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5thAnnual 7's for 7 Tournament!!
The Third Annual 7's for 7 Lacrosse Tournament in memory of Drew Webb will be held January 3rd, 2015 at the Houston Amateur Sports Park. This event is sponsored by Nike Lacrosse, Trilogy Lacrosse, and the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine.
The Friends of Drew Webb invite you to Houston to be a part of the Fifth Annual “7’s for 7” Lacrosse Tournament. The goal is to raise money for mental health care in young adults but even more importantly to raise awareness of this disease among young athletes and coaches. Our goal is for a young athlete with mental illness to be treated like an athlete with an ACL injury or a disease like diabetes rather than feeling like or being treated as an outcast or weakling. In addition to a vendor midway, we will have programs with mental health professionals that work with professional and scholastic athletes to help educate coaches/athletic trainers/parents to recognize warning signs and how to respond, and for the players to help them recognize and accept their peers. All proceeds will go to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston (www.dbsahouston.org).
Volunteers Needed!!! We need volunteers for all tournament activities: parking, registration, vendor assistance, scoring, merchandise sales and beautification to name a few fun tasks. Shifts are available so it wouldn't have to be for the entire day. Kids are welcome volunteers - so bring the family and support a great cause! For more information please download Volunteer Letter. Click here for Volunteer LetterThere is currently a wait list for most divisions, the maximum number of teams we can host is 88. Visit the website to find maps, who is coming, sponsor information and more
Grosso Announced as First Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
GEORGETOWN, Texas - Matthew Grosso, a seasoned veteran of women’s lacrosse, was announced as Southwestern University’s first head women’s lacrosse coach. Grosso will build the team for a year before leading the Pirates in action for their inaugural season in spring 2014.
Southwestern announced in October 2011 to start up the women’s lacrosse team in conjunction with the reinstatement of football for the 2013-2014 academic school year.
“I am honored to be named the first women’s lacrosse coach for Southwestern University,” says Grosso. “I would like to thank President Schrum and Dr. Munt for entrusting me with the opportunity to build Southwestern’s program from the ground up.”
"This is another exciting step forward for Southwestern University Athletics as we become only the second institution in the state of Texas to offer women's lacrosse on the intercollegiate level," says Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Glada Munt. "We are very delighted to have been able to attract a coach of Matthew Grosso's experience and qualifications to our University and to lead our women's lacrosse program into this new era. We look forward to seeing him field our first varsity team in the spring of 2014!"
Girls Travel Team Does Well
Thanks to K. Coleman of River Oaks Baptist School for sharing her summer experience:
"This summer I had the opportunity to play on both the regional and national Texas teams! It was such a great experience! I bonded with both teams so well and I now have new friends who love lacrosse just as much as I do. In the national tournament in Florida, we played the best U15 teams in the country! It was really tough competition, but we played our hardest and it truly paid off. We ended the tournament with a win against Eagle Stix Atlanta! Our final place was 13th out of 25!! Way to go Texas!!!"
The Woodlands High School Teams Announce New Coaches
Submitted by Lorrie Parise
The Woodlands Lacrosse Club has named Coach Keith Tintle as incoming Head Coach along with Coach Al Christopher as incoming Defensive Coordinator for The Woodlands High School Lacrosse teams.
Coach Keith Tintle grew up on Long Island, New York and played attack and midfield at Levittown Division High School. Upon graduating high school, he attended Nassau Community College, where he and the team won the NCAA Junior College National Championship in 1983. Coach Tintle's coaching career started in Texas as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at The Kinkaid School in 1997, the year Kinkaid won the Texas High School State Championship. "Coach T," as he is affectionately called, has been the Director of the NorthStar Skills Development Lacrosse Program and Head Coach of the Junior High School 7th & 8th Grade teams in The Woodlands since 2003.
Coach Al Christopher grew up in Upstate New York. He played football, basketball and lacrosse at Rush-Henrietta's Sperry High School. He was an All-State defensive back in football and All State and All American defenseman in lacrosse. In college, Coach Al played free safety at New Mexico State University. His coaching career started in 2003 with the 7th & 8th grade teams in The Woodlands.
