from professional instructors prepared to introduce the sport to beginners and to boost the skills of the experienced rider.

In addition to surfing, players will learn team building and leadership skills directly from military staff committed to teamwork on and off the field. Evenings will include beach barbeques, movie and game nights, trips into town and plenty of time to laugh and make new friends with players from across North America.

In northern California, 3d Lacrosse will continue to build on the success of the Company’s “Be the Best” camps. Directed by Pete Worstell, Be the Best has offered solid instructional training for players of all abilities since 2001.  This year’s camps will take place June 7 – 8 in San Jose, featuring John Grant, Jr., and June 17 – 18 in San Rafael featuring Paul Rabil.

New Leagues: Winter Box 3d Lacrosse owns and operates box lacrosse leagues throughout the nation, including its newest venture, a novel partnership between 3d and the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth in Denver. 3d Lacrosse launched its inaugural box league season this winter in Temecula and will continue to grow throughout 2014 – 2015.

New Club Teams With 3d Lacrosse select club teams now operating, training and competing in the San Diego, Orange County, and San Francisco Bay area, the Company anticipates fielding 25 – 30 nationally competitive California teams in 2014. From the summer 2013 3d Lacrosse California club roster, five Class of 2016 players have already committed to Division I schools.

People 3d Lacrosse has grown to nearly a dozen highly-skilled full- and part-time staffers in California (plus several dozen contract coaches). Much of 3d Lacrosse’s team has played professionally and in top NCAA programs, including:

  • Zack Burke, Director, San Diego (Philadelphia Wings, UMBC).
  • Brian Kelly, Director of Western Training (Anaheim Storm, San Francisco Dragons, Los Angeles Riptide, Whittier College); and
  • Kevin Cooper, Manager, San Diego (Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC).

“3d Lacrosse will continue to innovate, grow, and expand in California and the West,” said Waldbaum, “By the end of 2016, we expect to have additional operational hubs in Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.”

About 3d Lacrosse  Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 3d Lacrosse has become the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse training, events, and select club lacrosse operations in the country. Founded by Jamie Munro, a former Division I coach, professional player, ESPNU analyst, and Inside Lacrosse contributor, 3d Lacrosse has operations, offices, teams and events throughout the nation and has trained more than 20,000 players since 2009. 3d Lacrosse is best recognized for its Box/Field Hybrid Development System, an instructional methodology which combines the best tight-stick handling and small-space skills from the successful Canadian Box game with the cutting edge tactics and strategies now employed at contemporary NCAA Division I programs. # # #

Lacrosse “Over 40”: Lacrosse Leagues Form For Men Over 40 As The “Gansett Grays” Demonstrate (Video)

NBC 10’s Frank Carpano reports on the Gansett Grays an over 40 lacrosse team.

Lacrosse In Hong Kong: Hong Kong Lacrosse Association Game Between “Lee Hall” And “Skyers” On January 24, 2010 (Video)

Hong Kong Lacrosse League 2009-2010

Washington Youth Lacrosse: Issaquah Youth Lacrosse League Co-Founders Matthew Balkman And Scott Wiley Step Down After 5 Years With 40 Boys And Girls Lacrosse Teams And 600 Athletes In Program

Scott Wiley’s passion for lacrosse stemmed from his experience playing the sport as a youth in New England.

When Matthew Balkman and Scott Wiley founded the Issaquah Youth Lacrosse league on the plateau in the spring of 2004, they were expecting to have two teams. To their surprise, about 80 athletes signed up — enough to form four teams. The league’s popularity has continued skyrocketing from there.

