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Amy McCleary to be Inducted into Great Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Dec 16, 2014    BALTIMORE, Md. --  Washington College alumni Amy McCleary '93 is among the 10 individuals who will be inducted into the Great Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame next month. 

McCleary enjoyed a strong playing career at Washington College, scoring 113 goals and adding 29 assists, 76 ground balls, and 75 draw controls over four years. A two-sport athlete who also played field hockey, she received 1992 Brine/IWLCA Regional All-America and All-Middle Atlantic Conference first-team honors and was named to the 1990 USWLA National Tournament Team.  She has gone on to an extensive career in lacrosse, with international coaching experience spanning the globe. A former Division I assistant coach, she has coached teams and conducted camps and clinics in countries including Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Japan, Malta, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland. She is a Federation of International Lacrosse Clinician and is the owner of Stick With it Lacrosse, a San Francisco-area organization offering camps, clinics, a club program, events, and tournaments.  

McCleary will be inducted in a ceremony at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md., on Saturday, January 17th. 

New El Dorado Hills Lacrosse Foundation Locally Growing America’s Oldest Sport…Lacrosse

(El Dorado HIlls CA) – “Meeting new people and assisting them with pursuing their passions is the best part of the work we do at the El Dorado Community Foundation,” said Bill Roby, the Foundation’s Executive Director.… Read more...

Upcoming Coaching Education Program Clinics in Northern CA

Dear NorCal Chapter Members,

We are pleased to announce that the NorCal Chapter will be hosting several Coaching Education Program Instructional Clinics in your area. US Lacrosse’s Coaching Education Program (CEP) is a broad, multi-level program designed to help lacrosse coaches of all experiences become better on and off the field. 

Don’t miss one of these exciting opportunities! Thank you for your dedication and commitment to quality coaching!

Yours in lacrosse, 
NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse

Level 1 CEP Clinics

The instructional clinic is one of several components to obtain US Lacrosse Level 1 Certification. The Level 1 clinics now also include a PCA Double Goal Coach 1 Workshop, a separate component of Level 1 Certification.

When: January 31, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Where: Granite Bay High School, 1 Grizzly Ave Granite Bay, CA
Registration Links: Men’s Level 1Women’s Level 1

February 7, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Where: Oneatta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park, CA
Registration Links: Men’s Level 1Women’s Level 1

February 15, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Where: Athenian School, 2100 Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd, Danville, CA
Registration Links: Men’s Level 1Women’s Level 1 

Cost: $75 (price increases to $90 ten days prior) – includes lunch and clinic materials

Level 2 CEP Clinic

The instructional clinic is one of several components to obtain US Lacrosse Level 2 Certification. 

When: February 8, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Where: Athenian School, 2100 Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd, Danville, CA
Registration Links: Men’s Level 2Women’s Level 2 

Cost:$95 (price increases to $110 ten days prior) – includes lunch and clinic materials

Jackie Gilbert Selected to Women's U-19 USA Team

Jackie Gilbert, a girl’s lacrosse player from Pleasanton, California made history recently at the U.S. Under-19 Tryouts in Baltimore, Maryland. Gilbert, a rising senior at Amador Valley High School and a top player for the BearLax Club team program, is the first California native selected to a national team in Women’s Lacrosse. Gilbert was chosen as a defender for the 25 member squad that will train to represent the United States at the Under-19 World Cup in July 2015. Read more>>

NorCal Chapter Hall of Famer Rick Blick Dies

Frederick "Rick" Blick died unexpectedly on June 2. Blick was a three time All American at Hobart. After college, Blick played club lacrosse for many years, winning three state championships with the San Francisco Lacrosse Club. He made his career as a financial advisor, but continued to share his love of lacrosse, coaching at the high school and collegiate levels, most recently leading the 2014 Santa Clara Broncos.

A celebration of Blick's life is scheduled for July 12 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Memorial page >>

2014 Central Coast Boys All Americans are Named

The NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse is pleased to announce the Central Coast Boys' Awards:
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Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse Names Bob Scott Award Winner

Marin Catholic's Austin Colvin (left) spins around Acalanes defender Nick Mani during the North Coast Section Division II championship game.SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2014 - Austin Colvin, a senior attackman from Marin Catholic has been selected as the first ever Bob Scott Award recipient for Northern California. The Bob Scott Award was created by US Lacrosse in 2012 to be given to one boys’ high school senior in each US Lacrosse Area across the country.

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Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse Names Girls' High School All Americans

The Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse is pleased to announce the players who have been named to the 2014 Girls' High School All American team. Among the 14 players, nine first team and five honorable mention selections were made, representing nine different Bay Area high school programs. Players were nominated by their coaches and evaluated in a rigorous process by a selection committee that included representatives from throughout Northern California.

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Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse Names Boys’ High School All Americans

SAN FRANCISCO – After a rigorous process in which over 50 very qualified nominees were evaluated, 16 Bay Area high school lacrosse players have been named as US Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Players, who are nominated by their coaches and supported by their respective leagues, were voted on by a committee of Northern California lacrosse coaches and league representatives that included one representative from each League in Northern California and the NCJLA.

