The Central Iowa Lacrosse Association’s 2012 Youth Lacrosse Program officially got underway last week following an opening week introductory clinic. With roughly 90 boys and a dozen or so girls in grades 4-8 (2011-12 school year) participating this summer, lacrosse is truly growing in the Des Moines metro. The second week of team practices and games looks to continue development of the new players.
Monday night was a real scorcher with temperatures in the high 90s at the start of practice. Getting the kids to stay hydrated required as much effort as teaching them proper scooping techniques. Despite the heat, most of the kids turned out for the second week of team practices with an eagerness that seems to have left the diamonds across the city.
After the Junior Division practices wrapped up, the coaches took part in a scrimmage game. It was a good opportunity for the young ‘uns to witness some of the best players in the city duking it out on the same fields they use. Valley goalies Oberender and Voggesser picked teams to keep things balanced. Staying in line with the youth rules, only short sticks were used in the six-on0six battle. Luckily it had cooled quite a bit by the time the game started.
Oh, and our newest coach made his debut on Monday night. We gladly welcome him to the fold. Voggesser still refuses to acknowledge the tough saves he made against a former D1 attackman…
I am an idiot and left my camera at home last night, so I apologize to anybody that was hoping for some shots from the games.
Denver 9, Syracuse 2
This game was closer than the scoreline. Both teams have some real talent and it was great to see the progress being made in critical positions. The goalkeeping was noticeably stronger last night and a few of the boys have strong face off skills.
Maryland 10, Salisbury8
Since I was officiating the other game, I did not get a chance to observe this one…
Cannons 7, Outlaws 0
Frankly, I was surprised by this outcome. Both teams won last week and I assumed it would be closer. I definitely did not expect a shutout from the Cannons. In all fairness, the Outlaws were missing their most experienced player.
Lizards Win, Machine Loss
Due to a large number of absences, the Machine forfeited last night’s game. As a result, the teams were evened out to play a friendly scrimmage.
Unfortunately the girls did not have goalies available last night and I did not bring the shooting tarps from the shed. But they did play their usual pick up game.
There will be no youth lacrosse the week of July 4, which is roughly two weeks away. Practices will not be held on Monday, July 2 and games will not be held on Thursday, July 5. Youth lacrosse will resume on Monday, July 9.
I am currently speaking with US Lacrosse about development opportunities in Des Moines and throughout the state of Iowa. US Lacrosse is eager to help us grow the game however they can. One of the potential opportunities includes hosting a coaching clinic in Des Moines. If this is something that might interest you, please contact me via the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association.