The coaching tandem of Keith Tintle and Al Christopher has amassed an impressive record while at the helm of the 7th and 8th Grade teams for The Woodlands Junior High Lacrosse Club. They have won eight consecutive Houston City Championships at the 8th Grade level since 2005 and four consecutive at the 7th Grade level since 2009. "While the 7th Grade Championships seem to pale in comparison to the number of 8th Grade Championships it is not so. The governing body of junior high lacrosse in the Houston area, the Greater Houston Youth Lacrosse Association (GHYLA), only started having an official 7th Grade City Championship in 2009. This means The Woodlands Junior High Lacrosse Club is the only 7th Grade City Champion that the city of Houston has ever known," said Byron Babin, VP of Marketing. "To compliment their City Championships, Coaches Tintle and Christopher have also garnered several undefeated seasons throughout their tenure in The Woodlands."
In addition to these accomplishments, Coach Tintle and Coach Al have taken several local All-Star teams to the East Coast for summer tournaments. In 2007, their team went 5-0 and won their bracket at the Summer Exposure Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2008, Team Houston went to Lake George, New York and compiled a 4-1 record at the U.S. Lacrosse sponsored Summer Festival beating three teams representing eastern U.S. states.
"We're looking forward to working with the boys that have passed through our junior high program again, as well as players who have joined the program for the first time since entering High School," said Coach Tintle. "We will continue to stress fundamentally sound lacrosse skills and expect a commitment of hard work and dedication from our players. If we are able to consistently achieve this we know great things will happen."
"We'll practice as much as we can and instill in the players the honor they have in playing for a program as prestigious as The Woodlands program. However, it won't be our talk that defines us, it will be what we do on and off the field," added Coach Christopher.
Coaches' Tintle and Christopher are replacing former Head Coach Dave Seale and assistant coaches Bob Earl and Ed Hale. Dave Seale has coached The Woodlands High School lacrosse team since 2003 before resigning at the end of this past season. This coaching threesome retires with an overall record since 2007 of 76-27, including two South District Championships and a State Championship Final Four appearance in 2008.
To fill the vacancies created by the recent coaching changes The Woodlands Lacrosse program is currently conducting a search for additional coaches at all positions and levels. Ideally, the club would like to have former collegiate lacrosse players who have a minimum of 2 years of youth lacrosse coaching experience. Those interested should submit their resume to email@example.com.
Lacrosse in the state of Texas is not currently a UIL sponsored sport, so therefore it is not funded or facilitated by public high schools. The clubs count on various fundraisers and financial sponsorships from local businesses in order to field a team, pay for field rental, purchase field equipment and numerous other expenses incurred throughout each season of play.
Blue Devil Elite Camp Returns to Friendswood In July
Submitted by Diane Nemecek
Friendswood Mustang Lacrosse is honored to be the only Texas Host for this Amazing Large Format Camp - rivaled only by East Coast and Ivy League Camps - open to all 6th-12th grade boys. Blue Devil Elite Boys Lacrosse Camp Boasts a Select Group of Coaches including Major League Lacrosse Players, Former Duke and Graduating Duke Players, and Members of the Coaching Staff from Duke and other Top Universities.
This two-day camp will feature advanced technique and position training. We are prepared for the heat with swimming breaks in the FHS natatorium, cooling stations, fluids and lunches provided and a nurses station.
Registration is now open for this ultimate learning experience being held at the Friendswood High School Stadium on July 20-21, 2012, for all Texas-area incoming 6th-12th grade boys. Information including cost, hours, and registration can be found at www.friendswoodmustanglacrosse.com.
Teams with 10 players attending will receive 10% of the fees back to their organization, teams with 20 players attending receive 20% back to their organization.
