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Second DM High School Team – How Long?

0 - Published July 6, 2012 by in CILA, Coach, Des Moines, Growth, High School, Nebraska League, Official, US Lacrosse, Valley, Youth

Going hand-in-hand with increased interest in lacrosse around the state of Iowa is the continually growing interest in lacrosse in Des Moines.  This is especially true for boys lacrosse where we have seen the number of middle schoolers jump from 40 last summer to more than 80 this summer.  In fact, we recently decided to […]

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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 […]

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Model Behavior: Kids Look to Coaches

1 - Published April 26, 2012 by in Coach, High School, Official

On some level, every person that signs up to be a coach knows that he or she is responsible for setting a positive example for his or her athletes.  Regardless of the sport, or even the ages of the players, every coach enters an implied agreement to be a role model.  Everything a coach does […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Defensive Position – US Lacrosse & Growth

0 - Published November 14, 2011 by in Equipment, Growth, Reponse Post, US Lacrosse

On November 7 I published “Does US Lacrosse Really Care About Growth?” which questioned the distribution of equipment grants by the national organization.  This piece called into question the distribution of equipment to programs to various boroughs in New York, as well as Philadelphia, Albany, and Connecticut (I originally included Chicago but I nixed that after […]

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Does US Lacrosse Really Care About Growth?

12 - Published November 7, 2011 by in Growth, US Lacrosse

US Lacrosse exist to govern and facilitate the growth of lacrosse within the United States.  The organization’s mission statement sums it up nicely: Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. We envision a future which offers people everywhere the […]