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2014 Sacramento Valley Boys High School All Americans Named

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Danville U-15 Lacrosse Team Gives Back With Day of Service

PITTSBURG, CALIFORNIA –The Danville, CA-based Diablo Scorpion Lacrosse-U-15 Boys Stinger Team held a day of community serviceto benefit the community safety net non-profit St Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County on Saturday, April 5. Over 20 players and parents participated.
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2014 National Tournament: NorCal Teams Selection Announcement, and Team USA U-19 Candidates

Atherton, CA – The two teams to represent the Northern California Chapter at the 2014 US Lacrosse National Tournament were selected following tryouts Sunday, April 27th at Menlo-Atherton High School, in Atherton, CA. The 2014 National Tournament (NT) will be played at Cedar Lane Park in Bel Air, MD, over Memorial Day weekend: May 24-25, 2014.

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Nor Cal Chapter Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner

The Nor Cal Chapter Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner  was held on February 8, 2013 at the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA on February 8, 2014.

The Classes of 2011 and 2012 joined the previously inducted Classes of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. 

The inductees into the 2011 NorCal Lacrosse Hall of Fame were Avery Blake, Jr. (Swarthmore College) (posthumously), John Burnap (Cornell), Joan Flagler Burnap (Duke), Bob Shaw (Cornell), Greg Simon (Stanford) (posthumously), and Michael Stanton (Yale).

The inductees into the 2012 NorCal Lacrosse Hall of Fame were Rorke Denver (Syracuse University), Julie Duff (College of William and Mary), Ellee Koss (Boston University), George Pereira (Oneonta State) and Jack Pierce (Notre Dame)

2014 Northern California Lacrosse Convention

Thank you all for a successful NCLC 2014! We had beautiful weather allowing us to host on-field demonstrations this year. We thank our guest speakers who, along with our keynote Speaker, Steve Stenersen, provided a great selection of topics in the classrooms. We had about 150 people in total for the day, with 3 on-site vendors and many more supporters represented by their ads in the program.

Download 2014 Program >>

Attendees: Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback. This will help with giving you a better event in the future: Click here to take survey

Have photos or videos from the 2014 NCLC? Post on our Facebook page!

We will post our speakers presentation for download as soon as we receive them.

Best to all coaches in your upcoming season. See you in 2015! 

Recent News

US Lacrosse Coaches Education Program sessions

With the explosive growth of the sport of lacrosse in Northern California, the need for knowledgeable and experienced coaches is greater than ever before. The US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program is the surest way to access everything one needs to know to be a great lacrosse coach. Learn the art of effective lacrosse coaching with this nationally-recognized program designed by experts in the field.
The US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program is broken down into three levels, fundamental (Level 1), intermediate (Level 2) and advanced (Level 3) coaching. It is our vision that all lacrosse teams are led by US Lacrosse certified coaches for the benefit and quality of our sport.
Level 1 Clinics
January 11, 2014,  Petaluma
February 1, 2014,  University of California, Berkeley
Early Feb - Greater Sacramento area.  Exact date and location TBD
Level 2 Clinics
February 8, 2014, Novato
Mid-February, Greater Sacramento area.  Exact date and location TBD

NorCal Sponsored Positive Alliance Clinics

The NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse is hosting three in person Positive Coaching Alliance clinics in early January at no cost to the participant.
This course introduces PCA’s Double-Goal Coach model and presents research from experts in coach­ing, education and sports psychology. A Double-Goal Coach has two goals: to win, and more importantly, to teach life lessons through sports.
A PCA course is required for all NCJLA coaches.
The interaction with a live instructor and fellow coaches brings notable value beyond the online course.
Space is limited so register early.
Monday, January 27, 2014 – Danville.  7-9 pm.  Click here to register
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – San Francisco, 7-9 pm.  Click here to register
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – Davis, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Click here to register

The NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse Announces 11 Honorees Selected for Hall of Fame Awards

Two Classes to be inducted into the NorCal Lacrosse Hall of Fame

SAN JOSE, CA-- (December 5, 2013) – The NorCal Chapter of US Lacrosse, a Regional Chapter of US Lacrosse, is pleased to announce the addition of two classes of lacrosse honorees who will be inducted into the Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame awards dinner on February 8, 2014 at the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA. Read Press Release >>

NOCSAE Approved Lacrosse Balls for 2014

As of January 1, 2014, ALL lacrosse balls used for play MUST have the NOCSAE seal on the ball (it must say “meets NOCSAE standard” on the ball). 

NOCSAE is the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, who commissions research in sports medicine & science and establishes standards for athletic equipment.  To read more about the rule change, please read the article, What’s in a Ball? which originally appeared in Lacrosse Magazine in January 2013.

This rule was inserted into the rulebook last year but we urge you to send a reminder to the local league leaders, program administrators and coaches reminding them of this rule before they order balls for the 2014 season.

This is a rule change for the boys and girls game.  Manufacturers are making these balls but they have not hit the shelves of retailers to date.  It will be beneficial to order now from your local retailer to be placed on a list and not wait for the spring, when quantities could become limited.  Officials will be reminded that only balls with the NOCSAE seal will be allowed for play and we don’t want games canceled or postponed because of this change.

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