"Our goal is to provide young players with a more mature insight to the game of lacrosse as well as the opportunities and values that lacrosse can provide. As former scholar athletes, we stress not only on-field instruction, but also the reality of being a student athlete and what it takes to be successful both on the field and in the classroom. Most of all, we stress FUN and playing lacrosse for the love of the game." Dan Loftus
Former Duke and Professional Lacrosse Players Dan Loftus and Nick O'Hara are bringing their camp back to Friendswood! Dan is a two-time All-American and team member of the Long Island Lizards. Nick is a two-time All-American, National Defenseman and team member of the San Jose Stealth & Rochester Rattlers.
Both have developed the ultimate learning experience for lacrosse players who want to take their skills to the Elite Level.
LI-TEX Elite Lacrosse Club Embarks on Inaugural Season
Submitted by Deanna Reitman and Andy Williams
LI-TEX Elite Lacrosse Club, in its inaugural season, recently fielded two youth squads to compete in the Under 9 and Under 11 divisions in the Texas Draw Tournament the first weekend in June.
The program requested nominations of players from the Greater Houston Youth Lacrosse League coaches in the Southwest and West Houston area in order to practice and compete in the Texas Draw. The players came from programs like the Richmond Grizzlies (Richmond), the Katy Cavaliers (Katy), Sienna Panthers (Sienna Plantation/ Missouri City), Spartans (Stratford), West Houston Cannons (Katy) and Fort Bend Rangers (Sugar Land).
LI-TEX Elite Lacrosse Club President and Under 9 Coach Glenn Reitman, originally from Huntington, NY on Long Island, explains that it is the essence of the approach of the club program. "We are trying to teach these players how to play lacrosse the way that we learned on Long Island growing up," said Reitman. "If you think of how football is coached in Texas, than you can get a good understanding of how I learned to play lacrosse from the time I was 8 or 9 years old. It is serious business."
So what is the "TEX" in LI-TEX philosophy? "In addition to the fact that we are playing here in Houston with Texans, we try to marry the great aspects of Texas athletics with the Long Island style of lacrosse playing and coaching," Reitman explains. "We couldn't do that without Texas athletes and Texas coaches. Our assistants are all Texas coaches who have coached youth athletics in the Houston area. The great commitment and work ethic of the Texas athlete comes from the Texas defense coaches like Mike McClaughlin and Gary Guzaldo, goalie coaches Ryan Matthews and Tom Partin, and offensive coaches Marco Lloyd, Dane Merriman and Brad Lankford."
Coach Reitman selected Coach Charlie Smith, from Elmont, NY on Long Island, to coach the Under 11 team.
Li-Tex Elite will be taking nominations from coaches throughout the Houston area in March/April 2013. Nominations will allow potential players to participate in a "look weekend." A "look" may or may not lead to an invitation to participate, but kids will get exposure to great coaches. For additional information, email Deanna Reitman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next season, LiTex plans to field teams for all ages-second grade to seniors in high school.
7th Annual Greater Houston Lacrosse NCAA championship party and Chapter Open House
All lacrosse fans in the greater Houston area are invited to the a city-wide lacrosse championship party on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28), from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm (subject to change if game time changes; consult ESPN listings).
The family-friendly event, hosted by the Greater Houston Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, takes place at Buffalo Wild Wings Midtown at 510 Gray Street, between Brazos and Smith.
The 7th annual Greater Houston Lacrosse Party celebrates the sport's growth in Houston and is a gathering place to watch the NCAA men's championship, scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon. The NCAA men's lacrosse final has the second-highest attendance of any NCAA championship event, second only to the men's basketball final.* Alumni, students and parents of the competing schools, as well as all lacrosse players, former players, coaches, officials, parents, and fans are invited to attend.
"The idea is to bring everyone in Houston who loves lacrosse together for one event," says Stacie McKay, president of the Greater Houston chapter of US Lacrosse. "The NCAA final is the Super Bowl of lacrosse, and people all over the country gather to watch it. So this event is not just for current players, but for anyone who has ever had any ties to the game, or who just wants to see what it's all about."
"The Greater Houston Lacrosse Party is a very exciting idea," adds Richard Hunt, a local referee who officiates college football as well as lacrosse. "I don't know of too many sports where players, coaches, officials, alumni and fans would all get together like this. But that's why it's more than a sport -- it's a community."
