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2013 Winter Clinic In Waukee

0 - Published November 26, 2013 by in CILA, Clinic, Des Moines, Growth, Youth

Last December the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association held its first winter skills camp at the Soccer House on the south side of Des Moines.  While the overall turnout was good with around 30 boys in grades 3-9, there was room for improvement.  The time slot (8:00-9:00 pm) was less than favorable and the space was […]

Quick Updates

0 - Published June 5, 2013 by in CILA, Clinic, Des Moines, Girls, Growth, High School, Iowa Colleges, Middle School, Nebraska League, Summer League, Valley, Youth

My apologies for the lack of information lately.  This season really got away from me with the busier head coach requirements and a few other things that complicated the situation.  I am currently working on digging myself out and hope to be back on track by the end of next week. The Central Iowa Lacrosse […]

Grow the Game – Central Iowa Edition

0 - Published June 27, 2012 by in Ames, Cedar Rapids, CILA, Clinic, Coach, Des Moines, Dubuque, Growth, High School, Iowa Colleges, MCLA, Nebraska League, Northern Iowa, Official, Quad Cities, Sioux City, Southern Iowa, Summer Lax, Summer League, US Lacrosse, Valley, Waterloo, Youth

Since I live and work in Des Moines, my primary focus is on developing lacrosse in the city and is suburbs.  My organization is the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association to reflect this commitment.  But as we continue to grow here, I cannot help but feel responsible for the growth (or lack thereof) in other parts […]

2012 Youth Program Week Two

0 - Published June 22, 2012 by in CILA, Clinic, Des Moines, Growth, Summer League, Youth

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 […]

Mid January Iowa Lacrosse News

0 - Published January 23, 2012 by in CILA, Clinic, Des Moines, Growth, US Lacrosse, Youth

Coach News Three members of the Valley coaching staff (including myself), a boys youth coach from Carlisle, and a youth girls coach from Johnston attended the US Lacrosse Level One Coaching Education course in Kansas City on Saturday.  It was a good opportunity to discuss the evolution of both youth programs and how to integrate […]

Upcoming Coaching Clinics in Our Region

1 - Published December 15, 2011 by in Clinic, Growth, US Lacrosse

As part of my mission to expand lacrosse in Iowa, I try my best to stay on top of education opportunities in our region.  I about referee training last February.  In September I posted information about the online coaching courses offered by US Lacrosse.  According the US Lacrosse website, Level One online courses are still […]

Central Iowa Lacrosse – Year 3 Part 4

1 - Published October 25, 2011 by in Adult, Box, CILA, Clinic, Des Moines, Growth, High School, Summer Lax, Summer League, Youth

Continuing on with the reaffirmation of goals for the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association, the remainder of the new objectives are listed below.  These objectives represent a renewed focus on developing lacrosse in Central Iowa. Objective 1 – Create A Stronger Boys Program Refer to Central Iowa Lacrosse – Year 3 Part 3 for information on […]

Clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska

2 - Published October 8, 2011 by in Clinic, Growth, Youth

I was just informed of an upcoming clinic in Lincoln, NE next Saturday, October 15.  The professionally run clinic will be held alongside the Mid-Fall Classic tournament that Valley will be competing in at Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln. There is an $80 registration fee  to participate in this all-day clinic run by NCAA D1 and Major League Lacrosse players.  […]

Spread the Word: Lacrosse is coming to Dubuque

2 - Published October 6, 2011 by in Adult, Clinic, Dubuque, Growth, Youth

Alan Temperly started the Dubuque Lacrosse Association in March, 2010.  Prior to relocating to Northeast Iowa, Temperly was the president of the Waterford Lacrosse Association in Michigan.  The DLA works with True Lacrosse and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville lacrosse club to provide lacrosse opportunities in the Dubuque metro area. ______________________________________________________________ The Dubuque Lacrosse Association will […]

Fall Ball 2011 Report 2

2 - Published October 5, 2011 by in Box, CILA, Clinic, Des Moines, Growth, High School, Tournament, Valley, Youth

-Valley- The Tigers started their second week of fall practice last night.  With other fall sports underway, attendance was fairly bleak.  Luckily we still had enough bodies to split into two groups which allowed for more fundamental work with the new players.  While the returning players worked on schemes, the newbies focused on concepts like […]

Fall Ball 2011 Report 1b

3 - Published September 29, 2011 by in CILA, Clinic, Des Moines, Growth, Youth

Well, last night’s fall ball clinic did not go as well as planned.  A few people had requested the clinic and never responded.  A few others told me they were attending and did not.  Unfortunately we only had a handful of laxers in attendance.  My well thought out practice plan was for naught… On the […]

Fall Ball 2011 Report 1

4 - Published September 28, 2011 by in CILA, Clinic, Des Moines, Growth, High School, Valley, Youth

-Valley- Last night was the first fall practice for the Valley Tigers.  The overall turnout was impressive.  A good portion of the returning players were in attendance and ready to go.  Goalie Graham Taylor was in impressive form last night as he looks to accept the challenge of transitioning from JV to varsity play. Although […]