As lacrosse has grown in various pockets around the state, they noticed a growing hunger for the mostly unknown sport among athletes and their parents around Sammamish and Issaquah. Having played lacrosse in high school in New England, Wiley knew the sport better than most in the area. Balkman got into it when his kids became interested after watching a tournament on vacation in Florida.
Five years later, as they finish up registration for the 2010 spring season, the league has 40 boys and girls teams. That’s about 600 athletes from first grade to high school. And that doesn’t count the leagues spun off from IYL in the past few years — Eastlake Lacrosse and Eastside Crusaders Youth Lacrosse.
“It’s taken on a life of its own,” said Wiley, thinking back on the immense and growing popularity. “And it’s partly taken over our lives. We’re really lucky we had a lot of great parents.”
Balkman, of Issaquah, and Wiley, of Sammamish, recently announced they will step down as IYL co-presidents this winter. Charles Mauzy and Eric Bean, both heavily involved in coaching or administrative aspects of the league, will take on the co-president role for the next two seasons, according to a letter to players and parents.
“Scott and Matthew add such a passion for the sport and just a passion for working with the kids,” Bean said.
That passion translated into one of the most successful and fastest-growing youth lacrosse leagues on the West Coast, Mauzy said.
“Our vision was to have every youth in the community have a lacrosse experience, which means to try it out for a season,” Balkman said.
Growth since 2004:
Since U.S. Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, began compiling statistics in 2001, lacrosse participation more than doubled to 524,100 nationwide, according to its 2008 Participation Survey. In one year, girls youth lacrosse participation increased from about 85,000 to more than 96,000.
“A lot of these kids, once they see it, they get hooked,” said U.S. Lacrosse Public Relations Manager Colleen Sperry Aungst. “It’s still in (regional) pockets a little bit, but it is growing like wildfire. It’s not just on the East Coast anymore.”
In the spring of 2004, Washington had 26 teams, Balkman said. IYL’s growth spurt has added 40 and the state now has more than 100.
“We’ve pretty much added teams every single year,” Balkman said.
The key seems to have been the league’s desire to include all who are interested in playing. When a team gets past 20 players, they try to make a new one, so as to give the youth plenty of playing time.
One could also attribute the league’s success to Balkman and Wiley’s backgrounds in sales and marketing. Balkman’s business card sums it up. It says “You would make a great lacrosse player!” He said when he passes them out, he tells prospective players to read it aloud once, then take it home and read it to their parents.
The duo’s stress on sportsmanship has played an important role in the success of the league, Bean said. It’s popular with youth because they get to run around with pads, wielding a stick, Bean said, but they also learn the value of playing for the sake of playing.
“It really infuses that whole spirit within the whole organization,” Bean said. “There’s just more positive energy that goes around in this sport than any other.”
The league has a 95 percent retention rate, Balkman and Wiley said. That’s partly because youth can play football, soccer or other sports in the fall and come out for lacrosse in the spring. It’s also because the athletes learn skills that are useful in other sports, Balkman and Wiley said.
“What they build in lacrosse is quickness and agility, and that is transferable,” Balkman said. “We’re huge fans of multi-sport athletes.”
The meaning of service:  When you get them going, Balkman and Wiley can talk a lot about lacrosse; you name it, they know it. They scheme about how to better reach new players and families, how to get more fields available and how to continue to win.
“They’re really the two that popularized it. They really fired the kids up and popularized it,” Mauzy said.
IYL teams consistently win select tournaments, the Issaquah High club team has been to the state playoffs seven of its nine years, including two championships, and Skyline’s club team had gone to the playoffs in all of its five seasons.
But in the end, it’s all about serving the community, they say.
“They’re not doing it for glory,” Bean said.
They tend to have the whole community in mind when running around like crazy to take care of league operations and such.
“It’s not about your kid,” Balkman said. “It’s about the community, about the sport.”
If it were about their kids, they wouldn’t still be involved. Balkman’s last son graduated the league in 2007; Wiley’s first son in 2005.
“We could’ve just bagged it after our kids graduated,” Wiley said.
Although Balkman and Wiley stepped down as presidents, they said they will still assist in various capacities around the league. Mauzy and Bean said they look forward to taking Balkman and Wiley’s foundation and building it even stronger.
Bean said he looks forward to “helping to build an organization that allows people to plug in and do something they feel great about.”
Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com.

“USLaxTeams.com”: Lacrosse League Online Management System Introduced By US Lacrosse And “LeagueAthletics.com”

Lacrosse program administrators can now run their leagues without the frustration of paperwork, “phone trees,” building schedules manually and charging extra registration fees. US Lacrosse has unveiled a new benefit for its members: USLaxTeams.com.

USLaxTeams.com is an exclusive lacrosse league management system developed by US Lacrosse in conjunction with LeagueAthletics.com that gives program administrators and coaches a suite of online tools to better manage and communicate with their organization and teams.
“We are excited to offer this exclusive new on-line registration system, that not only is proven safe and secure, but will also provide seamless integration to the US Lacrosse database to confirm memberships,” said Sara Noon, US Lacrosse’s director of membership. “It also has powerful program management tools all without a per-player fee. USLaxTeams.com is the one-stop-shop that players and parents can go to get information about their lacrosse program, about US Lacrosse and about the sport.”
USLaxTeams.com includes:

– quick, easy online registration
– real-time US Lacrosse membership registration
– individual team pages
– automatic game and practice scheduling
– facilities scheduling
– easy and secure roster import and export
– email and text messaging tools
– officials assignment tools
– online photo sharing
– player, coach and administrator discussion forums
– lacrosse news headline feeds
– personalized team store and shopping cart
– sponsorship/advertising revenue features
– automatic game results with capability to send to newspapers
– administrator toolbox with lacrosse specific information
– no per-player fees
– no multi-year contracts
“The standard functionality provided by USLaxTeams.com addresses just about everything I’ve wanted to do the past two years,” said Mike Leary, program administrator for the Brevard Lacrosse Association.  “It’s awesome and I expect it will get me out from the mound of paperwork that was accumulating under our old process. I was able to export all of our member data from US Lacrosse and import into our web database in about 10 minutes. Now I can spend more time coaching and less time with administration.”
USLaxTeams.com can be updated anytime, from anywhere there is Internet access by anyone with access rights (administrators, coaches, etc.). Updates are communicated to parents and players in real time. No HTML or web programming knowledge is required. Anyone who has ever filled in a form online has all the skills necessary to run USLaxTeams.com. No “webmaster” is needed.
“The LeagueAthletics.com team is delighted to announce an exclusive league management system we’ve developed with US Lacrosse,” said Don Malin, CEO of LeagueAthletics.com. “The goal of this system is to provide US Lacrosse members and program administrators with the most complete league management and registration system which will facilitate communication and allow members to run an efficient and successful lacrosse program. This relationship is a natural progression for us, and we are excited to continue delivering our services and expertise to the lacrosse community.”
USLaxTeams.com is free for all US Lacrosse member groups for the first 12 months. To sign up for USLaxTeams.com or to become a member, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/membership .
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 62 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org .
About LeagueAthletics.com
LeagueAthletics.com, LLC has been serving the lacrosse community since its inception. Founded in 1998 and organized as an LLC in Delaware in 2005, the company has grown rapidly over the years, while maintaining strict standards for excellence and service to the youth sports community. LeagueAthletics.com specializes in providing sports websites, including online registration, as well as management and communications systems to sports organizations of various sizes, throughout the United States and abroad.