The party is free and includes free soft drinks. Food and adult beverages are available for purchase.
"Lacrosse is sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, and with good reason," Hunt adds. "Whether it's the Texas high school championships held last weekend [May 5-6] in the Austin area, or the NCAA championship on Memorial Day, it's a thrilling sport."
Lacrosse, which originated with Native Americans, is the oldest sport on American soil and one of the fastest growing team sports in the country. In 2011, more than 680,000 players participated in lacrosse on organized teams, an increase of more than 60,000 from the year before. It was the largest recorded one-year growth in the sport's history.**
The sport and its heritage are the subject of the feature film "Crooked Arrows", starring Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") and Houston actress Chelsea Ricketts. The film opens in select theaters May 18 and nationwide June 1.
The NCAA tournament begins May 12-13 with 16 teams, and culminates with a "final four" on Memorial Day weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The top seed is Loyola (Md.), boasting a 14-1 record. The other top seeds are nine-time NCAA champion Johns Hopkins, 2010 champion Duke and 2010 runner-up Notre Dame. All tournament games are broadbast live on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The full tournament bracket is available at:
*The attendance record for the NCAA men's basketball final is 72,922, set in 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit. [See NCAA Final Four record book at http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_final4/2012/FullBook.pdf]. The attendance record for the NCAA men's lacrosse final is 48,970, set at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough MA in 2008. [See NCAA records at http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_lacrosse_champs_records/2011/d1/champs.pdf]
**US Lacrosse, 2009 Participation Survey, http://www.uslacrosse.org/UtilityNav/AboutTheSport/ParticipationSurvey.aspx
Houston Area Lacrosse Parents and Players,
I have been working with Mike Centra (Kinkaid HS Coach) and John Manion (Memorial HS Coach) on getting 2 travel teams together for a tournament in Syracuse, New York. The tournament is the Syracuse University Summer Shootout. It is a 2 day tournament on July 6th and 7th. 40 travel teams from around the country attended last year as well as a who's-who list of college coaches.
Our intent with this team is to bring our kids up north to face some of the best teams in the country. We want to put them up against the best to give them a feel of where their individual and team skills stand in comparison. To be the best you have to play the best. Playing in this tournament will improve their game, the game of their teammates and help grow the sport here in Texas.
We have registered 2 teams in the tournament and are looking for a roster size of 20-25 players per team. We have also reserved flights and have until April 5th to make the deposit on them.
The tentative flight itinerary is as follows:
Depart Houston – July 5, 2012 at 7:40 AM Arrive Buffalo – July 5,2012 at 3:50 PM
Depart Buffalo – July 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM Arrive Houston – July 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM
A $150 deposit is required by April 3rd, this deposit is necessary for our April 5th deadline for the flights. Our goal is to bring 2 competitive teams to the tournament. Depending on the number of kids signing up to play, we may have to have tryouts in a few weeks due to limited roster size/travel seats. If this is the case and your son does not make one of the teams your deposit will be fully refunded. The remainder of the payment ($1,150) will be due by May 14th. All checks can be made out to LaxCoop.
We are very excited about the opportunity to take 2 teams up north and represent Texas lacrosse. It will be a great experience for all those involved. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in playing. If you know a player who would be interested in joining us, it's ok to forward them this email.
Turner Harris, Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Asst. Coach
Houston Christian High School
Beat the Heat - Play Indoor!
SECOND FACILITY LOCATED IN NW HOUSTON IS AVAILABLE
The facility is currently putting a schedule together for summer 2012 and needs a estimate of teams interested. Proposed dates of the season will run from early June. A second session 2 weeks after the first session ends. Each session will be 5 weeks long. Games will be played on Saturday or Sunday depending on the number of teams. The schedule will require a minimum of 4 teams per division- Middle School - High School and Adult. If your team plans on participating please contact me immediately for more information. A deposit will be required to hold your spot. Registration will begin shortly.
Thanks for your support!
UNC Summer Camp - Houston
Texas Heat Lacrosse brings the UNC Lacrosse program to Texas a couple of times per year to run what many call the best instructional camp they’ve ever attended. What’s different about this camp than the others? Aside from receiving lacrosse instruction from some of the most accomplished and talented coaches and players in country, we focus on teaching players the Texas Heat and the Carolina ways. The tremendous feedback and results we consistently receive speak for themselves.
Camp Details: This summer, we will be bringing the UNC staff back to Texas to run an instructional event in Houston on June 14-16. The camp will be for grades 3 – 12. The camp will be divided into 2 sessions, with youth (3rd – 8th grade) in the morning from 9:15am – 12:15pm, and a high school session in the evening from 5:30 – 8:30pm. The camp will be located at Spillane Middle School Park in Cypress. The camp price is $299/player, but we are offering an early-registration discount price of $265 if you sign up fore the camp before the end of March. The number of participants will be limited so register today to take advantage of the discount and reserve your spot! http://texasheatlacrosse.com/texas-heat-lacrosse-camps-with-unc/
Angie Kensinger of St. John's School and Ray Botto of Clear Lake were among the 20 coaches awarded as a 2012 Double-Goal Coach from PCA.
From the PCA Website: "We are thrilled to reveal the 2012 winners of PCA's Double-Goal Coach® Awards Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Thanks to the hundreds of nominators and testimonial writers who brought to our attention so many inspirational coaches. The overall quality of the nominees and our 50 finalists is heartening to anyone who cares about youth sports.
Congratulations to all those named below for serving youth in their communities through the Double-Goal Coach model of pursuing both wins and the even more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports."
Angie and Ray are one of 3 in the lacrosse community to receive the award this year. This award accepts nominations from all sports and all youth levels. This is quite an accomplishment!
Army and Air Force Face-off for Annual Beating Cancer With a Stick
The third annual Beating Cancer with a Stick features Army vs. Air Force on March 10, 2012. BCWAS is presented by The Kinkaid School and benefits The Children's Cancer Hospital at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Visit the website for tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more!
Houston Lacrosse article featured in Health & Fitness Magazine - read the article online here.
Real Canadian Box Lacrosse Coming To Texas
The Texas Box Lacrosse Association (TBLA) is currently forming leagues in Austin, Dallas and Houston with the potential to add San Antonio in the very near future. TBLA will host leagues for youth (beginning Late May 2012) and adults (beginning in Feb. 2012).
The youth leagues will have the following age groups:
Mini-Tyke (Ages 4-6)
Tyke (Ages 7-8)
Novice (Ages 9-10)
PeeWee (Ages 11-12)
Bantam (Ages 13-14)
Midget/JV (Ages 15-16)
Jr. A/B (Ages 17-18)
Youth leagues will feature not only games but an educational component to teach the players the true Canadian style of play. Box lacrosse is one of the fastest growing components in the lacrosse world and improves the play of any level player very rapidly. And hey who doesn’t want to play lacrosse in the summer months in Texas in a 72 degree arena rather than 110 degrees on the field.
This is NOT meant to replace field lacrosse, but to add to the education of the Texas lacrosse player and make them better players on the field.
TBLA will be bringing in current and former professional players from the NLL to put on clinics and add to the educational component that makes these leagues so valuable. Each week players will get a one hour, multi team practice/skill session as well as a game day.
Here is what some top NCAA D-I coaches are saying about BOXLA:
“I believe that box lacrosse gives young people many more opportunities to excel in our game. If I had my choice, I would have every player under the age of 12 play box lacrosse exclusively or at least a majority of the time. The number of touches of the ball and the ability to develop better stick skills in a game of box lacrosse far surpasses what happens to young people on a 110 x 60 yard field. Learning how to pass and catch in traffic, understanding how to shoot, and developing a sense of physicality are all positive traits developed by the box game.”
Head Coach, Denver University
6x Nation Champion Princeton University
Hall of Fame Coach
“When you watch Canadian kids [box lacrosse players] score, when you see their skill level around the cage, you wonder to yourself, ‘Jeez, are we teaching kids [in the U.S.] the wrong things?’”
Head Coach, University of Virginia
4x National Champion
Hall of Fame Coach
The founders of this league have played box lacrosse and field lacrosse at the highest levels and live right here in Texas. More info can be found at:
We are all familiar with the T99 Showcase, this year June 2-3 in Dallas. This event is a huge opportunity for Texas high school players to show their talents to > 50 college specifically interested in Texas players. Last year, the organizers started a showcase game on the Friday evening before the Showcase. One team each from Austin, Dallas and Houston participate only by invitation, and since only one game is going on at a time, the players get the undivided attention of all of the coaches. The Hurricane Lacrosse Club has been invited to bring the Houston team to these Friday June 1 games!
Over the years the biggest shortcoming of the T99 Showcase itself has been the uneven level of talent on the field during the Saturday and Sunday games and the lack of team play. This Friday evening round robin will feature boys selected from their areas with higher talent levels, thus providing a better chance to show well.
We will be taking a team of Houston area All-Star level players to show their stuff in this awesome event. Travis Bryan (Syracuse) and Zach Fenton (Duke) will be coaching. This team is not limited to prior/current "Hurricane" players. Players from any and all clubs, programs, and schools in the greater Houston area are encouraged to tryout for the "Cane T99" team. This is by far the best opportunity to get the undivided attention of the scouts and coaches at T99. If you are planning to go to T99 or only want to play in the Friday invitational games, try for a spot on the Cane T99 for this event to boost your exposure!
Tryouts will be on Sunday afternoon, March 25. If you are unable to make the tryout, contact me or Travis (email@example.com).
The cost is 50 dollars per player for this event. This includes our share of field rental, referees, and a Cane T99 pinney. There will be four practices leading up to the T99 so we can all be on the same page and the players can work well together. Note that this Cane T99 group is not obligated to participate in the Hurricane program the rest of the summer. We understand that we will draw players from other programs who will want to play with this group only for this event. That is fine with us! Simply put, this is a great opportunity for Houston players aiming to play in college and we want to showcase your talents!
Tryouts will be on Sunday afternoon, March 25. If you are unable to make the tryout, contact me or Travis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Check the website (www.hurricanelacrosse.com) for exact time and location over the next few weeks. There will be online registration and a $10 dollar tryout fee payable in advance online. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE BEFORE THE TRYOUT!
Contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Local Coach is head of the 2012 Irish National Development Team
Ireland Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport of lacrosse in Ireland, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Arnold as Head Coach for the 2012 Irish National Development Team (also known as Éire). This team will be competing in the Festival Tournament which is taking place alongside the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in June 2012.
This tournament will feature club teams from around Europe and the rest of the world. The Irish National Development Team (Éire) has been in existence since 2006 and operates as a feeder team for the senior national team, and over the years a significant number of development team alumni have progressed to the senior national team.
On the occasion of this appointment, former Irish National Team Captain and current CEO of Ireland Lacrosse Michael Kennedy said, "We are extremely happy to have Chris on-board again as part of our programme - Chris lived in Ireland from 2007-2009 and during that time had a major impact on the development of our players and our programmes, working as Head Coach for the University College Dublin (UCD) team which would become the powerhouse team of Irish lacrosse, and assisting with the establishment of the Irish Lacrosse League (ILL), which is now in its third year of operation.
Chris was also Head Coach of the senior Irish national team at the 2009 Celtic Cup tournament in Scotland, where the team finished in third place. We are therefore very excited to have Chris involved with the next generation of new Irish players and his experience and enthusiasm for the game has been, and will be, a real asset to our programme." Prior to his move to Ireland, Chris coached at Tampa Jesuit High School in Florida for several years, and in 2009 he moved to Austria where, among other things, he acted as Head Coach of the Austrian national team at the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England.
Chris is currently the Head Coach of the varsity lacrosse team at Kingwood High School and is heavily involved in other lacrosse development initiatives in the Houston area.
Further information about Ireland Lacrosse is available at www.irelandlacrosse.ie and further information about the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships is available at http://www.ec12lacrosse.com/en